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Networks to Knowledge, LinkedIn is more than a mechanism for professional identity it is a catalyst for knowledge growth, mentorship and inspiration.

LinkedIn Influencers blog connects luminaries with knowledge seekers. Their networking platform connects talent with opportunity, in a diverse, integrative manner that presents boundless possibility.

Innovation and interests change the narrative of profiles and project prospects, making it easier to discover unique opportunities that align with your skill and values.

Meaningful contribution, is viable through LinkedIn’s vision as is creating, defining and discovering your dream job. LinkedIn is a tool to leverage global inspiration, purpose and passion!

This video offers an overview of LinkedIn’s potential, but there is more to discover at: www.linkedin.com

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With his pictures, photographer Jimmy Nelson documented 35 unique tribes in 44 countries around the world. He shares his stories about the connections he made and the lessons he has learned from these travels.

The British travel photographer started his career in 1987 by traversing the length of Tibet on foot. From that moment on Jimmy Nelson set out to document the world’s last indigenous cultures, which are rapidly disappearing. He accumulated images of remote and unique cultures photographed with a traditional 50-year-old plate camera. He became a guest of 35 secluded and visually unique tribes in order to document this all in his book Before they Pass Away, an ongoing project to record the cultures of isolated tribes.

Discover a world of culture: http://www.beforethey.com

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Actress Wendie Malick wants us all to recognize the wild “pockets of wonder” around us and to experience these places in rejuvenating ways. She leads us into California’s Santa Monica Mountains and recalls how, as a child, she revered the forest as “a cathedral of trees.”

Inspired by Wendie’s call to find our “pockets of wonder,” The Wilderness Society created a list of 10 wild places worth experiencing and protecting.

Checkout 10 Pockets of Wonder at: http://wilderness.org/article/10-pockets-wonder

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Our curiosity to explore reaches new depths in DEEPSEA CHALLENGE 3D.

The film due out in US cinemas this August, takes audiences on a riveting journey of deep sea exploration. Join film director and National Geographic explorer-in-residence, James Cameron as he dives to the bottom of the Mariana Trench.

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We all want to enjoy a world without limits, the richness of nature is what we crave.

But, how can we protect our outdoor playground?

The North Face creates gear for exploring the wilderness and through production ensures our impacts don’t grow, only our lust for adventure and the diversity therein.

This video provides an overview of our commitment to sustainability at The North Face, of which The bluesign® Standard is a key component.

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While serving in Afghanistan, U.S. military combat dog Layka was shot four times by the enemy at point-blank range. Despite her injuries, she still attacked and subdued the shooter, saving her handler and the other members of the team. Seven hours of surgery and the amputation of one leg saved her life. Her handler, Staff Sgt. Julian McDonald, fought hard to adopt her and she’s now become a part of his family.

Read more about America’s military working dogs at: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2014/06/war-dogs/paterniti-text

Fossil Restoration

In this series we explore the interplay between mind and movement, how neurological connections are formed and influenced by the way we sit, stand, and move!

Good posture is not just about aesthetics or obvious physiological benefits (i.e. breathing, muscle tension), studies recognise a correlation between alignment and better concentration, awareness and control.

Our guest expert introducing the series is Fiona Patterson, a yoga, tai chi, qigong instructor and the creator of ‘Salute the Desk’ a popular movement meditation app.

From the high-focus concentration of an air-traffic control officer, to the delicate precision of an archaeologist discerning the fine lines of a fossil—there are some professions that require the individual to be seated (sometimes at length).

So, if your job requires desk duty read on…

What’s wrong with sitting?

An increasing amount of research suggests that prolonged sitting has health implications far worse than simply attaining a more generous waistline.

While sitting can be comfortable, prolonged sitting can leave you feeling stiff and sore.

That’s because sitting at a desk all day, hammering on a keyboard, isn’t really something that is sympathetic to our body’s needs.

Modern humans have existed in our current anatomical form for around 200,000 years—and as an upright, walking ape for almost 2 million years. Our bodies have evolved through a Stone Age lifestyle—hunting and gathering in different environments.

Many things that we take for granted as definitively human are very recent cultural developments. In terms of a 2 million-year evolutionary timeline, planting crops occurred only in the last 15,000 years. This is the most likely period in which the chair and stool were invented. Personal computing, either sitting at a desk or hunched over a mobile screen, has been around for less than 25 years.

If the human evolutionary timeline was compressed into a single day—then the practice of sitting at a computer occupies the final 1.08 seconds of that day. Put in that context, it is impossible to assert that our bodies are naturally evolved to cope with prolonged sitting.

Sitting down, during most of our evolutionary history, involved squatting on our haunches, with open hips and feet flat to the ground. This is something that the majority of people in a western society would actually struggle to do.

