Timothy Ogden

Timothy Ogden

As a published author and editor, a managing director of a think tank, an executive partner, regular commentator and speaker in conferences and panel events, and also regularly working as a professor, one would think that Tim Ogden is already fully engaged and busy. What in the world would this fellow need to do in addition to his current schedule or much less have time for? Unfortunately, he doesn’t think so or agree; Ogden still has a hefty agenda of goals and tasks on his growing to-do list. While definitely serving as an adjunct assistant professor at New York University teaching urban planning might be his most stable and traditional career role, he is a man on fire. Ogden has personally authored or edited more than 20 books on business thought and leadership, marketing and innovation. He also writes regularly for Alliance magazine and the Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR), and Ogden provides executive management leadership for at least two major idea generation organizations, the Financial Access Initiative at NYU as well as a separate leadership communication firm.

Getting Involved Versus Just Theory Creating

A key side project of Timothy Ogden’s involves the generation of financial services for the world’s poor, intended to give them the tools to reach self-sustaining occupations and income generation. First seen in the form of micro-lending by institutions like Grameen Bank, the Financial Access Initiative led by Ogden is NYU’s answer to taking micro-financial tools for the poor much further as a social influencing role in the developing world. This push to make developmental economics take off has been controversial with some critics arguing micro-lending hasn’t produced as much in positive expected social improvement. Instead, Ogden is taking a key role in arguing the idea and practice have not yet reach full evolution and maturity, holding the potential still for much more, especially in reversing the downward effects of consolidated poverty.

A Library of Books is Not Enough

And when Tim Ogden is not running the above institutions and teaching, he’s not sitting idle either. As noted earlier, Ogden generates a massing amount of business-related writing as well as speaking freely at multiple events and conferences on related topics. This is beyond any particular academic research he would typically be generating in a professor role, already a standard expectation in the higher education field. Two of his more recent projects have been work as a co-author of Toyota Under Fire, as well as writing and getting published is own additional book, Experimental Conversations. In the latter, Ogden pulls together a vivid portfolio of modern-day financial thought from some of the most influential and cutting edge economists discussing development economics. Ogden is also busy generating a third book project on a similar vein of thought and discussion but geared more for the average person, Financial Inclusion: What Everyone Needs to Know.