Category Archives: entrepreneurial lives

Rethinking charity

While watching the inspiration channel (aka TED.com) the other night I saw Dan Pallotta’s passionate and convincing talk ‘The way we think about charity is dead wrong‘. He’s talking about something that is very dear to my heart – the

Rethinking charity

While watching the inspiration channel (aka TED.com) the other night I saw Dan Pallotta’s passionate and convincing talk ‘The way we think about charity is dead wrong‘. He’s talking about something that is very dear to my heart – the

Small ways to spread happiness

Everyone can make a difference. Everyone has some small way to spread happiness and make the world shine a little brighter. Last week, while traveling at Inle Lake in Myanmar (Burma) I met this ingenious young man. While eking out

Small ways to spread happiness

Everyone can make a difference. Everyone has some small way to spread happiness and make the world shine a little brighter. Last week, while traveling at Inle Lake in Myanmar (Burma) I met this ingenious young man. While eking out

Lee Hodgson: Bags for kids

Meet Lee Hodgson. He’s 42, originally from the UK and currently splitting his time between Indonesia and Malaysia. Lee is a true English lad, with a mischievous smile and a couple of bung knees. And he sews bags. The sight

Lee Hodgson: Bags for kids

Meet Lee Hodgson. He’s 42, originally from the UK and currently splitting his time between Indonesia and Malaysia. Lee is a true English lad, with a mischievous smile and a couple of bung knees. And he sews bags. The sight

Best advice from 2011

It’s that time of year again – the time for reflection and summation. I started this blog from a spark of inspiration that was inadvertently flung my way during a psychology class, and 6 months later I am just starting to

Best advice from 2011

It’s that time of year again – the time for reflection and summation. I started this blog from a spark of inspiration that was inadvertently flung my way during a psychology class, and 6 months later I am just starting to

23 free online tools to help you change the world

Some say that money makes the world go round. Freegans , the Beatles, and I beg to differ… I’m with the Fab Four: all you need is love. Ok, so most people still need some money. This need for basic

23 free online tools to help you change the world

Some say that money makes the world go round. Freegans , the Beatles, and I beg to differ… I’m with the Fab Four: all you need is love. Ok, so most people still need some money. This need for basic

Scott Heiferman: How 9/11 inspired a community revolution

Today is the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York (9/11). I remember that day well. My boyfriend at the time called me and simply said “The world just ended,” which

Scott Heiferman: How 9/11 inspired a community revolution

Today is the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York (9/11). I remember that day well. My boyfriend at the time called me and simply said “The world just ended,” which

Ben Schumaker: Making beautiful memories

I met Ben Schumaker, and his wife Abha, several years ago when I was working in an orphanage in El Salvador. Ben and Abha were visiting in order to deliver portraits to the children, each one of which had been

Ben Schumaker: Making beautiful memories

I met Ben Schumaker, and his wife Abha, several years ago when I was working in an orphanage in El Salvador. Ben and Abha were visiting in order to deliver portraits to the children, each one of which had been

Marijke Timmers: Helping children to shine

How does a high-flying marketer end up starting a charity to support Cambodian orphans? It started with a feeling that something wasn’t quite right… Marijke Timmers, a 32 year old New Zealander, had spent her 20s marketing investment banks in London. When she

Marijke Timmers: Helping children to shine

How does a high-flying marketer end up starting a charity to support Cambodian orphans? It started with a feeling that something wasn’t quite right… Marijke Timmers, a 32 year old New Zealander, had spent her 20s marketing investment banks in London. When she

Carlo Diy: Speaking with Haiti

About 18 months ago, while volunteering in Port-au-Prince after Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake, I met a man named Carlo Diy.  I was lucky enough to work directly with Carlo and, during conversations shared in exhausted moments amid general chaos, I remember being struck

Carlo Diy: Speaking with Haiti

About 18 months ago, while volunteering in Port-au-Prince after Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake, I met a man named Carlo Diy.  I was lucky enough to work directly with Carlo and, during conversations shared in exhausted moments amid general chaos, I remember being struck