Fellow lenders, blog readers, and members of the community in general:

I posted a blog on Saturday, Dec. 13th 2010 in which I proposed a definition of culture in an attempt to inspire reflection in those of us who find certain cultural practices to be inappropriate.  I felt that deeper reflection would enrich the conversation over those practices and would benefit the activities of those that boldly fight to improve cultural values.

As I reviewed the comments and further learned of some of the messages received by Kiva, I realized that my post generally failed to provoke the reflection that I wished to inspire.  Instead, I fear that I have only lent to the polarization of communities…. and worse a break in communication between the parties on opposite sides of cultural disputes.

The post would have been better suited to conversation in small groups or perhaps a social theory class. I don’t think it is appropriate for a public forum which exhibits limited interaction between the commentators or readers.  Nor do I think my post is appropriately adapted for a blog which is meant to benefit micro-entrepreneurs.

For these reasons I have decided to remove the post from the Fellow’s Blog.  I would like to apologize for the distraction, while thanking each of you for providing me with the opportunity to share with you all and to contemplate my role in this world.

Sincerely,

Casey Unrein

Casey Unrein KF 12  joined the Kiva Fellows program in Sept. 2010.  Prior to becoming a Fellow, Casey worked with a fiduciary management company in Seattle, WA, providing financial management services for minors, the elderly and the disabled.  Casey completed a bachelors in Economics and Education at Occidental College.  He expects to become a Certified Public Accountant by the end of 2010.  Casey is currently a Fellow with EDPYME Alternativa in Chiclayo, Peru.  Please support Kiva.org and EDPYME Alternativa by joining lending teams and expanding the community.  You can join Friends of EDPYME Alternativa by clicking on the link.


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