Sunday, January 31, 2016

MEDIA RELEASE: Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim to Debut February 6, 2016 on NewsTalk AM 1490 WGCH

NewsTalk AM 1490 WGCH announces the launch of a new weekly radio show called Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim. 

The weekly half-hour show will provide a colorful, lively international perspective focusing on China and the Pacific Rim, introducing educational, cultural, business and travel opportunities for Chinese and Americans, featuring business, news and cultural events, and reveal historical and cultural ties between the USA and China. Another intent of the show is to promote and strengthen understanding and friendship between the peoples of the USA, China and the Pacific Rim. The format includes interviews, guest commentary, stories, education and announcements.

Additionally, on September 28, 2015 US President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced that 2016 has been designated to be the U.S.-China Tourism Year. This celebrates the reciprocal extension of visa validity and supports increased travel and tourism opportunities. Both nations are committed to expanding and strengthening the bonds of friendship and cross-cultural exchanges between the the Chinese and American peoples.

Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim will be broadcast live on the radio with individual shows archived and available online as podcasts. The show will also be featured on dedicated American and Chinese social media platforms. 

NewsTalk AM 1490 WGCH welcomes Beijing AmBridge International Culture Development Ltd (AmBridge), a public relations and communications company based in the Chinese capitol, as title sponsor of the show. In addition, Greenwich-based Corporate Executive Offices, Inc., (CEO) at 75 Holly Hill Lane has joined as a supporting sponsor. CEO is a full-service office space provider to a wide range of financial services firms, investment and fund managers, branch offices, entrepreneurs, executive recruiters and consultants. 

The host of Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim is Greenwich native Jeffrey Bingham Mead. Mr. Mead is a direct descendant of the founders of the Town of Greenwich and a former trustee of the Greenwich Historical Society. For the past twenty years he has divided his time between Greenwich and the Asia-Pacific, based in Honolulu, Hawaii. Mead is a respected university-level professor to international students from Japan, South Korea, China and other East Asian nations in the areas of history, business communications, English as a Second Language (ESL), hospitality and tourism. Mr. Mead is a State of Hawaii-licensed wedding officiant/celebrant. He is the founder and president of The Pacific Learning Consortium, Inc., recently opening an East Coast USA office in Greenwich. Mead is also the co-founder and president of History Education Hawaii, Inc., the non-profit Hawaii council allied with the National Council for History Education (NCHE). 

In September 2015, Mr. Mead was an invited guest with other American dignitaries by the Chinese government to attend the 70th year Victory Day celebrations that commemorated the end of World War II and the “Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression.” Mr. Mead’s late-father, Herbert Bingham Mead, was a U.S. “China Marine” stationed in Beijing 1945-1946. The WWII China Marines is the subject of a book project headed by Mr. Mead. 

Sponsors and Potential guests can contact Jeffrey Bingham Mead at, or via LinkedIn or Facebook.

About NewsTalk AM 1490 WGCH: 

NewsTalk AM 1490, “The Voice of Fairfield and Westchester Counties,” broadcasts from Greenwich, Connecticut covering Fairfield County, Connecticut and Westchester County, New York. It is owned by Forte Family Broadcasting, Inc. It has been on the air since 1964 and is affiliated with Biz-Talk Radio Network and the Connecticut Radio Network. 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

January After Six: Greenwich, Connecticut Chamber of Commerce Networking

I am looking forward to attending this evening's networking party hosted by the Chamber of Commerce of Greenwich, Connecticut USA. At the same time I will be visiting for the first time one of Greenwich’s finest gourmet food emporiums, Citarella. 

Citarella has long been known "at its New York locations as being one of the best sources for fresh seafood, prime aged meat, handmade sushi, curated produce, international cheeses and for offering fresh coffee, sandwiches and salads as well as wine and gift baskets."

Jeffrey Bingham Mead, President

The Pacific Learning Consortium, Inc. 

If the parents work while their children take it easy...

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

ANNOUNCEMENT: Pacific Learning Consortium Establishes East Coast USA Office in Greenwich, Connecticut


The Pacific Learning Consortium, Inc., an American-based international educational services provider headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii, announced today the official opening of its first mainland North America office in Greenwich, Connecticut USA. 

Jeffrey Bingham Mead, founder and president of the Pacific Learning Consortium, is leading the company's efforts to establish a presence in the New York City metropolitan area. 

"We were invited to expand our presence here in response to proven demand by local American and international contacts as far away as the People's Republic of China. This area represents a significant concentration of financial service firms, the largest number of Fortune 500 companies in the world, as well as many of America's finest secondary and university-level educational institutions," said Mr. Mead. 

In September 2015, U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced that 2016 would be set to be U.S.-China Tourism Year, celebrating the recent reciprocal extension of visa validity and support increased travel and tourism exports. Both the USA and China will work toward expanding and shaping U.S.-China travel and tourism, and strengthening bonds between the two peoples, including businesses and educational institutions. The announcement came on the heels of the 2015 U.S.-China Tourism Leadership Summit held in Los Angeles, California with nearly 200 U.S. and Chinese tourism leaders from government and industry present.

