Welcome to Let’s Talk Poverty, the podcast that helps you understand poverty in Calgary through the lens of Enough for All. It tackles the stigma surrounding poverty, challenging biases and assumptions. From the voices of lived experience to community members to highlighting raw data, we speak with subject matter and policy experts, community leaders and you to explore the root causes of poverty in our city and how we can come together to make changes that matter.
Building Assets Brings Opportunity
In this episode, VCC’s Meaghon Reid sits down with Momentum’s Jeff Loomis to talk about financial empowerment, innovations like the QUBER savings app, skills training, reconciliation, and why investing in the local economy and adopting social procurement policies are valuable practices.
Voices of Lived Experience
In this episode, Jaclyn Silbernagel catches up with Sue Gwynn from Poverty Talks! to chat about the importance of engaging with the voices of lived experience. Hear about why Poverty Talks! challenges perceptions around poverty, how models and systems keep people in poverty, and why poverty is a trap.
My Neighbour’s Strength is My Strength
VCC’s Executive Director Meaghon Reid sits down with Mayor Naheed Nenshi. Mayor Nenshi is one of the original champions of the Enough for All strategy and emphasizes how ‘my neighbour’s strength is my strength.’ Listen to them discuss priorities for Calgary and poverty reduction, insights from over a decade of serving as Calgary’s mayor, advice for navigating the multi-jurisdictional landscape, the importance of policy, programs and people, and their optimism for the future.
Building Strong Partnerships: Tackling poverty through collaboration and community investment
VCC's Executive Director Meaghon Reid sits down with Karen Young, president and CEO of the United Way of Calgary and Area, to discuss how community partnerships deliver dividends in the poverty reduction space. The United Way is a leader in developing key partnerships that drive results. Get to know what the United Way has learned from initiatives like Community Hubs, how businesses are evolving around social purpose, and how they’re taking community action on youth mental health.
Why literacy matters
Literary specialist Berniece Gowan discusses how improving literacy levels can shift the needle on poverty reduction. With 1 in 5 Albertans experiencing challenges in literacy, numeracy or use of basic digital technology, these individuals can face stigma, employment challenges and increased levels of poverty. Organizations like Calgary Learns are tackling this issue head on with their focus on how to make community-based learning more accessible.