GiveLove Shows Love With Shoes In Haiti

As GiveLove continues it efforts to improve the sanitation issues in Haiti the Cause is also continuing its efforts to help the people of Haiti feel that they are loved and seen.  One of the programs the Cause is very involved with is its Green School Program.   The video attached shows the fun part of the job where GiveLove has the chance to share their love with the children by giving them brand new shoes.  These children are schooled at the Green School at AMURT where GiveLove has created a beautiful example of sustainable sanitation at work in Haiti. Green School Program One of GiveLove’s greatest achievements is its Green School Program. They currently work with primary schools in Port-au-Prince to provide on-site compost centers that eliminate dangerous and polluting pit latrines. GiveLove now provides clean, dignified toilets and hand-washing stations for over 4,000 children. The Green Schools have helped convert the AMURT School from a bare IDP camp to a lush garden. GiveLove has provided free design consulting and technical support to build Green Schools for Architecture for Humanity, AMURT organization, Haiti Partners, and SOPUDEP. Hundreds of visitors representing Clinton Foundation, USAID, Partners in Health, Habitat for Humanity, Architecture for Humanity, and JP/HRO have visited the Green School at AMURT campus to see a beautiful example of sustainable sanitation at work in Haiti.  ...

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Ubuntu Blox Gets Support from Project Hope Art

Definition of Ubuntu  “A person with ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed.”  When we remember what the definition of the word Ubuntu means in Swahili, “humanity towards others”, we see why the Ubuntu Blox Housing concept, invented by Harvey Lacey, is going to become a force worldwide with those who understand that we need to work together to improve our world as a ONE.   Even though Ubuntu Blox is not a full fledged organization or cause, it has a leader and a believer behind it in Harvey who continues to reach out to people from all over the world with tweets, Facebook updates and emails.  He continues to build his tribe and those tribes have leaders who will take the concept and turn it into a reality.  Here is a recent write up by Melissa Schilling of Project Hope Art http://projecthopeart.org/ that Melissa hopes will fund the organization to get more exposure for Ubuntu Blox housing as well as the funds needed to get Haitians building Ubuntu Blox homes.  Melissa does a great job telling the story with her “eyes” and beautiful pictures by mirroring the artist himself, Harvey Lacey. http://projecthopeart.org/2013/05/28/the-house-that-trash-built-an-open-source-building-technology/  ...

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Jill Spill of Spill Art Teams Up With Bucketfeet

http://http://www.bucketfeet.com/nextbucketfeetartist?utm_source=%23nextbucketfeetartist+final&utm_campaign=dae67344ea-artist_contest_20130513_top10votinglive&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e1c77ea6b4-dae67344ea-286491521   Jill Spill, of Spill Art, continues to work very hard at showing the world how she is an artist for ALL with love and soul. She participated in Buckfeet’s latest Artist contest to see if her show design could be the next show they choose to highlight and sell. The organizations mission is to find a different artist to design every shoe they produce. Talented artists get the global exposure they deserve, and we get awesome, original shoes that stand out from the crowd. Jill’s shoe design was chosen as one of the top 10 out of a thousand entries. A “feet” to be very proud of. This contest is yet another step Jill takes on her journey as a woman, a mother, a humanitarian, a wife, and an artist who truly wants to make the world a better place for all with her art. Please take a look at her piece of fancy footwork if you have not had the chance to. And if anything, give her a shout if you want your own pair of Jill Spill happy and loving shoes. During this competition Jill learned more than ever how hard it is to get the word out on the social media machine.  If she had her way and the time to do so she would have reached out to people personally with a smile, supportive words, and the kindness that is in her art.  It was a tough trek.  Living in this soft-wired world where we are having to crowd fund to get funding for our businesses and products seems to be the way  many are going.  This leaves me sad because as Jill saw, it was tough reaching people in the way she wanted to.  She was not scared to ask for help because she knew that her product would bring happiness to many.  The process just took a little of the bounce in her step.  She kept marching ahead with her creativity and painted her car to promote the contest.  The artist in Jill continued to smile even though the social media machine churned away some of the heart and soul behind the artist and her intent....

