How to See Homelessness Differently with Kevin Adler

Homelessness is complicated. Perhaps that’s one of the reasons so many of us have such a hard time looking directly at the issue and the people it impacts. This week, we dive into the book, When We Walk By: Forgotten Humanity, Broken Systems, and the Role We Can Each Play in Ending Homelessness in America with author and social entrepreneur Kevin Adler. We touch on such topics as relational poverty, look at the societal cost of indifference and discuss the potential for evidence-based, people-first, and community-driven solutions that make a difference.

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Kevin Adler is an award-winning social entrepreneur, nonprofit leader, and author. His latest book, WHEN WE WALK BY, will be published on November 7th, 2023, and is based on his pioneering work over the past decade tackling homelessness and “relational poverty” on the streets. Since 2014, Kevin has served as the founder and CEO of MIRACLE MESSAGES, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people experiencing homelessness rebuild their social support systems and financial security, primarily through family reunifications, a phone buddy program, and basic income pilots. Kevin’s work has been featured widely, including in the New York Times, Washington Post, PBS NewsHour, and in his TED Talk. Kevin is also the author of Natural Disasters as a Catalyst for Social Capital, a book that explores how shared traumas can unite or divide communities. Kevin has been honored as a Presidential Leadership Scholar, TED Resident, and Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. He received his MPhil in sociology from the University of Cambridge and his BA in politics from Occidental College. Motivated by his late mother’s work teaching at underserved nursing homes, and his late uncle’s 30 years living on the streets, Kevin believes in a future where everyone is seen as invaluable and interconnected.

Learn more at kevinfadler.com.



Kristen Manieri is a coach who works with teams to increase both productivity and wellbeing. She also helps individuals navigate transition with clarity and confidence. Her areas of focus are: stress reduction, energy management, mindset, resilience, habit formation, rest rituals, and self-care. As the host of the weekly 60 Mindful Minutes podcast, an Apple top 100 social science podcast, Kristen has interviewed over 200 authors about what it means to live a more conscious, connected, intentional and joyful life. Learn more at kristenmanieri.com/work-with-me.

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