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An InvitationKnowing and AppreciatingTaiwan’s Beauty

Hsiu-Huei Wang Parkstone International PDF

Taiwan Art and Civilisation

Thus we see that Taiwan has long been multicultural, its different cultures coexisting symbiotically. The world not only witnesses different species existing here, but also different ethnic groups coexisting together, different cultures agitating, gradually forming the face of modern Taiwan, spurring this tiny island’s creativity and arts to truly amazing accomplishments. Especially since entering into the democratic era beginning in the 1990s, full progress and impressive achievements have been made in the visual and performing arts.

The diverse geography and assorted ethnic cultures have enabled the Taiwanese to bravely face difficulties and challenges, with unwavering stamina, in spite of repeated assaults, and a gentle, good-natured fellow-feeling. This capacity for life is also on constant display in the annual festivities and ceremonies.

To the Taiwanese and the world, Taiwan possesses two famous and conspicuous landmarks: Yushan, the tallest mountain peak in East Asia, and the Taipei 101 skyscraper,

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Chapter 1 How the Service Covenant Became Corrupted

Chip R. Bell Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

The service covenant has been around for centuries. It is grounded in the concept of the direct or implied pledge of fair bartering—a merchant provides a product or service in exchange for some type of remuneration. Energy might be spent on either side of the covenant as to the fairness of the exchange (server spending energy on promotion; customer spending energy on getting perceived worth), but the essence of the agreement remained intact. There was a promise implied on both sides of the encounter

The covenant for a product was different from the covenant for a service. Customers gave the product provider license to make the product without their participation, or even observation. You did not need to watch the maker of your basket or your dishwasher; you could trust it would be as promised. The tangible nature of an object made the determination of quality easier. As customers, we expected the product would be as described and we had recourse if it was not—typically the object could be returned for a replacement or our coconuts or coins would be returned if it failed to meet the value we were promised. Replacement meant another object like the one we purchased was taken from inventory and given to us. In this fashion the covenant could be restored.1

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CHAPTER 7 Strategizing: One Size Does Not Fit All

Don Hutson Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

In the next segment of the workshop, Dr. Patrick Perkins moved to Step 3 of the negotiaphobia treatment process he was prescribing: strategize as you select the proper strategy for this particular negotiation.

“You will recall that one of the symptoms of negotiaphobia is using the same negotiation strategy irrespective of the situation you are facing. Experience has shown me that none of the four strategies that should go through your mind as you review Step 1 of the treatment are universally appropriate or inappropriate. As we discussed in the last session, you may be up against a highly competitive driver; and if you try to use collaboration, you are really unintentionally doing what, Jay?”

A bit shocked, Jay responded, “Accommodating without a tourniquet.” Dr. Pat smiled and nodded. Jay was glad Dr. Pat liked him. He could not imagine what it would feel like being on the wrong side of this guy.

Dr. Pat continued, “Let’s now look at factors we should consider as we quickly scan the situation and strategize to find the optimal fit for a given set of circumstances. For this discussion, keep in mind that Step 3 builds on Step 2, so you will need to consider your personal tendencies, as well as what you have just learned about the most likely strategy to be deployed by the other side.”

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Marcel Duchamp (Blainville, 1887 – Neuilly-sur-Seine, 1968)

Guillaume Apollinaire Parkstone International ePub




Malgré un travail relativement restreint en tant que peintre et sculpteur, Marcel Duchamp exerça une influence majeure sur l’art du XXe siècle. Marcel Duchamp était issu d’une famille d’artistes. Frère du sculpteur Raymond Duchamp-Villon et de Jacques et Suzanne Villon, il vécut à Paris, à Montparnasse plus précisément, au début de sa carrière, et étudia à l’académie Julian.

Comme nombre des artistes de son époque, ses premières œuvres furent influencées par l’impressionnisme et l’art des Nabis. Mais, à partir de 1911, Duchamp commença à assister aux rencontres que son frère Raymond organisait avec ce que l’on appelait le groupe de Puteaux, comprenant Fernand Léger, Francis Picabia et Robert Delaunay. C’est au contact de ces artistes qu’il fut influencé par l’art de Cézanne, le cubisme et le futurisme, dont le manifeste avait été publié en 1909 à Paris dans le journal Le Figaro.

Il commença alors à utiliser la palette ocre et marron des cubistes, et son tableau Portrait de joueurs d’échecs illustre cet intérêt pour le cubisme de par les pièces du jeu d’échec éparpillées autour des deux joueurs déstructurés. On remarque également le parallèle avec le chef-d’œuvre de Cézanne, les Joueurs de cartes, que celui-ci avait peint entre 1890 et 1895.

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Chapter 17: Aravind in America

Pavithra Mehta Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

The 2010 annual meeting of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, held in the United States, was themed around health care innovations. Dr. Kim Ramaswamy, retinal surgeon and chief medical officer of Aravind-Madurai, was asked to present on the Aravind model. His talk was followed by an animated panel discussion on how Aravind’s core principles could be transferred to the West. The panel included senior executives from both the National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom and the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

The last slide in Kim’s presentation included a telling graph. It showed Aravind performing roughly 50 percent of the entire NHS’s ophthalmic surgical volume, while spending less than 1 percent of the 1.6 billion pounds expended annually by the United Kingdom for eye care delivery. As the audience erupted into thunderous applause, Kim returned to his seat and shot an apologetic smile at the NHS executive sitting next to him. The man leaned over with a grin and whispered, “Hey, it’s a good thing you didn’t compare your numbers against the U.S.—that computer screen would have blown out!”

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