Let the Doers Do!

One of my friends just posted this in response to the nay sayers, over the couple trying to realize the solar roadways.

 “People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.” – George Bernard Shaw

I must admit that I have been guilty of thinking or telling people that it just won’t work. Yet, I have been proven wrong time and time again.

People are remarkable and some achieve great things, I should praise their vision rather than poo poo their idea. If they fall, I  shouldn’t say I told you so. I should help them up, because they will learn from the fall and one day, they may well be the change makers that this world needs.

So, help them or get out of their way, but we shouldn’t drag them down, because we don’t have the courage to dream big.

 

Talk about Upcycling

NY tImes Pass it On.

NY tImes Pass it On.

Ah, I just love the ingenuity of humans and how people who have little just make do and are no less happy. In fact, they need less to make them happy.

In the lead up to the World Cup, it seems only appropriate to show an ingenious Congolese man, who fashions scraps into a soccer ball for village children, so they can play the sport they love.

Long live human ingenuity and keep up the recycling!

FreeStores – little gifts of gratefulness

Last weekend some friends helped to open a FreeStore. I had never heard of the concept, but now I have it seems to be everywhere. A FreeStore does what the name implies. They accept donations and give stuff away to people who can’t afford it.

You can't buy happiness, but you might just get it for free

You can’t buy happiness, but you might just get it for FREE!

There was an interesting interview with a longer standing FreeStore owner yesterday, which was very sweet. 38 year old Andrea Berdine tells the story of what drove her to start a “business” where people give if they can or just receive if they can’t.

“Berdine started the project in 2012 after witnessing something that brought her to tears. She was shopping at a retail store when she saw a man turned away because he asked for a coat.

“He was ridiculed, put down, made fun of,” she recalled. “He was wanting a coat. I said, ‘So you have racks and racks of coats here. And that man is cold and he’s wet and it’s raining and he’s obviously homeless.’ And nobody would give him a coat.”

Berdine was stunned. She got in her car and drove around until she found the man. She then picked up her husband’s jacket from the back seat.

“I gave him the coat. Told him he was a man of worth. Told him I was embarrassed that that happened in our community,” she said.”

Most of us would have that spare coat at home, but few of us would have reacted in such a generous manner. We will probably give the coat to a thrift store down the line and they will sell it on to someone that can afford it. Why not give it to the person that is cold and wet right now? A small sacrifice in time for a very compassionate act. I do hope I can see beyond the business of my life if I am placed in a similar situation.

I was saddened to hear that my friends’ FreeStore has encountered some people in the community that are angry about what they are doing. It is a curious reaction that I can’t grasp. I would be intrigued to find out why they feel this way. They don’t have to go there, they don’t have to donate … a little odd I feel.

Good luck to all those people that are trying to make the world a better place, one little solution at at time.

 

Can solar pave the way?

I love people with out of the box ideas …. Solar Roadways, really? On the one side it sounds ridiculous, on the other hand if Scott and Julie Brusaw can pull it off the potential is limitless! Imagine our roads that are largely eyesores, serving us as an energy source and a way to make the roads safer and reduce the environmental impact of cars, salt and storm water.

I’m not sure how the manufacturing stacks up on the environmental side, but the idea will no doubt evolve and has the potential to be brilliant! Their Indiegogo  fundraising campaign has raised $1,652,248USD to date and exceeded their goal by a mile. It shows that people are ready to try something new and care enough about our planet that they are essentially willing to give their money away for a cause without personal gain.

The construction will be far more expensive, but there are so many people that could benefit. Power companies could replace unsightly power lines with far more efficient subterranean power cables, that could carry fiber optic cables at the same time.

Road signage could be revolutionized with LED lighting the the way at night, warning of hazards. As a cyclist who has had too many close calls with motorists on their cell phones, perhaps the panels could flash around someone that is talking or texting, so that I can steer clear of them. Ah the uses are endless.

I wish Scott and Julie all the very best with their venture! It won’t be the answer, but it could well be another step closer.

Get back on that horse

I’m not the biggest fan of horses, but I do agree with the old adage, that if you get bucked off the horse, you just have to get back on.

However, I’m not sure I would have the courage to do what Mike Coots did….

instagram.com/mikecoots

instagram.com/mikecoots

Yes, you see a prosthetic leg in that shot and given my recent stumbling steps at learning how to surf, that alone seems a remarkable feat to me…..however, that is just a small part….he lost his leg to a shark and still ventures back into the ocean. In fact he is a great advocate of sharks and marine conservation.

instagram.com/mikecoots

instagram.com/mikecoots

instagram.com/mikecoots

instagram.com/mikecoots

As a big fan of the ocean and a person happy to dive with sharks, I have always been a little uneasy, when on the surface. I can’t imagine the courage it takes to overcome the trauma of losing a limb….Mike seems to think it is something to laugh at.

instagram.com/mikecoots

Laughing at his injury instagram.com/mikecoots

Check out his website and Instagram account. He has some amazing images there.

