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Four Seconds of Inspiration

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Despite our best efforts, separating ourselves from nature is a fruitless endeavor. So long as we are made primarily of carbon, we are nature. So long as we breath in oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide, we are nature.

As I sit down to write this post, I think my mood can be described best by the following: feeling a temptation towards philosophical musings of the sort that would come naturally to you if we were sipping Earl Grey tea surrounded by many leather bound books. And here we go….

Reflections on Laudato Si - Concluded

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“Never before has the world had a document that so eloquently unites ethics and environmental stewardship. That is why Laudato Si was the most significant environmental event of 2015.”

“Show your work.”

Does that bring you back to your high school math class in a hurry? That phrase was a near-daily refrain in mine. It didn’t matter if you intuitively, or by sheer luck, got a math problem right. You also had to offer a proof as well. You had to back it up.

Reflections on Laudato Si - Continued

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All of this block quoting of the Pope is pretty convenient. I mean, it shortens up what I have to write considerably. I promise you I’m not being lazy though. Pope Francis has some important things to say, so here’s your next quote (emphasis again my own).

Let's Play a Game - Part 2

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Adieu, December. Gone are the carols and candy. So too are the tinsel and trees. We will miss you, presents and peppermint everything. Good news, pumpkin everything is only 9 months away.

Let’s Play a Game

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Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve loved games. I’m pretty sure my parents could have manipulated me into doing whatever they wanted by calling it a game. “John, I bet you can’t be silent longer than me during this five-hour car ride. Ready? Go!” Or, “John, do you think you can eat all of your vegetables in the next 60 seconds?”

...I’m encouraged by the recent trend of gamification, in particular its applications in the environmental space.

Congratulating a Friend on a Job Well Done

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My Mother has always loved this week. Certainly, she is partial to Christmas. A gathering of family for a religious celebration is a wonderful occasion, and my parents do an admirable job of keeping this season sacred. Their home never feels more like home than this week.

How Psychology Bolsters Financial Inclusion

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Presented by MetLife Foundation in collaboration with WSJ. Custom Studios, Multipliers of Prosperity takes a look globally at the challenges we face in confronting the issues of financial inclusion. The program dives deep into what’s working, questions what isn’t and finds the possible fixes. Most importantly, the program chronicles the triumphs of people who have taken the steps toward financial stability and the providers who have helped them reach those goals.

U.S. Chamber Foundation Heads to Mexico City for Women's Empowerment and Workforce Development Event

Interested in women's economic empowerment? Join business leaders on February 9-10 to learn how companies with operations in Mexico can successfully integrate women-owned businesses into their supply chains.
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"The purchasing power of large supply chains could provide billions in sustainable impact for women. By empowering women entrepreneurs, companies can expand their base of suppliers, consumers and productive workers, while improving the lives of women and their families globally.” – From Millions to Billion: Scaling Up Women’s Empowerment Globally, a report by U.S.

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