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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.

Share Blazon Laurels Blog because more people need to see this story of creativity, innovation and hope. Thank you!

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Chipotle’s Scarecrow Takes Action

Strategic Management

"If you want to change the world, there’s nothing to it."

— The Scarecrow video produced by Chipotle

I believe Chipotle has a strong company culture around sustainability. After watching the video, please share your thoughts about Chipotle AND their company culture. What do YOU think?

 Company Vision

Food With Integrity is our commitment to finding the very best ingredients raised with respect for the animals, the environment and the farmers.” -Chipotle

Progress over time
  • 2000-Started serving naturally raised pork
  • 2002-Started serving naturally raised chickens
  • 2004-Started using zero trans fat oil
  • 2007-Started serving naturally raised beef and removed rBGH in cheese and sour cream

For more milestones, click here.

Stocks up

Apparently, ”Cultivate a better world,” is also very profitable. Look at the 10-year trend for this socially responsible company. For more NYSE information, click here.

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Feedback?

I’d love to hear your experiences and impressions. Please feel free to make comments on the blog.

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Best Cities to Showcase Your Green Business

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Sustainable Business

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Plant nursery owner
Grandfather
Green Tea Addict

Being green-minded is not just for tree-huggers anymore

Consumers worldwide embrace green practices as part of everyday life. Savvy business owners reap benefits from Earth-conscious practices. A study by Cone Communications reveals 71 percent of Americans consider the environment when they shop. If you’ve considered breaking into the eco-business industry, now is the time. New businesses looking to gain exposure turn to niche conventions to maximize visibility. Regardless of your home-base, select trade shows throughout the country offer great networking opportunities. Oregon, Washington and Colorado lead the nation in sustainable efforts. Residents of these cities seek ways to improve their sustainable efforts. Innovative products and services that support the cause are in high demand. Integrate any of the following events into your marketing strategy and gain a loyal following of ideal customers.

Sustainable Living Fair

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Nestled in the Rockies, this college town lives up to Colorado’s top-rated green community culture. Fort Collins welcomes eco-focused entrepreneurs with open arms. The Sustainable Living Association hosts an annual to support natural and sustainable concepts. Through outreach and education, the event hopes to inspire eco-friendly practices within the community. Connect with prospective customers and gain industry insight. Regarded by environmental advocates, the event draws thousands of eco-minded attendees.

Event tip: This fair is all about hands-on interaction. Make the most of your exhibition by hosting a workshop. Not a great speaker? Presentation skills are a must for business owners. Perfect your technique with a few visits to Toastmasters and become the voice of your brand.

AASHE Annual Conference and Expo

Rated among the top 10 most sustainable cities in the nation, Portland is the hub of sustainable innovation. The city expands its goal to become the most sustainable place in the world into all aspects of business and life. The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) hosts its annual expo in October. The focus is on greening the education industry by promoting on-campus sustainability. Businesses big and small take part in the opportunity to present their products to this niche segment.

Event tip: This event hosts thousands of exhibitors. Make your display stand out from the rest. Popup stands that are light weight and portable present a professional appearance. Always use high quality banners to display your logo and message with. No last-minute Walgreens runs for these events.

South Sound Sustainability Expo

Targeting local market segments can reap national results. Companies big and small target niche markets as part of strategic marketing efforts. Rather than appealing to the masses, businesses maximize program effectiveness by growing in segments. Tacoma residents further their sustainability knowledge at The South Sound Sustainability Expo. Sponsored by City of Tacoma and the University of Washington, this local event has strong community ties. The expo welcomes new small businesses as well as growing national companies like Zipcar.

Event tip: Make your business memorable with promotional products that support your brand. Small take-aways like pens and key chains keep your business at the top of peoples’ minds. For best results, make sure your promo item stays true to sustainable practices.

Photo credit: http://depositphotos.com/

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HAPPY … Dance along

2014 Oscar nominee for Best Original Song from Despicable Me 2
2013, over 96 million youtube views

"Clap along if you feel that happiness is the truth."

— Pharrell William's HAPPY

Clap. Sing. Dance.

