05 – Cameron Brown – Dream Big, Live Fully, Make an Impact

Join me in a discussion with Cameron Brown, who is travelling the world helping people, organizations, businesses and communities Dream Big, Live Fully and Make an Impact in the world around them. If we are going to build a better world, we have to prepare ourselves to take on the challenges ahead, no matter what they may be. Cameron has some good answers and raises many great questions we should all consider.

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04 – Food Waste – John Grant, Environmentalist and Harvard MBA


Join me for an interview with John Grant, environmentalist and consultant on Food Waste.
A fascinating, compelling and totally engaged individual, John is a real treat for the ears and mind.

John referenced more than a few websites and books. I am listing a some of them here:
www.FuturePointe.com
www.EshsDiscountGroceries.com
www.AMomsParadise.com – lots of stores listed here
www.DailyTable.org
www.EcoWatch.com
www.FutureEarth.org

Books:
Endangered Economies by Geoff Heal
This Spaceship Earth (2015) by D. Houle & T. Rumage
Big World, Small Planet (2015) by J. Rockstrom
High Tide on Main Street: …Rising Seas…(rev. & updated, 2014) by John Englander

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03 – Tim Askew , founder of Corporate Rain, on Small Business

Tim Askew, founder of Corporate Rain, joins me for a discussion of finding meaning in entrepreneurship. Tim found his calling after a career as a teacher, administrator, singer, actor, caterer and finally an entrepreneur. He is a long time friend and exceedingly interesting and thought provoking person. I hope you enjoy our discussion.

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02 – Sports and Education with Mike Doolittle

Mike Doolittle, former Harvard National Champion Varsity 8 Heavyweight rower, is writing a book about college sports. The discussion is fascinating and raises many questions about the our system of higher education and the evolution of a sport system that is exceedingly expensive and unlike anything else in the world. What are we doing and where are we going? How does it impact our elementary and high school systems? Is this what we want to continue?

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My country

I just want to say during this mess of a political season that I am standing up. This is my country, not theirs. It does not belong to the Republicans, or Democrats. It is not the bankers, or brokers. It doesn’t belong to any particular group, religious or social. It belongs to me, and to you. This effort of mine is my way of saying I have had enough. Time to roll up my sleeves and do something about it. I have had enough of this shit. The media as a whole has been disgraceful. Trump is a joke and yet he is supported by something like 40 percent of the electorate. That is more than horrendous. Is Hillary perfect? No, but who is? She is far better than that idiot. We have to get our act together on so many levels. I am asking for your help. Join me.

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Combat Flip Flops

This is the type of company that we have to support. I found it via an ad I followed, which I am usually hesitant to do. However please check them out here. Their mission statement is below:

THE MISSION

To create peaceful, forward-thinking opportunities for self-determined entrepreneurs affected by conflict. Our willingness to take bold risks, community connection, and distinct designs communicate, “Business, Not Bullets”–flipping the view on how wars are won. Through persistence, respect, and creativity, we empower the mindful consumer to manufacture peace through trade.
As Army Rangers with several Afghanistan tours behind them, Griff and Lee saw a country filled with hard-working, creative people who wanted jobs, not handouts.
Flip flops were just the start. We’ve taken a product that people in nearly every country on the planet wear, and made it a weapon for change. Right now, all our flip flops are made in Bogota, Colombia, providing jobs and investing in people who desperately need it. We’ve done that with all the products we sell.Our USA made Claymore Bag’s flip the script, on traditional weapons of war. Instead of carrying bombs, these bags act as a carry-all for business tools like iPad’s, laptops and more.

Our Cover and Concealment sarongs are handmade in Afghanistan by local women. Each one takes three days to make, and each sale puts an Afghan girl into secondary school for a week.

The Peacemaker Bangle and Coinwrap are sent to us straight from artisans in Laos – and they’re made from bombs. Each bracelet sold clears 3 square meters of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) from a region rocked by long-term war – saving lives and providing economic opportunity.

UNAPOLOGETICALLY, WE MAKE COOL STUFF IN DANGEROUS PLACES.

We do this because it’s our job to show others what’s possible, then encourage them to join us.


WELCOME TO THE UNARMED FORCES.

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Setting the foundation from Richard Branson

Richard Branson’s 18 tips for Success

  1. Don’t do it if you don’t enjoy it
  2. Be Visible
  3. Choose your name wisely
  4. You can’t run a business without taking risks
  5. The first impression is everything, so is the second
  6. Perfection is unattainable
  7. The customer is always right, most of the time.
  8. Define your brand
  9. Explore uncharted territory
  10. Beware of the “us vs. them” environment
  11. Build a corporate comfort zone
  12. Not everyone is suited to be a CEO
  13. Seek a second opinion, then seek a third
  14. Cut ties without burning bridges
  15. Pick up the phone
  16. Change should not be feared, but it should be managed
  17. When it comes to making mistakes, bounce back, don’t fall down
  18. Be a leader, not a boss
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A Man on a Mission

This is a superb piece in the NY Times, here,  that completely surprised me about a NY Giants football player. This guy waits for no one and views life as an adventure. He is a true inspiration for everyone.

We have much to do and people like him can and will lead the way.

 

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Political Think Tanks in America

How do they influence policy? What exactly do they do? What makes them effective? How do they survive? Who funds them?

A list on Wikipedia here

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Project life

One can certainly take many structures and think that they can explain the universe. We use metaphors all the time to draw parallels. I tend to lean to a “Project” way of thinking. No matter what I do, or want to do I can look at it in terms of a project: I want to go from point A to point B. How am I going to get there? What do I have to do to make it happen? What are the problems? I plan it out, organize all the pieces, and then implement the plan, adjusting as I go until I reach my destination. It does not matter what the Point A and Point B are, the processes are much the same from one format to the next. Obviously the technical aspects of the journey vary considerably, but not the process.

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