This week Awesome Stories brings you a city of art, Trashpresso, and caring communication.
Anežka (Agnes) Kašpárková is transforming her city into a gallery of art. After retiring from agriculture and learning to paint, Agnes has embarked on turning the village of Louka in the Czech Republic into a city of art. She spends most of her days in the spring and fall hand painting intricate designs on windows, walls, and doors. She creates detailed floral patterns based on the traditional Moravian Czech style using bright blue paints. Despite local and viral celebrity, Anežka paints simply for the joy and wanting to help her city. Agnes is 90 years old and going strong!
You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. ~ Buckminster Fuller
Michael Nagler has Six Principles from NVC to help us communicate in a more caring, compassionate, and cooperative way. The key is to listen with the intent to connect and understand. Michael suggests respect, constructive alternatives, long-term, win-win, and centered power are needed to create effective change and communication. And remember that new ideas must be rooted in compassion, unity, and the sense of wanting to help not change others. I am grateful to have a friend who has studied NVC for years and demonstrates these principals daily. It is a pleasure to talk, listen, and learn from my friend David Fournet. Thanks Dave, Michael, and NVC!
Design company Pentatonic and MINIWIZ in Taiwan have created a unique mobile recycling system called Trashpresso that can turn plastic waste into tiles. The recycling unit can be powered by solar energy and transported in a shipping container to anywhere people want to recycle plastic. This could help greatly in remote areas and disaster zones where electricity and recycling may not be available. This mobile recycling plant can create 160 architectural tiles from 800 plastic bottles. Pentatonic Co-Founder Johann Bodecker wants to inspire other companies to consider the whole life cycle impacts of their products by using no toxins, glues or materials that can’t be recycled. Several companies like Starbucks UK have commissioned Pentatonic so far. Starbucks wants them to turn their coffee shop waste into furniture.
In these challenging times may we remember to listen, learn, and love with compassion, intending to create solutions for the good of all. Blessings, Brad