Building a Business Built for Good

2014-06-10-EntrepreneurPath_FeatImageIt would seem that you should automatically build your business in a way that you can have a profit, but many also want to have a business that does good for the people around them. Now entrepreneurs want more. They want to be able to bring in profits while simultaneously helping others and using their business for a higher purpose to enrich their lives. There are other examples of changing business throughout history. During the Industrial Revolution businesses were expanding as new markets emerged and capitalism was born. Since that point capitalism has evolved, but really only to make more money for those in business. This evolution has occurred without any thought for those that are affected by the business, with the exception of the shareholders.

However, this model of capitalism, which is often taught, does not take into consideration the fact that the businessmen and women may be unsatisfied with the work they do. Is it enough to make piles of money if there is no tangible result of your work or no larger contribution to the world? This shift with those in business wanting to make a positive impact is known as “Second Stage CapitalismTM.” This change and a shift in what capitalism is in this country will surely change entrepreneurship. The new goals of business involves three different perspectives, mainly: yourself, others, and society at large. These perspectives work in stages. Entrepreneurs are primarily focused on themselves and then on the others that they work for and serve and finally society at large. By looking to help others it ultimately empowers businessmen and women because they will want to achieve moreand give more back. This will ultimately morph capitalism into something that is more future-minded, authentic, and heart filled. Really, the more conscious people become the better off the world will be, so bring on the change.

Google and Apple’s Role in Combating Alzheimer’s

google-apple-logoMedicine has struggled to keep up with the amount of Alzheimer’s disease in this country and around the world. There is still no cure and very little medicine to reduce symptoms. Even more shocking is that Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth largest killer in the United States. Fortunately, tech companies like Apple and Google have been working to create products and services that will keep patients with Alzheimer’s more comfortable and safe.

Google has been working with Google Glass so that it is useful for those affected by Alzheimer’s. The device will use facial recognition software to tell the patient who is in front of them by alerting them to their name and their relationship. Additionally the Glass device can give the patients reminders like when to take their medicine or when they have to go to the doctor. Glass, along with wearable devices can track Alzheimer’s patients and their movements throughout the house and beyond. If a patient wanders away, as is known to happen with over 60% of Alzheimer’s patients, the wearable devices will indicate where they are.

In addition to health concerns and knowing who people are, tech experts have been working on therapeutic games. The pharmaceutical company Pfizer is working with game developer Akili Interactive Labs to create and test a game called Project EVO for Apple’s iPhones and iPads. The point of the game is to keep up memory through therapeutic activities and it also tracks the development of the Alzheimer’s patients disease symptoms and how rapidly they changing. Pfizer is currently working on a clinical trial that will test 100 people both with and without brain plaque, one of the first signs of Alzheimer’s. They are looking to see whether Project EVO can be a biomarker for the disease. All of these companies are working to help those who are affected and offering solutions in the meantime while medical experts continue to search for the cause and cure for the disease.

Caltech Raising Money for the World

resnick_instituteThe most imminent threat facing us today is climate change and Caltech is looking to do something about it. The Caltech Resnick sustainability Institute is raising money to help support scientists and their research in renewable energy. So far, Caltech has received $15 million in gifts for the researchers to deal with the realities of climate change.

The Caltech organization has its home in Pasadena, California campus of the California Institute of Technology. They are publically announcing their contributors to drum up support. Lynda and Stewart Resnick gifted the latest donation to the cause. The fund was started by a donation from the co-owners of Roll Global that own POM Wonderful and Wonderful Pistachios. In 2009 they donated $21 million and that helped to kick start the institute as a whole.

The scientists are using the funds to explore many options for sustainable technologies and sources of energy. So far they have examined wind energy, fuel cells and batteries, smart grid systems, solar photovoltaics, and biofuels, among others. The executive director of Resnick, Neil Fromer says of the work, “we style ourselves as a studio for sustainability. Our goal is to capitalize on the unique culture at Caltech of interdisciplinary collaboration and playful scientific exploration to solve some of the biggest challenges facing the world, in terms of how do we use energy and natural resources in ways that can sustain our future?” The fossil fuels that we are currently using to get energy are filling our atmosphere with greenhouse gasses. Scientists have noted that we have already crossed a dangerous threshold so we must come up with other ways of harnessing energy for our purpose so we stop harming the planet to ease the consequences. Currently, the use of fossil fuels is causing the loss of species, rising sea levels, severe weather, and international conflict. The work that Caltech is investing in may be the only option to help stop this process and start the world on a healthier path for

sustainability.

