What does the nation-state do for us, anyway?

Syria has dissolved into a nightmare we are nearly powerless to help, and the US elected a racist, rapist, reality-star in an effort to return to an imaginary past. The [ read more brave ]

Three things for managers to consider every week

Did I have any personal career victories I should record for my annual review or to mention in future job interviews? Did anyone on my team have a problem or [ read more brave ]

Self-coaching: Growing up

How do you define being an adult? Is it a process, or an end state? Are you an adult by your own definition? Is it better to be an adult [ read more brave ]

Five simple ways to make your proposal more competitive

  Read the call for proposals and take note of the scoring. Spend your time accordingly. If the management plan is worth five points, don’t spend two days of meetings [ read more brave ]

Understanding bird flu

There’s a lot of technical language around influenza, which is a shame because it’s an interesting topic – complicated enough to be fun to learn about, and relevant to everyone [ read more brave ]

Self-coaching: Money

In American culture, we talk about money in a few, highly specific ways. You might tell someone what you paid for your house, but you don’t mention your salary. You [ read more brave ]

Resources for Change: Understanding Data

How to read a scientific paper. via Chris Blattman. How to tell when a data visualization is lying to you. Also from Chris Blattman. The Data Journalism handbook is an [ read more brave ]

Three examples of love

No flowers or candy involved. 1.  My father’s Alzheimer’s disease got especially aggressive in the time leading up to my marriage. It was like my wedding was blowing out all [ read more brave ]

Self-Coaching: Struggle

Not all coaching questions have answers. There are topics I’ll struggle with for the rest of my life, and never find a clear answer. Thinking about these questions, finding the [ read more brave ]

Aid work and failure

A lot of aid money gets spent on activities that just don’t work. Well more than half, I’d guess. But the thing is, you don’t always now which activities are [ read more brave ]