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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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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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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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Burns So Good: The Spiciest Foods in the World

Pepper and hot sauce can bring painful pleasure to almost any dish, but some cultures go the extra mile with their fiery flavors. If you’re looking for a truly tongue-numbing thrill, you’ll have to go beyond your favorite wing joint. Take a spicy spin around the globe with these classic, caliente meals.   1. Vindaloo Pair it with: Rice, naan, and lassi yogurt drink Indian food is known for its spiciness and Vindaloo is the country’s spiciest dish. ...

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The Art of Last Second Travel Planning

Last minute travel planning is old-fashioned. With the world now at our fingertips, we can book a flight in the Uber to the airport, buy museum tickets in line for the exhibit, and find a hotel as the sun goes down. It may sound fickle, but isn’t the point of a vacation to break free of schedules and routine? Planning your trip in the eleventh hour leaves the door open to accept that party invitation, take that detour, and ...

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International Job Sites for Aspiring Expats

Whether it’s at a fashion house in Paris or a marketing firm in Sydney, landing a job overseas is not as far-fetched as it used to be – thanks to international job hunting sites. To expand your search, check out our recommendations for where to find expat jobs online. 1. Indeed Worldwide Indeed Worldwide works just like its domestic counterpart, except it allows you to search for international jobs in more than 60 location-based sites. Descriptions are often written in the country’...

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Changing Lives, Building Communities

By Jean-Claude Farah On the 2nd of May, I represented the Western Union Foundation as a Director of the WU Foundation Board, on a visit to the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI) centers in Northern Uganda. Together, with Forest Whitaker, CEO WPDI, I was introduced to several programs. It was an incredibly moving experience to be among so many people who have lived through extreme conflict and are now rebuilding their lives. The day started when WPDI CEO Forest ...

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