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Cardboard Bicycle

Cardboard is no longer only used for building forts in your basement.

Izhar Gafni has engineered a cardboard bicycle called the Alfa from mostly cardboard and 100% recycled materials. The Alfa weighs 20lbs, but can sustain the weight of 485lbs, well hey now that’s a heck of a deal (said in Tommy Boy-Chris Farley voice). The cost is astonishing as well with each unit ranging from $9 – $12 and a mere $5 for children’s bikes. The pedal system is relatively maintenance free due to the unique belt-driven system Gafni created.

Gafni was initially told that his design goals were impossible. This didn’t deter his drive and after 3 years of design, numerous patents and focused determination he proved the naysayers wrong, BAM. This just goes to show that we have not hit the ceiling on innovation; if it can be imagined, it can be created. Gafni is currently working on raising funds to put the Alfa into production, so keep your sights on this project and get your hands on one as soon as they hit the streets.

 

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UncommonGoods | Sustainable Living


Manufacturing standardization in general has taken a step away from sustainability and fair trade initiatives, BUT a U.S. based brand has a surfaced with an UNCOMMON way of doing business.  UncommonGoods’ specializes in unique gifts and creative finds with an emphasis on sustainability, quality customer service, and online retailing innovation.

Recieving their B-Corporation certification in June of 2012 – you can see on paper that UncommonGoods is committed to doing good through their operations.  Their intuitive interface gives consumers the ability to interact with a quality online brand that offers a variety of products that are creatively designed, high quality, and affordable.

In the video above, The Stump Collection is reviewed.  From the ideas to how the product is manufactured – you’ll see and feel the inspiration that UncommonGoods strives to find in each of its manufacturers.  They’ve also launched a program called “Better to Give”, where customers can give UncommonGoods the opportunity to contribute to a non-profit organization each a customer shops with them.

UncommonGoods operates on standards that all businesses should follow, and that consumers should support.  UncommonGoods’ business functions around social and environmental responsibility and has become a change agent for the online retail world.  Check out their goods and various initiatives at www.uncommongoods.com , and be sure to review their B-Corporation Impact Report at www.bcorporation.net/uncommongoods.

Warning | The Mo Bros are Coming

The most manly of months is nearly upon us. November 1st will mark the day that men around the globe will have but one duty, the manliest of duties, and that being, the growing of a legendary MUSTACHE. (cue guitar wailing in the background)

Not only does the sprouting of glorious upper lip whiskers display manliness, but the Movember organization has created a lasting platform for raising awareness and funds for prostate and testicular cancer, among other men’s health issues.  Throughout the month, the gallant men (a.k.a Mo Bros) will promote the cause by encouraging private and public conversation around these issues.  By way of support from the women in their lives (a.k.a Mo Sistas), the Mo Bros will raise funds through sponsorship for their brave and heroic upper lip growth throughout the entire month of November.

The month will be capped off by magnificent soiree’s celebrating the noble efforts of all participating men and the donations the month accumulated.  These gatherings are either personal parties with close friends or the legendary Movember Gala Partés held around the globe.

This cause has real effects with over $120 million dollars raised in 2011 alone.  The dollars go directly towards the strategic initiatives outlined by the identified programs for prostate and testicular cancer.

Log on to Movember on the 1st to help support, praise, congratulate and admire the cookie duster best friends that will grow throughout the month.

TED Talks | Sir Ken Robinson, Bring on The Learning Revolution


We don’t utilize our talents.  We are in a human resource crisis.  We need to revolutionize.

These statements are echoed in Sir Ken Robinson’s newest TED Talks speech on how a linear education model has created a mechanical workforce.  The linear narrative of the past must be changed.  Passion should drive talents, not process.  Those who have a real passion for what they do absolutely LOVE it and the sad reality is that these people are the minority.

CHALLENGE:  Ask yourself if you are truly doing what you love and ask people you interact with on a daily basis that same question. This is step 1.

We have been taught to start here and go there, but one person’s path is not another’s and that path should not be manufactured, but ORGANIC.  The mold is difficult to change and innovation is hard, but through this adjustment and separation from conformity organic growth can be realized.

Ken believes we are fraught with a “tyranny of common sense”, where we think that if something has not been done before, then it cannot be done. We must construct our own path with passion and drive for a learning revolution where we locate talents that excite our spirits.

Step 2: look deep within and determine your real passions in life.  What excites you?

Let’s disenthrall ourselves with this obsession of linearity and push forward for a more unique and meaningful future.

Check out Ken’s brilliant speech HERE.

TED Talks | Sir Ken Robinson, Bring on The Learning Revolution


We don’t utilize our talents.  We are in a human resource crisis.  We need to revolutionize.

These statements are echoed in Sir Ken Robinson’s newest TED Talks speech on how a linear education model has created a mechanical workforce.  The linear narrative of the past must be changed.  Passion should drive talents, not process.  Those who have a real passion for what they do absolutely LOVE it and the sad reality is that these people are the minority.

CHALLENGE:  Ask yourself if you are truly doing what you love and ask people you interact with on a daily basis that same question. This is step 1.

We have been taught to start here and go there, but one person’s path is not another’s and that path should not be manufactured, but ORGANIC.  The mold is difficult to change and innovation is hard, but through this adjustment and separation from conformity organic growth can be realized.

Ken believes we are fraught with a “tyranny of common sense”, where we think that if something has not been done before, then it cannot be done. We must construct our own path with passion and drive for a learning revolution where we locate talents that excite our spirits.

Step 2: look deep within and determine your real passions in life.  What excites you?

Let’s disenthrall ourselves with this obsession of linearity and push forward for a more unique and meaningful future.

Check out Ken’s brilliant speech HERE.

