Posts by Bonnie Bazata:

Podcast: Ending poverty as an economic development goal

August 4, 2017 Published by

What is the link between poverty and economic development? To cut to the chase, what I really began to see was that we needed to put a new frame on this conversation on poverty. Otherwise we weren’t going to be able to get as much traction and investment in the…

We Are Better Together: Advancing Bridges Needs You

December 13, 2013 Published by

Over the last 10 years, Bridges Out of Poverty has taken off, both nationally and internationally. There are now more than 200 communities using some part of Bridges and Getting Ahead, and the need to connect us across sites and sectors drove the creation of our national nonprofit, Advancing Bridges,…

Reflection on Getting Ahead: Getting Ahead is sometimes hard to describe…

October 10, 2013 Published by

By Bonnie Bazata, St. Joseph County Bridges Out of Poverty Initiative Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World is sometimes hard to describe to people unfamiliar with it.  It is a facilitated process of discovery where information, concepts, and analytical tools are shared with people over 15-20 sessions where they explore the impact…

The Cost of Living Segregated Lives

May 17, 2012 Published by

Despite being known as the world’s melting pot, and despite decades of civil rights efforts towards integration, the truth of the matter is we live segregated lives. Dr. King said 11 a.m. Sunday is the most segregated hour in America.  A half a century later, less than 10% of churches…

One City, Two Worlds: Transportation’s Affect on Poverty and Community Sustainability

February 23, 2012 Published by

By Bonnie Bazata One city, two worlds. That is the difference between having a car and riding the bus and community sustainability. Few of us who drive cars really understand the difference that one reality—car or bus—can make: where you shop, what you buy, where you work, how often you…