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Charles Koch, Brian Hooks: How Regular People Can Solve America's Problems From Bottom Up

In an op-ed for USA Today, Charles Koch, CEO and chairman of Koch Industries and founder of the Stand Together philanthropic community, and Brian Hooks, CEO of Stand Together, discuss how bottom-up solutions are needed to solve the issues facing our country

November 17, 2020

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People with first-hand experience with a problem are often the best at solving it, and when we unite with anybody to do right, we can get it done much faster. 

That’s precisely what Charles Koch shares in his new book with Brian Hooks, Believe in People: Bottom-Up Solutions for a Top-Down World, released Tuesday, November 17.

Consider people like Scott Strode, a recovering addict who founded The Phoenix, a nonprofit recovery program to help people overcome drug and alcohol addiction by building resilience through physical fitness. Or Jesus Gerena, who grew up in poverty but went on to start the Family Independence Initiative to empower families in similar situations. Or Alice Marie Johnson, who is working to bring police and communities together after her life sentence for passing messages to drug dealers was commuted. Or Tyler Cowen, a professor who saw that medical research wasn’t keeping up with the spread of COVID-19 and set up a more efficient grant approval system.

“The path forward depends on including everyone, empowering people to use their gifts, and inspiring all of us to find our own way to contribute — a path that has been proven throughout history to work,” Koch and Hooks write in their USA Today op-ed.