March 13, 2019

Escape Velocity

Lift-Off On the table rested a newspaper clipping.  The article announced that the SpaceX Crew Dragon 2 would launch at 2:49 am that night.  A handwritten […]
February 14, 2019

Searching for Positive Deviants

What comes to mind when you hear the term Positive Deviant – an optimistic misfit, an affirming nonconformist, a heavy metal band with uplifting lyrics?  In […]
January 22, 2019

“A Single Garment of Destiny”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a lot to say about poverty as well as racial injustice.  I wrote this post for the Microcredit Summit Campaign’s […]
January 10, 2019

Avoiding Bad Blood: Five Steps to Prevent Noble Cause Corruption

Imagine this:  A Stanford sophomore envisions a medical device that can run hundreds of blood tests on just a pinprick of blood.  The device would be […]
December 24, 2018

Explaining Christmas

This is a lightly edited version of a meditation that I wrote trying to explain the meaning of Christmas without using the words God or Jesus.  I […]
December 19, 2018

The Attitude that Will Bring an End to Extreme Poverty

At its core, poverty is a social construct.  It comes from systems developed by humans.  Ending extreme poverty, then, requires changing the systems that create it.  […]
November 27, 2018

Recommendations for Giving

The Soul of Finance site deals with people and organizations that use finance for good.  So, on this Giving Tuesday, I am making my recommendations for […]
November 22, 2018

Giving Thanks

I have worked for charities all my adult life. When I finished university, I started work with World Relief, where I helped train staff and volunteers […]
November 13, 2018

Graduating from Ultra-Poverty:
An Interview with Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, KCMG

Sir Fazle Abed is the founder and chairperson of BRAC.  Last year at the RESULTS International Conference Joanne Carter, Executive Director of RESULTS and I interviewed […]
November 7, 2018

#MeToo and #UltraPoverty

Leticia (not her real name) knew that her parents were depending on her to move the family out of the poverty that had snared them for […]
November 1, 2018

Trevor Noah Explains Microfinance

A Review of Born a Crime by Trevor Noah.  “People always lecture the poor: ‘Take responsibility for yourself! Make something of yourself!’ But with what raw materials […]
October 16, 2018

Abia Becomes an Asset Manager

Abia nodded as she listened to the woman who said she worked for BRAC, one of the world’s largest and best nonprofits, located in Bangladesh. Abia […]
October 10, 2018

6 Pounds, 12 Ounces and 26.2 Miles

For those of you from more advanced countries with the metric system, the title to this post is “3.1 Kilograms and 42.2 Kilometers.” On Sunday, October […]