This week Awesome Stories brings you music therapy, consumerism, better batteries, and revolutionary love.
Rex is a musical savant who uses his gift to promote awareness of autism and help others use music to find healing and joy in their lives. Diagnosed at an early age with autism, Rex wowed audiences with his prodigious musical talent. He has been fortunate to explore his musical talent and use his popularity to promote awareness for others with autism. He and friends founded a non-profit called Rex & Friends to offer music therapy and education with individualized programs. Music can provide alternative cognitive, social and life benefits to the students by providing a different way to communicate and connect.
Many of us have fallen into the trap of believing we can help change the world and protect the planet with conscious buying choices. The idea of conscious consumerism is mostly a way to ease our guilt. Actions like buying organic sheets make a minor impact and divert our time, money and energy from addressing the underlying causes like a consumer based economy with political and economic systems that don’t value people and planet as much as profits. We would be much better off diverting our time and energy into things that really matter like economic and political reform. This article offers more ideas for changes that can make a difference.
At age 94, John Goodenough is still working, committed to transforming the lithium-ion batteries that power many of our modern conveniences. If he and his team are successful, the batteries would transform energy storage, accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles and possibly bring the end of oil. He and fellow researchers at the University of Texas at Austin unveiled a promising lithium- or sodium-glass battery technology. These batteries would eliminate the risk of battery combustion, provide 3 times the energy storage, offer faster charging and thousands of discharge/recharge cycles. And the sodium version could eliminate the need for harmful lithium mining. Being the co-founder of the original lithium-ion batteries, Dr. Goodenough has the credentials to pull off this breakthrough. Go team!
Valarie Kaur is a woman on fire to transform the way we deal with hate and fear. Kaur is an American interfaith leader, lawyer, filmmaker, Sikh activist, and founder of The Revolutionary Love Project at the University of Southern California. Her recent keynote address at the College Conference in Montreat lit up the attendees with the courage to meet hate and bigotry with love. The mission of TRLP is to declare revolutionary love, resist, and rise up, creating social justice based on love. This is my kind of revolution; standing with the energy of love. Rise Up!
May we rise up in love, embracing the challenges in our life with courage and compassion.