“I have nothing to teach, nothing to sell. I am an entertainer. When you go to a concert and you listen to someone play Mozart he has nothing to sell except the sound of the music. He doesn’t want to convert you to anything. He doesn’t want you to join an organization in favor of Mozart’s music as opposed to say Beethoven’s. And I approach you in the same spirit as a musician with his piano or a violinist with his violin. I just want you to enjoy a point of view that I enjoy.” – Alan Watts
I write to share ideas, perspectives and stories. In the process of doing so, I attempt to challenge the way I perceive the world and articulate my point of view. I also hope that my experience and reflections might be of benefit to others in the social business and international development sectors.
I hope you have different ideas and perspectives. More importantly, I hope you share them here and add to the conversation. If you’re in Kigali, let’s connect for a coffee and chat more.
My name is Tim Rann and I am a freelance consultant for start-up social businesses and impact investment funds. I love coaching entrepreneurs and teams in business model development, organizational restructuring, finance/accounting, and leadership. I have spent the past six years working with a variety of international development organizations, impact investment funds, and social businesses in Southeast Asia and East Africa. My work has taken me to Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Rwanda, Myanmar and Afghanistan. I am particularly passionate about PEPY Tours, Hagar International, and Joma International, three organizations/social businesses with which I had the privilege to work.
I am also a participant in the Open Masters Program, an individualized, peer-reviewed, open source masters education. In addition to strengthening my core business acumen, I am exploring the confluence of social entrepreneurship, engaged Buddhism and deep ecology (interconnectedness). You can view my masters program here.
When not working in the social business field or studying, I can often be found with a cup of coffee and map scouting out a new cycling/kayaking/hiking adventure. I am temporarily based in Washington, D.C., but will be relocating to Indonesia with my wife in 2014.
The views expressed here are mine alone and do not reflect the positions or policies of the organization(s) I may be affiliated with or employed by.