SDG#1 – No Poverty and How to teach kids about it?

“Mummy, why is that person sleeping on the floor?” “Daddy, what is being poor?”   It is not uncommon for parents to be confronted by children with such questions. Compelled by our excitement of their curiosity, we try to provide the answers that evoke positivity. We fret that the crude reality of some of that […]

Marty’s World: Forest Friends

One of the things that Marty enjoys, even more so than playing with toys, Is going for walks on a bright sunny day, over the fields and far, far away. Out in the woods, where the trees grow tall, Finding cute creatures… and naming them all! This is a story that she wants to share, […]

Why I Chose To Spend My Free Time Writing Books On Sustainability

Many people are keen to understand why a banker like me chose to write children’s books on sustainability – and the most frequent question I get is how do I find the time, on top of a demanding day job. My only answer to the finding time questions was “I don’t do Netflix”. As for […]

Why No Plan Is A Good Plan This Holiday Season

Dear Readers, I’ve been thinking about how extraordinary 2020 has been for all of us. I’m sure a lot of us had big plans for the start of the new decade — but due to Covid19 all our plans had to take a backseat for the sake of public health. This 2020 holiday season isn’t […]

Marty’s World: Meet Abigail

Illustration of Abigail, the human - A Smart Way To Start

Marty knows Abigail since she was four, And instantly knew they‘d be friends evermore.Abigail loves little insects that crawl,Cute ones and creepy ones – she likes them all! Ladybugs, beetles, wood ants and bees,Even the earwigs – it’s odd she love these!Think of the weirdest bugs that exist:If they’ve got six legs, then they’re on her list!  Grasshoppers, […]

Marty’s World: Meet Izzy

Illustration of Izzy, the human - A Smart Way To Start

Izzy is Marty’s good friend since grade one. Together the girls always have so much fun! Like Marty, she loves baby animals too, And sometimes she wishes she ran her own zoo: She’d like to give habitats and special care To all the endangered animals there. Above all, she wants to protect all the trees, […]

Gender Inequality In Everyday Finances

Last February 2020, I recorded a podcast with the World Trade Institute on Women and Risk. As you all know, my advocacy has always been on gender equality and financial literacy for women.   With women making 80% of short-term purchase decisions in the household but only gets involved in 23% of long-term financial decisions. 58% […]

Happy International Day of the Girl

Happy International Day of the Girl If you want to make the world a better place, it’s best to start early in creating awareness for good values, justice and sustainability. Our children’s book series “Smart Way To Start” aims to do just that. Our latest book “A Smart Way to Start Doing Good” explains the […]

Marty’s World: Meet Milton

Illustration of Marty with Milton - A Smart Way To Start

Marty’s next friend is called Milton the mouse. He hides in his cage, in a small wooden house. Sometimes he runs for a while in his wheel. His legs move so fast, it makes Marty squeal! He really is funny, with his tiny snout, when he digs in the sawdust and throws it about. He […]