The Power Of Us: Mari Kuraishi’s TEDx Talk

How does a World Bank employee go on to co-found a charitable organization that democratizes aid and philanthropy around the globe? Mari Kuraishi tells the story of Global Giving.


Mari Kuraishi co-founded GlobalGiving with Dennis Whittle in 2002 and currently leads the nonprofit organization.

In her TEDx talk, “The Power of Us,” Mari talks about the importance of shared values in the workplace.

“It is much easier to face challenges when you feel like you are part of us,” she said. “This accidental discovery is really the only thing that allows me to stand in front of you today and claim to be a social entrepreneur.”

Mari reveals how GlobalGiving discovered its four core values:

  • Always open
  • Never settle
  • Listen, act, learn. Repeat.
  • Committed to WOW

Before launching GlobalGiving, Mari worked at the World Bank where she managed and created some of the Bank’s most innovative projects including the first ever Innovation and Development Marketplaces, and the first series of strategic forums with the World Bank’s president and senior management. In 2011, she was named one of Foreign Policy’s top 100 Global Thinkers for “crowdsourcing worldsaving.”

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