What Tom’s Reading: The Business of Changing the World, There’s No Place Like Home, and Mom Was Right

Business of Changing the World Raj Kumar

The Business of Changing the World

How Billionaires, Tech Disrupters, and Social Entrepreneurs Are Transforming the Global Aid Industry, by Raj Kumar

This book explores how nontraditional models of philanthropy and aid are empowering the world’s poorest people to make progress. Old aid was driven by good intentions and relied on big-budget projects from a few government aid agencies, like the World Bank and USAID. Today, corporations, Silicon Valley start-ups, and billionaire philanthropists are a disrupting force pushing global aid to be data driven and results oriented.

This $200 billion industry includes emerging and established foundations like the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Entrepreneurial startups like Hello Tractor, which offers an Uber-like app for farmers in Nigeria, and Give Directly, whose app allows individuals to send money straight to the phone of someone in need, are also giving rise to this new culture of charity. The result is a more sustainable philosophy of aid that elevates the voices of the world’s poor as neighbors, partners, and customers. – Amazon

There’s No Place Like Home

Aging in Place Technology Watch

“Aging in place” is the ability to live in one’s home for as long as confidently and comfortably possible. It may be your current home, it may mean downsizing or moving from a multistory home to a one-story home or apartment, or it may mean moving closer to your family. Aging in place is living independently in a home that is right for your needs.

AgingInPlaceTech.com is a website I visit to find out what’s new in the tech world to help baby boomers and seniors remain longer in their home as they age. Tech industry analyst and elder care advocate Lauren Orlov is the site’s founder, which features a market overview about technology for aging in place, as well as related news and articles, and an annual research retainer as a service to technology vendors and service providers, businesses and non-profits.

The costs of aging in place can be excessive. Not only do homeowners have modifications to consider, but also the expense of occasional in-home help or even full-time care. Aging in Place Technology Watch is a useful resource to help seniors, their family members and their caregivers prepare their homes and their lives for successful aging in place.

Mom Was Right

Politeness Pays

Politeness goes a long way on the internet. According to a recent Bloomberg Businessweek article, people are more likely to accept answers to online questions that are politely phrased. “The more impolite an answer is, the less likely it will be chosen as the best answer,” the article explains. Simply put, being nice pays off. Read the article here.

Tom Connelly is the President and Chief Investment Officer at Versant Capital Management, Inc. His background is not only financial – he has considerable interests other than just making money. His broad curiosity informs and inspires Tom to create an expansive context to investment numbers, which leads to deeper and more strategic conversations with clients.

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