Colombia Colombia, you were a delight

This is an oldie but I think a goodie.

During my fellowship I went on my first ever trip to South America and visited Colombia. It was a work related trip but I decided to go a few days early to explore the country and visit as many places as I could. Was I nervous? Yes! I’m usually very comfortable travelling somewhere new, I haven’t been, however I realised most countries i’ve travelled to speak a version or tongue of Arabic.

Why is homelessness still not news?

Earlier this year appeared on Voice of America’s Pashto service in Washington, D.C. The discussion focus was youth engagement in entrepreneurial activities, and the way forward. But, when I introduced myself as an employee of Street Sense Media, callers popped up. They were surprised with the word homelessness; to them, the United States is a country full of luxuries, happiness and job opportunities.

Where are the news media to propagate the realities of American homelessness? Ethical journalism should highlight the situation on the ground, and give the public real-time information so that it’s aware of what has been happening in the country and the world as whole too.

Say No to Corporate Social Responsibility

When you say NO to corporate social responsibility, then It’s amazing to know a new concept, a word or terminology which is in the evolutionary phase to engage the corporate sector towards successful social impact. “Shared value” is more of related to social and economic benefits that the organizations can make via strategic initiatives in the community. While reading the literature I got confused with the corporate social responsibility and creating shared value. Is there any difference or what is the ideology behind this? After having brainstorming with a co-worker, I came to know the concise definition of creating shared value by corporate concerns “identifying and expanding the connections between societal and economic progress”. There is still need to work on this idea and generate more scientific evidence in order to say “shared value is the new pathway to bring change on economic and social grounds”. Although, a shared value framework needs more scientific evidence to put all the concept inline that make the difference from corporate social responsibility. This is the responsibility of companies belong to the corporate sector to lead the businesses and societies together in order to resolve the issues. There is a need to give value in return to the societies via solving their problems in a strategic way. The way forward for the corporate sector is to modify their mission and vision statements via adding social aspects. Perhaps, shared value philosophy need urgent attention from the corporate leaders in order to streamline the business with a contribution to the society by addressing issues, needs, and challenges. There should be a direct connection between the organization’s success and social progress. If you have thoughts on the term “creating shared value” please share in the comments. Sharing example of civil societies would be great. Below mentioned source is the conceptual reading by Harvard Business Review.

Design Thinking for Entrepreneurs

I attended Design Thinking for Entrepreneurs: In Partnership with Capital One this week. This blog will tell you a step by step process of how Design Thinking for Entrepreneurs works, I am sharing everything I learned in a step by step process.


The scenario we will use as an example is “Metro System” we all use and to be more specific the DC metro system. So imagine yourself as WMATA employee for this and wear the design thinker hat and follow the step by step process to get started.

We are trying to learn from them about their experience which they have while using the metro.

Is homelessness a stigma?

Is homelessness a stigma? I asked this question in one of our community meetings, where people who are homeless, formally homeless, or income insecure meet once a week to discuss the issues they face. After discussing these issues, we then come up with solutions to overcome them. The responses really made me sad – listening to the issues of the people affected by homelessness. I thought to put my thoughts in the form a blog to help overcome homelessness as a stigma.

What is Council on Foundations?

6 weeks in at the council, and I am starting to piece together how our different departments work jointly to create multi purposeful hub for foundations around the world to benefit and grow their grantmaking and philanthropy.

 But how do we do that?

  • Government Relations
  • Legal
  • Memberships
  • Communications
  • External Relations
  • Operations and Development
  • Professional Development

The “Social Entrepreneur” Label

For the past decade or so, the term “social entrepreneur” has become the sexy label reserved only to a few, like a VIP club where the chosen people who care and worry about the social state of the world gather to think and act to save us.

This term also implies that classic entrepreneurs are not “social”, and don’t worry about the impact of their ventures on people or the environment, and that’s not true, entrepreneurs solve problems. There are companies that have been performing real social good for years and have improved our lives on many levels, without any social (feel-good) hook.

How about “The Majority World”?

In the development work, we usually hear our countries referred to as the third world, the developing world, the global south, the low-and middle-income countries, or the emerging economies…

In each of these labels, we will find certain problems. The “Third World” is just insulting today, the “Global South” is very much tinged with politics, the “Developing Countries” and the “Emerging Economies” are terms that seem to be accepted by many of our countries, because they define the state of the countries’ economies in stead of their subjective rank in the world.