Reimagining the Social Contract: A Discussion with Eduardo Porter

Monday, January 24, 2022 -
11:00am to 12:30pm EST
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In our society, the social contract is what dictates the economic, moral, and political rules of behavior. But for too many, this social contract—and the systems it creates and perpetuates—doesn’t work. The public health, economic, racial justice, and democracy crises that dominated 2020 shone a bright and unforgiving light on this country’s broken social contract.

We believe that our social contract should be reimagined - it should be inclusive and race-centered, support a just economy that works for people who are most directly affected by racial injustice, and redefine the relationship between systems and the people they serve. Before we can reimagine the social contract, though, we must first ask how did we get here?

Join us for a virtual discussion and Q&A with Eduardo Porter (author and economics reporter for The New York Times), moderated by Judith Browne Dianis (civil rights advocate, lawyer, professor, and executive director at Advancement Project) on January 24 at 11:00 a.m. where we'll explore themes from his book, American Poison: How Racial Hostility Destroyed Our Promise. The book offers a sweeping examination of how American racism has broken the country’s social contract, eroded America’s common goods, and damaged the lives of every American–and a heartfelt look at how these deep wounds might begin to heal.

As we reimagine a new social contract, we are envisioning a Greater Washington region where our ways of being, governing, and moving are equitable and just. Join us for this virtual discussion!


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