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Tribute Circle | NGO | 1to1 Movement

 1to1 Movement is making an impact

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Let’s count the ways:

1) COLLABORATIVE CONFERENCE

A Place At The Table Conference in San Diego is uniting “a business leader, a policy maker, an educator, a non-profit professional, and a youth activist” at each table to discuss how to change the world for the better. GENIUS! You can participate for only $11 for two days of collaboration, inspiration and action. Register NOW!

2) CHILD EDUCATION

"Our goal is to start the conversation and inspire students to innovate ways they can participate in preserving the environment."

— 1to1 Movement website

There are programs offered for students in Kindergarten through 12th grades:

  • Intro to Sustainability
  • The Away Project
  • Powerful Program

To find out more about these programs and request an 1:1 educator for your school, go to 1to1movement.org.

3) APP DEVELOPMENT

The 1to1 Movement is creating an app to change OUR world for the better. It’ll make it easier to act [1 person, 1 idea, 1 action] by connecting with the causes and people in your area.  Considering supporting the development of this new application.  Let’s rally for change … real change!

THANK YOU for being global citizens and contributing to progress and a better future. This list doesn’t stop here, if you’d like to find out all the wonderful and innovative programs that 1to1 Movement offers, please visit their website.

Photo credit: 1to1 Movement website

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Tribute Circle | PEOPLE | Jane Goodall

Happy Birthday Jane Goodall!

"Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference."

— Jane Goodall

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This photo and her 80th birthday brought me joy today. Photo credit: Rainforest Action Network

A historical view of  Jane Goodall’s life work

"Chimpanzees … have been living for hundreds of thousands of years in their forest…never overpopulating, never destroying the forest. I would say that they have been in a way more successful than us as far as being in harmony with the environment."

— Jane Goodall

Living a Life and a Legacy

Jane Goodall is such an honorable person. She is leaving quite a legacy by following her dreams and passion. She has lead the way for animal rights and ecological preservation.

Which lead me to this thought … Mother Teresa didn’t start her life work in India until she was 40. What beauty and love she brought into our world. Hope for the poverty stricken and an example for us all. Quite a legacy.

And one last thought, Malala Yousafzai was only 14 when she made headlines and, consequently, helped girls worldwide be brave enough to fight for their educational rights (even against the Taliban). Yes, another legacy.

Jane Goodall is in good company with many of  the inspirational women of our time.

Lessons

It’s never too late and it’s never too early to make a difference.

How to find out more and get involved!

icon-leafSupport The Jane Goodall Institute

 

icon-leafLike Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots Program on Facebook and support their mission.

To foster respect and compassion for all living things.
To promote understanding of all cultures and beliefs.
To inspire each individual to take action to make the world a better place for people, animals and the environment.

 

icon-leafBecome a chimp guardian

 

icon-leafCreate a sustainable home garden

 

icon-leafRead Jane Goodall’s newly published book, “Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants” 

 

GLOBAL CITIZENS … Thank you for all you do to make the world a better place!

 

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Saving Mr. Banks: Lessons in Empathy

Strategic Management

"I won’t disappoint you."

— Walt Disney says with empathy to Mrs. Travers

I recently watched Saving Mr. Banks. All I could think is how kind everyone was to Mrs. Travers. In spite of her own relentless crabbiness. They didn’t need to understand her ‘ways’ in order to be KIND. Many characters in the movie looked for ways to make it better or to connect. Certainly, Walt Disney was portrayed as a saint!

The audience of the movie had an added benefit of seeing her grow up. Quite an admirable child with a life of hurt and disappointment. Funny, how a little understanding can help us empathize and sympathize.

Watch a clip from Saving Mr. Banks

Anger Management

Saving Mr. Banks reminded me of my mediations training where I learned anger is really the second emotion. Most of us only learn how to express anger because we don’t understand our own feelings. What could that expression of anger really mean? Hurt, fear, sadness, disappointment, abandonment or something else entirely?

It’s important that we try to understand ourselves AND others. It’s helpful for those who love us to read between the lines, when possible. With other’s understanding, we might be able to learn for ourselves how to discover our own deeper emotions. With experience, perhaps, anger won’t be expressed at all (unless warranted).

