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Sage words from the ages

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George Washington Carver on Fear & Hate

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about 7 hours ago

George Washington Carver (1861 or 1864-1943), who most people know for discovering 100 different uses for the peanut, was an American scientist and inventor. Born into slavery during the Civil War, Carver was able to secure a good education in the years after his freedom, became a reputed educator ...

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Kofi Annan on Human Solidarity

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6 days ago

"We need to create a world that is equitable, that is stable and a world where we bear in mind the needs of others, and not only what we need immediately. We are all in the same boat." -Kofi Annan, Former Secretary-General of the United Nations (1997-2006) Annan was the seventh person to ...

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Rita Gunther McGrath on Leadership

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10 days ago

"Leaders need to be increasingly discovery driven, meaning they have to be able to adapt their mindset as new information comes in and they have to be very candid and willing to have frank discussions about what's really going on." -Rita McGrath, professor at Columbia Business School and the ...