I had to change server which led to my personal website being down for a few months since it was hosted on the expired server.
I’ve decided not to import my old posts since there weren’t that many and I don’t think I want to spend my time finding them either. I like the ‘calling card’ look on my old website but I think I will just stick to simplicity for now since I really like the large easy to read font, though I might move back to the old look.
On the surface, things have not changed much for me though I feel enlightened each day. Every once in a while, there is an epiphany and I am just so grateful that it continues to occur in my life – that I continue to see new insights. Of course, things could always be better as the grass is always greener on the other side. I’ve been blessed with great opportunities to meet some wonderful people and visit amazing cities but the more I travel and meet new people, the more I appreciate my own city and network of close friends.
I have been wanting to blog again for quite some time but there are always competing priorities, though I am hoping to focus on topics that matter a lot to me this time around. I also want to share with you what I am doing and hope that if you see some interesting activities that I have been or will be doing, you will let me know so that we can do interesting things together.
I will end with an interesting if not excellent quote from Alec Ross:
Wherever I travel in the world I almost always lecture at a local university. The questions I get and the ideas I hear on university campuses are as good as what I hear anywhere, including in settings at the apex of political and private sector power. I cannot help but be impressed by the perspective brought by university students to global challenges. They see the world with fresh eyes. They are not ground down by bureaucracy. I can’t help but think that their fresh eyes and their energy are often wasted in low-level jobs. These low-level jobs then begin the process of eroding their idealism and introducing them to stifling, bureaucratic environments, which diminish their sense of what is possible. This was re-enforced for me twice this week. First, when I participated in a session at the Clinton Global Initiative’s University program, and again yesterday when I lectured at a university here in Chile. As an optimist and idealist (even one almost 20 years out of university) I think that those of us in positions of power and authority need to do more to give university students seats at the “grown-ups table”; not just because it is good for the students, but because it is good for us.
- Some of those new friends also become great close friends! ↩