Larry Reed
Larry Reed is a creative writer, researcher, teacher and problem solver who has focused his career on finding ways to help people lift themselves, their families and their communities out of poverty. He currently serves as a Senior Fellow for RESULTS, a citizen lobbying group focused on bringing an end to extreme poverty throughout the world. Larry has also served as the Director of the Microcredit Summit Campaign, and the Africa Director and then CEO of the Opportunity International Network. He has worked as a consultant for the World Bank and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and as a trainer for the Boulder Institute of Microfinance. Larry is married to Sandy and they have three children (two married, one engaged) and 2.5 grandchildren (one due in November). He likes to run half marathons, because he’s only half crazy. He and Sandy live in Oak Park, IL and attend LaSalle Street Church in Chicago.

The End of Poverty: A Social Fiction Story
Nobel Peace Prize Winner Muhammad Yunus has challenged authors to start writing social fiction, stories that imagine different social futures in much the same way that science fiction stories imagine alternative technological futures. In this session Larry Reed, Senior Fellow of RESULTS, will imagine a world where people of faith work together to make sure that all people have the opportunity to enjoy life in all its fullness. What kind of societies will we need to have in our world in order to eliminate the scourge of extreme poverty? What kind of relationships will we need to have with our neighbors and with those across the globe in order to bear one another’s burdens in this way? Come to find out how you can be part of this story!