The Economics of the Erotic

It is estimated that sex trafficking earns nearly nearly 100 billion dollars per year, according to Human Rights First, an organization focused on the ills and prevention of human rights abuses.  The recent arrest and subsequent suicide of American business man and billionaire Jeffrey Epstein shed brought more attention to the scourge of human trafficking…

On Entropy: The Shifting World

As children, sometimes the most asinine things earn our attention.  At least in the old days they did, back when children played with toys that didn’t talk back or require a lithium battery to operate. One of those old affects was the proverbial spinning top. An awkward space-ship looking toy that, with the right torque…

Saving Your Self: Social Media

The US has the highest social media penetration of any country. but the U.S is not alone, now more than ever, people around the world are logging on.

Plan of Attack: Making Social Media, social again.

Your Social Brand: Consider your social media interactions as a part of your personal brand. Ask a friend or relative look through your social media and tell you their impressions. This will help you understand better how you come across on social media. Having your social media appraised annually by a friend, family member or professional is a good idea.

Giving Good: Solution-Based Giving in the Information Age

In 2017 Charity Navigator produced a report that indicated that giving was on the rise.  Over 400 billion dollars were given to charity in that year alone.  However, most people are unaware that most charitable donations in the US goes toward places of worship.   While such giving is admirable, perhaps funds might be better spent…

Small Business Grows in South Africa

Undoubtedly, despite all of the bad press, South Africa is on the right track. Much like the success of the United States, South Africa has begun to focus on growing its small enterprises as drivers of the economy. In an official release, it was announced that Minister of Small Business Development, Ms Lindiwe Zulu, delivered…

Let The People Go: The International Way Forward We All Know

At the beginnin of the year, Italy made a salacious statement. It accused France of impoverishing Africa. Italy sighted the manipulation of the French controlled CFA Franc which many see as the heart of fancophone Africa’s financial woes. Much like the world’s antiquated financial system, built arbitrarily on the values assigned by former colonial powers,…

India, The Builder

The India Finance Ministry has projected growth to jump from 7.5 percent over its previously projected 7.2 percent for the 2019-2020. India has been quietly pushing industry ahead with its partnerships and its economic reforms in the early 90s according to its Finance Minister. Forbes lists India as the fastest growing economy in the world…

Making Small Farmers Count

In January of this year, Hawaii extended a series of workshops for the specialty crop block grant and marketing assistance programs. The workshops were in response to funds released by the U.S. Farm Bill and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to make local farmers internationally competitive in the area of specialized crops. The six…

Immigration: A Historic Cost in Dollars

As the world continues to connect via globalization, advanced communication and travel, immigration has continued to rise. Most notably immigration has rose exponentially in European and Western enclaves around the world. “You should see Paris now, it’s little Africa.” She said with a chuckle. The francophone African woman I was interviewing for a story was…

Here’s Why Today’s Hard Work Will Not Make You Rich

Perhaps one of the biggest myths is that hard work equals success. This is a concept strongly held in Western tradition, despite its historic and present day inaccuracies. The hidden assumption behind the hard work trope is that the “worker” will be able to enjoy the production value behind his/her own hard work. This is…

The Pivot: New Beginnings, New Directions

While in Nigeria I read a book on execution—the concept of getting things done. It reminded me of another business book that I read about how companies restructured and reinvented themselves. I found both to be very compelling, most especially because they showed how good companies got better, bad companies improved and some companies innovated…