Category Archives: Problem + Solution

Instructions On How To Change The World: 3 Steps

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Look at this

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Make the disparity smaller . . . .

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Charity: Water

Girl Up

Kiva

Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy

Pencils Of Promise

Virgin Unite

World Vision: Child Sponsorship

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Because every child deserves to be raised
to be healthy, happy, safe and educated

with the hope of a long life. 

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Information Overwhelm in Today’s World

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Just a week ago, Pip from Meet Me At Mikes published a pretty full-on post: “How to beat information overwhelm and still care about the world“. It’s about how we have a tendency to click past or mute anything that is tragic or confronting. Earthquakes, genocide, terrorism, economic collapse – sometimes it IS all too much.

But is switching off the answer?

Pip talked about chemical reactions our bodies have when we get this feeling of overwhelm. She talked about our social conform driven by Social Media. She discussed our glazed eyes at the news.

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BUT, she also discussed ways in which to deal with – a pretty big deal in my opinion. She didn’t ignore the reality of our lives and all the stimulus we are exposed to, instead she used it as a perfect example of how to attack this Overwhelm and how to still make amazing change in our communities and the world at large.

Although it is a hefty read (you need a good 10 minutes, uninterrupted!), it is genuinely worth it. It is insightful and intelligent and gives us all hope that we aren’t all sheep.

 

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Check out my comment at the end of the post, as I discuss how I deal with Overwhelm . . .

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For instance, this is not a normal occurrence in Oz.

Although in saying that, last year I did have a kangaroo stuck in my backyard and I don’t live in middle of suburbia, I certainly don’t live in the bush either. I live in a rapidly expanding and quite large town (officially a City, but come on!) in the South West of Australia and although we do have a mob of kangaroos living in a large paddock on the edge of town, I’d hardly say a kangaroo in the backyard is a normal thing.

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Nepal and A Window

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Do you every truly appreciate how lucky you are?
I mean REALLY appreciate?!?

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I look at the photos of Nepal and feel sick to my stomach.
The carnage caused my Mother Nature on a completely peaceful and generous peoples, makes me feel nauseous. I know that ‘Western’ lives were lost, but in truth I feel more for the villagers and farmers who have been decimated.

They can’t get on a plane and fly somewhere else.
Fly away.

If you, like me, would like to make the smallest of difference to the life of these people then I am begging you to please donate to Charity:Water NOW.  Charity:Water has been providing clean water to villages in Nepal since 2010. They are making a clear and positive difference to lives that deserve better.

They deserve our compassion and empathy.

Don’t just sit there feeling like shit and turning your eyes when the news feed pops up and shows you the devastation . . . . help fix it!

The donation screen automatically shows US$100, but I can’t afford that – I only have $5 to donate. But $5 from ten people is $50, and $5 from one hundred people is $500. Your money will make a difference no matter how small the contribution.

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Go change the world peeps!

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In other news, I have just ordered a new kitchen window from China.
Yep from Alibaba.com.

I have my lean and poor little fingers firmly crossed, that I am not just throwing away $515 (AUS).
Money that took me eight nights of hard yakka to earn.

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But here’s why I’m taking the risk . . . .

The window
* is constructed by a Chinese subsidiary of a German company
* complies with not only Australian Safety Standards but also EU standards
* is double glazed (holy sheeeet!)
* that has solid aluminium construction
* will be shipped to my capital city in just five weeks

I got a quote from a local supplier for a the same size window that was
* only single glazed
* was half the thickness in aluminium framing
* cost $1200 (yep – more than four times the cost)
* available in four weeks

Now you can see why I am taking the risk with my meagre funds.

And although I am a massive supporter of ‘Buy Local’, the truth is that my ‘local’ could be doing exactly what I’m doing – send the details to China and get it manufactured and shipped here.

They could open a dialogue with a company in China, build a strong relationship and then put 25%-50% on all orders. For none of the work, other than a few emails. They could still make a profit and remain open.

We have to start thinking globally when we want our businesses to survive.
We have to make the World Wide Web work for us.

