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…

The Beginner’s Guide to Entrepreneurship: 5 Resources to Get Started

So you wanna be an entrepreneur?  Good.  It can be the first step to making money or losing it.  As an entrepreneur, tenacity is your greatest resource.  Many don’t succeed at business, because they do not take it as seriously as a conventional career.  In the United States, and in many countries, students are socialized…

EdTech to Bolster Educational Achievement in Guatemala, Developing Economies

Guatemala recently rolled out a new education program launched by its Ministry of Education which allows Guatemalans from ages 13 to adult, both at home and abroad to continue their education.  The program, Programa Nacional de Educación Alternativa –Pronea, allows students to participate in distance learning and earn formal certifications. Education like all other sectors…

Globalization and Labor: Gigs Grow As Stability Falters

In 2017, there were nearly 600 million entrepreneurs recorded, according to figures from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM).  There are an estimated 27 million in the United States alone,  0.05 percent of that giant worldwide figure.  While the signs of growing entrepreneurship seem encouraging, are they indicative of a much larger issue throughout the world? …

A Trade War of the Worlds

In 2014, China held over a third of U.S. debt, amounting to nearly 18 trillion USD.  In just four years, that number has dwindled to a paltry 1.18 trillion, due in large part to China’s rapid sell-off of American currency.  In the past, nations sought U.S. dollars as a guarantee to ensure fiscal stability due…

Is NAFTA a Roadmap for Africa’s Continental Free Trade Agreement?

The deadline to renew the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is set for the end of March; but it is currently under renegotiation, with the U.S. and Canada making some of the biggest changes. The current administration has been skeptical of NAFTA’s economic benefit; with experts also disagreeing over how effective the agreement has…