(excerpted, in part, from my recently-released book, The Unfinished Social Entrepreneur) Plain speaking is not a social sector rule. It’s not even a cultural norm. As change agents, we are engulfed in gobbledygook and the poison pills of jargon, acronyms and buzzwords—a fusillade of shopworn words and vocabulary traps. Never in the history of humankind have so many words created...
Honor among Thieves, part two of J.'s humanitarian trilogy, is out, and AidSource Manager Alysia Antonucci reflects on the book's characters, the challenges they face and why it'll probably all feel familiar.
After reading George Orwell's "Burmese Days," Allison Smith was struck by the parallels between life in 1920s Burma and life as an aid worker today. Here are eight relevant lessons from the novel, covering everything from dating to racism to mental health.
In her memoir "Chasing Chaos," Jessica Alexander describes a decade of working in humanitarian aid in countries such as Rwanda, Sudan, and Sierra Leone. Brendan Rigby reviews the book and sees parallels between Alexander's story and the stress and mental health problems that plague aid workers more broadly.
What lessons can foreign aid take from post-genocide Burundi? Marianne Jago-Bassingthwaighte reviews Tracy Kidder's Pulitzer Prize-winning "What Strength Remains" to find lessons about effective aid amidst the compelling personal story of a genocide survivor.