People Who Say “Branding Is Important” Don’t Know What They’re Talking About

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As a designer, I’m always explaining to clients that branding is important. One of my professors said in office hours the other day, “Those people who are always talking about how important branding is don’t know what they’re talking about. They take the ‘branding is important’ mantra as a given, but they never bother to … Continue reading

Bad Aid, Privilege and Doing Good to Feel Good


I used to like Teach for America. It sounded so promising, so good. And if you think about it, so do a lot of other programs that send privileged kids off to be great “helpers”. In fact, many of these forms of bad aid are rooted in paternalism, often because the people who lead them … Continue reading

When Grads Go Good: Millennials And Socially Responsible Careers

Are Millennials still interested in non-profit work following the latest recession? For new grads entering their first job and for current students thinking about what they want their first job to be, I wondered how students in the post-recession job search climate would favor different career paths: following a traditional career arc in corporate America, … Continue reading

Robot Ants and Bollywood Dance

So I’m done with my first semester of college, and I figured it was about time to dish. Here goes! ON CLASSES: This semester I was taking my first year seminar Evolution and the Intellectual Revolution, Intro Economics, Intro Computer Science, and Chinese. I like the balance of my coursework; it’s a fair balance of … Continue reading

Social Change Rockstar Interview!

Allison Jones (who, by the way, is a total rockstar herself), features an interview with me for her Social Change Rockstar series on her blog: There I offer some insight into why I got behind projects like What’s Next (go back us on Kickstarter!), I dish on how to manage school alongside these projects, and … Continue reading

Empowering Beneficiaries Into Advocates

This guest post was originally written for Ashoka’s Mommy Movement blog, which features bloggers reflecting on solutions to improve women’s lives. Go check them out! :) It’s also a sneak peek at my “big idea” for What’s Next. You should contribute! Enjoy! Most people consider themselves advocates for people being served by causes. The man … Continue reading

Contribute to What’s Next!

A while ago, I talked about a project I was starting up: What’s Next: Big Ideas from 25 Gen-Yers Under 25, an e-book with 25 under 25 changemakers and their visions for the future. I am proud to announce that we are now open for submissions! Learn more at and contribute at here Submissions … Continue reading

New Projects for the New Year!

Happy Christmas Eve! 快乐平安夜! Joyeux Veille de Noël! Just in time for the New Year, I want to unveil some exciting projects to my favorite people: you, my readers. 1. Compiling An E-Book! I was recently reading “What Matters Now”, a free e-book on Seth Godin’s blog. It’s a brilliant compilation of ideas from … Continue reading


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