diciembre 22, 2014
AN ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE THAT CARES

AN ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE THAT CARES

Last week I wrote about the challenges of deciding when, how and why to scale. I wrote about ConTextos’—and my own— commitment to outcomes, not just reach.…

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diciembre 15, 2014
QUALITY OR QUANTITY: THE VALUE OF SCALE?

QUALITY OR QUANTITY: THE VALUE OF SCALE?

ConTextos is a learning organization—we constantly reflect upon our work to iterate and improve. This means learning from our mistakes and successes to grow better as…

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diciembre 8, 2014
INCOME INEQUALITY IS SHRINKING IN LATIN AMERICA

INCOME INEQUALITY IS SHRINKING IN LATIN AMERICA

According to recent research, as reported in yesterday’s New York Times, income inequality is shrinking in Latin America. But no one is sure why. Nor are they…

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noviembre 24, 2014
GIVE THESE KIDS -AND THEIR FAMILIES- A CHANCE AT HOME!

GIVE THESE KIDS -AND THEIR FAMILIES- A CHANCE AT HOME!

During 2014, nearly 70,000 kids have crossed the US border, unaccompanied and undocumented. Obama’s recent executive action to address immigration and delay deportation has brought…

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noviembre 12, 2014
IT’S OFFICIALLY OUR FIFTH YEAR!

IT’S OFFICIALLY OUR FIFTH YEAR!

When I first launched ConTextos, someone told me the following: 92% of non-profits will fail in their first year. 95% will fail within two years.…

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noviembre 3, 2014
THE IMPORTANCE OF OPENING THE AULA (CLASSROOM)

THE IMPORTANCE OF OPENING THE AULA (CLASSROOM)

Last week, we went to visit a school that is just finishing the Turnkey process.  We planned a morning visit for the donor; in fact,…

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octubre 27, 2014
“EDUCATION IS NOT THE FILLING OF A PAIL, BUT THE LIGHTING OF A FIRE.” —WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS.

“EDUCATION IS NOT THE FILLING OF A PAIL, BUT THE LIGHTING OF A FIRE.” —WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS.

Twelve years ago, I used the Yeat’s quote on my application to apply to be a New York Teaching Fellow at New York Public Schools.…

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octubre 23, 2014
¿POR QUÉ NO GRITAN?

¿POR QUÉ NO GRITAN?

Hace una semana, Malala Yousafzai fue la persona más joven en la historia del mundo recibir el Premio Nobel. “Los extremistas tienen miedo a los libros…Vamos a…

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octubre 8, 2014
SELLING VISION VERSUS THE TRUTH.

SELLING VISION VERSUS THE TRUTH.

Greg Mortenson, famous for his heroic work establishing schools in Afghanistan through the NGO Central Asia Institution (CAI), as told in his best-selling book Three Cups…

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octubre 8, 2014
TALKING AND WRITING ABOUT UNIVERSAL THOUGHTS

TALKING AND WRITING ABOUT UNIVERSAL THOUGHTS

Geovany and Leydi are siblings. They live in Huizucar, and Emilio lives in San José Villanueva. Both cities are rural areas that belong to the…

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octubre 7, 2014
WHY SHOULD WE CARE?

WHY SHOULD WE CARE?

The front story on this morning’s New York Times’ website A Smuggled Girl’s Odyssey of False Promises and Fear tells 16-year-old Cecilia’s story. Cecilia, like so many…

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septiembre 16, 2014
HOW DO YOU SAY “LITERACY” IN SPANISH?

HOW DO YOU SAY “LITERACY” IN SPANISH?

Last week, September 8, was International Literacy Day. How do you translate International Literacy Day to Spanish? We can’t figure it out. Literacy, a word…

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