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Meet Alejandra - The 2012 BEAN Seattle Scholarship Recipient
Thanks for supporting the BEAN Seattle Scholarship Program! We'd love to introduce you to Alejandra, this year's BEAN Scholarship recipient. She's a wonderful young woman who just graduated from high school and will be a Freshman at UW in a month, hoping to major in Society, Ethics and Human Beh...
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Help Farming Communities in Costa Rica Breathe a Little Easier
 We cook almost every day without a second thought about what the act of cooking does to our health - or at least we go to restaurants where Egg McMuffins or our grass fed Wagyu burgers are prepared on nice cooktops and grills. But in many developing countries, cooking and heating indoors ca...
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YOU Help Provide Scholarships to Students. Help Some More!
It may seem that a lot of nonprofits ask you to donate your money and your time. And once you donate, that makes you feel pretty good that your money is going to... somewhere... But ask yourself if you can feel the impact of your good deeds in a tangible way. Sometimes, unless you are incredib...
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Recruiting and Being Recruited
Recruiting and Being Recruited Coming to our BEAN Pink Slip Party? This is a casual event but we still want everyone to be on their game as well as attendees to be familiar with recruiters and recruiters to be aware of the diverse talent we have in BEAN.  If you’re a recruiter and w...
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Purposeful Networking
Networking. What is it anyways? When you go to a networking event, what do you do? It probably goes something like this:  You show up at a networking night with some friends and chat with them before joining on a group conversation with other people. You meet some interesting people who wor...
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Occupy a State of Mind
As the world watches the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations (and its offshoots such as Occupy Seattle, Occupy London, etc.), it begs the question: is this something that is ephemeral or is this something that represents a foundational change in how people, especially young people, want the systems...
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Your Money. Where Does It Go?
 Your money. Where does it go?   From time to time, we get asked where and how we get money to keep BEAN Seattle running and where it all goes. This blog is meant to shed some light into how BEAN functions when it comes to moohla, particularly your donations.    First of a...
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Who you're helping: Solange's Story
You can help change lives. Here is the story of one life and how it's already been changed with the promise of a future. We hope you have already purchased your ticket to this year’s Date Auction next week. It will be an incredibly fun event but who are you helping really? We’ve prov...
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Spread the Word - Help BEAN TGAL Educate Girls in Rwanda
Many of us don’t support all the same personal charitable causes but most of us can agree that education is extremely important. BEAN helps students from Seattle’s poorest performing high schools go to college through the BEAN Scholarship Program. Last year’s TGAL initiative be...
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BEAN Seattle in the Blogosphere
What’s up with this Internet thing? We heard it wasn’t a dump truck…. Well, thanks to the magic of our developer geniuses at BEAN HQ, BEAN Seattle is in the Blogosphere now and we’re thrilled to be able to share our thoughts, ideas, information and stories with you! We&...
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What is Fair?
As a web-connected, media-savvy, upwardly-mobile, globe-trotting and hoodie-wearing young professional, I am sure the question of "fairness" might not come up in your day-to-day. Ok, maybe it might pop up in the context of "it's not fair that she gets to go to Katy Perry concert." or "that latte ...
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This is An Open Call for Leaders
By now, I am sure you have noticed that BEAN has some pretty amazing people. Young professionals like you are extremely busy, and yet you give your time generously through BEAN. As shown in the BEAN 2010 Annual Report (http://www.slideshare.net/howardcwu/bean-around-the-world-2010), we gro...
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Why I Joined BEAN @ Shanghai
Guest blog by Katelyn Alldian, an intern at BEAN @ Shanghai. As a freshman at Gettysburg College, I went out on a whim and decided to sign up for Chinese 101. Three years later, I found myself sitting on a plane to Beijing to spend the next six months living in China. After spending the first m...
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Change in Latitude, Continuing Gratitude
Guest blog by Wil Woodward, chapter president of BEAN @ Greenville. I have been a pretty lucky person in the great scheme of things. I've never been hungry or homeless, and have always had my needs met. I feel fortunate for this and hope I never take it for granted. This is something I never th...
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Hashtag for Change
Do you know what a #hashtag is? It's a growingly popular to associate things you post online with some specific event, location or topic. Did you just post a picture from a BEAN networking event last night on Flickr? Add a #beanppl tag to it. Did you just post a video from a BEAN volunteering eve...
