Van Jones is president and cofounder of Rebuild the Dream, a platform for bottom-up, people-powered innovations to help fix the U.S. economy. In 2008 Fast Company magazine said he had one of the 12 most creative minds on earth, and in 2009 Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. That same year he worked as the green jobs advisor to the Obama White House, where he helped run the interagency process that oversaw $80 billion in green energy recovery spending.

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Many politicians want us to lower our expectations about the economy. I say it is time to raise them. We should go beyond the shriveled thinking imposed on us by today’s mania for austerity. Even the Contract for the American Dream—ten steps for fixing the economy, selected from over 25,000 ideas submitted online by both […]

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