Collection of destinations, to-do lists, stories, moments, breakdowns, breakthroughs, health, fitness & fashion notes, people and ideas of interest from within the world of inspiration, motivation, innovation and the extraordinary, written about by SP.
Two ordinary guys cycling across 10,000 km of sub-Saharan Africa with a goal to raise $15,000 = extraordinary!
Early this year in February, Alex Antrobus and Murray Beaumont, two young South Africans, cycled through rural Africa to experience a different type of life being lived by so many on the continent. The route took them from South Africa through Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya before flying back home. They travelled on highway and remote byways to reach communities impacted by development NGOs that provide funding and management for clean water and to visit the not-so-fortunate communities that suffer needlessly without this basic necessity. The goal was to provide impetus for change and raise $15,000 for The Water Project to cover costs for two wells.
Alex & Murray, great job and thanks for the inspiration! Read more about their journey.
Ugandan Artist Turns Recycled Plastic Bottles Into Playground For Kids
Eco-artist and teacher Ruganzu “Bruno” Tusingwire, a 29-year-old from Uganda, has become the first TED Prize (City 2.0 Award) recipient of 2012 in Doha, Qatar at the TEDxSummit.
Tusingwire stopped making art for museums and used the City 2.0 Award to grow his local TEDx community, grow a woman eco-artist loan program supporting 15 women to develop their business ideas, and expand the amusement park from a single plane-shaped sculpture made of recycled plastic bottles into a permanent park.
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"Art is unifying," Tunsingwire explains. "We can use what is around us to create treasure, employment opportunities, and make the environment better. There is a wonderful world of possibilities before us."
Run-down 19th Century Victorian Chapel turned Tin-roof Green Home - both literally and figuratively green!
Craftsman Nick Kenny converted a run-down Victorian corrugated-iron chapel in Faversham, on the Kent coast of England, into a home. Using only recycled and salvaged materials, Nick had to be extremely resourceful.
"Nick’s approach to refurbishing the amazing space using entirely recycled items and materials is not only creative and budget conscious, but as a happy by-product is also eco-friendly and impossible to imitate — akin to a giant work of art." - Home Building & Renovating
The best part of it all, it’s one of a kind.
(Original Article Author: Greg Cook Photographer: Richard Parsons Chapel Issue: March 2011)
Building new spaces from the old unused. The Delancey Underground Project is transforming an abandoned trolley terminal on the Lower East Side of Manhattan into the first underground park. It has been raising funds for the project on Kickstarter and achieved over the initial $100,000 fundraising goal and still going. With 17 days remaining, you can still kick in.
The key component is a cutting-edge version of existing technology. The Delancey Underground website explains: the system uses a system of optics to gather sunlight, concentrate it, and reflect it below ground, where it is dispersed by a solar distributor dish embedded in the ceiling.
What does this mean? Basically, you’ll get natural light that can grow plants, trees and grass underground…and no harmful UV rays that cause sunburn. Best part, you’ll have access all year round!
What a creative and green way to utilize unused space. I can’t wait to check the space out when they finally open to the public. See you underground!
Natural art work! Why destroy when you can create and have fun in the snow. The ‘Snow Drawings’ project took over a field near Steamboat Springs, Colorado by artist Sonja Hinrichsen and 10 volunteers in snowshoes.
Steamboat Today adds the work is designed to be impermanent, reflecting “beauty at the whim of Mother Nature.” Using Mother Nature, our environment, as the landscape for temporary art work is taking sustainable art to the next level. Though the snow will eventually melt, Cedar Beauregard of Steamboat Aerials was on hand to record the work. You can see the video here.
I don’t know about you, but this is truly inspirational. How else can creative minds use nature’s beauty to create impermanent works of art?
That’s NOT photoshop, it’s real! It’s interesting how one thing can lead to another. Finally started skimming through The Economist: The World in 2012 and came across an interesting article (well, which article wasn’t!) titled, “How Scotland will lead the world.” The underlying message: “It is not the size of a nation that is important, but the size of its ambition and of the contribution it can make to the world.”
How profound is that! It began as my inspiration for today’s post, but while surfing the web to learn more about Scotland, I discovered the above photo. An extraordinary, Alice in Wonderland feel, private garden designed by well-known landscape architect and designer, professor and historian, Charles Jencks. Begun in 1988, the Garden of Cosmic Speculation, was dedicated to Jencks’ late wife Maggie Keswick.
This pleasant and unexpected surprise ending my night has left me speechless. The meanings are not explicit, yet his work sends shrills down my spine. Makes me stop and think about this world and touch the surface of what is beyond my comprehension.
Professor Jencks, your creations are more than just inspiration of the impossible possible. Visionary. Leader. Timeless.
To see the world in a Grain of Sand, the poetic insight of William Blake, is to find relationships between the big and small, science and spirituality, the universe and the landscape. This cosmic setting provides the narrative for my content-driven work, the writing and design. I explore metaphors that underlie both growing nature and the laws of nature, parallels that root us personally in the cosmos as firmly as a plant, even while our mind escapes this home. -Charles Jencks
Dug this photo up (from alltelleringet via DeviantArt) from a past email because of a brief email exchange that brought up, the all too familiar emotion, FEAR.
Too often, we allow fear and it’s various forms (worries, doubts, etc.) to dominate and define us and our lives. Whether it be allowing them to stop us from achieving a project, goal or dream, or stealing our joy, or simply wrestling in our minds. So, how can I conquer fear?
For me, this inspirational photo helps me realize I’m in control and pave my own road. Of course, it isn’t easy as simply looking at it. But it helps shift my attitude so I can face my fears. I start to view fear as an opportunity to discover what I’m truly capable of doing…
Fear is a question: What are you afraid of, and why? Just as the seed of health is in illness, because illness contains information, your fears are a treasure house of self-knowledge if you explore them. -Marilyn Ferguson
Motivation struck at 3:20am. Like many of you, I found my mind racing with thoughts of how my childhood, environment and choices have shaped me into the being I am today. How I was as a child, habits, quirks, relationships, what I learned - a never ending list. Then my focus turned to the present, what am I doing today?
Going off on all sorts of loopy tandems, I found myself thinking about my younger brother and began unearthing a deep desire to help him on his journey in Mordor (as I like to call it). In the process of discovering this truth, lay the answer to many of my own brick walls and gates…
When we acknowledge what is happening to us we can benefit from life’s teachings. It allows us to look past the surface (pain, anger struggle, etc.) to what teeming life exists beneath. What exists within me; what I have to offer the world. It is an invaluable way to connect with life, with the moments.
Hence my journey leads me here. I will take on the possibility notebook as my “something for 30 days” to mark this transformation and remind me to recognize and value all that comes my way in this life and how my being can impact those around me.
It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself. Serve and thou shall be served. -Ralph Waldo Emerson