by John Thomas (email@example.com)
Maura Molloy: The masterpiece of a simple life
- “I became a minimalist when my passions and my goals became more important than my possessions.”
- “I got rid of anything that didn’t make me feel like a million bucks.”
- “Home is where we deal with the stressors that imperil our lives rather than create them.”
- Step simply into Maura’s world by reading her blog at http://www.aserenespace.com/
- Declutter by getting rid of anything that doesn’t make you feel like a million bucks: http://www.goodwillindy.org/
- Clear everything from your work surface except what you need for the task at hand. When you complete that task, repeat the process for the next task. Embrace this routine for one week. How does it affect your work?
Anthony Garcia: Why the next American city will be shaped by you
- “If you reach the goal you want you can change people’s minds.”
- “You want to create a vision for people to rally behind.”
- “You don’t have to make big waves.”
- Check out Tony’s organization and work by going to http://streetplans.org/index.php
- Learn about one of Tony’s current projects by going to http://ludlamtrail.org/. Then, walk, bike or run on the Monon Trail to see what Miami wants.
- Bring together some neighbors to imagine the change you can create in your community. Start small. Claim a space. Push past “No.” Create high expectations.
Tyler Lennox Bush: Forging new narratives in a post-industrial region
- “All of our problems are story problems.”
- “We always have the resources to make magic. Legerdemain of labor is all we need.”
- “As heroes of our destiny, we have to be willing to experiment and fail.”
- Keep up with Tyler’s passion by following him on Twitter (@TylerLennoxBush) and Instagram (#cinderwork).
- Grab a copy of “Gary is a Fish” at http://bit.ly/1S2n3nu
- Write an overview of your life (or recent life, or career) as a hero’s journey: the call to action, the crisis and the return.
Chunlei Guo: Metal 2.0
- “It was metal that took us out of the Stone Age.”
- “Art often precedes science.”
- “Should I go back to my own world and continue on research that fascinates maybe only myself … or should I push myself into the daunting task of tackling global issues?”
- Get a glimpse of Chunlei’s world at http://bit.ly/1H0WV5X
- Ponder the intersection of art and science: http://n.pr/1t4mKMx
- Challenge yourself to consider how you can take your skill or expertise “out of your own world” and apply it to the world’s pressing issues.
Bridgett Luther: How making stuff became a good thing
- “What if everything we bought was a good thing?”
- “A lot of the materials we need haven’t even been invented yet.”
- “The new industrial revolution has started.”
- Check our Bridgett’s organization, Cradle to Cradle, at http://www.c2ccertified.org/
- Go to the source, the book Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way we Make Things: http://amzn.to/1rS2XgQ
- Learn about statewide efforts to promote recycling: http://www.indianarecycling.org/
Pauline Oliveros: The difference between hearing and listening
- “The ear hears, the brain listens and the body senses vibrations.”
- “Listening is a mysterious process that is not the same for anyone.”
- “I invite you to take a moment now to notice what you are hearing and to expand your listening to continually include more.”
- Plug into deep listening at http://deeplistening.org/site/
- Investigate two Indianapolis spaces named by national choral directors as the among the best acoustic spaces in the U.S.: Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral at 1347 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis and St. Joan of Arc at 4217 N. Central St.
- Have a “deep listening” party. Gather some friends and find a space with unique acoustics. Use various instruments and items to make sounds. Record the results and play it back over dinner. Discuss.
Giang Dinh: A simple fold, one thousand words
- “I tell my stories simply, with a few folds.”
- “Dreams are free, and fun … In life, we cannot fly. But in dreams we can. And so can our ideas.”
- “Like a piece of paper transforms itself into an angel, dreams too can be turned into reality.”
- Discover Giang’s simple world at http://giangdinh.com/
- Create your own origami with instructions at http://bit.ly/1hJZCQl
- Meet with Iron Folders (the Indianapolis Regional Origami Network of Folders) at the Central Library on the third Sunday of each month (learn more: http://bit.ly/1jG5Y7z).
Emily Jacobi: Empower Youth, change the world
- “I believe we can all make technology a force for good.”
- “This story for me comes from a personal failure.”
- “Get technology into the hands of the people who need it most.”
- Tap into Jocobi’s organization, Digital Democracy, at http://bit.ly/1KwtgBO.
- Consider how one of your failures can be the inspiration for a new initiative.
- Find a way to make technology a stronger tool in a cause you support.
