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 […]

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 […]

Why I Am Leaving Uganda (Part 2)

Leaving anything is difficult as there are many memories and relationships that have been made along the way. Stepping away from Uganda is no different but what helps the most is the road that lies ahead. Coming to 31 Bits was still the right decision even though is has been a very difficult time for a […]

How much do you care where and how your product is made?

Purchasing eco-friendly, organic, gluten free, vegan, non-GMO products in a safe working environment where the workers are paid fair and just wages is an ideal that we want to uphold but only rarely are able to achieve.  As everything in life, it is all about trade-offs. We can have all the above conditions but they […]

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 […]