Finally getting caught up on video work shot, but not produced.
We are very fortunate to have many great interactions with people as we circle the planet. Often the best days are surprises that take on a magic all their own. November 19th, 2017 in Beijing was no exception. What follows is a collaboration between Nicky and Stacia filming, Nicky editing, Alexander and Annika playing, dad writing and narration by Alexander. Hoping you enjoy our message of hope.
Positivity. In investment terms, as in life, a positive attitude and outlook cost nothing, anyone can have it and it has the highest return. Below are six charts that measure changes in six important measures of human progress, and provide evidence why people everywhere should pay heed. As I often tell my kids, if you have 100 loaves of bread, and you get one more, it’s often, “Dude, what the heck”? But if you live elsewhere and you have only one, and you get one more, YOU. ARE. PSYCHED!
Here is the data from that chart I think every kid should be familiar with (Not fake news). Since studies show nearly 60% of people only read headlines, and over 85% only read the first two sentences of newspaper and website stories, here are the highlights. This has all occurred in MY LIFETIME (SINCE 1960)!
Extreme poverty: 65% has dropped to 10% since 1960
Basic education: 45% has increased to 85% since 1960
Literacy: 45% to 85% since 1960
Democracy: 35% to 55% since 1960
Vaccination: nearly ZERO % in 1960 to 85% today
Child mortality: In 1960, 20% of children died before their 5th birthday. Today it’s 4%
By any measure, it’s never been better. Be Positive.
Every so often pieces come along that impart enlighten, but few with the eloquence and impact of this author, Ta-nehisi Coates. Kids, in a world of general nonsense, this is a voice worth considering.
And a dissenting voice…
An Open Letter to Ta-Nehisi Coates
…as it relates to the favorite speech I’ve ever had the pleasure of watching.
“Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”
Co Founder Apple Inc.
Today we began Funky Friday class with this gem.
So extraordinary. The depth, the directors techniques, the story telling, the messaging. Carpe Diem indeed.
If in a good life, you give more than you get.. I think on this day, we received more…
The experiential teaching process utilized by Professor Gugick works like this.
Experience. Video. Document. Consider. Write.
Then eachweek craft a deliverable, be it written, oral, or video.