OpenSource Movies

Put yourself into the story and go with the flow… In life, we tend to do the same: think too much. I did. And the more I was thinking and analyzing the more I found deficiencies with both people and the systems (work, government, capitalism, communism, whatever …) we live under. These animations reminded me of some simple truths about what’s important in life e.g. relationships, good health, integrity, adventure, taking responsibility … rather than complain about the deficiencies around me, discover who I am and what that means and what I’m going to do with that. If exerting my life energy merely for a corporation is not meaningful enough for me, find another way. This finding is much easier when one slows down the flow of life by simply commanding your ship to come to a full stop and simply be, be still, meditate, talk to God, reflect, be still, listen …

Education – Priorities

One school chancellor has got the right idea, has the courage to make those ideas, no matter how unpopular, standard practice for the schools she oversees in Washington DC. I am really proud of people like this who stand up for what is right while not being swayed by the politics of business as usual.

In the end, we need to provide our children with a functional curriculum and teachers who have the capacity to convey useful learning material. Whether a teacher has been with a school for 2 years or 10 years, what matters is to have the skill to reach our children and impart knowledge in an effective way.

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Solar Powered School

I’m thrilled to see more and more alternative energy examples cropping up around the globe. Global warming or not, using finite resources is simply unwise esp. when these pollute our world. Society, progress, change needs to be motivated by something other than money … suppose that’s the reason why it’s …

Quality of Life

Jay Shafer has it good… he decided to downsize his life, exit the rat race and live simply by focusing on simply living and pursuing what he wants to do with his life rather than letting money worries control him. Personally, I find him a huge inspiration … check it out and let me know if you had a chance to downsize, how would you go about doing it?

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Bubble Architecture, Basis for Sustainable Future

Southern California has experienced such devastation caused by wildfires that I wonder why homes burn down only to be rebuilt exactly the same way?! Same principle applies to dwellings and earthquakes.

I started thinking about this especially after I met the late Nader Khalali (calearth.org), an Persian-born architect, writer, and humanitarian who received his philosophical and architectural education in Iran, Turkey, and the United States.

Take Nader’s approach to building for example. He built super adobe, geodesic structures with building materials you can find anywhere. From my studies I’ve learned that the geodesic architectural design/structure offers the following benefits:

Sustainability – Where to Start

(quoted from More with Less @ globaloneness project)

To support outer efforts towards sustainability we need to radically adjust our inner attitudes toward the material world. Relationships based on greed, over-identification with ownership, and the use of material goods to establish status and power over others, can be traded for new values and ways of living that empower a healthy and dignified relationship to all the earth’s resources.

This shift in how we think about and relate … is a requirement …

Paying Your Dues – Taxes

Any improvements we make as a society, we must be united in it, having a common vision in order for progress and evolution to take place. That also means we have to transcend polarized thinking (e.g. black vs. white, democrat vs. republican)… instead develop a sensitivity in judgment which doesn’t take more than is needed, that gives something back, considering the benefit of the whole as well as the benefit of the one, connectedness in spirit as opposed to separateness which is a function of ego.

Manila’s Green Message

It looks like in Manila people aren’t waiting for something like bicycling to become cool, instead, they are motivated by the need of the environment and the fact that cars stink… and just as importantly, bicycling as an exercise is simply healthy and therefore makes sense for many different reasons.