Borneo’s Environmental Tragedy

image It’s been a long trip. About three months in, we probably would have decided to come home had it not been for the prospect of visiting Borneo. We had this fantastical idea of what it would be like. For Rebecca, she wanted to go to see orangutans in the wild. For my part, I thought that going to Borneo would be like the movie Congo, where we would meet a gorilla named Amy who would talk to us and protect us from the other bad gorillas. (Clearly, my brain confuses gorillas with orangutans.) In any case, we dreamt of an island wild and unspoiled. Thanks to the palm products industry and lack of awareness about wildlife conservation, the reality is quite different.
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My Ideal Work Environment

Ask any job candidate what he or she is looking for in a work environment, and he or she will probably say some version of this (at least, this is what I’ve heard so many times):

“I want to work in a team, where people help each other out and there’s a strong group dynamic.”

Lots of people say this, as did I, but it has taken me awhile to realize what it really means to me.  Continue reading