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46 Ways to be a Better Person

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Hello you.

Here’s a quick list that will get your started on having a nicer day now. Good luck and let me know how it goes.

1. Take a deep breath now, hold it as long as you can. Count to 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, release, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and now another.

2. OK, two more deep breaths. Relax.

3. Concentrate on this word <<oooaahhhhmmm>> and close your eyes and take another two deep breaths, in through your nose out through your mouth.

4. Meditate. Concentrate on your third eye and just be peaceful. You can stop reading this! It’s okay!

5. Slow down. Try moving slowly.

6. Start each day as Gandhi did: Be the change you want to see.

7. Look for ways to help others.

It almost always seems impossible until it's done. ♡

It almost always seems impossible until it’s done.x♡o

8. Treat yourself great.

9. Be your own friend.

10. Go to the mirror and make funny faces.

11. Make yourself and/or a friend a nice cup of tea or coffee.

12. Take a long walk without music or distractions.

{Click here yo.} Sign up for the newsletter!13. Clean. Go left to right, it works.

14. Be young in your heart.

15. Hug a tree.

16. Jump on one leg. Now the other. Do this in your mind’s eye. Or for real.

17. Spin like a child with your eyes closed. Do this in your mind’s eye. Or for real.

18. Hug someone. Even yourself.

19. Next time you see someone on facebook that’s down, get involved. Try sending links, messages.  Or, how about a phone call?

20. Believe in miracles. :) I do.

21. Be inspirational.

22. Forgive yourself.

6 Simple Rules to live by: Be happy, be nice, be a leader, be organized, be a lifelong learner and be healthy. Listen to the next sound you hear.

23. Push yourself to be a little bit better.

24. Count to ten before reacting. {or better yet, just let it slide.}

25. Pet an animal.

26. Turn off the tv.

27. Sell something on ebay.

28. Give something away to charity.

29. Treat yourself to a day spa.

30. Take a nice long relaxing bath or shower.

31. Bake.

32. Organize your files.

33. Make a list of three things you don’t want to do then do them or try Nathalie’s 30 day list building challenge. Click here.

34. Eat well. How’s a salad sound for your next meal? A big one!

35. Exercise.

36. Take a risk with love.

37. Write a message on someone’s facebook wall saying thank you for being there.

38. Enjoy this moment.

39. You can reprogram your mind to believe anything you want it to. Triy listening to affirmations. There are tons on you tube.

40. Shine the light that God has given you.

40. Shine On!

40. Shine the light that God has given you.

41. Tell someone you love them.

42. No matter what your age, dream — even big if you’d like.

43. Remember a moment when you were blissful. Hold on to it.

44. Accept yourself for exactly who you are.

45. Send a REAL letter in the mail.

46. Give yourself a little break.

Extra! 47. Blog.

Thanks for reading and have a great day. I believe in you. I do.

In the comment section, I’d like to know what you can hear, smell and feel in this exact moment. What is around you? I can hear boys playing, the washing machine spinning and a distant car passing.

I don’t know about you but I don’t take criticism too well.

Ready. Thx JC for pic.

Ready.

People who read this — God bless you — know that I had to overcome a lot of fears to set up this blog. Would you like to know why?

Because writing for the public is similar to public speaking. You talk to people and they can smile, judge, laugh, agree or disagree. Sometimes they throw tomatoes right at the computer screen. I don’t suggest it.

I like to emphasize the learning by doing aspect. For example, if any of you have ever travelled, I bet that what you saw first hand is different than what you read in books.

Believe in yourself. I do.

Believe in yourself. I do, believe in you.

It’s like a thousand reflections in a mirror. Until you go and experience something first hand, they are all just stories on a page.

Writing a blog is an ongoing learning experience. Please don’t think I know what I’m doing. I’m rather new to this @$#% blgng bznss.

It was the exact same feeling when I first showed my art work. Sure, some people have no problems writing and talking and showing off their work.

