Work Local while collaborating Globally

Soar to new hieghts

Went to a talk by Injer Andersen, Director General of the International Union of Conservation for Nature. She emphasized the environmental challenges which will face us in the company challenge and pointed out we are at a tipping point.  For the first time, the human race can make the earth unlivable.  She pointed out the decisions we make today will determine the quality of life of our children.

She pointed out that for the first time, the nations of the earth have come together to address the global problems posed by climate change.  She pointed out the contribution of NGOs and of businesses to addressing environmental problems. Technology gives us tools to address local environmental problems and to work together globally to provide support for global initiatives.

The lecture series is sponsored by Hawaii Pacific University and one of their environmental science majors asked how he can create a career that will make a difference.  Ms Andersen respond to find a job with a company that is working in an environmentally sustainable way.  Personally, I think he needs more freedom that working for someone else’s dreams.  He needs to develop a business that works with the environmental issues we face.

For instance the World Conservation Conference is coming to Hawaii next fall.  We are working to bring a group of young journalists to Hawaii.  We will teach them to use modern digital video to document the conference.  We will then put our videos up on the internet so people who cannot attend can benefit from the Conference lectures and workshops.  When these journalists return home, the will take their new gained knowledge with them and will be able to document the environmental work going on at home.  The solutions to our environmental and social justice problems lie in being able to work locally, and being able to gain support for our work through global collaboration.

Smart Farming, Number one business opportunity

Smart farming is the number one business growth opportunity of the 21st century according to the Global Opportunity Report.

Chaotic weather and shortages of arable land and of water will have a major impact on traditional farming.

The UN predicts food production will need to increase by 70% to cope with a global population of more than 9 billion by 2020.

Potential for smart farming lies in affordable techniques such as drip watering, advanced, pricier hydroponics and even cell phones. All allow farmers to more precisely and effective. They can find the best price for their products and can target water and fertilizer inputs which can improve profits, reduce cost and minimize environmentally damage. Smart urban farming is another chief area of opportunity, particularly vertical growing. Soil monitoring can help battle drought and drones and wireless surveillance can be deployed to more effectively manage and protect crops.

Governments can help educate farmers, but it is small business specialists and the farmers themselves who will put smart farming into practice.

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Breaking throught the website wall

What life do you want?

What life do you want?

I watched a webinar today dealing with the Barriers to Success that we build in our efforts to become internet marketers.  One barrier that struck home with me is distractions. I manage several blog/websites and they take time away from working on the sites I am trying to monetize. I am very active in my community and am working at a global level to publicize local conservation issues. I also have a family to take care of. All of these things are very important to me and I am not willing to give them up.

I have to strike a balance in my life. The best way is to designate time to work on each of my important goals.  I have to understand my purpose in life.  Otherwise, the goals I set may not be leading me where I want to go.

It is important to measure my progress.  Each week, I define what I will do that bring you a step closer to my goals.  I measure the time I spend working on these small steps.

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Veto showdown over the EPA — please read – bsager42@gmail.com – Gmail

EPA funding is threatened. Mark Kirk is considered a swing vote on environmental issues.  Last week he supported three bills aimed at blocking the EPA Clean Power Plan.  The League of Conservation Voters plans to mount an advertising campaign in his district calling him out on his support of polluters.  Check it out.

Source: Veto showdown over the EPA — please read – bsager42@gmail.com – Gmail

The smart light bulb is here

LIFX raised an incredible 1.3 million dollars with this simple video and kickstart.  Talk about modern technology for more resilient living.  LIFX saves you money and makes life easier.  It is energy-efficient LED lighting at its best.  Think about how Kickstart can help finance your projects.  This video is short.  It shows exactly what the project is and it ends with how a contributor can benefit by helping fund the project.

Get pono – Dealing with depression

I have a friend who is a very creative artist and photographer. She is also the General Manager for her husband’s business. She keeps everything going and it is a 24/7 high stress job.  We are working on a website to market her work.  She called me today to cancel her appointment.  She is feeling overwhelmed and depressed.  I told her to take a break, pack a lunch and go to the beach.  Sometimes on the River of Life, you have to pull up on the shore, study the river and decide how best to navigate to your dreams.

Good, but superficial, advice.

The book by my daughter, “A River Worth Riding” may be helpful.  It is not a how-to book, but it does teach you how to think about life in a positive and productive way.  The way to get the most out of it is to focus on one of the Chapters each week.  14 Chapters in 14 weeks.  Then do it a gain.  Repetition builds habits.  Lynn is available for one on one coaching.  Think of it as a personal trainer for the mind.

