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Six Thinking Hats can help you think better-with its practical and uniquely positive approach

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Muhammad Yunus is that rare thing: a bona fide visionary. His dream is the total eradication of poverty from the world. In 1983

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This practical guidebook for becoming a conscious entrepreneur is designed to inspire, inform, engage

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Muhammad Yunus, the practical visionary who pioneered microcredit and, with his Grameen Bank, won the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize

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As seen on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday A New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestseller

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You’re ready to make a difference in the world—through your own start-up business

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In his long-awaited memoir, Yvon Chouinard-legendary climber, businessman, environmentalist,

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YOUR SUCCESS IN BUSINESS DEPENDS ON HOW WELL YOU THINK          Six Thinking Hats can help you think better-with its practical and uniquely positive approach to making decisions and exploring new ideas. It is an approach that thousands of business managers, educators, and government leaders around the world have already adopted with great success. “The main difficulty of thinking is confusion,” writes Edward de Bono, long recognized as the foremost international authority on conceptual thinking and on the teaching of thinking as a skill. “We try to do too much at once. Emotions, information, logic, hope, and creativity all crowd in on us. It is like juggling with too many balls.”

Muhammad Yunus is that rare thing: a bona fide visionary. His dream is the total eradication of poverty from the world. In 1983, against the advice of banking and government officials, Yunus established Grameen, a bank devoted to providing the poorest of Bangladesh with minuscule loans. Grameen Bank, based on the belief that credit is a basic human right, not the privilege of a fortunate few, now provides over 2.5 billion dollars of micro-loans to more than two million families in rural Bangladesh. Ninety-four percent of Yunus’s clients are women, and repayment rates are near 100 percent. Around the world, micro-lending programs inspired by Grameen are blossoming, with more than three hundred programs established in the United States alone.

Muhammad Yunus, the practical visionary who pioneered microcredit and, with his Grameen Bank, won the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, has developed a new dimension for capitalism which he calls “social business.” The social business model has been adopted by corporations, entrepreneurs, and social activists across the globe. Its goal is to create self-supporting, viable commercial enterprises that generate economic growth as they produce goods and services to fulfill human needs. In Building Social Business, Yunus shows how social business can be put into practice and explains why it holds the potential to redeem the failed promise of free-market enterprise.

You’re ready to make a difference in the world—through your own start-up business, a nonprofit organization, or a new project that you create within your current job.

  • You want to love your work, work for what you love, and have a positive impact on the world— all at the same time.
  • You’re inspired by charity: water, method, and FEED Projects and want to learn how these organizations got their start.
  • You’re curious about how someone who never made a pair of shoes, attended fashion school, or worked in retail created one of the fastest-growing footwear companies in the world givingshoes away.
  • You’re looking for a new model of success to share with your children, students, co-workers, and members of your community.

As seen on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday A New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestseller In this book, Whole Foods Market cofounder John Mackey and professor and Conscious Capitalism, Inc. cofounder Raj Sisodia argue for the inherent good of both business and capitalism. Featuring some of today’s best-known companies, they illustrate how these two forces can–and do–work most powerfully to create value for all stakeholders: including customers, employees, suppliers, investors, society, and the environment. These “Conscious Capitalism” companies include Whole Foods Market, Southwest Airlines, Costco, Google, Patagonia, The Container Store, UPS, and dozens of others. We know them; we buy their products or use their services. Now it’s time to better understand how these organizations use four specific tenets–higher purpose, stakeholder integration, conscious leadership.

This practical guidebook for becoming a conscious entrepreneur is designed to inspire, inform, engage, activate, and assist readers in their pursuit of building and operating a conscious enterprise.

Author Jeff Klein says, “My passion and calling over the past three decades has been to explore and discover ways to become ever more human and fully present in the context of my work, to realize my highest potential to make the most substantial impact for the greatest good, and to support others to do the same.”

