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Thirty-three year old Damien Mander served as a special operations sniper and clearance diver for Australia. Whilst deployed in Iraq he project managed the Iraq Special Police Training Academy, overseeing training of up to 700 cadets at one time. Following three years on the frontline of the Iraq war he departed in 2008 with no new direction in life. A trip to Africa left him face-to-face with the horrors that the world's wildlife is dealing with. Liquidating all personal assets acquired from 12 tours of duty, he founded the International Anti-Poaching Foundation. The organisation focuses on ranger training, operations and integrating modern technology into conservation. 

Most food waste is perfectly edible. For instance, if white rice is mis-labeled basmati rice, it's food waste. If a vegetable is misshapen it's food waste. If a cereal box has a tear, food waste. A can with a ripped label also food waste. A bruised fruit, yup, food waste. 

All of this "food waste," along with the food that actually spoils because of bad distribution, accumulates around the world in landfills, growing to an estimated 1.3 billion metric tons annually. This food could feed everyone on Earth, ending world hunger. 

Instead, food in landfills takes up space and contributes to greenhouse gases.

The Danes are disgusted by this and have made efforts to stop it. In the past 5 years, Denmark has cut the amount of food wasted by 25%--or 35 pounds per person per year. 

WeFood is just the latest effort. 

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“We make a living by what we get. But we make a life by what we give" - Winston Churchill

 

We rise by lifting others. Our soul’s grow, and find happiness, when we give to others. In fact, we are wired to be compassionate and kind. It is a genetic necessity for human survival. The trust, connection and cooperation engendered through giving, creates community, restores the lonely hearts and brings joy.

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Cancer is scary because it uses the very same life supports that make multicellular organisms possible to bring about an incredibly resilient disease often leading to suffering and eventual death of the organism.

A frightening parallel can be seen when we think about global capitalism. As I’ve written elsewhere, the central logic of this economic system is to extract wealth from the productive activities of others and hoard it for personal gain. This creates a system that is eerily like cancer — as endless economic growth becomes the primary purpose for greedy individuals who are structurally incapable of ever having enough. When they became millionaires, it was…

People imitate not only the particulars of positive actions, but also the spirit underlying them. This implies is that kindness itself is contagious, and that that it can cascade across people, taking on new forms along the way.

The battle between dark and light conformity likely depends on which cultural norms people witness most often. Someone who is surrounded by grandstanding and antagonism will tend towards hostile and exclusionary attitudes herself. Someone who instead learns that her peers prize empathy will put more work to empathize herself, even with people who are different from her. By emphasizing empathy-positive norms, we may be able to leverage the power of social influence to combat apathy and conflict in new ways. And right now, when it comes to mending ideological divides and cultivating kindness, we need every strategy we can find.

 

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No one man can cut down a whole forest or enslave a whole people. It takes a story that is believed by many other people to accomplish those feats. Every problem in the world is a result of the stories we tell ourselves. They provide roles and context in which our behavior makes sense. For example, the story of “progress” sees the conversion of forests into tar sand oil developments as something positive for society.

Stories affect the world because they are stories we are enacting. And in enacting the present story of the modern world, we are undermining the life-support systems upon which we depend.

In discussing solutions, it is also clear that the stories we have been telling about the crises we face are not working. The way we have been framing climate change, species extinction, deforestation, inequality, crime, poverty, and war isn't getting to the root of the problem. So what is it? At the heart of it I believe is the idea that human society is somehow…

In ancient lore and prophecy, the birth of rare animals often represents a message, birthing or rebirthing of something new for humanity. White animals in particular have long been revered as symbols of purity and peace, seen as omens of good fortune, fertility and bountiful harvest. Some even describe them as being imbued with supernatural or magical powers. Interestingly, in recent decades, rare and beautiful white animals have begun to appear in many places, shapes, and sizes, calling forth both scientific curiosity and indigenous recognition. From white lions, tigers and buffalo, to white giraffes, zebras and gorillas; robins, foxes, dolphins, pythons, leopards, crows and even white black bears – to name a few. According to Chief Arvol Looking Horse, traditional leader of the Lakota clan of the Sioux nation and 19th generation Keeper of the White Buffalo Calf Bundle, the arrival and appearance of these white animals brings both blessings and warnings – heralding a time of great…

