Courageous Conversations: Making Ends Meet

Thursday, June 22, 2023 — 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
How should we spread prosperity and improve opportunity?

June 22, 2023

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Thursday, June 22, 2023
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
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Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
234 Kensington Road
Berlin, CT

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    With inflation, rising interest rates, and failing banks in the news, being able to pay the bills and plan financially is on a lot of people’s minds. How should we spread prosperity and improve opportunity? What role should the government play?


    Be Prepared

    Prior to the conversation, please read this month’s articles. Printed copies are available at the Library.

    Making Ends Meet: How Should We Spread Prosperity and Improve Opportunity?
    Issue Guide from the National Issues Forums


    Dive Deeper

    Optional Reading/Listening

    Besides the resources listed below, you may also choose to do further reading from other sources. If you do so, keep these guidelines in mind:

    1. Choose a reputable source
      Check out the credentials of the author or publication and look for a fact-based article or book. Don’t waste time reading opinion pieces from someone who’s trying to rile you up.
    2. Exit your echo chamber
      Look for a thoughtful article or book from someone whose opinion differs from yours. Learn what the other side says and keep guideline #1 in mind when you choose this source.

    Why Inequality is Growing in the US and Around the World
    Article by Fatema Z. Sumar, Executive Director of the Center for International Development
    Published by The Conversation

    From Inequity to Inclusive Prosperity: The Corporate Role
    Article by Philip H. Mervis, Research Fellow, GNCC and Babson Lewis Institute
    Published in the journal Organizational Dynamics

    Standard of Living
    Published by USAFacts


    What are Courageous Conversations?

    Courageous Conversations is a small-group discussion series that will provide an opportunity for people of all backgrounds and viewpoints to discuss important local, cultural, social, and political issues in a safe environment where differing opinions, patient listening, and respectful discussion are welcomed as a necessary part of building connection with others and identifying shared values. Participants may be asked to read short articles, books, or listen to podcasts prior to the meetings and will be asked to abide by our shared discussion guidelines.

    Library staff will facilitate the conversations and ensure that all participants have the opportunity to share in the discussion.

    The event is in person and attendance space is limited; please remember to register.


    More Conversations

    Check out the Courageous Conversations page for a complete list of upcoming and past conversation topics!

    All Conversations



    Online registration is not currently available. Please contact the library with any questions.

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