Saturday, October 04, 2014

Economics 101 From Compton to the Commonwealth

Here's an incredible discussion with an extraordinary man who reflects the economic opportunity that America still offers to All groups, if only all had the methods in place to acquire the means to financial success.

His book "How The Poor Can Save Capitalism; Rebuilding The Path To Middle Class" is described as a memo for understanding how with the right tools, policies and inspiration, poor communities can rise up to become economic participators within our capitalist society.
John Hope Bryant is an entrepreneur, author, and advisor and one of the nation’s most recognized empowerment leaders. He is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Operation HOPE and Bryant Group Companies. Recognized as one of Time magazine’s “50 for the Future” leaders, Bryant is the author of Love Leadership and is the only African-American bestselling business author. He served as chairman of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability, Subcommittee on the Underserved and Community Empowerment, and was appointed by President Obama in 2014 as a member of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans. He is also cofounder of the Gallup-HOPE Index, the only national research poll on youth financial dignity and youth economic energy in the United States.

As I listened to Mr. Bryant lecture/educate the commonwealth club and share history, strategy and many truths and falsehoods about American economics and the poor, I was filled with a new and brighter hope for America. And I must admit that my outlook on the subject of economics and equal opportunity in our country has been grim.

We all should take the time to hear out this bright and courageous man who brings a fresh new approach to solving old problems of poverty, class and culture here in the land of the free and home of the brave.

Hear the truth about our country, our people and our history, then step up and make a change that affects our community in a positive way. Mr. Bryant in his speech makes one take notice of economics being at the root of many troubling issues in America and he offers solutions to the crisis. An equal playing field would definitely be a start.

I urge anyone who is wondering not only how we got into this economic crisis in America today, but also those desperate to find and hear of a good solution to balancing out the inequalities that exist between the haves and have nots. My sister will applaud this Fredo moment.

"A Fredo Moment"

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