2018

Happy new year from the Barefoot MBA! 2017 marked our tenth anniversary, an important milestone to reflect on how far we’ve come in a decade. (See below.) It gives us great joy to know the Barefoot MBA is now nearly self-sustaining. It gives us almost as much joy to know how it’s being used. Please […]

Tenth anniversary

This week marks the tenth anniversary of our first Barefoot MBA pilot. A lot can change in ten years – progress, priorities, partnerships. And a lot can stay the same. In addition we still need help, especially with this site, partnership ideas and adaptation opportunities. Here’s what’s changed: Progress: When we boarded a plane to […]

2017

Happy new year! Ten years ago this week the seed for the Barefoot MBA was planted. Though our updates to have been less frequent, our mission continues. As always, we welcome updates on how you’ve used or hope to use our materials. If you’d like to help, or know someone who might, please e-mail us […]

Fifth anniversary

Five years ago this week we piloted the Barefoot MBA with villagers near Lamplaimat, Thailand. The world has seen plenty of progress since then: Five Nobel Peace Prize winners. Two new countries. The birth of the world’s seven billionth baby. The Barefoot MBA has seen plenty of progress since then too: eight published adaptations in […]

2011 in review

Happy new year. This January update is our fifth since the Barefoot MBA became an idea to teach basic business to anyone, anywhere. That idea quickly became a curriculum, and that curriculum continues to touch every inhabited continent. Thanks largely to our partner organizations, we’ve reached tens of thousands of participants. And our numbers continue […]

Fourth anniversary

Four years ago this month we first piloted the Barefoot MBA. Since then we’ve expanded from 1 country to 12 (that we know of), 2 creators to countless partners and volunteers. We’ve reached people on every inhabited continent, including thousands of participants. Some of their stories are below; many don’t reach us. And we’re still […]

Third anniversary

This month marks the third anniversary of our first pilot — and an opportunity to summarize and share our progress in the last year: Completed adaptations: We’ve worked with partners in the Philippines and Rhode Island to adapt the Barefoot MBA and develop multi-day workshops. In both places, the Barefoot MBA has extended beyond the […]

Rhode Island workshop update

The Capital Good Fund‘s workshop has been postponed while the staff identifies an appropriate group of participants. In the meantime, I caught up with our partners in Providence on their progress on other fronts, including a recent trip to Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, additional loans and plans to scale their model nationwide. We look forward […]

Second Rhode Island workshop

The Capital Good Fund, our partner in Providence, R.I., will start its second Business Basics Workshop next weekend. For several hours on five consecutive Saturday afternoons, CGF will teach an adapted version of the Barefoot MBA, in Spanish, to borrowers and other early-stage entrepreneurs. CGF successfully completed its first workshop late last year.

2009 in review

Three years ago this week, the Barefoot MBA began as but an idea. Since then we’ve come a long way. 2009 in review: First U.S. adaptation, by the Capital Good Fund in Rhode Island, whose version is also the first “green” adaptation, supporting the growing concern for and awareness of environmental impact of human activities […]

Successful Rhode Island workshop

The Capital Good Fund, our partner in Rhode Island, successfully finished its first business training workshop, a five-session course for prospective loan recipients and other business owners. All participants said they’d recommend the course to a friend, and nearly all said they’d be interested in an advanced course. The Capital Good Fund has taken participants’ […]

Rhode Island implementation

We’ve worked with the Capital Good Fund, a non-profit microlender based in Providence, R.I., to adapt the Barefoot MBA for immigrants and other prospective borrowers. Capital Good’s five-session weekly workshop, taught in Spanish, teaches several of the Barefoot MBA’s lessons (e.g., saving, profit, marketing, cost-benefit analysis) and reinforces concepts with activities just as we did […]