We are honored that so many before us have studied poverty - it is important to understand some of the research that informs why we believe poverty is the single greatest challenge to human empowerment AND ultimate thriving!

This virtual book club will showcase authors that we think have done a thorough job detailing the issues and suggesting pathways for societal improvements.

Book number 1: Scarcity

Book number 2: How To Kill A City

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In Sendhil Mullainathan’s book, Scarcity, he presents a paradigm-challenging examination of how scarcity—and our flawed responses to it—shapes our lives, our society, and our culture. Why do successful people get things done at the last minute? Why does poverty persist? Why do organizations get stuck firefighting? Why do the lonely find it hard to make friends? These questions seem unconnected, yet evidence show that they are all are examples of a mindset produced by scarcity.


In the fight for economic opportunity and racial justice nothing could be more important than housing. Without stable housing and a physical home address, it is nearly impossible to find reputable employment and climb out of poverty.

Peter Moskowitz helps answer the deceptively simple question of who can and can't afford to pay the rent which goes to the heart of America's crises of race and inequality. Furthermore, his observations on poverty through the lens of ‘gentrification’ are powerful.