how to make a better society

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 …

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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. […]

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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 so easy for developing countries […]

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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:

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