With the constant and rapid changes in technology, and the decline in government funding, public libraries around the world have found themselves at a crossroads. But a small town in the Netherlands has taken a radical approach to creating a library that better fits the realities of the 21st century. Relying heavily on what the community was looking for, they changed the traditional run-of-the-mill library into a thriving, interactive space. Read more about the dramatic results.
It works because RLabs is a movement by people for people. Marlon Parker grew up in the Cape Flats township of Cape Town, surrounded by increasing rates of unemployment, crime, gang violence and drug abuse. As the eldest in a single-parent household, Marlon was compelled to supplement the family's i...
It reminds me of the hauntingly beautiful Leonard Cohen song, “Hallelujah”:
Love is not a victory march… It’s a cold and broken Hallelujah
What if life is not just about the goal? What if it is not even just about the path to the goal? I’ve ever heard wise people tell us that life is not about the success but about the buoyancy, the bounce back, the get-back-up-after-you-get-knocked-down.
What if it is not even the bounce back, but the fall better, fail bette
Cathryn Wellner's insight:
K.D. Lang's version of "Hallelujah" moves me more than any other. Here's her performance at the Vancouver Olympics, along with a poem in the same spirit.
Forgiving yourself for your stupid mistakes can be really difficult. By doing so, though, Courtney Martin argues that you will not only honor those who love you deeply and you will stop beating yourself up in the process.
Cathryn Wellner's insight:
Beautiful thought - honouring the people who love you by forgiving yourself.
In 1997, he asked: "Who could have thought we would ever be an example, except of awfulness; who could ever have thought we would be held up as a model to the rest of the world?" Today, South Africa's healing process is a beacon of hope for the United States.
"...to have a relationship with a wild creature, first you have to have a relationship with yourself." For thousands of years, human beings have lived side by side with animals. We share a common heritage here on earth, and, when we open our minds, we find there is much to learn from wild perspectives around us. Steve Karlin shares the insights he has gained after years spent caring for and connecting with animals; going within to connect with all that is without
Cathryn Wellner's insight:
For anyone who loves animals, this is incredibly moving.
Yerdle, an online marketplace where people can give and get used stuff for free, sounds like a modest entry in the sharing economy, the technology sector that helps people rent, sell or swap resources. [...] Yerdle has a deeper mission to extend the life span of consumer products, whether an old Cuisinart, the tennis racket cluttering the garage or a kid's abandoned Barbies. [...] Yerdle co-founder Adam Werbach says he wants to cut the amount of new things people purchase by 25 percent. "Acce
Up until she was 16, Khalida Brohi attempted to heal the sadness she felt when she witnessed atrocities committed on women in her community by crying into her pillow, silently at night, not knowing how else to help. However, a personal tragedy in her life -- the honor killing murder of her close friend -- moved Brohi into fierce action. A teenager herself, Brohi became a champion of women's rights, raising awareness about honor killings, spreading her inspiration door-to-door in her village in Pakistan, and across the world through social media. In this TEDx talk, Brohi talks about the valuable lessons she and her team at Sughar (her non-profit social enterprise) have learned, about what makes a women's rights campaign truly successful.
[Few months back, Nipun-bhai gave a talk at an Awakin Circle at the Urban Ashram -- in our home. The talk, and it's accompanying presence, moved many of us profoundly. As a way to share our gratitude, we got a hold of a cell phone recording and transcribed it for
1. "Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it." -- Goethe 2. "Security is mostly a superstition. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing." -- Helen Keller 3. "It's not because things are difficult that we dare not venture. It's because we dare not venture that they are difficult." -- Seneca 4. "Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far it is possible to go." -- T.S. Eliot 5. "What you have to do and the way you have to do it is incredibly simple. Whether you are willing to do it is another matter." -- Peter Drucker
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