In his long-awaited memoir, Yvon Chouinard-legendary climber, businessman, environmentalist, and founder of Patagonia, Inc.-shares the persistence and courage that have gone into being head of one of the most respected and environmentally responsible companies on earth. From his youth as the son of a French Canadian blacksmith to the thrilling, ambitious climbing expeditions that inspired his innovative designs for the sport’s equipment, Let My People Go Surfing is the story of a man who brought doing good and having grand adventures into the heart of his business life-a book that will deeply affect entrepreneurs and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

Environmental Documentaries to Catch

 Green Films: The Best Environmental Documentaries 

Saturday, 23 August 2014 00:00   |  Written by Rick Theis | Article

Found this awesome list of documentaries put together by Rick Theis and it is so comprehensive, I just had to share it....makes me want to spend more  time watching my movies. 

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Environmental Documentaries to Catch

 Green Films: The Best Environmental Documentaries 

Saturday, 23 August 2014 00:00   |  Written by Rick Theis | Article

Found this awesome list of documentaries put together by Rick Theis and it is so comprehensive, I just had to share it....makes me want to spend more  time watching my movies. 

There are many great environmental documentaries besides Al Gore’s informative and Academy Award-winning film, An Inconvenient Truth. To see the best, check out the brief environmental, ecology and nature movie reviews presented below from A to Z. If you are in the mood for some ecology related "edutainment" in the form of a motion picture, you'll be hard-pressed to top them. 

