Undivided

Listen to “Undivided” by Fred Smith   Two devoted friends and brilliant minds — John Adams and Thomas Jefferson — fell out with each other over politics, personal slights and [...]

A Modest Proposal

Listen to “A Modest Proposal” by Fred Smith   Jonathan Swift’s satirical response to the plight of the Irish people after decades of poverty and abuse shocked the sensibilities [...]

Small Things

Listen to “Small Things” by Fred Smith After years of pursuing high impact philanthropy and broad systemic change this is a time for many to resist being swept away by the enormity of [...]

Our Secret Inquietude

Listen to “Our Secret Inquietude” by Fred Smith   After my father died we were sorting through his papers and found a stock certificate for 100 worthless shares. They were all [...]

An Uncommon Risk

Listen to “An Uncommon Risk” by Fred Smith   One of the most watched events of this century was Nik Wallenda’s tightrope walk across Niagara Falls. In so doing he became [...]

Our Better Angels

Listen to “Our Better Angels” by Fred Smith   One of the regular features of the show “Hee-Haw” was four of the characters sitting on hay bales with moonshine jugs singing: [...]

Do The Hard Thing

Listen to “Do The Hard Thing” by Fred Smith As you walk into my office and look toward the small table by the window you will see a sign that reads, “Do what you love and you [...]