Los Angeles – January 21, 2015 – Paul Irving, chairman of the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging, sat down with Operation HOPE founder and bestselling author, John Hope Bryant to discuss, “How the Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class.” In his new book, Bryant 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.
In events throughout the year, the Milken Institute brings together influential decision-makers who put great ideas to work in the marketplace and around the world. The mission of Milken is to increase global prosperity by advancing collaborative solutions that widen access to capital, create jobs and improve health. This is accomplished through independent, data-driven research, action-oriented meetings and meaningful policy initiatives.