Tools like prepaid debit cards present one of the best options for bridging the gap between financial exclusion and full participation in our 21st century economy. These tools—and all the innovations which have the potential to make them even better—should be fostered through entrepreneurship, thoughtful policy, and education for those caught in a deep cycle[...]
“The Conservative Heart” written by Arthur C. Brooks, the president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), provides conservatives with a yellow brick road toward political victory along with ideas to shake off the perception of being a heartless party.
Walk through any major city and you will see weedy lots, fenced-in squares, and derelict developments that many of us try to ignore. Many of these places sit in the middle of the densest, most prosperous areas of urban America.
When we see only that one thing, our sentiments are shaped. The Christian view of the world, of course, has a different starting point. We believe every man, woman, and child bears the reflection of God. This is the first thing we learn about humanity in the scriptures.
Is policy made to help people or places? This is a central question politics is built to answer, and for too many years America’s leaders have answered wrongly. They have favored improving place at the expense of bettering the lives of people.
Seven years ago during the Acumen fellowship program, I was challenged to spend a day on the streets of New York trying to better understand the plight of the 59,000+ homeless in New York City. The experience was an exercise in moral imagination...
The research is piling up: children of poor Americans are disadvantaged. Their neighborhoods, parents, schools, and lack of community engagement hold them back from entering adulthood with the same opportunities that rich kids have.
If global development experts cannot agree on the value and direction of current or future development goals, what can the U.S. do? It can start by empowering its own businesses to see African businesses as competitors and collaborators, and Africans as value-laden employees and employers.