While you’re reading this blog, I’m in East Africa working with 2 charities–BeadforLife and Bearing Witness Rwanda. Both are great organizations and I look forward to sharing more with you upon my return. As all my clients know, even when I’m out of town I watch things closely and (with modern technology) am available in short order. If you leave a message or an email, I’m back with you before you know it. I love Africa, the African people, and the good work we’re doing here. Africa is improving and I’m proud to be associated with groups that are making ... Read More
A friend of mine, Ian Engle, is Executive Director of the Center for People with Disabilities. He recently gave a great interview (in my humble opinion) talking about the Independent Living Movement, Americans with Disabilities Act, etc. He’s very knowledgeable and cuts right to the chase. I like that. Consider listening to his 4 minute interview. Read More
Many of you know I’m on the Board of Directors for BeadforLife, a poverty eradication project based in Uganda. Ugandan women turn colorful recycled paper into beautiful beads, gather shea nuts to make shea butter for cosmetics and soaps, and women worldwide sell the items and educate themselves and others about extreme poverty. This Sunday the 27th at 7pm at the Boulder Theater eTown, a nationally syndicated radio show, will interview founder Torkin Wakefield and present the organization with an E-Chievement Award! Yeah! Come join me in celebrating the good work this charity is doing in the world. BeadforLife Award ... Read More
The poorest 5% in the United States are richer than 70% of the rest of the world. The poorest 5% in the United States are richer than the richest 5% in India. What conclusions do we draw from this? I suppose it depends on your view of the world. My liberal and conservative clients are going to draw different ones, so I guess I’ll sidestep the whole question. I know I’m a wimp. CLICK FOR FULL ARTICLE – WORLD INEQUALITY Read More
I recently became President of the Board of Directors of a local charity called Longmont Community Justice Partnership. It’s an Restorative Justice organization that brings together offenders, victims, and the community with the goal of repairing harm that has been done by an offender. This might sound “soft on crime” but experience has shown that sitting across from your victim and members of the community can be more difficult than our traditional criminal system. Offenders have a contract agreed upon by all 3 parties, 90% of offenders complete the contract, and there is only about a 10% re-offending rate (versus ... Read More
My wife Cassidy and I will be on the staff of a retreat in Rwanda again this April. It’s very powerful. Over this 5 day retreat, we will bear witness to the horror and tragic impact of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide as well as the current sate of healing and reconciliation efforts within Rwanda. Consider attending this with us. We’d love to have you in Africa with us. CLICK FOR INFORMATION Read More
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