Archive | September, 2012

Micro-Finance Meets Multi-Nationals at Clinton Global Initiative

New York, N.Y.  Nobel-prize winner Professor Muhammad Yunus, founder of the microfinance pioneer Grameen Bank of Bangladesh, addressed our breakfast at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) kick-off. Introduced by Hikmet Ersek, the C.E.O. of Western Union – the corporation that hosted this event – Muhammad was as inspiring as ever. Western Union, “Moving Money for [...]

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Stewardship Report on Target at Clinton Global Initiative

New York, N.Y. At the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) 2012, Bill Clinton, Queen Rania, Ban Ki-moon, and the head of the World Bank discussed that an enormous need for moving humanity forward is communicating successful solutions from around the world.  The Stewardship Report, with its mission of Connecting Goodness, is expanding its efforts to do so. [...]

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Through a Pinhole: Photographing Sri Lanka’s Architectural Heritage

New York, N.Y.  I met an incredible individual, Liz Doles, who also happens to be a talented artist last week at the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the U.N. We bonded immediately. Having been off-and-on in Sri Lanka (and Indonesia) for a number of years working with orphans following the 2004 Tsunami, I had [...]

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The J. Luce Foundation Labor@tory – Executive Summary

History.  The Labor@tory of The James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation Inc., in cooperation with Stonehenge Reality Sharing & Caring Program, was launched in NYC in September 2012.  Two dozen organizations previously ‘spotlit’ by the Foundation’s Stewardship Report on Connecting Goodness were chosen to participate.  These vetted NGOs, representing a wide range of efforts to better [...]

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Transcendental Meditation Helps U.S. Veterans Cope with Stress

By Lorraine Cancro, M.S.W., edited by Jim Luce. New York, N.Y. In 2011, the filmmaker behind the movies Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive organized for his foundation to donate $1 million to launch Operation Warrior Wellness (OWW) in Los Angeles, an initiative to help 10,000 veterans overcome post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other war-related illnesses.  In 2011, Lynch [...]

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Jim Luce (ジムルース) on Japan & Japanese-Americans

Jim Luce declared East Asian Studies – Japan (Literature) his major during his freshman fall quarter at The College of Wooster.  He went on to spend three semesters in Tokyo and Morioka, and then returned to Tokyo upon his graduation to look for a job.  Unsuccessful, her moved to New York and accepted a position [...]

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Ambassador: From the Killing Fields to the White House

New York, N.Y.  I first met Ambassador Sichan Siv in 2004 when I was invited to hear him speak at the imposing Women’s Republican National Club, just north of Rockefeller Center. What a speech!  He spoke on surviving Pol Pot’s Killing Fields in Cambodia, then making his way to America where he earned a degree [...]

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Ex-Pats In Mexico Promote Young Opera Stars

By Shari Alexander. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.  “When you find yourself living in Paradise, the impulse to give back is irresistible.”  So says John Bills, retired tenor from the Metropolitan Opera and now artistic director of Opera San Miguel in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.  His not-for-profit company sponsors a nationwide contest each year dedicated to [...]

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Mass Surveillance Puts Online Privacy at Risk: U.N.

New York Doctor Tests Positive for Ebola, at Bellevue Hospital

U.N. Day: Celebrating Continuing Commitment for Better World

Cuba Hosts U.N. Ebola Conference, Sends MDs to West Africa

Hope: Ebola Orphanage Opens in Sierra Leone

U.N. Calls Out Detroit Water Policy as ‘Contrary to Human Rights’