About 15 years ago I had a chance to sit in on my first focus groups about poverty. They were pulled together by PALLOTTA Teamworks, the now defunct but visionary engine behind the AIDs ride and the Breast Cancer Three Day. It was a total revelation. People who have been poor didn't identify as poor and no one in the groups could see a solution to poverty. We came away wondering how you could mobilize people to solve a problem they didn't believe could be solved.
A fantastic new study just out from Center for Community Change sheds a lot of new light on this conundrum. It's a terrific piece of work and offers "big tent" language that help people better understand what it means to be poor and what can be done about it.
I had a chance to interview the lead researcher on the project Anat Shenker-Osorio recently. Here's the podcast of that interview. Center for Community Change also hosted a webinar with the principal researcher Anat Shenker-Osorio. You can listen to that recording here.