Petra: What Man Can Accomplish with Purpose and Time

What happens when an oasis community re-routes rivers for year-around water supply and flourishes for 700 years? Mankind turns from a barbaric killer to a patron of arts and beauty, transforming barren rock into majestic temples.

The proof of man’s capacity for change? Petra.

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Crazy Marathon Training: Running the Dead Sea in Jordan

The Dead Sea is a bit more humid than I expected. At 7am, I’ve only run 3 miles and I am already coated in sweat. More sweat than mid-summer runs in Washington, DC. I am just dripping sweat. I think I’m even sweating from my eyeballs. That’s how humid the Dead Sea is, even at this early hour in early October.

Through the sweat I look around and take in the view. Bright red mountains banded by clear blue waters and crystal blue skies. Not a tree or human in sight. An utter silence from the thick air broken only by my labored breath and tired footfalls.

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Where should I marathon training run in Amman, Jordan?

Hi, my name is Wayan and I have a running problem. I am in Amman for 2 weeks and I need to run. But not just any run, I need 20 miles of running.

I have this running binge coming on. Some would call it a marathon, but I see it as a running bender through Washington DC. Yet, that is then. Now, this weekend, I need to run to build up my tolerance.

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School Buses Signal Dawn in Amman, Jordan

In a Muslim country like Jordan, you would expect dawn to be marked by the Imam’s call to prayer. This morning I went for a marathon training run through the hills of Amman, and I found a whole other call to action: school bus horns.

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Frankfurt Airport Layover Adventure: Run an 18-mile Marathon Training Route Through the German Countryside


Starting my 18-mile adventure

On my flight to Jordan, I purposely scheduled an 11-hour layover at the Frankfurt (FRA) Airport. Why? So I could do an 18-mile marathon training run through the German countryside. And like my LAX layover done right, it was one of my best airport layover adventures yet.

First, I spent time on Google Maps, planning my run by looking at the Frankfurt airport and surrounding area at maximum magnification. I saw that Germany has a long network of bicycle and walking trails I could follow from the airport to the Rhine River, and along the river to Frankfurt itself and to s-Bhan stations that could take me back to the airport.

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Wayan Vota: DevEx 40 Under 40 International Development Leader in Washington DC

Wow! I’ve been named a young international development leader by DevEx, the world’s largest community of aid & development professionals. Devex just published a first-of-its-kind list of the top 40 international development leaders in Washington, DC who are under 40 years of age. And I’m on it. I was selected based on my ballot box […]

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In the Company of Giants: I am an infoDev Mobile Apps Labs Implementer

infoDev is implementing the ambitious “Creating Sustainable Businesses in the Knowledge Economy” program with the Government of Finland and Nokia to expand the impact of mobile applications in the economic and social advancement of the developing world. A major component of the Creating Sustainable Businesses program are five regional mobile application laboratories, in Africa, Asia […]

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My Standing Desk Home Office

Since I live in Washington DC and work for a company in San Francisco, I can’t exactly go into the office every day. Instead, I work from home. Yet even there I am a little different from the rest. I don’t have a sitting desk with a chair – I stand to work. Yes, I […]

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Educational Technology Debate: an expanding community of practice

In May 2009, infoDev at the World Bank launched the Educational Technology Debate in conjunction with Unesco with its first topical discussion, “Are ICTs the Best Educational Investment?” between Tim Kelly of infoDev and Wayan Vota, consultant to infoDev. From this humble beginning, the Educational Technology Debate is now an expanding community of practice. The […]

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