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Inclusive Economy Consortium The Inclusive Economy Consortium (IEC) is an interdisciplinary network of diverse stakeholders who are dedicated to creating an economy that respects the environment and works for all.

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One in seven Texans experienced food insecurity before the pandemic, and five million Texans—the highest of any state—li...
05/17/2021
North Texas Food Systems: Sustainability & Resilience

One in seven Texans experienced food insecurity before the pandemic, and five million Texans—the highest of any state—live in food deserts. Limited access to fresh, healthy food is a complex challenge that calls for comprehensive, coordinated solutions engaging all stakeholders. Join the conversation on 5/20 at 5 p.m. with panelists Owen Lynch, Ph.D., Meghna Tare and Anga Sanders, and facilitator Doric Earle, Ph.D.

Join the conversation about how North Texas Food Systems requires comprehensive, systemic, & coordinated solutions by all key stakeholders.

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04/15/2021

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It isn't too late to join us tomorrow for ImpactNights and join in the conversation on how Trees are the Prescription for Dallas to mitigate heat island effects on society & the economy.
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Join us for a lively discussion on 2/11 with four of DFW’s most committed local journalists and editors as they explore ...
02/05/2021
How Civic Journalism Can Restore Trust and Create a More Inclusive Economy

Join us for a lively discussion on 2/11 with four of DFW’s most committed local journalists and editors as they explore challenges and opportunities in covering news that matters for an inclusive economy. Featuring Tom Huang, Dallas Morning News; Keri Mitchell, Dallas Free Press; Stephanie Drenka, VISIBLE Magazine; Bernice Butler, Natural Awakenings North Texas Magazine; and Anna Clark, Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity.

Join us for a lively discussion with four of DFW’s most committed journalists on the role of media in creating an inclusive economy.

"The disruption of coronavirus is revealing and accentuating longer-term structural failings that have long impeded chil...
01/09/2021
Pandemic creates a ‘learning crisis’ in parallel to health emergency

"The disruption of coronavirus is revealing and accentuating longer-term structural failings that have long impeded children in achieving their potential in schools around the world."

The long-term effects of children staying off school are disastrous for poorer countries’ citizens and future

Join us Thursday 1/7 for Virtual ImpactNights! We have new initiatives starting in 2021. Each month our ecosystem partne...
01/05/2021
Virtual ImpactNights January 7

Join us Thursday 1/7 for Virtual ImpactNights! We have new initiatives starting in 2021. Each month our ecosystem partners (Veteran Women's Enterprise Center) will showcase someone from their community who exemplifies the qualities of sustainable and inclusive entrepreneurship. By popular demand we are also launching a new series dedicated to sustainability and inclusive finance. Last but not least, we will announce the 2021 cohort of the Social Enterprise Program. The 2021 cohort, and the third session of the January ImpactNights, is dedicated to social intrapreneurship. Social intrapreneurs are innovators in large institutions from across the private, public and nonprofit sectors, who leverage their organizations’ infrastructure and capabilities to deliver social and/or environmental impact at scale. Hunt Institute for Engineering & Humanity #connectactshare https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-impactnights-january-7-tickets-132475310219

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"2020 was a crisis year: a pandemic, economic turmoil, social upheaval. And running through it all, climate change."
12/31/2020
The Year in Climate

"2020 was a crisis year: a pandemic, economic turmoil, social upheaval. And running through it all, climate change."

A lot happened in 2020. Here’s how The Times’s Climate Desk covered it.

"Advocates for climate change policy said passage of the climate measures — especially the limits on refrigerants — coul...
12/30/2020
Climate Change Legislation Included in Coronavirus Relief Deal

"Advocates for climate change policy said passage of the climate measures — especially the limits on refrigerants — could signal to the rest of the world that the United States is ready to rejoin the global effort to slow the warming of the planet."

The legislation calls for cutting the use of powerful planet-warming chemicals common in air-conditioners and refrigerators.

“Our research suggests such policies don’t deliver the sort of trickle-down effects that proponents have claimed,” Hope ...
12/29/2020
Fifty Years of Tax Cuts for Rich Didn’t Trickle Down, Study Says

“Our research suggests such policies don’t deliver the sort of trickle-down effects that proponents have claimed,” Hope said.

Tax cuts for rich people breed inequality without providing much of a boon to anyone else, according to a study of the advanced world that could add to the case for the wealthy to bear more of the cost of the coronavirus pandemic.

