Resolving Poverty

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CommUNITY is the solution to homelessness | Angela Belford | TEDxDicksonStreet (January 2018)

It has to be compassion, grace, and empathy (the solution to homelessness). We have value because we are humans.
How do you build a cargo net? To pluck somebody out of the water and put them into housing. HOUSING FIRST. The idea that I have to get my crap together before I can get a house has to be eliminated. Because there are legitimate barriers to getting housing.
-- Mental health issues is one of those. 
-- Substance abuse (drugs and alcohol).
-- Physical disabilities. 

We must provide permanent housing abilities for folks that are experiencing physical disabilities.
PTSD makes it tough to get a job. 
Once you fall off, it's tough to re-engage.

Already when you're out homeless, people ignore you and make you feel ashamed.

Those who do not have all of these barriers - they should move on to becoming a homeowner, from being a tenant. We must teach budgeting. 

How can you help? Be a community investor (using your time to be a friend/volunteer at homeless shelters).

We must decide that our community is only the best to live in when we have created a net for everyone, including the homeless.
Poverty is not an aspiration: Breaking the poverty cycle (July 2016)

People don't intend to be poor. But they may need help to get out. It is to help families become self-sufficient.
I thrived (to get out of poverty) because of a combination of having a family, public housing, welfare money, and a gray haired man who donated $20 to me for an applications fee.
15% of the united states is poor and lives in poverty. That's 44 million people.
A family of 4 living on $24,000 annually is considered living in poverty. 
There's a difference between situational poverty (losing job), and persistent poverty (you NEVER have enough money). The difference between being broke, and being broken.
Why is there still so much poverty? Because we often treat the results of somebody living in poverty, and not the root cause of why someone is in poverty.
People living in poverty don't want handouts. People in poverty don't want gifts. People in poverty don't want more service. People living in poverty want barriers removed so they can get access to job training, and a job so they can take care of themselves and their families. I know this, I was once them.
Breaking the cycle of poverty -- by bringing together people who are willing to work with every member of the family (local. logical. and integrated). In other words - to meet people and serve people where they are.

A teacher. A banker. A stranger. A volunteer. A social worker. A job coach. A foot stamp coordinator. A housing advocate. A job development support.
All of these people have the authority to remove these barriers. And they come bearing HOPE, A SMILE, DETERMINATION, PATIENCE, PASSION, COMPASSION, AND A CAN-DO ATTITUDE.

The goal of the model is to ensure that families are educated. are healthy, and are employed.
A family success center -- it brings together experts and families co-navigating to end permanent poverty.

Maybe we can stop blaming people about being poor and in poverty. Instead, let's learn about poverty. 
TWO ways to do that: a site visit to a homeless shelter. Or learn through published reports.
We can end generational poverty one at a time. It is all about removing the barriers. 
Opportunities unlimited - poverty is no excuse! Auma Obama at TEDxVienna (December 2013)

To define poverty beyond what we see. 
Development aid is NOT sustainable. We take development as something that is philanthropic (charity) rather than economically sustainable. Ownership is important.
We must move away from thinking we are poor and we must focus on our assets and resources (to focus on the positives) --- the challenge and fight against what people THINK OF YOU AS. 
The minute you are complacent you become a victim to your circumstances.

In defining self, there are three words: LIGHT. VOICE. FIRE.
LIGHT -- being seen. you must be seen. you have to look at you when you talk to you. When the light shines in your eyes, it means you are alive. Look up and stand straight.
VOICE --- once you're heard, and you hear your own voice - you realize you exist. and if you have something powerful to say - you become something!
FIRE --- your potential. be aware of your potential. they just need exposure, these young kids. to realize their potential, and have been seen and heard, they take action and that's when they take ownership of their lives.

Learn a vocational skill (to make development happen).
Education is key (everybody needs an education).
Use the internet to get what you NEED, not what you want.
Look at TRADE, not AID..... Enable yourself to become part of the economic value chain.

(Next column)

What in it for me? It has to be a win for everybody. It has to be fair. Development must be part of the economic value chain. You sit at the table and you have a conversation. We must learn to say NO, and that's when we get our strength and our voice. You have to learn to take a position. When you do the eye-to-eye approach when negotiating; we must teach how to fish rather than giving fish. You must know first however, do they eat fish? Must know how to help! To ensure it is a worthwhile effort being established.

