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Jacqueline Novogratz On Cultivating Moral Imagination, Practicing Courage & Pursuing Work With No End

By January 24, 2022January 9th, 2023No Comments
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Episode #657



We all want to positively change the world. But where do you start?

Today’s guest—a woman who has made an extraordinary impact on improving the lives of millions of people across the developing world—has dedicated the better part of her life to answering this question with actionable, sustainable solutions.

Meet Jacqueline Novogratz.

A former investment banker, Jacqueline walked away from Wall Street back in 1986 to co-found Rwanda’s first microfinance institution. Today she is the founder and CEO of Acumen, a novel, non-profit financial organization she conceived in 2001 that blends philanthropy with venture capital to invest in people, companies, and ideas solving the toughest issues of poverty. As a pioneer of impact investing, Acumen and its investments have brought critical services like healthcare, education, and clean energy to literally hundreds of millions of low-income people throughout the world.

In addition to having four TED Talks under her belt, Jacqueline is also the New York Times bestselling author of The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World and her most recent book, Manifesto for a Moral Revolution, which delves into our pressing need to reimagine and rebuild new systems, and where to begin.

Today she shares her powerful story.

“Purpose does not reveal itself to those sitting safely at the starting block.”


This is a deeply thoughtful conversation about what is actually required to change the world.

It’s about the importance of cultivating moral imagination. Something called patient capital. And the humility and hard-edged hope necessary to tackle gigantic problems.

It’s also a conversation about listening, immersion, asking questions, and the importance of transcending dualistic, binary thinking—skills critical to eradicating poverty, solving our planet’s biggest problems, and empowering those most in need.

The visually inclined can watch it all go down on YouTube. And as always, the podcast streams wild and free on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

As you will soon discover, Jacqueline is wise and deeply soulful. I aspire to this new friend’s level of service—an example for us all.

Peace + Plants,

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