THINK! Poverty in Western Pennsylvania

Poverty is a multifaceted social problem that affects billions of people worldwide. Our focus is on the Pittsburgh region in this third Think! initiative. Working with the Art of Democracy and a diverse group of regional community partners directly involved in combating various elements of poverty, we have determined that our discussion of poverty must ask the following questions:

  • HOW CAN SYSTEMS & SERVICE PROVIDERS CHANGE TO REMOVE THE STIGMA AND REVEAL THE TRUE NATURE OF POVERTY?
  • IF POVERTY IS A SYSTEMIC PROBLEM THAT CAN BE SOLVED, HOW CAN WE CONTRIBUTE TO THE SOLUTION?
  • HOW CAN WE CREATE COALITIONS TO GENERATE POLITICAL AND SOCIAL MOVEMENTS TO ADDRESS POVERTY?

From its beginnings involving community organizational input, the initiative gathered momentum, moving into social media, online forums, and community gatherings, the project culminated in a broadcast town hall meeting.

THINK! Poverty in Western Pennsylvania aired on Dec 07, 2017.


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