So similar, and yet so different

Through multiple team dinners at Quarterly Business Reviews, we’ve established that one of the things the Ideba team has in common is a love of travel. It’s something that we all enjoy; and the company has a benefits package centered…

Uganda 2020: Laura Hutchins

Favorite thing (or things) about Uganda: Positivity and hard work are first, always. There are signs all around the school about how to be active, do hard work, be successful. You see the motivation in the students, the teachers and…

Contagious Behaviors

I listened to a Global Director of Human Resources open a training session where she started talking about research she had done on the effect of human behavior and how it’s contagious. This topic really grabbed my attention. She asked…

Uganda 2020: Jocelyn Vandergeest

I see the Uganda 2020 trip based on 4 themes: Connect, Learn, Support & Thrive. Connect: Connecting and collaborating with the students of Mpondwe Secondary School and other localsLearn: Getting out of my own bubble (city, country,…

Powerless

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), California’s largest power utility, warned that they would be turning off the power in my county due to high fire danger. Strong, gusty winds and vanishingly low humidity were plaguing the region.…

Uganda 2020: James Rice

Working on improving their rainwater collection to offset the cost of municipal water – getting results that matter What David did with the grain truck purchase and seeing that turn into a business – one of many efforts to make the…

We are a Cult

In January, I was given a free one-year membership to WeWork. I had no idea what I was going to do with it, but thought, sure, I’ll sign up and try it out. My first visit was in the new Salesforce tower in San Francisco. As my planned meetings…

Uganda 2020: James Gleason

I love the fact that this school’s leadership is not looking for a “hand out”, but a “hand up”. They are not expecting us to bail them out and care for their finances. They are doing a great job leading in their areas of expertise…

You Know Quid Pro Quo?

Latin is back!  When I was a kid, there was always talk of taking Latin at elite schools.  For many professions it would be needed, they said, like becoming a doctor. Being a catholic schoolboy, we’d hear the priests talking…

Uganda 2020: Dan Rosen

Worth getting up early for: Sunrise at Simba safari Lodge. Top tip: Don’t forget wet wipes, bottled water and sunscreen. Keep an eye out for: Troops of Baboons walking down the road alongside motorbikes carrying 3 to 4 people and…