Diversity is multifaceted in my view. It includes gender, age, cultural background, knowledge and skillset. Diversity is about having different ideas, perspectives and approaches. However, diversity is only the first step and will not on its own provide results. Inclusion is where the magic starts to happen.
Diversity and inclusion are important to me. It is on a personal and professional level.
I am a father of three kids, two girls and a boy. I want them to grow
up in a world and society where there is not only equal opportunity
regardless of background or gender, but that diversity is valued and
strived for. I was born in Iran and raised in Sweden. For many years I
struggled in Sweden with my identity and to try to fit in. I tried to be
like everyone else. Over time I have come to appreciate the perspective
that my original culture has given me. Being born in one country,
raised in another, and travelling the world has allowed me to understand
the importance of perspectives — the more diverse, the better.
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From the riffs of outrage coming from the Democrats and their demos
over “our democracy” betrayed, infiltrated even destroyed—you’d never
know that a rich vein of thinking in opposition to democracy runs
through Western intellectual thought, and that those familiar with it
would be tempted to say “good riddance.”
Voicing opposition to democracy is just not done in politically polite circles, conservative and liberal alike.
For this reason, the Mises Institute’s Circle in Seattle, an annual gathering, represented a break from the pack.
Mises Institute is the foremost think tank working to advance
free-market economics from the perspective of the Austrian School of
Economics. It is devoted to peace, prosperity, and private property,
implicit in which is the demotion of raw democracy, the state, and its
This year, amid presentations that explained “Why American Democracy Fails,” it fell to me to speak to “How Democracy Made Us Dumb.” (Oh yes! Reality on the ground was not candy-coated.)
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A video of Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong saying his country would be “finished” if it were hit by Hong Kong-style protests has gone viral in mainland China, prompting social media users to praise the Lion City’s strong governance.
Lee had told a union event on Tuesday that populist movements were growing in various places across the world – from the United States and France to Hong Kong, where anti-government protests have entered their 19th week – and he refused to dismiss the possibility of similar divisions appearing in his own country.
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We’re always chasing something—be it a promotion, a new car, or a significant other. This leads to the belief that, “When (blank) happens, I’ll finally be happy.”
While these major events do make us happy at first, research shows
this happiness doesn’t last. A study from Northwestern University
measured the happiness levels of regular people against those who had
won large lottery prizes the year prior. The researchers were surprised
to discover that the happiness ratings of both groups were practically
The mistaken notion that major life events dictate your happiness and
sadness is so prevalent that psychologists have a name for it: impact
bias. The reality is, event-based happiness is fleeting.
Happiness is synthetic—you either create it, or you don’t. Happiness that lasts is earned through your habits. Supremely happy people have honed habits that maintain their happiness day in, day out. Try out their habits, and see what they do for you:
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