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Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty

Evidence Based Solutions for Food & Economic Justice

In personal and professional spheres, people often fall into the category of “thinker” or “doer.” Thinkers step back, observe and evaluate what is going on around them. Doers get their bodies moving and their hands dirty. Thinkers often need motivation and tools to put their thoughts into action, and doers often need to step back, slow down and evaluate whether what they are doing is worth doing. Organizations working toward the common good often fall within one of the same two categories. “Paralysis by analysis” is a common description of groups who think too much about a complicated issue. A lesser known, but equally prevalent, condition among many nonprofits is ineffectiveness caused by perpetual motion. The Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty (BCHP) is an organization seeking to harness the power of the best thinkers and most effective doers who are all working to create a more just and merciful world for those on the margins. BCHP is situated in one of the best places on the planet to make that happen. Housed within Baylor University, they have access to some of the greatest researchers and teachers who are constantly thinking about systems that contribute to poverty, and systems that can best alleviate it. And located in Waco, which is home to many dynamic nonprofits, churches and faith-based organizations and public-private partnerships, they have some of the world’s best doers within reach. With staff located both locally and across Texas, the Baylor Collaborative model creates synergy between thinkers and doers. Poverty will not be alleviated by thinking about it or acting on it alone. But a strategy employing the best of both worlds can bring hope and healing to many around the world who suffer from injustice.

Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty

Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty
Diana R. Garland School
of Social Work
811 Washington Avenue
254/710-6900
baylor.edu/hungerandpoverty

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