Why, you ask? Because he’s in the NEW YORK TIMES today. 🙂 It’s a profile all about him and his work, including his upcoming book, The International Bank of Bob: Connecting Our Worlds One $25 Kiva Loan At a Time, in which he tells the story of how he went from fancy-pants travel writer to funder of thousands of Kiva microloans and leader of one of Kiva’s largest lending teams, as well as how he followed the money, visiting countries where he’d made his loans on just about every continent in order to find out exactly how microfinance is helping everyday people and their small businesses all over the world.

I’ve been reading the chapters as they’ve been written, and it’s a really awesome read – part memoir, part travelogue, and part resource on how you can make a difference in the world one small business owner at a time. You should definitely check it out when it comes out.

And I swear I’d say that even if he weren’t paying me. 😉

Anyway, check out the article at the NYTimes, and now that the holidays are about to roll around, use the time to think about how you can give more of yourself and change the world for the better. Not the whole world, just your favorite little corner of it. If everybody did that, BOOM, better world. 🙂

And definitely check out KIVA. I’ve been a lender for a couple of years, and it’s pretty cool to see that money I lent years ago continues to help people today. Pretty awesome.