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With Chris Hughes (Co-Chair, Economic Security Project).
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 06:00 PM   $40
Grand Central Tech, 335 Madison Ave

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An intimate author's series & book talk featuring some of the world's most influential writers. Come to engage with some of the world's leading storytellers, change-agents, & big picture thinkers as they discuss their latest work & lead insightful & provocative conversations. Together, we want to empower our local community to gather around topics & issues that matter.

Ticket price includes wine, beer, & snacks.

Fair Shot: Rethinking Inequality & How We Earn

Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes makes the case that one percenters like him should pay their fortune forward in a radically simple way: a guaranteed income for working people.

The first half of Chris Hughes' life played like a movie reel right out of the "American Dream." He grew up in a small town in North Carolina. His parents were people of modest means, but he was accepted into an elite boarding school & then Harvard, both on scholarship. There, he met Mark Zuckerberg & Dustin Moskovitz & became one of the co-founders of Facebook.

In telling his story, Hughes demonstrates the powerful role fortune & luck play in today's economy. Through the rocket ship rise of Facebook, Hughes came to understand how a select few can become ultra-wealthy nearly overnight. He believes the same forces that made Facebook possible have made it harder for everyone else in America to make ends meet.

To help people who are struggling, Hughes proposes a simple, bold solution: a guaranteed income for working people, including unpaid caregivers & students, paid for by the one percent. The way Hughes sees it, a guaranteed income is the most powerful tool we have to combat poverty & stabilize America's middle class. Moneycold hard cash with no strings attachedgives people freedom, dignity, & the ability to climb the economic ladder.

A guaranteed income for working people is the big idea that's missing in the national conversation. This book, grounded in Hughes' personal experience, will start a frank conversation about how we earn in modern America, how we can combat income inequality, & ultimately, how we can give everyone a fair shot.

Chris Hughes is the co-founder of the Economic Security Project, a network of policymakers, academics, & technologists working to end poverty & rebuild the middle class through a guaranteed income. He co-founded Facebook as a student at Harvard & later led Barack Obama's digital organizing campaign for President. Hughes was the owner & publisher of The New Republic magazine from 2012 to 2016. He lives in New York's Greenwich Village with his family.
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