microcredit challenge

SOOOOO This is this huge project i’ve been working on as part of the LEAD Program (I am earning a Certificate in Innovative Leadership).

http://microcreditchallenge.blogspot.com/

THE GLOBAL AGENTS MICROCREDIT CHALLENGE:

The microcredit challenge is simple: your team has one week, $100 and only the limits of its own creativity to create as much social change and raise as much money as possible.

The Microcredit Challenge is a one week competition where Global Agents funds competing teams of 2-5 members with $100 “microloans”. Teams have one week to use their entrepreneurial skills to raise as much money and create as much social change as possible using only this original loan.

At the end of the week the loan and proceeds are paid back to The Global Agents Catalyst Initiative, which are funds used to help developing world entrepreneurs pull themselves and their families out of poverty.

I worked on the blog, poster and these videos. Check it out!

DEADLINE TO REGISTER MARCH 4TH! Pretty much anyone can participate! DOOO IT!

25 HRS of Silence for 25 YRS of Conflict!

 

Wanna shut me up? Pledge me! I’ll be silent for 25 hours on APRIL 25th! I’ll also be accepting donations in person. Awesome, totally transparent cause!

All proceeds go to find the Invisible Children Protection Plan. BE THE CHANGE. Join me in going silent!

GO HERE!

ACKNOWLEDGE YOURSELF.

ACKNOWLEDGE YOURSELF.

Give yourself permission to acknowledge yourself. What are you not appreciating about you? What are you afraid to say?

Yesterday I was at a workshop and as it ended we randomly acknowledged the other participants. As we were doing this I was reflecting on my experience at the workshop. I like to think back and look for areas I can improve after I complete an experience. It isn’t an inherently negative process by any means, I am looking for opportunities to be more awesome. However I think we all struggle with negative self talk. On this day, I was thinking about how sometimes I don’t communicate clearly. I was noticing how sometimes I figure out what I want to say only though saying it, and when I first start talking sometimes the meaning gets lost because I am not clear myself on the best way to share my ideas. It was so strange for me though because the woman that acknowledged me, specifically spoke about how well I articulated myself and the value she found in the questions and comments I shared.

It is so ironic when other people acknowledge us for things we have not acknowledged ourselves for.

This reminded me of the great SuperForest post that SF Mathew made about the Leaders Causing Leaders conference. In their speech (go view the post to watch it, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED) the Engelhart’s talk about how you can create other people. By recognizing and acknowledging things in others, even if there is not evidence that these qualities exist, we can grow people. I think it works the same way with negative things, even if these is no evidence of something, hearing it enough will make it true for you…

I’d never thought of applying this logic internally. What if, instead of trying to improve things, or change things about our selves, we simply acknowledged ourselves for being the things we are trying to cultivate internally. Perhaps we would naturally grow as a result of the positive acknowledgement.

For example, lately I have been working on my spacial awareness. I noticed that when I believed I was coordinated and aware of my environment, I did not have issues with spacial awareness (parking lots can be scary!).

I suppose this is how affirmations work. Interesting.

ACKNOWLEDGE YOURSELF.

Give yourself permission to acknowledge yourself. What are you not appreciating about you? What are you afraid to say?

 

Eraserhead and the discussion of ART VS SHIT

Earlier this week I watched the David Lynch film Eraserhead for the first time. It’s pretty controversial, I know that lots of people find it highly disturbing and others think it’s a masterpiece. Personally, I wasn’t very disturbed by it but that said it was almost too ambiguous for me and some of the storytelling elements things weren’t clear the first time I saw it.

Watching this film led me to have some interesting dialogues surrounding “Art VS Shit”. By that I mean the opinion divide that most works of artistic expression face.

Is it art? Layered in symbolism, containing so much meaning and insight, complexity and messages that resonate with people.. Or is it shit? What were they thinking? This doesn’t make sense, it’s a pile of rubble and is completely random and arbitrary. There is no meaning. Whoever created this had no idea what they were doing.

