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Gino Brann – Our South Korean Friend and Connection
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We Are Super Stoked!
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Which One Do You Think it Should be?
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They Are Our Future – It’s Reealllyy Good to See Them Smiling!
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Adventure Planning (Run Research)
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We Can Do Both
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Greatness. It Lives in All of Us.
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Because Smiles and Laughter are Something We All Have in Common!
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Small Acts of Kindness – The Beginning of a Great Thing
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We Are Taking a Page Out of His Book –

Gino Brann – Our South Korean Friend and Connection

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In true World Tree Circle spirit, we want to spread the word about Clarke’s run and our plans for the website with other countries and their many cultures.  We have found that the easiest way to make new friends is to start with the friends we already have and ask for introductions to their friends whom we haven’t met yet.  So we have been reaching out to our friends abroad.  One of those friends is Gino Brann.  Clarke and Gino have been friends since their youth and met through a mutual friend, Mark Claibourne.  They have stayed in touch and Gino has given us a window into life in South Korea since his move there just after college.  Gino was actually born there and was drawn back to learn more about his heritage.  But I should let him tell you about it in his own words.  Below is an interview Gino graciously agreed to.  We wanted all of you to get to know more about the folks who are helping to make WTC a reality.  Gino will be spreading the word and passing out our WTC T-shirts for us as we move towards Clarke’s run next year.  Take a look……
gino and violet lea                                                        Gino Brann Musician
June 28th, 4:49pm
Why did you go to South Korea?
I was born in Busan in 1982 and moved to the states when I was 2 years old. My mother is Korean and my American father lived in Korea for many years, originally in the late 60s with the Peace Corps. So there was a lot of interest in seeing this part of the world, perhaps in gaining a better understanding of my family heritage. So in the summer of 2004, with the ink still drying on my university diploma, I answered an online ad on daveseslcafe.com and moved to Busan.
How long have you lived there? I lived in Busan from 2004-2005, then headed back to Ohio to take the LSAT and prepare for the next phase. A couple of months after taking the test I got a call from a friend in Colombia who invited me to travel with him, which sounded great, and somewhere on a beach in South America I decided to postpone my law school aspirations and travel a bit more. So I answered another online ad on daveseslcafe.com and moved back to Busan, and here I’ve been ever since.
What are you doing (for a living) now? My time is mostly split teaching English conversation at a university and teaching guitar at an international school. The rest of my waking life is mostly spent playing music and hiking.
What do folks do for fun in SK? Welp…..I’d say your typical folks like to socialize during the daytime in coffee shops and department stores and the like, and during the nighttime in the many shops that cater to the drinking and eating, eating and drinking crowd. Singing rooms are popular here, which is kind of a private karaoke. Fortunately Busan has some great beaches, a couple of parks, and a few hills for hiking, which are all popular weekend activities, as well as a nascent arts and music scene.
gino in s korea
How would you describe life in South Korea to people who haven’t ever been there? I suppose it’s pretty fast-paced. Things in the city seem to be under a constant state of construction and turnover in the name of progress. There are certainly a lot of cultural differences that have taken me a lot of time to fully understand. Until recently, the country was almost completely racially homogenous and there is a deep sense of camaraderie among the people, which I was personally not accustomed to growing up in the states. But all in all Koreans are proud, hard-working people who are deeply generous and hospitable. Sadly, the youth suffer under extreme (by American standards) expectations in school and spend almost all of their time in some kind of classroom. With limited national resources, education is very important and competitive.
Music provided by Gino.  It’s some good stuff.  You might consider checking out his site: ginobrann.bandcamp.com or ginobrannmusic.com

We Are Super Stoked!

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I met with Wendy Cagle at Western Carolina University (WCU) on Monday, June 30th.  It went really well!  We talked about WTC and how we think our working with the college would benefit this project.  She brought up some really good points.  Security is definitely something that will be forefront in our potential users’ minds.  We need to make sure that we have a way to insure that their personal information is protected against hackers.  We will need to work on a risk assessment as part of our process.

She also told me about an amazing entrepreneur right here in Western North Carolina that we should connect with.  His name is Justin Belleme.  He was recently  honored by the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce and Venture Asheville as Entrepreneur of the Year.  Justin is a 28 year old Asheville native and owner of JB Media Group, LLC, a marketing agency.  He has helped several other small businesses with their kickstarter or other crowd-funding campaigns.  He assists with many aspects marketing a company.  He’ll be the luncheon keynote  speaker at an upcoming seminar that Small Business & Technology Department is holding at the Biltmore Park Campus on July 8th.  We hope very much to attend and meet him in person to discuss our project.

We also talked about the possibility of working with a team of seniors from WCU.  World Tree Circle would be their “capstone” project and we would work closely with the group while they research and develop a portfolio on how to get World Tree up and running.  We may not use everything they put together I’m sure there will be all sorts of great information to use.  It would be phenomenal to  see this become a reality and those students have the opportunity to say that they were a part of this amazing website that everyone is talking about and using.  With international students in the program we may even have an opportunity to create a small scale prototype that they could test run, sharing information, testing translation and making corrections.  It would be invaluable.

