Not long ago I blogged about Gary Slutkin and his attempts to apply the principles of public health to American street violence. Last week, This American Life interviewed former gang leader Tim White, who now works as a “violence interrupter” for Gary’s program, CeaseFire.
If you’re not one for podcasts, or want more background, the New York Times Magazine recently told Ceasefire’s story too.
Bit I recommend the full American Life podcast, themed ‘social engineering’. Also featured are Gregory Deloatch and Daniel Canada. The two friends dreamed of being writers and poets, but normal life always got in the way. To pursue their dream, the two decided to go homeless, start blogs, and write poetry under the pseudonyms Hobo Bob and Obsidian.