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Economic Mobility

2016 Summit precedes historic Census news; encouraging movement in Congress

Monique Rizer | Posted 09.29.2016 | Impact
Monique Rizer

The 2016 Opportunity Summit was an important day for nearly 900 cross-sector leaders, policymakers, and youth from across the country helping address ...

Economic Medicine For Lifelong Health

T. Berry Brazelton, MD | Posted 07.07.2016 | Politics
T. Berry Brazelton, MD

As doctors and child advocates who care for children, we want them to have the opportunity to grow up to be healthy, productive members of our society. To help them realize their potential, healthy economics may be one of the best remedies of all.

More High-paying Port Newark Jobs Should Go to Newark Residents

Ryan Haygood | Posted 05.16.2016 | Politics
Ryan Haygood

The door of opportunity to a middle class job at the Port of New York and New Jersey, America's third busiest port, is largely closed to Newark residents.

Too Many Americans Feel Financially Insecure. Here's a Key Solution.

Gov. Jack Markell | Posted 04.29.2016 | Politics
Gov. Jack Markell

Clearly economic insecurity is everyone's issue: policy makers, business leaders, and educators, not to mention the millions of Americans who wrestle with it every day.

Black Wealth Barely Exists, In One Terrible Chart

Brookings Institution | Nico Pitney | Posted 01.14.2017 | Black Voices

What would Martin Luther King Jr. think of America if he’d lived to see his birthday this year? No doubt, he’d be pleased by the legal and politic...

College Completion Goals Need Bigger Thinking, Bolder Action

Brad C. Phillips | Posted 12.16.2016 | College
Brad C. Phillips

There is no question that racial, gender and income inequities in the United States hurt our nation economically, socially and morally. Higher educati...

The Unseen Mobility of the Working Poor

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 12.16.2016 | HuffPost Home
Mauricio Lim Miller

I recently had the opportunity to hear jazz bassist Victor Wooten play at a club in my hometown, Oakland, California. His performance had the entire a...

Helping Doesn't Always Help

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 11.18.2016 | Impact
Mauricio Lim Miller

If we want the world to be a better, more inclusive place, we need to get to know each other better. What we will discover is that those at the bottom of our economic ladder are amazingly resourceful and contribute tremendously to society.

Families, Not Services, Lead Change

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 09.28.2016 | Impact
Mauricio Lim Miller

Programs cannot replicate the innovation, ingenuity and cultural appropriateness of what families do for themselves. Further, programs cannot provide the ongoing emotional support that peers provide.

The Poverty Line -- A False Target

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 09.15.2016 | Politics
Mauricio Lim Miller

Growing up in poor neighborhoods and then running social service programs for 20 years, I heard countless stories about millions of people living in poverty. The percent of those in poverty never seems to change much, hovering around 15 percent, or more, of our population.

We Can't Wait (to Invest in Working Families)

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 08.03.2016 | Impact
Mauricio Lim Miller

Calling for shame and charity in order to get our country to pay attention to poverty or the lack of mobility is old, and wrong. For 50 years, the stories from the war on poverty have almost singularly tried to shame us into addressing these issues, but, ultimately, they harm the cause.

A Broken American System and the Death of the American Dream

David Oualaalou | Posted 05.03.2016 | Politics
David Oualaalou

For all the frantic, often chaotic political engagement swirling about us these days involving taxes, gun rights, religious liberty and foreign policy, Americans may well be overlooking an even bigger problem: Have we unconsciously consigned the American Dream to the proverbial dustbin?

Young Adults Taking on How to Increase Opportunity in America

Paul Kendrick | Posted 04.13.2015 | Impact
Paul Kendrick

America has a crisis right now around opportunity for young people. The American Dream -- that belief that through hard work and perseverance you can build a better life -- is in peril for a generation.

Let's Make 2015 About Investing In Local Initiative

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 03.08.2015 | Impact
Mauricio Lim Miller

Just as "angel investors" look for talented graduates from Stanford, and parents with wealth look to invest in the talents of their kids, those of us wanting to be helpful can also seek out families and groups of families that are helping themselves and one another.

A Holiday Wish for Inclusive Financial Institutions

Terri Friedline, PhD | Posted 02.14.2015 | Money
Terri Friedline, PhD

Our mainstream financial institutions are positioned to play a critical role in providing financial inclusion to young Americans and, by extension, expanding their wealth and the wealth of future generations. The question remains: will they collectively rise to the occasion?

Lessons Learned From the Mistakes and Solutions of Ordinary People

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 01.11.2015 | Impact
Mauricio Lim Miller

With this community of friends surrounding them it was clear they would not lose the house. From that point on, I promised myself that I would try to avoid underestimating people's ability to solve their own problems.

My Mother's Influence: Why We Must Recognize Personal Relationships

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 12.02.2014 | Impact
Mauricio Lim Miller

In a three-part series I posted a few weeks ago, I shared the story of Myong, a refugee mother whom I tried to help when I ran a social service agency in the '80s.

Helping Should Strengthen Relationships, Not Hurt Them: 3 Perspectives (3 of 3)

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 11.17.2014 | Impact
Mauricio Lim Miller

This is the last in a series of three posts sharing the story of Myong, a refugee from Vietnam who was receiving counseling from Asian Neighborhood Design, the social service agency I ran in 1983.

A Resident-Led Approach to Realizing American Opportunity

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 10.16.2014 | Impact
Mauricio Lim Miller

These ten groups didn't wait for policy-makers, service agencies, or philanthropy to create an institution or program to help them. Instead, they rallied together to pool their own resources, talent, and ideas to address issues that were most important to the families in their communities.

The African Growth and Opportunity Act: Growth Without Opportunity?

Sabina Dewan | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
Sabina Dewan

The first step to ensuring that the benefits of AGOA reach more African people is greater transparency and honesty about what AGOA has achieved and what it hasn't. Given the evidence to the contrary, it is deceitful to use GDP as a proxy for broad-based economic opportunity in sub-Saharan Africa.

For Economic Prosperity, Advance an Equity-Driven Working Families Agenda

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 08.23.2014 | Politics
Angela Glover Blackwell

Supports at work and at home aren't just good for working parents. Helping them to succeed at work and at home is better for companies' bottom lines and for the nation's economic competitiveness. That's the theme of Monday's White House Summit for Working Families.

Poll: The American Dream Is Dying

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 06.06.2014 | Business

More than half of Americans think the so-called American Dream is dying. According to a new poll conducted by ORC International for CNNMoney, 59 p...

We Have to Drive Tech Innovation to Drive Social Mobility

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 07.30.2014 | Impact
Tiziana Dearing

Technology innovation can help drive social mobility. But that doesn't happen in a vacuum. Real choices about resources, regulations, access -- and even what we define as innovative -- help or hinder.

Early One Night in Harlem

Cody Lyon | Posted 05.16.2014 | New York
Cody Lyon

On the last Sunday in February at around 8 p.m., Jon Jensen, who teaches English at Kingborough College in Brooklyn, was walking north on Frederick Douglas Boulevard near 135th Street in Harlem.

State of the Union: An Agenda for Action on Poverty

John Bouman | Posted 04.03.2014 | Impact
John Bouman

The President's message and his ideas are a strong agenda for remedying poverty. And, as he stressed, If we remedy poverty, we build and sustain the middle class. If we do not build and sustain the middle class, then poverty deepens and widens.