Ten reasons to write a book – by Seth Godin.


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More than ten, actually. Millions of books will be published this year and for good reason. People rarely regret the effort. Everyone has their own, but here are some of the reasons to get you started:

It clarifies your thinking.

It leaves behind a record of where you are in this moment.

It’s clearly not going to be a worldwide mass-market bestseller, so you can focus only on the people who want to hear from you.

It’s a project that is completely and totally up to you.

Because it’s a generous way to share.

As hobbies go, it’s energy-efficient, takes up very little space and is portable.

Because then you get to write another one.

It will increase your authority in your field.

We need to hear your ideas, they matter.

And then you become an author.

It’s not that hard to publish it when you’re done.

The publishing is a bonus, a way to seek completion, not the point of the exercise.

And… it’s not as lonely as you think.

PS if you sign up for my friend Kristin’s community of practice, you can do it together. With others on a similar journey. It’s generative, filled with possibility and fun.

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Seasoned Nuts Quotable – via PNUTs Newsletter


“We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.” — Carl Sagan

“Science and technology revolutionize our lives, but memory, tradition and myth frame our response.” — Arthur M. Schlesinger

W.O.T.D.


WORD OF THE DAY
PleonasmPLEE-ə-naz-əmPart of speech: nounOrigin: Greek, mid 16th century
1The use of more words than are necessary to convey meaning (e.g. see with one’s eyes), either as a fault of style or for emphasis.
 
Examples of Pleonasm in a sentence “I enjoyed the book despite the author’s tendency toward pleonasm.” “Karen edited her papers carefully to cut out all pleonasm.”

VIA: ICIJ Newsletter


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Welcome back!

We’ve got the mining industry on our minds this week at ICIJ.

That’s because a regular character from past investigations has been back in the headlines. You may remember Israeli tycoon Dan Gertler from Paradise Papers, Panama Papers, and Swiss Leaks. Our 2017 reporting revealed details of the billionaire’s secret deals and relationship with commodity giant Glencore while he negotiated lucrative mining rights with the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Weeks after we published that investigation, the United States sanctioned Gertler for having “amassed his fortune through hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of opaque and corrupt mining and oil deals.”

The mining magnate’s story is emblematic of an industry that’s high-value, high-stakes, and high-risk — especially for residents on the ground in countries that remain poor despite their riches of natural resources. And these extractive ventures almost always involve complicated, opaque, cross-border company structures that funnel money through tax havens around the world.

Gertler secured a surprise, last-minute reprieve from the Trump administration less than two months ago, but has been frozen out of the U.S. financial system once again, ICIJ’s Will Fitzgibbon reports.

DIRTY GOLD
Former ICIJ reporter Kyra Gurney has a new book out on the illicit gold trade, which traces a multibillion dollar laundering scheme from Miami to Peru and beyond. She and a co-author spoke to us about exploring the human side of the illegal mining economy.

THAT’S RICH
The Tax Justice Network’s new index finds that the jurisdictions most responsible for global corporate tax abuse are all part of the OECD — a club of wealthy nations that helps set worldwide tax rules.

HARNESSING POWER
Yi-Shan Chen, ICIJ’s member from Taiwan, says working on investigations like Panama Papers and Offshore Leaks showed her the power of cooperation among journalists in our latest installment of Meet the Investigators.

ENDING THE SHELL GAME
ICIJ reporter Will Fitzgibbon will be speaking on a panel about cracking down on professional enablers of tax and white collar crimes, along with tax officials from the U.S., U.K., OECD and more. Register for the free session, which takes place on Wed. March 24 at 4:45 pm CET (11:45 am EST), here.

ON DEMAND AT SXSW
If you’re attending the SXSW online festival this week, you can now watch our session, featuring ICIJ’s Emilia Díaz-Struck, BuzzFeed News’ Anthony Cormier, NYDFS Superintendent Linda Lacewell and Karina Carvalho of Transparency International Portugal. The expert panel will be discussing how collaborative journalism projects like FinCEN Files exposed global finance’s inequities, and opportunities to repair and rebuild a more equitable, transparent system.

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W.O.T.D.


WORD OF THE DAY
SchussshoosPart of speech: nounOrigin: German, 1930s
1A straight downhill run on skis.
 
Examples of Schuss in a sentence “While a schuss is inviting to experienced skiers, beginners are advised to steer clear.” “Harold impressed onlookers by expertly navigating the steep schuss.”

Seasoned Nuts Quotable – PNUTs Newsletter


“The humanities teach us the value, even for business, of criticism and dissent. When there’s a culture of going along to get along, where whistleblowers are discouraged, bad things happen and businesses implode.” — Martha Nussbaum

“If you see fraud and do not say fraud, you are a fraud.” — Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Did you know…


Did you know…

… that today is Pet Passport Day? In 2000, a Shetland sheepdog named Lucy became the first dog to fly into Great Britain under a new pet passport law. The dog flew from Amsterdam to Heathrow Airport outside London. The new passport law allowed cats and dogs from selected European countries to enter into Britain without having to spend six months in quarantine provided they meet certain criteria.

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“A disco ball is hundreds of pieces of broken glass put together to make a magical ball of light. You aren’t broken. You are a disco ball.”

— Author Unknown