What do you know about your carbon footprint? Do you know what it is? Do you know how to measure yours? In honor of Earth Day – it’s a great time to get those questions answered.
Posted by Shakira Abdul-Ali on April 28, 2015
Posted by Shakira Abdul-Ali on April 24, 2015
18 Tips to Stop Sugar Addiction and Reclaim Your Life from its Grips
What would MY life be like, if I could give up sugar? I really LIKE the idea of having more energy, more clarity, more drive, with which to pursue my goals. So I thought I’d learn a bit more about how sugar kills, and share it with YOU, so that maybe we can go on this journey together, to free ourselves of misery, and reclaim the vitality of youthfulness.
“Just Eat It!” An Earth Day Admonition … You’ve Seen the Commercial. Now HERE’S What YOU Can Do About It! (video)
Posted by Shakira Abdul-Ali on April 22, 2015
How many times have you thrown out uneaten food from your plate, or unused leftovers from your fridge? How about the number of food items you’ve purchased but didn’t use in time to prevent spoilage?
If you live in the developed world, I know that you have likely done AT LEAST ONE of these things, if not all three. I also know that you end up wasting A LOT MORE than you want to; and a LOT more than our world community can tolerate for very much longer.
I found four really amazing resources to help me plan how to reduce the amount of food that I waste on a weekly basis. One of them presented the following brief, but comprehensive video that shows what happens we DO waste food:
Posted by Shakira Abdul-Ali on April 5, 2015
When you hear “Social Enterprise,” what comes to mind? If you’re imagining small, struggling, store-front non-profits, you might be surprised about how WRONG you would be!
Just about everyone has heard of Teach For America. Most people know that it’s an organization that pairs really smart, high-performing college graduates with teaching opportunities for school-aged kids in disadvantaged communities. Last year, 19,000 such college grads applied for those teaching posts. Also – lots of folks know the name Muhammad Yunus, or maybe have heard about his enterprise, the Grameen Bank (GB). Grameen Bank started out as Yunus’ attempt to help the poorest of his students’ families in Bangladesh. He found that by lending very small amounts of money to women, they would not only repay his small loans, but multiply their earnings by many times, based on their ability to invest in inexpensive assets – like a rooster and a couple of hens, or a weaving loom. As of February 2015, Grameen Bank had 8.6 million members, and had loaned out a total of $16.7 million, and had been repaid $15.24 million.
Check out the two guys in this video, to get a better idea of what a social enterprise might look like. In THIS case, they’ve made a successful, green and sustainable business from growing mushrooms on used coffee grounds!
If you have given thought to responding to a social condition that you know needs fixing, but you are not particularly interested in responding in a way that keeps you in “begging” mode, maybe social enterprise is the way for you to go. If that is true, here are four great resources to include in your research.
Posted by Shakira Abdul-Ali on April 1, 2015
Cars can run on Water? Really? April Fool’s Day joke? NOT! Experiments of H2O-powered vehicles are a reality. It will take a Citizen’s Movement to bring them to the market place. These creative “shade tree” mechanics will be leading the way!
Posted by Shakira Abdul-Ali on March 31, 2015
I don’t know actually remember how I stumbled across The Grommet. I think someone sent it to me by email. (I’ll have to go back and send them a thank you note!)
The Grommet is one of the first places I look when I want to find products that are uniquely designed, made in the USA, and solve quirky, annoying problems that I didn’t even know I had.
I hope you’ll enjoy this Review, and find a few of your own reasons to love The Grommet!
Posted by Shakira Abdul-Ali on March 30, 2015
Women’s History Month is Coming to an End. But the Impact of Women in the “Public Square” is Ever-lasting.
I thought I would share the history of few women whose work and legacy I admire and for whom I have particular appreciation. They are in no particular order, but they made an impact on life in the U.S.
I hope you, too, will appreciate the value that they came to add to the American Experiment.
THIS Pi Day is spectacularly special because it is literally a ONCE IN a HISTORY happening, as it reflects a greater portion of the actual number for Pi – 3/14/15 – inasmuch as Pi – as you MIGHT remember from your high school years – is 3.14159. Further – when the clock reaches 9:26:53 – horns will blow and confetti will drop as that time will reflect Pi to 10 places: 3.141592653 !
10 Things You Should Know About Transitioning from the Public Sector to Private Enterprise – Part III
Posted by Shakira Abdul-Ali on February 15, 2015
In this post, I offer 10 things you should consider if you’re thinking about taking the leap into entrepreneurship. And for your reading pleasure, I throw in a bonus – an 11th idea that should spike your encouragement quotient through the roof!
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