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- Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel -

Remember that there is a meaning beyond absurdity.
Know that every deed counts, that every word is power.
Above all, remember that you must build your life as if it were a work of art.

WRITINGS

I've been blogging since 2006. The archives on this site go back to 2011.
It's been an incredible journey, with ten years in Africa, two years in Costa Rica and the adventure continues. 

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LET YOUR LIFE SPEAK

I send out brief notes a few times per month, designed to inspire and equip you to live a more harmonious and integrated life. Come join me on the journey! 

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This Must Be Faith

By Jared | Jan 14, 2011

Most of my life has been so tumultuous and insane that the majority of people I meet can’t even fit it into their reality. There are a lot of things that just don’t make sense in the short term. I am a magnet for the ridiculous, the insane and often the supernatural. Through the years,…

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REBRANDING AFRICA: Entrepreneurs Empower the Poor

By Jared | Jan 14, 2011

For many years, KEZA has focused on what the aid world refers to as the “poorest of the poor”. It’s become another buzz term like “sustainability” or “capacity building”. These terms help attract volunteers, donors and public awareness. However, we’ve recently taken a step back to reanalyze our methodology. There are thousands of entrepreneurs all…

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REBRANDING AFRICA: She is not a Charity Case

By Jared | Jan 14, 2011

The Rwandan women we serve are former prostitutes. They’ve been beaten, raped and oppressed to a point where the only viable method for supporting themselves and their babies was to sell their bodies. Society regularly humiliated them to the point that they believed they were worthless.* It would be easy for us to tell that…

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REBRANDING AFRICA: Deconstructing The Brand

By Jared | Jan 14, 2011

We live in a world where shock value regularly trumps true value. Consequently international aid agencies either play ball or loose the opportunity for funding. And it’s not just the funding mechanisms that are tainted, it’s the “brand” that’s generated in order to garner the funds. The media are looking for scenes of destruction, starving…

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REBRANDING AFRICA: Introduction

By Jared | Jan 14, 2011

I’m convinced that a large part of what holds Africa (and others) back from being a “developed continent” stems from a less than desirable branding trend. The international aid community has done a phenomenal job of branding her as some sort of Mad Max desert overrun with corruption, disease and poverty. However, I assure you…

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Emotional Aid

By Jared | Jan 14, 2011

Aid agencies are emotional. Someone saw an injustice or a need and developed what they believed would be a better solution. They had grand intentions of helping those in need, and they believed no one else would do it with the amount of passion and determination they would. So they started an aid agency; one…

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Fight the System! (Or Maybe Not)

By Jared | Jan 14, 2011

I am a born activist, and love to “fight the system”. I grew up listening to Rage Against the Machine, toting a “Free Leonard Peltier” sign. However, I’ve learned that sometimes there’s a much more effective way to provide a solution to a problem. I spent years lobbying for women’s rights, fighting governments for more…

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My Queen

By Jared | Jan 14, 2011
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When Greatness Is Expected

By Jared | Jan 14, 2011

The aid world talks incessantly about “sustainability” in Africa, especially in reference to setting up businesses. Isn’t that the least we would expect from a business in the West? If I operated a business in Nashville, TN, it’s unlikely I’d consider myself a success if I merely kept the doors open year after year. Yet…

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