Don’t Donate Money to Disaster Relief and Other Lessons from Will MacAskill

I listen to a lot of podcasts. (If you don’t know what podcasts are, please find out more here.) They help make my commute more interesting. I learn a lot of new things I wouldn’t otherwise encounter. I’ve encountered new blogs to follow, new ideas to pursue, and strategies for work and life just by listening to podcasts.

One of the podcasts I listen to is the one by Tim Ferriss (who is the author of the 4 Hour Work Week). His guests are often phenomenal and I learn about top performers, their routines, idiosyncrasies, and other interesting stuff that they do to stay on top of their game.

doinggoodbetterHe recently interviewed Will MacAskill, a 28-year old tenured Philosophy Professor at the Oxford University! That is just mind-blowing! Mr. MacAskill is perhaps the world’s youngest tenured Philosophy Professor. Not only that, he is also involved in a non-profit organization called 80,000 hours, which helps provide research-based career advice to people. He is the author of the book “Doing Good Better” and co-founded the “effective altruism” movement.

He is not driven by profits. In fact he has committed to giving away anything he earns over $36,000 each year! Continue reading

Three Things to Watch Out and Blog About – Youth, ICT and Technology

After my blog post on Disruption, I suddenly realized the importance of momentum. When you get disrupted, whatever momentum you accumulated evaporate into thin air! That’s probably why Multitasking doesn’t work either. You keep getting disrupted, you can’t get sufficient force to defy gravity!

Before I went to the US for our annual meeting on Sep 20-27, I was already doing a once-a-day posting in this blog. My Twitter and Facebook accounts were very active. I even signed up with Hootsuite to help me manage my Social Media campaigns.

Well, disruption happened.

Fast forward to today. I think I just got my blogging mojo back. And I’m back with a vengeance!


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How Do We Support Homegrown Startup Companies?

Startups are often associated with technology enterprises. Thanks to the likes of Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Bill Gates, Paul Allen, and the rest of the technology entrepreneurs at Silicon Valley, startup companies gained momentum in the past three decades or so.

Recent startups that made it big include Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Mashable, Huffington Post and a couple of other Social Media websites.

How about in the Philippines? Do we have a startup culture?

Last night, I had a Twitter conversation with Peter Cauton, the blogger behind Here’s how the conversation went:

I also read Peter’s blogpost here: It left me with the question: How can we support homegrown startup companies?

In the first place, what is a startup?

Eric Ries, author of the Lean Startup, offers a Startup definition:

“A startup is a human institution designed to deliver a new product or service under conditions of extreme uncertainty.”

It means then that startup is pretty much the product of entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurs face uncertainties. Lots of uncertainties. Yet, that doesn’t deter them from pursuing their vision. They launch their startups anyway. Continue reading

Train Young People to Become Entrepreneurs

How many Filipino young people today are unemployed?

What are we doing to help them? Are our ministries receptive to their needs?

Here’s one fact we need to realize:

The youth ministry of the UMC in the Philippines through the UMYFP caters to students. 

Why do I say that?

Just take a look at the attendance of Christmas Institutes, Fellowships, Sunday Schools, and yeah Student receptions. I believe it’s safe to say that 90% of active UMYFP members are youth who are attending schools, or those who have already graduated from college. Good for them. They are able to develop their social and leadership skills, and meet a lot of young people in the process.

I, myself, am a product of the leadership development of UMYFP. I owe a great deal to this youth ministry.
And yet…

The UMYFP, and the UMC in the Philippines, in general, is not very responsive to the needs of Out-of-School-Young people.

Right before my term as National UMYFP President ended in 2008, I had a meeting with one of upcoming youth leaders. I conceptualize a way for the UMYFP to be a little bit more responsive to OSY’s. I drafted a program, we requested grant money for it, and then I handed it off to the next batch of leaders.

Fast forward to today, the OSY program isn’t implemented yet. Several consultations were done. A potential community was identified. But sadly, due to several reasons, the project was not implemented.

Here are some thoughts on why the program wasn’t implemented: Continue reading