Stop Paying The Poor So Much

Recently I was asked to serve on a panel after a screening of the documentary Poverty Inc. In the course of the discussion I brought on the story about the Haitian woman who was employed by a nonprofit run by Americans and was able to save $2,000 over the course of 6 months to buy […]

Starting A Business In Kenya But It Started In Barnes & Noble

Summer of 2007 I the thought that nearly every college student has before entering their junior year (and senior year). “What the heck am I going to do after college?” Until this point in my life the only thing I knew I cared about was sports, soccer specifically. As much as I wanted to pursue […]

How Microfinance Is Used – First World Application

Costco is glorious. I remember as a kid sitting in the cart and getting piled in massive boxes as my mom stocked up for the pleasure of having us kids running around all summer free from the prison that is school. Otter pops and bagel bites for days. Costco is often dubbed the “$200 dollar store” because […]

What we know about Shanghai is wrong

Perhaps you have seen the picture below. It truly is remarkable that in roughly 20 years the Shanghai skyline changed so dramatically and it has often been used as a symbol of China’s roaring economic and political power ascendancy.  I myself have used the picture in passing to reference the larger Chinese economic growth miracle […]

World’s Fastest Growing Economy on the Brink of Starvation

The fastest economy is the world is of course Ethiopia. Wait what? Africa boasts a few of the fastest growing economies with Congo, Ivory Coast, and Mozambique in the top 10 with Tanzania and Rwanda at 11 and 12 respectively. That is great news for Africa but how great is it? A very poor country […]

Economics of ISIS

The Atlantic put out an article in September about the working of the ISIS economy. High taxes in a highly oppressive state. It is working for now but how will this play out? What does history show about such economic tactics? ISIS cannot be easily compared to other states but there are some significant parallels. Economics is […]

Socially Conscious Consumers are not Better People

My parents grew up in a much different time. The United States was in the beginning stages of the Cold War and by the time high school graduation was coming for them, being drafted into the Vietnam War was an ever present concern. My parents’ parents served in the military many in their generation honorably […]

People Over Profit is more Profitable?

Last week I ordered People Over Profit by Dale Partridge. As you can expect the premise is that companies need to care about more than just the bottom line, profit. It is a very interesting read because it addresses the great void that we have with the market and our desire for something better. I think […]