This week Awesome Stories brings you healthy community, clean energy, feeding the hungry, and passion.
Margaret Wheatley explores some interesting perspectives on the paradox of community. She believes a healthy community must embrace our opposing needs for both individual freedom and connection to others. Both needs seem hardwired into our genetics and require a gentle embrace to create communities with enough freedom to allow individual expression. Margaret believes we need to focus on the shared purpose that brings us together rather than the structure in order to keep both needs vibrantly alive. Most communities and organizations create an excess of structure that stifles creativity and discourages diversity. Whereas, a healthy community has only enough structure to create a shared purpose while embracing a broad diversity of people, ideas, and processes.
China seems to be on a course to become the leader in clean energy generation. Due to China’s huge need for energy to run its development and the negative effects from burning coal, China has woken up to the need for immediate, bold action to create clean energy and help mitigate the effects of burning fossil fuels. China is already the largest producer of clean energy and moving ahead with the kind of commitment and policy that we need in the US. Besides massive investment in solar, wind, biomass, and hydro energy generation, China is adding nuclear reactors faster than any country in the world and plans to create the world’s largest nuclear industry. Ironically, China is moving ahead with nuclear technology that the US invented and then scrapped. There are many new nuclear designs that are smaller, safer, run on alternate fuels like thorium, and can even burn current nuclear waste materials. Here is some perspective on how nuclear might help solve the world’s energy and emission challenges. Kudos to China for their leadership and vision.
Feeding the Hungry
Feeding the hungry is one of the key global problems needing to be addressed. Sadly, in the US and many developed countries, we currently throw away about 40% of the food produced. Tons of food sits in warehouses, spoils in stores, and is thrown away at grocery stores and restaurants, or never even harvested due to lack of need for the food. We have a distribution problem rather than a food shortage. Here in Arkansas, 1 in 5 people are food insecure, while in many developing countries that figure is 1 in 3. It breaks my heart to see the amount of food thrown away, including at the two businesses where I work. We can do better. Thankfully, there are many organizations working to reduce food waste with food sharing.
Miti Desai has found her path by integrating many passions. She started in industrial design but found the corporate focus on profit too stifling. After two years, she quit to return to India and pursue her passion for being a dancer. A decade later, Miti is a masterful dancer, teaching and performing around the world. The evolution of her consciousness has been the path of integration, allowing dance to be both an inner and outer journey. Recently, Miti has returned to her design career with a beautiful range that explores many facets of design including communication, education, social, and business, helping people design their lives in an integrated way.
May your week be full of integration, feeding your body, mind, and spirit on the path to loving community.