Sasha Dichter has a message. He wants to change the world. And he is doing it through the Acumen Fund. At Acumen, they are tackling world poverty through patient capital. The idea of making long-term investments in businesses with no expectations of when they will turn a profit. Using an entrepreneur approach to solve the problem of poverty they are changing the landscape of philanthropy while improving the lives of locals in areas that are making three or four dollars a day.
Dichter has an exercise where for thirty days he would give money to anyone that asked him. The amount of money didn’t matter.
The point of the exercise is to start giving something away. What I love about this is the fact that we can learn to let go and loosen our grip we have with money. Money becomes toxic when we can’t let it go. The process of always accumulating poisons the soul. But when we can learn to let go of money, we are now saying we have enough. (I love what I have.) Which changes the story we tell ourselves about money. We can’t say anymore that we don’t have enough money when we are giving away $5 and $10 and $20 bills to complete strangers. And when we have enough. When we are sufficient. It frees ourselves to seek the change we want to make in the world.