Our friend John Thomas took extensive notes during the big day and offers up an awesome recap of the highlights. Enjoy these key takeaways!
Neelay Bhatt: “You had me at Hello…Hola…Bonjour!”
- “This might be one small way to show we don’t just focus on human beings but on being humane.”
- “Imagine if all 7 billion of us took one extra step toward each other … simply to smile and say hello.”
- Join Neelay Bhatt’s “BOLO” campaign by going to www.letssayhello.com and committing to learning to say “Hello” and “Thank You” in at least one new language. BOLO strives to build bridges among individuals and cultures “through the power ‘Hello.’”
- Tap into Central Indiana’s global cultures and connections through The International Center. Visit its website at http://www.internationalcenter.org/
- Accept Indiana Humanities’ challenge to experience other cultures in Central Indiana by using your eyes, ears, taste buds and more. Go to www.IndianaHumanities.org/ALL-IN and click on the “EXPLORE” challenge.
- Attend the International Festival of Indiana. For information, visit the Nationalities Council of Indiana website at http://nationalitiescouncil.org.
Holly Combs: Don’t label me: how stickers saved my life
- “Reading was like watching a giant school of fish in a murky, murky ocean.”
- “Every single one of us has labels on us … that we need to shred.”
- “Today is the last day for labeling. It’s too damaging.”
- Go deeper: Check out Holly’s Department of Public Words at http://www.dpwords.org/main/
- Get unlabeled: Read this article from BeliefNet: “Labels you need to remove” http://www.beliefnet.com/Inspiration/Galleries/10-Negative-Labels-You-Need-to-Remove.aspx
- Stick it to the world: Get your “You are Beautiful” stickers here: http://you-are-beautiful.com/
Allan Boesak: Learning from Mandela
- “We must learn from Nelson Mandela”
- “There is not struggle without sacrifice. No healing without pain. No light at the end of the tunnel if you are not willing to go through the darkness.”
- “He taught us that strength is in the open hand of openness and vulnerability.”
- Learn more about Nelson Mandela and his impact on the world at www.nelsonmandela.org
- Visit the truth and reconciliation website: http://www.justice.gov.za/trc/
- To bring these ideas closer to home, visit the Peace Learning Center at Eagle Creek Park, or check out its website at http://peacelearningcenter.org/
- To hear music that was special to Nelson Mandela or about Nelson Mandela, listen to this music-focused tribute from NPR program; http://www.npr.org/blogs/therecord/2013/12/07/195281915/the-mandela-playlist-a-life-and-legacy-told-in-music
Kiko Suarez: Eight dimensions of wise design that could change everything
- “We are born to be wise.”
- “More than machinery, we need humanity.”
- “What is out first reaction to complexity? We try to simplify it.”
- “We live in a culture of becoming, not rather than a culture of being.’
- “We all have a higher purpose.”
- “We have to put wisdom back to the core of our evolution as a species.”
- “We all have a higher purpose”
- “We have to put wisdom back to the core of our evolution as a species.”
- Tune in to #bewise on Twitter for an ongoing dose of wisdom
- Embrace the eight senses that Kiko said are most used by wise people: cognitive, intuitive, practical, ethical, aesthetic, adaptive, time-ness, balance.
- If you want to get really cerebral about it, check out Kiko’s doctoral dissertation: “Wise by Design: A Wisdom-based Framework for Innovation and Organizational Design and its Potential Application in the Future of Higher Education.” http://aura.antioch.edu/etds/131/
- “Only 11 percent of girls globally are comfortable using the word ‘beautiful’ to describe themselves.”
- “Stop teaching girls to be nice … We say ‘be nice,’ they hear ‘be passive.’”
- Learn more about helping girls succeed at www.agirlsgift.com. Follow the organization on Facebook or Twitter (@agirlsgift)
- Learn more about I Stop Traffik mentioned in the talk by going to http://www.istoptraffik.org/home.html
- Get teed up to learn more about the Dream Biz Boss game at http://www.dreambizboss.com/home.html (site not yet fully functional)
Mansfield Frazier: How to transform vacant properties to fertile community assets
- “You shouldn’t have to move to live in a better neighborhood”
- People look for a way to get their hands dirty giving back.”
Indianapolis has its share of urban gardening initiatives. Learn about them, and find ways that you can put down roots in Indy’s urban soil.
