Month: November 2011

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…