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Sidewalks: The Way They See It

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July 31, 2011

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Sidewalks: The Way They See It

Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.

– Amy Lowell –

Sidewalks: The Way They See It

Every Tuesday volunteers serve more than 100 Chicago homeless people with food from fine dining restuarants — all with dignity and grace. Here they are not faceless and referred to as “Guests,” and sometimes even as “Artists:” for the last eight years, some of them have received inexpensive disposable cameras and have gone about the adventure of capturing their lives. This work culminates with a one-night-only exhibition, “After Supper: Visions of My Life.” The photos sell for $100, with $75 of that going to the photographers, some of whom have used the money to buy their own cameras. And perhaps most importantly, as the founders of this project say, “They are proud of their work. They share their joy.” { read more }

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Lighting the Way in Slums

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July 30, 2011

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Lighting the Way in Slums

Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself.

– Desiderius Erasmus –

Lighting the Way in Slums

Plastic bottles jut from the roofs in a Manila slum neighborhood. But these bottles have an important purpose: they contain bleach and water and are placed snugly into a purpose-built hole in the roof. Designed by students at MIT, they reflect sunlight, spreading 360 degrees of 55-watt-light through the room beneath. Using the simplest of technologies, these bottles brighten dim and dreary shanties, emitting clear light for about five years. The invention is part of a project called “Isang Litrong Liwanag,” which means A Litre of Light, and helps some of the poorest Philippines residents save money and live better — in a renewable way. { read more }

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Check out the website for the project, which aims to bring these Solar Bottle Bulbs to communities around the Phillipines. { more }

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Video of the Week: How Can We Create More Heroes?

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Jul 29, 2011
How Can We Create More Heroes?

How Can We Create More Heroes?

Can modern science help us to create heroes? That’s the lofty question behind Philip Zimbardo’s Heroic Imagination Project, started by a Stanford professor who has spent 50 years teaching and studying psychology. The goal of the project is simple: to put decades of experimental research to use in training the next generation of exemplary Americans, churning out good guys with the same efficiency that gangs and terrorist groups produce bad guys. In this video, he inaugurates the project.
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Using Soccer to Turn it Around

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July 29, 2011

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Using Soccer to Turn it Around

Turn your wounds into wisdom.

– Oprah Winfrey –

Using Soccer to Turn it Around

Lisa Wrightsman used soccer to turn her life around, and now she’s using it to help others do the same. Wrightsman was in a semipro league, but later succumbed to drugs, alcohol, homelessness and jail. Last year, however, she entered a Volunteers of America recovery program and discovered their street soccer program. With soccer as her pivot, she made a big shift in her own life, and then saw the potential of street soccer as a movement to help others also get off the street. “I saw she changed. I wanted what worked for her to work for me,” said Christina Sanchez, 31, who is now part of the team. With Wrightman’s leadership, for the first time, Sacramento will send a women’s Mohawks homeless soccer team to the national tournament this summer. { read more }

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Why Are Easy Decisions So Hard?

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July 28, 2011

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Why Are Easy Decisions So Hard?

Indecision may or may not be my problem.

– Jimmy Buffett –

Why Are Easy Decisions So Hard?

“Why do I squander so much mental energy on the mundane purchases of everyday life? I think I’ve found a good answer. Although I know that every floss will work well enough, sometimes I still can’t help waste an embarrassing amount of time on the decision. What I believe happens is that instead of realizing that picking a floss is an easy decision, I confuse the array of options and excess of information with importance, which then leads my brain to conclude that this decision is worth lots of time and attention. Call it the drug store heuristic: A cluttered store shelf leads us to automatically assume that a choice must really matter, even if it doesn’t.” Jonah Lehrer, the author of “How We Decide” further describes some clever experiments that expose the cognitive illusion of seemingly important choices. { read more }

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Observe your own decision making today. What factors contribute to hard decisions? What factors contribute to easy ones?

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Living Plastic Free

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July 27, 2011

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Living Plastic Free

One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began, though the voices around you kept shouting their bad advice.

