This week we find Awesome Stories about new learning, sustainable living, being happier and living with purpose.
Juárez Correa, Sugata Mitra, and other free thinkers are revolutionizing schools and learning with an ‘enlightened’ approach that allows students to direct their own learning. With computers, students have access to many more resources than previously. And more importantly, they are able to control their learning, which has been shown in studies to greatly accelerate learning, creativity and innovation. In turn these children are much more motivated and prepared for work and life in the 21st century.
Norway Aims High
Norway is considering how to invest part of their savings pool in renewable energy projects for developing countries. Wow! In the US, we can barely get government and business to invest the money for our own country. Norway is willing to help other countries get off the fossil fuel treadmill to help address climate change. Norway is one of the richest countries, sitting on a sovereign wealth fund of about 750Billion! If they decide to invest a portion of their fund in renewables, it could be a game changer, leading many other countries and funds to follow suit. Currently, fossil fuels receive about 6 times the support renewables do.
Watch this fun video and prepare for smiles. Sing-a-long with TJ as he bops to the song ‘Build Me Up Buttercup’ along the highways in So Cal. This video makes me want to drive around singing and see what happens. Shall we sing?
Better Urban Living
Designers are starting to understand the need for better design that helps encourage community and connection. All too often we live in isolation from our neighbors. Ever since I read about co-housing in the mid 1990s, I’ve been hooked on the idea of living in a smaller community that chooses to consciously build, live and connect with neighbors as community. The best designs, allow for a balance of privacy and connection in living spaces, encouraging community interaction with shared spaces like gardens, alleys, parks, and buildings.
10 Keys to a Happier Life
The UK based group, Action for Happiness, is a movement of people committed to building a happier society. Here is a fun infographic that shows 10 keys to a happier life with actions and explainations for each step. Learn, laugh and love. Join them in creating a happier world with simple actions that add up to a happier and more fulfilled life.
In this thoughtful article, Mark Coleman talks about our obsession with Operating Systems (OS) for tech gadgets. We seem to finally be putting the effort to upgrade our manufacturing, distribution, business and lifestyle OS to be more sustainable. He talks about 2014 likely being the tipping point due to the growing number of people and organizations embracing sustainability and focusing their efforts to upgrade the way we live, work and play.
Open Our Eyes
This mother-daughter team created a wonderful documentary film to help open our eyes and hearts. Gail and her daughter Erin wanted to inspire people to both live their passion and help those in need. They traveled the globe to 6 continents in 99 days to interview people who are living their passion and making a difference. I’ve already written about one of the people featured in this film, Maggie Doyle and her school for orphans. Watch the film trailer to begin your journey to passion, purpose and service.