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How to Solve Poverty

Discover the causes, systems, obstacles, and a portfolio of solutions for solving one of the greatest challenges our world faces: poverty.

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Brandon Stover
Taught by:
Brandon Stover
Founder of Plato University
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Course Overview

Learn to solve one of the greatest challenges of our time: poverty. In this course you’ll use systems thinking to understand the causes, systems, and obstacles underlying the poverty challenge and discover a portfolio of possible solutions. Explore our easy-to-understand, science-backed lessons with actionable advice and practical skills you can learn to start taking action right away without being an economist!

What You Will Learn

  • Learn about poverty, economics, markets, and ways humans interact with money
  • Discover the main contributing sectors to the poverty problem
  • Understand hidden obstacles like social norms, war, and government
  • What policies and technology need developed to solve poverty
  • Poverty solutions from universal basic income, entrepreneurship, and access to basic needs
  • How to use systems thinking
  • Working with stakeholders and foretelling consequences of solutions
  • Skills and careers available to those passionate about solving poverty

What You Will Achieve

Understand the systems and root causes of poverty

Be exposed to the leading solutions already being implemented

Develop a plan using systems thinking for contributing to existing solutions or creating new ones

Who is This Course For

  • You're overwhelmed by conflicting information on poverty
  • You're tired of only hearing about the problem instead of how we can solve it
  • You feel passionate about helping to solve poverty
  • You want practical skills, knowledge, and resources to support your poverty education journey

What This is Course About

Learn. Get inspired. Take Action.

If you're looking to understand the poverty problem fully and feel passionate about taking action, then this course is for you.

The How to Solve Poverty course is a 55 day program in which you’ll use systems thinking to understand the causes, systems, and obstacles underlying the poverty challenge and discover a portfolio of possible solutions. 

Explore our easy-to-understand, science-backed lessons with actionable advice and practical skills you can learn to start taking action right away without being an economist!

You need zero prior experience to take the course — everything you need to know is explained step-by-step in this training program.

One of the best parts of this course (and all Plato University courses) is that you won't be learning alone.

By enrolling for FREE today, you’ll also get to join our exclusive live online community of dedicated lifelong learners. You'll get to learn and grow alongside passionate learners and ask questions of instructors.

And you will also get worksheets, exercises, extra resources, and most importantly, the tools necessary to actually implement what you'll learn.

It’s time to take action and help solve this global challenge. Be the hero of your own journey and let’s save the world together.

We can show how. Join us.

Don't Just Take My Word For It

Chase Morris
Chase Morris
UX Motion Designer @ UX in Motion

"Coming into the Plato community gave me the accountability, made what I wanted to accomplish completely achievable, and also it was just completely fun."

Courtney Laschkewitsch
Courtney Laschkewitsch
Open Innovation Product Developer

Holy cow. Brandon is the real deal. I've taken many many courses on many platforms from others, and I will have to say, when I took his Podcast Course, it was one of the best courses, material, and set up I have ever seen. No fluff, no wasting your time, actionable reachable SMART steps necessary to help you learn the skill and succeed. We need more people with the skills Brandon has!

Harrison Goldstein
Harrison Goldstein
Product & Partnerships @ Tradable Bits, Host of First Act Podcast

"I came to Brandon through his course on how to start your own podcast. Brandon's episodes stood out to me by how well organized they were. His ideas are clearly articulated and he breaks down exactly how to understand your target audience. Brandon is smart, approachable, friendly, and helpful. Highly recommend!"

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Meet Your Learning Facilitator

Brandon Stover

Brandon Stover

Founder of Plato University

Brandon is the Founder of Plato University, where you can get a personalized education built around your passions, highly in-demand, real world skills, and the impact you want to make. Being a poor kid from the trailer park living in a broken home, he knows the power of education to transform ones life. But after chasing education's promise of a golden ticket, he graduated with a degree in a career he was not passionate about or felt would make a real difference in the world. Ultimately he had no meaning, impact, or sense of purpose in his life. Since then, he's surrounded himself with and learned from dozens of social entrepreneurs making a difference in the world, built half a decade of experience as a designer, marketer, and educator for mission driven companies, and built educational programs that have reached over 80,000 people.

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How It Works


10-20 min. Lesson

Short, daily lessons to easily understand concepts step by step until they are mastered.


Project Activity

Each lesson has project activities that can be completed in under 1 hour.


Extra Resources

Extra resources, coaching, & community questions to help you go deeper.

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Mastery-based learning is an instructional approach where students need to demonstrate a deep level of understanding of a topic  before progressing onto another. For this reason, our courses are broken down into short lessons with activities for a project that build on top of each other. As you complete activities you will begin to master the skills taught in the course and be able to apply those skills in real life.

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How to Solve Poverty

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