Thursday, December 31, 2015

quote of the day

 
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"Chaperons don't enforce morality; 

they force immorality to be discreet."  


~ Judith Martin








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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

bee keeping




Bee Collective 

* Submitted by Dawn Davis who tells us that there are many great ways that social enterprises and charities truly benefit their local area, including all sorts of unusual methods! Find out more here: http://www.meandmycommunity.co.uk



Did you know that honey is becoming more popular than ever, with the demand at an all-time high? Many people are trying to source locally produced honey, as there are many good health benefits that it brings. Therefore, a social enterprise has been developed in London, called the Bee Collective, which has been set up to support the honey production.


Bee Collective works directly with beekeepers in the London area, helping them with their beehives through all the processes of honey. Their main aim is to help these beekeepers to help sustain the practice. Additionally, the social enterprise also works to process and market the honey, selling the produce at a fair, guaranteed price for the beekeepers.


More specifically, Bee Collective helps London beekeepers in three distinct ways. Firstly, they support them with the honey and wax processing, allowing for more efficient extraction. The social enterprise has their own, new, fully equipped honey house, which will allow the beekeepers to utilize for a minimal charge.


Secondly, they help by promoting the beehives, working in partnership to hold events promoting the story behind beekeeping and biodiversity. The final way Bee Collective provides support is through purchasing the honey crafted by London beekeepers, providing a collective marketplace for people looking for an accessible way to purchase the local honey produce. These marketplaces often provide a far better means for the beekeepers to sell their honey, as it guarantees a fair price that many supermarkets and other re-sellers can't provide. Therefore, this social enterprise helps the beekeepers to truly generate profit that will benefit their business, and help to keep them going successfully.


The Bee Collective social enterprise was founded in 2012, thanks to a group of main "worker bees" that act as advisers and directors for the organization. Additionally, the social business gains plenty of support and assistance from partner organizations and sponsors, who help provide funding and other support to keep the enterprise working.


The enterprise is also run entirely by volunteers, and they are always looking for more people willing to give their time to help their cause. Although, there are also other ways that you can provide support for Bee Collective. On their website, they have a Wish List of items that they require in order to help the business to work more efficiently.


What do you think of Bee Collective? Do you think it's a worthwhile cause to attempt to help beekeepers in the UK, and particularly in the main cities?







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Monday, December 28, 2015

quote of the day

 
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"I leave you, hoping that the lamp of liberty will burn in your bosoms 

until there shall no longer be a doubt

 that all men are created free and equal."  


~ Abraham Lincoln







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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Surroundings Affect Inventiveness



 Surroundings Affect Inventiveness


* Written by Leon Edward who invites you to download a 30 minute audio MP3 for relaxation and increasing your creative thinking click here or visit: CreativityOverdrive.com to access his weekly e-zine and more.


Do you know what makes you more creative sometimes as opposed to other days? The answer is not easy to figure out. One day you may find you are more creative when working in a cooler place of work and the next day low lighting seems to work best. However, here has been research in his area that can give you some guidelines and a few surprising observations. It was actually shown that your surroundings do have a large impact on your inventiveness levels.

Working in silence is not necessarily better for creative thinking. You don't want your work area to be to silent or extremely loud because creativity will suffer. Instead you need ambient noise levels to help you become more creative and productive. A moderate level of noise can even enhance performance on creative tasks. A study published online by the Journal of Consumer Research showed that 70 decibels may be an optimum noise level. In their noise studies, people were more apt to buy creative products too.


