St. Louis, MO — 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 tip of the iceberg. “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 are available at the bottom.)
Journalists interested in interviews can reach the WPC’s publisher/editor, Chris Oestereich, via email, and advance review copies (available to academics, book reviewers, and journalists) can be requested here: http://goo.gl/forms/1FiscGY7hYqdGvGi1
Our next effort, a look at the promise and peril of the application of scientific advances, “What do we do with technology?” is expected in late 2017.
Black women lead just .04% of the total number of women-led tech startups in the U.S., according to a newly released report by Digital Undivided’s #ProjectDiane—a research study evaluating 88 tech companies led by black women. Of that group, only 11 had raised $1 million or more. The remaining 77 raised an average of just $36,000, a gaping discrepancy compared to the average of $1.3 million raised for all startups—led by mostly white, male founders—who have historically received over 97% of all venture capital funding.
Why do working-class Americans vote as they do? The question has long bedeviled analysts on the left, troubled that people who would largely benefit from a more robust government seem so often to vote for right-leaning politicians eager to cut federal programs to pay for tax cuts for the rich. The unusual Republican presidential primary, evolving from one surprise to the next, has revived the debate, but with an important racial coda. As Donald Trump and Ted Cruz surge in the polls, buoyed by the enthusiastic support of angry white men, they raise a narrower question: What’s going on with working-class whites? Though subtle, this variation reflects an important shift in American politics: Perhaps even more than economic status, racial, ethnic and cultural identity is becoming a main driver of political choice. It suggests that the battle over the purpose and configuration of the American government — what it’s for, who it serves — may become more openly about “us” versus “them,” along ethnic lines.