Resolving Poverty

Sources 73-80:

Homeless by design | Maurice Young | TEDxIndianapolis (November 2015)

POWERFUL speech on how this man helps the homeless (having had 3 previous wives, and a good corporate job), he gave it all up to be HIMSELF, taking his soul and spirit of servitude to the roots of the most vulnerable so as to assist them and thus fulfill himself more than the corporate life he encompassed previously.

How education can end homelessness: Tracy Sharp at TEDxABQED (June 2014)

-- lack of affordable housing
-- poor economy
-- mental health
-- substance abuse

But I believe it is the loss of community that is the underlying factor in homelessness (inherent in which is: educational and support systems).

Give a family a house (increases stability and happiness) and that does not increase their income.
Children who grow up in poverty learn to survive, but not THRIVE.

What if we could:
-- engage a family in homelessness from isolation to community.
-- homeless to housed
-- high school grad to college grad
-- to find the underlying causes and fully change them
-- give housing and giving them a chance to complete a course of study (to increase their incomes)

To break the cycle of homelessness and poverty though housing, education, and community.
The only way to truly address the complex issue of homelessness is to tackle the root causes of poverty, empowering families to not only survive but to thrive.

Changing one's life is possible given the right support and environment.

Given housing, education, and a supportive community - the homeless can change their lives.
Beyond HELLO: Changing the Perception of Homelessness | Kristi Blakeway | TEDxWestVancouverED (November 2015)

Homelessness is not just about a lack of housing. It's about trauma. It's about emotional pain and broken connections.

The homeless have stories to tell. 
~~When we begin to repair relationships and connect as people, only then will we overcome the pain of the streets and rekindle the human spirit. 

~~Next time you see someone who has lost their connection with society, i invite you to go beyond "hello". Look in their eyes and see their untold story. 

~~Treat the homeless like a neighbor you have yet to meet, or a child whose spark has yet to ignite. 

~~Engage with curiosity rather than judgment. 

~~The people on the streets may be hungry - but they are hungry for so much more than food. 

~~They are hungry for LOVE. 
~~They are hungry for HOPE. 

~~And they are hungry for HUMAN CONNECTION. 

Together, let's change the perception of homelessness.
Small Business Homeless | Glen Dunzweiler | TEDxWilmington (October 2018)

We have programs to continue to support people who are homeless.
In other words, we don't have money to get people off the streets, but we have money to give them a sandwich. And another sandwich. 
And then some programs just run out of money because the charity ends, and the giving stops.
So many communities move people to other communities (by giving the homeless bus tickets and thinking "please don't come back").
We've got to let go of who we think these homeless people are - because you have no idea who they are until you talk to them. They could be mothers, children, and yes, they can be drug addicts and ex-cons, and the populations that we feel it's OK to neglect.
But the one thing they have in common is that they don't have a personal support network/family to support them in their time of need. 

So what i think each community needs is to support those homeless in their community for 2 reasons: 
1) those homeless don't have anybody else. 
2) that community has a vested interest in it's own success. 

****Now, this has to be self-sustainable. Charity only goes so far; it burns out. So we have to see a direct return on our investment of the homeless. This means we have to find some advantage to us doing this deed, and some reason to continue on in doing this deed.

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Instead of neighborhood watch, why don't we have NEIGHBORHOOD HELP buy the So we say, "hey man, i see you're on the street, can i do anything to help you? what do you need?" and you start pooling your resources. The good story is in the deed, it's not in the conclusion.

I know a barber that cuts hair for the homeless on weekends.
Everyone needs a haircut. 
And he's become an Instagram star because of that. 

Social entrepreneurship -- if your business helps out the community (homeless) then other people will want to do business with you. 
Anderson Cooper: How I see homeless people now (February 2014)

We all have support networks. We all have family and friends and a job and things that support us when we trip. These (homeless people) are people who have burned through those support networks. And that's the only difference. -ANDERSON COOPER

You're asking very personal questions. I think we were surprised by how upfront people were (the homeless people). And how honest people were. And how people seem to appreciate you just talking to them like a regular person. -ANDERSON COOPER

So many people walk by homeless people all the time. I've done it. You pretend you don't see them. There's a homeless guy who camps right outside my house actually. And it was interesting, because I noticed before he really annoyed me (him pan-handling, etc), and after this story, I asked him his name, I say hello to him, I talk to him. Before the story I just ignored him. I just pretended he wasn't there. And after the story I was like, this is ridiculous. This is my issue. Me pretending not to see this person is insane. And offensive. And it humanizes people - anytime you stop and talk to somebody, and you learn about them, you will start to walk in their shoes a little bit, and you see things through a different lens. -ANDERSON COOPER
Finding Home Among The Homeless | Derek Snook | TEDxCharleston (May 2015)


Working as a day laborer, he built upon the insights he had gained, while teaching at a school for orphans in a fishing village of Kenya— the disconnect between those who want help and those who want to provide it. From this experience, Snook and Pete DeMarco co-founded a temporary services organization, with an innovative rewards program that incentivizes workers to fulfill their goals, resulting in better outcomes for the workers, the companies hiring them, and ultimately the community.