"We look forward to using our new presence on the East Coast of the USA to facilitate the expansion of strategic relationships through intercultural educational exchanges, inter-organizational engagement and travel initiatives," said Mead. 

"This is a natural outgrowth of the friendships and alliances we have been nurturing in the United States and various nations in eastern Asia. The Pacific Learning Consortium is committed to facilitating the building of enduring partnerships that will yield prosperous relationships. I see the Consortium playing a positive role by using education as a tool to respond to the complexities of global challenges facing both the USA and Pacific Rim nations with our primary focus on the People's Republic of China." 

The Pacific Learning Consortium's new Greenwich, Connecticut office is located at 75 Holly Hill Lane, Suite 100, Greenwich, Connecticut 06830 USA. Contact the office at 1.203.622.1300 or 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

THE BALANCE SHEET OF LIFE: Wishing One and All Happy Balance Sheets 2016!

Birth is your Opening Stock.

What comes to you is Credit.

What goes from you is Debit.

Death is your Closing Stock.

Your ideas are your Assets.

Your bad habits are your Liabilities.

Your happiness is your Profit.

Your sorrow is your Loss.

Your soul is your Goodwill.

Your heart is your fixed Assets

Your character is your Capital.

Your knowledge is your Investment

Your age is your Depreciation.

And finally:

God is Your Auditor. 

Have a Perfect Balance Sheet for 2016.

Do More Than Just Exist

Small Changes in Teaching: The First 5 Minutes of Class

"When I teach my writing course on creative nonfiction, we spend a lot of time analyzing the opening lines of great writers. I work frequently with students on their opening words, sentences, and paragraphs. In that very short space, I explain to them, most readers will decide whether or not to continue reading the rest of your essay. If you can’t grab and hold their attention with your opening, you are likely to lose them before they get to your hard-won insights 10 paragraphs later."

Click HERE to read the full text. 

Monday, January 11, 2016

Edutopia: Why Storytelling in the Classroom Matters (2014)

This article that was published by Edutopia originally appeared in 2014, and yet its relevance remains the same:

"Storytelling is the oldest form of teaching. It bonded the earliest human communities, giving children the answers to the biggest questions of creation, life, and the afterlife. Stories define us, shape us, control us, and make us. Every human culture in the world is a threat, but every single culture tells stories."

You'll get a glimpse into interactive storytelling, the benefits that storytelling provides students and teachers alike, how to become a storyteller and more. 

Washington Post: How Much are Teachers Paid Across the USA?

This story from the Washington Post caught our eye. "Here is data, state by state, collected from the National Center for Education Statistics by Jon Boeckenstedt, associate vice president at DePaul University in Chicago. The data are for 2013 and represent the estimated average annual salary of teachers in public elementary and secondary schools. 

Entrepreneur: How to Get 1,000 Visitors to Your Next Blog Post Using an Influencer Group Post

"Creating valuable content on your website through a blog post that demonstrates your expertise will help you to build your brand, drive traffic and create leads. But entrepreneurs often struggle to get enough visitors to validate the time they spend creating and promoting their content. However, if you write the right type of content and promote it the right way, you are guaranteed to get a lot more traffic."

Hawaii Public Radio: In Hawaii, A Traveling Preschool Serves The Homeless

A round of applause goes to Hawaii Public Radio for this report about the homeless on Oahu and an innovative "traveling preschool." 

One element of homelessness that doesn’t always get a lot of attention: the impact on young children, and in particular their education. There’s a group on Oahu that focuses on providing free preschool for homeless children and families. HPR’s Molly Solomon paid a visit and has this report.


Sunday, January 10, 2016

News-Blog Reborn: Zhihui Cafe is Open for Business!

We're delighted to announce that our news-blog is undergoing a rebirth of sorts. Zhihui Cafe is the new title and a new look. Our content is being redeveloped and rolled out incrementally, with many of the posts were share on Facebook shared here. Influencer Reach Doesn't Matter Anymore

Influencer marketing is a hot topic in the wonderful world of social media and the blogosphere. The author of this piece from, Influencer Reach Doesn't Matter Anymore, claims that there is "a subtle shift happening in the influencer space, that something I've been noticing for at least six months: Brands want quality of content over quantity of reach." 

Khan Academy Founder: No, You're Not Dumb. Anyone Can Learn Anything.

"Instead, in-class time can be spent having peer-to-peer socratic dialogues, case-based discussions, programming and project based learning. Why can't teachers co-teach and mentor each other? Why separate students by perceived ability or age? Can't you benefit from older students mentoring younger students? When classrooms are not one pace, when it's all not lectured-based, it opens up all sorts of possibilities."

So, you thought you were dumb? Khan Academy's founder has a brilliant counter-offer, and we thank Entrepreneur Magazine for bringing this to our attention -which we in turn share with you.  

Monday Thought of the Day: January 11, 2016