How the Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class

John Hope Bryant, founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE and the Bryant Group Cos.
Moderated by Paul Irving of the Milken Institute

January 20, 2015
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Santa Monica

The ashes of the Los Angeles riots had barely cooled when author and entrepreneur John Hope Bryant founded Operation HOPE to promote capitalism in underserved communities. In this Milken Institute Forum, Bryant discussed his new book, “How the Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class,” in which he presents a strategy for restoring the American middle class by teaching financial literacy and removing barriers to credit and small-business creation.

Bryant asserts that “responsible” capitalism can increase household income, turn renters into homeowners and restore confidence in our economic system. In the 23 years since the riots, Bryant has tested his theories as a businessman and activist. The Los Angeles native has worked with presidents, educators and corporate executives around the world to teach financial skills to low-income and working people.


HTPCSC Book CoverJohn Hope Bryant is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE and Bryant Group Companies, Inc. Magazine/CEO READ bestselling business author of LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World (Jossey-Bass)His newest bestselling book is How The Poor Can Save Capitalism (Berrett Koehler Publishing).

Bryant is a Member of the U.S. President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans, and co-chair for Project 5117, which is a plan for the rebirth of underserved America.

Bryant is the only bestselling author on economics who is also African-American.

 Credit: A special thanks to Architects Of Group Genius, which produced the HOPE Doctrine on Poverty movie on a pro-bono basis for Operation HOPE.

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