Important to Know Your Stressors and Stress Type

Stress_GridStress has different ways of debilitating people. Some are jittery and anxious when they are affected by stress and some because extremely shut off and lethargic. However, there is an ancient science known as Ayurveda that can help you determine your stress type so that you are more aware of your stressors and how you need to handle them. Even if three different people are under the same stressful situation they will respond to it very differently. In the West, the typical general response to stress is to find relaxers that are touted to help everybody, like a hot bath, brisk walk, or a trip to the beach. The difference in eastern medicine, especially in the healing system Ayurveda, is that it looks to reduce stress based on the individual. There are many stress-relief strategies that can be customized to what you need. This Ayurveda lifestyle uses individualized strategies based on dietary, herbal and yogic solutions.

Ayurveda is a healing system, related to Yoga that synthesizes physiology, emotional disposition, and spiritual outlook. It began over 5,000 years ago in India and is documented in ancient Sanskrit texts. Ayurveda considers all different kinds of stressors and responses. It recognizes seasonal stress and planetary changes that affect our bodies as well as physical tendencies and thought patterns. Although there are many ways to explore and study Ayurveda, the bare bones of the healing system is to race your stress back to the source and then find lasting ways to change the patterns that cause that stress.

Stress comes from disorder of the rajas (passion or undirected activity). How we respond to stressors puts us into different Ayurvedic principles like vata (air), pitta (fire), and kapha (earth). No matter what your imbalance of these elements happens to be, having a clear understanding of what is influencing you can help you understand how to deal with your stress and prevent it from happening again.

Idaho Dad Donates Kidney to Daughter

This is a truly beautiful story out of Idaho. For this father, being an organ donor meant saving his daughter’s life. Matt Kortz gave his daughter, Lexi, one of his kidneys. His daughter was diagnosed with a rare genetic syndrome called Joubert Syndrome. After the diagnosis, doctors found that Lexi was in stage-4 kidney failure.

“She’s my daughter, so I’m just going to get it done,” Kortz told KTVB. “I can’t have my little girl go away.”

Devastated by the situation, Kortz said he wanted to do whatever he could to help his daughter. The Kortz family said that the successful transplant brought color back to Lexi’s face.

Lexi is now at kindergarten at Frontier Elementary School in Meridian, and the family couldn’t be prouder of Matt. “He is truly our hero,” said his wife, Lori.

It’s news like this that really gives you hope in humanity as well as makes you remember that good things happen every day. Let’s not forget to cherish one another and know that nobody can get through life without any help. The help from a father to a daughter is just as valued as the help of a friend to a friend, and furthermore, a stranger to a stranger.

Let’s not forget to be good to one another, and that good deeds never go unnoticed.

The Changing Face of Charity

Technology has made it easier to donate towards philanthropic causes. However, this has changed the game for the ways charities usuallyimpact-give_directly function and how they interact with donors.

The biggest change is in the demographic of those who are giving and how they are able to give. Millenials can’t donate in traditional ways. Charity used to thrive on banquets and large gifts, but the younger generation doesn’t have the capital to give that way. So, targeting smaller gifts, online is the best way to rope them in. As millenials age and have more economic leeway, they will remember the charities that they made relationships with early and possibly give larger gifts.

Charities that are ahead of the game are using technology to their advantage when targeting those who may donate. For example a service called Centscere donates a few cents every time you “like” something on facebook or send a tweet. Other companies are doing similar things, like Google’s One Today that donates a dollar a day to a charity of your choice, or Check in for Good. Check in for Good utilizes the check-in habits of millenials in restaurants, coffee shops, theatre, etc. and donates money when they post that they are there.

The biggest change for traditional philanthropists is that donors and activists are organizing on their own. They have the tools with the Internet and the various app interfaces to collect money and put it towards the causes they see fit. The need for institutions still exists, but the way these institutions interact with people and how the donors interact with them is changing. Gone are the days of word of mouth. Charities need to have an online presence that clearly outlines who they are and what they do via a website and social media. There is still a place for charities, but they need to be aware of the changing market, especially as sites are linking donors directly to people with need. For the future of established charities, they need to make it transparent exactly how what they do impacts the final step, those in need.

Charity Donation Startup Believe.in Expands beyond the U.K.

Charity donation platform Believe.in, whose investors include Greylock Partners and Index Ventures, has expanded its reach outside of the U.K. — and beyond its own fee-less charity donation social network — with the launch of a white label product aimed at charities seeking donation processing tools.capture

The tools are offered in five countries, all english speaking: Canada, U.S., U.K., Australia, and Ireland, and are targeting roughly 2.3 million charities across those regions.

The company believes Blackbaud, considered to be one of the leading global providers of software and services for nonprofit organizations, to be its main competitor, although, co-founder and CEO Matthias Metternich, says that each of Believe.in’s target markets are more nuanced – “where either there are no players, or there are players who are focused on being consumer facing giving platforms, rather than the nuts and bolts that power non-profits wherever they are”.

