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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.

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.

Helping Should Strengthen Relationships, Not Hurt Them: 3 Perspectives

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 11.02.2014 | Impact
Mauricio Lim Miller

It was 1983 I was running a counseling program for refugees from the Vietnam War. My social worker and I had just left what I thought was a great counseling session with Myong, a single mom from Vietnam who raising three kids on her own.

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.

To Tackle Poverty, Trust the Power of Community

Mia Birdsong | Posted 03.15.2014 | Impact
Mia Birdsong

In Whaticia's world, no one is swooping in to tell young people how to escape from their own neighborhood.

Blue-Print for Economic Mobility

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 01.08.2013 | Impact
Mauricio Lim Miller

After the election dust settles, one thing we need -- regardless of who is in the White House -- is a new approach to reignite this country's economic mobility.

When Helping Doesn't Help

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 07.07.2012 | Impact
Mauricio Lim Miller

The question really isn't whether to help the poor or not, it is how can we help the poor in the same way that we help the middle and upper class -- without requiring that they relinquish self-determination or define themselves by their deficits.

The Power of Social Networks to Break the Cycle of Poverty

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 02.12.2012 | San Francisco
Mauricio Lim Miller

Throughout U.S. history, communities of poor people have left poverty. But none of these successes look like the public and philanthropic approaches we have relied on, nor the gravity-defying "up by your boot-straps" proposition.

One Man's Approach to Fighting Poverty

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

Maurice Lim Miller is a frontline worker in the campaign to bring economic justice to America. You won't find Maurice at academic conferences or on book tours. He treats poverty not so much as a crusade, but as a puzzle to be solved.