Exploiting stereotypes

Generally I am not a big fan of stereotypes. We all have preconceived ideas and they can often get in the way of judging people on merit rather than past experience or worse on hearsay. However, in the case of Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) they are being exploited to great effect!

Bikers are so often maligned as bad influences, violent and criminal elements, but BACA exploits that reputation to help children that have been abused. Arriving as a big presence, they send a clear message to the local community and the children, that they will protect them.  In many cases this has given the victims the confidence to speak out against their abusers and has given them a ‘family’ around which they can rebuild their lives after their ordeal.

Way to use a stereotype for good! It also demonstrates the dangers of judging a book by its cover.

First slow food now slow coffee with a smile

I’m a big fan of my morning coffee, but a personalized coffee cup designed by the 41-year-old barista and artist Gabriel Nkweti Lafitte would certainly add some wow. Each cup can take up to  40 hours to design and gives his masterpieces to customers who have exhibited kindness. Lafitte loves seeing the delight and appreciation in the faces of people that get their coffee in his art cups. Lafitte hopes that one day he may be able to craft his designs on a more permanent medium like ceramic mugs.

If you want a special cup , make your way to the British Museum and be kind to others!

Lafitte's work is on display inside the Starbucks opposite the British Museum in central London.

He gets daily requests from fans who come to the museum hoping he’ll produce a cup for them.
He gets daily requests from fans who come to the museum hoping he'll produce a cup for them.

He told Metro: “I love seeing people’s reaction to my drawings. I enjoy the joy and surprise on their faces.”

He told Metro : "I love seeing people’s reaction to my drawings. I enjoy the joy and surprise on their faces."

Some designs take up to 40 hours for him to complete.
Some designs take up to 40 hours for him to complete.

He tells BuzzFeed he would love to see his designs become real ceramic cups on day.

You can see more below and on his Facebook page.
You can see more below and on his Facebook page .

Learn to appreciate the little things

I was watching this clip and instantly thought that the is must be in England. The poor english are so reserved that they can’t even show that they are enjoying some amazing artistic talent when it happens in front of them. Instead they stoically stare over the top of the talented piano player. The ones snapping pictures and videos are probably tourists.

One shame about the video is that they don’t seem to have used the original soundtrack. I guess it didn’t record well, but it does detract from the authenticity. Still it looks like he is a brilliant piano player and it is a shame that the people treated to this free concert didn’t take a moment out of their busy life bubbles to go “wow what a treat!”.

Most of us can’t have amazing lives every moment of the day, but appreciating the little things along the way certainly makes them feel better!

 

Getting older, but not growing old

Stanisław Kowalski, from Świdnica, Poland was born in 1910 and he just set a new European centenarian record after running 100m in a remarkable 32.79 seconds (that is only a little over 3 times slower than the remarkable Usain Bolt)!

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Stanislaw Kowalski, 104, from Swidnica, Poland, has become the oldest person in Europe to run a 100m race – smashing the record previously held by a 96-year-old

Mr Kowalski spent the majority of his working life either walking or cycling the 10km (6miles) to work and took up running when he was a sprightly 92 years old. His secret to longevity: ‘Do not overfeed and do not eat at night. Sometimes you can drink 50 grams, but not every day.’

Possibly more remarkable is the indefatigable Fauja Singh, who may well be the only 100 year old to ever run a marathon. This British centenarian marathon runner of Punjabi Sikh descent, has a personal best time for the London Marathon (2003) is 6 hours 2 minutes set at the tender age of 92. It is a time he beat by 22 minutes at the 2003 Toronto Waterfront Marathon.

On 16 October 2011, Singh became the first 100-year-old to finish a marathon, completing the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in 8:11:06. So, if you are feeling old or down on yourself. Think about these two and give yourself a little kick. “If you don’t use it you lose it”… so keep using it!

Guerrilla art threatens to inspire students

Every Sunday or Monday night two rogue college students sneak into a vacant classroom, at the Columbus College of Art and Design, and create a masterpiece using nothing but their talent and ordinary chalk. The anonymous duo, who go by the name Dangerdust, leave behind nothing but rearranged furniture, chalk dust and inspirational messages.

By all accounts they are both seniors in Advertising & Graphic Design, and working toward graduating and entering the real world, yet they remain committed to creating their weekly chalk art extravaganza.

They draw on inspirational quotes by the likes of:Banksy, Ellen Lupton, Claude Debussy, Nicole Jacek, Tavi Gevinson, J.M. Barrie, Stefan Sagmeister, Bill Cosby, Jessica Hirsche, and Nelson Mandela and many more and illustrate them in unique and beautiful ways.

The depth they create with only standard chalk is amazing.

Source: Reddit via Viralnova

Masquerading as Dangerdust these two talented individuals have TwitterInstagram and Behance accounts. As yet they have not revealed their true identities. Perhaps they will start an anonymous branding agency or continue on as urban artists like Banksy. I do hope that they inspire other people to tap into their creative potential! Keep it up!