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New York City's #OneNYC: the Plan for a Strong and Just City, with the aim "to be the most sustainable big city in the world and a global leader in the fight against climate change" http://www1.nyc.gov/html/onenyc/visions/sustainability.html
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"You learn that everyone else out there is a me, as well. You’re being someone else, and when you return to your own world, you’re going to be slightly changed." (Neil Gaiman on Why We Read and What Books Do for the Human Experience)

“Truth is not in what happens but in what it tells us about who we are.”
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For anyone considering working/living in #Japan... or anyone just interested in different cultures :)
Anyone working in Japan can make their work life better by learning simple business etiquette. Follow our easy guide to working with Japanese co-workers.
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"In most cases, writing is most useful as a tool for thinking, expression, and creativity" and there are lots of benefits from making writing a regular habit.

Good news for those who have a regular writing habit: "Expressive writing has been linked to improved mood, well-being, and reduced stress levels for those who do it regularly"
The Research Is In: Writing Makes You Happier (Even if You’re Pretty Bad at It): Did you know that writing is good for you? Like...
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What a great story: Janitor-turned-shoe designer-turned cafe owner Ian Williams aims to help shape the future of the city.

By 19, Williams had collected more than 100 pairs of size 12.5s. But he didn't have the design experience to land a real Nike job. He decided to network instead. "What's the easiest way to be seen?" he asked himself. "Work on campus. What's the easiest way in? Janitor." He spent three years mopping floors and taking out trash, smiling at and starting conversations with corporate bigwigs. 
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"I buy fewer things of higher quality." - Alden Wicker (http://ecocult.com/)

Great attitude & advice about making informed purchase decisions (even though it's not always easy) and not using 'limited budget' as an excuse for financing unsustainable unethical fast fashion industry. 
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"If you crouch motionless on a bank to watch a tremulous ripple thrill on the water and are rewarded by the sight of a muskrat kid paddling from its den, will you count that sight a chip of copper only, and go your rueful way?"
Some say good writing can’t be taught. We beg to differ. Here are 25 surefire ways to boost your skills and become a master of communication. 1. Learn more verbs. Verbs are one of the most powerful tools in a writer’s toolbox. Consider the following sentence, from Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek: “If you... Read More
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One of the most difficult words to translate.... 
As simple as it seems, it’s often impossible to accurately translate the word you without knowing a lot more about the situation where it’s being said. Krystian Aparta describes the specific reasons why it can be difficult, citing examples from many different languages.
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"Integration is not something that we should only ask from people coming into our country. We should ask this of ourselves too." - Chaim Jellinek, father of three who is hosting a Syrian refugee in his Berlin home, and co-founder of Freedomus
An unlikely guest from Syria joins the Jellineks' weekly Shabbat dinner, and now introduces himself as a Berliner.
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Such a worthwhile thought - integration as a conversation between different cultures and the removal of any expectation that one culture is superior to warrant 'integrating into'. Thanks for sharing! 
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Here's an idea that's definitely worth considering: Japanese comedian 土田晃之 suggests, why not have the Paralympic games BEFORE the Olympics?

When the big Olympic "closing ceremony" is held, most people around the world think it's already over and the next big sporting event to look forward to is in 4 years, when in fact the next big sporting event is the Paralympics that same year in the same city. 
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"Choosing bad is harder than choosing good" - if you want consumers to support sustainable options, make doing good the easiest option. Most people don't want to actively opt out of something they understand to be good (good for the environment, socially responsible, etc.). 
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What do successful community-based tourism enterprises have in common? What sets them apart from the rest?

Join the +TrainingAid Live Session on March 31st with Kelly Galaski (+Planeterra Foundation) to learn about best practices in successful community tourism product development.

"Key Factors in Successful Community Tourism Product Development" http://bit.ly/TourismTL1603
 
What does it mean to build financially viable, market-ready community tourism products?

Join the free #TourismTL live session on March 31st to learn from community-based tourism expert Kelly Galaski (+Planeterra Foundation, +G Adventures):

- Key factors that determine the success of Community Based Tourism (CBT) development.
- Practical lessons on effectively implementing CBT through collaboration with diverse communities.
- Important questions to ask when evaluating the viability of a potential CBT product.

Sign up for free! http://bit.ly/TourismTL1603 
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training design, content development and management
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writing, editing, communications, project planning
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I think that the glass is half full, and that the other half is for those who need it most.
Introduction
I like to learn new things, and these days I'm learning a lot about learning, and about how people read, think, and connect with each other. I think that one of the most important ways for us to learn about our world and about ourselves is traveling.
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I can say a few things in German.
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