Poverty is the Elephant in the Room

Or: Why we don’t talk

To those of you just tuning in, this post is part four in a four-part series. I recommend starting with the single-page version of all entries. In that concatenated version, I edit out most of this last post. It’s better without it. This is a whole other topic, to cover differently, later. (1)

Recap.

So far, we have covered:

Section 1: Introductions: who I am and why I care about poverty.

Section 2: What we are talking about when we talk about poverty, including:

    • A handy flowchart diagram of the current poverty dialogue
    • Point #1: “Poor people aren’t motivated” is the start, not the end, of the conversation.
    • Point #2: Poverty is not about money.
    • Point #3: Wealth is about resources, momentum and options.
    • Point #4: Poverty is not one thing.
      • Point #4.1: There is more than one kind of poverty.
      • Point #4.2: There is more than one kind of poor person.
    • The Four New-Yorkshiremen Ritual: how we disqualify ourselves
    • Point #5: Despite how it looks sometimes, most people care about poverty.

Section 3: What we should be talking about, including:

    • Point #6: The solution to first world poverty is to know a poor person.
    • Point #7: Human beings don’t just think with our brains; we also think with our guts.
    • Four awkward things about talking to poor people
    • Five hints for communicating with the wealthy
    • Five best practices of friend-toring

Internet response:

In the internet response to this recent installment, I’ve seen one main point raised:

How would I even find a poor person to know?

This brings us to our final episode:

Section 4: Why we don’t talk.

After this entry was released, I also started hearing that I got too wound up and shouty in this one, and needed to tone it down to be heard better. I think that’s dead right, and have rewritten it to be mellower. If you’re thinking “this is mellower?!” the answer is … oh yeah. : D

This topic is a minefield.

According to this article, there are an estimated hundred million undetonated landmines littering the surface of the planet. One typically finds them in countries where life is already super, super hard, even without landmines. They kill a lot of livestock and a lot of curious kids.

How bad is it?

“Mines can cost as little as $3 to produce yet the necessary care involved in clearing a landmine costs more than US$2000 a mine. Even then, one accident occurs for every 1800-2000 mines cleared. For every one hour spent in laying mines, over 100 hours are spent de-mining to remove the same number of mines. If we stopped laying mines NOW and continued clearing at current rates, the world would be free of mines in the year 3100. One estimate of the cost of clearing the world’s landmines is US$33 Billion. Unfortunately, mines are being laid 25 times faster than they are being cleared.”

In short: we’re fucked, right? Our best plan so far has been to run living dogs over every square inch of the ground, to see where they turn into dead dogs. Not great.

Human brains store information by compressing realities (which are huge) into abstractions (which are smaller). When we encounter a problem, we form a mental model of that problem, and all of our thoughts are based off of that model. The model is the foundation for every question we ask as we try to solve the problem.

The longstanding mental model of the landmine situation, is something like this:

Landmines are invisible and silent. Therefore, to save lives, we must remove the landmines. We can only do that by having something or someone approach them physically, one at a time. That means there’s a major risk of that thing or person being destroyed.

Once that becomes unquestioned – becomes Truth, with a capitol “T” – then your questions boil down to:

How much is it worth it to lose, to excavate another landmine? How many dollars? How many lives? For a game of catch-up that, mathematically, you will never ever win?

Pointless. Unsolvable. Infinite. And so mind-bogglingly depressing that to even try to talk about it with somebody in any honest manner, is to exude the scent of failure. This, as we’ve established, gives nice polite people the screaming heebie-jeebies, which drives them away, which ends the conversation.

From here, it’s only a matter of time until we give up. Then we’ve got another million people who already wanted to scream at us for how much it sucks to be poor, but who now also want to scream at us about how much it sucks to live near landmines. And, as usual, we are tiny and powerless by comparison. We get sad. We feel guilty and helpless. We don’t want to even mention it in polite company because it is so hopeless, all it’s going to do is ruin the mood. So we don’t think about it, and we don’t talk about it, and guess what? Big surprise. Nothing ever changes. Landmines, forever. The fate of the world.

Well, somebody didn’t buy that crap. One day, some crazy innovative badasses got up out of their chairs and said: Screw this whole scene, daddy-o. And they began genetically-engineering landmine detecting plants.

How this works is, you fly a plane over an area you believe to contain landmines, and you scatter the seeds. Within weeks, the plants grow, and when they grow near a mine, they turn red. Voila. Instant minefield map, everywhere, all at once. From the air.