Small businesses are facing unprecedented challenges.  Access to credit being the most pressing. Thanks to the extraordi...
12/15/2020
America’s two-track economy: the small business credit crunch

Small businesses are facing unprecedented challenges. Access to credit being the most pressing. Thanks to the extraordinary stimulus by the Federal Reserve, large companies have been able to successfully tap capital markets.
“But the central bank’s largesse has failed to trickle down to a large part of corporate America, with smaller businesses suffering the worst credit crunch since the financial crisis.”

Central bank largesse and a hungry bond market are only reaching the bigger US companies

Recent survey shows accelerating shift toward informal and precarious work as a result of the pandemic, warns the IMF.“W...
12/13/2020
Rethinking the World of Work – IMF F&D

Recent survey shows accelerating shift toward informal and precarious work as a result of the pandemic, warns the IMF.
“With millions of jobs lost, robots on the rise, and white-collar workers toiling largely at home, COVID-19 appears to have ushered in a new normal in the global workplace. But many of these developments stem from failed policy responses to megatrends already in motion long before the pandemic struck. For at least two decades, shifting demographics and technological upheaval have been upending labor markets, exacerbating inequality, and making jobs increasingly precarious.” But now the pandemic is accelerating this shift toward informal and precarious work.
Based on a recent survey by the International Labour Organization (ILO), 17 percent of previously employed people between the ages of 18 and 29 stopped working after the pandemic hit, and 42 percent reported a drop in income."
https://buff.ly/3oNKFlR

The pandemic is accelerating a shift toward more informal and precarious work, write Sabina Dewan and Ekkehard Ernst.

"Nowhere has there been a hunger surge worse than in Houston, with a metro-area population of 7 million people. Houston ...
12/01/2020
A growing number of Americans are going hungry

"Nowhere has there been a hunger surge worse than in Houston, with a metro-area population of 7 million people. Houston was pulverized in summer when the coronavirus overwhelmed hospitals, and the local economy has been particularly hard hit by weak oil prices, making matters worse.

More than 1 in 5 adults in Houston reported going hungry recently, including 3 in 10 adults in households with children. The growth in hunger rates has hit Hispanic and Black households harder than White ones, a devastating consequence of a weak economy that has left so many people trying to secure food even during dangerous conditions." #foodsecurity https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/business/hunger-coronavirus-economy/

More Americans are going hungry now than at any point during the deadly covid-19 pandemic, according to new federal data.

"With over 1,700 dams removed in the US – including 90 last year, according to American Rivers’ database – there is a gr...
11/13/2020
The rebirth of a historic river

"With over 1,700 dams removed in the US – including 90 last year, according to American Rivers’ database – there is a growing list of examples illustrating the benefits to ecosystems, especially for imperiled fish populations." #sustainablefoodsystems https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20201110-the-largest-dam-removal-project-in-american-history

For over a century, one of the most important salmon runs in the United States has had to contend with historic dams – and now four of them are set to be taken down.

Calling all area High School students! This Saturday, November 14th at 2pm is the Young Social Innovators & Young Social...
11/10/2020
YouthUp Next: Social Innovators & Social Entrepreneurship Program

Calling all area High School students! This Saturday, November 14th at 2pm is the Young Social Innovators & Young Social Entrepreneurs program kickoff. This dynamic program is for high school students who are interested in social innovation and entrepreneurship. Meetings will take place on a Saturday each month until next May. There is no cost for this amazing program; however you must register: youthupnext.eventbrite.com.https://www.eventbrite.com/e/youthup-next-social-innovators-social-entrepreneurship-program-tickets-128141906893 #socialentrepreneur

Join us for the YouthUp Next Social Innovation & Social Entrepreneurship Program.

"While the pandemic has revealed the enormous cleavages across the countries of the world, the pandemic itself is likely...
10/27/2020
COVID-19 and Global Inequality – IMF F&D

"While the pandemic has revealed the enormous cleavages across the countries of the world, the pandemic itself is likely to increase disparities, leaving long-lasting scars, unless there is a greater demonstration of global and national solidarity." #inclusiveeconomy
https://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/fandd/2020/09/COVID19-and-global-inequality-joseph-stiglitz.htm?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

While the pandemic has revealed the enormous cleavages across the countries of the world, the pandemic itself is likely to increase disparities and inequalities, writes Nobel laureate and Columbia professor Joseph Stiglitz.

