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Here We Go!!

January 5, 2010

The  journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step said Lao-tzu way back when in 604bc.

The journey towards what will hopefully end up a published book starts with this blog.  Well, it started a few months ago actually.

In August 2009 I was ranting to my friends  about the crazy things I was seeing as I worked on the Non-Profit that I head.  I kept running into well-meaning but completely off the mark efforts to ‘save’ Africa.  This  is all their fault.  They are the ones who egged me on to write something and not just hold my frustrations on the inside.

So one night, after I put the baby to bed, I sat at my computer.

I started off with a page, then two, then five.  More conversations.  Then an invitation to present my ideas at a brown bag at the Global Fund for Women.  I was shocked that the room was packed and thats when I knew I was on to something.   Over lunch after the presentation my friend Natalie convinced me to hurry up and write a book.

The final goal: something short, sweet, and to the point.  A quick non-academic read.   Then I’ll go back to working on my dissertation and turning it into a book.  That, afterall, is what professors at my stage in their careers are supposed

Problem is, I HATE WRITING.  writing my dissertation was the most lonely, painful, and isolating experience of my life.  And it took forever! (3 years to be exact! (O.k. I spend the first two years dreading the prospect then mostly wrote in the last year))

Still, I can’t imagine putting myself through the same misery again.  Hence this blog.

This blog is just a crutch to get me through the book writing process.  For me writing needs to be an interactive process.  I get and refine my ideas through conversation with others.  So, instead of emailing my busy friends with random questions, opinions and ideas and asking for their reactions, I’ll post them all here and see if anyone reads this thing and what they have to say.  Should be easy enough…… 🙂

so, if you’ve got things to say about philanthropy, and particularly philanthropy in Africa, talk to me!

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