What is sustainable development?

“Sustainable development” is commonly defined as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” The term is coined and popularized by the 1987 Brundtland Report, titled “Our Common Future”, a report commissioned by UN. Industrialization has been occurring on an unprecedented scale and speed worldwide; unbridled economic growth in many places has led to environmental degradation, ecological devastation, social breakdown, and worsening inequality. We believe that an alternative path to a more sustainable development, through education, training, and advocacy, is necessary and possible. This is the guiding principle of Zigen Fund.

Why does Zigen emphasize girls’ education?

First of all, we believe elementary and secondary education is a basic human right, which should be guaranteed to both sexes. However, in many societies, girls’ education are ignored and devalued. The earliest Zigen projects focused on girls’ education to address the huge disparity in enrollment rates observed in rural China. Subsequently, research all over the world has consistently demonstrated that investing in girls’ education is one of the best ways to promote social development in poor rural communities. Better educated girls tend to stay in the local communities and contribute more to its development as citizens and as mothers. It has been widely demonstrated that education and empowerment of women is the most effective means to improve the livelihood of families and communities. While continuing to support girls’ education, Zigen programs and projects have now evolved to include community based development in the village and migrant workers, and training for teachers and rural leadership.

Do I need to read often?

Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for.

Can I work from home?

Working from home meant we could vary snack and coffee breaks, change our desks or view, goof off, drink on the job, even spend the day in pajamas, and often meet to gossip or share ideas. On the other hand, we bossed ourselves around, set impossible goals, and demanded longer hours than office jobs usually entail. It was the ultimate “flextime,” in that it depended on how flexible we felt each day, given deadlines, distractions, and workaholic crescendos. In order that people may be happy in their work, these three things are needed: They must be fit for it. They must not do too much of it. And they must have a sense of success in it.

Are you a Human Being?

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.

What is needed to become a poet?

I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled poets to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean.

How to practice MMA?

It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.

Do I need colors, when painting?

Sixteen million colors in your palette are hard for any artist, especially a beginner, to turn down.

What does it take to become a vegetarian?

I am not a vegetarian because I love animals; I am a vegetarian because I hate plants.

Is there anything at all you can not do?

Talent does what it can; genius does what it must.


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