We invite you to joinus at our upcoming lunchtime book discussion, as we exploreWinners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World byAnand Giridharadas, on January 16th at Civic Hall. We'll engage in an exchange of thoughts, impressions, & revelations about the book, while gaining new & exciting perspectives from civically engaged attendees.
Before attending, please read (or at least be familiar with) the book so that you can enjoy and/or engage with the discussion.Everyone is welcome to attend & our facilities are wheelchair accessible. For your convenience, we've added a brief description of this book below:
About Winners Takes All:
An insider's groundbreaking investigation of how the global elite's efforts to "change the world" preserve the status quo & obscure their role in causing the problems they later seek to solve.
Former New York Times columnist Anand Giridharadas takes us into the inner sanctums of a new gilded age, where the rich & powerful fight for equality & justice any way they can - except ways that threaten the social order & their position atop it. We see how they rebrand themselves as saviors of the poor; how they lavishly reward "thought leaders" who redefine "change" in winner-friendly ways; & how they constantly seek to do more good, but never less harm. We hear the limousine confessions of a celebrated foundation boss; witness an American president hem & haw about his plutocratic benefactors; & attend a cruise-ship conference where entrepreneurs celebrate their own self-interested magnanimity.
Giridharadas asks hard questions: Why, for example, should our gravest problems be solved by the unelected upper crust instead of the public institutions it erodes by lobbying & dodging taxes? He also points toward an answer: Rather than rely on scraps from the winners, we must take on the grueling democratic work of building more robust, egalitarian institutions & truly changing the world. A call to action for elites & everyday citizens alike.
About Civic Hall:
Civic Hall a non-profit collaborative community center that advances the use of technology for the public good.
Built on the idea that together - technologists, government officials, community organizers, researchers, makers, social entrepreneurs, change-makers, hackers, academics, journalists, artists- we can organize to solve civic problems to scale.
We are a community of action-oriented, cross-sector professionals located in the heart of Manhattan, where we aim to better the world through civic tech.