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Big step up from exploding dogs, isn’t it?

Innovation isn’t about techniques and findings.

Innovation is what happens when you haul out an old mental model, and you say: No matter how hard I shake this thing, it will never get me where I want to go. So you scrap it. You ask a better question.

When I see someone has invented landmine-detecting-plants, my first thought isn’t how does it work, or when will it go to market. My first thought is “What question did they ask?”

Here, I see:

How can we neutralize the danger of landmines for pennies on the dollar, all over an entire country, all at once, without endangering any lives whatsoever?

That, my friends, is one good freaking question. It’s enticing. It’s sexy. It’s full of life and brilliance. It begs you to start thinking again, start talking. To jump into the interesting new thing that’s about to happen. To play with it.

“How do I even begin to know a poor person?” is not a good question. It is the sad little wilted garnish upon a mental model which has nothing left to offer us. No initiative. No new ideas. It is grey, flat, and dead. It exposes us as painfully, transparently out of ideas. No momentum left. No motor.

To know a poor person, naturally, we must figure out how to meet one. The problem isn’t that the question exists. The problem is that it persists. We glitch on it and run down like a clockwork doll. How. How do we meet a poor person. I don’t know. And…. for all our passion to help… we find our minds silent.

We’re not glitching because we can’t think of an answer. The mere idea of being unable to answer “how can I meet a driven poor person” is, on its face, absurd. We are a mind-bogglingly innovative species.

Oscar Pistorius and his bionic legs, barred from the 2008 Olympics for his “unfair advantage.”

Oscar Pistorius and his bionic legs, barred from the 2008 Olympics for his “unfair advantage.”

Sure, you might not personally know any poor people right now (which is remarkable enough, right?). But, you probably know someone who does. Or, you know someone who knows someone. As Will Someone Please Address member @KayeAdler said: “As far as how to meet poor people? How do you meet ANYONE?”

We aren’t stuck here because we can’t think of ideas. With all of our resources, social networks, books, blogs, and all of our massive internets, we CAN think of ideas. We can ask a friend. We can hang out at the public library.

Email a PoW institution, and say: “Which one of your members has a ton of potential and could use some help?” Hell. Let’s make it really easy. We can post, right now, on Facebook: “Hey guys. Know anybody who is super driven and super poor and, I dunno, loves horror movies? Give me a call.”

It took me less than five minutes to generate this list. So easy. So easy. So why can’t we answer it?

Here is the truth: we can’t answer it, because we can’t live with what happens if we do.

You remember that wacky flowchart diagram I showed at the beginning, of the ritualized conversations about poverty? We may go about the ritual differently, but all of us, across all our ideologies, share one thing. We share a vision of what success in solving poverty would mean for us. We never talk about it. But we all have it. Every swimlane. And this vision is what motivates us.

The vision is the fuel in our motor.

The Things that Everybody Knows

“Everybody knows the fight is fixed:
the poor stay poor, and the rich get rich, that’s how it goes.
And everybody knows.”

So. When I asked you what the world will be like when poor people come up, what did you think?

Let me guess. You thought:

If a bunch of poor people come up, we will have to, A:

Overthrow capitalism, reject every technological innovation since the 1800s, and either instantly invent a new fully-functioning economic system out of thin air, or revert to kilts and Feudalism;

Or B:

Die in a fiery environmental apocalypse which consumes the planet and destroys the entire human race.

So!

Let’s solve poverty, everybody! Who’s with me? Let’s get cracking.

….No? …Anyone?

:: M0d cocks head and listens ::

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So. About that.

Meet the human race’s single greatest enemy: the things that everybody knows.

So I’m going to talk about that. And when I say “talk,” I mean get upon my chair, grab a megaphone and fight the power until ever last human being on earth has a future. I hope you get right on up with me.

I now invoke my personal version of Scalzi’s Mallet of Loving Correction

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:: M0d opens a small box and removes THE CAPS-LOCK OF JUSTICE ::

:: M0d sets glass of water on podium ::

:: M0d clears throat ::

You have to keep poor people poor or the world will break.

Obviously.

Everybody knows you have to have poor people to have rich people.

It’s obvious.

:: M0d shrugs ::

Right?

Actually, as it turns out, no. No. YOU DON’T.

