The Good Life Project via Jonathan Fields

Good Life PRojectI love listening to podcasts.  When I’m working out, somehow learning about something new makes the sweat easier to bear.

One that’s caught my attention recently is Jonathan Field’s ‘Good Life Project’ where he interviews diverse folks about, well, what makes for a good life.  The image above is his ‘Living Creed‘.

Good stuff here.  Illuminating perspectives.

Grab a podcast. Take a good listen.

Grab his Good Life TV. Take a good look.

~~TGIF- each Friday I rejig & re-post a blog entry from my www.life-lenses.com blog, which is about enhancing our perspective & worldview.~~

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90-year-old Priscilla Sitienei is the oldest primary student in the world

Oldest primary student

 

Check out the following post from Mighty Girl.  To have such a strong, unquenchable thirst for learning is powerful & inspiring.  Check out Priscilla Sitienei, who goes to primary school with her great-great-grandchildren.

At Leaders Vision Preparatory School in Ndalat, Kenya, one student stands out from the rest — 90-year-old Priscilla Sitienei! The nonagenarian, who attends school alongside six of her great-great-grandchildren, is believed to be the oldest primary school student in the world. Although she never had an opportunity to learn to read and write as a child, Sitienei now hopes that her example will inspire the children of her community to understand just how valuable education is.

Affectionately known as Gogo, which means “grandmother” in the local Kalenjin language, Sitienei has been a midwife for 65 years and she even delivered several of her 10 to 14-year-old classmates. When she first applied to the school, they refused her admission until they realized how committed she was to getting an education. Five years after she began studying, Headmaster David Kinyanjui says “I’m very proud of her. Gogo has been a blessing to this school, she has been a motivator to all the pupils. She is loved by every pupil, they all want to learn and play with her.”

Now a class prefect, Sitienei participates in all of the classes, including math, English, PE, dance, drama, and singing. And, she also teaches her fellow students about local customs and traditions. Expectant mothers still seek her out and she assists with deliveries when needed. Part of her motivation for reading and writing is to pass on her midwife expertise and her knowledge of herbal medicine to further generations.

Sitienei told BBC News that she will confront children she sees who have left school and ask why. “Too many older children are not in school… I see children who are lost, children who are without fathers, just going round and round, hopeless. I want to inspire them to go to school.” she explained. “They tell me they are too old. I tell them, ‘Well I am at school and so should you.’” She hopes that her example will also inspire children around the world: “I want to say to the children of the world, especially girls, that education will be your wealth, don’t look back and run to your father. With education you can be whatever you want.”

To read more or watch a video about Priscilla Sitienei’s inspiring story on the BBC, visit http://bbc.in/1yLGIkD

For a classic Mighty Girl book about a grandmother proving it’s never to late to learn, check out “The Wednesday Surprise” for ages 4 to 8 athttp://www.amightygirl.com/the-wednesday-surprise

For more stories about girls and women fighting for their right to an education, visit our “Educational Access” book section athttp://www.amightygirl.com/…/social-issu…/educational-access

To help children and teens better understand the challenges many children around the world face in order to go to school, we’ve also put together a post featuring our favorite books for young readers on children’s educational access issues: “Honoring Malala: Mighty Girl Books on Children’s Fight for Education” at http://www.amightygirl.com/blog/?p=4057

 

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A Debate Between An Atheist And A Christian Has Quite A Surprising Result (via Upworthy)

These small clay hands & found stone 'heart' sit on my desk.  For we all simply to hold & be held with love.
These small clay hands & found stone ‘heart’ sit on my desk. For we all want to hold & be held with love.

I originally found this illuminating video on Upworthy. It’s a debate between an atheist & a Christian. Check it out. Especially at this time of year, we could all do with a little more tolerance & understanding.

If you’re religious, think about the last time you had a talk with an atheist about religion. If you’re an atheist, think about the last time you talked religion with someone who was devout.

Now think how you would have liked that to go.

~~TGIF- each Friday I rejig & re-post a blog entry from my www.life-lenses.com blog, which is about enhancing our perspective & worldview.~~

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Taking the cup game up a notch

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Photo Credit: Fabio Téllez via Compfight cc

Zowee- this cup video (below) is great!

I learned the cup game years ago when I worked with youth through the YMCA.  It was a fav at conference meal times.

Now I frequently use it during trainings, to help clients with:

  • training trainers (Google ‘cup game’ to see good, bad & ugly examples of teaching
  • change management (getting with the flow, they rhythm)
  • conflict resolution & communication
  • & more

In fact I’m set to use it during a retreat I’m facilitating this week with UNEP.

Take a peek.  It’s marvelous.  This group takes it to a whole other level.

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How much money do people just like you make? (online calculator)

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Photo Credit: Vincent_AF via Compfight cc

Just how much money do people like you make? Here’s an online calculator from Canada that does just that - calculates what people make based on gender, education, age & ethnicity.

