Can Good Intentions Justify Bad Behavior?

Posted on Dec 18, 2015
Can Good Intentions Justify Bad Behavior?

Another controversy regarding the fundraising practices of NGOs has recently made headlines. This time in the United Kingdom. The organisations involved in this latest flare up would probably be quite happy to trade complete anonymity for the kind of exposure they have been receiving. But their names are actually not all that important. The fact […]

There Is A Naked Emperor In Our Midst!

Posted on Dec 18, 2015
There Is A Naked Emperor In Our Midst!

A few years ago I was “Googling” on the topic of social media, and stumbled across a very cool visual created by Terence Kawaja of Luma Partners. It is a very compelling way to tell the story of an emerging market. The birth of entirely new categories of business; New companies; new vocabularies; and new […]

Intermediaries In an Entirely New Ecosystem of Supply and Demand.

Posted on Dec 15, 2015
Intermediaries In an Entirely New  Ecosystem of Supply and Demand.

The IFC always offers a fantastic chance to stretch one’s thinking. Not just through workshops and plenaries, but through conversations with friends and colleagues—both old and new. I have been having one of those ongoing conversations with Ata Kuttab, the founder of Saaned, an organization devoted to growing philanthropy in the Middle East. In addition […]

Hail To The All Powerful Rock!

Posted on Dec 14, 2015
Hail To The All Powerful Rock!

When I was a kid I had the fortune to grow up in the deserts of the Middle East. A place that was brilliantly interesting, but not particularly hospitable to life—especially the life of a pasty white kid. While living there I became a bit of a student of Bedouin culture, as I was fascinated […]