Studies have also shown that when lighting is dim, creativity is improved. A school of thought believes that stressful feelings can be reduced with lower light as you become free with your thinking. Additional research has shown that people feel free when the lights are dim. Give this a try yourself, Sit in a in a darkened room for five minutes. See if your thoughts and feelings change.
The ideal colors for improving your creativity are blue and green. One doesn't need to go to the ocean or daydream looking at the sky, as even a just a picture of the blue sky and green meadows can spur creative thinking. A red surrounding also will help for projects that have a lot of detail needed. Red is a stimulating color that can actually raise the blood pressure of some people and increase adrenaline.
Some people shine in creativity working in a messy work space. There are many people who are convinced that a neat organized work space is best for thinking but are really surprised about the effect of a cluttered area. It is though the clutter in the room draws your attention to new details that you may not have noticed before. In turn this stimulates your creative juices. Another idea stemming from disorganization, is having many photos and collectibles that could spur ideas of memories and even disorganization of these memoirs can cause confusion that can lead to creative thinking. Personalizing your work space at home may be exactly what you need but an employer may frown on any disorganization.
You may not be surprised to find out that journeying to new places of the world has an amazing effect on brain enhancements. In new nation-states or even parts of your own country, the different experiences of food, music, culture, even geography has a big impact on creativity. Those who study the brain can attest to neural pathways being stimulated by change New tradition is to you, speech patterns, ideas uncommon to you will also get you thinking creatively. More interactions with new cultures and people also add to inventiveness. Immersion of one self into other cultural experiences or activities even can generate new ideas and ingenuity.









If you feel that your idea generation skills are lacking why not try one of the items from above to increase them. You never know what sparks of ideas and ambitions you suddenly become inspired with.




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Friday, December 25, 2015

quote of the day

 
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"It was that quality that led me into aviation in the first place — it was a love of the air and sky and flying, the lure of adventure, the appreciation of beauty. It lay beyond the descriptive words of man — where immortality is touched through danger, where life meets death on equal plane; where man is more than man, and existence both supreme and valueless at the same instant."

~  Charles Lindbergh









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Thursday, December 24, 2015

green living



The Power of Being Resourceful


* Submitted by Jennifer L. Fouts


What does it mean to be resourceful, exactly? It is not the same thing as being stingy or "cheap". When I hear a word like "being resourceful" I take it to mean making good use of resources, being creative, perhaps in a thrifty way, and maintaining a habit of it. If you are anything like me, you are resourceful if you believe "time is money", you do not like to buy unnecessary things, and you figure out clever ways to get what you want or need, perhaps by making something out of ordinary materials.


What influences a more resourceful attitude than others? Many rags to riches celebrities, who may have grown up knowing dire poverty, may have a carryover of being frugal in life even when they encountered fame and fortune. They knew what it was like to live in lack or scarcity in the past, and it might have been a character building trait for them later on. Even with the richest of riches, they learned not to take their material luxuries for granted. My grandparents were children of the Great Depression and I remember how they were always (rightfully so!) disgusted with the more casual and spendthrift ways of my peers. So you see, I learned from the best example. Now that we are not in the greatest of economic times, we can learn a thing or two from them.

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So how can you become more resourceful in your life, without making too many sacrifices on enjoyment or fun? Creativity is key! For example, when I find cardboard boxes lying around, I look at them and decide if they would be useful for storage purposes. I found a few that were sized just right for storing games and movies and so I used colorful duct tape to cover the boxes and make them attractive to use as storage bins. I have also done this with shoe-boxes, as they can hold many things. Also, they look nice when I get through with them, even better than some of the more banal looking storage bins I have found at big box retailers. But it doesn't have to stop with boxes... I have found that many other things can be re-purposed, like wide mouth jars, coffee cans, and empty soda bottles... you'd be surprised at the many uses that could be found for them all.


We live in an era of heightened eco-awareness, in which many more households are sorting trash and creating recycle bins for additional items such as soda bottles, cartons, milk jugs and tin cans. While I highly endorse the practice (and participate in it as well) I strongly suggest you take a look around what ends up in your recycle bin, and see what you could be up-cycling instead. Could that empty tissue box double as a storage container for trinkets, just by Mod Podging the outside? How about decorating an empty coffee can or soup can to be used as a pen caddy? Or multiple soup cans put together to make up one nifty desk caddy for all of your office bric-a-brac? The things you put together can look really GOOD when all is said and done... a little browsing and you are sure to find many online resources on re-purposing and up-cycling. 



