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How to Write the Perfect Story for Social Change…a work in progress


“What stories have you heard this morning?” Paul asked. I thought, “It’s 9 o’clock in the morning. I just got here. I haven’t had time to hear any stories.” But then he asked the question a different way. “Did you listen to the news on the way in or hear about a friend’s date in…

Reflections from Diversity Dynamics: A Father’s Perspective


Follow @DDCGeneral In order to truly move the needle from a fatherless trend to a FatherFULL trend in America – we will need to work with fathers, mothers, children, and extended family. This is how we will be using the two-generation approach in our work. This approach is foundational to everything we do, so we…

“Living Proof” of Two-Gen Success


Follow @rizermonique There’s a fine line between a “hand out” and a “hand up.” That demarcation is a key point of debate in economic advancement efforts. It’s hard to argue against providing education, safe child care, or workforce support to the disadvantaged. But how and how much? And in whom do we invest to break…

Freedom and Opportunity


Follow @MekaeliaD Typically, the summer season means freedom from school for students and from work for adults. This year’s summer arrival also brings the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer. It is the anniversary of one of the most significant movements to support economic opportunity in the U.S. – expanding the right to vote. 50 years…

Predicting a Child’s ACE Score…and Then What?


Follow @LoreleiAtalie What would happen if we could predict a child’s Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Score? Could we prevent a high ACE score? Can we as a society protect a child from long-term poor health outcomes? If we could develop a tool to predict ACE scores, how could we prevent that tool from further marginalizing…

Ascend-ing the Mountain in Aspen: Early Childhood, Health, and Beyond


Follow @heynisha “I believe this is the defining challenge of our time: Making sure our economy works for every working American.” – President Barack Obama Base Camp. Aspen Institute trustee Mike Bezos opened Ascend’s forum on Early Childhood, Health, and Beyond by saying, “Ascend is shining a new light on two-generation approaches.” A policy program…