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…

Windfarms Help Bolster Growth in the Dominican Republic

In 2011 the Dominican Republic opened its first wind farm, a concept meant to increase power output on the island nation.  A Harvard University Case Study and subsequent  research reveals that the Los Cocos Wind Farm is the first grid-connected windfarm in the Dominican Republic.  By the end of summer 2018, the Republic announced that…

Crimea Refocuses on Tourism in Push for Economic Diversification

When the tiny 10,000 square mile (27 km) peninsula known as Crimea fell into political unrest, its future was in doubt.  The row which started in the aftermath of an election pitted Western powers against Russia in what became a standoff over time.  Despite its elections to the contrary, the official record for the U.S….

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,…

Forward: A Saga

There are 322 million people in the United States, of that population, and of that population 33.1 million or 10 percent are legal immigrants. Many people from around the globe see immigration as a force of forward movement.  The goal is to move from one environment to a better on suited for the pursuits, hopes…

Why You Need to Travel

Few people realize how powerful stepping outside of your comfort zone can be.  We’ve accustomed ourselves to always doing predictable things that complement our abilities and our worldview.  However, travel, if taken with the right attitude can have a transformational effect on your politics, your ideas about culture, society, people and values. According to the…

Exporting Small Businesses

Census data from 2016 revealed that of the nearly 6 million businesses employing Americans in the U.S., 99.7 percent were small to medium enterprises (SMEs).  Many economies think that there is a secret to the U.S. success story–and granted, without the boost of American Chattel slavery the nation likely could not have advanced at such…

The West and the Rest: Growth and A Green-Eyed Monster

“The West vs. The Rest,” a term coined from the ideology of famed political science professor Samuel Huntington, seems to be a growing phenomenon in the world today. In Huntington’s book, the Clash of Civilization, he appeared to be more narrowly focused on the rise of the Mideast, rather than the growing dichotomy that has…

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…

Make The Deal: A Case Study on Decision-Making

Making a good deal requires understanding what you will gain and what you must lose. Deal-making is almost as old as time. Part of what makes some people better deal-makers than others, is their ability to evaluate a deal beyond their emotions. Emotions are essential in making a deal; often emotions can signal red flags…