But you think you do. You. The person sitting right over there on the other side of this screen. If you truly care about human injustice (and let’s face it, if you’re reading this, you do), and yet you somehow cannot bring yourself to imagine how you, personally, can meet a poor person and make a place for them in your life, it is because you are infected by this idea.

This idea, that you must have a whole lot of poor people for the human race to advance, is not the Truth. It is humanity’s legacy code. It is a viral ideological artifact. It is a fool thing, and it is wrong. But worse than that, is that this idea causes societal behaviors that make absolutely everything worse. This idea ensures failure. I tell you, it must be fixed.

The Geek Has Spoken, and The Geek Says NO.

Back in the day, four AM would find me in the iHOP drinking bad coffee with my friends, searching for the Truth in life. I was a philosopher. I wanted answers. Simple. One answer, forever. Life, solved.

Nowadays, four AM finds me in the iHOP with my friends, scribbling diagrams on napkins. I am a Geek. Now, I don’t give a crap about answers, because answers cause conversations to end. Now, what I want is to build things that work.

I don’t want a truth, to turn into a worldview. I want a goal, to turn into a feature spec.

That belief up there, that piece of legacy code, stems from our great, ultimate, secret, pervasive goal: to progress as a species. That goal is written into us humans more deeply than any other directive, and there is no changing it. We must. Progress. Society itself, with all of its sociological and technological innovations, is a product we built to make that goal come true. And, in our current feature spec, we have it written that to do that, to advance, we must have an enormous portion of the human race in a poverty. Permanent poverty, with few to no escape routes. From here, from this starting point, there can be no movement. Landmines, forever. The fate of the world.

To jump from here, where we are the sorts of people who can’t figure out how to meet a poor person, to there, where we are the sorts of people who invent color-changing landmine detecting plants, we must start from somewhere else. To do big things, to solve big problems, we need electric goals, that set our minds to bright, flickering, hungry, eager life. Goals and questions are the electricity that power your idea machine. If you’re out of ideas, it’s not because you’re not smart. You are smart. You’re just out of juice, because you have contracted a dead idea.

The value of a goal is measured in units of potential energy. If your goal isn’t hot enough to blaze up that lightbulb over your head, don’t throw away the lightbulb. Instead, find a better goal.

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Don’t ask whether “poor stay poor, rich get rich, that’s how it goes” is true or not. Ask whether it’s a dead idea. Ask whether it generates thoughts in your head and conversations with your friends, or whether it silences them. If it silences them, there is your answer. 

Any belief that leads to silence,
can never, by the very laws of cognitive physics,
generate a fraction as much innovation
as a belief that makes people
think a lot and talk to each other.

But ok — ok, fine, you say. Ok, but it IS true, though. It IS true that we need a huge poverty class to keep a wealthy class. I mean that’s all very nice. ButIMeanComeOn.

No. It is dead. It is useless. It’s destructive. And it’s also inaccurate.


Point #8:
The idea that the poor have to stay poor for the wealthy to stay wealthy, is total bullshit.

The only reason it’s true that poor people have to stay down, for the wealthy to stay up, is that everyone keeps @!#* saying that. Every person. Every swimlane. Forgone conclusion. Decided. Over. Done. Dead.

This whole ideological fiasco is based on the assumption that empowering the poor will add no value, and folks, it drives my efficiency-minded geek brain straight-up insane. This belief is not a feature. It’s a bug. Our customers hate it and it is destroying our performance goals. It’s that “Just World Hypothesis” cognitive bias, sitting in the middle of the room like a filthy ten-thousand-pound elephant, staring fixedly at us while we drink our tea and talk about Jennifer Lawrence’s acting career.

Poor people are not lesser. Poor people are a big ol’ party sampler of different types of people, just like the wealthy. You know how you wealthy folks have some true visionaries in the mix? Real game changers? Well guess what?

So do we.

All told, we actually have millions of them.

Get it?

They’re stuck too.

We have geniuses. Inventors. Artists. We have leaders. Those people you read about. Those people you name entire days after. We have them. Right now. Stuck in those rudderless boats, spinning from collision to sea monster, and endlessly bailing out water. And when we come up get our hands on a decent boat , we are going to blow your freaking minds.

Remember that bit earlier, about how fighting your way out of poverty gives you superpowers in the WoW? Well, try this on for size.

Dear World of Wealth!
Hey, you look like you’ve got some pretty tough problems coming down the pipe!
Global hunger. Overpopulation. Environmental fucktitude!
No offense, but frankly, you look stuck!
Say!
How would you like an army of
one million fresh, ultra-motivated innovators,
every one of whom has literally decades of training in,
I don’t know,
solving wicked complex problems
in a severe resource scarcity?

