This is one awesome kid! I want to be him when I grow up. This is exactly the type of thing we are trying to convey . . .what is a cultural compass? It's a proactive creation of the life we love. Enjoy the video, share it & say these 20 things more often ! Peace.
As an American living overseas and decidedly not missing the mega spectacle that is the #Superbowl it's a bit shocking sometimes when the whole of my country gets all hot and bothered by a culture clash. Please! This year's is centered around the singing of the song America the Beautiful in multiple languages. It just defies all reason that so many would express outrage at this and deeply disturbing that the most common outrage was 'how dare she not sing THAT song all in 'American'. Heaven help us.
Still I couldn't express my feelings on this better than were spoken on 'Brenda's Last Word'. Thanks Mark Franklin for sharing this link. You're 'true blue' ( and your honey too).
Listen in for yourself . . .
I love the idea of a #Nudge , a small suggestion to help people make smarter, better changes in behavior that serve all in the end . . . We all know that exercise is healthy and good for us but how to prompt people to exercise more? These folks had a simply brilliant idea . . .make it fun !
The results? I believe they speak for themselves . . .a 66% increase for more exercise ! That's a big win!
Do you know of other good ideas like this elsewhere or have a great idea yourself you'd like to see? SHARE IT !
If you still haven't heard Sixto Rodriguez's story or music, you're either working waaaay too hard, a zombie or just plain old stressed out of your gourd. I don't say that to make you feel bad, quite the opposite, I'm posting this story again because it's such an amazing, wonderful, unbelievably hardcore rock and roll story with a happy-ending. You're going to smile, I promise. And THAT's the point.
There are so amazing twists and turns to the Rodriguez story it's an example of life truly being stranger than fiction. From a cultural compass point of view, that which guides us not only morally but also thru a cultural lens for all humanity, Rodriguez is a story of Triumph of the Human Spirit. I'm going to unfold his story on the blog slowly but you can check him out yourself.
He's is one fine human being. Here's just a taste from the London paper recently : Event Info (from the Apollo theater in London site today when we went for tickets)
'After the huge success of the BAFTA and Oscar award-winning film Searching for Sugar Man, Rodriguez returns to the UK for a rare live concert with his band.
'When the main set concluded to rapturous applause, Rodriguez stepped forward to the microphone and simply said: “You’re welcome. It’s been a pleasure and a privilege.” Which is exactly the way we felt. I’ve never experienced anything like it at any gig I’ve ever been to.' London Culture
It's about gratitude, truth and respect. Rarely do we get blessed like this . . . .so this is for your listening enjoyment.
“You can know the name of a bird in all the languages of the world, but when you’re finished, you’ll know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird… So let’s look at the bird and see what it’s doing — that’s what counts. I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something.” — Richard Feynman
Look deeper into your relationship to see how you can make a love connection across cultures. We all win when when we get to know each other better . . .
Why do we think the #CitizenWishList is necessary? Because frustrations all over the world are high between those governed and decision makers in democratic societies. Still others not only hunger but are protesting in the streets for a more democratic style of self-determination yet although we are richer, more educated and more connected than any time in history on a general level, the gap between rich & poor is destroying us. Corruption by government leaders is rampant, big business has little or no reguard for the individuals who make their companies a success or the environment which all of us are dependent on.
Under this category of the Cultural Compass Good News Revue's blog you will find a steady stream of examples why we are spearheading this social experiment. The #citizenwishlist is a bold adventure to provide a platform for positive citizen engagement in the democratic process and try to restore a measure of responsiveness and confidence again with decision makers. Join the conversation HERE: http://tinyurl.com/CitizenWishList
""All male and female citizens have the same rights and duties. They are equal before the law without discrimination," states article 20 of the text, which was approved by 159 lawmakers out of the 169 who voted.
The formula was agreed between the ruling Islamist party Ennahda and the secular opposition during negotiations to end months of political crisis that followed the assassination of an opposition politician by suspected jihadists last year. Ennahda sparked a storm of controversy in 2012 when it tried to introduce gender "complementarity" rather than equality into the post-uprising constitution.
On Sunday, the assembly also forced a successful revote on a proposed amendment that would make it unlawful to accuse someone of apostasy, after a deputy claimed he had received death threats because a colleague accused him of being an "enemy of Islam"."
Read the full article from #HuffingtonPost HERE: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/07/tunisia-gender-equality_n_4547963.html
Haven't you been told 'NO' more than enough? Well here's your green light! Original designs from the Cultural Compass Institute's Merchantile - Say YES ! Cool Tees and fun undergarmets 4U not only for expecting Mamas . . .
