We’re stuck in the Blockchain weeds

We’re stuck in the Blockchain weeds

I’m going to start the year off with a rant. Yes, i’m sorry, not the best way to start the year. If it makes you feel any better consider it a warning foghorn. Let’s be clear. The Problem in international charity / aid is not that no one knows where the money is going. This […]

Silver bullet? Sorry, there is none.

Silver bullet? Sorry, there is none.

I recently read two things that irritated me. This article in the Washington Post about the role of philanthropy and this blog piece on Watsi (this second one i urge you to read).  Watsi is start-up that aims to “provide healthcare for every person in the world”.  It’s basically individual crowdfunding, at a push Kiva […]

What does Impact mean?

What does Impact mean?

Imagine a company who is giving away a new product free of charge at a train station or in the street. No one asked you what you wanted, in fact you don’t even know if you’ll like it or need it. But everyone is crowding around to get theirs. So you wade in, triumphantly grabbing […]

Does it matter what beneficiaries think?

Does it matter what beneficiaries think?

When you choose to buy anything you might be the kind of person that does a little research. If you’re like us you might even do up a little spreadsheet. First you’ll think about what you want. Or maybe something prompts you to think that you want “it”. You might decide upon some criteria of […]

Bold enough to close?

Bold enough to close?

Reading this article yesterday about the “aid system [struggling] to cope”, I’m going to go out on a limb here: Is the problem with our ability to address humanitarian crises really a result of there not being enough money? or is it just that those who are tasked with managing its response and the organisations […]