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Organizations Still Do Not Get That Person In the Employee

This article by Cy Wakeman – The Four Myths of Employee Engagement – is spot on in regard to how organizations still do not see or support the person who is inside the shell of the employee.  She points out four myths that many organizations believe are helping their employees feel more empowered and respected.  As Wakeman puts it, NOT.  The four myths are below and when you read them you will probably go, “yah, right!”.  She believes that our approach to employee engagement is backwards and that the root of the problem lies in our reasonable (but wrong) assumptions about human motivation and behavior. At some point, we convinced ourselves that engagement was about perfecting the employee’s circumstances. Removing their hassles, obstacles and annoyances, we reasoned, would unleash unprecedented levels of productivity and performance. These unencumbered souls would be super versions of themselves: happier, stronger, better, and more engaged. But what I really like about this article is Wakeman’s bottom line points where she states, “You can’t manufacture employee engagement with gimmicks – at least not in a sustainable, long-term way. That’s because true happiness and engagement comes from a mindset of personal accountability. When an employee views the world through the lens of accountability, he/she recognizes their own power to affect her circumstances. They sees themselves as an architect of their life, not a victim. And that mindset buffers her against all the frustrations of living in the real world, enabling her to strive for success despite the circumstances – and take responsibility when her efforts fall short.   Here are the four Myths Employers Think Are Working to Improve Employee Engagement Myth #1: It is possible to make everyone happy. Busted: It is impossible to please multiple people simultaneously. Our individual desires often put us at odds with each other, but that’s why we invented compromise. Myth #2: It is possible make just one person happy. Busted: Have you ever tried to make someone else happy? Doesn’t work. Happiness isn’t something you can do for people. They have to find it on their own. Myth #3: It is possible to create an ideal working environment. Busted: There is no such thing as a perfect working environment. By its nature, the world is chock full of big problems, small annoyances and everything in between. The best employees work with what they have. Myth #4: An ideal working environment would bring out the best in our employees. Busted: We may imagine that a stress-free, problem-free workplace allows us to do our best work, but in fact humans can reach their full potential only when confronted by challenges. In a perfect world, our unique talents are not needed, and our motivation...

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SafeKids Now Starts Neighborhood Awareness Program

Stephanie Mann, founder of SafeKids Now, continues to push forward in her effort to keep kids safe around our country.  Her website, www.safekidsnow.com, is a portal where she shares tips and statistics around child safety.  After the Sandy Hook event Stephanie has been going full force with voice and action.   Here is a recent press release she distributed that may help neighborhoods come together as a tighter community that will empower and protect their children.     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Company Contact Stephanie Mann Safe Kids Now 925-451-3654 email hidden; JavaScript is required   Press Contact Cathy Caplener Be Cause PR 310-428-7476 email hidden; JavaScript is required http://www.becausepr.com          BEYOND GUN CONTROL – A Campaign to keep kids safe A 5-Step PLAN to reduce gun violence! How to Provide Youth With Support and Reduce Violence with NO cost to TAXPAYERS   (January 2, 2013) — Richmond, CA — Safe Kids Now, www-safekidsnow.com, a non-profit organization with a mission to restore the heart of the community to protect our country’s youth, announced today a social media campaign that will focus on how our country can be better educated and more proactive as a “community” around reducing gun violence.  Safe Kids Now, which is headed by crime and violence prevention consultant Stephanie Mann, will educate the public via a social media campaign on the organization’s website blogspot, http://www.safekidsnow.blogspot.com as well as Facebook and Twitter.   The current blog post is currently running on the site around the topic of the need for community education to control gun violence. Safe Kids Now understands that everyone wants to live in a great neighborhood where children can feel safe and protected.  The organization therefore uses training workshops and its web site as a learning portal where visitors can find resources, statistics, podcasts and guidebooks. “It saddens me that we have to reach out and educate our country around gun control after a tragedy such as Sandy Hook, explains Mann.  My goal with our education program around gun safety is to show communities how to be proactive and create networks of support on keep neighborhoods safe. Current Kids Safe programs such as “Adopt a Block” and “Steet Safe Kids” are two examples of how we are helping communities empower themselves to keep their children safe.”   5 Steps City Leaders can Take To Strengthen and Support Families HOW TO REDUCE FEAR– Bring neighbors together Fear drives people to buy guns for self-protection.  Stress and health issues increase as families become isolated. When neighbors get connected, they can take back their neighborhoods from drug dealers and gangs.  In any area, empowered neighbors can create a strong sense of community for children. HOW TO STRENGTHEN...

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See Within To Inspire Others

I wanted to share a note I received from a friend via a Facebook ping.   He really touched me and made me more aware of how we need to keep one another going and feeling held in life.  We are one big tribe that can make such a huge difference.  We can all inspire and lead.  But most of all, we need to continue to believe in our purpose and why we are here on this earth.  To give back.  Peace.   “You made my grateful list today…I send myself an e-mail daily at work, listing things I am grateful for. “I am grateful for Cathy Caps Caplener and her posts about positivity and am looking forward to swimming with her again this...

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