Is there a new bebino in your life? Gift them with one of these simply adorable new #BabyBunnyOnesie designs. Original art from #CulturalCompass featured artist Daniel Krejbich. All natural cotton or bamboo so baby feels comfy. just too cute for words . . .
Privacy is a necessity to discover who we are and who we want to be. Just a reminder to the Government . . . 'Asking is always cheaper than spying if you'd like to know about me'. Edward Snowden
what #GeorgeOrwell imagined is 'nothing' compared to the real tools available today to monitor citizen activity. Are you ok with this? NO? Really? Me either !
Mark Twain and Nikola Tesla, Leonardo da Vinci and Niccolo Machiavelli, A CIA Agent, a Comic Book Legend and a Makeup Artist Rescue Hostages, Andrew Jackson and Davy Crockett Take on an Assassin, A Motley Crew of Entertainers Take on the Nazis in the Most Roundabout Way Possible - all these little known friendships helped change the world . . .
Read more: http://www.cracked.com/article_19458_the-5-most-badass-teams-famous-people-to-ever-join-forces.html#ixzz2lZ4xMi00
One man can make a difference. But first he must have that intention. Read this heartwarming story about how Daryl Davis is breaking through the some of the toughest racial barriers with the KKK in America. He's no ordinary musician . . . in his own words "We all began laughing at how stupid we all had been. In retrospect, it was a very important lesson that was taught. All because a foreign entity of which we were ignorant, entered into our comfort zone, we became fearful of each other. The lesson learned is: ignorance breeds fear. If you don’t keep that fear in check, that fear will breed hatred. If you don’t keep hatred in check it will breed destruction.'
Our new website is constantly being improved. The Citizen Wish List Project is currently our number one focus here are the Cultural Compass Institute. This is a social experiment. We are attempting to do something that's never been done before in the history of man. Yes, you read that right . . .
We are starting a SINGLE GLOBAL conversation about what we want, ideas for positive improvements, small adjustments to support quality of life for all. Since we are a planet of many many different cultures, these good ideas need to be right for each continent, nation, state and city. That's where the magic is - in the sharing. Not every problem is global, not everyone needs to be addressed by a governmental body but one thing is sure; we must have a critical mass of participants for this to be taken seriously . . .For the first time in history we have tools that can connect us instantaneously almost anywhere on the planet. Let's start the conversation! This first round survey will determine the initial direction of the conversations on these 8 topics: FAMILY, WORK, EDUCATION, MONEY, SECURITY, PR & THE MEDIA, HEALTHCARE AND THE ENVIRONMENT. So Fellow Citizens of the World, You are Cordially Invited to Engage and Express Yourself HERE: www.CitizenWishList.com
Containers to the World. It's an international festival happening for several years now and currently going on in 7 cities in the Czech Republic. The container. Shipping containers placed in public spaces and used as a platform to symbolize everything that city is or could be. What does it contain? The Cultural Compass Institute partnered this year with the young Czech non-profit To the World! (k svetu) to bring you this festival for the first time in Prague . This fest is in full swing now with hundred of events in 6 locations around the city. Come for concerts, performance art, circus acts, lectures, film, round table discussions and much much more. Follow the fest goings on on Facebook and here on our CC website as the HOT PROJECT. The Cultural Compass Institute is also making a ducumentary film about the fest and our work. We're showcasing two of our new programs: Gift of Music, with a concert by CCI partner Mike McNulty & music workshops + Good News, Good Neighbors; Meet & Greet and round table discussion about the neighborhood all happening on three consecutive Sundays in May. check out the program info also here on our website.
