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.
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 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 […]
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 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 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 […]