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  • Poverty Solution? For Sheer Simplicity and Success, it's the Savings Group.

    Poverty Solution? For Sheer Simplicity and Success, it's the Savings Group.

    Over 2.5 billion people in the world do not have the funds they need to buy a meal or provide adequate shelter for their children.  In the rigorous fight against extreme poverty, microcredit has often headlined as the most promising panacea and indeed has a worthy reputation in some regards. Thousands of very poor women and men have managed to elevate themselves with the help of a well-used loan. Yet as more lending institutions have become involved, the downside to microcredit has gained prominence, whether it is high interest rates, or the temptation of garnering quick money.    

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  • Akilah = Wisdom (and Also Compassion)

    Akilah = Wisdom (and Also Compassion)

    The beauty of this nonprofit business is really inherent in the people who gravitate towards it.  Last night, I witnessed just that sort of generosity and warmth at the "Fourth Annual Metropolitan Safari" for the Akilah Institute, an amazing organization that provides college scholarships to East African women.They have a campus in Rwanda and will soon be opening a second one in Burundi.  A full 100% of their graduates find jobs after graduation. It is a very effective model for eliminating poverty.

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  • Hope Happens Here: At Last, a Working Title That Works

    Hope Happens Here: At Last, a Working Title That Works

    As many of you know, the actual TITLE of the book has been a rather irksome obstacle. A great title opens doors and does other things. For example, how does one create a catchy little logo for Kickstarter without a title to go with it?  Applying for grants is the same.   No title, no tickie.

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  • Looking for the Virtues in Virtual.  They're Lacking.

    Looking for the Virtues in Virtual. They're Lacking.

    At the tail end of my master's degree, I yearned for just one good online class.  It wasn't the professors or the time of the class.  It wasn't the big hike up the huge hill after a long day.  No, it was that annoying cooperative learning activity that was part of nearly every single class. You know how it goes: Here is a problem/question/situation.  Break up into groups and decide who will do the presentation and who will take notes. Then, stand up as a group at the end and agonize through the feedback from your classmates.  My point is this: While there were people in class who LOVED this group stuff, for others (like me), it was even more valuable.  Valuable because we really need those skills and can't practice them online.  

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