The Revolution Begins

The Revolution Begins

I’ve been studying the concept of ubuntu, a South African philosophy, since I was about 15 years old. The ancient philosophy posits that we are all intrinsically connected, unable to reach our full human potential as individuals. We can only manifest our truest, most enlightened selves through consistent interaction with other humans. I’ve detailed my […]

Clear Eyes & Open Hearts

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Lifestyle | 2 Comments
Clear Eyes & Open Hearts

In 2006, I gave away everything I owned, left my partnership at the private equity firm and transplanted myself to Rwanda. I wanted to reinvent myself through new experiences and become more of who I wanted to be. To say that my time in East Africa {Rwanda, DRC, Uganda, Kenya} involved some difficult times would […]

Second Hand Stress

Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 in Lifestyle | 2 Comments
Second Hand Stress

When someone has an anger problem, it’s viewed as socially inacceptable. Perhaps counseling is in order. The same goes for someone that is obese, struggling with substances, smoking or nail biting. Each is a symptom of an emotionally based habit stemming from an imbalance. Habits are choices, no matter the circumstances. We choose to indulge […]

What Are You Working For?

Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 in Lifestyle, Philanthropy | 2 Comments
What Are You Working For?

I’ve always viewed my work, whatever it may be, as my art. It’s my contribution to the world. I’m going to give my best because I care, regardless of how it’s received. I care that it’s done well and that it serves someone else well or brings them some joy. I’ve never been motivated solely […]

Only As Big As You Make It

Posted by on Oct 18, 2014 in Lifestyle, Philanthropy | 3 Comments
Only As Big As You Make It

There are certainly many habits that make me who I am. I diligently work at being deliberate about all aspects of life and I think that’s a fundamental must. Then I work to create solid habits from that foundation. Everyone struggles, to some degree, with fear, stress, lack of confidence and various other worries. Then […]

We’re Gonna Need More Phils

Posted by on Nov 13, 2013 in Lifestyle | 9 Comments
We’re Gonna Need More Phils

I met Philip almost three years ago on our first night in Mombasa. Ilea and I showed up at his eighth story flat in the center of town. He graciously welcomed two strangers into his home that was already overflowing with life (largely in the form of other travelers that also became close friends). He […]

The Easy Bowl

Posted by on Oct 8, 2013 in Lifestyle | 3 Comments
The Easy Bowl

People crave comfort, security and ease. We have a long history of attempting to make life an easier ride. We call it “progress”. Towards what? Just like anyone else, I appreciate when something like communication or transportation or design is made easier through technology. That type of innovation enables me to more of what I […]

Stop Moving On

Posted by on Sep 27, 2013 in Lifestyle | 12 Comments
Stop Moving On

The Westgate battle is over. 67 lives were taken. Al-Shabab made it clear that their malice and bigotry is both strategic and boundless. If you want to get people’s attention, hit what they care about most; money. How do you do that? Instill fear in the expat (foreign) community that contributes so much to the […]

Choosing Empathy

Posted by on May 20, 2013 in Lifestyle, Philanthropy | No Comments

In order to truly serve humanity, we must develop and foster our ability to empathize. There must be a constant flexing of our empathetic muscles. We must embrace the risk of deeply engaging with other humans. It opens us up to disappointment, hurt, confusion, difficulty, betrayal and the unknown. When you empathize, you allow your […]

The People With Power

Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Lifestyle, Philanthropy | One Comment

“The power in people is so much stronger than the people in power.” {Bono} Now, more than ever, the people have the power. We have the knowledge, access and the tools for change. We have the ability to create momentum and alter the status quo like never before. We are democratizing our global society more and more each day. […]