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By Alicia Atkinson and Elizabeth Escobar Walking into $13 million Express Credit Union, a community-based credit union located in South King County, Washington, you are immediately surrounded by representation of community: flyers sharing local events in multiple languages (such as Spanish and Somali), surveys asking for feedback and member highlight stories; in short, you learn...
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Immigrants and refugees are an important segment of the population to include in financial opportunity on a moral and ethical basis. Many financial capability programming have focused on increasing engagement and inclusion of these communities into mainstream financial resources. However, this has often been done by focusing on the individuals’ knowledge, skills, and ability to...
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April Newsletter: EmpACT: Employment as a Practice “Human dignity, the ability to establish a sense of self-worth and self-respect and to enjoy the respect of others, is necessary for a fully realized life. Working with dignity is a fundamental part of achieving a life well-lived, yet the workplace often poses challenging obstacles because of mismanagement...
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Training is Not Enough to Sustain Change in Organizations The Prosperity Agenda leverages a person-centered, design led approach to generate new products and services that reflect the values and goals of families experiencing poverty. We listen to community members and staff to find inspiration and surface hidden assumptions. To learn and understand the context maintaining...
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GiveBIG to The Prosperity Agenda 2019   On May 8, 2019, The Prosperity Agenda is participating in Seattle’s annual GiveBIG event. Dedicated to reforming the status quo in order to end persistent poverty, The Prosperity Agenda partners with non-profits and government agencies to change the mental models that are harmful to the financial wellness and...
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March Newsletter: Futures At the 2016 Aspen Ideas Festival about investment and impact measurement, Sasha Dichter, Chief Innovation Officer for Acumen, said “[organizations] are hard-wired to reach large numbers of people… but we need more than just big numbers to tell us if we are actually changing people’s lives. We need to know if we...
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Family-Centered Coaching presents: Family-Centered Employment On March 23, 2019, the 2019 NAWB Forum announced the new program, Family-Centered Employment. Family-Centered Employment is a collaboration between Family-Centered Coaching and Innovate+Educate, which seeks to advance new pathways to employment for parents and families with young children. The Two-Generation approach provides opportunities to meet the needs of children...
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February Newsletter: More Than “Making Ends Meet” “An estimated 70 million people in the United States have a serious misdemeanor or felony arrest or conviction record that could impact their ability to find a job. [And], each year about 630,000 people, on average, are released from state and federal prisons across the country after completing...
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