PRESS RELEASE — WPC Book 1: What do we do about inequality?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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.

Questions & Interview requests: chris@wickedproblemscollaborative.com or 636.395.0660

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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 Santensscottsantens.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-DainiForeign 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.om

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-Scofieldmills-scofield.com

29. INEQUALITY IS ABOUT THE POOR, NOT ABOUT THE RICH | Miles KimballUniversity 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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The Melting Away of North Atlantic Social Democracy

Plutocrats and their ideologues like to claim that too equal an income distribution destroys incentives to work and turns us into a “nation of takers.” But a return to the inequality levels of the 1960s would not turn us into Maoist China. In the relevant range of levels of inequality, it is much more likely that higher inequality will slow growth by depriving the non-rich of the resources to invest in themselves, their children, and their enterprises; It will further slow growth by focusing effort on helping the rich keep what they have at the cost of squelching the development of the new.
-J. Bradford Delong

Source: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/features/marchtoinequality/fourmeltingsocialdemocracy/

You can’t build the new thing when you’re fighting for survival.

Power, Poverty, Gender and Injustice: The local impact of inequality | ActionAid

Much of the recent debate on inequality has focused on the big picture of how a few individuals (62, in Oxfam’s January paper) have the same wealth as half the world’s population. As usefully provocative as these findings are, ActionAid wants to be sure that we also focus on the lived experience of inequality at the local level. Although we have victories against inequality, this piece aims to highlight how in our work we have witnessed the impact of the excessive power of the wealthiest, of transnational corporations, of large-scale farmers and other elites devastating the lives of the poorest and most disadvantaged people.

Inequality is about power and the domination it allows. Such domination is common at the global, the national, the community, and the household levels, perpetrated by both local and global actors

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Source: http://www.actionaid.org/2016/02/power-poverty-gender-and-injustice-local-impact-inequality

The costs of inequality: When a fair shake isn’t | Harvard Gazette

It’s a seemingly nondescript chart, buried in a Harvard Business School (HBS) professor’s academic paper.A rectangle, divided into parts, depicts U.S. wealth for each fifth of the population. But it appears to show only three divisions. The bottom two, representing the accumulated wealth of 124 million people, are so small that they almost don’t even show up.

Source: The costs of inequality: When a fair shake isn’t | Harvard Gazette

Collectively, the bottom 40% of the population in the U.S. has negative wealth. Less than zero.