Author Archives: Sasha

Something to Push Against

It is natural to seek out the roadblock, the check-point, the official approval gate: someone whose job it is to green light your idea, give you your next gig, say yes. The search for something to push against, a hurdle … Continue reading

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Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

I’ve been a big fan of Atul Gawande ever since I read Complications, which is still one of my favorite books. Gawande is a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, a professor at Harvard Medical School and the … Continue reading

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There really is green grass under the snow

No matter how many feet deep you have to dig to find it. Not just metaphorically. Actual green grass, just waiting there for the spring. Helps to remember that every now and again.

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People like us

A few years into my job as a fundraiser, one of the things I grew to hate was being sent lists of rich people. What, exactly, was I supposed to do with them? Of course, by definition the people who … Continue reading

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Getting Fundraising Right

It’s so easy to end up telling this story: This is who we are. This is what we do. This is why we do it well. This is what we need. Can you help? When we should be telling this … Continue reading

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Good Society in India

I’m in India this week, and today I had the pleasure, and challenge, of facilitating a selection of “Good Society” readings with the Acumen India Fellows. The opportunity to take a step back and be reminded of the words and … Continue reading

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Your Point of View

If you’ve made the decision to put your own stories – blogs, videos, articles, poetry, spoken word, email campaigns, multimedia, whatever – into the world, there are two different kinds of gaps you can fill. You can be on the … Continue reading

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