Thailand’s Karen women find a future in ecotourism- Nikkei Asian Review

Their company specializes in what it calls “immersive” homestays and eco-friendly tours in the women’s home villages. Gender equality is a core tenet of the company, not just in terms of employment but also in the types of interactions and experiences they offer tourists on their programs, which showcase the skills, knowledge and lifestyles of local women.

Source: Thailand’s Karen women find a future in ecotourism- Nikkei Asian Review

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Income Sharing Saves Lives

Being poor,” Scalzi wrote, “is relying on people who don’t give a damn about you.”But there are groups of Americans who are turning that indifference on its head. Within the larger intentional communities movement are a growing number of egalitarian, income-sharing communities, whose members combine their wealth and income to create spaces where people make economic decisions cooperatively, rely on one another and a democratic policymaking process for security, and cease to consider finances—or their financial challenges—the responsibility of lone individuals. The financial families they create range from a half-dozen to nearly a hundred people, in locations from urban Baltimore, Portland and Washington D.C. to rural Missouri and Virginia.

Source: Capitalism Killing You? Income Sharing Could Save Our Lives

More than 15 million businesses now use Instagram worldwide and over half of those businesses are creating Stories every month.

Stories are an incredible way to connect with your audience in fresh and authentic ways. Who knows, maybe they’ll even become the new News Feed.
But creating attractive Instagram Stories can be challenging and time-consuming.
We’d love to help with that!
In episode #56 of The Science of Social Media we explore everything you need to know about creating captivating Instagram Stories content that your audience will love. We also dive into our favorite tools for creating beautiful graphics and videos that we use here at Buffer.
Enjoy!
Buffer Blog: Instagram Stories Templates
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5 ways “design thinking” can help you create meaningful changes

“…according to Bernard Roth, a professor of engineering and the academic director of the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (the d.school) at Stanford University. Roth’s new book, “The Achievement Habit,” outlines how a strategy called “design thinking” can help you create meaningful changes in your life.Design thinking was invented by Roth and other Stanford engineers, and it’s typically used to improve on a specific product or experience, like a lightbulb or online dating. Yet in “The Achievement Habit,” Roth explains how the very same process can be turned inward, helping individuals become happier and more successful.

The book is based on a class Roth has been teaching for nearly half a century, called “The Designer in Society.

“Design thinking is a five-step process:

  1. Empathize: Learn what the issues are.

  2. Define the problem: Which question are you going to answer?

  3. Ideate: Generate possible solutions.

  4. Prototype: Abandon perfection and either build your project or develop a plan.

  5. Test and get feedback from others.Roth says the individual steps aren’t as important as some of the guiding principles behind design thinking: a bias toward action and limited fear of failure. The point of design thinking, according to Roth, is to challenge your automatic thinking and assumptions.”

Source: Stanford professor: Design thinking can help you achieve your goals – Business Insider

Ten Rules of Writing | Literary Hub

Do not write long sentences. A sentence should not have more than 10 or 12 words.Each sentence should make a clear statement. It should add to the statement that went before. A good paragraph is a series of clear, linked statements.

Do not use big words. If your computer tells you that your average word is more than five letters long, there is something wrong. The use of small words compels you to think about what you are writing. Even difficult ideas can be broken down into small words.Never use words whose meanings you are not sure of. If you break this rule you should look for other work.The beginner should avoid using adjectives, except those of color, size and number. Use as few adverbs as possible.Avoid the abstract. Always go for the concrete.Every day, for six months at least, practice writing in this way. Small words; clear, concrete sentences. It may be awkward, but it’s training you in the use of language. It may even be getting rid of the bad language habits you picked up at the university. You may go beyond these rules after you have thoroughly understood and mastered them

Source: Ten Rules of Writing | Literary Hub

Regenerative Development and Design

The emerging field of regenerative development and design marks a significant evolution in the concept and application of sustainability. Practices in sustainable or green design have focused primarily on minimizing damage to the environment and human health, and using resources more efficiently; in effect, slowing down the degradation of earth’s natural systems. Advocates of a regenerative approach to the […]

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