Author Archives: Sasha

Driving at Night

I remember a conversation I had last year with one of Acumen’s East Africa Fellows.  We were talking about the faith it takes to walk an unknown path.  He shared that his father used to tell him, “You can only … Continue reading

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Tick tock

There’s no half hour longer than the one we spend waiting for something: our table to be ready, the show to start, the gun to go off. We know this when it comes to the small things, but not the … Continue reading

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4AM Calls

Yesterday, I had the chance to catch up with the inimitable Sidra Qasim and Waqas Ali, Acumen Pakistan Fellows and co-founders of Markhor. For those of you who don’t know, Markhor is startup that is crafting some of the world’s … Continue reading

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Nipun Mehta on The Radical Power of Humility

I was deeply moved by Nipun Mehta’s talk from last week, The Radical Power of Humility. Nipun has been leading a life of radical generosity for a few years now, and as I’ve watched his writing unfold over these years … Continue reading

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Razoo tweets and Ira Glass

On Monday I noticed a tweet from the nonprofit fundraising site Razoo, quoting a blog post of mine from 2012. It was the elegant graphic they’d created from my blog post that made me do a little jig.   The bonus … Continue reading

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The easiest thing to do

The easiest way to make some understand how valuable they are and the difference they make is by praising them. Not empty words, not loose compliments. Actual, specific, context-relevant praise that they will value. Ah, “that they will value.” Indeed. … Continue reading

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Twenty Two Oh Five

Yesterday night at bedtime, my son handed me this envelope. Earlier this year I visited with his Fifth Grade class and had a 90 minute discussion about Acumen. If you ever want to figure out how to explain what you … Continue reading

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