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    We often don't realize what our action & our inaction do to people we think we will never see & never know.
    — Jacqueline Novogratz
    tags: people  action 
     
    All people deserve access to health at prices they can afford.
    — Jacqueline Novogratz
    tags: health  people 
     
    As a young woman, I dreamed of changing the world. In my twenties, I went to Africa to try and save the continent, only to learn that Africans neither wanted nor needed saving. Indeed, when I was there, I saw some of the worst that good intentions, traditional charity, and aid can produce...
    — Jacqueline Novogratz
    tags: women  world  young  charity  africa  learn 
     
    The time for change is now.
    — Jacqueline Novogratz
    tags: time 
     
    Why do some people stop growing at age 30, just going from work to the couch and television, when others stay vibrant, curious, almost childlike into their nineties?
    — Jacqueline Novogratz
    tags: people  work  age 
     
    By going from the bottom-up again, we see where successes work, and you can also see where the status quo can be the biggest obstacle or roadblock to success. The kind of entrepreneurs in whom we need to invest are the kind who are willing to fight that status quo, bureaucracy, complacency, and corruption.
    — Jacqueline Novogratz
    Poverty is not only about income levels, but for lack of freedom that comes from physical insecurity
    — Jacqueline Novogratz
    tags: poverty  freedom 
     
    I think we so often equate leadership with being experts - the leader is supposed to come in and fix things. But in this interconnected world we live in now, it's almost impossible for just one person to do that.
    — Jacqueline Novogratz
    1.5 billion people lack proper access to electricity. Many buy kerosene, which can cost 30 percent of their income. It sends millions of metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year. And often the lamp will fall over and catch the house on fire. So mothers hate it, but it's their only option.
    — Jacqueline Novogratz
    tags: people  hate  fire  mother  year 
     
    If you're looking at distributing alternative energy in Nigeria, for instance, what gets in your way is not people's ability to pay, not people's desire for a clean solar lamps or biomass opportunities. But there is a strong status quo that really depends on selling diesel.
    — Jacqueline Novogratz
    In today's world, the elites are growing even more comfortable with one another across national lines, yet at the same time, less comfortable with low-income people who share their nationality. How we create those bonds of community that are truly global as well as national is one of our generation's great challenges.
    — Jacqueline Novogratz
    Dignity is more important to the human spirit than wealth.
    — Jacqueline Novogratz
    tags: human  dignity  spirit  wealth 
     
    When it comes to solving problems of poverty, impact investing can act as a catalyst, but it is not a silver bullet. Successful businesses serving the poor need more than investment capital. They also need infrastructure to enable effective distribution, strong regulatory systems, access to markets, technical assistance as they scale up, and more
    — Jacqueline Novogratz
    One of the first things that surprised me in a positive, wonderfully positive way, is that this works - patient capital works.
    — Jacqueline Novogratz
    tags: work  positive 
     
    My dream is to find individuals who take financial resources and convert them into changing the world in the most positive ways.
    — Jacqueline Novogratz
    Monsters will always exist. There's one inside each of us. But an angel lives there, too. There is no more important agenda than figuring out how to slay one and nurture the other.
    — Jacqueline Novogratz
    tags: live  angel 
     
    Our lives are so short. And our time on this planet is so precious. All we have is each other.
    — Jacqueline Novogratz
    tags: time  live 
     
    Entrepreneurs are the seekers of solutions, and that they will go into these places where both market and traditional aid has failed or traditional charity has failed.
    — Jacqueline Novogratz
    When we deny the poor and the vulnerable their own human dignity and capacity for freedom and choice, it becomes self-denial. It becomes a denial of both our collective and individual dignity, at all levels of society.
    — Jacqueline Novogratz
    Every day we have a choice. We can take the easier road, the more cynical road, which is a road sometimes based on a dream of a past that never was, fear of each other, distancing and blame, or we can take the much more difficult path, the road of transformation, transcendence, compassion, and love, but also accountability and justice.
    — Jacqueline Novogratz
    The only way we really create change is to enter any situation with the humility to listen and to recognize the world as it is, and then the audacity to dream what it could be, to have the patience to start and let the work teach you, to be willing to lead when you need to lead, and to listen. To have a sense of generosity and empathy, but not over-empathy, because accountability is so critical to building solutions that work.
    — Jacqueline Novogratz
    Sometimes the most important things that we do are things we cannot measure.
    — Jacqueline Novogratz
    I've learned that there is no currency like trust and no catalyst like hope. There is nothing worse for building relationships than pandering, on one hand, and preaching, on the other. And the most important quality we must all strengthen in ourselves is that of a deep human empathy, for that will provide the most hope of all and the foundation for our collective survival.
    — Jacqueline Novogratz
    Your job is not to be perfect, your job is only to be human.
    — Jacqueline Novogratz
    tags: human  job 
     
    I have also been touched by the dark side of power and leadership.
    — Jacqueline Novogratz
    tags: power  dark  leadership 
     
    Girls and women are most victimised in societies where boys and men are disempowered.
    — Jacqueline Novogratz
    tags: men  women  society  girls  boys 
     
    What we really yearn for as human beings is to be visible.
    — Jacqueline Novogratz
    tags: human 
     
    We don't see profit as a blind instrument.
    — Jacqueline Novogratz
    We need moral leadership and courage in our world.
    — Jacqueline Novogratz
    Each of us can work to change a small portion of events. And it's in the total of all those acts that the history of this generation will be written.
    — Jacqueline Novogratz
    tags: work 
     
    Listening is not only about waiting, but it's also learning how better to ask questions.
    — Jacqueline Novogratz
    Human beings want to see each other. We want to be heard by each other.
    — Jacqueline Novogratz
    tags: human 
     
    I was encouraged to break all the rules but to take the best of philanthropy, the best of investing, and the best of development finance, and experiment with new ways to create this venture capital model of using philanthropy to back patient capital investments, and then build solutions that were measured in terms of the kind of impact and change they were making on people's lives and in the world, not just on the financial return.
    — Jacqueline Novogratz
    Honour what is most beautiful about the past and build it into the promise of the future.
    — Jacqueline Novogratz
    tags: future  past  beautiful 
     
    Acumen Fund's patient capital investment in Western Seed is intended to enhance the food security and economic independence of Kenya's smallholder farmers.
    — Jacqueline Novogratz
    For too much of history, we've viewed the world's precious resources - both environmental and human - as things to extract, to make the most of in order to maximize their potential.
    — Jacqueline Novogratz
    tags: world  human  potential 
     
    When I first went to Africa, I thought that I was personally going to save the continent, if not the world.
    — Jacqueline Novogratz
    tags: world  thoughts  africa 
     
    Freedom is what beauty feels like when it can most express itself.
    — Jacqueline Novogratz
    tags: beauty  freedom 
     
    People have to understand that unless social enterprise is experimental, it will not succeed in making a difference.
    — Jacqueline Novogratz
    tags: people 
     
    I think I still have a great sense of adventure and trust, and am surprisingly idealistic given all the horrible things I've seen since I was 25. I think how I have changed is that I have a much deeper understanding of the dark forces in the world, of power.
    — Jacqueline Novogratz
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