1. A twenty something wants to turn around Lonely Planet’s fortunes
The 25-Year-Old at the Helm of Lonely Planet – Outside – 27 March, 2014 – Charles Bethea
Houghton is in New Zealand to relax. He has been at Lonely Planet’s helm for nine months, during which time he has invested heavily in a digital revamp and laid off nearly one-fifth of the workforce. “It’s hard to turn a cruise ship around, so we had to get in a lifeboat,” he told me before we traveled to Queenstown. “A small one.”
2. Is having a baby in Saudi Arabia as an expat a good idea?
Without Chief or Tribe: an Expat’s Guide to Having a Baby in Saudi Arabia – Longreads – May, 2014 – Nathan Deuel
For the first time we envied, rather than ridiculed, the various British accents and networks of support and jobs and health care everyone was plugged into. Untethered from a world of parents and friends—the people you might take for granted when you’re wild and young, but the community that feels so critical when you’re pregnant—we wondered: Should we go home? I downed another glass, and we decided, fuck it, let’s do this.
3. Why Raëlism wants to fix female genital mutilation
Trying to Rebuild Women’s Bodies After Female ‘Circumcision’ – The Atlantic – 27 May, 2014 – Saira Khan
According to estimates from World Health Organization, between 100 and 140 million females worldwide live with the consequences of FGM. At least 30 million girls under the age of 15 are at risk. But what’s most surprising is that, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly a quarter of a million of those girls live in the United States.
4. The Sherpas’ take on climbing Mount Everest
Sherpas, Fate and the Dangerous Business of Everest – Wall Street Journal – 22 May, 2014 – Gordon Fairclough, Raymond Zhong and Krishna Pokharel
So in the frigid darkness, with metal-toothed crampons attached to their boots and safety harnesses double-checked, the six Nepali men, whose job is smoothing the way for foreign climbers, stopped for a quick prayer, scattering some grains of rice blessed by a Buddhist lama.
5. Does the diversity problem of Silicon Valley create an investment opportunity?
The Ugly Truth About Silicon Valley’s Diversity Problem – Fast Company – June 2014 – Max Chafkin
This past February, two startups successfully raised funds for websites that offer formal-wear rentals. One has a female CEO and is called Little Borrowed Dress; the other is fronted by two dudes and is called Black Tux. Guess which one raised $2.6 million and which one raised half that?
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