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There are a number of organizations working in the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) space. But we still have 780 million people without access to clean water and 2.5 billion without adequate sanitation (https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/global/wash_statistics.html).

What’s missing?

Are all of these organizations on a trajectory to get clean water and adequate sanitation to everyone? Perhaps. But in a world where we have powerful cellphones, autonomous cars, and robot surgeons, it feels absolutely unacceptable that we’re not there yet. Speaking of technology:

More people have cellphones that toilets. Why?

Perhaps it’s because the phones facilitate commerce, entertainment, connection AND is it also…


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I’m listening to Shonda Rhimes’: A Year of Yes. I was #75 on the hold list at my local library for the mp3 and it was absolutely worth the months-long wait.

If you’ve watched Grey’s Anatomy (especially earlier seasons), you know Ms. Rhimes is a great writer. You can even hear some of Papa Pope’s cadence in some of her rants. It is a fabulous listen, especially since she’s the one reading.

Highly, highly recommended. I would say that every one should listen to it. Women, mothers, crafty folks, workaholics, everyone will hear themselves reflected in this book. …


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I listened to Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek on double-speed during a recent trip to Chicago. Biggest takeaway — I understand why the author has been able to build a speaking/coaching business based on the core concepts he presents. He makes a compelling case for the importance of understanding and articulating the reason behind any endeavor. Most of his examples include Apple, which isn’t always the best choice. However, Apple is a well known company that a lot of people would love to emulate so it’s a smart tactic.

His thesis…


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I decided 2016 would be the year I’d give learning to code a serious try.

So I started with Introduction to Computer Science via Udacity. That course kicked my butt! I found myself wondering constantly: how am I supposed to know this during the frequent quizzes. Most of the time, I’d do some searching and find the correct answer online somewhere. Felt like I wasn’t learning though, but I powered through till the final project. I couldn’t find the answer to that online, so I was done.

I figured I needed to understand the basics of computer science. I really…


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From unspalsh.com

Here’s what we’ve talked about so far in the Career Satisfaction Manifesto series:

Living a Meaningful Life: Spending our time, our lives, making meaningful contributions, developing relationships built on mutual respect and ultimately knowing that we’re in an environment where we can live up to our best vision of ourselves, are worthwhile goals.

We’re Not All Entrepreneurs: You don’t have to be an entrepreneur to shift your mindset and approach your career planning like the self-employed person that you are.

A Self-Directed Career: Learn how to manage yourself. …


Career Satisfaction Manifesto Part 8, here’s Part 1.

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When you boil it all down, service is a great way to be selflessly selfish: you feel great about yourself and your contribution, and as a wonderful side-effect, you help someone else out too.

Doing something to help other people, particularly doing volunteer work with and for strangers, is easy to blow off and never get around to. I’m guilty of that myself. I started down the path of volunteering with a reading program, then I let life and moving to a different neighborhood get in the way. …


Career Satisfaction Manifesto Part 7, here’s Part 1.

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There are a ton of tools and ideas out there about how to develop goals and sub-goals and so on and so forth. Seven Habits of Highly Effective People is my favorite one in that genre. The key ideas from Getting Things Done are also useful. However, what I realize I need to focus on is the more emotionally-connected aspects of all this doing…the self-care aspects; the deep, moving “why” behind it all.

Some of the aspects of my budding self-care practice include the following:

Reading key people like Leo Babauta of…


Career Satisfaction Manifesto Part 6, here’s Part 1.

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There’s an adage I’ve read in multiple places, that says you’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with i.e. your “near five.” This is the motivation behind MasterMind groups — people who come together to support each other as they each work towards a goal.

This is one of the reasons knowing how to network effectively can have such outsized impacts on people’s lives. Meeting and developing relationships with people who have similar ambitions to your own, and who are willing to offer support and guidance, is…

Marvourneen K. Dolor

Ph.D. Environmental Scientist by training, Policy Professional by passion.

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