Sustainable economic development --- if young people take responsibilities, and the potential in their environments that they can utilize to build themselves up.

You are responsible for your destiny.
Fix poverty. Fix education, or Fix nothing (December 2015)

Providing quality education to the least blessed kids in our society.
The beginnings of fixing poverty and education --- equity for all kids. 
Not doing so, literally threatens our community security.
An equality in education is essential.
Those who were invested in once upon a time.
Now, more than ever, all of us must come together.

The Brain on Poverty | Jessica Sharpe | TEDxGreenville (May 2018)

The effects of poverty start in women. When pregnant moms are addicted to drugs and alcohol, the baby becomes so too.
Such babies are then already compromised. The first 3 years of life are critical to brain-development (80% of the brain develops during this time).
Low income children have read fewer books too (therefore they know fewer words and never reach levels of education and opportunity).
Chronic stress is also prevalent among the poor --- such is linked to weight issues, and early death. Living in poverty can literally kills us.
They are also more likely to rely on food stamps and (SNAP and TANF).
The solution to ending poverty starts with EMPATHY (knowing what it's like to want to be loved and have faith in society).
Fatherhood as an anti-poverty strategy: Joseph T. Jones Jr at TEDxBaltimore 2014 (February 2014)

Children from fatherless households are more likely to be depressed, they're more likely to drop out of school, they're more likely to be incarcerated -- thereby these facts and data are then resulting in more prisons being built - and once those prisons are being built, they have to be occupied (thus the shitty laws that keep people in the criminal justice system unjustly).

Poverty versus privilege: Ashley Canas at TEDxLincoln (November 2013)

What I have discovered is that there is some poverty in privilege and some privilege in poverty. There is poverty in beauty, poverty in thinking, and poverty in lack of perspective. My several encounters with poverty have led me to believe that this is not about judging, but merely an observation of what I have witnessed. The most important thing that I learned in life is to never give up. 
Canas grew up in Cozad, Nebraska, in poverty with a single mother, but then was the first person in her family to receive a college degree and completed graduate school with a 4.0.  Not bad for such humble beginnings. She believes that the ability to pioneer change starts inside each one of us,  through increased awareness, perseverance and strong, caring actions.  We must be resilient and desire to be more.
There may be no hope to resolve poverty unless we have tremendous hope to look at it for what it is.

Poverty is more than being hungry.
There's mental poverty (those who are rich but feel horrible inside)
Privilege is really a special opportunity to do something that makes you proud (a sense of belonging that no dollar amount could buy).
We do not have to accept Poverty - we should be allowed to dream. We must look at the real face of poverty. We need to honestly tackle the greed that enables Poverty to flourish.
It is what YOU DO with your poverty stricken situation that MATTERS.
Using Brain Science to Create New Pathways out of Poverty: Beth Babcock at TEDxBeaconStreet (December 2013)

It wasn't that long ago that finding a job to get out of poverty was pretty straightforward. Jobs were plentiful and you didn't need a lot of education to find a good job and decent wages in construction, transportation, or the public sector. But the world has changed drastically since then. Family sustaining jobs now require education beyond high-school, public supports for the poor have been slashed, and the bottom half of Americans are losing earnings. This talk will show how we use new findings from science and technology to help us design better programs that lead to new pathways out of poverty.

The lasting impacts of poverty on the brain.
Poverty affects our memory, focus, follow-through, motor skills, behavioral control, language memory (the effects of poverty on executive functioning).
If we've been experiencing this stress for years -- our brain wiring changes.
The very areas of the brain (to optimize our time and resources) that we need are the areas that poverty wipes out! That's not a very nice thing to hear about science.

We must create new brain wirings essentially. Playing cognitive apps that help improve mental skills. Who are sitting down with counselors - and are getting their issues arrayed and figuring out what next step tomorrow they can make to make change and progress in life!
These internal skill-sets are thereby enabling themselves to get out of homelessness and not get into it again.
There are major corporations who are selling these critical thinking tests/modules for students who want to get into Law school, etc. 
Neurologists also apply these tests/modules on PTSD patients.
We must begin to use these same modules to change the world of poverty.
How do we end generational poverty: Dominique Lee at TEDxUofM (April 2014)

The more serious cause of poverty is hidden behind the very real problem of racial and ethnic discrimination. 