- The Capital City Garden Project– community based educational program
Lots of information and resources for urban gardeners
- Filege Hiywot Center– training youth how to garden in Metropolitan Indianapolis
- Global Peace Initiatives– active in creating peace gardens, whose yields are donated to anti-hunger initiatives
- Growing Places Indy- cultivating the culture of food and urban agriculture in Indianapolis
- Going Local– providing information on how to eat and produce food locally
- Indiana Organic Gardeners Association
- Indy Tilth– grassroots organization promoting gardening and urban sustainability
- Keep Indianapolis Beautiful– transforming public spaces through aesthetic and environmental improvement
Jenenne Whitfield: Recycling the human spirit
- “You don’t need to leave your community to be successful.”
- “People under 35 don’t give a damn about race. And we’re getting tired of it, too.”
- “But still we rise.”
- Explore the Heidelberg Project’s website: http://www.heidelberg.org/
Ed Woodham: Public art as social engagement
- “Are we becoming people who prefer to connect to things rather than people?”
- “I’m stunned by the phrase ‘free speech zone.’ I though the whole country was a free speech zone.”
Fun stuff to look at:
DeAmon Harges: Making the invisible visible
- A sticker he saw: “It’s not my invisibility that the issue. It’s the construction of their eyes.”
- “I didn’t want to help some beat the odds. I want to change the odds for everyone.” (quoting Rev. Michael Maither)
- “We must make what was invisible visible.”
- Much of what DeAmon focuses on lines up with the Asset-Based Community Development concepts. Learn more about that at Asset Based Community development: http://www.abcdinstitute.org
- To learn about the church that sends him into the neighborhood to listen (Broadway United Methodist Church), go to http://www.broadwayumc.org/
- Learn more about the neighborhood DeAmon inhabits: http://www.mfcna.org/
- Learn about area churches working together for the mid-north neighborhood: http://www.midnorthchurch.org
Bud Caddell: How complex systems will save us
- “We all have the capacity to think differently about this”
- “Complexity begets uncertainty”
- ”Uncertainty begets chaos”
- Quoting M. Scott Peck: “Abandon the urge to simplify everything, to look for formulas and easy answers, and to begin to think multidimensionally, to glory in the mystery and paradoxes of life, not to be dismayed by the multitude of causes and consequences that are inherent in each experience – to appreciate the fact that life is complex.”
Bud is on a mission – a mission to people realize their legacy. To learn more about it, read his recent blog post/manifesto at https://medium.com/@bud_caddell/the-merchant-of-death-is-dead-7d023d166c60. Want to be like Bud? You can start by living by these rules from http://budcaddell.com:
- You grow what you nurture.
- Empathy will get you further than expertise.
- No learning should go un-shared.
- Oxford commas are mandatory.
- Frustration is a powerful signal.
- Complexity that isn’t respected is fatal.
- Anger is expressed helplessness.
- Beauty is the shortest path to peace.
- “God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.”
Ray Burke: Watching shoppers
- About 85 percent of the items you buy is consistent from week to week”
- “It’s not enough just to know what people’s needs and desires are.”
- “For men, it’s about getting in there, getting what they need and getting the hell out.”
Get a deeper understanding of how product marketing has evolved with one of TED’s most popular talks: http://www.ted.com/talks/malcolm_gladwell_on_spaghetti_sauce?language=en
Ernest Earon: Solving world problems from a bird’s eye view
- “The risks for the future come from the unknown”
- “More information leads to better solutions”
- “It’s not about the drone. It’s about the information the drone can provide.”
- “It’ll open up new opportunities, solving problems we didn’t know could be solved.”
- “The world has the resources to tackle the big problems. What we lack is the information to answer, ‘How’?”
- “Everybody needs to be a visionary.”
- Consider some of the ways drones are being used – and could be used in the future.
- Drones monitoring killer whales… http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2014/10/24/drone-video-killer-whales-vancouver-aquarium/17823305/
- Life-saving drones: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-10-23/aid-groups-are-using-drones-to-save-lives
- The ethics of drones: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/17/drones-ethics-and-the-armchair-soldier/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_php=true&_type=blogs&_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=2&
- Drones on the farm: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-drones-agriculture-20140913-story.html#page=1