Feel the joy.

Skip. Stroll.

Feel the music.

Smile. Laugh.

“Where the Hell is Matt?”
2008, over 47 million youtube views

"There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven’t yet met."

— William Butler Yeats


What’s the point of dancing around the world?

It is a small world. We are all alike when we dance. We are joyful and have so much in common when we play. There is much to be said for reaching out and connecting with people you may not know, yet.

You can sign up to dance with Matt! To find out more, go to http://www.wherethehellismatt.com

“I like to move it.” Madasgascar 2: Escape to Africa
2005, almost 10 million youtube views

"To touch, to move, to inspire. This is the true gift of dance."

— Aubrey Lynch

Catchy song. Happy go lucky animals.

Pay-it-forward by bringing joy to others. Have some fun.

Dancing is a way to connect with others in a light-hearted manner.

Why is connecting important to your business?

Movies, animation and videos all express images to ignite emotion.  It’s subjective to the viewer, of course. Some yearn for that feeling of being free, uninhibited and joyful. Some just smile. Others laugh. Some share with friends, family and colleagues. Others get up and dance. Many press replay! Either way, there is a connection made through demonstrating common values.

What did you do after seeing these videos?

Stakeholder Engagement

Song and dance make a connection. Stakeholder engagement needs a connection-maker and creating a video may be a great tool for you to use. If you aren’t ready to make your own video, share other videos that demonstrate your company culture, goals, mission, vision and values. Relating to your stakeholders and communicating your values is essential. This is one way to create long-lasting and trusting relationships that will propel your business success.

Who are your stakeholders?

Stakeholders can include those who are invested in the organization (e.g., employees, shareholders, suppliers) as well as those who are external to the organization (e.g., communities). (excerpted from GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards)

Most importantly, focus on your employees, customers, suppliers, distributors and neighbors. Next priority would be the NGOs, labor organizations, governmental institutions, industry organizations and financial bodies. (excerpted from Triple Pundit)

Please share your videos with us and leave some ‘happy’ comments on this blog
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UNLESS someone like you …

Innovative Leadership

Set the example for your colleagues and industry with innovative and transformational leadership skills. Create your legacy to benefit future generations by taking the first step to building a sustainable business.

The Lorax Blazon Laurels

 

The Global Citizen Business Certification

Perhaps, it’s time for you to take the initiative to become certified in The Global Citizen Business Program.

Ten areas reviewed in certification process:

1) Sustainable Business

2) Innovative Leadership

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4) Strategic Management

5) Stakeholder Engagement

6) Global Citizenship

7) Supply Chain Management

8) Quality of Service

9) Luxury Distinction

10) Giving Back Commitment

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Where is away? Plastics and disposables

Where is away? Plastics and disposables
What kind of world would you like to leave our future generations?
 Your children and their children …
What can you do to make a difference?

Please spend two minutes with Julia Butterfly Hill, Author and Activist, watching this video.

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Essential tools for your GREEN TEAM

Strategic Management

Hire right, manage for strengths, build trust, invest in your employees development and coach with compassion. Celebrate diversity, talents and contributions. Manage with intention, not on a whim.

Build a shared vision for a better world with your GREEN TEAM.

Jeff Bezos Blazon Laurels

Hospitality Audit Programs

Perhaps, it’s the time to begin your GREEN TEAM and make a positive impact on your company culture? Focus on low hanging fruit. Small investment with huge payoffs.

Your team can start easily and seamlessly improve by choosing from these four audit programs:

1) Energy, Water and Waste Management Efficiency

2) Landscape Optimization

3) Employee Engagement

4) Financial Finesse

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Doing well and doing good

Sustainable Business

The more sustainable your business is, the better for you, your employees and your bottom lines (people, planet and profit). Sustainable businesses have the cutting-edge, competitive advantage when operating profitably, innovatively and responsibly.

Could your company benefit from learning what industry leaders are doing now? Could your team use some inspiration for new thoughts, processes and innovations?

Perhaps, it’s time to participate in an Introduction to Sustainability Workshop.

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