Posts Posts by: "Shawn Young"

by Shawn Young Over the past several months, as I’ve delivered the Frameworks in Financial Health class across Colorado, I’ve noticed a tremendous appetite for conversations about how we might better impact/inform policy. The curiosity usually starts from a conversation we have about the economic value of benefits, which then leads into…(Read More)

by Shawn Young We all know what scarcity feels like, but how does it impact our lives and what can we do about it? And how does scarcity impact the organizations that are helping people address the scarcity in their lives? In 2013, Mullainathan and Shafir released a book about it called, naturally enough, Scarcity…(Read More)

There’s a quote from Alice Walker that I really appreciate. It says, “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” I like this quote so much that we have actually put it into our material at the end of each Bootstraps session. I think one…(Read More)

Can you feel it? It might be the difference in the daylight, or the beginning of school, or perhaps the beginning of football season… It might be… or could it be, like the tractor beam in Star Wars, where once you are in its range, you are irrevocably pulled in – unable to get away.…(Read More)