  • Elemental (2013) - Character studies of three flawed but fascinating environmentalists--one Asian, one Australian, one North American—trying to lead their mostly disinterested, sometimes hostile fellow humans in a last-ditch effort to save our critically ill planet. More information
  • A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash (2007) - This film expertly interweaves new and archival footage with experts warning that our addiction to oil—unless we shift to alternatives—will destabilize the world politically and decimate it economically as oil reserves continue their inevitable decline.  Buy it
  • Big Boys Gone Bananas!* (2012) - This film offers a gripping account of the multinational Dole Food Corporation's Orwellian attempt to suppress Swedish filmmaker Fredrik Gertten's documentary depicting the company's use of a banned perticide on its banana crop in Nicaragua. Buy it
  • Blind Spot (2008) - The thesis of this powerful documentary is that by humanity's massive reliance on finite fossil fuels, we have painted ourselves into a corner. If we stop using them, our economy will collapse; if we continue, we will destroy our ecology. Hopefully this film is the slap in the face we need to figure a way out of this conundrum.  Buy it
  • Blue Gold: World Water Wars (2009) - Since water is essentiaql to life, you may have thought that it is a shared resource. This is the story of how corporations have been battling to privitize our water supply—and succeeding. What's next, corporate control of air? Buy it
  • Blue Planet: Seas of Life (2002) - Explores life in the oceans with amazing underwater photography (eight-part BBC series).  Buy it
  • Blue Vinyl (2005) - When a woman documentary filmmaker discovers her parents want to install blue vinyl siding on their house, she begins an investigation of the anti-ecological manufacturing process and ends up in Italy at the manslaughter trial of an Italian purveyor of toxic vinyl siding.  Buy it
  • Burning The Future: Coal in America (2008) - Appalachian residents battle a coal industry that is poisoning ground water and flattening mountains with the equivalent of a Hiroshima-sized atom bomb every 11-1/2 days—all to extract coal that will contribute 36% of America's global warming emissions.  Buy it
  • Cane Toads: An Unnatural History (2000) - Presents a short, comedic look at a misguided effort in Australia to import the predator of a local pest—another example of man trying to manipulate nature and being unable to anticipate the unintended consequences.  Buy it
  • Crude (2009) - The largest environmental lawsuit to date is explored in this documentary about the Indigenous Amazon Rainforest dwellers who accuse oil giant Chevron of poisoning and destroying their rainforest.  Buy it
  • Dirt! The Movie (2009) - A truly inspiring look at the importance of the humble ground beneath us in facilitating life on the planet—and the dire consequences of neglecting this essential resource.  Buy it
  • Earth (2009) - James Earl Jones narrates this Disneynature (an independent Disney film subsidiary) documentary that shows how climate change has negatively impacted species across the planet by following polar bears, African elephants and humpback whales over a one-year period as they try to cope with the results.  Buy it
  • Earthlings (2005) - Joaquin Phoenix narrates this comprehensive look at man's exploitation of other animals, including our use of them as food, clothing, pets, entertainment and in our scientific research. As enlightening as it is hard to watch.  Buy it
  • Flow (2008) - Exposes the concerted effort by multinational corporations to privatize the world's water supply and what this means for our environment and our future.  Buy it
  • Food, Inc. (2008) - Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma) and others participate in this engaging documentary about the dangerous state of our food supply thanks to unchecked corporate greed. Buy it
  • Forks Over Knives (2011) - Relies on persuasive scientific evidence to show that the Western diet is horrible for human health and the planet.  Buy it
  • Fuel (2010) - Created over the course of 11 years, this documentary showcases America’s unhealthy dependence on fossil fuels and explores viable alternatives that are kinder to the ecology.  Buy it
  • Garbage Warrior (2008) - About US architect Michael Reynolds who builds Earthship (self-sustaining) homes from tires and beer cans. As he says, "a family of four could live here and never have to leave—not for food, water or electricity."  Buy it
  • Gasland (2010) - A stirring exposé of the widespread water pollution resulting from hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, a process of using high-pressure fluids to crack surrounding rock formations in order to stimulate oil and gas wells.  Buy it
  • Go Further (2005) - Highly entertaining and humorous film that follows Woody Harrelson as he roams the country in a hemp-powered van touting environmental consciousness. 'Nough said.  Buy it
  • Home (2009) - Visually stunning aerial views of the Earth that illustrate the complex web of ecosystems on the planet, and how, along with sunlight and water, they make life possible. Narrated by Glenn Close.  Buy it
  • Idle Threat (2012) - Ten billion gallons of gasoline are burned each year by idling vehicles with untold economic, health and environmental costs. This offbeat documentary focuses on one man's battle to get New York City to enforce its anti-idling laws. More info
  • In Search Of The Holey Veil (2012) - An entertaining video journal of mushroom hunter and photographer Taylor F. Lockwood's trek across India, China, Thailand and Nepal looking for exotic mushrooms. We see tons of Lockwood's beautiful photographs and learn a lot about the wonders of nature along the way. View trailer
  • King Corn (2008) - Highlights the ubiquity of genetically engineered corn in our food supply, thanks to government corn subsidies, and how this degrades our ecology and threatens our survival.  Buy it