– Mary Oliver –

Living Plastic Free

Three years ago, Beth Terry, like many other Americans chose double plastic bags, threw the plastic bottles in the trash and ate frozen dinners — generating about 100 lbs of plastic waste a year. But after seeing a photo of the sea being filled with plastic products, she resolved to live a plastic free life. From January to November 2010, she generated less than 2 pounds of plastic waste. And she went further. Beth discovered that Clorox’s US Brita water filters are recycled in Europe. 7 months, 16,000 signatures and 600 filters later, Beth successfully petitioned Clorox. Beth asks, “What difference can one person make?” Most of all, one person who reduces their plastic waste is motivated to drive for systemic change. As Beth states in this TEDx video, “We have the power to change the menu that’s offered to us.” { read more }

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A Low Electron Diet

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July 26, 2011

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A Low Electron Diet

Time = Life. Therefore, waste your time and waste your life, or master your time and master your life.

– Alan Lakein –

A Low Electron Diet

Author Shannon Hayes turns her computer off every morning around 9 am, once her workday is complete. Then she tunes out the rest of the world and tunes into her family, home, and farm. Very often the telephone gets turned off, too. So does the radio. “I shut out the wide world to tend to my immediate world.” Hayes continues: “Radical homemakers are not one-person wonders, single-handedly capable of heroic feats of self-reliance. Rather, we have some meta-skills that work the real magic: savvy functioning within a life-serving economy, an ability to self-teach and overcome fears, realistic expectations, an understanding of what gives us deep pleasure, and, most importantly, relationship skills. I don’t do it all. I am in an interdependent relationship with my family and my closest friends, and together, we get stuff done.” { read more }

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Try an experiment of turning off your technology for a set period of time each day for a week.

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Why Patience Pays Off

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July 25, 2011

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Why Patience Pays Off

Patience is the companion of wisdom.

– St. Augustine –

Why Patience Pays Off

“Consider this powerful quote by Lao Tzu: ‘Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles, and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving until the right action arises by itself?’ We might think of “waiting” as taking time, but it’s actually less about clock time and more about inner space. Of course, there are moments when our immediate gut-level response to a situation is a flash of intuition that can be trusted, moments when it’s crystal clear what needs to be done. But at other times, an experience stirs up some of that inner mud, and at those times, patience engages us in the process of becoming still. An unclear mind, one in which right action isn’t obvious, isn’t a “bad” thing. Wisdom, after all, develops at the edges of our understanding.” A deep reflection on why patience pays off: { read more }

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You Can’t Buy Empathy

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July 24, 2011

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You Can't Buy Empathy

Self-absorption in all its forms kills empathy, let alone compassion. When we focus on ourselves, our world contracts as our problems and preoccupations loom large.

– Daniel Goleman –

You Can’t Buy Empathy

“It’s not what you know but who you know,” the saying goes, suggesting that social connections breed success. But it seems there’s at least one way that the well educated are less socially connected: New research finds that those with an economic advantage have more trouble reading others’ emotions. In a series of studies, researchers examined how well participants could judge the emotions that other people were feeling, a skill known as “empathic accuracy.” In one study, they showed 200 adults photos of faces expressing different emotions, finding that people with just a high school education identified the emotions more accurately than people who had a four-year college degree. { read more }

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In this short passage, Paul Gorman talks about the listening mind, and how it facilitates a “closer attunement with the empathy and compassion of our heart.” { more }

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Pick Up Artists Across America

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July 23, 2011

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Pick Up Artists Across America

We have the power to challenge and redefine beauty every day through our words and actions.

– Ben Barry –

Pick Up Artists Across America

When most people see a fast-food bag fluttering on the corner of the highway, they probably shake their heads and keep on driving. The Pick Up Artists aren’t most people. These four young environmentalists are driving across America, conducting roadside cleanups and spreading the word about reducing waste. After just three months on the road, the Pick Up America project has already collected more than 37,000 pounds of garbage. And they’re only 340 miles into their 2-year, cross-country trip. { read more }

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