Turning an Intractable Refugee Crisis to a Force for Economic Stimulus

Billionaire hedge funds speculator, George Soros, in his November 3, 2015 article on his Open Society Foundation website, writes about his own experience as a refugee fleeing the encroaching Nazi Rule in Hungary: “My own story is one of surviving Nazi occupation and fleeing communist-dominated Hungary in 1947 to be welcomed in England. I was given an opportunity to start a new life. And I was treated with respect and kindness, for which I am grateful.”Amidst the growing refugee crisis from the Syrian conflict, George Soros views with alarm the daily tragedies faced by refugees, while lamenting the lack of a compassionate and creative policy, particularly in the European Union. ”Victims fleeing civil war in Syria and the brutal government repression in countries like Eritrea are not being shown the same consideration,” Soros writes.

What has transpired, instead, to Soros’ alarm, was the continuing lack of coordination and pragmatic policy which has only created panic among asylum seekers and border control agents alike. This, in turn, has incited popular fears that inevitably turned public opinion against the refugees who are the victims. Popular anxieties regarding the crisis need not have reached this point, for as Soros observed, the larger European population had at one time regarded legal migration more reasonably.

In a recent article on Market Watch, Soros points out that the 28 separate asylum centers currently in place articulates no central or defining policy on who gets in and who stays out . He urges the EU to install a more comprehensive plan for asylum seekers, a plan that reflects a more visionary model that is more representative of Europe’s generous spirit formed from its own rich collective history of exodus and resettlement.

The Syrian flight has been taking place for a while now but stable resettlement in destination countries had been elusive, largely because the crisis was never taken on and wielded with true political will from the EU and the international community. Hungary’s answer to the problem, for instance, as with many other countries, was to secure its borders to keep the intractable flow of migrants out.

According the Soros, the fate of Syrian asylum seekers should by now be confronted and be met with a global response led by the United Nations and its member states. The Syrian refugee solution should have to serve as the standard guideline for ensuing problems of forced migration of people from beleaguered countries. The measures would also have to integrate a robust plan to return migrants safely or resettle them elsewhere when they are unable to qualify.

While vigorous financing is crucial to cover costs for adequate housing, healthcare, and education, (15,000 euros–$16,800–per asylum-seeker for the first two years to help cover basic needs), Soros also points out the importance of a plan that makes for the acceptance of refugees more economically attractive to member states. Funds to support resettlement programs can be raised, according to Soros, by issuing long-term bonds using their AAA borrowing capacity, which could offer a worthwhile fiscal stimulus to European economy. Instead of looking at the refugee crisis through the lens of fear and scarcity, the potential of each migrant to stimulate the consumer force of any economy should be regarded and developed as a viably humanitarian idea.

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Dating Apps: Make or Break

Dating apps are all the rage these days. While I personally do not feel the need for dating apps in my life, I do see the difference it makes in the lives of people around me. The fact s that getting a date can be hard. For one thing, it is hard to know whether one is truly single or taken. Then again, that problem can be solved by just asking. Dating apps can make that part easier for single users. This is assuming that everyone that is on the dating app is single. Also, it is important that one takes down his or her profile in the case that he or she becomes taken.

It can be fun to use dating apps. One of the things that users can do is look at pictures of people that are on the dating site. However, the best thing to do in order to use a dating app is to signup and upload a picture. When one uploads a picture, he can the use the site and message people that he is interested in. He himself might get messages from people that are interested. Some dating sites will match one to someone else based on the profile.

One of the main things that could either make or break an app is how easy it is to use. If the site is easy to navigate, then users will stay with the dating app. Dating apps that are hard to navigate or are always misdirecting or shutting down, are going to drive users away.

One of those easy to use sites is Skout. Skout is a mobile social network dating app that allows people to set up dates. It also allows people to meet new friends. People exchange pictures with this app along with other things. Signing up is easy as well. One could use their Facebook profile in order to sign up which is a fast and easy process. The other process is using one’s own email address. This takes a little longer due to having to fill out more information.

Dating apps are one of the fun apps that make socializing and dating a bit easier for some people. One thing that makes Skout stand out from the other dating sites is that it allows people to actually participate in conversations. If they are interested in what the person has to say, then they can take the time to meet each other and go on a date. Skout is one of those dating apps that others could learn from when they are trying to put together the best experience for users.

How Spirituality In Business Can Lead To Even Greater Success

For many people, the link between spirituality and business is at best a weak one. However, more of these same individuals are searching for ways to bring the two together. For many it is an act of self-actualization through work. Others are looking for a way to define spirituality in the workplace.

First off, spirituality does not mean organized religion although for some people the two may be closely related. Instead, spirituality is seen as an individual matter that does not have to be related to a more organized group. It’s more about living in the heart and doing what is right for the right reasons. Spirituality in business isn’t just about financial reward but also rewards that make us feel good about o our world and our individual places within it. Spirituality in business means that there is more to life than tight ego-eccentric goals.

This combination may feel odd at first since business is seen as a narrow set of activities that are designed to bring wealth to individuals. Companies are hierarchical, controlling and having a definition of success that is measured by money. Employees may often see themselves as victims of managers, having no voice or importance to the group. If they leave, they can easily be replaced.

None of this is true in a spiritual workplace. Employees are seen as valuable members of a team that could not succeed without them. They have a voice and that voice is heard. Managers and workers are more likely to see difficulties as a challenge that can be worked out. Many express a greater sense of self-mastery and are just as concerned with developing the heart of a business as they in creating wealth.

The big question, of course, is if it is possible to combine the two areas into something workable and worthwhile. If one takes a close look at Joesph Bismark and what he has accomplished the answer is easy to see. Mr. Bismark took an unusual path to business. He began by becoming a monk in an ashram in the mountains of the Philippines. He was only nine when he began and was only seventeen when he left the ashram to enter the field of business.

In 2008, he took on the role of managing director of the QI Group of companies. He was instrumental in developing the Qnet branch of the firm. Mr. Bismark had no difficulty in bringing his spiritual feelings to the new business. He helped the company define their success not just by the usual means but in ways that allowed spiritual growth as well.

As a part of Qnet, he was able to co-found the RHYTHM foundation as a vital part of the company. It quickly became the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of the firm. Mr. Bismark believes that all people can become successful, it’s just that some need a little help on the way, and that is how RHYTHM has become a vital branch of the company.

While spirituality in business may not yet be universal, it is recognized as being an essential part of a business by many. As Mr. Bismark has shown, the world spirituality is just as critical to success as is wealth.