Posts Tagged ‘lesson learned’

Lessons Learned

Friday, June 13th, 2008

What have we learned from our 2+ year stay in Albania? Lots, but we will limit this to a short list. Some of the items have expanded entries and links are provided where that is the case. There is no importance in the order. We tried to rank them by importance, but it changed each day.

We return more engaged citizens, (more…)

The Value of Education

Friday, June 13th, 2008

If you read about Albania, you will learn that education is valued, a large percentage of the population holds a college degree and nearly everyone speaks 3 or 4 languages (Italian, English, Greek and Russian are the most prevalent). Over the course of 2 years, we have had an opportunity to observe the educational system and have come to appreciate that an education is more than passing an end of year examine. (more…)

Speaking to People

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

In relationships, it is often the little things that have the biggest impact. (more…)

When a Government Spies on its Citizens

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

What happens when the government spies on its citizens and recruits individuals to monitor and report on each other? Living in Albania has given some insight to that. In the past under Enver Hoxha, there were approximately 50 years of totalitarian control. During this time, citizens were recruited to spy (more…)

Value of Civil Society

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

In 2007, the United Nations released a report “The Wealth of Nations” in which economists tried to account for the wealth of a nation or economy. What they discovered is that for wealthy nations, over 50% of its wealth is comprised in its institutions – courts, legal system, education system and political system. These systems are the keystones that allow civil society to function. (more…)