Also, for true leadership, it’s helpful not to escalate situations. It’s better not to meet anger with anger. This movie showed many instances where silence and patience prevailed. A pause can sometimes lead to better understanding. Also, communication is key. Alternatively, asking the question rather than making a false assumption.

Maintaining Relationships

This example of strategic management can be applied at work or at home. Our success is directly related to how we build, nurture and maintain relationships. Listening leads to empathy which leads to trust which leads to strength in relationships.

Impressions?

I’d love to know how you liked the movie. Perhaps, you’d like to share other movies that had an impact on you? What can you add about listening, empathy and kindness? Please comment on the blog.

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Stress works for you … or against you?

Innovative Leadership

I like to begin each day watching a TEDtalk “Ideas Worth Spreading” for inspiration. Here is one that can enhance and improve EVERYONE’s life (even yours). That is, if you have ever experienced stress.

I’d like to invite you to watch this TEDtalk video NOW as you begin your day. Innovative Leadership contains elements of how you take care of yourself, express compassion and caring AND how you connect with others. You can be a positive example by “thinking” differently about stress and, consequently, reducing adverse affects of stress on yourself and others.

Kelly McGonigal, Health Psychologist, speaks about “How To Make Stress Your Friend.” Watch now!

Social contact and social support

Stress is your friend!

"STRESS makes you social. Human connection is a mechanism for stress resilience."

— Kelly McGonigal
Caring for others

How much time have you spent helping out friends and people in your community? People who spent time caring for others experienced significantly less adverse affects from stress.

"STRESS makes you more compassionate. Caring creates resilience."

— Kelly McGonigal

Gratitude

Watching this speech gave me a renewed confirmation of the value of friends and family. I am sincerely grateful for the love and support of the special people in my life! I realize that I’ve had stress. I believe I’ve had a life episodes of drama. I also know that ‘you’ were always there when I needed you. THANK YOU!

Share your methods to rethink your stress

Let us know, in comments, what you do and think during a time of intense stress. You might be able to help others.

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Landfillharmonic: Mindboggling Beauty

Beauty is in the eye (or ear) of the beholder.

"We filmed some of the children who learned to play violin, flute, drums, cello, string bass, and more – all made from recycled metal drums, tin cans, and plastic pipes."

— Creative Vision Foundation about their documentary Landfillharmonic

Please enjoy this short video.

The compelling story of transformation

In Paraguay and other third-world countries, children are born and live their entire lives in a dump. Surrounded by other people’s trash. Most of this trash is even sent to these landfills from more prosperous countries. Imagine, wealthy countries cannot even dispose of their own trash, they must send it away, out of their site and smell.

The families, living on this landfill, then sort through this trash daily to sell anything of value. They eat, sleep, play, learn and live entirely in the dump. This is an unsafe and unsanitary environment and, as you can imagine, emanates a horrible odor. Certainly, a story that needed to be told about injustice and exploitation of the poor. How could we stand by and watch people live under these conditions?

Then, the story gets better. Cola, a garbage picker, and Favio Chavez, musician, helped to transform this trash into hope and beauty for these impoverished children. They made instruments and learned how to play.  Now, known as the “The Recycled Orchestra of Cateura.” Perhaps, they won’t have to live their entire life in the landfill. Perhaps, there is hope. Perhaps, this will bring humanity closer to these impoverished families and portray them as skillful, talented and viable world citizens.

How to help

First, use their inspiration to be more conscious about how you dispose of your trash.  Do you currently recycle at home? “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle” are great goals…even our children are learning about this in school. Check out TreeHugger’s Top Recycling Tips to make recycling more of a daily habit.

If you have a business, do you consider optimizing your packaging options? Have you evaluated how your “product is designed, what it contains, how it is made, and where it goes after use”? You may find some inspiration with William McDonough’s Cradle-to-Cradle Product Innovations Institute and certification program.

Get involved in the cause: donate; follow the tour; youth education; instrument drive; and/or  volunteer. Find out more about The Landfillharmonic.

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