Maurice Young: Homeless by design
- “I had a list in my head … a list of success.”
- “I need to create in my life the exact same needs these people have in their lives.”
- “I do what I do because that’s who I am.”
- Get a glimpse of Marucie’s work in the community by watching “The Advocate,” an award-winning documentary about him: http://bit.ly/1NZrj8M
- Make a list of ways you could create in your life the needs of the people you want to help.
- Learn about Indianapolis’ efforts to help the homeless by going to http://www.chipindy.org/
Mary McConnell: An invitation to kids to plug in and connect to nature
- “I would bet that the rest of you have no idea what a sandhill crane sounds like.”
- “Was it possible that we had been so enmeshed in nature that nature had become passé?”
- “When you can identify with something you care about it. And when you care about something, you want to protect it.”
- Explore the Nature Conservancy in Indiana at http://bit.ly/1OYfLRK
- Bookmark http://bit.ly/1S2r2R2 so you can visit in spring of 2016 to obtain a deed to a parcel of Indiana land for a child.
- Enjoy a Prezi featuring the calls of common Indiana birds: http://bit.ly/1jGbZ4p
Mali Jeffers and Denver Huff: Lunch with strangers will change your city
- “Social media makes us tired … it can also make you think your life is more inclusive than it is.”
- “I believe in the power of walks and talks and lunch with strangers.”
- “If we could talk to each other more, we would understand each other more.”
- Keep up with Denver and Mali on Twitter: @denverallison and @MalinaSimone
- Find friends you don’t know yet: http://bit.ly/1Ru7Pqt
- Facilitate your own version of Rock, Paper, Fork by inviting friends who don’t know each other to join you for lunch.
Creek Stewart: How wilderness skills enable a personal transformation
- “The wilderness can change people.”
- “We are a spoiled breed. Our basic human survival needs come pretty easily.”
- “Survival skills are just as important in 2015 as they were ever.”
- Get a crash course in survival in the Indiana wilderness: http://bit.ly/1MKQvtH
- Spend a night outdoors in Indiana: http://indy.st/W4gxFo
- Survive in your own backyard: http://bit.ly/1Wb5RwM
Susan Dynarski: Why financial aid is broken and a simple solution to fix it
- “Education matters … education can be transformative.”
- “By the time she’s three years old, a low-income child will have heard 30 million fewer words than a child who grew up in more advantaged circumstances.”
- “Education is one of the few topics Republicans and Democrats are working together on.”
- Read Susan’s New York Times bog posts at http://nyti.ms/1ONRP53.
- Learn about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): https://fafsa.ed.gov/.
- See how Indiana works to help students get aid: http://bit.ly/1OYlG9m
Paul Mahern: The neutral mind in a world of opinion
- “Music is a vehicle for transcendental bliss and spiritual joy.”
- “I really needed to be reminded about the magic of life.”
- “We know so much about things that don’t mean anything to us.”
- Hear what Paul’s old band, the Zero Boys, had to say about “Livin’ in the 80s”: http://bit.ly/1MKTna0
- Learn more about “Wahe Guru” and Kundalini Yoga: http://bit.ly/1LUjCyj
- Listen to Sikh devotional music: http://bit.ly/1LNlBRy
Chris Baggott: The simplest way to feed the world
- “In Indiana, we eat $17. 8 billion worth of food a year, but we import 97% of that food. We have this agricultural state, but we don’t have any food.”
- “Why do we even have grocery stores? It’s a unique American phenomenon.”
- “If we break the grocery stores, we break the entire supply chain that we all seem to hate so much.”
- Consume texts that influenced Chris: The Omnivore’s Dilemma (http://bit.ly/1J8XBK9) and Hoosier Famer? Emergent Food Systems in Indiana (http://bit.ly/1Xq2Fjk).
- Dive into Tyler Pond Farm: http://www.tynerpondfarm.com/
- Challenge yourself to spend a weekend eating only items you did not buy from a supermarket – buy online, buy from markets, buy from specialty retailers, or find other ways to avoid the supermarket. Blog about the experience.
David Engwicht: Add some magic to a public space near you
- “Every human being is born with this inner ache for home.”
- “Our deficits are always our greatest potential assets.”
- “Friends, you already have every single asset you will ever need to bring magic to a public space near you.”
- “All you need to do is stop dreaming, stop planning, for God’s sake stop going to committee meetings, and just start creating.”