Specifically, to deal with being over whelmed look at Chapter 11, page 178 talks about your spirit and how we can get so caught up in day-to-day stuff that we lose track of what is important.

 

Let me summarize what we must do to reconnect with our spirit.  Here are some suggestion on becoming pono:

  • Meditate.  Simply clear your mind.  Sit comfortably in an upright position so you can breathe from you diaphragm.  Focus all you attention on you ki.  Ki is the center of balance in your body. Ki is an amorphous, undefinable force, but it is generally described as the energy of life itself. It binds all living things together and gives each person his or her spiritual, physical and mental power.  Hawaiians call it being pono.
  • Practice silence.  There is a trail to the top of the ridge behind my house.  At the end of the trail is a lookout point where I can sit and look out over Kaneohe and Kailua.  I sit quietly and listen to the  wind. On the way back, I can think about the things that are important to me. Silence is my favorite form of prayer.
  • Art can reconnect your spirit.  Your own art can be a form of mediation.  Don’t let anything interrupt you when you are creating.  Your creations are an expression of your spirit.  They don’t have to be master pieces, but they do reflect you spirit.  Study other’s art.  You will be surprise how you connect with the artist.

  • Mt Shukstan

    This is my church.

    Try getting outside and experiencing nature.  Some of the best times of my life have been back country camping with my family.  But, if you are fighting depression, go alone.  I was mediating on the beach.  Time stood still and I was aware of nothing, not enven the sun and the wind.  As I came out of it, I was aware of the shadow of a frigate bird stretching across the sand from my knees to the waves.  I was hiking in the Blue Mountains of Oregon.  I came to an escarpment overlooking the La Grande valley.  The valley spread out a 1000 feet below me, and as I sat on a knife ridge lighting played in the clouds 30 miles to the south.  Again, time stood still and I was enveloped a warm yellow haze.  I’ve been on the top of mountains when the static electricity had my hair standing on end and I knew lighting was immanent.  This was not like that.  It was more like being in the presence of God.  Nature is definitely my church.

  • Finally, take your self on an artist date.  Schedule some time each month to go on a date with the artist within you.  If you like drawing, draw.  If you like hiking, hike.  If you always wanted to sky dive, do it.  Look at the thing you want to do most each month and schedule the time to do it.

Bear in mind, we are not talking about the deep physiological depressions that need professional help. We are talking about the kind of depression resulting from overwork and stress.  This kind of depression can be very debilitating consequences if not dealt with.  Understand you control your mind.  You can decide whether or not you want to make the changes necessary to deal with your depression.  A positive point of view is essential.  If you don’t think you can make a change, you won’t even try.  Find a mentor you admire and ask for help.  Hang out around positive people who are accomplishing what you want to accomplish.  Above all else, take time for your self.


Build resilience into your life.  If you are chasing you tail, STOP.  Focus on the important things in your life.  Carve out at least 4 hours per week to work on what is important to you. Of course, The more effort you exert the faster you will accomplish your dreams.

Aside from family there are two things that are important to me.  One is to leave a better earth for my kids and yours.  The second is to earn enough money to be able to do the first.

I produce an environmental documentary every month.  It takes the better part of a week to shoot and edit.  I try to spend a day a week maintaining my home.  Cut the grass; prune the trees; you know the drill. The rest of the time I concentrate on business.  Oh, I forgot to mention,  I give a lot of my time away to the Kaneohe Neighborhood Board and a lot of other causes.  Business happens in the middle of the night and 9-11 in the morning and from 6:30-8:30 in the evening.  At night I do internet and direct mail marketing.  During the day, I’m following up with prospects and clients.  When I have a paying gig, that takes priority, but I’m trying to avoid the pit falls of a traditional business.  It is to easy to get caught up in the 24/7 always on duty of a home business.  I look for work-from-anywhere businesses where sales become automatic and my time is leveraged by my websites and the people I am working with.

I concentrate on building teams and benefiting from their work, so I can do what I want, when I want.  When you build financial resilience into your life, you will no longer have to worry about your cash flow.  Do you have the time and money to live your dream?  If not, make a change.  Join my team and we will create our financial freedom together.

The biotech industry has quietly inserted a dangerous policy rider into the Continuing Resolution (CR) now being debated on the Senate floor.This dangerous rider was not included in the House-passed CR, and we are extremely disappointed to see that the Senate has included it. Though wrapped in a “farmer-friendly” package, this Monsanto-driven rider is simply a biotech industry ploy to continue to plant GE crops even when a court of law has found they were approved illegally.

