A very short treatise on the wealth gap

Pretend. There are 300 people in the world. 180 are workers. The rest are children, seniors, and stay at home parents. The economy generates $5 million per year in wealth. That averages $27,777 per worker. However… 90% of the wealth is owned by 20% of workers. In other words… 36 of the 180 own $4.5 … Continue reading A very short treatise on the wealth gap

How to End Poverty

You might expect a post by this title would include narrative about income, jobs, housing, child care, transportation, education, health services and so on. It is true we need to address these areas (and more!) if we are to end poverty. But the challenges we face are less about the actions above and the barriers we … Continue reading How to End Poverty

Guaranteed Minimum Annual Income in Alberta?

The Mayors of Edmonton and Calgary are talking about it (read). Many agree with them and I am one; it's worth a good look. In fact, I suggest that a guaranteed annual income be considered as a foundational strategy to lift hundreds of thousands of people out of poverty. Whether or not it will work … Continue reading Guaranteed Minimum Annual Income in Alberta?

Pictures tell the story: Income Inequality

"The top 10 per cent of earners have seen their share of income rise from 34 per cent in 1982 to 42.5 per cent in 2007. At the very top, the highest one per cent of earners in Canada accounted for almost one-third of all income growth from 1997-2007. "At the bottom of the income scale, … Continue reading Pictures tell the story: Income Inequality

The Charity Slam: Enough Already

It’s been going on for quite some time to be honest. Often it’s just subtle derision producing comments like “charities need to be more business-like” or “My goodness, how many charities do we really need?” Other times the charity slam manifests as a rant against “poverty pimps” or a rail against artists who create things … Continue reading The Charity Slam: Enough Already

Heretical Propositions: Toward Democratic Philanthropy (Part Two)

(CONTINUED...  If you missed Part One in this series, you can find it here.) It is well documented that those countries where the Income Gap between the wealthiest and poorest citizens tend to have a higher degree of crime, incarceration, mental illness, and health problems. Both the United States and Canada have wide gaps between … Continue reading Heretical Propositions: Toward Democratic Philanthropy (Part Two)

Expanding our Thinking about Poverty

For the majority of us, the experience of poverty is unimaginable. We intuit it must be difficult; we can read the reports of its impact and have some understanding, but in the end, we do not know poverty to the degree and depth those who live with it do. That said, think about the decisions … Continue reading Expanding our Thinking about Poverty