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Buy Local - Rebuild Haiti (Wall Street Journal Article)

There was an interesting article in the WSJ regarding Haiti and how aid is hurting small businesses. See link below.

Global Aid Is No Relief for Small Haitian Businesses by David Luhnow


Posted on March 4, 2010 at 7:18pm

Books That Impacted Me

As my heart began growing for the poor/oppressed, and injustice - there were two books in particular that stand out for me.

Not for Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade--and How We Can Fight It by…


Posted on March 4, 2010 at 4:47pm

Social Innovation Secret - Understand

The secret most helpful for me to remember is the importance of understanding the full context of who you are trying to help - culture, resources, environment, mentality...

I learned this first hand as I was working with a orphanage in Haiti who was trying to develop sustainable food sources. After looking into a varied approach and preparing to implement agricultural programs and a tilapia farm, we quickly discovered that as people removed form their daily life we failed to…


Posted on March 3, 2010 at 7:28pm — 2 Comments

Hero - Pierre Tami

The hero I selected is Pierre Tami of Hagar International. Hagar seeks to combine social programs with social enterise to develop long term, sustainable solutions.

Pierre and his wife founded Hagar. Hagar seeks to rescue women from the evils of human trafficking and provide opportunities for them to rebuild their lives and become healthy contributors to their communities.

They have established several enterprises (businesses) to provide career paths for these…


Posted on March 3, 2010 at 7:11pm — 2 Comments

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At 9:30pm on March 3, 2010, Jonathan Jackson said…
I will have to tap into some of your advice on wine sometime - I dont really like wine (well very few that I have tasted) but my wife does so I could use some selection help.

I have this dream to create a network of sustainable back-yard gardens to 1) provide local fresh produce to food banks, and 2) recreate a sense of community amoung neighbors as they share their harvest with each other.
At 8:30pm on March 3, 2010, Jordan Napier said…
Hi Johnathan, well, I atually read an article that really perked my interest so I checked out the site and became instantly a huge fan of its mission...funny u live in glen ellyn...grew up in fox valley/aurora area...looking forward to gameing with you :)

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