I love my job:) Check out the Stratos Impact Report 2011 http://ow.ly/7UFTG @stratos_sts #sustainability #reporting
Ahh, what a feeling of happiness. Building a company = stress w the best payoff. First event at @HUBOTTAWA was fab. social innovation has a home in Ottawa! Come check out our Hub Pop Up weekend at our new space – open to public this weekend. http://ow.ly/7DGRW
What a day…cold, rainy, ugly, and awesome:)
Unshaven Mavens is the brain child of Malorie Bertrand and Amie Beausoleil. Inspired by Movember and Mustaches for Kids, Unshaven Mavens’ light-hearted approach to breast cancer awareness hopes to create a lasting and memorable legacy that its participants and sponsors can be proud of.
Unshaven Mavens will grow their underarm hair for the entire month of October, all the while raising funds for Rethink Breast Cancer, a Canadian breast cancer charity that brings bold, relevant awareness to the under-40 crowd. Unshaven Mavens will zero in on the armpit because early breast cancer symptoms can be detected in the underarm area, not just the breast.
Over twenty ladies signed up to be fundraiser (today was the Clean Shave Day) but our real fundraising started when we brought the electric razors out. Beau’s Brewery (my fave beer – organic & local) even gave us a $500 prize for anyone who donated more than $40. The kicker was also that if you donated $40 or more, you could get your head shaved on stage:)
I LOVE OKTOBERFEST AND BEAU’S BREWERY!
At $500, Phil, one of the Beau’s brothers agreed to shave his head. At $1000 raised, Steve, his brother agreed to shave his head (and both mind you had some pretty lovely locks!)
Well, that turned into more guys getting on the stage to shave their heads, beards, mustaches, and even chests….Shout out to Mark Kelly – the Irish who gave $500 to shave his head & chest and get the emcee to get on the chair and have his head shaved too.
Watch the fun on the video below. This is Steve Beauchesne, co-founder of Beau’s.
My friend who passed the video on is a doctor. I’m sure she was captivated by Mr. Verghese’s approach to medicine as she’s passionate about healing and listening to patients (something often missing in the hectic and busy world of doctors).
Although I understand his talk from a patient’s point of view, I was taken by his more holistic message, which in the medical sense or not, speaks volumes for how we live our lives and how we deal with others:
Where have I been? I’ve obviously neglected this old blog that I started back in 2007. I seem to forget those great evenings while studying, where I’d let my fingers surf the web and allow my mind to just roll….How wonderful it was to get those creative bursts at night, or those ‘aha’ moments while writing. I guess life just gets in the way sometimes.
And life. Oh, life. Remember this post, written one year ago?
“Now at 25 (in between jobs, no home, not even a phone! and heading back to Finland in less than a month, for a month) I have given myself exactly 5 years to “figure it out”.
So, here I am at 26. I’ve come a long way from being “SUNK” as I put it. In short:
So, all in all life is busy but very good. I feel like I’m “figuring it out”.
Interesting article in the Guardian about the climate movement and it’s struggles in the last few years. Surprise surprise, when the economy went down, so too did the sexiness of climate change.
But first, I don’t agree with the author’s stance. He’s one of the Ratcliffe activists in the UK who was on trial and convicted of planning to break into Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station to shut it down. The article is about:
If a jury that received extensive education on climate change could not vindicate the Ratcliffe activists, then who will?
Emotionally charged read that received a lot of fiery comments.
Activists that want to cause damage perhaps get the point across that they care about climate change, but it’s an old fashioned way of promoting it. Really, I thought we had already moved away from sort of divisive environmentalism, no? The outcome of these disturbances just get more people on the other side of the fence shouting back. Great.
How about good old dialogue? Working with stakeholders and creating solutions? During today’s trip from TBay to Ottawa, I saw two interesting articles: one in the Harvard Business Review by the famous Michael Porter about Corporate Shared Value (CSV) vs. CSR. And another in the Pulp and Paper trade magazine about environmentalists and industry folks finally coming to an agreement over a simple beer instead of “throwing tomatoes at each other” for the last decade.
To get back to the climate movement though, it’s completely lost its sexiness to me. Read, why i don’t care about global warming– from 3 years ago (gasp! that long?!) but my thoughts rest the same. Climate change exists, I’m not doubting it. But talking about impending disasters that have a lot of political baggage either A) terrify people or B) make people mad. Two emotions that lead to inaction.
When we’re looking to “rebrand” (if I dare say) climate change, we should remember that climate change ≠ sustainability. It is ONE PART. Sustainable development is all-encompassing. Even if we staved off our carbon emissions, we won’t necessarily be sustainable. And the idea that it’s all about carbon… ugh..
In any case, I agree with the title of the article: The climate movement is in desperate need of renewal. Indeed it is. But I don’t see it getting any sexier with those antics.
One thing I like about cooking vegetarian meals is it forces me try out new vegetables. For example, on Friday I cooked a fennel and asparagus risotto with a side of sauteed rapini with white wine mushrooms for my sister and her husband. Delicious way to start the weekend.
I have to add, we ended the weekend with a wonderful lamb shoulder roast last night. My brother-in-law bought half a lamb from a local farm. Amazing.
I’m a big fan of the bitter leafy greens. Think I’ll try this swiss chard torta from NYT tonight.
Rereading this post, I’m impressed with myself. For someone who isn’t the greatest cook, I’m sure eating well:)
Just checked this out on Bob Willard’s blog (a sustainability guru here in Canada).
This is incredible. As he explains:
Watch the short video. Check out the company (difficult website though).
Interested to see where it goes. Sounds absolutely crazy and expensive but that’s exactly what we need right now: radical innovations to dramatically shift us from the unsustainable path that we’re on.