Well, that’s my two bobs worth anyway 😉

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Overcoming Hopelessness: Nick Vujicic

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Although my life has been far from idyllic, it certainly hasn’t been the trial that so many others on this planet suffer through.

I am genuinely grateful for that. However, I do have, and have had for nearly thirty years, a mental illness that has robbed my of my ability to view my life and life in general, in a true and clear manner. My vision of the world has been tinted with scratches and murky dark clouds. Clouds that became physical burdens often.

But I never stopped trying to find a solution to this situation – to the reality of my life. I kept trying and trying to find peace and maybe a speckle of happiness. I look at other sources outside my mind to generate calm and discover different points of view. I’ve heard this described as bravery or courage. To not succumb to the darkness.

I don’t think that’s what it is.

Although I no longer wake, disappointed to still be alive  – the truth is I don’t really have any passion for life. I have been banished from my nephews’ lives, my mother only remembers me when she needs something and all but a couple of friends have found my journey through Depression to be exhausting to the point of abandonment. Losing Horatio, then Jack ten months ago was in a way, the final straw in my connectivity to this world.

While I have a deep awareness of ‘Why’, it doesn’t alleviate the sting of the reality.

So, without a purpose or person or reason to ‘live’ I just muddle forward. I am building a website from scratch in the belief that one day it will provide a substantial income. I try to learn something new every day. I am building a kitchen, from the floor up. I have started a long-since dead practice of taking “Afternoon Adventures“. I Create something EVERY day. I blog. I watch. I view. I read.

Although there is no ‘happiness’ in my life I can claim to be ‘happi-er‘. And this is a grand victory against previous hopeless moments.

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How Did We Ever Cope Without The Internet? + Himalayan Mutt Project

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I have just spent five days without the internet.

No emails.
No building of my website.
No blogging.
No online searches.
No Pinterest.
No 9Gag.
No online TV streaming.

It.
Was.
Not.
Fun.

But it’s over now and I can go back to gettin’ jiggy with it.

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Are you a dog lover, like me?

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Then I would absolutely love it if you would consider donating just $10 to this really important project . . . .

. . . . The Himalayan Mutt Project, was started by Debby Ng – a photojournalist with a true passion for saving animals and particularly dogs.

In less than twelve months she has organised and implemented an incredible project that will actually make an massive difference.

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The thought of homeless dogs always makes me physically uncomfortable, and to know that I am helping to prevent unwanted and therefore unloved puppies – is so important to me. In the process, the livelihood and safety of Nepalese families is ensured.

This is one way that you can Change The World.

Just $10 can make a genuine and positive change to the state of the world. A change for people that you will never meet, who will never be able to say ‘Thank You”, and a change that is SO big that it can not be quantified.

How amazing would that feel?

All this for just $10.

Wow!

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This set of images, is a perfect representation of how I felt at the end of last week and then over the weekend.

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Are you feeling as shitty as I am about Rosie Batty‘s award as Australian of the Year (2015)?

Why am I shitty?

Here’s one reason.

Here’s another reason . . . .

. . . .  the Abbott/Liberal/Conservative Government has seen fit to withdraw – yes, take away what is already there – $271 MILLION of funding to community support agencies, such as groups that offer support to women, children and men who suffer from Domestic Violence.

Fuck !!!!!!!

If you are one of the many millions of people who voted for the Abbott Government in the last election – then I suggest you contact your elected member – the one YOU voted in – get them to reverse this decision.

Why?

Because it’s effect will be felt for the next TWENTY FIVE Years.

Don’t believe me?
Well stay tuned as I am collating some data to prove my point.
Don’t sit on your laurels now, mouthing “I can’t do anything”.
Fuck that – contact your Liberal Rep and tell them you don’t accept this travesty of Social Justice.

Think it won’t affect you?

Wrong again!
Want proof?
It’s coming – I am going to give you examples in the coming day/weeks.

This is a BIG deal peeps.
A VERY big, BAD deal.

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