There are critical moments in your life when you build your capacity for courage. This typically happens when your foundation shifts revealing cracks that can open you up for self-discovery and renewal. My pioneering moment came when I graduated from college. For the first time in my life I was faced with unfettered autonomy causing… More The Risk Divide: Developing the Capacity for Psychological Courage
Thanks Tai Beauchamp for asking me to write this. This piece originally appeared on the Tai Life website here. ——————————— When I first arrived in Senegal at the age of 22 the first thing I noticed were the colors. The beautiful patterns of red, yellow, pink, and green draped gracefully across the tall, lean,… More Finding Style in the Most Unexpected Places
(This Article was just featured in the NYU Philanthropy Journal.) When I was 21 I lived in the village of Darou Fana just outside Kaoulak, Senegal. It was my first time living abroad, my first time in Africa, and the first time I looked real inequality in the face. So, when my friend Isatoo… More Beyond the Aid Debate
I, like many others, read Peter Buffets article on charity in the New York Times this past week. I loved the piece but it left me wanting for more. If the “Charitable-Industrial Complex” is the old story, then what is the new one and, how do we build it? I wanted to offer a few… More How We May Change the “Charitable-Industrial Complex”
Since I left Acumen Fund about eight months ago to work with Ray Chambers, the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Financing the MDGs and Malaria, I have been thinking a lot about the question: How do we find ways for the innovation of the social enterprise sector to meet the scale of the the World… More Where Does Innovation Meet Scale?
I have spent the majority of my professional career working in emerging markets and one of the reasons I love what I do is because I know I am on the cutting edge of innovation. Every time I go to Kenya, India, Pakistan, Nigeria, or South Africa, I am fascinated and energized by the amount… More A New Movement in Philanthropy
I just got back from a three day trip to Bihar, India where I was visiting Acumen Fund Global Fellow, Neha Kale, as part of my work on leadership at Acumen Fund. Neha is currently working for Husk Power System (HPS), an Acumen Fund investment that uses rice husks to electrify rural villages in India… More Lighting up Bihar
I had an interesting moment of reflection the other day about the field of social entrepreneurship. We are reaching a point where we are seeing a second wave of professionals moving into this space. I look back to about 7-10 years ago when I started pursuing this work. We were all entrepreneurs in our own… More The Second Wave of Social Entrepreneurs?
Ten years ago I found myself in a tiny music club in Dakar, Senegal. It was tightly packed with locals whom had come to see the regular Thursday night show of musical icon, Youssou N’Dour. As I sat there eyes closed, swaying from side to side, I was taken to another place, the energy around… More Time for a New Type of Leadership
At first glance I felt as if I was in Mumbai. I arrived at the airport and was welcomed by the rains; heavy, deep, cleansing rains that spilled into the bustling streets and surrounding sea face. This rain brought a wash of excitement over me, something was happening in this country, and I was about… More Reflections from Nigeria