I do. That is exactly why I feel like this blog is growing steadily. It’s because I’m so darn afraid of failing, I’m putting every ounce of myself into making it succeed, doing the best I can do with the knowledge and awareness I have.

I am willing to take a risk and show you my work. Put down that tomato. If you want to succeed in today’s market, I believe you must be willing to talk about your work.

It is not the critic who counts — not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena whose face is marred by dust and sweat and bloody. 

Teddy Roosevelt

I don’t see what is wrong with blogging. Like I told my blogger friend, it’s fat free, unless, of course, you are eating a lot of food while writing.

I also love reading and studying and learning from other people. That’s why I spend a lot of time on other people’s blogs to see how they approach the same question as mine.

How do you, as a blogger or website owner, reach an audience, connect with them, share information, and grow as an individual?

I’m willing to try. I’m willing to learn.

by Julie Angelos

 

How my guidance counselor changed my life.

Be inspiring!

Be inspiring!

Today

I’m going to write about a situation that happened when I was 16.

I was just your average girl going to school trying to make my way through. I excelled, or at least I like to try to think I did.

Nah, who am I kidding. I got by. My aim was always an A grade for excellent, but I think I sometimes went too fast on some of my math quizzes.

My dear teacher caught onto this and would look me in the eye and smile while correcting me. Id get frustrated with myself and try to apologize to him. He would tell me not to worry and tried to make sure my mistakes didnt make me want to stop learning.

   I’m still so thankful to him.

But Ive already written a post about him because he was my favorite teacher.

Regardless this little ditty has to do with how information on a casual day at school changed my life.

Figure it out. Figure it out. If you can’t figure it out, well then I suggest you find a way to figure it out.

Point A to Point B, Julie. Get there. Im trying! Stick with me!

So here is the story is how my guidance counselor changed my life:

Every day FLOWERS!

Every day flowers.

I’m a high school junior on the swim team. I am the class president and in advanced math classes.

I’m working my summers at the theme park at the main gate.

I spend my free time hanging out with friends on the quad lunch area during our 10:15a break.

Im the scorekeeper at basketball games.

One day, Im sitting in math class and I get called by someone who says I had an appointment with Dr. C who is our school guidance counselor.

My first thought was that I was in trouble for something I had done wrong.

Instead, I walk into a small office with a scattered desk and the nicest smiling person you could ask for.

He asks me, “So, Julie, have you thought about where you are going to go to university?”

Um, no, I mutter.

Well you know, he tells me, junior year is when you take your SAT tests and next year you are going to have to get your applications in.

Have you got your applications?

I’m like, What?

He says, Well, have you thought about private or public university?

I knew my parents weren’t going to pay for my university so that left if anything, public or state funded.

Then Dr. C hands me two packets that were California State University applications. He explained that there were two state systems: the California State University group and the University of California group. Each  group had about 20 campuses in different cities.

He gave me the examples. And a map. And a packet.

What changed my life about that conversation is that I was now empowered with information — information that was life changing.

I read the packet front to back.

I went back to class and asked my friend if he knew that it was time to take SAT tests and apply to university. Of course he knew.

Didn't everyone?

I sat for my SATS. Get it? That’s a pun ;)

The exams were difficult. I should have studied harder for them. That’s okay.

Then came summertime. I decided to go visit some universities on my own.

I chose four. I got in my car and off I went — alone of all things.

I visited Humbolt, Berkeley, San Louis Obispo, and San Francisco State. On another trip I visited San Diego State University, Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara State University.

I chose San Jose State University mostly because I liked the feel and I loved the old Ivy Bell Tower. Also, there was a well known journalism and marketing program — the only specialization in marketing at that time.

Northern California is cool too. Shout out to my no cal friends.

So that’s my story today.

Not too big of one, just a little one. I’m not trying to tell you what to do. I’m just saying that today I’m grateful that I was called into a meeting with a counselor who gave me information that later handed me a future.

Thanks for reading. Thanks for stopping in. You know I appreciate it.

