Dan Honig

July 22, 2006

During Dan Honig’s 2004 PiA fellowship, he worked for the local NGO, Ashoka in Thailand. Dan focused on using technology to improve the information flow, production, and bargaining position of Thailand’s rural poor. As a PiA alumnus, he moved to East Timor in 2005, where he spent over a year establishing an NGO called TYEI.  The aim of TYEI is to help groups of young people come together, to think for themselves (in a culture that focuses on regurgitation, not creativity), and to encourage them to see how their own abilities generate money while simultaneously benefiting their community.  TYEI is now a locally sustained NGO.  Currently, Dan is enjoying a month on the beaches of Southern Thailand before returning to the US to begin a Master’s in Public Administration at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School.  He's appreciative to PiA for giving him the support and encouragement needed to make his transition to Southeast Asia (from Detroit), and for the opportunity to work for a well-known and highly creative organization like Ashoka.

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