Natalie Foster in conversation with Aisha Nyandoro - The Guarantee

Natalie Foster in conversation with Aisha Nyandoro - The Guarantee

Wednesday, May 08, 2024 7:00 PM

The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library
441 John Lewis Freedom Parkway, NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30307

From the president of the Economic Security Project, a book that shows how a just future is around the corner if we are ready to seize it.

A Cappella Books welcomes author Natalie Foster to the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library to discuss her new book, "The Guarantee: Inside the Fight for America's Next Economy." Foster will appear in conversation with Aisha Nyandoro, founding CEO of Springboard to Opportunities.

This event is free and open to the public. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the venue.

About the Book

"The Guarantee" asks us to imagine an America where housing, health care, a college education, dignified work, family care, an inheritance, and an income floor are not only attainable by all but guaranteed, by our government, for everyone.

But isn't this pie-in-the-sky thinking? Not by a long shot, as this provocative new book reveals. As it stands, our current economic system is chock full of government-backed guarantees, from bailouts to bankruptcy protection, to keep the private sector in business. So why can't the same be true for the rest of us?

Author Natalie Foster, co-founder (with Dorian Warren and Facebook's Chris Hughes) of the Economic Security Project, has had a front-row seat to the dramatic leaps forward in government guarantees over the past decade, from student debt relief to the child tax credit expansion. Her brilliantly sketched vision for a new American Guarantee is rooted in real-life experiences, collaborations with some of today's most important activists and visionaries, and a concrete sense of the policies that are possible—and ready to implement—in twenty-first-century America.

"The Guarantee" is the rare book that will shift the terms of debate, moving us from the expired and defunct assumptions of no-guardrails capitalism to a nation that works for all of its people.

About the Author

Natalie Foster is a leading architect of the movement to build an inclusive and resilient economy. She is the president and co-founder of Economic Security Project and Aspen Institute Fellow, and her work and writing has appeared in the New York Times, USA Today, Time, Business Insider, CNN, and The Guardian. She previously founded the sharing economy community Peers and co-founded Rebuild the Dream with Van Jones, and served as digital director for President Obama's Organizing for America. A daughter of a preacher from Kansas, Natalie lives in Oakland, California, with her husband and two kids. She is the author of "The Guarantee: Inside the Fight for America's Next Economy" (The New Press).

About the Conversation Partner

Aisha Nyandoro is the founding CEO of Springboard to Opportunities, a Jackson, Mississippi non-profit that has pioneered a "radically resident-driven" approach to ending generational poverty. In 2018, she launched the Magnolia Mothers' Trust, a first-of-its-kind guaranteed income program for single Black mothers, and through its success she has become a national leader in the fight for a federal guaranteed income.

Aisha's expertise on economic, racial, and gender justice issues has been featured in The New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR, Essence Magazine, NBC Nightly News, and CNN. She is a fellow of Ascend at the Aspen Institute, the Highland Project, the Emerson Collective's Dial program, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Network. She is also a 2023 TED Speaker, 2022 McNulty Prize Winner, and the 2022 Disrupter Change Champion from Community Change. Aisha holds a B.A. from Tennessee State University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Michigan State University. When not working to liberate financial capital, she is a wife and the mom of two charming sons.