This week Awesome Stories brings you creative adaptation, passionate service, family fun, piano prodigy and repurposing plastic.
New Legs, New Life
Aimee Mullins blew my mind in a good way with her TED Talk. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m inspired and touched by people that overcome their challenges. Aimee totally changes the game from one of overcoming disabilities, to being a person of creative abilities that she chooses. Her back story is fascinating too. These new abilities come with her 12 pairs of legs, in their power to reveal not only new capabilities, mindsets, but possibilities to live literally by design. A great metaphor for living. We often forget how powerful choice can be. Here’s my take on the power of choice.
The Plastic Bank has found a very clever way to reuse plastic. The founders connected the problems of plastic waste with helping poor people via their idea to create Plastic Banks to collect plastic waste and use it as a resource for the poor. There are giant islands of plastic in the oceans, rivers and lakes choking our ecosystems. Their goal is to demand that companies use what they call “social plastic”, which is plastic made from plastic recycled and reclaimed from those islands of plastic waste. I like the idea and also believe it’s even more important to start making products from materials (like bioplastics and biofibers) that eliminate waste.
Maggie Doyne is a special young woman with a heart of gold. While backpacking in India during a break from college, she was touched by the suffering of Nepalese refugees in the Himalayan mountains. She decided to do something for the children, many of whom had no homes, so she took her life savings and started a school, that became a home, a family, a clinic and a foundation to support the local women and children. Maggie has found her passion and calling! The Kopila Valley Children’s Home and School has grown to 40 children with many programs for women too. Learn more about her BlinkNow Foundation and the work they do.
I applaud the move to electric cars, boats, planes and motors. Of course, we still need to generate the electricity to run them, and currently in the US most of that still comes from coal, but renewable energy is growing rapidly. And using electric vehicles greatly reduces both fossil fuel use and CO2 emissions. Read about this fun new startup called Echandia Marine operating in Stockholm, a land of many islands and boats to navigate them. I’m amazed that a large ferry can recharge in 10″! Read the rest of the story about Stockholm’s Supercharging Ferry.
Piano Passion from Emily
Emily Bear has a passion and gift for playing piano. Emily is what most would call a child prodigy. She plays many different styles from classical to jazz, improvises and composes too. Enjoy!
What feeds your passion?
Mine is sharing inspiration from around the web. Thanks for reading, please enjoy and share freely! Thank you.