Some Top Blog Posts

January 24, 2012

A collection of some of the more popular blog posts from the past:

Top 5 Posts:

1) MLK Day Insights

2) No One Actually Knows About Income Inequality

3) Top 5 Public Health Jobs (That Have Nothing to Do with Public Health)

4) Grocery Delivery Services: A Means for Food Justice

5) Why to Vote for the Unopposed

Spotlight Charity Posts:




A Return

September 6, 2010

After an unannounced summer hiatus, Change for a Dollar will be back online later this week.

Insights from a Blogging Professor

October 19, 2009

One of my old professors (and general Africa expert), Chris Blattman, just posted a blog entry entitled, “Is This My Final Blog Post?” (It marked his two-year “blogiversary,” so he re-evaluated his desire to continue posting.)  He has gathered quite an army of loyal readers over the past couple years and therefore the article title made a lot of couch-potatoes in the economic development community extremely anxious.

Long story short: it is not his final post and he’ll stay a popular guy on others’ blogrolls. While not terminating his blogging reign, the post did offer a lot of insight regarding the question, “Why Blog?” which I really like:

  • It’s fun. True academics like sharing ideas, hearing opposing views and telling their students they have a website.
  • It’s educational.  Writing on a regular basis makes the blogger have to stay up-to-date with other blogs and related news stories.  Furthermore, it requires careful reading, critical analysis, and overutilization of bullet points.
  • It’s a good notebook. A blog helps record all those great links you found on Twitter and insights you found on your Professor’s blog.  Two months later, I can look back on ideas, comments, or old news stories really easily.  Neato.
  • It keeps you accountable.  Blattman refers to readers “pounc[ing] on his logic” when it is weak.  I don’t think I’m at the point where the blog has a critical mass of followers to worry about pouncing.  Just knowing that these posts are publicly available, however, does make me a little more meticulous in getting my ideas down.  It also (hopefully) makes sure I regularly update this thing and therefore constantly develop my ideas on issues.

Hopefully, all these benefits will hold true with “Change for a Dollar.”  Looking forward to a bright blogging future and who knows, maybe a special blogiversary down the road.

Enter Justin.

July 21, 2009

I never thought I would join the Blogging revolution; yet somehow, here I am.

I hope that this guy will help me record and develop ideas and opinions and get some feedback from other people interested in the field. I really hope to get people to add, comment on, and challenge any original ideas that I post. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

“Change for $1” will, ideally, focus on ideas of social enterprise, philanthropcapitalism, development, and all those new buzz words that use the power of market mechanisms to provide social profit.

A short list of some of the topics I hope to write on:

  • A “manifesto” on using market mechanisms for poverty alleviation (as suggested by Seth Godin)
  • The philosophy of social justice and its ties with global development and poverty
  • Using consumer power for a good cause (especially the ideas of “Carrotmob” and programs like GoodSearch)
  • The Importance of Student Activism
  • Investigating the Role of Corporate Social Responsibility and Socially Responsible Investing
  • The “uncharitable” barriers of the non-profit sector
  • The ties between public health and market mechanisms
  • Related book reviews and musings

Let’s get to work.