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Jul 14, 2016

Influencer Series: Make Poverty Tolerable or Escapable?

The Family Independence Initiative's Mauricio Miller speaks out against negative stereotypes surrounding those in poverty and highlights their resourcefulness.

Jul 12, 2016

Field Notes: Making 'Bad Jobs Better'

The first of Steve Dawson's "Pinkerton Papers" on job quality, recruitment and retention says jobs that provide stability are a first step toward social mobility.

Jul 2, 2016

In Case You Missed It: The Regrexit of the Left Behind

In this issue, why Brexit inequality matters for the United States, middle class politics, private equity's Main St. creep, and the candidates' philanthropy.

Jun 30, 2016

Photo of the Month: June 2016

This photo of the month shows protesters at the trial of a cop involved in Freddie Gray's murder and highlights the need for racial and economic healing in Baltimore.

Jun 25, 2016

In Case You Missed It: Blessed Be Those Who Look for Impact

In this issue, a look inside a for-profit prison, more debate on safety nets, the Vatican tackles impact investing, and why funders should listen to those they serve.

Jun 22, 2016

Multimedia: 'A Big Leap of Faith' Hiring Organized Farm Labor

After learning to make a living growing organic strawberries, one farmer decided to invest in the economic conditions of his own workers by using a union.

Jun 16, 2016

Field Notes: Reducing Inequality and Raising Wages by 2032

The Economic Policy Institute finds that people of color will be a majority of the American working class in 2032 and stresses the need to reduce inequality by then.

Jun 14, 2016

Soundbites: The Diverse Strategies of Engagement

In this podcast, Francis Byrd of Byrd Governance Advisory discusses his experience with the shareholder activism, the major players involved and what it has to do with improving prospects for employees.

Jun 11, 2016

In Case You Missed It: The Precariously Possibly Poor

In this issue, the Bilderberg discussion on endangered workers, Adam Smith's views on inequality, a newish Paul Ryan poverty plan, and the "appifying of philanthropy".

Jun 9, 2016

Field Notes: Creating 'Good Jobs' Through CDFI Investing

InSight at Pacific Community Ventures supports investment in "good jobs" with a report helping CDFIs define them & track their borrowers' impact on communities.