This week Awesome Stories brings you printing homes, seeds of love, food runners, water reclamation and patience.
3-D printing is very exciting, and this may be the best application I’ve seen. Italian innovator, Massimo Moretti, launched the Worlds Advanced Saving Project (WASP) to build affordable and sustainable homes using the latest in 3-D printing technology. WASP has created the world’s largest BigDelta 3-D printer to build affordable homes using local materials like clay. Using local materials will keep the construction easy, affordable and sustainable. This might be the future of affordable home building for the billions of people living on $3000 or less a year. Kudos to Massimo and WASP for such a compassionate project.
Food Runners is a creative solution to food waste in San Francisco. In 1987, Mary Risley, founder of Tante Marie’s Cooking School, decided to do something about food waste and hunger in her town by gathering her friends to see what they could do. Now, they have an engaged network of volunteers, restaurants, cafeterias, hospitals and chefs helping to feed the homeless by giving their excess food to food banks that in turn cook or distribute the food. We have several similar groups here in Fayetteville working to create urban farms and better food distribution.
Seeds of Love
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. ~ Jayesh Patel
This is a touching story of Aruna and how her life turned around when shown a little love and encouragement. Growing up in a neighborhood of poverty and leprosy, Aruna didn’t believe in herself or dreams. That all changed when she met Jayesh Patel, a co-founder of the NGO Manav Sadhna, who nurtured her potential. Manav Sadhna serves the underprivileged, offering love to all as their worship. His nurturing and Dream Class have helped Aruna to blossom into a young leader in her community. Now, she is serving her community, being a role model, going to college and inspiring other girls to dream and change. Watch the film below to learn more about how these seeds of love are changing the community.
The Art of Waiting
I’m not very good at waiting. This is a fun article and video showing kids trying to wait to receive an extra marshmallow. There were some surprising results to the research on being more patient. Our ability to wait depends in part on the incentives and how much we want what is being offered. The surprise to me was that when people are forced to wait a few days before making any choice, they make better choices. We still aren’t really more patient, just willing to wait because we find the value!
This article is filled with great examples of how Australians have responded to drought. Engaged citizens like John Harvey inspire me, as well as the many citizens who stepped up to conserve and wisely use water. John installed a system of rain collection, holding tanks, filters and pumps to use gray water for much of his home water needs. Across the country, similar measures have resulted in dramatically reduced water use with people in Melbourne using a mere 40 gallons of water per day compared to 84 gallons a day in San Francisco. I hope we learn and model much of what they’ve done, especially in the dry southwest.
Water, waiting, wind and love. Sounds like a crazy new band!
May fair winds blow into your heart. 🙂