Because it just so happens, I know a guy.
He says he can get them to you in a single generation.
He says they’re literally just sitting around over there, all day long,
bailing water out of rudderless boats!

Allow me to introduce you!
He and/or she is reading this article.

I put it to you
That this “limited environmental resources” project is stuck in the mud
And it is something
We should really figure out
Or it will destroy,
LET ME CHECK,
OH YEAH,
THE ENTIRE HUMAN RACE.

::M0d gasps for breath::

Wealthy, you know how there’s this thing where you have lots of resources, so you’re always casually using them whenever you want something? Well, guess what? Poor people don’t have those. So, we make the most of what we have by using fewer resources. It’s actually, literally our entire deal.

So how about if we came up there to teach you a thing or two about how to use resources? 

Yep! I said it! Everybody thinks the PoW of the world need training. Well, that’s probably true. We do need training. But you know what, WoW? So do you.

Neither worldview is complete on its own. Neither is accurate. PoW and WoW are halves of a whole. We are hemespheres of the mind. We should speak to each other.

WoW, I put it to you that you are keeping your best experts in resource use locked behind a door of metrics and pointless conversations.

There is no valid reason to keep poor people poor. We are all on the same team, team Human Race. Hear me. We need each other in order to live.

::M0d straightens jacket collar::
::M0d takes sip of water::

World of Wealth, don’t panic! I’m not saying the poor are going to come up there and say we’ve got to abandon all our brilliant modern conveniences. The whole reason we want to come up there is so that we can have some too! When poor people become wealthy, the world will not end. It’ll just change some. Did you really think that just because you can’t solve the global resource problem, it can’t be done? WoW, we love you, but you have no training in this.  WE DO. (1)

And so help me god, if we can make a buck doing it, we’re bloody well going to! Am I right, Poverty World? Ever sucked your last drop of ingenuity out of a dry rag to figure out how to turn a dead car into a medical service, speak politely to your tyrant asshole neighbor despite having, what, 3 hours of sleep, complete five hours of work in thirty minutes, heal four broken hearts and make a buck while doing it? Sound like last Wednesday? Awesome. Now picture yourself with safety. Sanity. Rest. Some self-respect, how does that sound? A couple of bullshit weekends a month where you never actually do anything because you totally don’t need to. And one hell of a lot of social and academic education. I’m telling you. Superpowers.


Poverty World
, we are better than them at this. We are more resourceful, literally meaning we are better at using resources. Not by a little. By a lot. We get efficiency and complexity in ways they never will. Resource management is, itself, our greatest resource. We have spent our entire lives being trained for this specific job. Finally, after twenty thousand years of civilization, we actually have something they need.

Poverty World, would you make this deal? If the WoW help you come up, will you take on the resource problem so that we can get every last fucking human being out of that tar pit hellhole? If the answer is “yes”: don’t tell me.

Go on the internet and TELL THEM.

(1) Also, we will not all come up at once. So chill.

Point #9: Form questions based on goals. Form goals based on lunatic optimism.

Please do not let me kid you here. I don’t have the answers.

What I do have are a bunch of half-baked ideas for the future, some of which have potential, and some of which are stupid, but all of which sound better at motivating us to solve poverty than:

If we ever truly help the poor, it means the end of Capitalism forever, and therefore, the end of the civilized world.

Remember that part where I said I’d stand up on my chair and shout into a megaphone? This is that bit. Dear human being who is reading this article: I am not shouting at you. You of all people, who made it to the fourth installment of an extremely long piece about a tough topic, are the last person I want to shout at. You’ve handed me your time and energy for what, an hour? A long time, anyway. Because you want change. You’re awesome.

But that belief, man. That belief is a killer. It is a living, breathing set of ideas that are so blindingly, excruciatingly wrong, it makes my good ol’ efficiency-minded-geek nervous system try to crawl straight out of my body. It is defeatist. Disempowered. Unimaginative. Weak

And, thank god, it is
total bullshit.

We need a better mental model, so we can have a better question, so we can have a new conversation, so we can begin thinking again. We need to wake up from this terrible dream where we somehow accept the world with horrific poverty on every continent, as it slides closer every year to global collapse. Accepting this will never get us where we want to be.

We must have a new idea.  

Not: “How do we even meet a single poor person, so we can help them, and in doing so, destroy the world?”