If you’re living outside Canada, at least you can see what Canadians make compared to you.

Try keeping your demographic details the same & changing your ethnicity. Ditto gender. It’s sobering.

Perspective. It’s in the demographics.

~~TGIF- each Friday I rejig & re-post a blog entry from my www.life-lenses.com blog, which is about enhancing our perspective & worldview.~~

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5 apps to turn your smartphone into a personal assistant

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I’ve been using a virtual assistant through Get Friday for years now.  The cultural differences sometimes get us stuck (he works from India) but the efficiency makes for some kind of humming along.

That’s why my interest was perked with this article reprinted below from Mashable.  Check it out.  Happy humming.

1. Google Now

Word on the street is that a little company called Google is pretty good with technology — so how could we expect their assistant app to be anything other than top-notch? Google Now is marketed as the “intelligent personal assistant,” available for both iOS and Android. You can also run the program on personal computers via Chrome. Use this nifty app to set geo-triggered reminders, store airline boarding passes and check the weather at an upcoming destination. Best of all, the latest version’s features include barcode scanning and song recognition.

2. Dragon Go

While it doesn’t have all of the shiny functions of Google Now, Dragon Go is the best at one thing: Dictation. Its speech recognition technology will enable you to draft emails, texts and memos on the go — without the hassle of including another human in the process. Dragon Go has an unprecedented level of accuracy when transcribing — even better than Siri. It can also sync with Netflix, iTunes and Spotify for voice control.

3. vokul

If Dragon Go is the best at dictating, then vokul leads the pack for voice control. The app enables you to go hands-free, and will work in noisy environments like your car or the office. Ask vokul to read your social media feeds, or fast forward to a certain point in a song. Unlike Siri, which requires you to tap your phone for activation, vokul will activate upon hearing the words “hey vokul” — so as long as the app is open, no hands are needed. In fact, it’s the only 100% hands-free voice control app available.

4. Robin

Named after Batman’s perennial sidekick, this Android app has everything you need in a great personal assistant. This voice-recognition app has special features, such as the ability to search for cheap parking. Robin can also check for directions, conduct hands-free messaging and deliver news from its artificially intelligent newsroom. It’s clear why this app has dubbed itself the “Siri challenger.”

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Image: Robin

5. 24me

This free app — which prides itself on an uncluttered, easy-to-use interface — marries your tasks with your calendar. Auto-generated reminders will ensure no event is forgotten, while enabling you to easily share notes and content with friends. And, as of recently, it is also available for Android users. Sync it with your other apps, like Facebook, to ensure every bill, event and task is included in your automated reminders.

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Where the Mississippi crosses into Canada or doesn’t (via map geek Colin Grey)

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Photo Credit: joiseyshowaa via Compfight cc

Where supposedly straight lines go curvy.

Where there’s no-touch territory.

Where the Mississippi crosses into Canada or doesn’t.

Where kids cross 4 times/day from the U.S. into Canada to go to school.

All because of interesting perspectives.

(From map geek Colin Grey.)

~~TGIF- each Friday I rejig & re-post a blog entry from my www.life-lenses.com blog, which is about enhancing our perspective & worldview.~~

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Amp your productivity with Vocaroo, a dead easy online voice recorder

VocarooHave space in your brain for a cool, easy tool?  Need to send a message but too tired or busy to type it out?

Try Vocaroo- an online voice recording tool & amp up your productivity.  It couldn’t be any easier to use.  Just click the button & start talking, then hit save & send the url to your audience.

I recorded a sample for you to try- simply click here.

I first heard about Vocaroo when my kid’s highschool Spanish teacher sent home feedback using it.  Now if that’s not spiffy I don’t know what is.

Since then I’ve used it to send messages to friends,  feedback to a guest speaker, edits on written documents etc.  The ways to use it are endless.

The great thing about Vocaroo, other than being dead simple to use, is that the audio file is accessible via a url which means you’re not taking up valuable space with huge files.

Go ahead.  Try it.  You know you wanna.

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A tool for accessing, expanding, stretching & sharing your knowledge

How do you curate knowledge?  How do you access it, expand it, stretch it, use it, share it?

It’s tough in these days of volume overload where news headlines flash faster than my friend’s toddler can go from happy & calm to the world-is-ending-now.

That’s why I was drawn to this article about a 6 step guide to mastering your area of interest.  And that led me to a tool it mentions called Feedlya single place to read your favorite newspaper, magazines and blogs.

Feedly take a couple of minutes to set up & essentially you can have your interests come to you via your smart phone, tablet or laptop.  Easy peasy. Check it out.

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Watch how these skeletons bring out biases

Love love love this.

Diversity & Inclusion – Love Has No Labels

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