Gogol Bordello - A gypsy punk bank from USA is an international phenomenom that could have only possibly have been made in America. Front man Eugene Hutz was born in the Ukraine, grew up with Roma gypsies and emigrated to the US with his family to escape the totalitarian regime. He listened to rock and roll music on the sly on the Voice of America with his father growing up there and for this they were constantly in big trouble. After coming to America and discovering his new found freedom he quickly made music the centerpiece of his life. This is not your average rock n roll. I attended a New Year's Eve show in Philadelphia in 2009 and to date it's the only show by a big name band that put out a spread to ring in the new year. Oh yeah, and that included pickled herring! Prepared to be surprised. This is intelligent, thoughtful, international music that is absolutely impossible to stay still for. The band is an long standing example of a cross cultural success story like no other. It includes Sergey Ryabtse from Russia on violin, Yuri Lemstev from Ukraine on accordian, Pedro from Ecuador on backup vocals & extra percussion instruments, Michale Bernard Ward from Germany on guitar, Tommy T from Ethiopia on bass, Elizabeth Chi-Wei Sun as back-up singer and a bonifide American, Oliver Francis Charles on drums. Established in the early 1990's in small Russian NYC clubs, this band just may be one of the hardest working bands around with a tour schedule circling the globe several times over every year with more than 100 dates. They're different. that's an understatement. They've got a mission statement for the band. Band member profiles on the website ( www.GogolBordello.com ) include family ethnicity, recommended books, LPs & films. Check them out live, read their lyrics. Worthy of special mention are our favorite tunes 'Supertheory of SuperEverything'; 'Ultimate'; Wunderlust King' & the song 'Dub the Frequency of Love' about reggae music and how it's become so beloved the world over as a force of positive vibration. Join the Tribal Connection. . .
"A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that 1,100 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.
Three minutes went by, and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace, and stopped for a few seconds, and then hurried up to meet his schedule.
A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping, and continued to walk.
A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was late for work.
The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother tagged him along, hurried, but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally, the mother pushed hard, and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on.
In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money, but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.
No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the most talented musicians in the world. He had just played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, on a violin worth $3.5 million dollars.
Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100.
This is a real story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste, and priorities of people. The outlines were: in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour: Do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize the talent in an unexpected context?
One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be:
If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?" or Why not pay attention to the children? They know . . .or . . .Take the time to smell the flowers and listen to the music. Sometimes it's an extra special gift to yourself.
Share if you took the time to read this :)
The Key to Happiness
In love with Florida, one couple headed south and discovered a fresh island cottage under a mango tree.|
Text by Elizabeth Raines Beeler
In Key West, some houses brighten the landscape as much as the lime trees and vibrant sunsets the island is known for. Take Casa Mango, the vivid cottage tucked beneath the oldest mango tree in town. Originally a two-room bungalow, the 1928 structure gained a rambling, imaginative feel thanks to several additions and renovations, but retained just enough of the authentic shotgun plan to allow tropical breezes to blow straight through.
West Virginians Don and Betsy Harrold spent years vacationing in Florida and searching for a home there. "We just slowly moved farther and farther down the coast, scratching the rest of the state off the list," Don says. Then they reached Key West.
On this island, any style goes. Don and Betsy walked through enough homes to realize that some locals saw beauty in Hemingway-esque dark wood interiors. But that look wasn't for them. "We wanted a house with a lighter atmosphere," Betsy says. "A fun, happy house that would really feel like a vacation home when our three children and five grandchildren visit." After looking at about 30 homes, they finally found what they wanted. The cottage with the turquoise floors was the one they couldn't pass up.
With a soothing hue already underfoot, the Harrolds enlisted Suzanne Brown of Gordon Alvarado to further the effect. "We went through several palettes, but I just loved the bright ones," Betsy says. Drawing inspiration from the tree out back, they coated the home's exterior in vibrant mango. "Traditionally, homes in the tropics have blue ceilings to give the illusion of sky and to deter bees and hornets," Suzanne says. "You can sit on the sofa and feel like you're outside."
The interiors came together in a spectrum of ocean blues. White walls, upholstery, and architectural accents allow the sea-inspired hues to pop. In the living area, an Akari paper lantern by 20th-century artist Isamu Noguchi hangs overhead, lending a modern edge. Below, sea glass shades swirl in a custom coffee table. Functional curtains with velvet trim and tiebacks soften the look and provide a visual divide between the living and dining areas. "It's a bit of island, a hint of Bohemia, and a touch of tradition all at once," Suzanne says. "That's what I love about island design. You can create a room in any style and still have it read as tropical."
At the Harrolds', the line between indoors and out is blurry. "Pop open any window and you can smell a variety of fragrances," Betsy says. In the living area, a wall of doors extends the space onto a courtyard, where the soothing palette continues. Turquoise decking surrounds an aqua-tiled pool and leads to two small bedrooms. While the home has two conventional baths, the Harrolds usually opt for the outdoor shower shaded by the mango tree's sinuous branches.
"We spend six or more months a year here in Key West―never enough," Don says. In a town full of color, on an island that punctuates Florida's vibrant Keys, they've found their own bright spot.
From the July/August 2008 Issue
C.Most, Founder of the Cultural Compass Institute