I'm compiling initiatives/statements by civil society groups in recipient countries to reform international aid. Palestine & Myanmar so far - who else? …Continue
A few years ago, when I was working with a foundation that gives grants to organizations working with children and families affected by AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa, I received a report from a…Continue
Definition of a briefcase (or suitcase) NGO: A fraudulent nonprofit organization, set up by only one or two persons, only to obtain money from donors but having no programs on the ground.
I have long suspected that the phenomena of briefcase NGOs is not as widespread as purported. (See robust discussion on the topic of briefcase NGOs via LinkedIn here.) Anecdotal evidence,…Continue
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Stand-up comedy makes a person incredibly vulnerable. Just you on a stage, with all eyes on you, trying to make people laugh. In other words, asking them to “please like me.”
As L.A. comic Hasan Minhaj’s own story became central to his comedy,…Continue
For the last few years, the US devoted just 0.7 percent of the federal budget to poverty-focused foreign assistance. In FY2014, the US government spent $23.4 billion on it…Continue
Stories matter to people, and when you get one that really hits, it’s incredibly powerful – irresistible even.
Americans alone spent over 34 billion dollars to watch movies in 2010.
Story is about connection.
Stories are containers—holding experiences, history, and values.…Continue