Once you master this skill, you will find that the saying "when life hands you lemons, make lemonade" to be very true, and many "win-wins" in the form of conservation and creativity. You will have more enjoyment in your life when you realize an empty can, box, or egg carton deserve a second chance at life than just ending up sitting in a recycle bin or dumpster.




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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

quote of the day

 
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"You know you're in love when you don't want to fall asleep

 because reality is finally better than your dreams. "


 ~  Dr. Seuss









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Monday, December 21, 2015

social responsibility




* Written by Dawn Davies shares information today about how one business can make a difference.  Dawn would like to invite us all to find out more about existing social businesses and enterprises here - http://www.meandmycommunity.co.uk   

*Note: You may notice some italicized parenthesis in the article, those are my comments based on research I did inspired by her article. I also placed a few links in the article for you as resources. 
The website Dawn recommended, by the way, has a great mission statement, which I just had to share with our readers:

"Me & My Community is all about you and your local community - how you can help and impact your local community positively, 
and how your community can impact you!"


The Future of Social Business


If you want to make a difference to your community, and create positive changes locally, you can use this platform to gain inspiration. You can talk directly with experienced community members, and learn how they have helped impact their local communities for the better.

(Comedian) Russell Brand has been working on his latest socially aware venture for over a year, and it has been widely covered by media. This is partly because much of media has been pretty skeptical of Brand's seemingly out-of-nowhere transformation as a would-be revolutionary. For a while now, Russell Brand has been campaigning for a social and political upheaval, and making somewhat controversial statements such as announcing that he didn't vote, and explaining that voting made no difference as all of the parties are practically the same. Last year, he published his book, 'Revolution', which discussed many of his views on social and political issues. In the book, he called for a "global revolution involving radical wealth redistribution and spiritualism", and received pretty mixed reviews and responses from the media as well as the general public in the UK. As well as his 'Revolution' book, Brand also runs a YouTube channel, outlining these social and political issues he wishes to change, called 'The Trews'.

However, his latest project, expanding into social enterprise and business, is arguably his biggest revolutionary venture yet. Russell Brand has opened a non-profit,  social enterprise café, called The Trew Era Café (located in East London, UK).

Brand has been planning the café for some time now - during his promotion for 'Revolution', he stated that he would use all of the book's profits to fund a social enterprise to employ former drug addicts, and help them return to work.

Additionally, he has opened the café in the New Era estate in Hackney, East London. This is where he helped give voice to a campaign against eviction of local people in the area last year. On the estate, almost 100 families would have been evicted out of their homes if a development by a US company had been approved. Three women initiated the campaign to stop the development, and in December 2014, the plans were eventually abandoned and the local residents got to keep their homes.

Now, according to Brand, The Trew Era Café stands as a permanent victory of the people over corporate interests. He wants the café to be a beacon in the community, and a place where locals can gather for social and political purposes.

True to his word, all of the people currently in employment at the café are in abstinence-based recovery. The social enterprise runs as a non-profit, fully self-sufficient business. The work started on the café just a month ago, and it only recently opened earlier this week. Though, presently it's running sufficiently as a café selling well-priced hot drinks and cakes. It has future plans to build a kitchen, which will then allow the café to sell locally and ethically sourced produce at affordable prices.

So, is all of the widespread media attention onto Russell Brand's Trew Era café a good thing? As, surely, this will bring attention to the idea of social enterprise and non-profit businesses created for social impact?

There are currently a few social enterprise cafés in the UK who use their business to contribute to their local communities. For example, Social Bite offers a service called 'Suspended Coffee (and Food)', where anyone can order and pay for an item of food or drink as a contribution to a homeless person, who would then receive that purchase (1 in 4 of their employees were homeless; they also spend 100% of their profits on worthy causes).

Mull over these questions, and perhaps discuss them with your friends:

Are small businesses such as these a representation of the future of social businesses? 

And 

Can social businesses help change the future, with us coming together as a community to make the much-needed changes?




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Saturday, December 19, 2015

quote of the day

 
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"A man is called selfish not for pursuing his own good, 

but for neglecting his neighbour’s."


 ~  Richard Whately








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