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The Privilege of English

February 11, 2018

The Economic Power of English on the Internet I have been part of a growing number of conversations on privilege, both the U.S. version and European versions, which have slightly different focal points. What has been missing from those conversations is any discussion of the privilege of language. While freelancing I took on a number of assignments that highlighted for me the amount of information that was available only in English. We explored the idea in Is English the International…

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Technology virtual work

Is English the International Language?

  My journey through South America and Central America* forced me to think about the power of language.  My partner and I were constantly struggling to understand who, what, where, even though we spoke Spanish.  Each country had its own version of it, its…

May 3, 2014
Technology virtual work


While you can get away from civilization, or your manager, or your country for that matter you can’t escape the Tax Man.  There is an old American saying the only two things you can’t avoid are death and taxes. Since I was travelling for over…

April 18, 2014
Technology virtual work


I have lamented before how fearful I am that my life depends on Wifi.  Every search for a hostel begins with a check for WiFi and reviews about how strong it was.  Sadly, the checkmark on Hostelbookers or AirBnb is not a guarantee.  All…

December 1, 2013
Digital Culture

A Tale of Two Women

A Tale of Two Women and a Nation Fueling a Latin American Economic Renaissance It is a powerful moment to be in Chile.  For a women who has committed her professional life to gender equality I am hours away from watching a nation choose…

November 16, 2013
Travel virtual work


With a laptop, tablet and cell phone, workers are spreading out across town, and sometimes even across continents to be creative at work. For years experts have predicted that the world was shifting to mobile work.  Change was slow and the vision of the…

August 31, 2013
Digital Culture


Andrew Jenks, a documentary filmmaker whose social television found a home on MTV, chronicled his experiences living for one week at a time with young people from all walks of life.   Through the show, college tours, Facebook and Twitter, Jenks uncovers the raw nerves…

August 28, 2011
Digital Culture

It’s All About the Debt

As the world waits with bated breath for the raising of the U.S. debt ceiling, debt is in the news globally.  Slowly and painfully the world has recognized that the ferocious economic growth that became the promise of the future was made almost entirely possible…

July 24, 2011