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The Most Effective Aid Blog Post Ever? (You’d Never Guess)


Okay, this is my last post on aid blogging. On the heels of my Who’s Who post and the Aid Blogging Charts, I’m about to go from being known as an aid blogger to that guy who blogs about aid bloggers. Ick. But I found this post today and at first it left me stupefied, […]

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Foul Play?

The SOCCKET ball bounces back?


The SOCCKET is a soccer ball with an internal mechanism that turns movement into stored energy that can be accessed through a built in jack. It’s marketed as a “FUNctional solution to real-world problems” – specifically the lack of access to reliable electricity and the negative side effects of using kerosene lanterns, diesel generators, and […]

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Saving the World

Aid Blogging: A Cautionary Tale in Charts


A lot of people think pretty deep thoughts about the nexus of humanitarian aid and social media. I’m not one of them. Nevertheless, I started blogging and tweeting about international development and humanitarian aid a couple of years ago. Here’s what I’ve learned so far. 1. Applied Creativity I don’t know if creativity is a […]

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Blogging in the field...of international development

The New Who’s Who of International Development Blogging


The Updated Blogroll I realized the other day that I hadn’t updated my blogroll in about a year and a half. A lot has changed since then. Bill Easterly closed down the Aid Watch blog and is now blogging at NYU’s Development Research Institute; Tales from the Hood went off the air and locked many of his […]

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Deflating the SOCCKET ball.


It’s a soccer ball. It’s an electrical generator. It’s innovation and social entrepreneurship out to save the world. It’s everything that’s wrong with international development today.                                                           […]

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competent engagement?

The Best and Worst of Staying for Tea: Milestone 25,000


Blogging milestones are good excuses to write a ‘greatest hits’ compilation. This blog reached two this month: its two-year anniversary and 25,000 page views. In case you missed any of these posts, here’s a chance to go back and read the best and worst of Staying for Tea…and the winners are: Most Popular: Poverty Tourism: A […]

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'You may have youth on your side, but I've got skills and experience on mine.'

Peace Corps (Volunteers) Turn 51: Baby Boomers & the Changing Face of Volunteering Abroad


Baby boomers are still asking ‘What can I do for my country (and my world)?’ and the answer is, probably a lot more than they could when they were twenty. Peace Corps and Bonnie Lee Black have something in common: age. Peace Corps celebrated its 51st anniversary in March this year; Bonnie was 51 when she closed […]

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An Atypical Transition


Changing Jobs in the Global Humanitarian and Int’l Development Sector. Job transitions are weird and somewhat stressful times for people no matter what kind of work they do, but I’m beginning to think that global humanitarian and development professionals may have it worse than most. On top of the usual uncertainty and stress of changing […]

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"Oh, hell no!" I'm neither that culturally sensitive nor that drunk.

The Culturally-Sensitive Butt:


on language, food, humility, and humor. A Swiss man, looking for directions, pulls up at a bus stop where two Americans are waiting. “Entshuldigung, können Sie Deutsch sprechen?” he asks. The two Americans just stare at him. “Excusez-moi, parlez vous Francais?” he tries. The two continue to stare. “Parlare Italiano?” No response. “¿Hablan ustedes Español?” […]

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LinkedIn turns attention to Volunteerism


Survey Says, “Your Volunteer Experience Matters” LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network released the results this morning* of a survey of nearly two thousand professionals in the U.S. and found that 89% have volunteering experience, but only 45% include this on their resumes. This is a mistake according to Nicole Williams, LinkedIn’s Connection Director. “Professionals often […]

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