Rainy summer 107 weeks ago
Commented by Shawn in New York.
1. Determine your values. Undoubtedly my top strategy for being effective is to work backwards from death. Imagine your last few seconds on Earth and the life you have lived. What was important to you? What were your most proud contributions in life? What do you hope to be remembered for? The bottom line is that you cannot gauge ‘effectiveness’ without first determining what you value.
A sweeter soda: when will gum arabic be violence-free?
Gum arabic is a stabilizer used in food products like chewing gum and soft drinks (soda). It is a natural product derived from the sap of the acacia tree.
In Sudan, a global commodity like gum arabic can help local farmers survive harsh economic conditions in the war-ravaged country.
In 2007, John Ukec Lueth Ukec, Sudan’s ambassador to the United States, claimed that 80% of gum arabic imported for use in the U.S. came from Sudan (Washington Post).
This week, the battle over land to grow gum arabic in Darfur left 64 people dead.
Photo: REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah
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