Each of us knows, that great stories require great obstacles.
Most of us will spend our entire lives trying to avoid them (obstacles).
THE MESSAGE OF SELF-PRESERVATION SAYS: avoid obstacles at all costs ("it's not the right time". "it's too difficult". "how will this pay for my mortgage". "what will other people think of me").
But we can never always escape obstacles. They will catch up with us. We all have to face loss, failure, and even death. 
Furthermore, when we listen to these reasons, we slowly build silos around ourselves that disconnect us from the realities of the world; from the needs and cries of society. And none of us can live a meaningful life while disconnected from others. People disconnect from the poor out of cowardice | pride | selfishness | greed; all of which are vices.

So what's the solution? When we help others overcome their obstacles, we ultimately overcome our own. I know it sounds crazy. How can we give up a piece of ourselves and ultimately gain more than what we've lost. But as I began to put workers ahead of myself, it gave me a sense of meaning and purpose that'd i'd never felt before: that no obstacle could interfere with and no circumstance could change.
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We invest in more than 100 workers lives on a daily basis. More than 30 found permanent positions through our company with our customers. And our dream is to replicate this across the country.

Examine your own heart. Examine your own story. And know that the obstacle you've gone through, the obstacle you're going through, the one you will be going through, or like me the one you're trying to avoid: is your opportunity to LOVE a world that desperately needs it. 

And when you help them overcome their obstacle, you'll find a sense of meaning and purpose that is far greater than you can ever ask or imagine. 

We all start off wanting to be different things (doctors. teachers. lawyers).  But it's for the same reason: each of us desires in our hearts to live for something greater than ourselves. To serve and not to be served.  And that is the only STORY that can change this world. 
The poor know how to overcome poverty. | Robert Hacker | TEDxBocaRaton (March 2016)

For almost forty thousand years, governments have failed to solve the problem of poverty. Now is the time for individuals with Internet connectivity to become empowered entrepreneurs. 

Robert Hacker relates the lessons he learned about poverty at One Laptop per Child.
Robert Hacker is a consultant and author and teaches social entrepreneurship at FIU and MIT Sloan. 
Previously he built a billion dollar public company in one of the poorest countries: Indonesia.

Robert Hacker works at the intersection of creativity, entrepreneurship and complexity as a consultant, adviser, professor and writer.

He worked in Asia for twenty years, including seven years in Indonesia where he built a billion dollar publicly traded company. Bob returned to the U.S. in 1999 and later worked with One Laptop per Child where he sold over a million educational laptops to foreign governments to freely distribute to children.
The invisible people = the homeless. 
The last person you saw who was homeless - they became invisible to you because you didn't remember them as being a person.
Poverty isn't a lack of character; it's a lack of cash - Rutger Bregman (June 2017)

The poor are not making dumb decisions because they are dumb, but they're living in a context in which anyone would make dumb decisions.
Investments in education are ineffective -- poverty is NOT a lack of knowledge. 
The psychology of poverty --- George Orwell experienced poverty and stated -- "the essence of poverty is that it annihilates the future".
We so often treat the symptoms but ignore the underlying cause of poverty. 
So why don't we change the context in which the poor live? Why keep tinkering around with the software?

Milton Freedman - basic income guaranteed (monthly stipend enough to pay for food, shelter, education) -- completely unconditional - nobody tells YOu how to spend the money.

Dauphin Canada -- everyone in this small town was guaranteed a small income (ensuring no poverty!)...... then a new gov't was established... 25 yrs went by, and an analysis found records-- the experiment had been a resounding success. .. the school performance had become great. hospitalization rate went down. domestic violence rates went down... similar results have since been found in other experiences from the USA to India.

When it comes to poverty - we the rich should stop pretending we know best -- we should stop sending shoes. The great thing about money is people can buy things they need rather than what the rich think the poor need.

Basic income is venture capital for the people... poverty is hugely expensive. 

The cost of child poverty in the US is estimated at 500Billion per year (i.e. higher health care spending. higher drop out rates. more crime). 


For 175B, you could lift all impoverished Americans above the poverty line.

THE COST TO END POVERTY = $175 Billion <------ now THIS should be our goal

BASIC income is so much more than just another policy. It is also a complete re-think of what work actually is - and it will not only free the poor but the rest of us. Many people feel their jobs have little meaning in their lives for them.

Just imagine how much talent we're wasting simply because we tell our kids they have to "earn a living". 
The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people "click ads"  (Fb marketing, etc) ---- WHAT A SHAME. 

We CANNOT stick to the status quo. We need NEW IDEAS.

I believe in a future where the value of a your work is not determined by the size of your paycheck, but by the amount of happiness you spend and the amount of meaning you give.

I believe in the future where the point of education is not to prepare you for another useful job but for a life well lived.

I believe in a future where an existence without poverty is not a privilege but a RIGHT we all deserve. 

So here we are, here we are - we've got the research, we've got the evidence - and we've got the means........ Now --- more than 500 years after Thomas Moore first wrote about basic income, and 100 years after George Orwell discovered the true nature of poverty -- we all need to change our world view, because POVERTY IS NOT A LACK OF CHARACTER, POVERTY IS A LACK OF CASH.....

Mark Zuckerberg supports universal basic income to all.
""We should explore ideas like universal basic income to make sure that everyone has a cushion to try new ideas," Zuckerberg said at his Harvard commencement address Thursday."