This week Awesome Stories brings you floating cities, peace, beautiful business, and music for change.
Blue21 is a social design company that wants to help inspire and empower cities to expand onto the water. They believe communities on water might be our best hope for dealing with climate change challenges and are focused on building partnerships, awareness, and research. Their Floating Pavilion project in Rotterdam was a pilot for floating development, demonstrating safe, sustainable and climate proof opportunities. French Polynesia has recently signed a historic agreement that will allow for the development of the first floating city in a lagoon off the island of Tahiti.
Good Morning, Beautiful Business
I envision global economy as an intricate network of small-to-small, win-win business relationships connecting communities that are self-reliant for their basic needs. ~ Judy Wicks
Judy Wick is the founder of Philadelphia’s landmark White Dog Café known for its leadership in the local food movement. I love this article by Judy so much so that I’ve ordered her book Good Morning, Beautiful Business. I would love to find a business that works like Judy ran her businesses, utilizing my skills to improve the lives of community and planet. Judy’s idea is that we need to transform that way we do business from our current models dominated by large corporations seeking profit first to local businesses building resiliency and community. In Judy’s words, her book reflects a deep love of business, and how we can embrace a way of doing business that is beautiful and nurtures all that we cherish.
Playing for Change
Playing for Change uses music to bring together people from around the world to help make the world a better place. The idea is to use music to build bridges of love, peace, trust, and collaboration. Here’s a beautiful song they recently released as a tribute to Michael Jackson called Heal the World. I know music often stirs and soothes my soul and I’m glad to see it used consciously as a tool to build bridges. Kudos!
Peace for 2017
Tracy Cochran has a great idea for bringing more peace into our lives for 2017. Tracy suggests that we start the year with a forgiveness practice as a way of clearing our minds and hearts to make room for more peace. She suggests that anytime we feel a tug of anxiety, guilt, blame or other regretful energies, we pause and say “forgiven” as a ritual way to let go of the pain, ease our minds and allows ourselves to sink deeper into our hearts or seat of inner being. Tracy compares forgiveness to putting down our arms during war and becoming vulnerable. When we open ourselves to the unknown, we embrace the larger potentials in life.
May we forgive, let go, and open to more peace and love for 2017. Blessings, Brad