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The evening of October 17th 2014 was different than the 1,559 Friday nights which had come before. A typical Friday night for us at SWA Dallas would be arriving at the DFW airport from Cabo, Cairo, Dubai, Chonquing, San Antonio, or any of the places far or near were we work. Friday nights often find… Read more »

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How is it that some cities can so distinctly attract people while others may not? And what are the attributes that cause citizens to identify themselves as being a part of a city, as if it’s part of who they are? Of all the places that have helped to educate and shape my life, none… Read more »

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Sited on over 200 acres of vineyards, gardens, and natural landscape in the Napa Valley, di Rosa is the shared vision of prolific art collectors Rene and Veronica di Rosa. Featuring 2,000 works of art by more than 800 artists, their world-class collection, exhibited in three buildings as well as on the surrounding landscape, is… Read more »

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Cities around the world experience conflict around religion, language, culture, and ethnicity. Ever since the Tunisian uprising against Ben Ali in 2011, stories of protest around the world seem to amass at an astounding rate. Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Ukraine, and, more recently, Venezuela and Hong Kong, are among many places where people have organized to… Read more »

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What can a “crowd” often do better than the government, financial institutions, or a corporate entity? It can become a tool for genuine community empowerment, replacing accepted avenues of development whereby funding or employment typically comes through fixed economies such as the government, NGOs, corporations, or financial institutions. “Crowdsourcing,” as we know, is an enterprise… Read more »

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Did you know that the United Nations designated 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming? The honored agricultural activities operated by family members cover an array of production types: agricultural, forestry, fisheries, pastoral, and aquaculture. Unsurprisingly, water is the key element to support these farming activities. California is now experiencing the third worst drought… Read more »

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