Pay it Forward

I’d like to know what your experience has been. Did you go to University? Have you ever met by chance a person who offereed you information that changed the course of your life? Did you find that going to a university or not made a difference to you? Do you think this information could be valuable to any high school students that you know? Can you copy it for them and send them a link? Please leave your comment here or share. Thanks.

10 things I love about living in Italy.

You have been given everything to create love and beauty for you and everyone in your life. It's inside you and always has been.

You have been given everything to create love and beauty for you and everyone in your life. It’s inside you and always has been. ♡

Yay. I found the ABSOLUTE most perfect writing moment. I finished work early. My sons are at school. My husband is at work.  Outside it is a beautiful day and I have just sat down to check my messages with a nice cup of hot coffee.

I was OFF coffee for about eight years actually. I just wanted to challenge myself to see if I could live without it and I did. Then I said, why? Why not. I think most things in moderation are okay. How about you?

Or do you think it’s better to go the maximum on each and every project? Hmm. Food for thought.

I should say coffee for thought. :)

My friend told me today that bad things happen in threes. Have you ever heard that? That’s AWESOME news because that will leave me with a credit for the next three years or so. It’s been one thing after the other, but I’m MOVING forward. You know what they say?

Anything that has happened before today is part of the past. And that is EXACTLY where I intend to put it. I’m good at filing.

{Past} ~ file under P. Done.

Now New

Do you guys like new things? Seriously? I want to know. I know it’s super cool when you get new shoes, new cars, new houses, new job and new boyfriends or girlfriends but the older I get I am starting to love OLD.

I like OLD habits. I like seeing my things in my closet in a certain order. I like worn in leather shoes that are comfortable. I love my 10 year old Nikes. Sure, I got new ones, but I like my old ones better.

Ahhh New and Lovely.

Friends. My friends have just been angels lately picking me up where I have left off. And my family too. Believe it or not, my students smiles have not only picked me up, they’ve added an element of surprise wonder I didn’t expect. Sometimes spending so much time in the class room I forget that I’m the teacher. Not really, I mean, I suppose I forget that 30 years have passed that I was taking notes and doing exercises and hanging out with my friends.

Always take time to smell the flowers. ♡

Reminder: Always take time to smell the flowers. ♡

When the kids come up to ask me questions about things they didn’t quite understand, sometimes I’m just mesmerized by their eyes and their perfect skin. I think to myself as I’m looking at them, I wonder if they realize how gorgeous they are? Probably not.

♡ Sometimes in order to be happy in the present moment you have to be willing to give up all hope for a better past.

♡ Sometimes in order to be happy in the present moment you have to be willing to give up all hope for a better past.

They say the problem with youth is that it is wasted on the young.

Okay to help me get a better handle on life today I’ve decided to write a post called 10 things I love about living in Italy.

So here goes something.

10. Meeting up with friends for lunch or a coffee. Okay, that has nothing to do with Italy and I think that can be said anywhere you live. I put this first because it’s one of those cherries on my ice cream of life.

9. A trip to my husband’s day spa. They say that the best things in life are free but you can give them to the birds and the bees. Have you heard that song? Well, I LOVE getting the WIFE treatment when I go to the spa. It’s literally an open door policy and they will not accept my cash.

8. My family.

7. The food. Okay, if any of you know me, you know that when I teach English I skip RIGHT over the chapters on food. That’s because I dislike talking about food. It’s personal. It’s private. It’s a HUGE part of my life. I just know that when I go to USA for holiday I pack my bags with things I find at the supermarket.

6. My commute to work. It’s half an hour of which 20 minutes is in the Italian country side. If I could I would film it because every day it is different. One day it is all colorful flowers. The next day it is barren and dirt. Another day it is snow with fog. It’s just gorgeous. It’s a two lane windy road with deep ditches on each side and curves.

5. The possibility of getting around without a car. I asked my best friend why Americans are so into cars. She said that it’s because they have a love affair with their cars. One reason I moved to Italy was because it is a system in which it is possible and quite easy to survive and thrive without a car.

