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love is all around

July 22, 2010

No matter where you are in the world, reminders to love what matters are all around.  This was sent to us by a Handshoe Design client on the fly from his Blackberry while traveling in Miami. Looks like the airport to me.

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the bright side

July 15, 2010

Message to the masses on Pensacola Beach. Photo: Randy Hamilton

Day 84.

According to the CNN counter, at the high end of the estimate there are 2520K gallons of oil gushing into the gulf every day, for a total of 217,700,000 + gallons and counting with no end in sight.

Reading this kind of news every morning has the potential of starting one’s day on a seriously blue note. I was feeling pretty helpless and depressed about the whole situation until I read this little email reminder to find the bright side of every situation from Mike Dooley at The Tut’s Adventurer’s Club:

“On the very bright side, never in peace time history has there been such a gallant effort, by so many people, spending so many billions of dollars with no end in sight, to rapidly clean up your environment.

Never before have numerous heads of state and representatives of a corporation as large as many smaller nations, pledged to work together, sharing expertise and resources to get a job done.

Never before have so many prayer and meditation groups suddenly formed, amongst and in between every religion and those belonging to none, to foster healing of your precious planet.

Never before have finger pointers, conspiracy theorists, and blame mongers been so idle and unnecessary in the face of such a tragedy.

Never before have industry titans across every sea chosen to reexamine their own safety procedures, revisit their own environmental safeguards, and expend their own fortunes to voluntarily reflect upon and demand that they do an even better job from this day forward.

And to top it all off, your planet has a loving, brilliant consciousness all her own, and of her countless balancing acts, healing herself is one in which she truly shines.”

I guess sometimes it takes a serious wake up call to inspire a large-scale shift in consciousness. There IS a bright side to this insane situation we’ve gotten ourselves into. We can get ourselves out. By pulling together and stepping into action.

Love what matters. Do it now.

education can change the world

July 13, 2010

One of the most amazing things about the internet is the serendipitous manner in which connections can be made around the world. Good ideas and intentions spread so quickly when the message that is being delivered truly resonates inside of a human being. And before you know it, someone’s true purpose for existence is revealed.

Pretty deep net-philosophy for a Tuesday, huh? It’s true though… At least that’s just my opinion about Salman Khan. Sal has some pretty impressive credentials. He has earned a BS in Mathematics, a BS and a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT and an MBA from Harvard Business School. The wealth of knowledge gained from his very impressive education primed Sal for pretty much anything he could possibly want to do in life.

But Sal’s true purpose was to be a teacher.

Sal had a cousin who has having problems in 6th grade math. She lived in New Orleans and Sal lived in Boston. In order for this busy 6th grader to watch the lessons post after-school activities, Sal decided to make things easier by creating small, direct lessons on his computer then post them on YouTube for her to watch and learn at her leisure. Simple enough, right?

The crazy and amazing thing about the internet is that Sal’s simple good intention to help his cousin also helped a lot of other people around the world. With every lesson he posted, more and more people began to watch and benefit from his unique, self-paced style of delivering lessons. Sal had grown beyond tutoring a family member. He had become a teacher.

Now, Sal’s lessons have grown to over 1,400 videos covering everything from basic arithmetic and algebra to differential equations, calculus, physics, chemistry, biology, history, statistics, economics and finance and are available for people all over the world to watch and learn… free of charge. Sal’s initial good deed has grown into what is now named the Khan Academy, a not-for-profit organization with the mission of delivering a high quality education to anyone, anywhere. They are now a now have over 80,000 students each month watching 35,000 videos a day.

The Khan Academy and Salman Khan have received a 2009 Tech Award in Education. The Tech Awards is an international awards program that honors innovators from around the world who are applying technology to benefit humanity.

The best thing about Sal and the Khan Academy (and the reason we’re sharing his story on 2010love) is the spirit from which this grand vision is rooted. In Sal’s words, from the Q & A section of the Khan Academy web site:

Q: How are you funding/making money off of this?

A: “I quit my day job as of September 2009 to work on this full-time and was digging into my savings until recently. In May, some generous individuals have given large enough gifts for me to take a salary for the time being. I could be aggressive with advertising on the site, but I don’t want to do that until I have to. I am speaking to some foundations that might enable Khan Academy to get to the next level. If you know of potential partner foundations who would agree that there is no better way to educate and enlighten the world, they shouldn’t hesitate to email me (sal ‘at’ khanacademy ‘dot’ org) :)”

“Khan Academy is a IRS-recognized 501c3 not-for-profit organization. My goal is to make it self-sustaining in the next five years.”

Q: Are you interested in turning this into a business? Maybe with some VC funding?

