US in 1800 = Uganda Today

British Economist Angus Maddison put together in 2007 the first comprehensive analysis of global incomes dating as far back as is possible, known as the Maddison Project). For the US and most of Western Europe the data is sporadic before 1800 but has yearly data after 1800. For the rest of the world the data starts […]

Why I love Invisible Children

Living in the town where Invisible Children all started give you a unique view and understanding of the organization that is very polarizing for many. The organization announced it is winding down its operations this past December and it brought mixed emotions for people in the US. While it is very easy to identify with the […]

Why I Love TOMS

The business magazine Fast Company asked Americans to name a socially responsible organization. 1 in 3 could not name a single one. 67% of Americans can’t think of a brand that they really stand behind. This is striking because consistently at least 50% of Americans identify themselves as socially conscious consumers. People are look for socially […]

The Best Ideas in International Aid

This past week I posted an article on Facebook where the title was “7 worst ideas in international aid ideas”. As a friend quickly pointed out it is much easier to criticize than it is to come up with better solutions which is a sentiment I certainly agreed with. As I shared in my post, […]