The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap by Mehrsa Baradaran – My five lessons and takeaways

“America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked ‘insufficient funds.’” — Martin Luther King Jr, I Have a Dream, August 28, 1963 Yet despite a century of honest toil, the check has continued to be marked “insufficient funds.” As Martin Luther King Jr. echoed a century later, “the Read More

Here is the video of my synopsis presentation of The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap from the November Urban Engagement Book Club

  Here is the video of my synopsis presentation of The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap by Mehrsa Baradaran.  I presented this at the Urban Erngagement Book Club, sponsored by CitySquare, in November, 2020. This is a very good, very important book. (Scroll through this blog for videos from other months, with Read More

My Synopsis of The Color of Money by Mehrsa Baradaran is today, Nov. 19, 2020, on Zoom – Come join us!

If you have an open window, I am presenting my synopsis of The Color of Money: Blank Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap today, November 19, 2020 at 12:30 (CST) for the Urban Engagement Book Club, sponsored by CitySquare, on Zoom. (We conclude shortly after 1:30). Click here to download the handout. Here is Zoom Read More

Life-long Learning Requires LIFE-LONG Reading; Reading for the purpose of learning

It takes a lot of books. Here’s what I mean.  I am frequently asked “what is the best book you have ever read?”  And then, at times, this question is asked:  “what is the best book you have read on the subject of ____________________?” I do have some answers: The best book I have ever Read More

Uncharted: How to Navigate the Future by Margaret Heffernan – Here are my six lessons and takeaways

The future is uncharted because we aren’t there yet. We have moved from a complicated world to a complex one. In an age of uncertainty and change, being able to sense what to do in advance of reliable prediction can make businesses or nonprofits smarter, more inventive, and more relevant. The best way to navigate Read More

Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez – Here are my six lessons and takeaways

The stories we tell ourselves about our past, present and future. They are all marked–disfigured–by a female-shaped ‘absent presence’. This is the gender data gap. …These silences, these gaps, have consequences. Invisible Women is a story about absence–and that sometimes makes it hard to write about. The point of this book is not psychoanalysis. This Read More