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Until Its Gone: Ending Poverty in Our Nation, in Our Lifetime Paperback – August 1, 2011
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About the Author
Scott Miller is co-founder and CEO of Move the Mountain Leadership Center. For more than twenty years, he has provided training and consulting to help communities across the country understand and engage in high-impact strategies to end poverty. He is an inspiring speaker and author of Move the Mountain: The Transformational Planning Guide.
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"Being chronically deadly serious about society's great conundrums is anithetical to the life process. Each one of us is vastly interesting---as is a rainbow or even the tiny algae comprising 'pond scum'! On some level, it is hilarious that what can bring fulfillment is right under our feet and only a touch away from the next human being, yet we can feel a neeed to travel to the moon and back looking for it. We need to savor our humanity and the earth while we go about saving it. The one who laughs first has more fun." -- Chapter 13
The rest of the book that isn't about topics such as global warming or the dangers of clutter can be summarized as: poverty is bad and you should do something about it. There are a few stories from participants in the Circles movement, but they aren't organized in any way.
He does do a fair job at discussing what amounts to a pretty politically liberal view of the problem. He says things like "Everyone in a community contributes in some way to the problem of poverty" and "Responsibility for ending poverty rests with every individual as we interact in federal, state, and local governments; in business communities; in our neighborhoods and faith communities; and in our families."
While I found the book easy to read, it is like one reviewer said more of an amalgamation of ideas than a coherent thought that is gradually developed over the chapters. When he does offer a solution, it basically boils down to tax rich people more and get the middle class to live simpler lives so they can give more of their time and money to poor people.
Being this disappointed in the book will not make me drop out of Circles. I suppose these programs are more about the local team than the program's creator.