A: I’ve been approached several times, but it just didn’t feel right. When I’m 80, I want to feel that I helped give access to a world-class education to billions of students around the world. Sounds a lot better than starting a business that educates some subset of the developed world that can pay $19.95/month and eventually selling it to some text book company or something. I already have a beautiful wife, a hilarious son, two hondas and a decent house. What else does a man need?

With that said, if you are a social venture capitalist and are looking to deploy capital with the highest possible social return per dollar invested, we should talk. I think you’ll find that there is no more measurable, scalable and high impact way to educate the world.”

Now THAT, my friends, is a man who loves what matters.

Thanks Sal… You’ve inspired us.

thought for the day:

July 9, 2010

Indeed… now is the time.

connecting round the world

July 7, 2010

Sometimes we’re amazed at the power of good.

Love. Hope. Happiness. Acceptance. Gratefulness. Compassion. Even the teeniest just-ready-to-blossom seed of a “good thought” in your brain has the power to touch others in a way that can make heads spin. Speak those thoughts and before you know it, Good has gained the power to connect you with human beings on the other side of the globe. Thanks to the web.

It’s amazing really… this internet thing.

2010love was recently featured in Peppermint Magazine in Brisbane, Australia in an article titled “Good Old Fashioned Values.” We, along with an amazing group of others who are also dedicated to good in their own ways, were connected through what we’d like to say is the beginning of a media trend for a new generation: Publications dedicated to what matters, rather than only what sells.

Our very own 2010love friend Melissa Morris Ivone at Operation Nice was right beside us in the feature, as well as  Jade Sims at Craft Hope, Anthea Krook at Spoonful Zine, Hailey Bartholomew at 365 Grateful, a blog featuring things for which they are indeed grateful every single day of the year. Also featured was Danielle Lauren, the Australian Ambassador for the Charter for Compassion, Morgan Daly at the Sub Urban Grind, and Cat Sweeney from Jungle City Massive, a hip hop group of girls between the ages of 12-19 from the western suburbs of Melbourne, Autralia. Jungle City Massive is being featured in a documentary by Thomas Barlcevic called Step by Step.

Peppermint is the new Green Fashion Magazine, covering eco and ethical styles for those concerned with environmental and social justice issues, but also love fashion and design. We love Peppermint’s dedication and inspiration, we really dig the design and above all, we love their commitment to walking the walk and giving back. Peppermint Magazine is printed on an FSC-certified waterless printing press on 100% post-consumer recycled paper. They also donate 35 cents from each issue sold to charity!

I don’t think you can find Peppermint Magazine at news stands here in the United States just yet, but I’m sure it’s soon to come. Those of you in Australia and New Zealand can find Peppermint at your local Borders. Subscriptions are available world wide. Follow Peppermint on Facebook and Twitter for the most up to date information about current and upcoming issues.

Read the entire article (PDF) in the Press Section.

I had no idea…

June 28, 2010

Obviously, at 2010love we’re big fans of companies who make the effort to incorporate what matters into the core of their business model. Some have chosen to bring awareness to social and ecologic goals. Some have philanthropic missions, and still others have dedicated their businesses in whole to bringing responsible products to the masses. Our favorites offer simple solutions to living life in a more conscious way.

Priscilla Woolworth has a passionate love for the environment, and offers eco-friendly products via her online General Store. I spotted her Love Towel there, and learned a little in the process. For instance:

Did you know... that if you use these (reusable) towels for 1 year, you save ¼ tree, reduce landfill waste by 23lbs and conserve 250 gallons of water?

Did you know... to make one ton of paper towels, 17 trees are cut down and 20,000 gallons of water are polluted?

Did you know.
.. that every day, over 3,000 tons of paper towel waste is produced in the USA alone?

Did you know… that decomposing paper towels produce methane gas, a leading cause of global warming?

Did you know… that the average person uses 2,400-3,000 paper towels at work, in a given year? Paper towels, even made of recycled materials, still produce an impact 100% greater than People Towels.

3,000 tons of paper towel waste is produced in the USA alone??? Did you know?

I certainly didn’t.

Who’d have thunk that something as simple as a paper towel — something we envision disintegrating into the netherworld as soon as it hits the can — could have such an impact when the bulk of our actions are added together?

Even better… imagine the impact a daily, collective, small change for the positive could make?

It’s the little things that make a difference.

on purpose…

June 25, 2010

This morning I was taking my Friday morning Facebook stroll and ran across this quote posted first by Sycamore Street Press, an amazing letterpress business in Columbus Ohio, then by Annie’s Blue Ribbon General Store in Brooklyn New York, who carries Sycamore products:

On purpose. Thanks for the reminder Dolly… it’s the “on purpose” part that I tend to forget. It was the perfect end-of-week lesson for me and a great thought to share with others.

Sycamore and Annie’s both have blogs as well, so check them out for lots of goodies to come in future posts!

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