WPC Book 1: Press Release

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 What do we do about inequality?

St. Louis, MO / Bangkok, Thailand – The Wicked Problems Collaborative (WPC) is proud to announce the release of our debut offering, “WPC Book 1: What do we do about inequality?” on U.S. Labor Day (9/5/16).

The economy isn’t working for most of us. Sure, a few have done exceptionally well in the wake of the Great Recession (Oxfam recently found that the world’s 62 richest people now have as much wealth as half of humanity), but most of us are working harder just to stay in place—while ever greater numbers find themselves unable to do even that.

But economic concerns are just the starting point. “What do we do about inequality?” works to inform the reader on a range of issues (including: wealth, income, race, access, power, and education) where imbalances foster unjust outcomes and threaten order. In tackling these issues, the WPC’s academics, activists, artists, business and NGO leaders, economists, and journalists offer 37 essays that work to help the reader see opportunities to move forward in collectively beneficial ways. (Chapter titles with author names and links to Twitter bios and affiliations are available at the bottom.)

  • Academics, Book Reviewers, and Journalists can request advance review copies here: (google form)
  • Journalists can request interviews via the WPC’s publisher, Chris Oestereich: (email)

Our next effort takes aim at the promise and peril of applying scientific advances. “What do we do with technology?” is due out in late 2017.

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WPC Book 1: What do we do about inequality?

(Chapter title | Author/twitter link – Affiliation)

  1. TO ADDRESS INEQUALITY, THINK GLOBAL | Dylan Matthews – Vox
  2. THE IDEOLOGICAL STRAITJACKET | Sean McElwee – Demos
  3. WHAT DOES EQUIPOTENTIALITY BRING TO THE TABLE IN TERMS OF EQUALITY? | Michel Bauwens – p2p Foundation
  4. INEQUALITY, UNCOUNTED | Alex Cobham – Tax Justice Network
  5. THE INEFFICIENCY OF INEQUALITY | Daniel Altman – NYU Stern
  6. IS CAPITALISM UNFAIR? | Chris MacDonald – Ryerson University
  7. THE PROBLEM OF INEQUALITY | Kevin Carson – Center for a Stateless Society
  8. TOWARDS RENOUNCING PERSONAL PRIVATIZATION | Nicholas Archer – Middlesex County College
  9. THE INEQUALITY OF WILDNESS AND THE NECESSITY OF WILDNESS FOR EQUALITY | Megan Hollingsworth – Extinction Witness
  10. THE STICKINESS OF INJUSTICE | Jennifer Reft – reftpt
  11. NOBLE FICTIONS AND SACRED TEXTS | Paul Fidalgo– Center for Inquiry
  12. THE VOICES THAT ARE NOT YOUR OWN: MAINTAINING CHOICE IN THE AGE OF THE ALGORITHM | John C. Havens – johnchavens.com
  13. THE EMPATHY DEFICIT: WHY THE INEQUALITY CRISIS IS ALSO A CRISIS OF EMPATHY | Robin Cangie – robinoula
  14. BILLIONAIRES WITH DRONES: FROM OLIGARCHY TO NEOMEDIEVALISM | Frank A. Pasquale – University of Maryland
  15. WHAT SHOULD THE WORLD LEARN FROM THE EXPERIENCE OF INEQUALITY IN LATIN AMERICA? | Patrick Iber – University of Texas at El Paso
  16. OCCUPY SANDY AND THE FUTURE OF SOCIALISM | Sam Knight – The District Sentinel
  17. THE “PLACE OF BIRTH” LOTTERY | David Kaib – American University & Chris Oestereich – WPC
  18. INEQUALITY AND THE BASIC INCOME GUARANTEE | Scott Santens – scottsantens.com
  19. THE AGE OF INEQUALITY: CAUSES, DISCONTENTS, AND A RADICAL WAY FORWARD | Jason Hickel – LSE & Alnoor Ladha – The Rules
  20. TWENTIETH CENTURY SOLUTIONS WON’T WORK FOR TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY INEQUALITY | David O. Atkins – Washington Monthly
  21. THE STATE OF AFFAIRS: HEADING FROM BAD TO WORSE | Adnan Al-Daini – Foreign Policy Journal
  22. THE TRAGEDY OF OUR MIDDLE CLASS | Peter Barnes – peter-barnes.org
  23. POST-SCARCITY ECONOMICS: WHY ARE SOME PUNDITS AND ECONOMISTS STILL ENAMORED OF AUSTERITY? | Tom Streithorst – LARB
  24. INCOME INEQUALITY: WHAT’S WRONG WITH IT, AND WHAT’S NOT | F. Spagnoli – Cosmologically Insignificant
  25. TURMOIL & TRANSITION | Harold Jarche – jarche.com
  26. KNOWLEDGE, POWER, AND A POTENTIAL SHIFT IN SYSTEMIC INEQUALITY | Jon Husband – Wirearchy
  27. THE QUESTION OF INEQUALITY: A VIEW FROM INDIA | Akhila Vijayaraghavan – The Green Den
  28. WHAT YOU KNOW IS BASED ON WHO YOU KNOW | Deborah Mills-Scofield – mills-scofield.com
  29. INEQUALITY IS ABOUT THE POOR, NOT ABOUT THE RICH | Miles Kimball – University of Michigan
  30. TO TACKLE EXTREME POVERTY, WE MUST TAKE ON EXTREME INEQUALITY | Nick Galasso – Oxfam & Gawain Kripke – Oxfam
  31. ADDRESSING WEALTH EQUALITY WITH INVESTING SOLUTIONS FROM NATURE, NURTURE, AND SCIENCE | Rosalinda Sanquiche – Ethical Markets
  32. THE LOGIC OF STUPID POOR PEOPLE: STATUS, POVERTY AND GATEKEEPING | Tressie McMillan Cottom – Virginia Commonwealth University
  33. POOR CHOICES | Melonie Fullick – York University
  34. THE PARTICIPATION GAP | Devin Stewart – Carnegie Council
  35. GETTING THE FRAME RIGHT | KoAnn Skrzyniarz – Sustainable Brands
  36. THE FIRST JOB CREATOR | Adam Kotsko – Shimer College
  37. LIFE IN THE TREETOPS: A CHOICE OF CHASTENING PRIVATION OR DEBASING PROSPERITY | Chris Oestereich – WPC

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