This week Awesome Stories brings you better conversation, edible cutlery, death, meaning and portable learning.
In this TED Talk, Celeste Headlee shares 10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation. As some of you know, communication is a big deal for me. I’ve spent my work life in sales learning about better communication and written many posts about communication. As Celeste shares, one of the best things we can do is be interested in the other person. And listening plays a big part in connecting and understanding. Especially in challenging situations, we’re usually jumping ahead to our response rather than actually listening to the person. Watch the video for the rest of her tips for better conversations.
In this article called learning to die, Brother David Steindl-Rast explores how we can face death to make our lives richer. Beyond his own monastery, which embraces death as part of their foundation and faith, he found that most spiritual traditions have some foundation related to embracing death. By bringing an awareness of death into each moment, our lives can become more alive, filled with meaning and gratitude. Brother David offers a rich exploration of life, death, meaning, letting go and flowing with life. He proposes that embracing death is a way of bringing more balance into our lives.
Narayana Peesapaty was bothered by the huge waste from disposable chopsticks and cutlery. Beyond the oil and toxins from manufacturing, the estimated 350 billion pieces of disposable cutlery used each year are clogging our landfills. Narayana Peesapaty decided to create edible cutlery to help regional farmers and the environment. After experimenting, he came up with cutlery that is not only biodegradable but edible. They are made from rice, millet and wheat, and even come in a variety of flavors to make them even more fun to eat. Or, you can dispose of them and they will decompose in 4-5 days. I love this idea and would love to see all disposable cups, plates and cutlery made from edible or at least biodegradable materials.
I’ve seen many creative uses for shipping containers including homes, offices, portable greenhouses and now this. Computer Aid International is outfitting shipping containers as portable learning environments. They are solar powered internet cafes that can be brought to remote areas or even refugee camps offering people connections to the outside world for education, training and more. Computer Aid International is a non-profit organization that makes these Zubaboxes and ships them to areas in need. You can explore their website to learn more or donate to help them share more Zubaboxes.
May our creativity be used to improve the world.