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#American Dream 2.0 - the American Dream is broken due to low social mobility. How do we fix it?

Suggested by Jeremy Burton for Unmet Needs on Jun 9, 2021

Upvoted by AG Alan GuarinoBH Brenda HatterySA Sunil AgarwalLG Luciano Giannini Lissette AriasCA Chukwuemeka AmadiAC Anurag ChandraEo Elijah ogbonnia

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BH
5 months ago

Brand & Strategy Consultant @ DBH Consulting

I read Hillbilly Elegy a few years ago and it's still a worthwhile read on this topic. The Brookings Institute touches on some important issues regarding social mobility here https://www.brookings.edu/blog/social-mobility-memos/2016/09/01/if-you-read-hillbilly-elegy-you-should-read-this-paper-too/

Hire a hillbilly -- the easy thing to say but the difficult thing to do unless you're also going to mentor that hillbilly into a successful career. OTOH, paving a path so that someone with roots in poverty can have the social mobility needed to achieve more -- THAT is something possible but requires focused efforts during early childhood and continued opportunities into adulthood. At the high school level, adolescents are still a bundle of high potential and with mentoring, paid internships, scholarships, and social support, they can vault into another level of success beyond that which their families have achieved before

+ Mentorship programs

+ Paid internships

+ Scholarships

+ Consistent social support

Jeremy Burton core team
5 months ago

CEO / Founder @ Platform

Great points. @Brett Wischow @Lissette Arias these points feel very related to the other ideas we've discussed.

I have cued-up Hillbilly Elegy on Blinkist.