What does it mean to be poor in Britain and America? For decades the primary narrative about poverty in both countries is that it has been caused by personal flaws or ‘bad life decisions’ rather than policy choices or economic inequality. This misleading account has become deeply embedded in the public consciousness with serious ramifications for how financially vulnerable people are seen, spoken about and treated.
Drawing on Project Twist-It’s two-year multi-platform initiative, this book by award-winning journalist and author Mary O’Hara – Project Twist-It founder – asks how we can overturn this fundamentally pernicious portrayal once and for all. Crucially, she turns to the real experts to try to find answers – the people who live it.
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Project twist-it: Changing the way we talk about poverty
We all love stories. Stories can help us understand the world – and each other – a little better.
Project Twist-It is a hub for stories about poverty that are hidden from view. People with experience of poverty feel their stories and viewpoints are not heard – or are misrepresented. Together, we can change that.
We are sharing these stories through original writing, film, audio, animation and much more. Find out more about this groundbreaking project at our About Page.
Project Twist-It LIVE! Fantastic photos of the event on Saturday 8 December by the young journalists at Educational Life CIC Find them here! Follow this great new initiative from young people at the event: Facebook: A Penny for your Thoughts