Through a series of short videos, we will share stories that depict an economy that leaves many to struggle, and the people who are working to reinvent the economy in a way that ensures people can find a path out of poverty through quality employment.
Poor U.S.: Reimagining a Path to Prosperity Short Film (Released Feb. 9)
The short film includes interviews with a variety of economic and market influencers — activists, educators, investors, philanthropists and corporate executives — all sharing actionable steps to change the economic status quo that will help people and communities help themselves out of poverty:
The film was produced by Human Pictures, which is “committed to work exclusively on projects that contributed to the struggle for justice and social change, striving always to create truly complex work; and embracing complexity above notions of objectivity and neutrality.” Viewers are invited to participate in the reinvention by using #economicreinvention, and #untoldstory on social media, and can learn more at https://www.heron.org/economicreinvention.
Nancy Pfund, Founder and Managing Partner, DBL Partners discusses the role that investment firms can play to bring the benefits of the economy to neighborhoods that have historically not had them.
“The way that venture capital can play a role is to bring the benefits of the entrepreneurial economy to neighborhoods that have historically not had them. Those benefits include not just a quantity of jobs but they are a quality of job, as well." – Nancy Pfund, Founder and Managing Partner, DBL Partners
National Organization on Disability President Carol Glazer and Jacob Waltuck, who has autism, discuss the importance of giving people with disabilities the opportunity to be gainfully employed.
“There’s something for everybody to do in our economy and our economy has a use and a benefit for what everybody can bring to it.” – Carol Glazer, President, National Organization on Disability (NOD)
MIT business professor, Zeynep Ton, explains the value of investing in employees and how good jobs can be profitable for employers.
“Customers, votes with your wallets…investors, put pressure on companies, invest in those that are taking care of their employees and that way that makes sense for their business.” – Zeynep Ton, Professor, MIT Sloan School of Management
Essayist and activist Linda Tirado discusses how frustrating it is to work hard and stay poor in America.
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“We have poverty hearings on the Hill about welfare programs and these people don’t know how the programs work, they don’t know how our lives work and none of us are at the table to tell them.” – Linda Tirado
An intimate, first-person account of the Murphy family’s struggle to make it in a broken economy. The short documentary challenges traditional myths around what it is to be poor in America and sheds light on the structural nature of current day U.S. poverty.