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Happy End to the Decade!

Happy New Year 2010 photo by **N-Studio**

\’\’Inspiration for an optimistic and growth-filled 2010. Below are excerpts from Bruce Mau‘s Incomplete Manifesto for Growth — statements exemplifying his beliefs, strategies and motivations. Enjoy and Happy 2010!

There is nothing that drives optimism more than passion with a purpose. Find your purpose.

Allow events to change you.

You have to be willing to grow. Growth is different from something that happens to you. You produce it. You live it. The prerequisites for growth: the openness to experience events and the willingness to be changed by them.

Take field trips.

The bandwidth of the world is greater than that of your TV set, or the Internet, or even a totally immersive, interactive, dynamically rendered, object-oriented, real-time, computer graphic-simulated environment.

Slow down.

De-synchronize from standard time frames and surprising opportunities may present themselves.

Stand on someone’s shoulders.

You can travel farther carried on the accomplishments of those who came before you. And the view is so much better.

Forget about good.

Good is know quality. Good is what we all agree on. Growth is not necessarily good… As long as you stuck to good you’ll never have real growth.

Ask stupid questions.

Growth is fueled by desire and innocence. Assess the answer, not the question. Imagine learning throughout your life at the rate of an infant.

Think with your mind.

Forget technology. Creativity is not device dependent.

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Allow space for the ideas you haven’t had yet, and for the ideas of others.

Process is more important than outcome.

When the outcome drives the process we will only ever go where we’ve already been. If process drives outcome we may not know where we’re going, but we will know we want to be there.

photo by: **N-Studio**

Hello! I’m Tara, a wizard of less obvious things. I love hearing from you, so please feel free to connect with me.

I deeply appreciate your support of my work—through allowing it to grow in your imagination, through sharing it with others, and through your financial support.

An Idea for Giving Thanks to Your Clients

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Thank them by donating in honour of them.

\’\’This holiday season, to thank my clients for their impact on my life, and to make an impact, I sent them a e-card wishing them a happy holidays and informing them that I donated CDN $5 to World Wildlife Federation in honour of them.

In the message, I also offered to donate an additional $5 to their charity of choice if they choose to write a recommendation for me. I thought it was a nice win-win-win way to incentivise a task that people find painful to do.

An income stream idea for charities.

Non-profits! Why not have branded holiday ecards that can only be deployed if the sender donates money? Make it easy for us to give to you and to others.

photo by: hidden side

Hello! I’m Tara, a wizard of less obvious things. I love hearing from you, so please feel free to connect with me.

I deeply appreciate your support of my work—through allowing it to grow in your imagination, through sharing it with others, and through your financial support.

A Magical Time of Year

Merry Christmas to all my Flickr Friends

I love Christmas.

\’\’It is a really important time of year to me. It’s a time when I reflect and I honour all the learning of the past year. And it’s a time when I celebrate the love in my life.

I love walking the streets of Toronto at Christmas-time. There’s something really special in the air. And I revel in the feeling. Toronto’s kinda-like-the-world-holding-hands, it’s a cultural mosaic, apparently the most multi-cultural gathering of people in the world, and all around me, on the streets, I can feel magic in the air.

It’s not about your religion.

In my world, Christmas-time isn’t about Christ. It’s about love. And loved ones. And it doesn’t matter your religion, or your lack-there-of, to appreciate it.

It’s a time to praise giving and gratitude. And most people can’t argue with that. Our collective joy is infectious right now, whether we choose to follow Christ or not.

A conspiracy of love and laughter.

We, as a society, don’t celebrate life enough, but when we do, and we do it, en masse, it feels sooo good. So magical.

Hope is an amazing thing. And I love how it feels when we’re all believing in beauty and peace together.

So, please, have yourself a wonderful holiday season. Enjoy the love. And thank you for reading.

photo by: duane.scoon

Hello! I’m Tara, a wizard of less obvious things. I love hearing from you, so please feel free to connect with me.

I deeply appreciate your support of my work—through allowing it to grow in your imagination, through sharing it with others, and through your financial support.

What Is Happiness?

photo credit just Luh.

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How do you feel about this definition of happiness?

Happiness is felt when one is:

  • engaging in satisfying work
  • avoiding negative events and emotions
  • feeling gratitude, forgiveness and optimism

Is happiness enough?

Not for Me. And I’d argue it’s not enough for You either. For our Innerpreneurial drive isn’t fueled by our lack of happiness and our desire to obtain it, rather it’s fueled by our desire for meaning.

First comes happiness, then comes meaning?

I’d say choosing to be happy — choosing to engage in satisfying work, choosing to avoid negative events and emotions, choosing to feel gratitude, optimism, and forgiveness — provides you with the ability to seek beyond the pleasant life and explore possibilities that bring you greater significance.

I’d insist that your happiness has allowed you to identify your need to be in service of something larger than your Self. I’d assert your choice to be happy is the foundation on which you’ve cultivated your belief in your Self and your value, and fostered your faith that You can create the change you seek.

