• Allen Smart

    The group could just as easily have been named the US Partnership on Mobility from Urban Poverty. Only a few of the thought leaders have a background in rural community considerations even though Raj Chetty’s work very specifically raises questions about rural poverty in the United States and rural regional variation. Perhaps Gates Foundation can join with some rural focused funders to support a complementary effort that puts similar depth of thought to rural mobility and economic opportunity. Somewhere around 50 million people live in rural America and 8 million or so live in poverty.

    • Third Sector Radio USA

      Thank you for pointing out some of the voices not in the conversation, Allen. While the steps noted in the report are a good first step, they do not constitute a panacea. Poverty is a complex issue and cannot be simplified. Nor can it be ameliorated by excluding (or ignoring) key players.

  • Third Sector Radio USA

    That “union” is barely mentioned and “co-op” not at all in the report is indicative of the current capitalist-supporting organizations behind it. A reduction of poverty must include posing questions about how we are conducting capitalism.