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What I Learned About Generosity From the Eight Foot Bride

I still remember the feeling I had watching Amanda Palmer’s mezmorizing TED talk, as she described the gentle, intimate moment of handing a flower to a stranger while dressed as a silent, 8-foot bride, busking in Harvard Square. If that … Continue reading

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Experiment

Try this one day. After an event where you’ve talked to a lot of interesting folks, sit down and write an individualized follow up note to everyone with whom you had a substantive conversation. It can be short. It just … Continue reading

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Following up on my follow up

I no longer try to reply immediately to every email. It’s not only impossible, it leaves me reactive, tired, and less productive (though very busy). I still try to be very responsive most of the time, and even this only … Continue reading

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Subway Portrait

“Excuse me, m’am, may I draw your picture?” he says, white pad on his lap, fingers stained with charcoal. “Pardon me?” says the woman sitting across from him on the subway, looking confused and a bit taken aback. “Your picture…is … Continue reading

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Bhava Yoga, then and now

Over the holidays, I went with my family up to Okemo, Vermont for four days of skiing. It was a little icy for the first few days, but we had a great trip. As an experiment in family travel management, … Continue reading

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Individual and Institutional Fundraising

Over the past six months, a greater proportion of the fundraising I’ve been doing has been institutional rather than individual. By “institutional” I mean fundraising from people who have been charged with donating somebody else’s money – whether or not … Continue reading

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Word Economy

Most emails are too long. And most emails, long or short, are either emotional deserts or they transmit the wrong emotional content. Short is the only solution to email overload, and radical email shorthand is employed by nearly all the … Continue reading

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