Book reviews, Poverty

“In reaching out to the lost, I think I have found myself”: Review of ‘The Genius of the Poor’ by Thomas Graham

“Somewhat ironically, my 12-month journey amongst the unlearned and unschooled has taught me more insights and life lessons than all my privileged education had achieved back home.” In 2012, Londoner Thomas Graham arrived in the Philippines expecting to stay one month. His assignment was to write an investment report on the Philippines, ‘one of the… Continue reading “In reaching out to the lost, I think I have found myself”: Review of ‘The Genius of the Poor’ by Thomas Graham

Poverty

Typhoon Haiyan: How to give direct to the Philippines – by Tom Graham

As everyone is already well aware, the Philippines last week fell victim to one of the most violent storms ever recorded. To put it in context, Typhoon Haiyan is the size of Germany and is estimated to have been 3.5 times more powerful than Hurricane Katrina. It hit vast swathes of the central Philippines and… Continue reading Typhoon Haiyan: How to give direct to the Philippines – by Tom Graham

Poverty, Social action

Tranforming communities: what the world can learn from the Philippines – by Tom Graham

It’s a village community Christmas party, and a bunch of over-enthusiastic men are on stage, dressed as lady boys, dancing enthusiastically to the repetitive and yet (dare I say it?) catchy tune of Gangnam Style. Whilst everyone enjoys the show, you imagine these Alpha-males will regret their performance the next day. So far, this Filipino… Continue reading Tranforming communities: what the world can learn from the Philippines – by Tom Graham