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Fifty Lessons Learned from Decade in International Development

New York, N.Y.  The purpose of the symposium was to train and support the next generation of progressive political entrepreneurs. Mark Green‘s former campaign staffer Keith Dumanski had recommended me to the New York Director of the NLC, Daniel Getman, and here I was: ready to give life lessons. An awkward thought crossed my mind […]

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Film Shown at U.N. Donor Conference on Collapse of Haiti’s Presidential Palace

Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The film “Thirty-Five Long Seconds: Haiti’s Deadly Earthquake” was screened recently as part of the recent Donor’s Conference at the United Nations. The conference, entitled Towards a New Future in Haiti, was hosted by Haitian President Rene Preval, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and U.N. Special Envoy for Haiti Bill Clinton. Pledges from the […]

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Fifty Lessons Learned from a Decade of Service in International Development

New York, N.Y.  I recently had the honor of addressing the Fellows of the New York City New Leaders Council (NLC) as part of their 2010 Institute. Other presenters included Jeffrey Plaut, founding partner of the Global Strategies Group, Elizabeth Caputo, chair of theDemocratic Leadership for the 21st Century, and Stephanie Berger, president of Berger-Hirschberg Strategies in Washington. My own […]

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Asia Society’s President on Global Citizens Like Barack Obama

New York, N.Y.  “As Americans, we have the unfortunate idea that we should and need to learn more about the world, but it’s not a priority.   “We get to it when we can, which is seldom,” said Dr. Vishakha Desai, president of the Asia Society.  So began an interview with a brilliant woman who […]

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Jules Verne’s Kip Brothers Translated into English after 100 Years

New York, N.Y.  Part of “Extraordinary Voyages,” Jules Verne’s The Kip Brothers was never translated into English for a variety of reasons, including because of its anti-American and anti-British sentiment. Mostly it was not translated because it veered away Verne’s typical science fiction tales. First published in French in 1902, it arrived in English in 2007 (Wesleyan […]

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Franketienne: Haiti’s First Nobel Laureate – Hopefully

New York, N.Y.  As a cultural area studies graduate, seldom do I feel over my head culturally. Standing in the home of possibly the next Nobel Prize recipient for Literature in Port-au-Prince recently, I found myself way out of my league. One ambassador had cautioned me to “have an intellectual translate” for me. Luckily, when […]

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How to Turn Difficult Times into a Period of Growth

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Maxwell Bennett on Malala Yousafzai and School Shootings