Thequinessentialdude.com is now themiddleroad.org. Going further, the domain name thequintessentialdude.com will be removed.
I have been busy of late so not been able to write for some time. An article on Social Impact is pending and should be out by end of this week. There would be fewer articles since I need to reorganize my priorities. Stay tuned for more news…Blog hits a new milestone with almost 19,000 hits worldwide.
I did my own mindfulness experiment with Facebook, Smartphone, and Pink Floyd. I would be writing about the experience.
Reading a book The Craving Mind. Thanks to someone I met recently for recommending me the book. It’s a mix of mindfulness and neuroscience and a very interesting read. A review of this book will surely be coming with my own personal experimentations with the truth.
A social impact special is coming this week. I will be a bit creative again. I have planned something on social impact for some time and the coming month’s theme is social impact as mentioned earlier.
Ann Arbor summer festive is going on which is for four days. I volunteered to work in the Indian stall which is promoting henna color and traditional Indian dresses. All the proceeds of sales are going to clarity. The festive includes stalls across an eclectic mix ranging from photography, food, jewelry & apparel etc. The stall is located in the religious section of the festival. I went around the State Street and thought I would write an article with videos but it’s not possible.
There will be articles on how cities in the US are driving economic inclusion. Many cities in the US are driving economic inclusion through various many programs. Sweden has implemented a cashless economy at Stockholm while look at Social Finance, UK the first company to implement social impact bonds. Finally, a bit of India’s Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi’s major thrust in digital inclusion.
Digital Inclusion has played a major role in eradicating poverty in Africa through microfinance and access to mobility for farmers.
There will a major report on Social Impact coming out soon. Over the next two months will write a series of articles for the next two months on social impact, economic development, and financial inclusion. And of course, some would be based on investment management…
According to World Bank report, global poverty has reduced drastically since 1975. Today, globally 1 bn people live in poverty compared to nearly 2 bn people in 1975. The world urbanization rate is 50% and expected to grow much higher during the next decade. We will look into measures taken by governments around the world especially US in making economies inclusive, role of fin-tech and financial inclusion etc.
The New York Times, recently covered cases of sexual harassment of women in Silicon Valley. This is very disturbing considering most innovative HR practices have evolved from the tech industry. One piece of statistics is very troublesome. Female entrepreneurs have been able to attract only $1.5 b funding from venture capitalists versus $58.2 b for men. This translates to 2.5% of the total funding which is shocking. Its time to make access to seed and venture capital for all entrepreneurs more fair.
Last month the website/blog had 708 views with 349 visitors. This would include a few views of website from my mobile phone. The break according to countries is as follows: US leads with 515 views. Continue reading
June 21 was World Yoga Day.