Sunday, September 27, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
My work is primarily about bringing attention, ideas and solutions to the issue of creating gender balance in this world. This is also the work of many other people, including Sheryl WuDunn. Sheryl is a Pulitzer Prize winning author, alongside her husband and writer, Nic Kristof. Their book, as I have written about before is “Half The Sky – Turning Oppression in to Opportunity for Women Worldwide.” We, that means YOU if you are reading this, MUST MAKE THIS BOOK A BEST SELLER. Must. Why? Because this book, like so many others on this topic, MATTER. This book both tells stories and articulates the reasons why empowering women can do more do change the world for the better than anything, ANYTHING, else we can do. The most beautiful thing is that we can all do something. This is beyond sending money to fund girls education, this is standing up in the places that we are - in our homes, in our communities, in our places of work – to gender inequities and collectively serve to hold women and girls back from being full participants in our society.
This is NOT about being anti-male. This is not about women taking over the world. This is about creating a world where everyone - man, woman and child - have the opportunity and access to reach their potential. We all win in that world. We all do…
If you are in New York come and listen to Sheryl WuDunn on October 8th with 85 BROADS. 85 BROADS is an amazing network of women around the world created by Janet Hanson. If you are not a member already consider joining. MEN are totally welcome at this event, and I encourage them to go. So often men either feel or are excluded from important conversations like this one, so please, if you are reading this and are in the city, go. Bring a friend. This movement is not a Womens Movement; it is a Movement towards Gender Balance.
PS - I have been wanting to write more about couples. About the importance and the power of two people working together, side by side, on issues they care about. Think of how few role model couples we have out there. We need more. Lots more. Why? They model the change we need to see in the world. Sheryl and Nic are to me such an exceptional example of that. Exceptional. READ this about my own couplehood - Brokenness, Hope and Women and why I believe gender balance in the home, is a model for the world.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
The L.I.V.E. World Summit is a unique and powerful gathering of leaders from all sectors and disciplines – industry leaders, thought leaders, innovators, corporate executives, government leaders, entrepreneurs, community leaders, and social entrepreneurs. This is one of many events so please check out the link for more information.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
For the record.............
Monday, September 7, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
“So here’s what I think economists have to do. First, they have to face up to the inconvenient reality that financial markets fall far short of perfection, that they are subject to extraordinary delusions and the madness of crowds. ( great book by the way – JZ) Second, they have to admit — and this will be very hard for the people who giggled and whispered over Keynes — that Keynesian economics remains the best framework we have for making sense of recessions and depressions. Third, they’ll have to do their best to incorporate the realities of finance into macroeconomics.”
Thursday, September 3, 2009
This is all rather personal. I worked at Goldman Sachs for 14 years and the last 2 of those was spent in the executive office reporting to the senior leadership of the firm, including Hank, reporting to him on all areas related to human capital management. I knew him, and he had become Treasury Secretary during a period of unprecedented economic crisis. I knew him, and he was telling me, telling us at the beginning of 2008 that everything was ok. I was so outraged that my first oped ever, published in The HuffingtonPost, was directed straight at him and was called “The Confidence Man.” In that piece I (we) said this....
"Today's ( Jan 18th - 2008) announcement by U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson is but the latest effort by the current administration to downplay the severity of the current economic crisis. In the grand old American tradition of hucksterism, Paulson's prescription is a sorely misleading sell.
It's time to wake up and smell the economy. Sadly, there's no short and easy fix to the longer-term problems created by excessive borrowing combined with rampant consumerism. Yet Paulson insists (White House Stimulus Fact Sheet, Jan. 18, 12:03pm, WSJ.com), "By passing an effective growth package quickly, we can provide a shot in the arm to keep our fundamentally strong economy healthy and help keep instability in the housing and financial markets from more adversely affecting the overall economy." Believing the economy to be grounded on a "solid foundation," Paulson is ignoring the walls falling down. "
To this day I do not understand what he, what they, were thinking. How could they possibly not have seen how bad it was going to be? I went on to write a number of opinion pieces ( see Huffpo pieces on the right) directed to our administration and specifically Hank, finally ending with this one – “Dear Hank – A Letter to the Departing Treasury Secretary.” Do I think Hank did a good job? At the beginning, no, towards the end I believe he did the best he could and did in fact prevent a collapse of the system which could have happened.
The problems facing our country are far, far from over. This article leaves me deeply troubled that the nature of our political system means finding and implementing solutions will be tough in deed. Finding the best people to do serve in governmental roles will also continue to be very difficult. We may be out of the heart of the fire but the embers continue to burn. Now more than ever we need strong, courageous leaders that understand the political process but more importantly can and will fight for the right long term solutions. I know... I’m dreaming............