Why A Living Wage Actually Grows Our Economy

In my new book I say something bold. “I will overturn many mistaken and long held false beliefs about our economy, who benefits, and even who is driving our economy and her economic growth.” In the last two months since it’s release I believe we have done just that, in my more than 70 major media interviews alone. Here is one of those false beliefs: paying workers a living wage (and not just...

We’re 650,000 Start-Ups Shy of a Revolution

Here is a shocking statistic, which has walked right by most mainstream media without much notice: According to the 2011 Census, for the first time in recorded history (since 1978), there were more small business deaths in America, than small business births.   If we don’t turn this around, America’s years as the world’s super power are numbered. That said, I see a rainbow, following this storm. In...

SunTrust Banks Unveils First Ever HOPE Inside Video, Featuring Partnership with Operation HOPE

Our founding national partner for HOPE Inside, SunTrust Banks, this week unveiled an inspiring 4-minute video message in tribute to our growing national partnership in and for HOPE Inside, which brings our work inside SunTrust Banks branches. This was officially unveiled during the opening of the HOPE Inside Memphis @ SunTrust location announcement this week. Check it out here, and let us know what you think!...

Solutions for a World Wrapped in Global Drama

There’s a whole lot going on in the world these days, and a great deal of it is very troubling. Very. But often, what you are seeing, is actually not what is really going on. Underneath the vast majority of the problems the world is facing and trying to deal with today is really not racial, or religious, or cultural, or even geo-political. It’s economic.  The Arab Spring was not about Islamic...

Nobody Wants A Dumb King

  Slide to unlock. Slide to power off. I am referring here to our own personal power, starting with our young people. The young people who will be the future leaders of our world, of our communities, and of our businesses and families. In the U.S. and other parts of the world, the new King may not be of traditional royal blue blood, but alternatively consumer green (as in U.S. currency). But nobody wants a...

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Financial Independence for a New Generation

I publish this essay on the day America celebrates its independence. Independence, as defined in the dictionary, means to be self determined, not requiring assistance, showing a desire for freedom. Many Americans feel neither independent nor free.For them, independence is a myth. Without wealth or the prospect of prosperity, independence is merely a word. I actually believe today that freedom means...

Business, Not Government, Desegregated the South. Lessons from 50 Years Ago for Fixing the Middle Class Today

Today marks 50 years since the signing of the Civil Rights Act in the United States. This pivotal piece of legislation outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. It ended unequal voter application requirements and racial segregation in general public places. The bill was initially an idea of President John F. Kennedy in 1963, in which he requested a piece of legislation that,...

The Business Case for Diversity

After speaking this week at the Mortgage Bankers Association inaugural Diversity Conference in Washington, D.C. as part of my National HOPE 100-City Book Tour, it became obvious to me that the business community generally uses the wrong lens when thinking through the issue of diversity in America (and quite possibly the rest of the world too). Commendations to the MBA for holding this conference, and focusing...

Saving America: One Derrick at a Time

“What’s it going to be ~ a pair of Nike Air Jordan shoes, or one share of Nike stock?” Detroit’s Young Derrick Is My Hope. Derrick lives in Detroit’s inner city and was about ten years old when I heard about him through our HOPE Global Youth Empowerment Group division. Derrick’s school was participating in our six-session Banking on Our Future financial literacy course at Operation HOPE,...

LINKEDIN INFLUENCER: De-Shaming Poverty for a New Generation

We step into a minefield of perspective and controversy when we say we set out to radically reimagine the solution to poverty. And we go even further when we seek to redefine our collective understanding of poverty itself. This new book of mine is meant to be bold, to turn so-called social and societal norms on their heads. My radical reimagining of the definition of poverty is what I call the HOPE Doctrine on...

Your New Economy: How To Turn $36 and Hustle Into A $200,000 Plus Annual Income

I recently met Eric McLean, a mobile notary public in Atlanta, who came by my office. As we signed documents I asked him how he became a notary. I assumed this was a part-time source of income for him. That’s what I get for assuming. McLean told me that he sort of stumbled into the business, beginning by paying the city $36 for a notary stamp. But he committed himself to working hard, and during his first month...

American Banker: How to Thwart Another Predatory Housing Crisis

Read original article here. John Bryant and Robert Gnaizda JUN 9, 2014 12:00pm ET Ten years ago, non-profit organizations the Greenlining Institute and Operation HOPE convened fifteen major banks—including Countrywide Financial and World Savings Bank—to urge restraints on irresponsible adjustable-rate mortgages and interest-only loans. Three months later, we met with former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan...

K-12 To Nowhere? Preparing Our Kids For Jobs That Actually Exist.

We tell our kids to go to school, K-12 (elementary school, middle school, and then high school), and then we tell them to graduate. Perfect. Right message. We then tell our kids to continue on to college, graduating there, and attaining some degree in higher education. Perfect. Right message here too. And then we tell our kids to then go find a job at either big business (or government). You can almost name...

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