Solutions Oriented Cynicism

Welcome to the personal blog of David Sasaki where I test out new ideas, practice my writing, and participate in the frequently chaotic conversation that is the social web. I still believe in blogging, I still love to receive comments, and a meaningful discussion will still make my day.

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Best Of

I’ve been writing here for over a decade now. In hindsight, only a handful of those posts are still worth reading. Find them  — and many more  — on the archives page.

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Every craftsman works toward fluency with his tools. Here’s a collection of tools that go into making this website.

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Latest Posts

The Future of Philanthropy

Somewhere between government, commerce and religion, philanthropy has emerged as an influential, global force. It increasingly shapes our policies, values, research agendas, business practices, and — more subtlety — the way we see the world. It’s time that we think critically about philanthropy and its role in society with the same rigor that we study the public and private sectors.

When I Grow Up

A friend of mine was having some difficulties imagining the next steps of her career path. So she decided to list a few people in her field that she admires, and to write down those specific things she admires about each person. It helped her think about what she...

A Subscriber Model for your Community

Think about what we’re willing to pay for each month. $10 to Netflix for House of Cards, $10 to Spotify for streaming music, $10 to HBO Go for Game of Thrones and True Detective. Even more important than the $360 per year for access to music, movies and TV...

[Review] The Idealist

Nina Munk accomplishes two feats in one short, easy-to-read book. First, she offers an archetypical character portrait of the type of person we have all met: charismatic, intelligent, influential and arrogant. These people are immediately impressive; we are entranced...

Lost in Translation

We spent three days in Mexico City — enough time to remember how much I love the city and why I was ready to leave. Of course, it’s the people I had missed the most. Not just the individuals, but how they interact — with warmth and humor and their...

All That Extra Time

When you work in philanthropy or development, you constantly question the meaning of progress. Take into consideration an excerpt from the autobiography of Davi Kopenawa, the leader of the Yanomami people of Brazil: On shopping Their thoughts are constantly attached...


I speak frequently about the social implications of technology and new media, especially as they relate to governance, journalism, and human rights. Please be in touch via the contact page if you would like me to speak at an event.
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