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Open your mind to integrating technology with nature for mutual benefit!

Natalie Jeremijenko’s unusual lab puts art to work, and addresses environmental woes by combining engineering know-how with public art and a team of volunteers. These real-life experiments include: Walking tadpoles, texting “fish,” planting fire-hydrant gardens and more.

Natalie’s unique perspective emphasises re-scripting collective aggregated actions to address urgent challenges of the environment. More than an inspired mind her efforts act as catalytic prompts for creative problem-solving by design—an artistic model for synergistic engineering.

Learn more about Natalie’s ingenious and integrative projects on her website at: www.nataliejeremijenko.com

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Content discovery has deeper meaning when humans are a part of the equation.

Semantic technology was supposed to save us from information overload. But even though it has been around for years, so far, it failed. The Semantic Web or Web 3.0 is still Tim Berners-Lee’s dream, and good old Web 2.0 keeps drowning us in oceans of content. While social media is certainly the cause of this deluge of information, it can also be its solution: first, as it provides us with a huge amount of data that we can use to qualify this information through big data technology; second, because it educated and created a need for millions to become human curators. By combining algorithms and humans, we reinvent media while bringing the meaning back to the Web.

Scoop.it enriches communication through a synergistic combination of algorithms and human perspective (or humanrithms)—combining big data semantic technology and human curation to organize the Web into a smarter more relevant place.

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Are the simplest phones the smartest? While the rest of the world is updating statuses and playing games on smartphones, Africa is developing useful SMS-based solutions to everyday needs, says journalist Toby Shapshak. In this eye-opening talk, Shapshak explores the frontiers of mobile invention in Africa as he asks us to reconsider our preconceived notions of innovation.

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“I am Malala” tells the story of a teenage girl passionate about education and the Talibans attempt to silence her. It speaks to the value of our voice, regardless of age, gender or circumstance.

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.

Instead, Malala’s miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize.

“I am Malala” is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls’ education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.

Photographer Shane Black and two friends, spent two months travelling and teaching photography workshops across America. ‘Adventure Is Calling’ relates a tale of restless spirits on a journey rich with encounters. The video captures the magic of spontaneous exploration and endures a lasting impression of the beauty to be found in nature.

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NATURE tracks down the cockiest characters in the land down under!

For tens of millions of years, parrots have survived and thrived in Australia even as the continent underwent dramatic changes, including some brought about by man. Though some, like the golden-shouldered Parrot are threatened, these tough Aussies have adapted well to deal with harsh life in the outback. Clever, resourceful, opportunistic and resilient, parrots may be Australia’s toughest survivors, and they’re certainly its most beautiful.

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A Gift for Easter, from Earth Endeavours.

Last issue we released the first installment of our tribute to natural history, which explored innovating projects connecting people with nature through education and visual media.

In this issue we look more closely at the skills and motivation of content production. Creating content value, requires balancing the objectives of a cause or campaign, with the interests and engagement of the audience.

Methods of delivery are as diverse as the content covered, and media producers must adapt their skills to reflect new opportunities of engagement.

They seek to expand our knowledge of the natural world, and to inspire unified involvement towards the preservation of biodiversity through evolving mediums. Creative platforms such as applications, interactive publications, integrative media models which offer on and offline resources, documentaries, and many other developmental communications.

Join us in exploring the potential of tomorrows technology, and the creative pioneers helping engage new generations in the plight to preserve nature.

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In the brush strokes of the artist, a painted effigy of timeless culture.

Explorers share a sincere desire to understand and preserve through account or art the vanishing traditions of a people. Thus the expressions of an explorer convey a history of uncommon culture with abiding reverence.

Today, photographer Michele Westmorland relates the story of one such explorer, who’s visions enlightened and engaged a legacy of art and historical capture.