But instead: “How do we both (a) keep making lots of new technology to make life fascinating and easy, and also (b) give everybody on the planet the resources to have some basic human dignity, and to become whatever it is they’re supposed to be?”

How can we get there? How do we create a bunch of new, brilliant innovators to help us do that?

World of Wealth. You know how I said – and so rudely, too – that you guys just do not have training in making the most of your resources? Well sometimes, you even fail to notice huge piles of resources that are sitting right under your nose.

For example: us.

WoW, look past our situation, and see our strength. There are a lot, and I mean a LOT, of poor people out there who will do absolutely anything to get out of poverty, including change the world.

All you have to do is help us. With your own hands. Know us. Talk to us, find the ones that shine bright, and become a part of our lives. Grab the hand that’s reaching out. Once you do, it might start to hit you in the feels. Even then: don’t let go. Grab hard and pull.

And we’ll all climb out of this thing together.

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So have a little hope, for Pete’s sake. Don’t give up. If I can do it, you can do it. You are not stuck. Get back up. You are not trapped. Get back up. Human race. Try again. Get back up. Come back to life.

YOU.

READER.

SHOW ME
YOUR MOTOR.

Human race: there is only one way out of a bad situation. You fall down, you get back up, and you learn.

:: M0d takes a sip of water ::

So let’s put our heads together, here. Let’s find some way to talk to each other.

That’s how we get it. This is how we get a vaguely egalitarian society on a thriving planet. We talk. There is no other way. There is no solution that lets us get out of talking to each other. That, my friends, is it.

So, which is it? Go big? Or go home?

My money’s on go big.”

Therefore: I declare an official end to the Four New Yorkshiremen Ritual. It is done. Poof! It’s over.

Point #10: I officially, here in front of the entire world, give you permission to talk about poverty.

You may recall from our first entry, that I, the Moderator of Will Someone Please Address, actually do not give a fuck about Linda Tirado’s past. Well you know what? I don’t give a fuck about yours, either. If somebody tells you you aren’t qualified to speak about poverty, you tell them yes you are. I bloody well say so.

I know this because I, myself, am qualified to speak about poverty. Let’s face it: in the Oppression Olympics, I took a silver. I’ve lived all over the world and I’ve talked deeply with many hundreds of people about their lives. My story’s not the worst I’ve ever heard, and it’s not the best. I’m a person. I’ve got my blinders just like everybody else. Hell, now I’ve got both poverty blinders and wealth blinders! I judge, I dismiss, I’m incredibly stubborn! I write lengthy polemics on the internet about things nobody wants to talk about! I am frequently stupid and wrong.

Nonetheless, I am here on this blog to speak about poverty and many other important and scary things. We need flawed human beings with limited visibility to talk about important things, because that’s the only kind of human beings there are. So, despite my many copious flaws and shortcomings, yes, I am qualified to speak about poverty. But vastly more important than that, is that I’m qualified to ask about poverty. I’m qualified to listen to the answers. Just like everybody else.

You don’t have to be rich or poor or any one thing to have an interesting idea about how to deal with an important problem. Everybody is allowed to have them. And the more we talk, the better they will be. And, the less scary it will be to have them, because even if we don’t like them, we know there will always be even more new ideas later. The tiniest bit of faith here can take us so far.

So let’s do this, people. Let us set the global mind alight by doing nothing more or less than turning to one another, and speaking. It’s hard. It’s huge. But you can to this. You have not given up.

You haven’t given up.

I know you haven’t.

I know it because I believe in you.

If we want a world we can live with, that we can hold up to our ancestors and say “yes, we made this,” this is what it takes. All of us must choose someone who is badly stuck and trying like hell to get out, and help them become whatever fantastic, useful thing it is that they’re trying so hard to be. That’s the big secret. Each of us must choose someone to believe in.

Human race: I choose you.

::M0d straightens jacket collar::
::M0d takes a sip of water::

::M0d walks across stage in a transitional fashion::

This entire article in five sentences and one picture.

I, personally, don’t think we can solve poverty by bucketing poor people into two groups and summarizing them with a number. I do think we can solve poverty by literally, personally knowing one another and learning to communicate. We may want to consider saving the world while we do it. If we do, that means there will still be a human race in 200 years to study everything we are doing on the internet today. So, I suggest we act like the people we want to be.

