Empty outside terrace at Bhaktapur Nepal

That Sinking Feeling

Projects, Travel
It was the eve of my first post-Work-For-Da-Man trip. I’d spent two years in a kind of purgatory, required to bill 30 hours a week, haunted with ever-changing business processes and a persistent feeling that I wasn’t good enough, would…
Temporary housing after earthquake in Bhaktapur, Nepal

Into the Real Place, Slowly

Projects, Travel
It’s always good to experience the real life of a place, even if you are not good at it. I was looking at the load-shedding schedule for today: 6am – 11am, 4pm -8pm. Nine hours without electricity. My laptop is…
Bhim, system admin and Binita with infant

International Work: Success story

Projects
OH! YES! I had a HUGE HUGE milestone yesterday! I’m at Hayden Hall, where I’ve built a medical records system for a group of paramedics working with pregnant women and mothers with kids under 5 years old to improve health…

Find 18-character Record Type IDs

Projects
Working on a tricky Salesforce problem today and all my MVP friends told me I needed to get the 18-character Record Type ID if I’m using Record Type as one of the criteria for my Process Builder workflow. Okay… Ha!…

Salesforce for Global Nonprofits (redux)

Projects
Cloud for Good just posted an excellent piece on Salesforce for Global Nonprofits, and right at the top of the list of issues you may encounter is “Connectivity and Lack of Technical Infrastructure.” Let’s take a bit of a deep…

Work in Ethiopia

Projects
Evening comes –and Ethiopia is close enough to the equator so that it falls basically at the same time all year around– and there is a general move to head out the door led by the kids from the family…
Group of friends smiling, sitting at a restaurant table with drinks

Navigating the Cultural Waters

Projects
Today was my first day of non-jet-lagged brain waves here in Ethiopia. Though much of the country adheres to a very ancient form of Christianity, from our building we can hear the Muslim call to prayer starting at about 5:30…
Screen image of Ethiopia Weather project

Project: Selamta in Ethiopia- We’re OFF!

Projects
Leaving in a few minutes for the first airplane. In DC, I’ll be meeting Marisa Stam, Executive Director of the Selamta Family Project, the organization I’ll be working with for the next two weeks. This is a joint project of…
People gathered in the city square of Nepal

Project: Nepal – Three Week Report

Projects
I’ve been here for three weeks. It’s maybe a good time to reflect on what I’ve accomplished so far and what I am still on tap to do. Volunteer Management: I’ve got rooms booked for Ellen’s visit, as well as…
Looking down on Machu Picchu, Peru

The Crazy Week

Projects, Travel
Every time I go on a long trip– and I’ve been on many months-long trips, starting in my 20s– the week before I leave is just always crazy. I find it difficult to sleep. I have a ticker-tape of thoughts…