A Few Thousand Dollars, Sparking Prosperity for Everyone: A Book Talk with Robert E. Friedman
The Aspen Institute is pleased to host Robert Friedman to discuss his new book A Few Thousand Dollars: Sparking Prosperity for Everyone on Monday, October 22 at Noon.
RSVP is required for this public event.
Nearly half of Americans do not have a few thousand dollars to weather an unexpected illness, job loss, or accident. This causes many Americans, especially in communities of color to be locked out of the mainstream economy, unable to add their talents, work, and dreams, unable to share in the bounty of this economy. Without a nest egg most Americans cannot invest in their future—and the future of our country—through saving, entrepreneurship, education, and homeownership. We can—and we should—do better.
Helaine Olen, author and journalist, will moderate a conversation with longtime leader in the field of asset-building Robert E. Friedman as he demonstrates how a few simple policy changes would address wealth inequality—and build a better economy and a stronger country for us all. In six sharp, compelling chapters, accented by sixteen original black-and-white illustrations by Rohan Eason that present the realities of income and asset inequality and explain the needed policy interventions, Friedman addresses savings, business, education, home, and prosperity to articulate a vision for making inclusive investments without spending an additional dollar. This is an investment with a huge return: the redemption of the American promise of prosperity for all and closing the racial wealth divide.