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:: M0d places THE CAPS-LOCK OF JUSTICE back in the box::

:: M0d snaps the lid shut ::

“All of which is great, but what can I actually, physically do right now about poverty?”

Fair.

Ok.

How about this. How about the following totally mellow, free, achievable thing.

So, look, I’m a geek. I watch my blog referrals. Looks like the vast majority of WSPA’s traffic is coming from Facebook. Not twitter, not other blogs: Facebook. I like that. It tells me the folks who post this thing, do it where they can talk about it with people they know. I think that’s fantastic. The Facebook conversations I can see, teach me a lot. But, I can’t see most of them.

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If you find your own Facebook thread cooking up something interesting… why not turn your Facebook conversation into a Branch, like the ones on this blog (scroll down). It’s a tool that lets specific groups of people have conversations in public. Branch is easy to use, and free. You can use a twitter account or an email address. You can limit a Branch to just the people you invite (which I recommend). You can share a link to your conversation with other people who are having it too, and let your ideas collide. If you want extra bonus points, you can include one or two real, actual poor people, who still poor, and ask them what they need.

You can even send those conversations to me. If you’re following the basic codes of conduct of this blog, I’ll even link to them here. Hell, if you like where they’re going, or you want some feedback – you can invite me to them. My time is real limited, but honestly, if there were too many productive conversations about poverty going on for me to help with, frankly, I think that’d be amazing.

Shrug. Consider it a challenge. Some prompts to play with:

  1. What other ideas do the wealthy/poor have about each other that are wrong, harmful, and pointless?
  2. What are some successful ways that the wealthy find a poor person, specifically one with some fight left in them, and meet them? Also, how can that kind of person become more findable?
  3. Once you’re connected: how do you keep it from blowing up in your face? Have you ever friend-tored someone who was really bad off? What did you learn?
  4. If we bring up a bunch of motivated people who used to be poor, what are some other ways that it might massively benefit the world?

All right, party people, let’s get out of here. I thank you for your time. I’m taking a break, I’ll see you in a day or two. Talk amongst yourselves.

Not vent. Not react. Talk.

Yours,

_M0d

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We have covered:

Section 1: Introductions: who I am and why I care about poverty.

Section 2: What we are talking about:

  • A handy flowchart diagram of the current poverty dialogue
  • Point #1: “Poor people aren’t motivated” is the start, not the end, of the conversation.
  • Point #2: Poverty is not about money.
  • Point #3: Wealth is about resources, momentum and options.
  • Point #4: Poverty is not one thing.
    • Point #4.1: There is more than one kind of poverty.
    • Point #4.2: There is more than one kind of poor person.
  • The Four New-Yorkshiremen Ritual
  • Point #5: Despite how it looks sometimes, most people care about poverty.

Section 3: What we should be talking about

  • Point #6: The solution to first world poverty is to know a poor person.
  • Point #7: Human beings don’t just think with our brains; we also think with our guts.
  • Four awkward things about talking to poor people
    • Poor people give the wealthy a screaming case of the heebie-jeebies.
    • Poor people want money from you, and if you don’t give it to them, you kinda get the feeling they hate you.
    • Poor people want to scream at you about how shitty it is to be poor.
    • Poor people seem to make a lot of bad decisions, so it’s hard to know who to champion
  • Five hints for communicating with the wealthy
    • Stop screaming at them.
    • Never ask for money.
    • Forgive yourself and hold yourself accountable at the same time.
    • Be patient.
    • Get back up
  • Five best practices of friend-toring
    • WoW: initiate
    • WoW: When choosing someone to friend-tor, pick someone who still has a motor
    • WoW: Pace yourself.
    • PoW: Don’t just take just any friend-tor.
    • For everybody: Actually have fun together.

Section 4: Why we don’t talk

  • Point #8: The idea that the poor have to stay poor for the wealthy to stay wealthy, is complete horseshit.
  • Point #9: Form questions, based on goals. Form goals, based on lunatic optimism.
  • Point #10: I officially, here in front of the entire world, give you permission to talk about poverty.

Coming soon:

Section 5 (the “P.S.”)How we talk

  • Point #11: The future can see you right now.
  • Point #12: Dude. You must chill.

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Wondering what’s up with the comment threads on this blog? Check here. This page features the first prototype branch discussion, among a few brave WSPA pioneers.

There is one (and only one) discussion branch for this poverty series. You’ll find this branch featured on other entries, too. 

http://branch.com/b/first-world-poverty-solved-in-four-words