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Interesting. . . February 28, 2011

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Dambisa Moyo is a controversial figure known for her opposition to the concept of aid for Africa. A native to Zambia, Moyo is an economist who argues, “Systemic aid to Africa (aid from institutions such as governments or the World Bank) breeds corruption and dependence”.  Check out her website – LINK!

She has published two books :

Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa

How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly – And the Stark Choices Ahead

 

To Be Free February 22, 2011

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Happy Belated Nina (thanks for the reminder Meres-Sia).

Silence/Sound February 11, 2011

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Diggin’ this video. Try watching it in silence, then listening in sound.

Practicing Fearlessness February 9, 2011

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Just the other day someone told me that mastery is repetitive action and I would add unwavering passion to that. This year I am making a self promise to chip away at the walls of fear that I at times submit to and practice fearlessness.

This morning I got this reminder to stay on course:

Mmmmm? February 8, 2011

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Vegetarian Curried Coconut Pumpkin-Stew from MarthaStewart.com

So this semester I have a Sustainability Studio course. One of our assignments is a personal sustainability project in which we are tasked to take on a sustainable action in our personal lives for the duration of the Spring semester. I thought it through and decided to become a vegetarian for the semester (and possibly beyond, depending on how I feel). Here’s what I said:

My personal sustainability project will be no showering. I will conserve water by not taking a shower or a bath from now until the end of the semester. . .

okay, I’ve thought about it, and although this action may enhance my Leadership by Design project experience (ask Dolly, Andrew, Eric or Jessica), this would also considerably enhance the nasal discomfort of my fellow classmates, coworkers, and loved ones. So I will spare everyone the smelly agony.

My actual project will be to eliminate my consumption of meat from my diet for the entire semester and possibly beyond that as well.

It turns out that there is some serious clear cutting of rainforests for animal grazing and animal farms produce millions of tons of CO2 and methane each year. The amount of energy and material that is used to produce, package and deliver meat is of great hazard to the environment as well.

While, I love a good In-N-Out burger and lamb tikka misala and rosemary chicken and spicy turkey sausage. . .(damn! This is going to be difficult!), my commitment to taking action in my life for the greater good is much more important. So I am taking the no meat challenge this semester.

 

Hearts in the Rubble February 7, 2011

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Stone hearts made from earthquake rubble by Haitian Stone Carvers. Photo from HandEye Magazine

Yep! February 3, 2011

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Just uncovered this one. . .

 

Christian Scott straight outta New Orleans