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Reflections on Leadership from Marietta’s McDonough Conference

Marietta College, Ohio. The J. Luce Foundation (link) is opening the Luce Leadership Centre at Caribbean Maritime University (link) in June, open to its 6,000 students in August. It will feature both on campus and online courses in experiential leadership through a Doctorate degree. 1924: Jamaican-born political leader, publisher, journalist, entrepreneur, and orator Marcus Garvey. Photo: Wiki […]

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From Bangkok to Bordeaux: Interior Design Book of Inson Dubois Wood

New York, N.Y.  In the 1960’s, Inson Wongsam, a budding artist from a large family in northern Thailand, decided to study in Paris. He set out on a Lambretta scooter, which he had won in a contest, on a months-long journey west.  In each country he visited — including India, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Turkey […]

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Meet the Amazing, World-Changing, Center-Founding Sattie Persaud

New York, N.Y.  I first met the amazing Sattie Persaud through the Indo-American Arts Council (?) in 201X(?).  She immediately impressed me with her strong personality combined with her gentle soul. Born in (British) Guyana and raised in neighboring Suriname (Dutch Guyana), Sattie broke the cycle of seven generations of women married at or before the […]

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Concert to Celebrate Diversity with World Heritage Cultural Center

“I kind of view everybody like a rainbow. Everybody on the planet has all the colors of the rainbow inside.” – Actress Alexia Fast Danbury, CT.  The World Heritage Cultural Center (WHCC), soon to open its new offices and studios at 155 Main Street, Danbury, CT, will celebrate diversity and recognize leading individuals, partnerships, or organizations […]

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Essay Five Years Ago: Will a Vow of Poverty Fill the Void In My Soul?

New York, N.Y.  As I approach my fiftieth birthday, I am feeling incomplete. Part of me – my soul? – is still missing. In secular terms, I think I am not yet in touch with the best way to serve humanity. In theological terms, I would say I have yet to stumble upon God’s full […]

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Let Us Not Waste The Limited Number of Hours We Have Left

New York, NY. 9/11 brings back haunting memories. Having buried by brother and mother almost back-to-back just before 9/11, losing all three of my life-long mentors over the passing years, and recently burying my father and step-mother, death to me is no longer a stranger. My grasp of our human fragility stems from watching the […]

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Failed States: Index Quantifies that Feeling in My Gut

United Nations, N.Y. What is a failed state?  Building orphanages and orphan care programs around the world, I have dealt in terrible conditions, where the government — and even people — have been broken.  Aceh and Sri Lanka after the Tsunami, and Haiti after Hurricane Jeanne and the recent earthquake to name only a few.  […]

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Fifty Lessons Learned from Decade in International Development

New York, N.Y.  The purpose of the symposium was to train and support the next generation of progressive political entrepreneurs. Mark Green‘s former campaign staffer Keith Dumanski had recommended me to the New York Director of the NLC, Daniel Getman, and here I was: ready to give life lessons. An awkward thought crossed my mind […]

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