February 6th, 2014

Exploring Empowering Contribution

By Ron Nakamoto

I was intrigued by this quote from the interview below with Jacqueline Novogratz, the founder of Acumen Fund.  The article talks primarily about her work in Africa, funding entrepreneurs in poor areas but I was struck by how her worldview, her mindset, could apply to most situations, including families, businesses, and government organizations.

“The only way we really create change is to enter any situation with the humility to listen and to recognize the world as it is, and then the audacity to dream what it could be, to have the patience to start and let the work teach you, to be willing to lead when you need to lead, and to listen. To have a sense of generosity and empathy, but not over-empathy, because accountability is so critical to building solutions that work. If there’s one value that is immutable, it’s integrity or respect, for others and for yourself. The best change that comes to the world is when all parties are seeing each other as equal, and all parties have the opportunity to be transformed.”

Seeing people as people with similar hopes, dreams, desires, and needs and then acting in a way that treats others with dignity (i.e., listening in Novogratz’s terms) is a fundamental shift in the way that entrepreneurial philanthropy, impact investing, and charity in general can effect positive change. This worldview coupled with Empowered Wealth’s concepts of “Contribution Assets”, “Empowered Gratitude”, and “Living Legacy” establishes a framework that can lead to not only greater positive impact in the world but also greater personal fulfillment and meaning in life.



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The Marriage of Love and Power, by Gina Murdock
Jacqueline Novogratz is the founder and CEO of Acumen Fund, a non-profit that raises charitable donations to invest in companies, leaders, and ideas that are changing the way the world tackles poverty. In this interview, she talks about her revolutionary approach to philanthropy that has impacted the lives of over 100 million people, what moved her to leave her safe world of banking to work with the poor, and the importance of humility and deep l…

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2 Responses to “Exploring Empowering Contribution”

  1. Amexus Carter

    I am enamored. This is a great thinker. A great speaker. From the excerpt above; the humility mentioned, is an indicator of her #authenticity . I see that humility being demonstrated showingly, by providing #gratitude and appreciation. Simple pleasures, are such because they require little. In the way of cost and over-exertions. Devoid of nearly, any indicative negativity/ego. Truly, an acknowledged appreciation of having adequate shelter while the coldest winds, on the coldest days, blows. Is genuine. It is humility. My opinion of course. And I am wrong enough to try and be right.

    From the article ~

    Gina Murdock:
    The final thing I would say that was really surprising to me, which is more of a negative, is that by going from the bottom-up again, we see where successes work, and you can also see where the status quo can be the biggest obstacle or roadblock to success.

  2. Ron Nakamoto

    Thank you +Amexus Carter and +FUBinvesting 

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