Friday, December 2, 2016

Quote of the Day

-- Quote of the Day -- 


"Sometimes it's important to work for that pot of gold. 
But other times it's essential to take time off 
and to make sure that your most important decision in the day 
simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow."

 ~Douglas Pagels; These Are the Gifts I'd Like to Give to You

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Positive News

-- Positive News -- 

Interesting – I read recently that the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic games are going to focus on sustainability – right down to the gold, silver and bronze medals that they plan on making from recycled metals that are “minded” from electronic, xray, digital and electric items.

In doing so, they are preventing toxic material from being released when electronics break down in landfills. They are also preventing more mercury from being used – since it often takes mercury to make metal from raw ore.

Now, one might imagine in their minds the size of a medal and think, what possible change could this make? 

Well, when one considers that on average these events (combined) give out something like 4000 medals… the concept of changing this one thing becomes quite the endeavor.

While other events have included some percentage of recycled materials and sustainability policies, this one promises to set the bar like no other sport event to date. 

It will be interesting to see what else the world will witness during this upcoming 2020 olympic and paralympic season. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

recommended resources

-- Recommended Resources -- 

I really enjoy sharing resources, links, networking opportunities here in this section for anyone interested in having a positive impact with their time on this earth. Lately, I've been studiously going through the thousands of lectures put out by the TED institute's participants. It's a popular site. I look at it as free education, but more on the enlightening, inspiring, awe-striking knowledge and possibilities for our future. There are a surprising number of online educational and inspiring sites like this. It is exciting to see how much work is being done to create a better world. We can do our part by sharing the info we enjoy. So - why don't you help me by spreading the word about this blog, or sharing links to specific posts you enjoy? Or leave a comment, question or invitation for networking on the wide array of topics our blog offers. Perhaps you have an article, resources you'd like to share, or quotes that have inspired you. Maybe you are a poet. If so I'd love to hear from you and would definitely consider publishing it here on this blog to help you reach out to more people. But readers need to do their part too, by sharing / liking our blog - or starting a topic on something they've learned of / were reminded of. 

Today's theme of all three of these talks below: The truth about today's rate of violence, and finding ways to deal with conflict without violence:

Steven Pinker charts the decline of violence from Biblical times to the present, and argues that, though it may seem illogical and even obscene, given Iraq and Darfur, we are living in the most peaceful time in our species' existence.

In the Maasai community, cattle are all-important but despite open killing of lions, lion attacks were growing more frequent. In this short, inspiring talk, the young inventor shares the solar-powered solution he designed to safely scare the lions away.

Even with a long history of tribal wars, long before the present conflicts, one artist discovers that his "enemy" is really a loving friend.