Statistician Nic Marks asks why we measure a nation's success by its productivity -- instead of by the happiness and well-being of its people. He introduces the Happy Planet Index, which tracks national well-being against resource use (because a happy life doesn't have to cost the earth). Which countries rank highest in the HPI? You might be surprised.
In our louder and louder world, says sound expert Julian Treasure, "We are losing our listening." In this short, fascinating talk, Treasure shares five ways to re-tune your ears for conscious listening -- to other people and the world around you.
To Reimagine America, we must reimagine capitalism. Capitalism has been extraordinarily successful over the past two centuries at raising human living standards, life expectancy and life satisfaction. But the old way is not working any more. The world has changed so much and people have evolved so rapidly that we need to bring a higher level of consciousness to the world of business. When we do so, the results can be astonishing.
From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It'll teach you something, it'll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever. http://storyofstuff.org
Lissa Rankin, MD is an OB/GYN physician, author, keynote speaker, consultant to health care visionaries, professional artist, and founder of the women's health and wellness community OwningPink.com. Discouraged by the broken, patriarchal health care system, she left her medical practice in 2007 only to realize that you can quit your job, but you can't quit your calling. This epiphany launched her on a journey of discovery
It's easy to become frustrated and overwhelmed by the traditional news media...but I have found something very different and life-affirming. It’s everywhere and it’s growing! Look around you. I know you see it too. There is a plethora of creative-artist-life-loving people who are all around the world, being positive, playful and innovative. More are making their presence known every day. We are finding one another and connecting through our hearts with a deep love and respect for an exciting new perspective on humanity which is evolving through us.Read more
Have you heard the new buzzword “co-create?” You may have heard people mindlessly using it interchangeably with collaborate or cooperate. In business, it is used as a shared marketing strategy. However, the term has a more powerful, generative meaning that can change your life. The art of co-creation is a transformative, integrative, and spiritual way of being in the world. Imagine being in the flow with Divine Intelligence and moving through life with ease and joy. It’s possible. You are part of a greater whole and fully supported by the Universe. It is time to wake up, live consciously, and fully express the magnificent, divine blueprint that resides deep within each one of us.Read more
Six traditional canoes sailed in and blazed an epic entrance into Waitemata Harbour, New Zealand, with an environmental protection message. It was a historical moment, reviving traditional navigation of the ancestors. Over the next 48 months, the Worldwide Voyage will sail 49,000 nautical miles, touch the shores of 26 countries, and make safe harbor in 85 ports while sharing Hawai‘i’s gift of caring and kindness with the world. Watch the video of the Dalai Lama blessing Hōkūle’a...Read more
“Almost all physicians possess a lavish list of strange happenings unexplainable by normal science,” says Dr. Dossey. “A tally of these events would demonstrate, I am convinced, that medical science not only has not had the last word, it has hardly had the first word on how the world works, especially when the mind is involved.”
United Nations Decade of Sustainable Energy for All
The United Nations General Assembly unanimously declared the decade 2014‑2024 as the Decade of Sustainable Energy for All, underscoring the importance of energy issues for sustainable development and for the elaboration of the post-2015 development agenda.
Energy is the golden thread that connects economic growth, increased social equity, and an environment that allows the world to thrive. At a time when 1.2 billion people worldwide lack access to electricity, when 2.8 billion people do not have clean and safe cooking facilities, and when a shift to sustainable energy use is imperative to protect the Earth’s climate, no less than a worldwide effort is required to achieve sustainable energy for all.
Sustainable energy provides new opportunities for growth. It enables businesses to grow, generates jobs, and creates new markets. Children can study after dark. Clinics can store life-saving vaccines. Countries can grow more resilient, with competitive economies. With sustainable energy, countries can build the clean energy economies of the future. Transforming the world’s energy systems will also lead to new multi-trillion-dollar investment opportunities.
Sustainable energy for all is an investment in our collective future. Universal energy access, increasing the use of renewable energy, improved energy efficiency and addressing the nexus between energy and health, women, food, water and other development issues are at the heart of all countries’ core interest, which must be deeply integrated in the development agenda.
SOURCE: Sustainable Energy for All