Join Veteran Women's Enterprise Center for their 2nd Annual Business Women's Week Conference this week. Register here: h...
10/18/2020
2nd Annual National Business Women's Week Conference

Join Veteran Women's Enterprise Center for their 2nd Annual Business Women's Week Conference this week. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-national-business-womens-week-conference-tickets-125485631903?ref=enivtefor001&invite=MjAwMjczNjUvaGhAaGVhdGhlcmhhbmthbWVyLmNvbS8w%0A&utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=inviteformalv2&utm_term=attend

We are going virtual for our 2nd Annual National Business Women’s Week Conference celebrated the third full week of the month of October.

In this week's #SagesandSeekers we throwback to an old podcast featuring Clyde Valentín. In this episode, Valentín tells...
10/15/2020

In this week's #SagesandSeekers we throwback to an old podcast featuring Clyde Valentín. In this episode, Valentín tells us how creativity can be used to tell stories and empower people to make their own culture.
#SMU #HuntInstitute #DoGood
To listen to the podcast: https://buff.ly/2AUh06M

This week's #SagesandSeekers we throwback to an old podcast featuring Alia Salem. In this episode, Salem emphasizes the ...
10/08/2020

This week's #SagesandSeekers we throwback to an old podcast featuring Alia Salem. In this episode, Salem emphasizes the importance of connecting with one's community and beyond.
#SMU #HuntInstitute #DoGood
To listen to the podcast: https://buff.ly/2CgV1YN

"The 2019 extreme poverty rate was estimated at about 8.4% and had been expected to drop to 7.5% by 2021 before the coro...
10/08/2020
Coronavirus may push 150 million people into extreme poverty: World Bank

"The 2019 extreme poverty rate was estimated at about 8.4% and had been expected to drop to 7.5% by 2021 before the coronavirus pandemic. The report said that without swift, substantial policy actions, a longstanding goal of cutting the rate to 3% by 2030 looked out of reach." https://www.reuters.com/article/us-imf-worldbank-poverty/coronavirus-may-push-150-million-people-into-extreme-poverty-world-bank-idUSKBN26S2RV?utm_source=morning_brew

The World Bank said on Wednesday that the coronavirus pandemic could push as many as 150 million people into extreme poverty by the end of 2021, wiping out more than three years of progress in poverty reduction.

10/02/2020
www.ipes-food.org

The COVID-19 health crisis has brought on an economic crisis, and is rapidly exacerbating an ongoing food security and nutrition crisis. In a matter of weeks, COVID-19 has laid bare the underlying risks, fragilities, and inequities in global food systems, and pushed them close to breaking point.
Read more at

"These farmers should not be left out of economic recovery efforts...they should be at the center of it. As we seek to r...
10/01/2020
Our Recovery from COVID-19 Should Prioritize Climate-Smart Farming

"These farmers should not be left out of economic recovery efforts...they should be at the center of it. As we seek to respond and recover from one the largest economic downturns...it’s imperative that we see climate action and economic recovery as one and the same, and they can come together harmoniously to aid struggling small farms."
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It’s imperative that we see climate action and economic recovery as one and the same – and they can come together harmoniously to aid struggling small farms.

"Now, in 2020, with the global coronavirus pandemic, increasing natural disasters due to climate change, and the compoun...
09/30/2020
Is it Time to Reimagine Our Capitalism?

"Now, in 2020, with the global coronavirus pandemic, increasing natural disasters due to climate change, and the compounding affects of racial oppression in America, the examination of our current representation of capitalism in our economy has once again been brought to the forefront."
To read more:

From the article titled Brands Find Sustainability Moving to the Top of Major CSR Initiatives Capitalism is defined as "an economic system based on the private ownership of the means of production and their operation

"The increase in carbon storage caused by forest elephant activity is huge—as well as valuable. Biologists estimate that...
09/28/2020
How African Elephants Fight Climate Change – IMF F&D

"The increase in carbon storage caused by forest elephant activity is huge—as well as valuable. Biologists estimate that if the population of African forest elephants returned to its former size and they recovered their former range, it would increase carbon capture by 13 metric tons (1 metric ton = 1,000 kg) per hectare (10,000 square meters)"
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African forest elephants fight climate change by contributing in surprising ways to natural carbon capture, write Ralph Chami, Connel Fullenkamp, Thomas Cosimano, and Fabio Berzaghi.

