Young people coming out of college today have a strong desire to do good in the world, but it’s not easy to find jobs with a social purpose. Instead, many are starting their own businesses, combining an entrepreneurial spirit with a social mission.
Frustrated by the inability of government and the private sector to address big social problems, like poverty and inequality, these social entrepreneurs use profits instead of fundraising to support their social cause.
This hour, we learn more about their work. But first, we take a closer look at a phenomenon known as "prison gerrymandering" and its impact on state and local democracy.
- Orlando Rodriguez - Associate Commission Analyst at the Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission
- Peter Wagner - Executive Director of the Prison Policy Initiative
- Kirc Savage - Co-founder of Send Help Back Home; business manager for UTC
- Bashaun Brown - Former student at the Wesleyan Center for Prison Education, pursuing an entrepreneurial venture called TRAP House
- Hannah Sokoloff-Rubin - Student at Wesleyan University; co-coordinator of the Wesleyan Doula Project
John Dankosky and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.