Ten Years of Asset Building

A Roundtable on U.S. Results and Global Prospects

The Asset Building Program of the New America Foundation is pleased to host its first "Assets Roundtable" featuring authors of both the first and the latest books to emerge in the increasingly global asset building movement.

Michael Sherraden, author of the seminal Assets and the Poor (M.E. Sharpe) -- a book that revolutionized the way people in the U.S. and around the world understand and combat poverty -- will discuss his theory of assets, present new research findings, and describe his close involvement in groundbreaking asset development efforts in Europe, Singapore, South Africa, Latin America and elsewhere. Sherraden will also discuss his recent meeting with Tony Blair to discuss progress on the U.K.'s "Baby Bonds" and "Savings Gateway" proposals.

Michelle Miller-Adams, author of the just-published Owning Up (Brookings) will discuss the difference that "Individual Development Accounts" and assets are making in real lives and communities across the U.S. The book examines the work of five leading organizations involved in broad range of asset-building activities. Miller-Adams was Vice President for Program at the Twentieth Century Fund (now the Century Foundation) and is currently an assistant professor in the political science department of Kalamazoo College.

The program will be moderated by Ray Boshara, Director of New America's recently launched Asset Building Program.


The New America Foundation
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Washington, DC, 20009
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  • Michelle Miller-Adams
    Author, Owning Up

  • Michael Sherraden
    Director, Center for Social Development, Washington University

  • Ray Boshara
    Director, Asset Building Program, New America Foundation