Since I live in Washington DC and given that there is a new administration who is looking forward to accomplishing a lot in their first 100 days in office, I too am starting a 100 days challenge to create my own agenda. Why am I doing this? Because we all have the same 24 hours and the ability to govern ourselves according to our own mandate.

Regardless of your political affiliation I challenge you to also take the #first100dayschallenge because you too have the ability to create your own agenda just like our new government administration. No matter if you agree or disagree with our governments' vision take action by creating your agenda and perhaps someday you too will be given the opportunity to implement your vision for a better country and world. 

Over the next 100 days I will seek to maximize my schedule with as many international related experiences, meetings and actions as possible and will recap about what I did during the day on this blog.

I have no idea what will transpire as a result of this, but I do know that after reading "Getting Things Done" as long as I write down my next actions and set up reminders I will achieve my outcome.  

Day Sixteen

Ahh the weekend, time to do the things I love, baseball.
Worked on a list of to dos with my great friend and co-founder Cesar.
Started planning for the Irvine Memorial Day Tournament in California. 
Compiled a list of college tours for our teams to visit while in California.
Made plans to watch the Super Bowl.
Came to a realization, everything that we do is international, so what does this mean for the nationalism/populism movement? Something's gotta give and I'm not sure how this will end.

Day Fifteen

Wore red for National Wear Red Day. 
Ate Mexican food for dinner again, but this time at Dulcinea, the spot of the bday bash.

Day Fourteen

Made Mexican food for dinner.
Started planning for my birthday.

Day Thirteen 

Attended a World Economic Forum Davos Debrief event for the annual 47th meeting at the Swiss Residence of Ambassador Martin Dahinden, which was organized by the World Economic Forum Global Shapers and the American Swiss Foundation. 

We had the opportunity to speak with Megan Murphy, the Editor of Bloomberg Businessweek as well as a Congressman from South Carolina. They spoke about many meaningful topics but one common item stood out among the both of them, populism and nationalism is now the new normal, globally. 

Day Twelve

Re-edited "The Last Season" and sent email to Benjamin, can't wait to publish his story on our diamond diplomat blog.
Made dinner again and went to bed early because tomorrow will be a busy day.

Day Eleven

Edited draft of "The Last Season" by Benjamin Liogon, who's story is amazing.
Made chicken for dinner, wife and I are continuing our paleo diet, which in many ways may be tougher than writing this blog.

Day Ten

What a day, what a day.
Woke up and had breakfast with Preme
Next went to celebrate the Chinese Lunar Year at the DC festival in Chinatown
Next on my way to the second engagement stumbled upon the "no wall no ban protest", it was incredible to see how citizens stood up for those who cannot defend themselves. 
Now on to the main engagement, a concert by Cuarteto Latinoamericano at the National Gallery of Art.
After the concert enjoyed the beautiful gallery, it's a must see.

Day Nine

Today was an admin day but with a touch of international.
Got a haircut, (spoke in Spanish with my barber, we chatted about Mexico since he's from the old country like my family).
Did laundry.
Bought groceries (at an Asian and Latino supermarket).
Planned for the next day (Chinese Lunar Year).

Day Eight

Practiced Piano (played Bach's Little Fugue)
After work attended a celebratory happy hour for Mohammad, who thanks to the diligent work of my friends Mark, Gaby, Justin and Steven now has a green card one day before President Trump signed his executive order banning entry of refugees from Mohammad's country. 

Day Seven

Planned the Victor J. Goldberg award nomination.
Practiced Piano (played all of me by John Legend).
Attended a Global Shapers Happy Hour with Shapers from Latin America.
Ate Italian food, chicken pesto pasta with pine nuts. 

Day Six

Yuuuuge day because our Organization is down the final 3 candidates for Director General http://who.int/mediacentre/news/notes/2017/director-general-nominees/en/  
Starving for Mexican food, thus dove into Baja Fresh and ordered some wahoo fish tacos.
Now that we I got my Mexican dish fix, time to eat some ramen. 
This challenge is exhausting! Slept at 8:45 pm because I've been hustling non stop in addition to work during the day.

