When it comes to your economic future, forget what your parents told you, social entrepreneur Mike Green says. They meant well, but like so many in today’s ridiculously stormy and changing economy, they just didn’t know better.
For people of color especially, the wake-up call is coming much too late, and that, Green says, hasn’t changed in the last 150 years.
“People don’t listen until they are jarred awake,” Green says over a cup of coffee in the neighborhood, his ever-present laptop plugged in beside him.
Green should know. He lived this cycle of misinformation and missed opportunity when he was growing up in the South in the 1970s. Like so many of today’s successful minorities, he had to learn as he went along. But by all accounts, he learned his lessons well.
Green is a national force for economic inclusion, a co-founder of the America21 Project and founder of Saving America’s Black Boys Solutions Summit series. He’s met often with White House officials. He is a champion of minority entrepreneurism and has twice presented at the prestigious SXSWedu conference and the Clinton Global Initiative.