Social Safety Net

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Thinking On: The Impoverished & Isolated

Kate Starr, Heron’s head of capital deployment, shares lessons and thoughts on how the American experience of poverty has changed from the recent past, and reminds of the ancient past.

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Thinking On: Leaving Behind the ‘Undeserving Poor’

Heron’s Toni Johnson shares what it was like to spend part of childhood in poverty and how welfare reform debates fail to prioritize the future.

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Multimedia: The Plight of the Middle Class

On NPR, economic thinkers debate low wages, unemployment and options for restoring America’s middle class.

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Multimedia: Al Gore on Tech Philanthropy & Inequality

Vice President Al Gore's on-stage interview at a tech conference touched off questions of how "tech culture and tech philanthropy may exacerbate inequality and undermine democracy".

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Multimedia: On ‘Economic Polarization’

Will the future labor market leave low skilled workers behind? MIT’s David Autor offers insight.

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Multimedia: The New Costs of Incarceration

In this video, the Center for Public Integrity and CNBC show us how prison bankers, vendors, and corrections facilities, profit from inmates’ families.

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Influencer Series: Getting Out of Poor People's Way

In this video interview, Family Independence Initiative’s Mauricio Miller introduces a more effective alternative to imposing "solutions" on families in poverty.

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In Case You Missed It: I, Robot, You Jobless

If your brains haven’t melted from the excessive heat, I have more must reads for you this week. First we have a pair of opinion pieces on morality and the market—very good food for thought for those of us thinking about impact investing.