Day Five

Went to the National Press Club and worked on Hockey article with friend Alex (hint: focusing on international expansion for NHL) 
Speaking of the Press Club, wow we now have a new security system. 2017 is an interesting time for the Press I guess. 
Attended my good friend Rob's bday at Barcelona.

Day Four

Slept a few minutes longer and missed breakfast :(
But, ate sweet and sour chicken for lunch (getting myself ready for the Chinese New Year)
Rushed home after work, changed and went to the Bistro Bohem, an awesome Czech restaurant. Ate the most delicious lentil soup I've ever had, and I've had many variations because I'm Mexican.
The reason I went to Bistro Bohem was to check out the Russian Literature Book Club of Washington DC who happened to be reading "The Captain's Daughter" by Alexander Pushkin. After the meeting, spoke with the event host, founder and organizer, Olga. She told me that she founded the club in 2014 as a way to share her interest of Russian literature with the DC community. To this day the club meets every two weeks at the Bistro Bohem and averages well north of 15 attendees per meeting. If we are to truly achieve mutual respect and understanding as a society, we need more book czar's like Olga. Looking forward to joining the next session and reading the book.

Day Three

Woke up really patriotic and broke the fast with Preme. Made an egg, spinach, tomato and turkey omelette. 
Continued reading "Getting Things Done" and learned a valuable lesson: Deciding isn't really an action because actions take time and deciding doesn't. 
With that in mind started planning and scheduling activities because this blog ain't going to randomly write itself if I don't plan accordingly

Finished framework of a finance article with a friend Ryan, hint, we're going to talk about predictit
Made arrangements for a Latinos in hockey article brainstorm session
RSVPd for a couple Chinese New Year events
RSVPd for "Cuarteto Latinoamericano" at the National Gallery of Art 
RSVPd for a couple bday events for friends
RSVPd for a Privacy and Power: Book Launch and Film Screening event hosted by the Goethe Institute and German Cultural Center
Researched the Victor J Goldberg prize for peace in the Middle East because I know the perfect nominees 
Want to attend Russian Literature Book Club event titled "The Captain's Daughter by Alexander Pushkin"
Finished Season 1 of Mr. Robot

Day Two

Bought pad see ew noodles in Chinatown 
Ate breakfast with Preme
Took pictures of Preme teaching her Thai cooking class (she rocks)
Published post of guitar for barter on craigslist.
Took pictures of Women's March on Washington (got inspired), but saddened to see so many signs thrown away. I hope folks shared them via social media so that their ideas spread as opposed to being a day only event.
Shared some images on Facebook about march.
Watched episodes of Mr. Robot on Amazon Prime Video.
Slept early because there are 98 days left.

Day One

Ate breakfast with Preme (wife).
Started planning for bday party.
Watched inauguration on youtube and did research on predictit.
Met with fellow World Economic Forum Global Shapers from the DC hub at Elephant and Castle
Met Shapers from Mongolia.
Invited one of the Shapers from Mongolia who works in journalism to the National Press Club in a few weeks. 
Scheduled article brainstorm session with friend Steven for next weekend.
Ate dinner with Preme.
Wrote content of craigslist post to barter my guitar for a piano keyboard because I will begin playing again (it relaxes me). 
Lately I've been intrigued with the idea of how does one become a better planner? As a former baseball player getting it right 3 out of 10 times was fantastic, but in any sector that is atrocious. So how do we build a continuous improvement culture? Meet Lean Six Sigma.

It's about process improvement. If you want to improve then you must first start with understanding where you're at and try to improve it. 

Yesterday Rotary International hosted the youth leadership awards and asked our Rotaract chapter to help. Our team was assigned the lower ropes challenge with various groups of 13-16 year olds. 

First challenge, tie 20 knots in the 25 foot rope and have the groups untie the knot together using only their right hand. 

Second challenge, make a shape together using the 25 foot rope while blindfolded.
Final challenge, walk a course together in unison while lassoed by the rope.  