Click here to petition the Senate to drop this CR

 

Nothing has changed. We still treat our veterans abysmally.

Tommy

by Rudyard Kipling  (1865– 1936)

I went into a public-‘ouse to get a pint o’beer,
The publican ‘e up an’ sez, “We serve no red-coats here.”
The girls be’ind the bar they laughed an’ giggled fit to die,
I outs into the street again an’ to myself sez I:

O it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy, go away”;
But it’s “Thank you, Mister Atkins,” when the band begins to play,
The band begins to play, my boys, the band begins to play,
O it’s “Thank you, Mr. Atkins,” when the band begins to play.

I went into a theatre as sober as could be,
They gave a drunk civilian room, but ‘adn’t none for me;
They sent me to the gallery or round the music-‘alls,
But when it comes to fightin’, Lord! they’ll shove me in the stalls!

For it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy, wait outside”;
But it’s “Special train for Atkins” when the trooper’s on the tide,
The troopship’s on the tide, my boys, the troopship’s on the tide,
O it’s “Special train for Atkins” when the trooper’s on the tide.

Yes, makin’ mock o’ uniforms that guard you while you sleep
Is cheaper than them uniforms, an’ they’re starvation cheap;
An’ hustlin’ drunken soldiers when they’re goin’ large a bit
Is five times better business than paradin’ in full kit.

Then it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy how’s yer soul?”
But it’s “Thin red line of ‘eroes” when the drums begin to roll,
The drums begin to roll, my boys, the drums begin to roll,
O it’s “Thin red line of ‘eroes” when the drums begin to roll.

We aren’t no thin red ‘eroes, nor we aren’t no blackguards too,
But single men in barricks, most remarkable like you;
An’ if sometimes our conduck isn’t all your fancy paints:
Why, single men in barricks don’t grow into plaster saints;

While it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy, fall be’ind,”
But it’s “Please to walk in front, sir,” when there’s trouble in the wind,
There’s trouble in the wind, my boys, there’s trouble in the wind,
O it’s “Please to walk in front, sir,” when there’s trouble in the wind.

You talk o’ better food for us, an’ schools, an’ fires an’ all:
We’ll wait for extry rations if you treat us rational.
Don’t mess about the cook-room slops, but prove it to our face
The Widow’s Uniform is not the soldier-man’s disgrace.

For it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Chuck him out, the brute!”
But it’s “Saviour of ‘is country,” when the guns begin to shoot;
An’ it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ anything you please;
But Tommy ain’t a bloomin’ fool – you bet that Tommy sees!

 

!Notes

“Tommy Atkins,” or just “Tommy,” is the name popularly given to the typical British soldier.
red-coat — an old fashioned term for a soldier (they used to wear red coats)
public-house — a pub, drinking house
publican — the pub owner
stalls — best seats near the stage
blackguards — ruffians (pronounced “blaggards”)
the Widow — here – Queen Victoria

You can never say “Thanks” enough

This article is about building relationships in business, but it applies to all your life as well.

It is the law of Entropy states that without energy input everything  comes to a stop.  

That is as true of friendships as it is of engines.  The gasoline that powers you friendships are expressions of love.  You have to stay in touch, and a Christmas card once a year is not enough.  Let your friends know you care about them often. Check in and see how they are doing.  The most important thing in life and in business is the friends you make.  Iʻm not talking about acquaintances you may know well enough to say “hi” to when you see them in a crowd.  Iʻm talking about people you can call on for help when you need it. These are people you will drop everything for when they need help.  Friends are people you have a close relationship with.  You can turn an acquaintance into a friends.  You can make customers your friends.  It takes time.  Just show people you care about them.

This article talks about creating business relationships.  The tips are important for all aspects of your life.

Living with Nature

Take a lesson from the Jersey Shore.  Engineers are taught to conquer nature, but nature usually wins.  So far, the Dutch have succeeded to hold back the sea, but will they continue to succeed against super storms and rising seas? Check out this video and then think about the Envision Laie development that proposes to build luxury mansions on the Kahuku foredune.

Man is destroying Godʻs creation in just 7 generations. Deaf and dumb politicians heed not the warnings of our scientists.  In the lifetime of my great grand children they will see a 7 degree rise in average earth temperature and a 10 foot rise in the ocean.  That is not the world I want to leave to my kids.

What can we do?

All anyone can do is to continue to share what we know about our environment with others and fight to elect politicians who understand what we must do to maintain the quality of life on earth.