Presented as an unique, pleasing, coffee-table-style book, Tracks of Hope presents its case for doing something about poverty through daunting facts, inspirational anecdotes, innovative ideas, and stories of change makers. It appeals to the mind while being gentle on the eye, leaving the reader with a greater understanding of the effects domestic poverty has on us all. Combining and contrasting the imagery of train tracks and thought-proving urban landscapes, we delve into the reasons why “getting on the right track” is in everyone’s enlightened self-interest.  First published in 2007 before the Great Recession, the book’s key points are still very relevant, ten years later. 

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“Tracks of Hope is replete with important and useful information… I especially liked the way this book is organized, beginning each section with some common beliefs about poverty, followed by clear information that convincingly undermines such beliefs.” –Prof. William Julius Wilson of Harvard University

Gallery Exhibit

The Tracks of Hope gallery exhibit received its premiere at the Mills College Art Gallery as part of the celebration of the kickoff of the CSRB at the Graduate School of Business, on September 11, 2008. Like the book from which it draws its inspiration, this exhibit presents its case for doing something about poverty through provocative questions set to “pretty pictures of urban decay.” The intent is to spark discussion around the questions our poverty story involves, such as “what can one person do?” and “where does happiness lie?”

Results

When this book and gallery were created, it seemed few people were aware of a rising tide of poverty and inequality, while others often didn’t know where to begin to make a difference. Our Tracks of Hope project helped spark a national conversation to get us back on track. First came the book, then a multimedia strategy including a traveling photo installation and interactive gallery, all to inspire hope, inform with new perspectives, and foster compassionate action. 

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