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Month: November 2011

Primary Education is Critical for Growth

Primary Education is Critical for Growth

For the last six months, I have been working for a chain of low-cost private primary schools serving low-income and slum communities.  The business model is innovative – by standardizing as much of the practice of building and operating a school as possible, Bridge has essentially created a “school in a box.” This is my first experience working in education, so the learning curve, as always, has been steep.  But the world is complex and the systems that govern it…

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How to Travel Alone, pt. 4

How to Travel Alone, pt. 4

This is part four of a four-part post on the joys of solo travel. _ In this last installment, I will share my thoughts on the need to meet as many people as you can and be confident as you roam the world. – 7.  Be open “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain Today, people say that I am a “good connector”.  That is because, whenever my friends travel to a new place, I put…

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How to Travel Alone, pt. 3

How to Travel Alone, pt. 3

The following is part three of a four-part post on the joys of solo travel. In the last two posts, I talked about the need to be prepared for what to expect, and also to be adaptable when deciding what you are going to do while you are out there.  Here, I will give a few tips on making the most of your time and creating an experience that is memorable. 6.  Be adventurous “To awaken quite alone in a…

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How to Travel Alone, pt. 2

How to Travel Alone, pt. 2

The following is part two of a three-part post on the joys of solo travel. The other day I talked about the need to be prepared.  Today, I will talk about going with the flow. _ 3.  Be adaptable “A good traveler has no fixed plan and is not intent on arriving.”  – Lao Tzu I think you need to strike a balance between planning and winging it.  Do enough research to cover your bases and make sure you don’t…

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How to Travel Alone, pt. 1

How to Travel Alone, pt. 1

The following is part one of a three-part post about the joys of solo travel. “It seemed an advantage to be traveling alone. Our responses to the world are crucially moulded by the company we keep, for we temper our curiosity to fit in with the expectations of others…Being closely observed by a companion can also inhibit our observation of others; then, too, we may become caught up in adjusting ourselves to the companion’s questions and remarks, or feel the…

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Population and Poverty in the Philippines

Population and Poverty in the Philippines

The Philippines is one of the fastest-growing countries in the world in terms of population.  The roots of its explosive growth date back to Spanish colonialism.  Ferdinand Magellan laid the foundation of Spanish influence with his arrival in the Philippines in 1521, introducing what would ultimately become the most influential force in shaping the social policies of the country: Roman Catholicism.  Today, 80% of the country is Roman Catholic.  After Brazil and Mexico, the Philippines is the third-largest Catholic nation…

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