The 30 Second Habit with a Lifelong Impact
There are no quick fixes. I know this as a social science junkie, who's read endless books and blogs on the subject, and tried out much of the advice -- mostly to no avail. So I do not entitle this post lightly. And I write it only having become convinced, after several months of experimentation, that one of the simplest pieces of advice I've heard is also one of the best. Read more.
The 5 Languages of Giving
And what gets found in translation
GiveDirectly, a superb non-profit organisation, sends unconditional cash grants to the poorest households in Kenya and Uganda. Amongst other measures of success, they test beneficiaries’ cortisol, normally elevated by the stress of extreme poverty. They are, rightly, celebrated for their ingenious impact measurement — the new religion of the non-profit and social enterprise sectors — and I’d encourage anyone to consider supporting their excellent work. Read more.
The Power of Quiet Connectors
And what we can learn from them
A few years back — in an attempt to help two different groups of people connect more meaningfully — I co-hosted a very weird dinner party.Deep in the vaults of a London club, together with two blind men and a brilliant social entrepreneur, Gina Badenoch, we sealed a small room until no trace of light intruded.As the eight guests arrived (four young investors, four social entrepreneurs), the two blind men ushered them into the inky space: seating them at a round table, guiding hands to glasses, reassuring. Read more.
Why making my tasks emotional increased my productivity
And other curious consquences
“Eat your own dog food” is, of course, wise advice for any entrepreneur — for anyone selling anything. But what if the eating is trickier than occasionally closing your eyes, pinching your nose and swallowing quickly. What if you have to build a habit too? I started wondering about this puzzle, finding Pavlov’s proverbial bell, after reading an article on how Adam Rifkin, the world’s top relationship builder, makes introductions. Read more.
Why a Christmas Experiment in Gratitude Became a Startup
And what happens when we see where generosity leads
Christmas messages, despite all the best intentions, have never been distinguished by their depth. And with each year, as our connections grow and our attention withers, the temptation increases to quickly dash off notes that are ever more about us, ever less about the amazing people we want to reconnect with, check in on, and thank. Read more
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Robyn Scott is a social entrepreneur and author. She is Co-Founder of OneLeap, which helps the world's leading organisations be more entrepreneurial by working with a global community of experienced entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs. She's also co-founder of Intros, which helps people be more generous with their networks, Mothers for All, which teaches entrepreneurship skills to AIDS orphan caregivers, and Brothers for All, which helps former inmates find dignified work and become positive agents of change in their communities in South Africa. Her first book was an acclaimed memoir about growing up in Botswana against the AIDS epidemic. She's currently writing her second book, the true story of maximum security prisoners who've adopted AIDS orphans. She is an Ambassador for the Access to Medicine Index, one of WIRED's 50 People About to Change the World, and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. She has a a BSc in Bioinformatics from Auckland University and an MPhil in Bioscience Enterprise from Cambridge University, where she was a Gates Scholar.
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