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TeamBuild February 2017: Name the elephants in the room

I bring to my work an instinct to be forthright and name “the elephant in the room,” that problem or risk that no one wants to discuss. Even with multiple “elephants,” I’ve found that it is more beneficial to surface … Continue reading

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TeamBuild January 2017: Go to the balcony

A decade ago, twenty-five leaders from Delaware assembled for a full day to work on a blueprint for education for the state. A renowned international consulting firm presented research on education around the world. As the consultants worked their way … Continue reading

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July 2016: Volunteerism

Voluntourism is a fraught concept. Are we helping or hurting when we build a house in New Orleans, hold babies in an orphanage in Kenya, or construct a fence for a clinic in Nicaragua? In 2013, the Hewitts went to … Continue reading

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June 2016: How to spend 80,000 hours

A year ago I wrote about Effective Altruism, a movement that promotes using evidence-based data to not just do good, but to do the most good. Now I am running into college students and recent grads researching their careers by … Continue reading

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April 2016: Women on Waves

About two months ago, as our son Trevor was being evacuated from El Salvador (Peace Corps closed its program there due to violence) and our daughter Leah continued with her work in Guatemala, we watched as the Zika crisis heated … Continue reading

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ALICE: Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed

I spent a lot of time this weekend thinking about ALICE. In 1963, President Lyndon Johnson asked an analyst, Mollie Orshansky, to develop a measure of poverty for his War on Poverty. She took the minimum calories and thus food … Continue reading

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The underside of remittances

I’d always liked the idea of remittances – money sent from emigrant workers home – as a redistribution of wealth.  Then I visited my son, Trevor, in his Peace Corps village in El Salvador. Trevor estimates that all but two … Continue reading

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Joy in filtered water

Sometimes I forget how much fun there is in the work we do. Philip Wilson, founder of Ecofiltro in Guatemala, reminded me of this. While I was in Guatemala last month for a board meeting of Safe Passage, Philip gave … Continue reading

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Measuring Poverty: How and Why

My son Cameron’s girlfriend, Luisa, is doing an undergraduate thesis at Carleton on Peru’s asset-based measure of poverty – and why it doesn’t work. She’s applying to graduate programs to look at what Mexico is pioneering – a more multi-faceted … Continue reading

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From the Ground Up — Doing business at the base of the pyramid

I started when I saw this title on the cover of the Harvard Magazine (Sept-Oct 2015).    Inside, the article Business for the Other Billions explores businesses pursuing profits and social good by selling to the 4 billion people with incomes … Continue reading

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