July 3, 2019

Choosing to Blind One Eye

The divine messenger appeared to the peasant farmer. “The Almighty has decided to bless you, hard-working farmer. Whatever you wish for will be granted.” The farmer […]
June 6, 2019

Why I Went to Prison

Step to the Line “All those who have committed a crime that caused them to be arrested and imprisoned, step forward,” the leader called out. A […]
May 9, 2019

How Do We Extend Mental Health Care to Those Who Can’t Afford It?

Try Grandmothers and Benches

How a psychiatrist from Zimbabwe is revolutionizing access to mental health care.
May 2, 2019

How Immigrants in America Get the Job Done

The story of Parbati comes from the Case Study “Nepali Immigrants and Their Disproportional Role in Building Livelihoods in New York City” by Krishna Prasad Subedi […]
April 25, 2019

The Cost of Inequality

Almost every social problem gets worse with greater income inequality and improves when there is more equality. This is true not only for the poor but also for the rich, who have longer life spans and better quality of life in countries with less inequality.
April 10, 2019

Rwanda’s Precarious Renaissance

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April 3, 2019

Are We On Pace to Reach the 2030 Goal of Ending Extreme Poverty?

Measure By How Far We Have Left To Go “Don’t calculate your arrival time based on how far you’ve come, calculate based on how far you […]
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.  […]