The dominant narrative about poverty in the United States focuses on a perceived lack of discipline among the poor—a mindset that drives today’s assistance programs to be unnecessarily prescriptive and conditional on ‘good behavior.’ Such programs may triage financial stress, but do little to end persistent poverty.
At TPA, we believe lasting economic security is possible when we use human-centered design to understand that all people are capable of making their own best decisions, and build solutions to poverty based on that understanding.
If we approach our solutions to poverty with the mindset that ‘poor people’ are incapable of making the ‘right’ decisions for themselves and others, then we miss the opportunity to achieve greater impact.
To create an enduring difference in the lives of those experiencing persistent poverty, we must challenge the dominant narratives that get in the way of effective solutions. Through insightful discussions, expert interviews, and shared research in the field, TPA’s podcast explores ways to change our mindsets and build better programs for families living in poverty.
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