Thinking out loud

We applaud those people who think differently – because doing things the same way they have always been done won’t get us a world that is any better.

The world is changing rapidly. Just doing the same things the same way they have always been done is not an option.

We need to explore new ways of doing new things. There are many ideas worth exploring, which may help us find us better solutions than those we currently have.

The giving system’s broken, we helped break it.

Nov 29, 2020 This, the Annual Letter from the Thank You trustees, is an indepth look at the problems inherent in the systems of charity giving and distribution of those funds. Read more


Jul 18, 2018 In this article, economist Kinley Salmon examines The Future of Work, and lessons from Denmark. Read more

Is 'social enterprise' just a buzzword or something more worthy?

Nov 29, 2017 The corporate ethos of past decades may have been take, take, take, but a new breed of social entrepreneurs apparently has more noble aspirations. Read more

Rutger Bregman: Poverty isn't a lack of character; it's a lack of cash

May 24, 2017 Ideas can and do change the world," says historian Rutger Bregman, sharing his case for a provocative one: guaranteed basic income. Learn more about the idea's 500-year history and a forgotten modern experiment where it actually worked - and imagine how much energy and talent we would unleash if we got rid of poverty once and for all. Read more

The meaning of life in a world without work

May 11, 2017 As we contemplate the changing nature of life and work, with the increasing contribution of technology, we struggle to understand the place for those in the workforce whose jobs are becoming obsolete, and don’t have the skills for the new jobs. Read more

Iceland knows how to stop teen substance abuse but the rest of the world isn’t listening

Jan 22, 2017 In Iceland, teenage smoking, drinking and drug use have been radically cut in the past 20 years. Emma Young finds out how they did it, and why other countries won’t follow suit Read more

A Tool Kit for the Donor Eager to Grasp All the Risks of Donation

Jan 19, 2017

SASHA KRAMER, an ecologist, was having success promoting greater sanitation in Haiti when she lost access to her nonprofit’s only composting site in Port-au-Prince: a dump that was being mismanaged.

Her group, SOIL, provides…

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Portland Adopts Surcharge on C.E.O. Pay in Move vs. Income Inequality

Dec 09, 2016 Moving to address income inequality on a local level, the City Council in Portland, Ore., voted on Wednesday to impose a surtax on companies whose chief executives earn more than 100 times the median pay of their rank-and-file workers. Read more

The Anti-Helicopter Parent’s Plea: Let Kids Play!

Nov 03, 2016 In this article from the New York Times magazine, A Silicon Valley dad decided to test his theories about parenting by turning his yard into a playground where children can take physical risks without supervision. Not all of his neighbors were thrilled. Read more

Grant Davidson: Too much emphasis on sport, not enough on recreation

Oct 12, 2016 Columnist Grant Davidson's commantary on Sport NZ & government funding of sport and recreation in New Zealand is something we agree with here at the Alterno Foundation. Read more

The way a person does one thing is the way they do everything
We subscribe to the view that there is no room for average, and that if mediocre is accepted in one area, it will be accepted everywhere.