4. Health Care. I had excellent health care coverage when I lived in America because I worked for Time Warner. I cannot complain. I just know that when I moved here to Italy there was something magical about knowing that you will be taken care of no matter who you were. I liked that. I still do.

3. My house.

2. Having four seasons. I crave the ocean. I crave the smell of the Pacific Ocean. I long for the soothing sound of the waves breaking. I could watch the sets come in for hours. The only thing I missed having in southern California was having four seasons. I truly enjoy each and every one of them.

1. Writing a Blog. Okay that’s not Italy either but you know what? Say I lived in southern California and I wrote a blog from there, do you think anyone would read it? I don’t know. I love this my friend RA shared with me quoting Mike Meyers, Wherever you go, there you are.

How I, little person, am making money on the internet.

I was speaking with a student of mine the other day and our discussion was buying on the internet. My question I put to the class was: Have you ever bought anything on the internet? The way I see it, there are six continents and then the internet.

I was suprised that they rarely buy on the internet because I’ve been doing quite a bit of online shopping myself.

So I thought I’d put together a little list for you all to see exactly what I have been doing over the last three years since started my blog to make money blogging, or as they say online.  My total earnings is probably in the range of $2,000.

1. I started with my book, Zero to Blog that originally I was aking $15 for. It’s now free on my sidebar. It tells the story of why and how I started a blog.

2. I then decided to sell my paintings so I challenged myself to a ten day challenge and listed one painting a day on ebay. That was fun. I’m not certain exactly how much I made but it was still a great experience and perhaps served to get my name out as an artist.

3. I then uploaded some of my designs onto a couple of websites that print my designs on thousands of gadgets. This looked really cool, especially for my mom as when you open the website it makes your brand appear larger than it really is. It’s a bit of a mind game to get used to seeing your brand on thousands of items. Then again, that’s only virtual. The actual earnings comes from sales. I love getting that email that says one of my designs has sold as this truly is passive income. I have sold my designs on mouse pads, coffee mugs, you name it.

Finally, I recently decided to buy some stocks and invest. I had to get over alot of self imposed thoughts that I didn’t know what I was doing to just try. I read over the years about investing and frankly I found it all quite boring. I found a website that actually is fun to invest in and it’s super exciting to see my income go up. Fun stuff.

Otherwise, of course, I still love to paint and teach and that gets me through the days.

Care to share? 

Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to school they go.

Watching my two sons go off on their first day of school left me a mixed bag of emotions including being happy, sad, nostalgic, thoughtful, nervous, excited and a bit worried.

I spend a lot of time with kids in general and I get sort of attached.

That’s probably natural, right?

I wonder, however, where is the line between being and adult and a kid, a teacher or a parent and a friend.

My mom always said I was like a  mom to her. Ha ha ha. Yes, we are today very good friends. But crossing that line at times from being the parent or the teacher to being a friend is a very fine line, delicate too.

Perhaps what is best is to find a good balance and some days be friends when you are out having fun, say at a park or something, or other times, be the parent or teacher when it’s time to talk seriously.

It’s hard for me to fathom the school system now here in Italy as compared to what I’m used to in sunny southern California.

That’s why I love it. It’s SO different than the United States’ school system. God Bless America.

God bless the world for that matter.

The main difference is that here there aren’t lockers, sports events, dances associated with schools that I know of.

Did you read that?

Here there aren’t lockers, sports events, dances associated with schools that I know of.

I cannot WAIT until the ipod is diffused and my kids can stop hauling 20 pound backpacks full of text books back and forth. I’m exaggerating for literary purposes because the truth is that they only occasionally bring their books back and forth depending on if they have homework. I think the teacher keeps them on shelves. I cannot remember.

When I taught, the older kids in secondary school, jr. high, middle school and high school, the students had their backpacks, rucksack, on the floor near their desks and their pencil cases open on their desks. Except for the time the one girl whipped out her camera and thought it would be funny to post pictures on facebook. Still happens.

I’m off topic.

