DI G N I T Y
Dignity is more important than wealth. It’s going
to be a long, long time before we can make
everyone on earth wealthy, but we can help people
ﬁnd dignity this year (right now if we choose to).
Dignity comes from creating your own destiny and
from the respect you get from your family,
your peers and society.
A farmer able to feed his family and earn enough
to send his kids to school has earned the respect of
the people in his village—and more important, a
connection to rest of us.
It’s easy to take dignity away from someone but
diﬃcult to give it to them. e last few years have
taught us just how connected the entire world is—
a prostitute in the slums of Nairobi is just an
important ﬁgure in your life as the postman in the
next town. And in a world where everything is
connected, the most important thing we can do is
treat our fellows with dignity.
Giving a poor person food or money might help
them survive another day... but it doesn’t give them
dignity. ere’s a better way.
Creating ways for people to solve their own
problems isn’t just an opportunity in 2010. It is an
Jacqueline Noogratz is the founder of the Acumen Fund and
author of e Blue Sweater.