Bikes Belong | Pedal Power

The Bikes Belong Coalition fights and advocates for pedals everywhere.  The organization was formed in 1999 and focuses its mass energy on four key areas: Promoting Bicycling – National Partnerships – Community Grants – Federal Policy & Funding.  The organizations nonprofit arm, Bikes Belong Foundation, displays a primary focus for bicycle safety and youngsters programs.

Being cyclists ourselves, we love the support for the cycling community.  Not only does Bikes Belong promote and advocate for bicyclists, but is helping aide the environmental movement.  The effects are countless, from air quality to safer streets, the Bikes Belong Coalition is steering us into a better tomorrow.

Check out their projects HERE.

Bikes Belong | Pedal Power

The Bikes Belong Coalition fights and advocates for pedals everywhere.  The organization was formed in 1999 and focuses its mass energy on four key areas: Promoting Bicycling – National Partnerships – Community Grants – Federal Policy & Funding.  The organizations nonprofit arm, Bikes Belong Foundation, displays a primary focus for bicycle safety and youngsters programs.

Being cyclists ourselves, we love the support for the cycling community.  Not only does Bikes Belong promote and advocate for bicyclists, but is helping aide the environmental movement.  The effects are countless, from air quality to safer streets, the Bikes Belong Coalition is steering us into a better tomorrow.

Check out their projects HERE.

Lifestyle Of Change Rwanda Water Campaign | A charity: water Project

It’s time to ACTIVATE and SUPPORT the global shortage of clean WATER in developing nations.  Joining the charity: water’s September 2012 Campaign, The Lifestyle Of Change Rwanda Water Campaign will be building further awareness and supporting sustainable water resources in the country of Rwanda.


Have you ever said, “I’m dying of thirst?” and really meant it?

If you’re like us, you don’t spend too much time thinking about water — it’s everywhere we go.  When we’re thirsty, we flip a handle or push a button.  When we’re dirty, we twist a shower knob.  When our garden needs watering, when our pasta needs to be boiled, when we use the bathroom — water is just there for the taking.

But for almost 800 million people on the planet, it’s not. Millions of women and children have to walk hours each day to get water from muddy ponds and rivers.  And much of that water is infested with bacteria, parasites or leeches.

When the Lifestyle Of Change team learned that an average of $20 can give someone access to clean, safe water, we decided to start a campaign to help.  Our goal is to raise $1,000.  charity: water will use 100% of the money to directly fund the water projects in the field.  Even better, when the projects are complete, they’ll show us just where our money went. That’s right — we’ll be able to see the GPS coordinates, photos and other details about the community we’ve impacted!

Most of us probably haven’t been dying of thirst.  I’m sure we’d all like to see a world where no one does.

Together, we can make a difference in the global water crisis. I hope you’ll consider helping on our Rwanda Water Campaign.

Take a look at the trailer for the Water Project above, and be sure to check out our Lifestyle Of Change Rwanda Water Campaign page at www.mycharity.org.

Thanks in advance for your support to this cause.

– Lifestyle Of Change Project Team

Lifestyle Of Change Rwanda Water Campaign | A charity: water Project

It’s time to ACTIVATE and SUPPORT the global shortage of clean WATER in developing nations.  Joining the charity: water’s September 2012 Campaign, The Lifestyle Of Change Rwanda Water Campaign will be building further awareness and supporting sustainable water resources in the country of Rwanda.


Have you ever said, “I’m dying of thirst?” and really meant it?

If you’re like us, you don’t spend too much time thinking about water — it’s everywhere we go.  When we’re thirsty, we flip a handle or push a button.  When we’re dirty, we twist a shower knob.  When our garden needs watering, when our pasta needs to be boiled, when we use the bathroom — water is just there for the taking.

But for almost 800 million people on the planet, it’s not. Millions of women and children have to walk hours each day to get water from muddy ponds and rivers.  And much of that water is infested with bacteria, parasites or leeches.

When the Lifestyle Of Change team learned that an average of $20 can give someone access to clean, safe water, we decided to start a campaign to help.  Our goal is to raise $1,000.  charity: water will use 100% of the money to directly fund the water projects in the field.  Even better, when the projects are complete, they’ll show us just where our money went. That’s right — we’ll be able to see the GPS coordinates, photos and other details about the community we’ve impacted!

Most of us probably haven’t been dying of thirst.  I’m sure we’d all like to see a world where no one does.

Together, we can make a difference in the global water crisis. I hope you’ll consider helping on our Rwanda Water Campaign.

Take a look at the trailer for the Water Project above, and be sure to check out our Lifestyle Of Change Rwanda Water Campaign page at www.mycharity.org.

Thanks in advance for your support to this cause.

– Lifestyle Of Change Project Team

The White Roof Project | Paint = Environmental Change

White is the new COOL color.  The White Roof Project is making it cool by using white paint to help make systematic and environmental change happen one roof at a time.

The White Roof Project paints the roofs of buildings using a reflective paint to help combat global energy issues.  The white paint reflects up to 85% of sunlight and helps people save money on electric bills, reduce smog, and relive stress on power grids.  They also partner with various nonprofits, community groups, and housing associations on a block-by-block mission in an effort to coat 5 percent of all roofs each year.

The originators of this project have done their research and by painting “5 percent of rooftops per year worldwide, we would be finished by 2030. This would save us 24 billion metric tons in CO2.”  This level of salvage of CO2 would be equivalent to all emitted in 2010, thus similar to “turning the world off for an entire year.”

Check out their Paint the Town White event held in New York City on October 19th.  Open bar from 7:00-10:00 (BAM) if you fancy.  Find out more about this event and all the initiatives the White Roof Project is apart of to help reduce CO2 emissions at www.whiteroofproject.org.

Conserve fossil fuel based resources.  Reduce your carbon footprint.  Help to save the ecosystem that we all play in.

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