I trust that you are familiar with the feelings I am trying to illustrate. I feel that part of this issue is personal opinion. Not everyone agrees. We all have unique preferences. That said though, there must be some line dividing the kid with the camcorder who uses windows movie maker and a painter who works for months on his great masterpiece. Right? There are some artists like Monet that were only appreciated after death. Maybe, in some works, it takes time for genius to become apparent. Maybe our inability to appreciate all things as art is the only thing in our way. I feel that art acts as a mirror for life and can show us something (either that we understand already or are unfamiliar with). We can learn something from everything, even the amature artist who “doesn’t know anything”.

This also makes me consider the divide between clarity and leaving things open to interpretation. Do we want the audience to work and make their own conclusions? Yes. However I also feel they need to understand what’s going on and sometimes ambiguity can add to a failure in that sense. For example, in a video project I made this semester, some people didn’t understand it the first time and had to watch it again. I took this as a lesson that the storytelling wasn’t clear enough, however, maybe the problem was that I had an idea in mind that I was trying to get them to understand, when really, as the film maker, I HAVE NO CONTROL OVER WHAT THE AUDIENCE THINKS/FEELS. Or maybe i’m just confusing directing theatre and that role with filmmaking. Hmmm.

An Awesome Philosophy

7. Be Grateful. At the end of the day, you can only be grateful for what you have. No matter how far away from the goal, you must be thankful for what you have been able to accomplish, and be grateful to those who have enabled you to affect change.

From The Philosophy of Five Bamboo (http://fivebamboo.com/index.php/company/philosophy)

I concur : )

I am grateful for MY MOM! And the amazing network of people I know! And soup! And text messaging! And reflectors! And DSLR cameras! And you!

Et toi?

So I was just going through some VERY old facebook messages (circa 2008) and I made a very interesting discovery. It is very interesting how we mis-remember things or misinterpret them sometimes. I was reading this correspondence I had with someone and looking at the words again I had totally misremembered what happened! It’s so funny when our feelings, interpretations, and thoughts get in the way of what’s actually happened. Our brains are supposed to help us make sense of things and interpret the world but sometimes I feel that they actually complicate things more.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

– MAYA ANGELOU

In this situation I was totally remembering how I felt and not what happened, creating things for no reason which totally influence how I treated this person in the future! I’m so glad i’ve grown so much since High School haha! And i’m also really grateful for this little reminder to always treat everyone with kindness, love and respect, regardless of how I feel, what they did, or how other people feel.

BE LOVE!

PS: Happy Belated Valentines Day! As Julian Smith (http://www.juliansmith.tv/) would say.. I MADE THIS FOR YOU!

Happy Valentines Day

Happy Valentines Day

Roses are Red

Roses are Red

Where’s Waldo FLASHMOB

This Sunday I want to my second flashmob of the year. WHERE’S WALDO! It felt really good to be back doing silly things in public, especially since I missed the impromptu singing on public transit recently!

We went to a book store and entertained the workers who were SUPER CONFUSED! And just being there in general was pretty funny. In the food court I heard some boys saying “I just saw another one! There are so many!”. Made. My. Day.

I was emo waldo haha! “He’s missing, and it makes me feel so blue”. Overall it was really funny and interesting to be part of. My lack of red kind of reminded me when I played the Emo Kid in High School Musical back in grade 11. Good times. It was too bad we never found Waldo, but then I feel like searching for him is half the fun. Do you ever really, truly find Waldo? And if so… what’s next?

Check out these awesome photos of the event!

Abundance Cheques

As I was creating an invoice today I came across this website talking about Abundance Cheques!

The Abundance Cheque

The Abundance Cheque

Writing abundance cheques is a method we can use to manifest more abundance in our lives. They are written within 24 hours after a New Moon. The next date and time of the New Moon is at the bottom of this page.

Surprisingly, you really don’t even need to believe that the cheque will work when you write it. You will however be amazed at the results, as you will see increased abundance in your life, in some life area. It is not always financial, but certainly in an area that you need.

Pretty cool stuff. I love Abundance!

http://www.indigoenergy.ca/Abundance%20Cheques.htm