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The Thembalitsha Foundation, a NPO in South Africa lives up to its name “new hope”, translated from isiXhosa. Their focus is education, health and social development. Their motto of “one team, one vision, restoring hope and transforming lives” has enabled them to currently run 9 projects.

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Urgent Threats in Today's Environment

I am nearing the end of the autumn quarter, teaching enterprise risk management to University of Washington Informatics majors. One question that recurs is the subtle difference between a risk and a threat. The Oxford English Dictionary defines a threat as “a person or thing likely to cause damage or danger” and a risk as “a situation involving exposure to danger.” We spend a fair amount of time in discussion of how an organization’s control structure can offset or mitigate both threats and risks. 


Ethnic Thanksgiving: Cultural Appropriation?

On its surface it appears to be a simple decision: it can be dull serving the same stuffed Turkey with cranberries and potatoes every Thanksgiving. A modern home cook might be itching to surprise guests with some spices or out-of-the-box meats, sweets and starches. Why not make the turkey in curry paste or serve it with peanut sauce? While it's fun to try new ideas fro other cultures, when does borrowing ideas from ethnic cuisine cross the line and become cultural misappropiation? 


Trust: Why Does It Matter? How Did We Lose It?

Trust:  Why Does It Matter?  How Did We Lose It? It’s an indispensable lubricant in social life. And truthfulness is its twin sister. 


The Whole World is Watching

In "The Whole World is Watching," Patricia Vaccarino reminds us that fifty years have passed since the Chicago Democratic Convention anti-war protests took place in August, 1968. Now in 2018, the whole world is indeed watching to see what Americans will do to restore normalcy to the White House. Restoring normalcy means we need to take back our democracy.

 

 

 


My Two Joes

When the going gets tough, I’m reminded of the two toughest men I’ve ever known: my two Joes. Joey Blue Eyes was my father’s nickname. At 20, this Italian working class boy from Yonkers found himself in the Marine Corps on the front lines of Korea in the 1st Battalion of the 1st Marine Division. Marching north to the Yalu river during the Chosin Reservoir Campaign in 1950, he was one among 12,000 marines who...