If you want to know what a person is about, listen to what the person talks about frequently. When Jesus, the one whom the Christians say is One with God and is God, was with us, he talked most about the Kingdom of God.
He talked about what it was like. How we, His beautifully beloved children, could be part of it. And how He came to our broken world to die for us just so we could have a taste of His Kingdom.
Why did Jesus spend so much of his time here talking about this mystery Kingdom, and…
There is a necessary constancy we get from our loving God.
It is necessary because the vicissitudes of our lives are too much for our fragile hearts to bear. One day we’re up, the next day we’re down. One day we’re happy, the next day we’re sad. One day we’re sinners, the next day we’re saints. This is normal. It is human. This is us.
But in the middle of our travails and triumphs, He remains. In our many joys and sorrows, He maintains. In our strength and in our weakness, He sustains.
We must never ever mistake the undulations in our lives as undulations of His love. His love never fails. His love is always constant. His love is our necessary constant.
We need it. We need Him.
Regardless of what I want, there seems to always be a limit to what my mind can do, to what it can think, and to even how long it can stay awake. It is what it is, I suppose.
But I find that there are few limits to my desires. My desires are insatiable. My desire for joy, my desire to hope, and my desire to love and be loved are all insatiable. I often try to satisfy those desires with things that are finite, such as my work, my relationships, and my hobbies. But with finite things comes finite…
1. On doing good…
I do not think that we should be so cavalier when it comes to doing good or bad. When we do a thing, whether we mean to or not, here’s what’s happening.
First, we are doing a thing. That counts for something. No matter how big or small the thing is, we are having an impact on the lives for which we have done this thing to.
Second, we are sending a signal. This counts for more. See, when we do a good or bad thing, we send a signal to those around us that, ‘this…
Deepak Singhal explains how Tolaram assessed the Nigerian market for their instant noodle product. Since inception when most Nigerians didn’t eat noodles to now, the company has grown into an industrial behemoth. They operate 13 manufacturing plants, employ more than 8,500 people, and pay tens of millions of dollars to the Nigerian government in taxes.
Their product? A 20 cent pack of noodles. Listen to the podcast here.
The foreign aid industry is a multi-hundred billion dollar year industry. Yet too many programs fail to deliver on their promise of economic development for recipient nations.
In my latest piece, I take a page from Taiwan’s development and explain how understanding local capabilities and designing programs accordingly can help us design better programs. Check out the piece here. https://goo.gl/cEsDZH
Over the past few years I have had the privilege of learning from and being mentored by one of the greatest management thinkers in the world. After graduating from Harvard Business School in 2015, I decided to stick around with the professor to do research on innovation, development, and poverty. What we found will be published in our upcoming book, The Prosperity Paradox: How innovation lifts nations out of poverty.
But for now, here are three things the professor has taught me about innovation and economic development.
Exports are often seen as a solution to the problem of sustained economic development, and indeed they can be. The East Asian Tigers — Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and South Korea — are perhaps the most commonly cited nations that have risen from poverty to prosperity primarily through exports. Yet at the Christensen Institute, we think about exports and how these nations developed slightly differently. Our research indicates that, while exports helped these nations rise to prosperity, innovation was at the core of their export activities.
Consider Singapore, one of the world’s most prosperous nations today, with an export to…
“What we measure informs what we do. And if we’re measuring the wrong thing, we’re going to do the wrong thing.” — Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize Winner in Economics, 2001
There is no shortage of ideas and strategies that will lead a country from poverty to economic prosperity. From strategies that tout the benefits of investments in primary education to others that focus on healthcare, or from import substitution policies to significant investments in infrastructures, billions of dollars are spent annually in an effort to help poor countries ascend to economic prominence. Unfortunately, many poor countries that have received billions…
I spent the first 16 years of my life in Nigeria before moving to the United States for college. As such, I was exposed to such debilitating poverty that seeing women and children walk miles to fetch a bucket of water was normal, and hearing that people lost loved ones due to preventable illness like malaria and typhoid did not faze me. I had become accustomed to a reality where education and healthcare were both luxuries reserved for the rich. And as far as I knew, the only way to solve the global poverty problem was by spending significant sums…
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