Topic.

What surprised me living here in Europe was to learn that my kindergarten through fifth grade teacher for my son was the SAME TWO TEACHERS from 8a to 4p every single day for five years.

Some parents like that. Obviously it depends on if you like your teachers or not. We liked ours. They have both changed this year after the first four years so my older son, who is 10, has two new teachers.

I don’t know about you but I’m fiercely protective over my children. I asked how school went. I heard that the teacher said the kids were grounded during break and had to do make up exercises for summer homework.

Say what?

That just about sent me to the Principal’s office. Okay, these are kids reporting but I do know from first hand experience that grounding kids during break is used as a punishment, but NOT ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL. Are they out of their minds?

Of course, it was only partially true. It was more like, a minute to review homework.

But I’m watching them like a hawk. I heard my son got reprimanded because he put his hand on the window to touch hands with his brother. WHAT? Again, my blood started to boil. I mean, reprimanding someone for brotherly love? But then I thought, okay, you or I weren’t there, we don’t know what happened, and perhaps it was disturbing the class or at an inappropriate moment.

No, it happened while waiting for lunch. Okay, I don’t like kids touching my windows either.

I need to take a serious step back however because I have to let my children go and live their 0wn lives, at the same time trust that the teachers know what they are doing.

I know that the teachers have their work cut out for them, that teaching is one of the most difficult, challenging and rewarding jobs there is.

Unfortunately our educational system and national budget cuts have been effecting the school systems’ ability to thrive for years.

I did have a sweet moment however with my son this morning when he said he is worried about his new teacher being mean. I just said, Well, then you be nice. She probably needs it.

I asked him, You know how I get mad and angry sometimes? It’s only because I’m going through a rough time.

I asked him if he could try to see a little bit beyond just someone being mean and realize that perhaps she was that way because she had problems at home, or something. We don’t really know, do we, what problems someone is going through?

As my one friend, B says, don’t think it’s different out there for someone else. Everyone has their problems and worries.

Well, there you go. Off to a new start. Hope it is a good one. Sure of it. I plan on doing a list of goals. I’ve got a rough draft.

How about you. I’m so sorry. I went off on my life and schools. How have you been? Are your kids getting back to school? What do you think about parents and teachers being friends? What do you think about having one teacher for many years as opposed to having many teachers?

Thanks for dropping by. It’s nice to see you.

Julie

#6 My Amazing Friends also known as MAFSS guest M. Risser

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Running side by side friend.

Run the Hill by guest blogger Michele Risser

Run the hill is a phrase I use when things get hard. Run the hill is focus. Run the hill is determination. Run the hill is tenacity, strength and endurance. Running the hill is the thing you have to do to become a better runner.

On a long stretch of highway you can see the hill, ahead in the distance waiting for your arrival. There are certain things you must do as you approach it. You must unclench your fists and relax your shoulders. You must straighten your back and expand your chest. You must raise your head. Most importantly, you must turn up your music.

Stay focused.

As you begin the ascent, you must find a point just ahead of you to become your mini goal. It may be a crack in the road, a sign or a post, a tree or a flower. All you aim for is that next little goal. It is very important not to look, glance at, or focus on the top of the hill, it is overwhelming.

You must stay focused on your mini goal until you pass it and then hone in on the next crack, tree, post or flower until again you must select a new one.

As your music keeps your pace, as your eyes look forward, as your chest expands to receive oxygen and your head is held up to supply that oxygen, you begin to realize you are running the hill. Little by little, breath by breath, one leg and then the other stepping up, up, up. You are running the hill.

Jumping over obstacles.

Those things in life which are the hardest to do are the things we must do. They make us stronger, more patient, compassionate, they improve us.

They give us the experiences in life which require focus, determination, tenacity and perseverance.

Doing hard things helps us to grow. At times those hard things may seem overwhelming and so you set a mini-goal.

Perhaps solving one problem at a time, improving a fault little by little, mending a relationship, gaining knowledge, overcoming pain, hurt, anger, depression or addiction. One hour at a time, one day at a time, one lesson at a time, one achievement at a time.

