Monthly Archives: December 2012

Our benchmark

The other day I had the chance to visit with Rohit Wanchoo, one of the three co-founders of Give Directly. The idea behind Give Directly is so shockingly simple that you can’t help but feel, at first, that it can’t … Continue reading

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Living up to the gift

It’s December, which means that nonprofit end-of-year fundraising is in full swing.  It’s an exciting time of year as checks roll in at a much faster clip – the fruits of your labor, and payoff for a year’s worth of … Continue reading

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When I interview

Just one thing is really going through my mind:  Am I energized by this conversation? What’s energizing will differ depending on the role – its content, seniority, what skills and disposition it requires. But at the end of the day, … Continue reading

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Gifts – The Icarus Deception

The other day I received a massive, 40 pound box full of goodies from Seth Godin. I was one of the 4,242 people who happily jumped in to support Seth’s Kickstarter project to fund his next book, The Icarus Deception. … Continue reading

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Landfill Harmonic

In Cateura, Paraguay, in a slum build on a landfill, a community has come together to make classical musical instruments out of old oil barrels, meat cleavers, even forks.  From trash they have made cellos, violins, violas, clarinets.  And they … Continue reading

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Sport

While the biggest highlight of my trip to Karachi last week was definitely meeting all the applicants to the Pakistan Fellows Program, the most fun and surprising piece was getting to play squash twice during the week. Pakistan has an … Continue reading

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Another face of Pakistan

I had the chance to spend last week in Karachi for the final round selection for the inaugural class of Acumen’s new Pakistan Fellows program.  From more than 500 applicants from all corners of this country of 175 million people, … Continue reading

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“Thanks”

As I sprinted into the subway car, I noticed a woman on the platform stop, reach down, and pick a smartphone up from the ground.  She started waving it, saying loudly, “Someone dropped this phone!” Just as the subway doors … Continue reading

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