Our obligation to the vast and ancient cosmos

“We have heard the rationales offered by the super powers. We know who speaks for the nations. But who speaks for the human species, who speaks for Earth?” – Carl Sagan

The late Carl Sagan, famed astronomer, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, author, science communicator and cosmologist, says it is time we stood up for our planet.

“Our loyalties are to the species and the planet. We speak for Earth. Our obligation to survive is owed not just to ourselves but also to that Cosmos, ancient and vast, from which we…

In 1991, Ho Khanh, a local farmer was out gathering wood in the dense jungle of Vietnam’s Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, when he stumbled upon an enormous cave entrance. The roar of a rushing stream and the whistling sound of wind in the cave can be heard through the entrance located in a limestone cliff.

According to Khanh, it “felt like something from the underworld.” He soon forgot the cave’s location until he met British spelunkers exploring the area, some 20 years later. He began looking for the cave entrance again, which he found in 2008. The following year, he led an international team of scientists from the British Cave Research Association, led by Howard and Deb Limbert, in exploring what is now known as Son Doong Cave, the largest cave in the world.

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"One day… there would come a time, when the earth being ravaged and polluted, the forests being destroyed, the birds would fall from the air, the waters would be blackened, the fish being poisoned in the streams, and the trees would no longer be, mankind as we would know it would all but cease to exist."

 

This is how the ‘Rainbow prophecy’ begins, as retold by a woman of the Cree Indian nation of America over a century ago.

The Rainbow prophecy, as it has come to be known, refers to the keepers of the legends, rituals, and other myths that will be needed when the time comes to restore the health on Earth. It is believed that these legendary beings will return on a day of awakening, when all people will unite and create a new world of justice, peace and freedom, and they will be named the ‘Warriors of the Rainbow’. They will reteach the values…

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” ~Albert Einstein 

Just when you think you have the whole living in the moment thing down, a four-year-old comes along and shows you how it’s done.

 

 

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It is crucial to see that the conflict we are currently in is not just one of terrorism, resource exploitation and climate change, but a combination of all of these elements across all levels of all systems.  According to system theorist Thomas Homer-Dixon in the book The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization, the global conflict we are currently experiencing can be a precursor to revitalization.

However, this requires fundamental shift in worldview to break out of the current paradigm of Absencing, to create a new system from the perspective of Presencing. We don’t have to wait for someone else to do this. The shift can begin within each person, and then spread out to communities, nation states, and then the world, or as Scharmer puts it ‘the one shift that now matters most is the shift of the heart.’

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Mandela Day is celebrated around the world each year to mark the anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birthday on July 18. We’ve talked about the manymanyMANY ways he’s inspired us here at ONE, so we thought we’d take this year to learn more about the man himself! Here are a few things you may not have known about Nelson Mandela

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The Vietnamese Zen master, whom Martin Luther King nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, is a voice of power and wisdom in this time of tumult in the world. We visited Thich Nhat Hanh at a retreat attended by police officers and other members of the criminal justice system; they offer stark gentle wisdom for finding buoyancy and “being peace” in a world of conflict, anger, and violence.

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Legendary ocean researcher Sylvia Earle shares astonishing images of the ocean — and shocking stats about its rapid decline — as she makes her TED Prize wish: that we will join her in protecting the vital blue heart of the planet.

 

Want to make your barren yard lush again? Just add a bit of soil from your local meadow. A new study reveals that the addition of foreign soil—and more importantly, the organisms it contains—can shape which plants will grow in the future. Such “inoculations” could even help bring back fallow farmlands and turn deserts green.

 

 

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