“Artist, Caroline Mytinger, realised the enormous impact that western influence was having on indigenous peoples and wanted to capture changing cultural traditions before they vanished forever. This led Caroline to Melanesia, where there are over 800 unique cultures. Caroline wanted to paint portraits of her subjects depicting the pride and dignity they deserved. As a photographer, I wanted to take photos showing that same sense of pride—to tell the story of change in Melanesia—to open eyes and minds to a place only a small population of the world even knows about.” — M. Westmorland

Michele’s Passion Project

‘Headhunt Revisited’ is a documentary film about the power of Caroline Mytinger’s art to span oceans and decades. The film retraces Caroline’s improbable journey to Melanesia in the 1920′s, then known as the land of headhunters, to paint portraits of the native islanders. 80 years later her paintings have inspired two contemporary artists. Motivated by Caroline’s art, Michele and Papua New Guinean painter Jeffry Feeger, have created their own modern interpretations of Melanesians. ‘Headhunt Revisited’ illustrates with paintings, photography and filmmaking, that all forms of art are instrumental in communicating stories of culture and tradition.

Learn more about the production, read highlights from the experience, and discover the art and history of Melanesia through the expressions of an explorer at: www.headhuntrevisited.org

Help Bring the Production to the People

The elements of this documentary are all but completed, but our support is needed to bring the production to the people. Launched this month on Kickstarter, a campaign to fund public broadcast of ‘Headhunt Revisited’.

Chocolate Kale Cakes

Innovative Easter Indulgence, with a delicious difference!

Chocolate is a unique ingredient as it has both sweet and savoury connotations—blended in combinations that can create the richest dessert or most complex main.

In this recipe, kale’s earthy green leaves add depth to a dark, velvet-smooth, and nutty treat—perfect for Easter.

Chocolate Kale Cakes (Yields: 8-10 serves)

Ingredients
4 large eggs
1 cup kale (finely chopped)
5 tablespoons full-fat coconut milk
100g Orange and Gubinge Dark Chocolate* (chopped)
2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup coconut flour (sifted)
1/4 cup almond flour
1 tablespoon hazelnut meal
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease 8-10 cups of a muffin tray with butter.
Whisk together butter and eggs in a large bowl, and then remaining wet ingredients.
In a separate bowl mix dry ingredients (keep chocolate pieces and kale aside).
Add the dry mixture to wet ingredients and stir until completely blended.
Fold in the kale and chocolate chunks, then spoon the batter into prepared cups.
Bake for 25-30 minutes (if cooked through a toothpick should come out clean).
Allow to cool for a further 5-10 minutes before removing them from the tray.

* This is a bespoke ingredient that can be substituted for plain dark chocolate. However, the flavour difference from this wildcrafted, raw, organic chocolate adds unique, citrus notes of ancient origin.

Purchase Orange and Gubinge Dark Chocolate from Loving Earth at: https://lovingearth.net/products/55/organic-orange-gubinge-raw-dark-chocolate. Made from this year’s Gubinge Harvest https://lovingearth.net/blog/2014/03/gubinge-harvest-2014

Personalising Paleo P.1

In the coming weeks we shall feature a series of lifestyle articles from leading experts in various fields, exploring evolutionary science as it relates to diet, exercise, and health—covering the latest research and innovations, from ‘Bedrock’ to ‘Biohacking’.

Introducing the series with a three part piece by Nell Stephenson aka ‘Paleoista’, a competitive endurance athlete and healthy lifestyle coach, best known for her modern approach to paleo nutrition.

Nell shares her secrets on how to adapt the principles of paleo living for a modern world, with advise applicable to everyone from mothers to marathoners.

Step One in Better Overall Health and Eating: Starting Where You Are!

What’s behind the motivation? What are the implications and direction of analysis?

If you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired, it’s no wonder you’re looking for a new regime, something different to give you back that joie de vivre you seem to have lost along the way.

But what went wrong?

You used to be fit- you exercised often and ate what you wanted, yet never put on an extra pound or had any illnesses.

Now, it’s a different story, but you haven’t changed a thing!

Or, have you?

Often, we begin to form bad habits so gradually that we don’t realize what’s happening. One day of skipping workouts turns into two. A small, occasional treat turns into dessert every night, and those healthy salads with chicken we used to eat at lunch have somehow become fewer and further between in favor of whatever is an easy, quick option to prepare in the constraints of our busy schedules.

Here is where the dietary analysis comes in handy.

When I begin work with a new client, the first step is for them to complete a food log for a few days, which provides the basis for me to determine what the current picture looks like. We need to know where we are starting in order to accurately measure progress.