Believe.in’s white label product consists of funraising, events, donation, and appeal pages that can be customized to match a charity’s branding and integrated into their already existing website. The product is designed to work on different device platforms, from desktop to mobile, and to easily hook into social media sites to assist campaigns in expanding their reach.

The service include numerous features, including back-end analytics dashboards – assisting the nonprofit organizations in determining the success of a campaign quantitatively in terms of marketing outreach, ongoing donor research, and the performance of donation drives – and assists in completing back office functions. Pricing starts at free (plus flat card fees) so charities can kick its tyres; to £95pm for a Pro account; or more for bespoke enterprise price plans.

Believe.in’s own U.K.-specific donation social network — which recently had a Pinterest-style makeover — has now become a charity, it said today. The platform has differentiated itself from the online charity giving competition by not taking a cut of donations. Believe.in hands the entire donation amount to the charity, with only card charges deducted.

Questions and Answers With Appel Csilla – Pranic Healer

More raves & good q’s re breathing & hand moves, from dedicated practitioner Appel Csilla, mom of 3, photographer & Pranic Healer, with my replies in caps:
I deeply appreciate your sharing and I always learn from you, Thanks for your latest blog post. The words, video-material and graphics are all helpful for calm the mind and put it on a right track:) The most attractive for me the donuts-energy moves design, its immediately shake the concrete mind:)
I AM VERY GLAD.
I do the 8 movements regularly and send your video again to new people-groups: now in Hungarian MCKS teaching group and to Charlotte, also.
THANK YOU.
I remember in the psychotherapy book of MCKS also mentioned the energy way from the crown to the sex chakra and back.
YES. AND YOU’LL SEE ON THE FIRST POST ON MY BLOG, “MORE ENERGY IN LESS TIME” I SHOW HOW THE FIGURE 8 ALSO APPEARS IN THE ANCIENT KABBALISTIC DIAGRAM OF THE SEFIROT, WHICH IS WHAT I THINK MCKS WAS REFERRING TO.
I would like to ask from you:
in the 8’s movement how is the ending, the last,last position of the hand + body?
I THINK THAT IT WORKS BEST TO MOVE YOUR HANDS AS IF YOU WERE SWIMMING IN WATER. YOU TURN YOUR PALMS IN WHATEVER DIRECTION YOU WANT TO DIRECT ENERGY.
(I start with breath in and not move yet and when I do the first step with the right leg and arms lift up, simultaneously I breath out)
AS YOU WILL SEE IN OUR FIRST COURSE ONLINE, “REFINING 12 BODY MOVES,” I GO INTO BREATHING IN MORE DETAIL BUT FOR NOW LET ME SUGGEST THAT YOU EXPERIMENT. IN ADDITION TO BREATHING OUT AS YOU LIFT YOUR ARMS UP, TRY BREATHING IN AS YOU LIFT THEM UP. SEE WHICH DIRECTION OF BREATHING MAKES THE LIFTING EASIEST.
OFTEN FOR PUNCHING AND MANY OTHER EFFORTS BREATHING OUT HELPS THE ACTION. BUT MAYBE LIFTING ARMS UP IS DIFFERENT? TRY, FEEL AND ALSO SCAN WHICH BRINGS MORE ENERGY.
AS I SAY ON THE “DO THE PRACTICE” VIDEO, THIS IS IMPROVISING, NOT A FIXED “YOU MUST DO AS I SAY” PRACTICE. IT CAME TO ME THROUGH IMPROVISING, EXPLORING, AND DISCOVERING WITH REPEATED TESTING WITH SCANNING TO SEE WHAT SEEMS MORE POTENT. SO PLEASE, SINCE YOU KNOW PRANIC HEALING, ALLOW YOURSELF TO BE A FELLOW EXPLORER.
I also feel nowadays that when I lift up my arms are more heavier and when I let down way my arms are more easier, brighter, bit faster move.
NOTICE IF THE FEELING IN THE ARMS CHANGES AS YOU EXPERIMENT BY REVERSING YOUR BREATHING.
I also combining with the attention HOW to breath in and what.
In exhale I do let what is grab me and negate; I breath away.
THAT’S FINE TO ADD IN. ANCIENT WORLDWIDE PRACTICE. VERY GOOD.
Thanks for your priceless teaching and wait for your instruction how to continue.
Blessings with Love and Light
DEAR CSILLA, GREAT PLANS. I VERY MUCH APPRECIATE YOUR PARTNERSHIP. YOUR SET A WONDERFUL EXAMPLE, ENCOURAGING OTHERS TO BOOST WHATEVER OTHER FINE PRACTICES THEY WITH ENERGY’S WAY.
LOVING BLESSINGS BACK TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

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