Thursday, January 31, 2013

Leadership, Conflict & Hope



-- Quote of the Day -- 

 
“Hope is the thing with feathers 
that perches in the soul 
and sings the tune with out words 
and never stops, at all.”

~ Emily Dickinson


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Life can dish out some nasty circumstances: we get fired, suddenly lose someone we love or get really ill. Owner of Combs and Company, blogger, author, international consultant, instructor and speaker, Deidre Combs has studied and taught cross-cultural strategies for resolving conflict and overcoming challenges for the past 18 years.  Deidre is the author of 3 books on cross-cultural approaches that integrate common wisdom from the world’s traditions with scientific theory and brain research. She has had a wide array of experiences as the management consultant, executive coach, mediator and core instructor in Montana State University’s Leadership Fellows Certificate Program. We’ll dip into all of these experiences today and learn how we can resolve conflict and overcome professional challenges Access the live (10-11 AM Pacific) or archived episode:






 


-- Conscious Living Event  --


January 31 - February 3, 2012

Event: 32st Annual Guelph Organic Conference

Location: University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario

Info: Organics, what's the buzz? - Canada's Premiere Organic Event! This four-day event will feature over 150 booths, workshops, seminars and expert panels. 




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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Why Reading Is So Important



-- Brummet's In the Media --

Kevin Finn hosts Audio Dust Jacket radio show, which features in-depth interviews with published authors - discussing their book, revealing key insights behind the pages, and sharing valuable lessons learned from their work.


I was invited to appear on this radio show to participate in the fourth installment of this series to talk about our Purple Snowflake Marketing book - and I’m so excited to share it with you. This 4th installment also has interviews with several other writers starting with Jenny Milchman, Charmain Hammond, Angil Trach-Ritchey... and myself.






And do let me know what you thought of it :)





A “Novel” Approach to Building Empathy across Differences


Lorraine Segal, owner of ConflictRemedy.com, offers one on one conflict management and communication coaching, group training, and mediation. She also teaches in the Conflict Resolution Certificate Program at Sonoma State University, and specializes in divorced parents transform communication Lorraine drops by our blog today to share information on how literacy can actually stimulate empathy and increase the level of understanding in today’s world.



I’ll start with a confession. I am utterly addicted to reading novels and have been since I was 9 years old. I am almost never without a novel to read, and when I have free time, I greedily devour more. My favorites include fantasy, science fiction, young adult fiction, novels about people in different cultures, and any novel with strong quirky characters, especially women, who overcome adversity and opposition to create a rich, transformative, life.


Novels Can Promote Empathy
 
So, as a devoted novel reader and mediator/conflict coach, I was delighted when I read a blog post on the Harvard Business Review Network by Ann Kreamer, called “The Business Case for Reading Novels.” In it, she cites a number of studies that show novel reading can stimulate empathy and increase our understanding of people who are different from us.


Why is empathy so important in communication and conflict resolution?
 
We each have our own story, our own history and narrative about our lives. But we often know little about the narrative and history of other people in our personal or professional lives. Even with people we feel close to, we operate far more from assumptions rather than genuine understanding.


Through empathy, we can reach beyond our limited perspectives.

But, the more we are able to reach beyond our own perspectives and, with imaginative empathy, gain insight into the challenges, grief, hopes, and perspectives, of others, the more we are building a foundation for authentic, and nourishing, communication. By inviting us to enter the inner world of someone from a different community, time period, culture or universe, novels can expand our vision and compassionate connectedness.

So when I am reading novels from now on, instead of feeling like a frivolous slacker, I will call it all empathy research and training. I encourage you to do the same.





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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Love and Progress


 -- Quote of the Day -- 

 

“The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of earnest struggle. If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain with out thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters.”

~ Frederick Douglass




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How do we gain a foothold when day-to-day experiences leave us feeling wounded and unbalanced? Do you feel lost, uncertain – like something is missing in your life? Today we’ll learn techniques to raise consciousness, power up with love, and breaking out of our self-made prisons. Special guest Lisa Avedon is here to share some of her expertise with us, helping our listeners overcome the inner battles they face on a daily basis

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Alternative energy for lights


 -- Quote of the Day -- 


“To cherish what remains of the Earth 
and to foster its renewal 
is our only legitimate hope of survival”


~ Wendell Berry


-- Positive News -- 
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Now here is something very cool for those of you interested in alternative energy sources and new lighting technologies that I learned of from Japanfs.org

An innovative office equipment manufacturer, Green House Co., launched a new LED lantern product that can generate electricity using only water and salt. This product doesn't even need dry cells to store the energy, there are no batteries to charge. Simply by pouring some salt water into the lantern, little ions travel up a metal rod of magnesium to a carbon rod and that simple act generates enough electricity to power the 55 lumen light.

How cool is that?



-- Conscious Living Event -- 


Jan 28 – 31

US Composting Council 21st Annual Convention & Trade Show

Location: Orlando Florida – US





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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Energy & Electronics



 -- Quote of the Day -- 


“I do not think the measure of a civilization is 
how tall its buildings of concrete are, 
but rather how well its people have learned
 to relate to their environments and fellow man.”

~ Sun Bear of the Chippewa


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Best of Conscious Discussions series offers highlights from some of the best discussions we've had in the past. Today is our 35th episode in this series – Featuring 2 experts offering advice on: Energy & Electronics. 

Our first guest: Executive director for Project Laundry List organization, Alexander Lee, is here to tell us about the impact our laundry has on the environment. Learn how to make small changes in your life that directly benefit the planet & your wallet. 

