This week Awesome Stories brings you off-grid living, brotherly love, hybrid solar, loving schools and healing with horses.
The Secrets of Lasqueti Island
I would love to live somewhere like Lasqueti Island. The island is home to a thriving counter-culture community that chooses to live off-grid. All the residents of Lasqueti live with no grid power or water. Many use barter and other means of simple living. Although some of the residents have nice homes, they are all powered by alternative sources like wind, solar and water. Unfortunately, I don’t have the skills or resources to live as they do. Maybe I could move there and apprentice with Al, the 83-year-old former engineer who has been living there since 1989! Is 56 too old to apprentice? 🙂
Mason Wartman is helping Philadelphia to practice brotherly love. After giving up a career on Wall Street to start a pizza shop, he had the idea to offer free pizza with a Pay It Forward system. Customers donate a dollar per slice and leave a message on a post-it note. Then when someone comes in who can’t afford to pay, they simply pick a note and redeem it for a slice of pizza! What a simple and effective way to spread kindness.
Love in the Classroom
Here’s another great example of love in action. Peggy Sia teaches at Palm Elementary school in Los Angeles County. Her teaching style in based on demonstrating care for her children and empowering them with an integrative, caring system. Her teaching is based on 3 big ideas; cooperation, holistic learning and brain breaks. Read her article to learn more about her ideas for a classroom with love at the center.
Here is an ingenious use of solar and water to complement each other. Australia will be the home to the first large-scale floating solar farm, with the panels built on top of a water treatment pond. The solar panels will both generate electricity and shade the pond, lowering the growth of algae in the pond. Plus, the water helps the solar panels stay cooler becoming 57% more efficient than land-based panels. Once operational, the plant is expected to become Infratech’s showpiece for export around the world.
Healing with Horses
After retiring from an engineering career, Charles Fletcher found a passion for helping kids with disabilities. While volunteering at an equine therapy center for children with disabilities, he noticed the special connection between children and horses and how healing it was. Also noticing how many children were turned away because they couldn’t afford the services, he decided to start his own ranch for kids with disabilities. His deep passion and commitment have grown SpiritHorse into a thriving center that provides about 400 rides per week with 20 instructors and 40 horses. All the services are provided free to the families as part of his vision. Additionally, Spirit Horse has trained 91 other centers around the world to provide similar services. Charles was recognized for his contribution with the Purpose Prize in 2014.