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Poverty, Inc. Screening and Post-Film Discussion with Co-Producer Mark Weber

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Poverty, Inc. Screening and Post-Film Discussion with Co-Producer Mark Weber

Tuesday, November 17
7 pm
Cost: Free
Fighting poverty is big business. But who profits the most?

Mark Weber is the Co-Producer of POVERTY, INC. and a founding team member of PovertyCure, an educational media platform and network of over 350 partner organizations and 1.3 million Facebook fans spanning 144 countries. He is an Associate Producer of the PovertyCure DVD Series. Before that, Mark produced and wrote the feature documentary Strong Bodies Fight, which earned 20 film festival honors and coverage on NBC, ESPN, and FOX.  He has been accepted to the MIT Sloan School of Management, where we plans to pursue an MBA beginning in 2016. 

The West has positioned itself as the protagonist of the development narrative. But the results have been mixed, in some cases even catastrophic, and developing world leaders have become increasingly vocal in calling for change. Drawing on perspectives gathered from over 150 interviews shot over 4 years in 20 countries, Poverty, Inc. explores the hidden side of doing good. From disaster relief to TOMs Shoes, from adoptions to agricultural subsidies, Poverty, Inc. follows the butterfly effect of our most well-intentioned efforts and pulls back the curtain on the poverty industrial complex - the multi-billion dollar market of NGOs, multilateral agencies, and for-profit aid contractors. Are we catalyzing development or are we propagating a system in which the poor stay poor while the rich get hipper?

Co-sponsored by the Global Health Coalition, WUD Film, WUD Global Connections, and WUD Society and Politics. 

Mark Weber is the Co-Producer of POVERTY, INC. and a founding team member of PovertyCure, an educational media platform and network of over 350 partner organizations and 1.3 million Facebook fans spanning 144 countries. He is an Associate Producer of the PovertyCure DVD Series. Before that, Mark produced and wrote the feature documentary Strong Bodies Fight, which earned 20 film festival honors and coverage on NBC, ESPN, and FOX.  He has been accepted to the MIT Sloan School of Management, where we plans to pursue an MBA beginning in 2016. 

The West has positioned itself as the protagonist of the development narrative. But the results have been mixed, in some cases even catastrophic, and developing world leaders have become increasingly vocal in calling for change. Drawing on perspectives gathered from over 150 interviews shot over 4 years in 20 countries, Poverty, Inc. explores the hidden side of doing good. From disaster relief to TOMs Shoes, from adoptions to agricultural subsidies, Poverty, Inc. follows the butterfly effect of our most well-intentioned efforts and pulls back the curtain on the poverty industrial complex - the multi-billion dollar market of NGOs, multilateral agencies, and for-profit aid contractors. Are we catalyzing development or are we propagating a system in which the poor stay poor while the rich get hipper?

Co-sponsored by the Global Health Coalition, WUD Film, WUD Global Connections, and WUD Society and Politics. 

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