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Earning Money in a Global World, Economic Opportunity, Social Entreprenurialism »

[11 Apr 2009 | 2 Comments | ]

In third world countries, it is the natural response of international humanitarian workers to want to increase the pay of impoverished local workers as much as possible. Compassion kicks into action when confronted by the harsh realities of families of ten subsisting on the equivalent of two U.S. dollars a day.  The individual in a position able to provide a pay raise feels compelled to do so.  Aid workers have learned the hard way, though, of the unintended consequences of such actions.
When groups of local persons working for international …

Economic Opportunity, Eyes of Children »

[11 Apr 2009 | 4 Comments | ]

Two parents make the hard decision to leave their own country for a land of opportunity for their children. The warmth and security of their tribe and customs behind them, the look ahead to the potential for prosperity in a place of strange and fast activity.  As the years pass, they make their way:  educating their children in a language that is not their own, endeavoring to instill the values of their home culture and religion in a place where their children encounter daily influences contrary to their native expectations.  …

Taxi Driver Wisdom, Tolerance »

[10 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]

I have trouble trusting people who don’t believe in God. Where is their frame of reference?  To whom are they accountable?
Returning from a road trip to Atlanta, I could not help contemplating with perplexity the fact that a new friend is an Atheist.  Enrico is a physician from Argentina who does not believe in God.   His faith (lack thereof) had come to light during a discussion of views of God and the “afterlife” by people from several different countries.  Perspectives of the form of god ranged from “Creator God to …

Defining Root Problems, Men & Women »

[4 Apr 2009 | 4 Comments | ]

My friend Cello is an immigrant from Nigeria.  She came to the USA 15 years ago with her husband to begin a new life in a place she truly believed had streets paved of gold.  What she found was a place without gold streets, but with tremendous opportunity- only for those willing to do tremendously hard work.
“Immigrants need to know how hard they will have to work!  There is no safety net here!” she says on the rough days.  On the good days, she looks proudly at the beautiful family …

Defining Root Problems, Economic Opportunity, Many Forms of Slavery »

[3 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]

So many things in life are insidious. They creep up, unnoticed.  In the beginning: normalcy.  A range of “acceptable” that is generally agreed by the majority of a society or culture.   Then, as the boundaries of normalcy are pushed, ever so slowly, the centering point for what is “normal” shifts, with motion barely perceptible, till one day the recollection of “what used to be” creates a sense of aghast over the extremity of the change.  Like shifts in acceptable hemlines over time (one day the knees must not show and …

Taxi Driver Wisdom »

[3 Apr 2009 | One Comment | ]

Mandoux from Haiti is proud to retain his thick accent after seven years as a cab driver in the USA- Tampa, Florida, to be precise.
“If I didn’t keep this accent, I might be mistaken for a US born African American!” he proclaims thickly.  We both pause to take in his meaning, which is not complimentary to our US citizens.  Our thoughts delve into the “why’s” of the desire for disassociation and quickly become mired in complex and confusing possibilities.  But the lingering discomfort of the fact that US immigrants often …