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Our friends, the Smiths, have moved on to India where they are volunteering at Rising Star Outreach, a school for the children of parents with leprosy. Each day as I try to learn more about both the problems in the world and the efforts of noble people to address them, I am equally moved by the scale and scope of the problems and by the courage, character and charm of those who battle them. How will you make your mark on the world?
Your Mark On The World: Raul Roman, UBELONG Co-Founder Interview
Raul Roman was kind enough to spend the better part of an hour with my by Skype yesterday, sharing the history of UBELONG.
Raul was a PhD candidate at Cornell and was teaching a course where he met Cedric Hodgeman, an undergraduate who ultimately aced the course, earning an A+. More than…
How will wealth change you?
This interesting piece in the Boston Globe suggests that wealth changes people, noting that most of our political leaders are far wealthier than the rest of us. The article summarizes a collection of recent research on the impact of wealth on people’s basic humanity.
One study shows that the mere suggestion of money makes people both less likely to ask for and to give help. Another study suggests that the more money you have, the less likely you are to want to help others.
Thanks to Freakonomics for finding this for me.
Of course, we don’t like to believe such things about ourselves. How do you think we can prevent money from changing us?
Money raised, restaurant opens
Allyson Smith reports on her blog that the restaurant opened as planned and that people came through for them with money for the needed equipment.
The morning of the day when the restaurant and bakery was to open, the local Buddhist monks came to dedicate it for its success.
The Smiths leave Thailand knowing that they have helped to make the orphanage more self-sustaining, making the Home and Life Orphanage a better and happier place for the children.
UBELONG, a great way to serve!
UBELONG is an exciting example of social entrepreneurship that provides volunteers with service-oriented immersion and expedition opportunities. Some extraordinary guys, Cedric Hodgeman and Raul Roman, have created programs that epitomize “your mark on the world” thinking.
One of the keys for leaving a mark on the world is to devote time and energy to a cause. They match people for immersion opportunities from one week to six months where their passions and skills can be put to best use making a difference, allowing people an on the ground opportunity in Latin America or Asia to advance their cause.
Some great employers now provide people with sabbatical breaks every five to ten years just for this sort of service. What a difference it makes in the world and in the lives of those who take advantage of it!
Have you done anything like this? What was your experience?
Your Mark On The World: No Problem in the World Too Big for Smiths
The scope of the world’s problems lead many to shrug in frustration, thinking that the little they could do, would be too little to matter. For Matt and Allyson Smith and their six children, the opposite attitude led them to a remarkable around-the-world adventure in service. They seem to have…