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Friends You Have Never Met
What makes someone your friend? Is it having common interests? Probably. Is it having shared experiences? Most likely. Is it because you happen to live in the city you are currently in? My guess is no. It has always been an unfortunate realty that people are stuck with making friends within a di...
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On Giving and Receiving Compliments: Be An Inspiration Award
How often do you compliment people? I don't mean ironic compliments (the "Oh, that's sooooo great." variety) or compliments used to get a date (the "You look hot eating that taco there." variety). I mean compliments given to people in genuine appreciation of what they do and who they are. When y...
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One Dollar Here, One Dollar There: On Fun & Accessible Charitable Giving for Young Professionals
As an upwardly mobile person, you are likely stuck in a weird place when it comes to charitable giving. You don't quite have the scratch write big checks to your favorite causes or for that $250 a ticket black tie fundraising gala. But you are also very interested in giving back in any way you ca...
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Reflection on the 4Ws (Work, Wealth, Web and World) from Seattle to Sapa
I recently took a vacation to sunny Northern Vietnam to escape from the upcoming snowpocalypse that was due in Seattle. Vietnam is a beautiful country that is in the middle of rapid economic development and industrialization that has become the standard story for globalization. The streets of Ha...
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Don't Be a SocStag: Step by Step Guide to Making Friends
If you are a young professional in your mid 20s, you are likely having the time of your life. You are likely living in a new city. You are traveling for work and fun. You are making decent money. You are progressing nicely at work. You are paying down student loans and saving up. You are renting ...
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BEAN, Gone Glocal
At a BEAN event the other day, a BEAN noob asked me "What is BEAN anyway?" Yes, I have never heard that question before. :) Since I started BEAN in 2003, I have literally been asked this question thousands of times. In fact, this is one of the stock questions I am always asked about, along with "...
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Lead In Front, In Middle or From Behind?
I had this interesting discussion with some friends and on Facebook yesterday about what is the best way to lead? How can a leader be effective and accomplish goals? How can a leader motivate and manage a team? I felt that there were three ways to lead and there are pros and cons for each style. ...
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Did Your Dreams Come True?
Much to my surprise tomorrow marks the ten-year anniversary of my graduation from University of Washington. Unlike the cliché uttering of "how time flies", my feeling of the last decade is a wee bit more complicated. During the last 10 years, I married my beautiful wife, started/closed a consulti...
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What Would You Do if You Are a Millionaire?
I think this is a pretty common late-night drunken question amongst friends. No, the answer really should not be "You know what I would do, man? Two chicks at the same time, man! I have always wanted to do that, and if I have a million bucks, I could probably hook that up." from "Office Space". ...
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BEAN is coming to Beijing, San Diego and Other Cities Near You!!!
As you might know, BEAN has grown leaps and bounds since we got started in 2002. From the humble beginning of our first volunteering event (sorting donated food stuff at Northwest Harvest with 5 members) and first networking event (meeting at the Capitol Club's Blue Room with 12 members) in Seatt...
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How Much Do You Care? How Much Can You Care?
Is there a limit to how much you can care? Is there a physical boundary? "Sorry, but since you live on the other block, you are on your own with that fire there." Is it limited to a specific group? "I only help people who are my height, so good luck with that genocide there." With BEAN's Th...
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8 Definitions of Friendship in the Age of Social Media
"How many friends do you have?" used to be a pretty simple question a decade ago. (Answers from 10 years ago would have been a range of numbers that's unlikely to be in the three digits.) It was almost as simple of a question as "What kind of phone do you have?" would have been a decade ago. (Ans...
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How to be Mobile without Being Flakey: A Millennial Manifesto
If you are 35 or under (and reading this), you are most likely a member of the Millennials generation. Millennials are people who were born from the mid-1970s to the early 2000s (I was born in 1978, so I am in the leading front of this pack). We have different ways of seeing the world than pre...
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The Art of Living Locally while Thinking Globally
"What is the carbon footprint of this organic Cesar Salad? Is it from a CSA farm?" "I loved the steam dosa in Hyderabad when I did a backpack trip through India." "Starbucks is great because they source fair-trade shade-grown beans from Brazil. Although my neighborhood cafe does support local...
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How to Change Yourself (and the World) for the Better in 3 Hours
What’s a typical day like for you? If you are a typical young professional white collar cubicle dweller, then your weekday might look something like this. 6am-630am Alarm. Snooze. Alarm. Snooze. 630am-7am Actually wake up and head to the gym/park to work out. 7am-8am Sort of working out, bu...
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