  • Last Call At The Oasis (2011) - Water is important to our economy and essential to our very survival, yet we are running out. Academy Award®-winning director Jessica Yu looks at communities already experiencing problems, what this portends for our future and what creative solutions have been proposed. Buy it
  • Life And Debt (2001) - Shows how the International Monetary Fund’s regulation of Jamaica’s economy has adversely affected its ecology.  Buy it
  • Manufactured Landscapes (2007) - This eco documentary reports on the environmental effects of strip mining in China.  Buy it
  • March Of The Penguins (2005) - A gripping chronicle of the treacherous and suspenseful lives of Emperor Penguins as they struggle to survive and breed in a harsh, sub-zero-temperature climate.  Buy it
  • Microcosmos (1996) - Absolutely stunning cinematography from innovative micro-cameras take the viewer down to the level of insects, giving an appreciation and empathy for these, our fellow species. Highly recommended for both adults and kids.  Buy it
  • Monumental: David Brower's Fight For Wild America (2005) - A survey (using his own films) of the life of environmental activist David Brower (1912-2000), who was instrumental in passage of the 1964 Wilderness Act, saving the Grand Canyon from damming and creating both Point Reyes National Seashore and Redwoods National Park.  Buy it
  • National Geographic: Human Footprint (2008) - Graphically illustrates the environmental impact each of us has on the planet. Buy it
  • No Impact Man (2008) - Fascinating story of a man, his wife, two-year-old daughter and dog who go off-grid for one year in New York City in order to minimize their environmental impact. Is it possible? You'll see.  Buy it
  • Planet Earth: The Complete BBC Series (2007) - A beautifully filmed survey of life as it exists in wide-ranging ecosystems across the globe.  Buy it
  • Planet In Peril (2008) - A wide-ranging 3-hour documentary, shot in high definition, that engagingly covers four key environmental issues: climate change, vanishing ecosystems, loss of species and the human population explosion.  Buy it
  • Rivers And Tides (2006) - An eco-art documentary that examines the work and philosophy of nature sculptor Andy Goldsworthy.  Buy it
  • Samsara (2012) - This visually stunning movie is the creation of Ron Frike and Mark Magidson who gave us Baraka and Chronos. The title means "the ever turning wheel of life" in Sanskrit and that is an apt description of the soulful subject matter: nature, society, life, death, rebirth, etc. Prepare to be mesmerized by the masterful super hi-definition cinematography, editing and music. Buy it
  • Tapped (2010) - A shocking look at the attempt by multinational corporations to privatize water—a resource that is essential to our survival and should be held in common—and sell it back to us in plastic bottles that end up clogging our oceans.  Buy it
  • The Corporation (2004) - The history of that legal construct we call a corporation with an emphasis on its (environmental and other) pathologies. This film is a must-see for understanding why our world is in such a bad state and how we might fix it.  Buy it
  • The Cove (2009) - This Academy Award winner depicts the gruesome ritualistic slaughter of bottlenose dolphins in Taiji, Japan. Not recommended for the squeamish.  Buy it
  • The End Of The Line (2010) - Looks at the ecological devastation—on both global and local levels—caused by overfishing and sends out a dire warning from scientists that we may have a fish-less ocean by 2048 if we don't implement sustainable fishing practices soon.  Buy it
  • The Future Of Food (2005) - Exposes how the food industry uses its political influence to eviscerate the government’s environmental and safely regulations.  Buy it
  • The Garden (2008) - When the largest community garden in the US is threatened with closure, social and political battles ensue as many working class families resist this greed-based decision.  Buy it
  • The Power Of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil (2006) - An empowering look at how communities in Cuba worked together to decrease their dependence on fossil fuels when their oil imports were cut in half as a result of the fall of their ally and oil supplier, the Soviet Union.  Buy it
  • The Unforeseen (2007) - Examines the friction aroused by the competing goals of economic development and environmental protection in Austin, Texas.  Buy it
  • The 11th Hour (2008) - Some of our top scientists, environmentalists and politicians discuss the imminent ecological crisis we face and what we must do now to prevent it.  Buy it
  • Toxic Soup (2011) - This is a fascinating David-and-Goliath story of ordinary people around the world battling giant corporations to keep their air, water and blood free from pollution. Buy it
  • Trashed (2007) - A graphic look at the amount of garbage we produce, where it goes and why this level of trash generation is unsustainable.  Buy it
  • Vegucated (2010) - Engaging saga of three New Yorkers—representing very different demographics—who agree to give up eating and wearing animal products for six weeks. Will they stick with it and, if so, how will their health and atttitudes change? Persuasively pro-vegan and pro-environmental.  Buy it
  • Waste Land (2010) - Follow Brazilian fine artist Vik Muniz as he enlists poverty striken trash pickers at the world's largest landfill in Rio de Janeiro to participate in an art project. If you are interested in art, humanity, overconsumption or recycling, it will more than satisfy you. Buy it
  • Who Killed The Electric Car? (2006) - Details car company General Motor’s efforts to bury its own electric-car research and development—and take back and destroy its electric cars from satisfied California drivers who want to keep them.  Buy it