Historian Lonnie Bunch, ... current Secretary of the Smithsonian Institute; and in person by Jamila Thomas, Hunt Institu...
09/24/2020
Education as a Civil Right | Bush Center

Historian Lonnie Bunch, ... current Secretary of the Smithsonian Institute; and in person by Jamila Thomas, Hunt Institute Fellow, SVP of Big Brothers Big Sisters Greater Dallas, ... and a 2019 Presidential Leadership Scholar. Watch the Video >> https://buff.ly/3hS2nRx

For many years, President Bush has described education as an urgent civil rights issue in America.  As the 2020-21 school year begins, we’re

"The Bush Institute's Kelly and David Pfeil Fellow, Nicole Bibbins Sedaca, urges Americans to continue to advance civil ...
09/22/2020
Debate Policies, Not Democracy | Bush Center

"The Bush Institute's Kelly and David Pfeil Fellow, Nicole Bibbins Sedaca, urges Americans to continue to advance civil debates about public policy, while protecting our undeniably important democratic institutions and processes." Read More >> https://buff.ly/2ZWIvqc

The current political polarization in the United States has caused a dramatic reversal of what is debatable versus what is non-debatable in a democratic soci

The Bush Institute's Report, "Encouraging democratization and respect for human rights globally are essential to advanci...
09/21/2020
Choose Freedom | George W. Bush Institute

The Bush Institute's Report, "Encouraging democratization and respect for human rights globally are essential to advancing American values, as well as security and economic interests around the world." Reed More

Revitalizing American support for democracy and human rights in the 21st century

This week's #SagesandSeekers we feature Ana Rodriguez, Managing Director of the Latino Leadership Initiative in the Cox ...
09/17/2020

This week's #SagesandSeekers we feature Ana Rodriguez, Managing Director of the Latino Leadership Initiative in the Cox School of Business, discusses representation and diversity at SMU, the importance of mentorship, food security, self-care, and grit. #SMU #HuntInstitute #DoGood
To listen to the podcast: https://buff.ly/3c8cq3r

This week, the Hunt Institute’s Social Enterprise Program would like to spotlight our newest social entrepreneur, Clara ...
09/17/2020

This week, the Hunt Institute’s Social Enterprise Program would like to spotlight our newest social entrepreneur, Clara Rulegura Ford. Ms. Ford is the Founder and CEO of Kijiji Innovative Sustainable Solutions (K.I.S.S.). #SocialEnterprise #HuntInstitute To read more about Clara go to: https://buff.ly/3hDmZgg

This week's #SagesandSeekers we feature Part II of Jin-Ya's interview. "When we dreamed of doing this, we never thought ...
09/10/2020
Jin-Ya Huang | Part 2

This week's #SagesandSeekers we feature Part II of Jin-Ya's interview. "When we dreamed of doing this, we never thought we'd be here today. Did we dream big? Yes. Has it been tough getting here? Definitely. But we've seen how the women's life experiences have blossomed, and how the food is building bridges and breaking down borders. We didn't do it by thinking, 'What if somebody says no?' It's always been 'What if...'" #SMU #HuntInstitute #DoGood Listen to the post at

"When we dreamed of doing this, we never thought we'd be here today. Did we dream big? Yes. Has it been tough getting here? Definitely. But we've seen how the women's life experiences have blossomed,

The Hunt Institute wishes everyone a happy Labor Day! "No human masterpiece has been created without great labor." - And...
09/07/2020

The Hunt Institute wishes everyone a happy Labor Day! "No human masterpiece has been created without great labor." - André Gide

This week's #SagesAndSeekers PodCast features Jin-Ya Huang. On this episode Huang discusses the importance of storytelli...
09/03/2020

This week's #SagesAndSeekers PodCast features Jin-Ya Huang. On this episode Huang discusses the importance of storytelling; her experience founding Break Bread, Break Borders; and what it means to be a social entrepreneur. #SMU #LYLE #HuntInstitute

"Today’s farmers encounter a weather regime radically different from that of their grandparents: more intense off-season...
09/03/2020
Unless we change course, the US agricultural system could collapse | Tom Philpott

"Today’s farmers encounter a weather regime radically different from that of their grandparents: more intense off-season storms, and thus ever-heavier pressure on the soil." #foodsystem #climatechange #sustainability #climatejustice
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/aug/26/us-farming-agriculture-food-supply-danger?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Our food supply comes from an environmentally unsustainable system that is going to unravel

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