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Tribute Circle | RELIEF | Tzu Chi

My first exposure to the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation wasn’t random but was a pleasant, heartwarming and serendipitous surprise. My involvement in social and environmental justice education basically planted me in this tranquil San Diego downtown cafe and bookstore called EcoVerse: Jing Si Books & Cafe. Upon entering, I felt a calming effect. Perhaps, it was the warm smiles? The beautiful artwork? The zen decor? The smell of freshly brewed tea? The soft music? Whatever the reason, I felt at home.

Tzu Chi Environmental AdvocateMy original intention was to use their knowledgable staff and inspirational learning space for an upcoming “Zero-Waste Living-Party” to promote the sustainable lifestyle in our community. Then, in the future, I had hoped to plan other educational events there. I had no idea what else this experience had in store for me.

Pure. Authentic. Inspiration.

What inspired me

"Tzu Chi’s core values in disaster relief included a deep respect for the environment and an emphasis on personal connections."

— www.us.tzuchi.org
I learned that the blue and white clad volunteers of Tzu Chi were first responders in many worldwide disasters. What seemed incredible to me was their sustainable methods used in disaster relief. They pitched tents, ate sustainably and left no trash behind. They entered quietly and left just as quietly. I am still surprised that there is no fanfare, no publicity … just immediate service to those in need.  I was touched by a story of how each handout is given with both hands, accompanied by a smile, with a bow or hug ensuring the dignity and respect for each recipient. The blankets given are made from recycled bottles. The rice only needs water (doesn’t matter whether it’s hot or cold). The mattresses are portable. Mostly, I was, and still am, impressed at how this organization is able to offer impactful assistance with incredible compassion.

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Tribute Circle | NGO | Kids for Peace

184073_2081499110130_1024626111_32303418_4775514_n_2Kids for Peace

           Inspired by children.
              Designed for children.
               Developed by children.
Benefits the world.

 

This global non-profit organization (501c3) embodies KIDS leadership, opinions and direction. The KIDS, toddlers to teens, lead the way toward peace. This is what makes KIDS FOR PEACE different than any other NGO. The motto – “KINDNESS MATTERS” is indisputable and is strengthened by participation in the Annual Great Kindness Challenge. The byline – “Uplifting our world through LOVE and ACTION” is encouraging and hopeful. The guiding principles – “The Peace Pledge” was created in 2006 by the kid members of the first chapter after they were asked these fundamental questions:

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“What does peace mean to you?”
“What do you want our world to look like?”
“What can you do to create the world you wish to see?”
“What do you want to pledge yourself to?”

 

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Is our fight against GMOs hopeless?

What exactly does GMO mean?

G=Genetically

M=Modified

O=Organisms

Why are GMOs controversial?Anne Lappe Blazon Laurels

Approximately 80% of US processed foods contain GMOs.

GMO seeds are produced primarily by Monsanto (alongside five other smaller companies). In addition to providing seeds for corn, soybean, cotton, wheat, canola, sorghum and sugar cane seeds, Monsanto is the producer of RoundUp Weed Killer. They have manufactured a way to place built-in pesticides into the seed so bugs won’t eat produce as it grows. They have modified the DNA so fruits and vegetables grows faster and larger than conventional seeds.

Research has linked dis-ease, cancer, tumors and organ failure in 80% of rats fed GMO foods. However, Monsanto’s website  says, “There is no need for, or value in testing the safety of GM foods in humans.”

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Things I Carry: Connection

Things I Carry: Connection

Things I Carry: Connection is the first but not necessarily the most important

Connection to people, organization and knowledge

My iPhone and iPad Mini offer me a way to connect on many levels. First, I can communicate traditionally with a phone call, quickly with a text or virtually with social media forums. Then, I can keep track of appointments and to do’s. Next, I can document with photos. Last, I can read, research and revel.

Nourishment for my mind and body

I carry a refillable water bottle, tea, sweetener and some snacks. My favorite tea is Egyptian Licorice Mint by Yogi (introduced to me by a dear friend) with a drop of SweetLeaf Stevia. The snack is either a Clif Bar or something a bit sweeter like Australian black licorice or Endangered Species organic chocolate.

Relaxation for peace of mind

Music is a must. Either Pandora or predesigned iTunes song lists. Also, Beats by Dr. Dre headphones that can drown out all the hustle and bustle. Sometimes, it’s valuable to recharge and music seems to set the mood.

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Leadership as an Experience in Humanness

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The Ken Blanchard Companies

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Cheryl DePonte is a Human Resources Learning and Performance Specialist at The Ken Blanchard Companies and has over 15 years experience in the fields of organizational effectiveness and human resources development.

Leadership as an Experience in Humanness

At the beginning of my career, desperate for experience, I took whatever job I could in my field. Fortunately, my first manager treated employees and customers like gold. Luck struck twice when I was hired by yet another wonderful manager.

Screen Shot 2013-03-29 at 11.00.02 AMRegrettably, subsequent managers provided the “opportunity” to witness appalling treatment of both employees and customers. Still relatively naïve, I unconsciously swept their behavior under the rug in an attempt to gain valuable experience.

As my skill-set grew, I became disillusioned with my own attempts to lead. Emulating a combination of previous managers, who overall, seemed successful, led to followers who appeared blatantly angry, humiliated, and hostile. Advised not to take it personally, I couldn’t help but wonder what I was doing wrong and how I could change. With a warrior mentality, I read every work regarding leadership I could find and studied leaders as if by doing so I could internalize their success merely by being in their presence.

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