Habitual squatting builds up leg muscles in a very different way to habitually sitting in a chair. Squatting builds strength in the quadriceps, the vastus medialis and vastus lateralis, as well as strength in the ankles and feet. It also builds flexibility through the lower back and pelvis.

Sitting in a chair, for most people, does nothing to build up strength in the legs—instead relying on fixing the muscles around the hip joints and lower back into whatever postural position is habitual. This causes relative tightness in muscle groups that are commonly associated with lower back pain, such as the psoas major, the adductors and the tensor fasciae late.

While sitting might seem comfortable, it’s the prolonged holding of these positions that causes problems. This includes the habitual way that we carry our upper body when working at a computer.

A good way to visualise how poor postural habits lead to chronic pain is to imagine holding a bottle of water.

Carrying a bottle around is easy, a bottle doesn’t weigh that much. However, what happens when you hold the bottle with the arm extended out to the side? It’s easy at first, but will progressively become harder the longer you hold out your arm. In fact, it’s hard to simply hold your arm out at an angle for a prolonged period even without a weight. The way your body performs routine activities makes a difference to how you cope with them.

Chronic pain due to bad posture is a similar thing. You don’t notice bad posture at first, and the time spent at a desk over the years gradually locks the muscles into a particular pattern of holding. This pattern may cause problems in the long run—either through using muscles and tendons in ways that ultimately cause strain, or through compromising the way you move when you are not at your desk. Many of the injuries people sustain while playing recreational sport can be traced back to issues such as tight hips and hamstrings, which might have their roots in poor seated posture.

An important factor is that many of us are not connected-in with our posture in the first place. This is exacerbated by stress and deadlines, where our focus is on completing a task rather than on how our body feels. In fact, stress itself can be associated with a range of postural bad habits—typically a tightening through the shoulders, neck and abdominal muscles.

All of that adds up to bad habits with physical consequences.

Sitting for prolonged periods doesn’t just change the way we use our muscles, it also changes the way the body functions. The latest research shows that our circulation and blood sugar levels are also impacted upon by sedentary behaviour, which has now been linked to a shorter life-span.

So what should I do?

Move around more—get up from your chair regularly and go for a bit of a walk. As well, follow some simple steps to achieve better seated posture.

The first is to build postural awareness.

Proprioception describes the brain’s internal, three-dimensional image of our body. It is a form of awareness, the sense of the relative position of different parts of the body, and the sense of the application of strength and movement.

Our proprioception can be trained and improved over time. It can also diminish from an optimal state.

For example, most of us walk with very little awareness. Mostly, when we are walking, we are thinking of where we are going and what we are going to do when we get there. Most of us do not train our proprioception while we walk, such as through focussing on how the heel strikes the ground or how the toes work to push off into a stride.

Typically, the only time we stop to think about such things is when we are recovering from injury. But it’s easy to try this out for yourself —the next time you are stressed, take a 10-minute walk focussing on nothing but how your body moves.

Think of it as the more advanced version of counting ten breaths.

A key component of developing unhealthy posture is ‘turning off’ our proprioception while seated at the desk.

Tuning in to your postural form will help to avoid long-term strain.

The next step is to train yourself in good seated posture—which we will explore in the next issue.

A new frontier for journalism

The potential for creative exploration in journalism via crowd-funding allows us to diversify into new discovery projects that expand our knowledge of the universe, explains science writer, Bruce Lieberman.

Last March, astronomers announced a stunning discovery: they’d found a ghostly light signal from a tiny fraction of a second after the Big Bang nearly 14 billion years ago.

The discovery needs to be validated by other astronomers and many are contesting it. But if it’s confirmed, we’ll have a new window on the beginning of space and time. The detection would be hard evidence for inflation, the idea that the universe expanded exponentially for a brief period right after the Big Bang. And if inflation actually happened, then our universe could be only one in an infinite number of universes.

Confused? Overwhelmed?

Astronomy is one of those subjects that can make you dizzy. It can also fill you with wonder, inspire you, and prompt you to think about our biggest questions. How did we get here? How did it all begin? Are we alone in the universe? How will it end?
I plan to tackle these questions and more in a six-part series on astronomy, to be published at the website Beacon over the next six months.

For this series to happen, I’m seeking the support of people across the globe who love astronomy and want to read about exciting, cutting-edge science.

Beacon provides a platform for crowd-funded journalism, a new model for supporting great nonfiction projects by connecting writers directly with readers. Writers have posted stories about climate change, Asia in the 21st century, the future of the Internet, and other subjects.

If I meet my fundraising target of $15,000 (USD) by Aug. 31, I’ll move forward with my series on astronomy.

