Steve has always been focused on the world as a global entity. Towards that end, he focuses on the
following key areas, looking at how to improve his cultural
awareness, business prospects, and perhaps to be an
ambassador some day:
- Travel - Getting out and seeing the people is
critical to better understanding the world. With
over 25 countries under his belt and over 150 to go, Steve looks forward to
visiting the Middle East, the Indian Subcontinent, and
the ex-Soviet republics.
- Language - Speaking someone's language is the
best way to understand their culture and to really
integrate with them. Towards this end, Steve is
learning Chinese while still working to improve his Japanese.
Arabic and Spanish will eventually follow to take advantage of
up-and-coming portions of the world.
- Trade & Business - The world is becoming a
smaller place, with increasing partnerships across
borders, especially with India, China, and eventually
the rest of the developing world. Increased trade
is the best way to both lift people out of poverty,
lower cost, and improve everyone's standard of living,
especially our own.
- Developing World Issues - As the world gets
smaller, developing country issues have greater impact
on the world in general, from trade to disease to
terrorism. This is in addition to the moral imperative
that we should be helping out those much less fortunate
- there is so much to be done in what I call the pillars
of developing country prosperity - public health,
micro-finance, market access, education, good
government, and security.