We are so stoked to put all of this to use and meet these new people we’ve learned about in the coming weeks.  Please keep the comments coming.  Bing is doing its best to translate them for us.  They aren’t perfect, but I’m going through them and trying to make sure they don’t all go to the spam folder.  Another reason we are excited about getting WTC up and running with the software that allows those who are bilingual to correct those little errors.

They Are Our Future – It’s Reealllyy Good to See Them Smiling!

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“The young people, they love to be curious. This is good I think.”
“Why? And why is it they always seem to laugh at us?”
“It makes them smile, because they want to learn about the foreigners. They laugh at you to get your attention, so you will take the photo or speak with them, because some they learn English. They love new things.”

Yogyakarta, Indonesia, words from a tour guide

"The young people, they love to be curious. This is good I think."<br />
"Why? And why is it they always seem to laugh at us?"<br />
"It makes them smile, because they want to learn about the foreigners. They laugh at you to get your attention, so you will take the photo or speak with them, because some they learn English. They love new things."</p>
<p>Yogyakarta, Indonesia, words from a tour guide
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Adventure Planning (Run Research)

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Run Location Possibilities As we gear up for Clarke’s run and prepare to order the T-shirts I’ve been trying to do some research on all the places in the USA that have high populations of descendants or immigrants from all of the 21 countries we hope to launch in.  I’m also looking for places that are well known for those cultural ties.  For example, I didn’t know that West 46th St in New York, NY was dubbed “Little Brazil Street” because it is historically a commercial center for Brazilians who live and visit that area. We picked our 21 countries from the studies we did on the highest internet use, specifically social networks.  Those original 21 have changed so we will adapt.  According to Internet World Stats as of 2012 the top 20 countries are as follows (in order according to the amount of internet use):

  • China
  • USA
  • India
  • Japan
  • Brazil
  • Russia
  • Germany
  • Indonesia
  • United Kingdom
  • France
  • Nigeria
  • Mexico
  • Iran
  • Korea
  • Turkey
  • Italy
  • Philippines
  • Spain
  • Vietnam
  • Egypt

According to another site that I found, Epoch Times, there are 10 that use social media more than others. Those are:

  • Britain
  • USA
  • Russia
  • Czech Republic
  • Spain
  • Poland
  • Brazil
  • France
  • Italy
  • Turkey

So these are all the places where we thought we should aim his runs towards.  So far I have places like NY, NY, or E. Newark, NJ, for Brazil due to their high Brazilian population and/or culture (according to Wikipedia).  It’s really rather fascinating.  I mean, as Americans we are taught from very early on that our country is a melting pot, or maybe now more like a tossed salad, lol.  However, I don’t think it really hit home for me.  This makes it more real for me, I think. Statistics aren’t everything though, and the internet is vast.  If you know of somewhere that is culturally rich and would represent a country, any country, and is here in the USA where Clarke can run without having to acquire a visa we’d LOVE to hear from you.  Any and all suggestions are welcome.  We can’t promise to use every suggestion.  Clarke will be trying to visit as many as he can though and invites others to join him.  Even from abroad.  See your country on the list?  Want to run in your area to raise awareness and help get WTC going?  Let us know.  We will try to coordinate your runs and send you some shirts to pass out in your area too.  This is a world project after all.

We Can Do Both

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Always, always love yourself first!  :)<br /><br />
#huffpost #ariannahuffington #quote #love #loveyourself
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Greatness. It Lives in All of Us.

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Wow.  It’s good to see this.  May we all doing something so great in one action or another.   The best of us kind find the greatness in every act.

Today in Ethiopia we got to see Belay and his Hand Dug Well team in action, bringing clean water to the people in Salam Tabia Village.

Today in Ethiopia we got to see Belay and his Hand Dug Well team in action, bringing clean water to the people in Salam Tabia Village.
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Because Smiles and Laughter are Something We All Have in Common!

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Green Renaissance  posted this on Facebook and we thought it should be shared.  We all enjoy laughter and smiles…..There are those out there that are going around the world gathering smiles.  A Million Smiles is creating a documentary on smiles.  Check them out on Facebook or their webpage.
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Small Acts of Kindness – The Beginning of a Great Thing

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Green Renaissance's photo.

We Are Taking a Page Out of His Book –

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Vishen Lakhiani with Elina Peek and 16 others in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Our leadership team as of Mar 24 2014, 10 years from the day we registered the domain Mindvalley.com. I love building diverse teams. This one has people born in 13 DIFFERENT countries and is 45% female leadership. When you get people from so many different backgrounds together it forces you to communicate, think, and innovate in far more interesting ways. A team with one gender and one cultural background is like a person operating with just one part of their brain. Diverse teams on the other hand, are like operating with your full brain potential. I always bet on diversity.

Our leadership team as of Mar 24 2014, 10 years from the day we registered the domain Mindvalley.com. I love building diverse teams. This one has people born in 13 DIFFERENT countries and is 45% female leadership. When you get people from so many different backgrounds together it forces you to communicate, think, and innovate in far more interesting ways. A team with one gender and one cultural background is like a person operating with just one part of their brain. Diverse teams on the other hand, are like operating with your full brain potential. I always bet on diversity.

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