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Dan Silverstein
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Dan is the Managing Member of Heuristic Management, LLC, a private sector and capital markets consulting firm that advises state and non-state organizations on agricultural and economic development, strategic marketing, and public/private partnerships. He has served as a Senior External Advisor to the Office of Markets and Partnership Innovations in the Bureau for Food Security at USAID. He co-created the Feed the Future Public-Private Partnership Opportunity Explorer.

He is an advisor to Universities Fighting World Hunger at Auburn University. He is an advisor to The Catherine A. Bertini Fund for Girls’ Education and serves on the board of Palms For Life Fund and The Caribbean Education Initiative in the U. S. Virgin Islands.

Blog Entries by Dan Silverstein

Private Sector Approach at U.S. Aid Agency: Can Tough Measures Aid U.S. Jobs?

(0) Comments | Posted September 13, 2011 | 10:54 AM

In the stock market the smart money knows "if you're going to panic, panic early". The same is true for entrepreneurs when it comes to recognizing an idea that isn't working: Try to fail fast. Nothing is worse than throwing good money after bad.

If only the federal...

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The Future of Funding: Development Aid as an Investment

(1) Comments | Posted June 14, 2011 | 5:31 PM

There is an intriguing dynamic developing in our nation's capital among the three major influences that could end up changing the future of American aid to developing countries.

One is Congresswoman Kay Granger from Ft. Worth, TX. Another is Rajiv Shah, Administrator of the

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Nutrition Rich National Security

(1) Comments | Posted May 18, 2011 | 6:14 AM

On May 24th, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs* will host a conference in Washington, D.C. to reinforce the relationship between food security in the developing world and the national security of the United States.

Talking about food security used to be a discussion for donors who contributed...

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Celebrate Learning: It's the Only Thing that Keeps Us From Being Dumber Than Coal Buckets

(5) Comments | Posted March 22, 2011 | 2:49 PM

I keep running into extraordinary students -- of all ages -- from all over the world, and I think there should be a day set aside every year to honor them for making the effort to learn. In various places around the world students have a day set aside...

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Playing for Keeps: Students Who Rock Hunger

(1) Comments | Posted October 22, 2010 | 5:03 PM

Last week, as Midnight Madness showcased college basketball players with visions of massive wealth and self-indulgence written all over their faces, 113 high school and college students gathered in Des Moines, Iowa to think about how they can change the world.

As western culture --...

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Breakthrough American Foreign Policy May Finally Give a Break to the World's Hungry

(7) Comments | Posted May 24, 2010 | 11:32 AM

The United States government took a bold step forward last week in addressing the horrifying upward spiral in the number of people throughout the world who go hungry, and, because they are hungry, they suffer from stunted growth, find it difficult to learn, spend every day of their lives just...

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Life Changing Leadership in a Small Southern Town

(12) Comments | Posted January 8, 2010 | 11:20 AM

In December, 2003 a college dean from Auburn University * in Alabama sat in a small conference room at the World Food Programme on First Avenue in New York City across the street from the United Nations Secretariat Building. What she saw -- and...

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The Goldman Sachs Investment You Haven't Heard About Yet

(8) Comments | Posted December 20, 2009 | 9:32 AM

There is no industrial sector more myopic, self-absorbed, conceited or lacking in aesthetic appreciation than Wall Street.

In Tom Wolfe's generation-capturing book The Bonfire of the Vanities these transactors of capital had the hubris to characterize themselves as "Masters of the Universe." It's a cultural identification that persists; but...

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Women Farmers in the Developing World

(4) Comments | Posted November 9, 2009 | 11:21 AM

The degradation visited upon women in the developing world has become commonplace enough to reel off the offenses with a degree of familiarity that runs the risk of us becoming desensitized to the horror of it all. Rape, sexual slavery, clitoral circumcision, domestic violence, exposure to HIV/AIDS by unfaithful husbands...

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Criminally Negligent Homicide: The Legacy of Wealthy Nations That Allows Millions to Die

(12) Comments | Posted September 29, 2009 | 12:30 PM

Two award-winning Wall Street Journal reporters, Roger Thurow and Scott Kilman, have collaborated on a new book entitled Enough: Why the World's Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty. It is a page turner. Unless you simply don't give a damn, this is a must read, and it is a...

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Growing Businesses in African Soil

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2009 | 6:39 PM


This is the first in a series of comments I will make about agricultural development in the developing world.

The buzz these days about sub-Saharan Africa is that it's becoming cool to care what happens there. Out of a hodgepodge of dictators, civil wars, droughts, and corruption, is...

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Stella D'Oro's No-Win Solution

(3) Comments | Posted July 21, 2009 | 12:39 PM

I'm disgusted with everybody involved in the Stella D'Oro fiasco. No one gets a gold star (stella d'oro) unless it's for incompetence. The union negotiators gang planked the 136 workers in their care right into a watery grave. The private equity firm that owns the company allowed a semi-literate cabal...

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Nestle Gets It Right

(10) Comments | Posted July 6, 2009 | 12:18 PM

The last thing I knew about Nestle was it tried hard to convince mothers in the developing world that its milk was better than their milk. When I received an invitation to a high level UN conference on nutrition jointly sponsored by Nestle, the Swiss Mission to the UN, and...

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