Seven everyday things poor people worry about that rich people never do

It isn’t just poor people’s lives which differ from rich people’s lives – it’s poor people’s thoughts that differ from everyone else’s.  – Carmen Rios, 30 September 2015

Being poor is hard work. And it’s a hell of a mind game.

I grew up with my brother in a working-class home headed up by a single mother. We were rich in love and support and – because of Mom’s passion for baking – cheesecake.

But we were not rich in money.

Watching my mother struggle to make ends meet fundamentally changed my relationship to money, even to this day.

Over the years, I’ve realized that it isn’t just poor people’s lives which differ from rich people’s lives – it’s poor people’s thoughts that differ from everyone else’s.

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Re-booting technology to impact on poverty and the environment: public meeting 13 March

Please note this is not sponsored by SHG or BHA, but may be of interest:

A free public meeting, Re-booting  technology to impact on poverty and the environment. Simon Trace CBE has 35 years of experience working in the international development sector, for Wateraid and then as CEO of Practical Action.

Our society is more likely to direct research funding into a cure for male baldness than a malaria vaccine, or into exploring new methods of extracting shale gas than finding solutions for storing renewable energy. In this powerful talk, Simon Trace argues that we need a new approach, one of technology justice, to put things right.

Monday 13th March 2017 at 7.30pm at the United Reformed Church Lecture Hall, English Bridge, Shrewsbury. All Welcome. Refreshments

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