Triumph

When you reach the crest of a hill and you know within a minute you are will be at the top, you must push with that one last burst of energy that is hidden deep inside of you, but is always there.

For a brief second, just an instant, you are able to see the view from the top of the hill. The view is glorious, spectacular, breath taking and not because of what you may see, but because of what you feel ~ your moment of triumph.

You will feel your strength, your determination, tenacity and endurance, all of the those characteristics that helped get you to the top of the hill.

You can do it. I believe in you.

Then, you begin to run, down, down. No longer is a mini goal needed. Your breath begins to relax, no need to concentrate on the song to keep pace.

For a moment you have a repose, a rest from the intensity of pushing yourself, from doing something physically and mentally challenging.

Even though you know that there will always be another hill, you immerse yourself in the glory of running without effort. You feel light, you are floating, you are free from the burden of climbing the hill and all you can do is look in wonder and gratitude at what is around you.

You feel like you can fly.

Becoming a stronger you.

We cannot avoid running the hill, we must run it when it is there before us. We must not be discouraged if it not our best run, or our strongest, or fastest or our most successful. Running the hill will be different every time, because all hills are different. The constant lies in us and the tools we use from experience, to make the run bearable, to finish. Remember that each time you run the hill, you become a stronger you.

Run the hill, run the hill, run the hill. It is what I repeat over and over in my mind as I make the climb, both in running and in life.

If you’d like more information about Michele and running you can leave a message here below, contact her on twitter, or contact her on facebook.

 

OOH, I LOVE THIS GIRL. NEW AND SHINY!

Some people have asked if they can send me a gift — are you freakin’ kidding me? Of course you can. Gifts are always welcome and greatly appreciated. New gifts will support: 1) Kiva 2) Me getting out to see my family 3) New paintings 4) You! Because you are awesome. Choose between: She’s funny $10 She’s freakin’ hilarious $20 She’s inspired me $50 Just for fun. $100.00 USD I’ll have what she’s having $500 I’ll drink the koolaid $1,000 Thanks!

MSF

Click on card, it’s free!

Life in a worldwide economy.

Get informed. Read.

Get informed. Read.

Hello friends.

I’m interested in how our world is changing now that we have the internet so I read, get informed, take notes and share.

Do you ever wonder where your jeans come from? I watched a lecture online from Duke University on itunes U and saw a brilliant talk by a man called David Brady. I took notes that I’m sharing with you here.

Mr. Brady explains what is called a commodity chain.  He uses the example of your jeans by asking the question Where do they come from?

Basically, a store gets their jeans from a buyer who buys them from several factories. For example, one buyer might buy from a company in Mexico, another from China. Not too long ago, Levis jeans were produced in the United States.

Now, they are contracted out to the Dominican Republic. It’s a combination of resources.

The thread might come from South Carolina or the cotton from Texas. The pieces are assembled in Haiti. Then it is all sent back to the Dominican Republic for stone washing and fading.  Then the jeans are sent on a big container ship to Miami and finally to Walmart.

This same jeans’ buyer might also be using a Taiwanese company who also manufacturers in China, where the denim where the cotton comes from  is from India. The thread and denim come from China.

Shine On!

Shine the light that God has given you.

It’s an amazing matrix, says Mr. Brady. Goods and services are now provided faster and cheaper with an integration of more people. It’s only since about 1970s that our lives have really changed and become what’s called a global economy.

They made a floating dollar meaning that when banks were first established, every dollar printed had real gold attached in the bank to back it up. That is no longer the case, hence a floating dollar.

In the old days they used ships to send things, it took a long time.

Every day FLOWERS!

Every day FLOWERS!

Now as you know we use the internet and airplanes.

With the internet, information is available immediately. This means borders are diminishing.

According to this lecture, traditional media outlets are way behind the game. For example CNN is telling us what the bloggers are reporting.

