Introducing Our New Floyd Jones Fellows


Economic Opportunity Institute | June 29, 2018

This year, we’ve started the Floyd Jones fellowship, honoring a man who grew up in dire poverty, as a sharecropper in Arkansas, yet moved to Washington and became an extremely astute and successful financial investor. Floyd did not sit on his wealth. He put it to work for the benefit of others, in both big an

When Stressed About Federal Chaos, Focus on What Can Be Accomplished Locally


John Burbank | June 27, 2018

It is easy to get discouraged by the actions of the US Supreme Court in their continued five-to-four assaults on women, immigrants, workers, and consumers. With the next Trumpian Supreme Court nominee, we can only expect that things will get worse. But if we focus on DC, we miss the opportunities in our own b

Remembering Hubert Locke, Sage of Justice as Fairness


John Burbank | June 5, 2018

My friend Professor Hubert Locke died this week. He was more than a friend. Hubert was the sage who guided many of us through the thickets of morality and policy. Hubert look deeply into the systems of inequality and hierarchy and evil. He was exacting in words and teaching, and he demanded from each of us, h

2017 Annual Report


Fact Sheet | April 26, 2018

Our Mission The Economic Opportunity Institute’s mission is to build an economy that works for everyone by advancing public policies that promote educational opportunity, good jobs, healthy families and workplaces, and a dignified retirement for all.   Program Highlights Paid Family and Medical Leave:  W

A Tribute to Floyd Jones


John Burbank | January 12, 2018

Last Friday, January 5, we lost a good and great leader in our state. His name is Floyd Jones. Floyd died at the age of 90, having lost a battle with cancer, but more importantly, having worked for and won a life of personal success and social good. Floyd grew up in dire poverty, as a sharecropper in Arkansas

EOI’s 2018 Policy Priorities


Fact Sheet | January 1, 2018

Our mission: build an economy that works for everyone by advancing public policies that promote educational opportunity, good jobs, healthy families & workplaces, and a dignified retirement for all. Legislative and Legal Action Health Care: Identify and develop state-based solutions to maintain and expand

Why Physicists Don’t Rule the World

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Economic Opportunity Institute | December 28, 2017

I was a physicist for 30 years. My brain still works that way. In a post-factual world, scientists are at a distinct disadvantage. That may explain why very few physicists hold positions of authority. A few years ago, I had a moment of insight in Los Angeles, after watching eight powerful videos at a labor co

Anu Partanen: The Nordic Theory of Everything


Economic Opportunity Institute | November 1, 2017

Survey after survey has shown that Nordic countries offer their citizens a higher quality of life than what Americans today are generally able to enjoy. Finnish journalist Anu Partanen joins us to discuss some surprising lessons the United States could learn from the successes of Nordic countries on education

Thank you for making Seeds of Change a success!


Sam Hatzenbeler | October 13, 2017

To all who attended, thank you so much for supporting Seeds of Change, EOI’s annual dinner! Over four hundred of us packed the room last night to plant seeds for equity. WOW! You are helping us make progressive change that will be felt for generations to come. Special thanks to our brilliant emcee, Makini How

EOI Receives Satterberg Grant for Progressive Policy Work


Sam Hatzenbeler | August 3, 2017

The Economic Opportunity Institute has received a $300,000 grant from the Satterberg Foundation, which will be distributed as three annual $100,000 disbursements for general operating funds. The grant comes at a critical time – EOI has made significant progress on multiple policy fronts in spite of a national

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