Courtney E. Martin: The new American Dream
Courtney E. Martin - Journalist
Courtney E. Martin’s work has two obsessions at its core: storytelling and solutions. Full bio
under the scream of headlines.
of putting down roots,
the 21st-century good life,
and philosophical implications,
need of answers myself.
in American history,
that their kids will be better off
men and women.
might hear this and feel sad.
leapfrogs the one before it,
all over the world,
for the first time,
for the rest of your life?
every 4.7 years,
will be freelancers.
as much as you possibly can?
we are failing.
has been flat since about 2000,
a big house with a white picket fence?
their homes in the Great Recession,
about the lengths we were willing to go --
in many predatory cases --
are at their lowest since 1995.
finding steady employment,
of a country's greatness,
is its spirit of reinvention.
what "better off" really means.
with community and creativity
living in poverty need money,
that protect us from exploitation
that the gap between rich and poor
the conversation stop there.
it were a monolithic experience;
they were solely victims.
in my research and reporting
is the mother of invention,
the father of consciousness.
or distracted to ask
kind of whispering in our ears.
was a drunk in Detroit,
to hold down a factory job.
of ovarian cancer.
what she must have gone through.
there were six sets of twins.
the door for debt collectors
with pliers in the garage,
he didn't have money
a secure foundation
by way of a few generations of struggle.
on a kind of steady ground
and risk and leap.
sometimes to their frustration,
commitment to security
as we've historically defined it
built for company men.
a more unconventional path,
to do what they need to do
call it "a portfolio career."
these whole, if not harried, lives.
and duty to be present fathers and sons.
cared for the little ones
of knowing there is:
no longer works for anyone.
as are career ladders.
and dying every day.
"How do you want to be when you grow up?"
the social safety net
that everyone deserves to be vulnerable
a universal basic income.
that is structured to actually fit
about bringing home the bacon,
survival tactics, child care --
leaving the village behind
of the American Dream,
we see a white picket fence
the white picket fence
that happened within it,
with the Great Recession,
actually like living this way.
with multiple generations under one roof
to share homes not with family,
the health and economic benefits
for single moms looking to share homes
of solitude and solidarity.
when you think about it,
that happiness is a king in his castle.
happiest and even safest --
in terms of crime, all of that --
intertwined with their neighbors.
in a cohousing community.
that snakes around a community garden,
in the middle of urban Oakland.
to be different,
as green as possible.
solar cells on our roof
different ages and political persuasions
a typical home would have.
kitchen and eating area,
I live like this,
everyone live like this?"
a sacred respect for privacy among us,
"radical hospitality" --
by the Four Seasons,
single person is worthy of kindness,
of living in a community like this?
the repairing, the cooking, the weeding --
on the idealized family unit
that you can go to
an abusive teacher.
to an adult that is not their parent
called "revolutionary parenting,"
a wider range of adults
behind that white picket fence.
as I've come to call it,
in the perfect family
in the imperfect village,
living under one roof,
who pledge to really know
an individual prospect at all.
or you think you're a failure,
you have not yet honored.
but a masterful father.
could be more grim for you.
by standards you hold dear
every creature comfort.
out of suffering or into meaning.
that she must have endured.
and courageous as possible.
make us brittle
in the power of institutions to change --
to reach out, to connect, to create.
the American Dream.
where what you do every single day,
and ingenuity and energy to,
with what you believe.
as making money,
About the speaker:Courtney E. Martin - Journalist
Courtney E. Martin’s work has two obsessions at its core: storytelling and solutions.
Why you should listen
In her upcoming book, The New Better Off, Courtney E. Martin explores how people are redefining the American dream with an eye toward fulfillment. Martin is a columnist for On Being, and the cofounder of the Solutions Journalism Network, Valenti Martin Media, and FRESH Speakers, as well as a strategist for the TED Prize and an editor emeritus at Feministing.com.
In her previous book Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists, she proﬁled eight young people doing social justice work, a fascinating look at the generation of world-changers who are now stepping up to the plate.
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