Trash is for Tossers

Found this amazing and inspiring story about a Zero Waste Gal on the Collective-Evolution platform

She Hasn't Made Any Trash In 2 Years and this Is What Her life looks like

What if you could live without producing any trash? Would you do it? At first you might think this is impossible or very hard, and it may very well be depending on your life situation. But one inspiring girl is not only doing this, but sharing how we can all try doing the same thing.

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Trash is for Tossers

Found this amazing and inspiring story about a Zero Waste Gal on the Collective-Evolution platform

She Hasn't Made Any Trash In 2 Years and this Is What Her life looks like

What if you could live without producing any trash? Would you do it? At first you might think this is impossible or very hard, and it may very well be depending on your life situation. But one inspiring girl is not only doing this, but sharing how we can all try doing the same thing as well.

Eliminating Trash

Not long ago we covered a story about a restaurant who hadn’t produced garbage in over 2 years. It was amazing to not only see how possible it was but that they were able to do it and still run their business with success.

But how could we do that on an individual level and could it be done easily without giving up much of what we love and modern amenities? I came across Lauren Singer’s story and was very inspired by what she had to share. She has gone 2 years without producing any garbage and her story isn’t what you’d expect.

The inspiration came from taking Environmental Studies at NYU. She was passionate about protesting against big oil and wanted to do what she could to help impact our environment in a positive way. While at first you might think she’s probably a “hippie” or  “treehugger” who doesn’t live a normal life, when you pay attention to her story you not only find that this isn’t the case, but also that given her experience, we could all be doing this too. All it would take is a little discipline and habit changing.

Her passion for the environment was challenged greatly one day when she realized upon opening her fridge that almost every item was wrapped or stored in some sort of disposable package. Here she was, the “green” girl, being, as she called herself, a hypocrite because she was choosing to live her life in a way that wasn’t green or sustainable. So she decided to eliminate plastic from her life.

Below she shares how she went from being an average consumer to eliminating trash from her life. Use this as inspiration and see if you can begin doing the same. She outlines many details of what she did. See if you can implement this in your own life, I myself am going to start putting a plan together to make less of an impact as well.

Her Journey To Zero Waste

Her transition didn’t happen overnight, but she certainly began taking steps quickly.

Lauren started by removing packaged products from her life. This was done by bringing her own bags when she went shopping and to markets. A transition many of us can begin making pretty quickly. Next she focused on clothing. Instead of buying new clothes all the time, she used what she had and also shopped at second hand stores. You’d be surprised what you can find there that is basically brand new.

Next she moved onto personal care products. Instead of buying them, she began making them. I myself have made several of my own personal care products and it’s very simple ingredients, easy to do and work just as good if not better.

Downsizing was also a big part of her journey. Instead of keeping multiple repeats of items she had, she sold them off and got rid of any clothing that she hadn’t worn in years. You’d be amazed to find out how much stuff we collect and hold onto for no apparent reason.

She found that an effective way to stop producing waste was to begin saying “NO” when she went out or to stores that offered things like straws, plastic bags, plates and cutlery -even receipts! This alone would cut down on garbage in a big way.

She had these final thoughts that she shared in her original article.

“1. I save money.

I now make a grocery list when I go shopping, which means being prepared and not grabbing expensive items impulsively. Additionally, buying food in bulk means not paying a premium for packaging. When it comes to my wardrobe, I don’t purchase new clothing; I shop secondhand and get my clothes at a heavily discounted price.

2. I eat better.

Since I purchase unpackaged foods, my unhealthy choices are really limited. Instead, I eat a lot of organic fruits and vegetables, bulk whole grains and legumes, as well as a lot of seasonal, local food, since farmers markets offer amazing unpackaged produce.

3. I’m happier.

Before I adopted my zero-waste lifestyle, I would find myself scrambling to the supermarket before it closed, because I didn’t shop properly, ordering in takeout because I didn’t have food, always going to the pharmacy to get this scrub and that cream, and cleaning constantly because I had so much stuff.

Now, my typical week involves one trip to the store to buy all of the ingredients I need. This trip isn’t just for food, but also for cleaning and beauty products, since all of the things I use now can be made with simple, everyday ingredients. Not only is it easier and stress free, it’s healthier (no toxic chemicals!).

I never anticipated that actively choosing not to produce waste would turn into my having a higher quality of life. I thought it would just mean not taking out the trash. But what was at first a lifestyle decision became a blog, Trash is for Tossers, which became a catalyst for chatting with interesting, like-minded people, and making friends.

Now it’s blossomed into my quitting my great post-grad job as Sustainability Manager for the NYC Department of Environmental Protection to start my own zero-waste company, The Simply Co., where I hand-make and sell the products that I learned to produce over the past two years.”

Lauren states that she did not begin living this lifestyle to make a statement but rather to live a lifestyle that aligns with everything she believes in. She is being exactly what we at CE always encourage others to be which is change. If you live and be what you want to see, it will help others do it along the way.

Pass this inspiration on to others who you think could benefit from her tips and story.

H/T: http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-16168/i-havent-made-any-trash-in-2-years-heres-what-my-life-is-like

http://www.trashisfortossers.com/