They way I see it is without happiness in our life we don’t have hope, and without hope we can’t realize our desire for and our ability to create meaning.

What do you think?

photo credit: just Luh

Hello! I’m Tara, a wizard of less obvious things. I love hearing from you, so please feel free to connect with me.

I deeply appreciate your support of my work—through allowing it to grow in your imagination, through sharing it with others, and through your financial support.

Jeff Dunsavage: December Innerpreneur Spotlight

Jeff Dunsavage

Jeff Dunsavage
The Missing Americans Project, The Sea Suite and OurWorld
Follow Jeff on Twitter
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I am:

A person in transition — trying to blend my talents for writing, editing, and connecting people, ideas, and resources with my passion for environmentally and socially responsible business practices and my newfound calling: assisting the families of people who disappear outside their country’s borders.

Since my brother’s disappearance in Honduras in May of this year, I have been working with several families who also have lost family members (typically males between the ages of 30 and 50) mysteriously in Latin America. Bad things often happen to good people, and I don’t see our tragedies as trumping anyone else’s (least of of all those people who live in the Third World regions outside or inside our “First World” borders) — but I find the absence of standard operating procedures in our embassies and other defects in the way the U.S., British, Australian, and Dutch governments (the only ones we’ve attempted to work with so far) handle such cases on behalf of the families of the missing to be unconscionable.

I’ve learned that this is a bigger problem than any of us ever realized before it touched us — and it is one our governments and the mainstream media are woefully unconcerned about. Part of who I am, since Mother’s Day 2009, is a person trying to change that lack of concern by building awareness of the missing and their families.

My passion is for:

Environmentally and socially responsible business practices. I believe in the power of capitalism to serve as an engine for change — the big question is, what kind of change will it be? I understand capitalism as the free exchange of value for value and that the reason we’ve made such a mess of the world through capitalism is that, for a complex web of reasons, our definitions of value have become terribly (but not hopelessly) confused. I believe that, at bottom, most people want to have a hand in creating a cleaner, healthier, more fair and just world — but they’ve come (wrongly) to  believe that creating that world requires a decline in their quality of life or a diminishment of their dreams for themselves and their families.

I am particularly passionate about ocean conservation issues (overfishing, by-catch, acidification, pollution from urban and agricultural run-off, the huge and rapidly growing problem of plastics in the ocean, to name a few). I believe solving the issues surrounding the degradation of our oceans and forests (particularly the rainforests) would go a long way toward mitigating many of our other environmental and social problems. I also believe ocean-health issues create huge business opportunities that could harness the engine of capitalism to drive positive change.

My business can help you to:

I’ll let you know when I figure that out.

For about two years, my business partner, Frank Zigrino, and I have been researching sustainable (in both senses of the word) business models and networking heavily with like-minded people to identify our “sweet spot.” We are trying to design a business that will bring together people, ideas, and resources to create profitable, socially and environmentally responsible businesses. Two years ago, we created an online community called OurWorld as a global conversation hub for people who want to share their knowledge and promote their sustainable, responsible businesses. More recently, I’ve been blogging as the “Sea E O” at The Sea Suite to share my passion and growing knowledge about ocean-friendly business.

I’ve been neglecting The Sea Suite the past few months while developing The Missing Americans Project — an online community for people who want to learn more about and help do something about the problem of U.S. government indifference to the problem of missing U.S. citizens in foreign countries. As luck and social media would have it, we quickly learned that this is not solely, or even primarily, a U.S. problem, so as we develop our nonprofit organization, the Missing Americans Project will become part of a more comprehensive global effort to educate, advocate for, and support the efforts of the families of the missing.

I make things different each day by:

Reaching out to ask for and offer help in the areas that interest me. I’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity of people in their willingness to share their time and knowledge. We are in a new moment of history, in which communication technology has made us all next-door neighbors. No responsible person can say anymore “I didn’t know about that problem”, “I had no way of knowing how my behavior affects those around me.” More than ever before, we see specifically what we choose to see — the internet and social media give us the opportunity to broaden and deepen our experience of the world or to cocoon ourselves in deeper isolation from alternative perspectives.

I have lots of ideas about:

How to design businesses that will be environmentally and socially responsible, as well as profitable, and how to use traditional and new media to promote them. Partnership, dedication, and creativity are the keys.

My advice is:

Whatever you want to do, start now. Don’t worry about your ideas being half-baked — experience will bake them for you.

“Madness is something rare in individuals — but in groups, parties, peoples, ages it is the rule.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

If you would you like to be considered for an upcoming “Innerpreneur Spotlight”, please email Tara Joyce.

Hello! I’m Tara, a wizard of less obvious things. I love hearing from you, so please feel free to connect with me.

I deeply appreciate your support of my work—through allowing it to grow in your imagination, through sharing it with others, and through your financial support.