Tuesday, October 17, 2017

What We Measure. What We Value. And Why the Difference Matters.

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October 17, 2017

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What We Measure. What We Value. And Why the Difference Matters.

Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.

- William Bruce Cameron -

What We Measure. What We Value. And Why the Difference Matters.

This thought-provoking piece highlights the problems that can occur when we let what we measure tell us what to value. "Whether you are in business, government, non-profit or academics, the metrics that surround you drive your action. The purpose of all these metrics is to drive productive action, and if you instead interpret these metrics as a measure of value, a very different set of counter-productive actions can emanate. This realization is an invitation to make an audacious attempt to first understand what productive action is in your context: that action which helps your work come alive and connects you to the rest of humanity through your unique contribution." { read more }

Be The Change

Think of something you wish to accomplish by the end of the year. Now, come up with one small productive action you can take every day from now until then to help you achieve it.


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Monday, October 16, 2017

The Myth of the Digital Gene

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The Myth of the Digital Gene

Attention is the most basic form of love; through it we bless and are blessed.

- John Tarrant -

The Myth of the Digital Gene

How do parents raise children in this digital age? In this TEDx talk, Mary Rothschild suggests that what children most need is a parent's loving attention. Concerned that media saturation intrudes on a child's imagination, she urges parents to consider the types of media their children are consuming and to make sure they also have plenty of free play, alone time, quiet, and attention. { read more }

Be The Change

Take time with your family at the end of the day to share stories together.
Repurpose empty time--perhaps waiting in a grocery line can be used to tell your children how their grandparents met. Give your full attention to your child.


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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Snakes and Strawberries

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Snakes and Strawberries

Harmony makes small things grow, lack of it makes great things decay.

- Sallust -

Snakes and Strawberries

What can the simplicity of a small home garden teach us about the complexities of the world? Perhaps that life is about finding harmony within ever-changing conditions. Recognizing how balance can be created, and when to act (or not act) according to the needs of the environment. In witnessing the dance of snakes and strawberries in her garden, the author of this piece arrives at the quiet insight that when we attempt to improve situations without looking deeper into the effects of our actions, our deeds can lead to more imbalance. Perhaps earth balance, conservation and peace is less about forcing change, and more about finding the harmony in all life. Finding the sweet spot where snakes and strawberries can both find their home on this earth. { read more }

Be The Change

Think of a way to harmonize yours, or another's life today. To offer support, balance and assistance where it is needed. Before you act, consider all of the effects your actions will have. Notice how you can keep the harmony in your offering.


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Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Refuge

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The Refuge

We do not govern simply through laws and by force, but by example -- by what we reveal of our basic values in relation to Nature and a resident people.

- John Haines -

The Refuge

For hundreds of generations, the Gwich'in people of Alaska and northern Canada have depended on the caribou that migrate through the Arctic Refuge. They believe that they are guardians of the herd, and that the fates of the people and the caribou are forever entwined. For the last 30 years, the Gwich'in have been fighting to preserve a pristine coastal plain where the caribou calve their young, "the Sacred Place Where Life Begins." With their traditional culture threatened by oil extraction and climate change, two Gwich'in women are continuing a decades-long fight of to protect their land and future. { read more }

Be The Change

Sign the CARE2 petition and dd your voice to over a million other Americans asking senators to designate the coastal plain of the Arctic Refuge as wilderness. { more }


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