2nd guest: Alda Nicmans, the Executive Director of ESABC  (Electronic Stewardship Association of BC, Canada) -  which is a non-profit electronic r organization responsible for the BC program, joined us in 2008 to talk about the growth of the electronics recycling program. Alda deals with the national perspective of waste management, liaising with other programs & government relations with respect to program expansion & accountability. Today (2012) we are able to recycle small appliances and pretty much anything that plugs in to something else or is operated by a battery. 



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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Referral Corner


 -- Quote of the Day -- 



“We started in our studio in our home, then our 2-car garage - then a 3-car garage about 3 blocks from our house… and about that point we brought on Easter Seals Colorado which does all of our labeling and bagging. So that eliminated a huge part of the business - now we have a crew of about 18 full time Easter individuals now at our warehouse.  …I didn’t really know what Easter Seals was about and what their mission was (before partnering with them) – which is ultimately to get these people into independent living situations with jobs… the ages range from older teenagers to upper 60’s, with all different backgrounds and skill levels. We are just so proud to have partnered with them, and so proud of each individual. …One of our best investments has been a business coach helping us with business ethics and she helps keep us on track. …We live a lifestyle now where in the middle of a Tuesday we can go for a hike, we can walk or bike to most places.”   



Carl Reichley



Today’s quote originates from the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio episode that aired back on Nov 18… titled: Celebrating the Little Things



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-- Referral Corner -- 

I found this site below that lists a lot of free tips to help people improve their PR game and get more publicity via media interviews:
 


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(from their site) "Not long ago, women and children were rare at rescue missions and homeless shelters. The harsh reality is that today, they are more common than ever. Millions of women, mothers, teens and children now call one of the 3,500 shelters in the United States “home”. Our mission is to transform these environments into places that inspire behavioral and psychological change and are supportive to those re-building their lives."
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an organization that truly believes in young people and trusts in their power to create positive change in this world. With new campaigns nearly every week with call to action for a variety of activities, they are able to engage more than 2.2 million members in the last year alone. 




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Friday, January 25, 2013

World of Writing, interview


 
-- World of Writing -- 
 


Today’s featured author is Neal James – based in Derbyshire, UK – who began writing in 2007 when a series of short stories found favour on a number of international writing sites. Since then, he has released three novels and an anthology of short stories. Full Marks, his fifth book in as many years, is a crime novel and a product of a vivid imagination set against a backdrop of exposés dating back to the mid-1970s. Two Little Dicky Birds, his 2010 release, was a finalist in the prestigious UK Peoples Book prize of 2012. Neal is also a member of a number of writing groups, and a regular contributor to local newspaper features. Find Neal @: www.NealJames.webs.com




Q: Neal, I understand that you have had quite a number of books and short stories published – can you tell us how many books/stories are now available for your readers?

A: Books – there have been four so far: A Ticket to Tewkesbury (2008), Short Stories Volume One (2009), Two Little Dicky Birds (2010), (2011), and most recently: Full Marks, which will be out in 2013, will be my fifth in as many years.
Stories – there are 36 of these in the anthology Short Stories Volume One, and a second anthology, containing a further 50, is complete and ready to go to the publisher. I am now compiling a third volume, and have a dozen already in the file.



















Q: How have your books gotten published?

 
A: All of my writing has gone through the traditional route of sample submissions to a known publishing house, followed by an offer to proceed to publication upon submission of a complete manuscript. I have my work independently edited. The projects are running at an average of a book per year, and I have work in progress, which will take me up to 2020.


 
Q: What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

 
A: This would be my ability to lead a reader down any one of a number of blind alleys, carefully concealing the truth of the story until I am ready to reveal its conclusion. Chapters are carefully structure to compel the reader to keep turning the pages, and are deliberately curtailed to between 750 and 2,500 words to achieve that end.



Q: What has been the most surprising thing you learned from creating your books?


A: I have been constantly surprised by the fact that I can pull an idea for a novel from pretty much anywhere and anything. I have a very active imagination, and am not restricted to a single genre. Full Marks, my 2013 release, is a crime story. Day of the Phoenix, which will come out in 2014, is a political thriller, and The Rings of Darelius, which will follow in 2015, falls in the science fiction genre. Writer’s block, which can be a real obstacle, never seems to afflict me.



Q: Do you have any suggestions to help others become a better writer?


A: Never be afraid of critique – everyone has an opinion and all advice is helpful even if you don’t agree with it. The arrogance of thinking that you know best is the surest way to lose readers.
Never try to edit your own work – you will see what you want to see rather than what is actually there. Errors are very costly to correct once the text has been published, and any decent publisher will caution against that kind of carelessness.
Do not lose belief. Rejections simply mean that a publisher/agent is not interested for a variety of reasons, which may NOT include your ability to write. Accept the fact that the road is a hard one, and that if you do manage to find a traditional publisher, as I did, you are very fortunate.


 
Q: Do you hear from your readers? / What do they say?


A: Yes I do, and I feel that an open line to your readership is very important. Reviews for my books have been extremely encouraging, with everyone saying what I hoped they would. They tell me that they could not put the books down, and that they were constantly surprised at the twists and turns which each story took. At book signings, people who have bought copies of early work look out for me and spend time talking about the books – this is very satisfying.


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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Why Estate Plans Are Important

 
-- Quote of the Day -- 
 
“He who wishes to secure the good of others 
has already secured his own.”

~ Confucious
 
 
 
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Author, speaker and founder of the Modlin Legal Services, Inc – Marina Modlin is here to offer information on why we need to have estate plans in place. She’ll offer tips that we’ll want to consider and she’ll give us an insiders view as to what this process involves. We’ll learn how her business became certified as the only Green Business law firm in the San Francisco Bay area, and much more.


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