This week Awesome Stories brings you strangers, amazing photography, living street art, vertical gardens and more.
Talk to Strangers
Here’s a fun twist on the idea we’re taught as children to NOT talk to strangers. Robbie Stokes decided to travel the world talking to strangers to see if he could bring more understanding into the world with simple conversation. What started as a bold personal step has become a world- wide movement to connect called I Talk To Strangers. ITTS supports peace collaboration, conversation and understanding across diverse backgrounds, cultures and beliefs to build better human relations.
Recently I highlighted a bold dream to fly around the world via solar powered plane. This week, we look at solar powered sailing. Raphaël Domjan, the CEO of Planet Solar, decided he wanted to sail the world via solar energy. He collaborated with Immo Stroeher, a German advocate of solar energy. Together they planned and designed a bold new catamaran covered with 5,381 square feet and over 38,000 high efficiency solar cells! From 2010 to 2012, they circumnavigated the world’s oceans stopping at an amazing 52 ports of call to promote solar and renewable energy.
I love this fanciful collection of 28 murals from around the world. The artists creatively adapted their murals to interact with nature in a way that seems to become living art. My favorite is from Ernest Zacharevich, what’s yours?
As you may know, living roofs and vertical gardens are the rage in sustainable building. They add many benefits to a building like energy savings, harvestable food, cleaning the air, visual interest and sex appeal. OK, I made up the last one, but to me they look more interesting. The CDL Tree House condo building in Singapore is set to be the world’s largest vertical garden. When completed in 2017, it will have an estimated 24,638 square feet of plants, saving about $500,000 on energy and water expenses. The building will also feature motion activated lights, heat reducing windows and more of the latest sustainable technology. Now that’s cool. XD
I love creative solutions like YouthBuild. They are addressing the 38 million homes lacking weatherization, 19 million abandoned properties, and 3.5 million unemployed young adults living in poverty. YouthBuild has partnered with USGBC to put youth to work helping to revitalize their own communities. Together, they are training young adults and putting them to work in green building and weatherization. The youth are learning valuable job skills related to a growing market for energy efficient homes. These joint projects have now created some of the first affordable, energy efficient homes in their communities.
Wowza, Amazing Photography!
Mind bending video by Vincent Brady with some amazing time-lapse panorama photography.
Thanks for tuning into another week of inspiring stories. I hope they touch your heart and encourage you to live more fully. Blessings, Brad