Monthly Archives: September 2012

And suddenly it’s up to you

I distinctly remember the first time I had this feeling in a professional setting.  I was three years out of college, three years into my stint in management consulting, working for a client who wanted us to do a bunch … Continue reading

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An “intangible” dividend?

So here’s a curious narrative: in the early 1990s, 4,600 poor families in LA, New York, Chicago and Boston were moved from very poor neighborhoods (more than half the residents living in poverty) to wealthier (less than a third of … Continue reading

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Quiet, and silence

Pay attention, the next time you hear someone speak, to the difference between quiet and silence.  Quiet is the sound of people paying attention and listening actively.  But there are still rustling papers, people still shift in their seats, adjust … Continue reading

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FDR and persistent experimentation

Acumen’s CEO Jacqueline Novogratz shared this with our team last week.  It’s from FDR’s 1932 Commencement Address at Oglethorpe University. Especially today, our task is to remake the world which we find before us.  We have no other option. Amazing … Continue reading

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Not-so-small talk

It amazes me how much time we waste in our effort not to waste any time. Five, even ten minutes to understand who a person is, where they are today, now, at this moment…there’s no way that you can skip … Continue reading

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The risks of economizing generosity

Another surprising revelation from Sandel’s book was hearing how some prominent economists think about generosity and civic action. In Chapter 3 of What Money Can’t Buy, Sandel talks about Richart Titmuss’ The Gift Relationship, published in 1970, in which Titmuss … Continue reading

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What Money Can’t Buy

Harvard Professor Michael Sandel’s recent book, What Money Can’t Buy, is a critical look at the commoditization (economification?) of everything in our society.  We’ve gone from a world with first class and coach tickets (which, to Sandel, apparently was mostly … Continue reading

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