Lessons learned: when you’re resource limited you must pool your teams resources to accomplish the mission.

In life many times we walk into a situation blindfolded, but how you find your way is by communicating correctly by asking the right asking the right questions to your team and by trusting that they follow instructions.

There’s the old saying “Individually you’ll get there faster, but together you’ll get there farther.” They learned that in order to finish the course they must all walk together because if not, they would be bound by the rope and ultimately fall. 

My name is Josue Lopez Calderon and I am a 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar. Thank you Aspen Institute Trustees, festival patrons and past scholars because this experience would not have been possible without you. 

The truth is, prior to receiving one of the best emails of my life (nomination/selection), I had never heard of the Aspen Ideas Festival. But after witnessing this grand phenomenon in person, I promise to raise awareness of your work. 

I am a big believer in the power to convene and other than the White House, I had never seen an organization attract such a diverse group of global thought leaders until I met the Aspen Institute. Therefore I am writing this post to forever remember this week, to give thanks to you all and to promote among other young professionals so that someday they may participate in this once in a lifetime event. 





Last month I began a Bahasa Indonesian class at the Indonesian Embassy of Washington D.C.

I love ASEAN, thus I aspire to be proficient in Bahasa, Thai and perhaps another language from the region. I believe that ASEAN and Latin America/Caribbean have a lot in common and want to build a bridge between them and the U.S. through our Diasporas. Furthermore, Indonesia is a great country with a lot of potential and someday will continue to become a global leader. 

As for the language? So far I love Bahasa. I discovered that there are many similar words between Portguese/Spanish and Bahasa such as: bola = ball, bendera = flag, meja = table, roda = wheel, tiempo = time, dadu = dice. This happened because the Portuguese sailed there from the 16th to the early 19th centuries. 

Another interesting note is that there are  many loan words from Arabic. They are mainly connected with Islam. In fact, the first contact between the two happened in the 5th century during spice trading. It is estimated that upwards of 5,000,000 native Indonesians have Arab ancestry.
  1. Help establish a baseball NGO.
  2. Finish draft of book.
  3. Hitch my wagon to something bigger than myself.
To My Dear Future Children,

When I was growing up, your grandparents and I were limited by the technology and resources of our time, thus I write this entry so that when you and other bright minds like you apply for scholarships and fellowships, the following 9 words will never be muttered from your lips the way I regretfully once said them "If I only knew then what I know now". 

Even though I do not know all the answers, I do know this: Mark Twain once said “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Therefore, go out and enjoy the world because it is a vast land filled with abundant foods, languages and cultures.  

Earlier this month, I attended the Passport DC open embassies event and am now on a mission to learn more about different countries and their cultures. Consequently, I am challenging myself to attend 3 cultural events every month, i.e. food, music or language. 

At the end of every month, I will write about my experience and recap the lessons learned from the events. 
This New Year’s I am starting a personal Resolution Revolution. For the first time in my 26 years of age, I am writing this post in order to make a promise and more importantly to hold myself accountable to you all: my friends, family and mentors. If I don’t put my words out there, chances are I will take a day, a week or perhaps a month off, and under no circumstances will I ever cheat myself out of achieving greatness again.

Equally as important, I have learned and embraced this Chinese Proverb "If your vision is for a year, plant wheat. If your vision if for ten years, plant trees. If your vision is for a lifetime, plant people." So here it goes.

About 2 months ago I discovered the Myers Briggs personality test and learned that my letters are ENTP, which according to Buzzfeed’s animal version says that I am a parrot. It also goes on to say that ENTP’s are rationalists who  are outspoken, resourceful and like to generate ideas. Bingo that pretty much sums me up. http://www.buzzfeed.com/summeranne/whats-your-animal-personality-type

    I have had some very unique opportunities to serve in the U.N and the U.S. Federal Government, but getting there wasn't very easy; therefore, I want to share my story in hopes of inspiring other young individuals to consider entrepreneurship or public service during a time of much need.


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