With twitter, you can have the latest information on any subject that interests you simply by typing a hash key # before the word you are interested in into the search box. My twitter name is jbuliesblog.

If you want to know what’s going on in the world, just open twitter.com and type a hashtag and the word you are interested into the twitter search box to see all the latest information on that particular subject.

Diffusion is the active dissemination of products, practice, policy or a set of values.

This creates an interdependence between cultures meaning there is a two way street in an internet culture.

What is Internet Culture? Internet culture refers the flow of products, people and ideas.

Where there is internet, culture, ideas, and awareness can be quickly spread. For example,  India is now watching TV and making movies. Iran is having elections. China is exporting toys. US is importing beef from Brazil. What’s interesting to see is the consequences.

Sadly, when there are massive flows of people, there is also an increase of disease. Life expectancy changes. Economic Growth changes.

People live longer. How long will you live? China and India have massive economic growth and represent half the world’s populations. Where is the dilemma? Sadly, the bottom billion isn’t growing. Meaning if the world is about seven billion people, you can find over a billion in China and a billion in India.

It’s a puzzle, in Sub Sahara Africa, there are no jobs and few economic opportunities.

Read!

Read!

The answer includes education Take the example of a school without chalk, where nobody reads, kids have to only memorize and repeat.

Ridiculous imho.

A Minister of education will deem that their country needs more engineers to compete in the global economy. In this case, the government doesn’t meet reality.

In a progressive market, the international government organizations need to come up with plans where their words and promises meet the real needs of the people. For example, Amnesty is an organization that helps to fuel positive social changes. Now, the European Union has become a big economy. In fact in a numbers game it is larger population wise than US.

It represents a  massive player and  has the highest worldwide consumption. It is multi ethnic and multi cultural.

Which countries are engaged in trade? 50 – 60 percent of the global economy is involved in trade now —  89 percent in Asia, up from what used to be only 10 percent. Affluent democracies include US, Japan, Western Europe, US went from 15-20 percent trade to its current 30-40% in terms of trade. Japan is relatively behind Europe and U.S.

Look how trade has risen over the last 30 years. In Asia, trade has increased from 15 percent to 85%. Foreign born people in the United States in 2006 is up to 12 percent where as in 1970s, it was 6 percent.

Europe has increased foreign born people from 4 to 10%. China in trouble because they depend so much on trade. This is indicated by large layoffs where they feel the results of the economy.

Education The United Nations supports schooling and build schools for girls in developing countries.

Challenge of European Countries

Fertility rates are dropping in western Europe. In 1970, there were 2.4 children, now the fertility rate is 1.5. Put simply, people have fewer children. More children are needed to support an aging economy. What does that mean? It means less and less kids are being born every year. To support and maintain our current economy, it is necessary to have a 2.1 children, according to this lecture.

This need has created a cultural conflict because of the need of immigrants to maintain population.

Which organizations are involved in worldwide economy?

1. The United Nations. 2. The International Monetary Fund founded after WWII, US and Brittain got together and came up with the IMF in Washington DC with the goal of having stable exchange rates and  be a credit rating agency, so you could say what countries are having problems. Then they started loaning. Post 1970 they said, we’ll give you the loan, stabilize your currency but your they installed conditions such as ensuring that they had to privatize energy. They loaned 16 billion dollars in 2008. 3. World Trade Organization

World Trade organization with protests since WWII. The job of the World Trade Organization is to be the judiciary for global trading, to resolve disputes between countries. They are famous because they adjudicate the agreements and oversee them without getting involved.

The European Union They say the European Union will one day be bigger than US and China. Now after two wars in the last century encouraged trade and migration of people in Europe, regional identity still exists but borders are open.

Simplicity.

Simplicity.

Iceland has been devastated perhaps the most because they poured all of their pension funds in mortgage-backed securities in US then did not controlling shares, and lost their backs. a Case of Portfolio investments. To watch this lecture, I found it on itunes university, Duke University, entitled, David Brady – Understanding the Global Economy. —-

 by Julie Angelos