Interestingly, by tracking what one is eating, they often become aware of trends and habits even before you share the details of your diet with me!

Perhaps you realize that every afternoon, you’re ending up heading to the local café for ‘cake and a milkshake’ (otherwise called a muffin and a blended coffee drink), after a blood sugar crash that occurs three hours post lunch that was far too big.

Or you notice that you’re waking up still full from the night before since you ate such a late dinner that was also too big; no doubt a consequence from the residual effect of the second crash that occurred after the cake and milkshake debacle.

Still others observe that that seemingly innocent snack of low fat cheese and crackers left them with bloating and a headache, likely due to the proteins found in dairy and wheat (casein and gluten, respectively), that cause a host of negative side effects.

Clients often confess that they’re worried about what I’ll think since their current diet is appalling, and not remotely Paleo.

All the more reason to address the issue sooner than later!

Even if one frequents fast food restaurants every day and a stop at the garage for a candy bar is the norm, an analysis is the key beginning part in making positive changes.

Clients keep a food diary of what they eating, how much and when, how they feel before and after, as well as how much they’re sleeping and exercising.  

In addition, including other important factors such as any prescriptions or supplements one might be taking, water intake and medical conditions all factor in to dietary recommendations.

Once the log is complete, the work can begin.
 For some, an immediate, cold turkey, 100% Paleo approach is preferred; others opt to wean themselves off of the grains, dairy and legumes in stages.

All is well and good, with a few exceptions.

White sugar is something I feel must be eliminated straight away. With zero nutritional value and a laundry list of side effects, including the fact that even a little is enough to keep you hooked, it’s simply got to go.

Same goes for gluten and dairy- cut them out completely in order to facilitate your body’s healing process as the these two sneaky culprits are responsible for far more bad than any good that one might profess them to offer.

Aside from those, if you prefer to take it in steps, like adding more veggies each week and eliminating the other non Paleo foods such as the rest of all grains and legumes in stages, that works perfectly, too.

As long as one gets to 100% Paleo for a full month to really test it out with certainty, that’s the goal I have for all clients.

Learning to identify which foods make you feel good and which make you feel awful is a key component of implementing and adhering to the Paleo diet.

By beginning with the analysis, one can accurately measure before and after, and have data far more significant than anything anyone might find in a study, or hear from a doctor.

What our bodies tell us must supersede all else.

Only we know how we feel and striving toward optimal health is an attainable goal for all of us, so please don’t settle just because you’re a certain age or have a certain health issue you’re dealing with.

After seeing many remarkable recoveries from people from all backgrounds who’ve adapting the principles of True Paleo living, I continue to be further inspired by the impact of eating real, healthy foods and the avoidance of everything that isn’t food has on the body.

Don’t let your fear of facing where you are starting be the reason to not make positive changes.

Set your foot on the path to better health now and face those bad habits head on!

Want to adapt the principles of paleo into your life?

Start here: www.paleoista.com

Day of Happiness

At the end of the day each of us shares one desire—to have happiness in our lives.

For most of us, happiness lies at the heart of our most cherished and memorable moments. Enriching experiences that bring joy to the mind, body, and spirit, are the key to longevity and fulfilment.

But how we cultivate happiness, is as unique to the individual as the patterns within a snowflake. On March 20th the world celebrates the United Nations’ International Day of Happiness a time to embrace the things which bring us joy.

What does happiness mean to you?

Is it playing outside with your children?

Perhaps it’s hot chocolate and PJ’s?

Others may relish a good book, meal or new experience?

Happiness may also come from service to others, or a purpose which engages your unique talents and passion.

Whatever the means, seeking happiness and being a source of joy for others, is the most fundamental and rewarding of lives pursuits.

Learn how to create more happiness for yourself and others

Explore the science of happiness with the University of Pennsylvania’s Masters in Applied Positive Psych program. Listen and learn from the world’s foremost experts in the application of positive psychology. Each speaker will share usable, practical, evidence-based insights to enhance your well-being personally and professionally.

Check it out at: https://www.entheos.com/International-Day-Of-Happiness/entheos