Denver: We are going to do Take Five with Eric Kessler of Arabella Advisors. Are you ready, Eric?

Eric: I’m ready.

Denver: What idea in philanthropy is ready for retirement?

Eric: Traditional philanthropy, giving to the same 10 organizations every year, and not thinking about outcomes.

Denver: What should we be worried about?


Eric: Everything.

Denver: What is today’s most underreported story?

Eric: The impact of philanthropy, the role that it’s playing in place of government support.

Denver: Is there something really weird or unsettling that happens to you on a regular basis?

Eric: I get thanks from folks for having grown a business.

Denver: What is something that you believe that other people think is just insane?

Eric: That we should all spend more time sailing.

Denver: What is the most important thing that makes for a healthy organizational culture?

Eric: Happiness.

Denver: What did you change your mind about in the last 10 years and why?

Eric: What the biggest issues are facing our society.

Denver: When was the last time that you were voluntarily disconnected from all your devices?

Eric: Three weeks ago on safari in Zimbabwe for seven days.

Denver: If you were a kitchen utensil, what would you be?

Eric: A strainer.

Denver: What do you wish more people would be open and honest about?

Eric: Their weaknesses.

Denver: What one superpower would you like to have?

Eric: The ability to desalinate ocean water.

Denver: If you can have one gigantic billboard anywhere with anything on it, what would it say?

Eric: Gratitude.

Denver: What is the one book you would give as a gift?

Eric: The Giving Tree.

Denver: If you were asked to speak at a TED conference on a topic completely away from your area of expertise, and that includes sailing, what would it be?

Eric: Raising kids as entrepreneurs.

Denver: Given the choice of anyone famous in the world, dead or alive, that you can have come over to your place for dinner, who would you invite?

Eric: Alexander Hamilton.

Denver: When was the last time you sang to yourself?

Eric: In the shower this morning.

Denver: To someone else?

Eric: In my grade school play.

Denver: What is the worst advice you see or hear dispensed to young people today?

Eric: Go to an Ivy League school.

Denver: What advice would you give to your 25-year-old self?

Eric: Don’t have the 26-year-old birthday party that you’re planning at the moment.

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