Maxims and Personal Mantra
10 Inspirational Moments from Sasha Dichter
1. Social entrepreneurs bring new eyes to the old problems impacting the world.
2. It's impossible to look at the state of the world and not think of longer time horizons.
3. There is a greater awareness for change today because the impossible, now seems possible.
4. Committing to social causes have to be in the fiber of your being to make a difference.
5. Smart companies are recognizing the future value of the current low income consumer.
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6. Generosity alone is not enough; balance it with a sense of accountability.
7. People living near or at the poverty levels have zero margin for error and are unable to take any risk.
8. The biggest risk for change makers is to assume that the poor person is the processing the information that same way as she is.
9. The perception of fund raisers change when they view themselves as equals with the potential investors.
10.The spirit of giving is the noblest of pursuits.
Core Insight: Change happens when you bring new eyes to old problems.
Best Advice: Trust yourself and quiet the voice that's telling you that you can't do it.
Sasha Dichter is the Chief Innovation Officer of Acumen fund and also a noted speaker and blogger on generosity, philanthropy and social change, the author of the Manifesto for Nonprofit CEOs, and the creator of Generosity Day 2011. His talks have been featured on TED.com “best of the Web” and he has been recognized as an Innovation Agent by Fast Company magazine and as a top 10 Business Bloggers by Say 100 Media. As the Chief Innovation Officer of Acumen fund and is responsible for growing the impact of Acumen Fund’s work through the investment in leaders and the spread of ideas. In his previous role at Acumen as Director of Business Development, Sasha led global capital raising for Acumen Fund, including executing a successful $100M capital raise, serving as the point person for Acumen Fund’s Partner community, and heading up global partnerships for Acumen Fund including global expansion.
Before Acumen Fund, Sasha worked as Global Manager of Corporate Citizenship at GE Money, expanding financial offerings to underserved communities globally; and as a Senior Program Manager at IBM, spearheading the company’s corporate citizenship strategy and launching a leadership program for school administrators. Sasha began his career as a management consultant for Booz | Allen | Hamilton in the firm's telecommunications practice, based in New York but working primarily in Latin America and Europe, and has worked with the microfinance group of Bank Rakyat Indonesia and with the venture-backed Navic Networks, recently acquired by Microsoft.
Sasha holds a BA from Harvard College, a Masters in Public Administration in International Development from Harvard’s Kennedy School and an MBA from Harvard Business School.