Lessons Learned from Millennial Entrepreneurs

Last week, I had the pleasure of hosting a gathering of Millennial Entrepreneurs at our digital division in San Francisco. Forget the stereotypes you’ve heard about Millennials – these young inventors are redefining how business can drive social impact in a world without borders. As a purpose-driven company, Western Union is thrilled to see new businesses thrive while unlocking opportunities to do good in so many ways – around the world. Those who joined us for our Millennial Entrepreneurs roundtable discussion ...

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Empowering Refugees Through Education

Elizabeth Roscoe, Executive Director, Western Union Foundation   On this World Refugee Day, I want to share the story of Abdulazez*, who was forced to leave his home in Syria with his family. They ended up in a refugee camp in Greece with thousands of other people, living in tents through the heat and the cold, waiting in long lines for food and not knowing what the future would bring. But despite these harsh conditions, Abdulazez says that smiles and ...

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Mastercard & Western Union Explore Digital Model for Refugee Camps

Research indicates need to integrate access to goods, services and finances in digital format Purchase, NY and Englewood, CO – June 20, 2017 – With more than 65 million people around the world currently displaced from their homes due to political conflict and natural disasters, there is a growing need to find better ways for refugees to achieve self-sufficiency and become economic engines in their host countries. On World Refugee Day, Mastercard and Western Union announced a collaboration to explore the development of a digital ...

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Top 5 ways to cure Wanderlust

With summer just around the corner, it’s easy to start daydreaming about your next vacation. Beach or mountains? City or country? Sightseeing or complete relaxation? It’s great to get away from it all and lose yourself in another part of the world, especially when you go somewhere new and you get to learn a thing or two along the way. But getting away to somewhere amazing can be tricky sometimes. There are lots of ways to cure wanderlust, ...

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Airbnb’s New Feature Lets You Experience Life as a Local

Strangers are just friends you haven’t kayaked in Sydney with yet. At least that’s Airbnb’s philosophy. In a follow-up to their revolutionary home-sharing service, the company recently launched Experiences, a service that connects travelers with locals to try unique activities. From baking bread in Paris to crafting clothes in Nairobi, Experiences offer new ways to see a city.   The activities aren’t all rooted in skills or hobbies, though. Experiences can be as simple as meeting ...

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#IAmMore Than a Refugee

By Elizabeth Roscoe Around the world, Western Union employees and NGOs have helped us stand #withrefugees – to empower them through education and job training. This month, in recognition of Immigrant Heritage Month and World Refugee Day, we are on a mission to give refugees a voice – to share with the world that these global citizens are so much more than their current circumstances. To do this, the Western Union Foundation has launched the #IAmMore Challenge, a new social media-based awareness ...

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16 Beautiful Islamic Landmarks Around the World

According to a 2017 report from the Pew Research Center, Muslims are the world’s fastest growing religious group. It’s projected that at the current rate, Muslims will outnumber Christians by 2060. Even now, nearly a quarter of the world population practices Islam and there are about 50 Muslim-majority countries.   But it’s hard to ignore the negativity that is far too often associated with the Muslim faith; it’s possibly the world’s most misunderstood religion. This makes it all ...

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Western Union & the Western Union Foundation Provide Humanitarian Relief to Yemen

Sana’a, Yemen – June 13, 2017 – The Western Union Company and the Western Union Foundation today announced a coordinated response involving the company’s employees, its agents and global non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to provide humanitarian relief to millions of people in Yemen. The Western Union Foundation has committed USD$ 100,000 to the Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC) to support their work to provide urgently needed food, prevent the risk of cholera and help those who are already affected. The Foundation will also provide a ...

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London Calling: An Instagrammer’s Guide to London

Now that Brexit’s officially under way and the pound-to-dollar rate has tipped in Americans’ favor, it’s a great time to experience all the sprawling parks, lovely lilts, and raucous pubs the city has to offer. Take a look at the must-snap spots every London traveler should visit and start planning your trip!   1. Big Ben  Number of Hashtags: 2,507,622 Nice to meet you,Ben😆 * 今回はフィルムでも沢山撮ってきました 今日できる現像楽しみ〜♡ photo by @taropon223 A post shared by Naoko Uchida (@chiaoking) on Mar 27, 2017 at 10:07pm PDT ...

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18 of the Coolest National Flags Waving Today

A national flag is one of the first rites of passage when a country gains independence. Each one tells a story about the country’s history and culture. And while Chad and Romania are nearly indistinguishable, some flags have incredibly beautiful and unique designs. Here are 18 of the coolest national flags and what their designs represent.   1.  Albania Adopted: 1992  The Albanian flag is easy to spot thanks to its bold red background. The silhouette of the double-headed eagle comes from the ...

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