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I am from the great state of Arizona — known for the Grand Canyon, our sheriff driving a tank into a house with Stephan Seagal, and children suffering third degree burns from pavement. As a native of the great American southwest and a proud owner of an industrial-sized bottle of aloe vera lotion, before coming to Vietnam, I fancied myself an expert on heat.
I remember when my pre-school teacher used to make us all go to the front to introduce ourselves: first our full names, then our ages, hobbies and interests. The last question would always be what we wanted to do in the future. The answers ranged from actress to zoologist.
“Antibiotic Resistance a ‘Catastrophic Threat.’” — Reuter’s headline, March 2014
“Antibiotic Apocalypse. A terrible future could be on the horizon, a future which rips one of the greatest tools of medicine out of the hands of doctors.” — BBC headline
Glancing through last month’s issue of Word, I was inspired by its feature on music. I immediately thought of the Fibonacci Sequence, the seemingly magical fractal equation that can be found in compositions throughout nature, art and music. The spiraling pattern created by the sequence can be observed in the smallest to the largest objects in the natural world.
All industries have their impenetrable jargon and Orwellian weirdness and nonprofits are no different (ack, ‘synergise learnings’!). But there’s one word in particular that makes me grit my teeth. It’s time to lose ‘beneficiaries’ for once and for all. No really; all of them.