Throughout history the condition of poverty was the condition of landlessness.

And, landlessness for the majority of people in a society or even a significant minority of the people is caused by the systems of property law and taxation that secure and protect entrenched landed privilege.

In almost every country, including the United States, fewer than 5% of the population controls upwards of 90-95% of the total land value. 
The landed are thereby able to claim a very high portion of what the remainder of the population produces. 
What they claim is referred to in works of political economists as the "rent" of land, a value that is societally-produced but under current laws is individually-appropriated.

A long list of philosophers and other thoughtful people have identified the problem of land rent monopoly and tried to do something about it. Adam Smith wrote extensively about this in his book Wealth of Nations. Winston Churchill in his early political life declared that monopoly in all its forms was the cause of most of our problems, and that land monopoly was "the mother of all monopolies."

The only way to eliminate poverty is to eliminate monopoly privilege, to create the basis for a full employment society. Adding highly educated and highly skilled people to the labor pool without an expansion in the number of jobs available eventually leaves people competing with one another for fewer and fewer jobs. Poverty is shifted but never reduced.
Rethinking The Paradigm of Poverty | Jennifer Gurecki | TEDxUniversityofNevada (February 2016)

Through her own research and personal experience, Jennifer Gurecki has learned that conceptualizing poverty as only lack of financial resources will not help us end poverty. 
Understanding how other forms of capital – social, natural, and human – contribute to poverty is essential to grasping the complexity of poverty and ultimately how each of us can become part of the solution to ending it. 

-- very powerful, she speaks on the IMF! and how GDP is measured falsely to not contribute to fighting poverty (the measuring of progress is faulty). 
--The poor don't need our pity, they need our partnership........Move away the trap of "them" and "us". If you can help re-change the narrative, the impoverished might be able to get the resources they need that will make their lives better. Ending poverty is about doing for ourselves because what's good for the poor will ultimately end up being good for all of us too. 
Rethink Homelessness | Shelley Lauten | TEDxOrlando (August 2017)

Shelley, the CEO of the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness, shares her organization's "Housing First" approach to homelessness along with the organization's surprising results.
The Commission is a tri-county organization whose mission is to eradicate homelessness across
the region.
The Housing First approach and it's great impact (is much better than the Treatment First model).
It is not only the right thing to do, it is the smart thing to do.
We must get families stabilized in HOMES. 

The strategy based on a shared common vision of what we want to see happen
We must raise wages.
We must lower housing costs.
We must subsidize certain costs (transportation, etc).
We need Data, deadlines and a clear vision to get this accomplished.

It all starts with great data -- with deadlines (clear and consistent so we don't forget who we're serving). 
We all need to invest into homelessness to resolve it (not just government funding). It's going to take all of us. 
Can you believe that everyone deserves a home!...
Why why matters -- why poverty?: Mette Hoffman Meyer at TEDxLundUniversity (May 2013)

She is an executive producer of Why Poverty?, which consists of  eight documentaries dealing with aspects of poverty. The films were shown around the world in November 2012 on more than 70 national broadcasters. In her talk Mette will focus on the value of asking why.

When we open peoples hearts, we often open people's minds. 
If you're poor enough, and you're schooling is bad enough - you don't really have an opportunity to compete.
We are wealthy yet we are poor.
Giving your aid and money is not a real solution to poverty.
Power and wealth created a greater divide.
Designing business models for the poor | Jason Fairbourne | TEDxSaltLakeCity (June 2011)

4 billion ppl live on less than $4 USD a day. 
Most don't have access to water and health care.

They try to be innovative to create something that they can potentially sell.
1. Those in poverty are poor because of lack of opportunity.
2. Listen to what people really want.

**Micro-Franchising -- A business model that gives the individuals they need to operate a successful business.
-- standardized business
-- training
-- access to products
-- strong branding

Difference between business-owner and entrepreneur. Business owners create economically sustaining livelihoods (without needing to be an innovative entrepreneur).