Showing posts from September 15, 2019

How Beautiful Trucks Can Bring Home, Safety, and Tradition to the Road!

There may be a better way to make our roads safer that doesn’t involve more signage and limits. India’s beautifully decorated trucks bring a new meaning to “street art”. Combining color, with cultural expression, and safety they are a unique folk art with a language all their own!

By Sam Burns

The Animal Rescuer of Assam

Manoj Gogoi is a 44-year old father of two and self-taught naturalist dedicating his life to assisting the people and animals of India live in harmony. Through his tireless efforts thousands of animals have been rescued and returned to the wild. More than that, he has inspired others to volunteer with him and begun to alter the attitude and actions of people to consider the place of wildlife in their world. What pulled Gogoi to dedicate his life to wildlife conservation? "I was born in the Kaziranga area of Assam. I grew up in the lap of nature teeming with rhinoceros, leopards, beautiful Himalayas birds and snakes, even venomous ones. It is a familiar environment for me since childhood. Naturally, I developed a genuine fondness for the wild," smiles Gogoi. Find out more in this article from "The Better India".

Is It Better to Be a Specialist or a Generalist?

A new book explains how finding your niche too early may hinder your success in life.

By Aidan Gabriel

Becoming successful is easy. You simply have to pick up a golf club fresh out of the womb and, before you know it, you’ll have won 15 major championships. Or learn how to play chess starting at the age of four, paving your way to grandmaster rankings. That’s how Tiger Woods and the Polgar sisters were able to reach success—by getting a head start on the rest of the world, specializing and honing their abilities until they reached mastery.

But is that the only route to success?

Not according to Sports Illustrated senior writer and New York Times bestselling author David Epstein. In his new book, Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World, he argues that this path to expertise is the exception, not the rule. Drawing from interviews and studies of successful individuals in a variety of fields, Epstein shows time and time again that our greatest strength is the ability to think b…

Voice for the Planet

From disappearing species to plastic pollution and our disastrously weak attempts to recycle it, here's what the top voices on climate change - from Sir David Attenborough to Jane Goodall to Greta Thunberg - have to say about the planet's escalating biodiversity crisis.

Why Do We Think Money Buys Happiness?

A bank error sent a Pennsylvania couple on a spending spree. What does their case reveal about the bad and good in humanity?

By Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas

What would you do if a large amount of money suddenly appeared in your bank account?

For Robert and Tiffany Williams of Montoursville, Pennsylvania, this was more than a thought exercise. In May, their bank accidentally put $120,000 in their account. While nobody knows quite why this happened, we all know what the police said they did next. Instead of notifying their bank, the Williamses allegedly spent their inadvertent windfall on an SUV, two four-wheelers, and a camper, among other things. They also apparently gave $15,000 to friends who needed money.

They are facing felony theft charges—and massive overdraft fees from the bank.

“All I’m going to say is we took some bad legal advice from some people, and it probably wasn’t the best thing in the end,” Robert Williams told CNN affiliate WNEP outside the court Monday, where the couple mad…

The Life Changing Work of a Master Craftsman

Behind the doors of Blue Ox Millworks, Eric Hollenbeck passes down generations of knowledge, instilling a sense of pride and healing with his work. By sharing the love for his craft, this woodworker is helping high schoolers and veterans alike find their own healing.

By Liesl Ulrich-Verderber
Do you remember the first time you took pride in something you made? Maybe it was a macaroni necklace, a widdled stick by the campfire, a drawing brought excitedly home from school, or the big project you accomplished at work. Suddenly, you felt you were capable of anything!

Gathering as a Form of Leadership

Priya Parker is an author, strategist, and the founder of Thrive Labs, a company devoted to helping organizations create intentional and transformative gatherings. She is also the author of, 'The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters.' In this interview she speaks to how we can forge stronger connections and more meaningful experiences through gatherings -- whether it's a birthday party, formal dinner, or impromptu celebration in the park.

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