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America's Path Forward

Conversations with Social Innovators on the Power of Communities Everywhere

Critiques and solutions offered by social changemakers from all walks of life

The United States is living through a period of polarization and upheaval. We hunger for answers, yet too often turn to the same people and institutions, somehow expecting different outcomes. How can this be?

This book takes a different angle. It features award-winning social innovators from all walks of life with decades of experience of working in and with their communities across America. In twenty two deep, idea-packed conversations, they share their analysis, practical insights, and policy recommendations — on how to gain common ground, get the country unstuck, and increase prosperity and wellbeing for all.

What their narratives have in common: they see community members — workers, young people, parents, neighbors, from Appalachia to Silicon Valley, from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes — not as weak or dependent, but as creative, resourceful, and strong, with unique expertise and lived experience of the problem at hand, whose changemaking energy can be tapped to build a better future for all of us.

About the Authors

Konstanze Frischen is a member of the global leadership group of Ashoka, an NGO which invests in transformative ideas, including Ashoka fellowships. Frischen is a social anthropologist by background and has co-led Ashoka's emergence and growth in Western Europe. She has been a writer for CNN and a writer/editor for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, as well as a board member for GLS Bank, Germany's leading ethical financial institution. She is a graduate of the London School of Economics.


"Grab this book! It dives into the wisdom of nearly two dozen Ashoka Fellows whose solutions are alive and working in today's America. These stories should be filling our news feeds." — Baratunde Thurston, Author and host of How to Citizen with Baratunde

"The strength of social networks helps you get through racism, sexism. It helps you emotionally. That mutuality within a community is the factor that anti-poverty programs tend to overlook. They promote a relationship back to the social worker. They don't promote the relationship between families." — Mauricio Lim Miller, Founder, president, and CEO of the Family Independence Initiative and the Community Independence Initiative

"One in five [people in foster care] experience homelessness the day they age out. Why? Because think of it: we're asking teenagers to go from having all these case managers in charge of all aspects of their life, from being micromanaged, to being full-on responsible for their own survival, their food, shelter, job. With zero support. And literally overnight. We don't have that kind of expectation of most eighteen-year-olds, right?" — Sixto Cancel, Founder and current CEO of Think of Us

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