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Podcast: Bridges Out of Poverty and the faith community

November 2, 2018 Published by

Unlike a lot of the other things that are out there being used to help people in poverty get out, this is not about us telling the individual that they’re in poverty or they’re in middle class or what their problem is and here’s the plan they need to work...

Krebs to interviewer: Politics not an organization of hatreds

October 31, 2018 Published by

In an interview with Akron Today Magazine, Gene Krebs and Phil DeVol remind us that politics is not the way we organize our hatreds. Instead, in their work with Bridges Out of Poverty communities, the pair “have seen people of all political persuasions working together on poverty issues.” That all-in-together...

Re-imagining the path to student success

October 25, 2018 Published by

When I talk with staff and faculty on college campuses, I often begin the conversations with an invitation: Think about one or two college students you have known who were especially or exceptionally successful. What characteristics or attributes contributed to the students’ success? If you could develop a “formula” for...

New release: A Framework for Understanding Poverty, 6th Edition

October 23, 2018 Published by

New Chapters on the Brain, Intersectionality, and Parents Simple, proven strategies that schools can start using today With a view through an economic lens that has only become sharper and more focused since its initial publication in 1995, Framework’s premise is unchanged: Middle-class understandings of children and adults in poverty...

What I am reading right now…

October 17, 2018 Published by

In 12 Rules for Life, Peterson examines how it is that killers like Hitler and Stalin can co-opt huge numbers of people to follow them. And he offers as an antidote to chaos 12 rules that will help an individual avoid chaos and have meaning. He examines how one has...

‘Opportunity Atlas’ provides hard data to deepen community discussion

October 11, 2018 Published by

In Bridges and Getting Ahead we identify four causes of poverty.  One of the research clusters is about “Community Conditions.” The Opportunity Atlas can be used by Bridges trainers to deepen community discussions. Getting Ahead groups can investigate this information when they are in modules 4 and 8. People are...

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Ruby Payne embarks on ‘Emotional Poverty’ national tour

September 25, 2018 Published by

Ruby Payne, author of A Framework for Understanding Poverty, is touring throughout the U.S. to promote her new book and professional development training, Emotional Poverty. Payne’s previous national tours for Framework were wildly successful; her speaking engagements alone have reached more than 1 million people. Framework has sold nearly 2...

SATtalks: Saccocio brings Bridges to national church leaders conference

September 20, 2018 Published by

Michael Saccocio is an aha! Process consultant who has transformed Schenectady, New York, using antipoverty concepts and strategies from Framework, Bridges, and Getting Ahead. But what you may not know is that the network Saccocio built would not have been possible without his strong faith and a church-backed mission. In...

Together Initiative to cover 900 miles to Atlanta in fifth annual bike trip

September 18, 2018 Published by

For five years bicyclists from The Together Initiative have been traveling hundreds of miles to attend the Addressing the Challenges of Poverty conference. The conference is hosted by aha! Process and sponsors Emerge Solutions and CharityTracker and runs September 23 to 25 The bikers always start from Pequea Valley, Pennsylvania,...