What does one of the world’s most famous rock stars know about pover­ty? Plen­ty. Bono not only makes great music, he is mak­ing big changes in the world as well. In 2002, Bono found­ed DATA, Debt AIDS Trade Africa. He now influ­ences pop­u­lar cul­ture AND the world’s most pow­er­ful lead­ers. In recog­ni­tion of his achieve­ments, TIME mag­a­zine named him one of 2005’s Per­sons of the Year.

Blogging for Change

Over the past few years, I’ve been doing an increas­ing amount of research about social entre­peneurs, non­prof­it orga­ni­za­tions, and local and glob­al chal­lenges. Because I believe it’s my respon­si­bil­i­ty and priv­i­lege to share the knowl­edge that I col­lect, I’m launch­ing a new blog for my find­ings and thoughts on how we can change the world for the bet­ter. You can find it at

There’s not much there yet, but please stay tuned for more.
[2008–10-29: Note–the Change Mak­ing blog now lives in this cat­e­go­ry here at]

How to Change the World

How to Change the World cover

The book that start­ed all of this for me was How to Change the World: Social Entre­pre­neurs and the Pow­er of New Ideas by David Born­stein. He pro­files peo­ple who have made a change in their world, focus­ing on nine indi­vid­u­als who were select­ed for fel­low­ships by an orga­ni­za­tion called Ashoka. Ashoka’s mis­sion is “to shape a cit­i­zen sec­tor that is entre­pre­neur­ial, pro­duc­tive and glob­al­ly inte­grat­ed, and to devel­op the pro­fes­sion of social entre­pre­neur­ship around the world.”

I found each of the indi­vid­u­al’s sto­ries to be an inspi­ra­tion. The things that they accom­plished were indeed extra­or­di­nary, yet the peo­ple them­selves did not seem to be that much dif­fer­ent from any­one else that I know. What made them stand out was their con­vic­tion, deter­mi­na­tion, and per­se­ver­ance. Maybe we don’t nec­es­sar­i­ly need to be smarter, rich­er, or bet­ter con­nect­ed to make a dif­fer­ence. Maybe we just need to try.

Change making launch

Over the past few years, I’ve been increas­ing­ly drawn to social entre­peneur­ship and the pow­er to change the world that has been demon­strat­ed by indi­vid­u­als. With the rise of tech­nol­o­gy, glob­al­iza­tion, and wealth, the pow­er to cre­ate pos­i­tive change in the world is ever-increas­ing. Still, there are seri­ous glob­al chal­lenges that human­i­ty must face. This blog will high­light indi­vid­u­als and orga­ni­za­tions who are solv­ing prob­lems, not just treat­ing them, in new and inter­est­ing ways. It is my hope to inform and inspire oth­ers to rise to the chal­lenge and cre­ate an upward spi­ral of change mak­ing through­out the world.

My first “review”

This month I got to review a new chil­dren’s muse­um which opened near our neigh­bor­hood. I was excit­ed to see the muse­um, and excit­ed to try some­thing a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent with my writ­ing — a review. It turned out I loved the muse­um and could­n’t wait to take my kids there, so here is the glow­ing review.

Kid­sQuest Chil­dren’s Muse­um — Excit­ing new East­side space for fun and learn­ing”, Par­entMap, Jan­u­ary 2006

Write what you know

This is an arti­cle in which I got to be my own expert. My hus­band and I have had plen­ty of expe­ri­ence trav­el­ing with our two small chil­dren. Many of our friends and fam­i­ly think we’re crazy (and some of our trips have occa­sion­al­ly bor­dered on insan­i­ty), but we love hav­ing the oppor­tu­ni­ty to expose them to new things. I’m con­fi­dent it is good for their devel­op­ment, even if they’re too young to remem­ber the actu­al experiences.

Hol­i­day trav­el with babies and tod­dlers”, Par­entMap, Decem­ber 2005

Decisions, decisions

BabyMap runs a reg­u­lar col­umn called Deci­sion Digest, where they sum­ma­rize all sides of impor­tant issues that expec­tant and new par­ents face. In this issue, I tack­led two ques­tions: whether to bank cord blood for per­son­al use, and using cloth dia­pers ver­sus disposables.

Deci­sion digest — Pri­vate cord blood bank­ing and dia­pers”, BabyMap, Fall/Winter 2005–2006