My project idea began last March, shortly after the Big Bang discovery was announced. A friend asked me over lunch to explain it to him, and I left that talk realizing that many people want to know more about astronomy and cosmology but aren’t sure where to turn for explanations they can understand—and which entertain and inspire them.

Science reporting is facing tough times as newspapers, magazines and TV cut back on science reporting. Many news organizations now rely on “general assignment” reporters with no background in science to tackle complicated subjects that require expertise and good sourcing. As a result, the quality of a lot of science news has suffered.

I’m proposing this series as an independent journalist with 25 years experience in the news business and more than a decade writing about science. My work has appeared in Air & Space Magazine, Sky & Telescope, Scientific American, Nature and more.

I’ve traveled the world on assignment, most recently to Chile and its vast and desolate Atacama Desert to report on the new Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, or ALMA, a massive new observatory designed in part to peer back in time to explore the early universe.

We are truly living in a Golden Age of Astronomy, when we have the theoretical knowledge and the technical capability to learn more than ever about the cosmos. The series I’ve conceived will cover our ideas about the very beginning to our speculations about the distant future. With access to leading astronomers and cosmologists around the world, I’ll give you an inside look at one of the most exciting and profound endeavors in human experience.

Here’s how the series will be broken down:

The Beginning: The Big Bang

In this first segment I’ll cover last March’s discovery, in terms most anyone can understand. I’ll discuss controversies over whether it’s real, and talk with cosmologists about what confirmation would mean for our understanding of the beginning of space and time – in our universe and others.

Light: First Stars & Galaxies

The universe began in a blaze of light and energy, but as it expanded the cosmos faded into darkness. Then the first stars lit up, beginning an epoch that cosmologists call “reionization.” Exactly how those stars ignited and how they assembled into the first galaxies is largely unknown. I’ll explain how we think the first stars pierced the darkness, and the first galaxies – precursors to modern ones like our Milky Way – appeared.

Life: Searching for Earth 2.0

We are approaching the day when we’ll turn on the morning news and hear that astronomers have found signs of life beyond Earth. Many astronomers are confident of this, and in this segment I’ll tell you why. I’ll discuss how 21st century science and technology is leading to discoveries of planets beyond our solar system, and what it could mean for us to learn we are not alone.

Fragility: Protecting Home

All of us remember the startling images and video of a meteor exploding over Chelyabinsk, Russia in February 2013. An asteroid collision with Earth brought an end to the dinosaurs, and the risks haven’t gone away. In this segment I’ll tell you about the odds of a large asteroid hitting Earth today, the potential consequences, and a private group of former NASA engineers and astronauts that wants to launch a space telescope dedicated to finding threatening asteroids so we can stop them before it’s too late.

The End: Into Darkness

Several billion years ago, the expansion of the universe began to speed up. Why this happened and what’s driving this accelerated expansion is one of the biggest puzzles in cosmology. I’ll check in with some leading astronomers studying this unknown force, called dark energy, and discuss what this continued expansion could mean for the fate of our universe.

Reflections on the Sky

The beauty of a truly dark sky can be mesmerizing, and the night sky inspires a sense of awe in anyone who’s contemplated what’s out there. In this essay that concludes the series, I’ll reflect on what keeps us gazing skyward, why it has such a hold on me and other amateur astronomers, and how anyone can learn to appreciate the cosmos above their heads.

For more information about his proposed series and how to support it, see: http://www.beaconreader.com/projects/our-golden-age-of-astronomy

African Wildlife Special Issue

Certain places reflect the well-being of our world more obviously than others—as with the nature of Africa. Here is a land once abundant with wildlife, now harbouring species close to extinction. What of the wonders that were so prolific?

In this special edition on African wildlife we explore the catalysts for change on the dark continent. Photographer and conservationist Beverly Joubert shares her ‘Life with LIONS’ (pg. 61) offering unique perspective on the land she calls home.

The passion of youth finds a voice in 16-year-old Amy Timmerman, who insightfully explains ‘Why Africa’s Animals need an International Protection Plan’ (pg. 98).

Dale Morris portrays the curious wonders of an ancient island in ‘Many Faces of Madagascar’ (pg. 103).

In all its majesty, Africa is a place that conjures romantic images of untamed grander—but the contrast is dark and deep, with nature at risk from pervasive crime and conflict. It is my sincere hope that the stories within this issue compel united efforts, inspire individuals and councils to raise their voices on behalf of wildlife—for in preserving the nature of Africa, we give hope to the well-being of our world.

This edition is dedicated to raising awareness and support for Africa’s wildlife.
If you enjoy the issue, please share it with your friends.

SEEK ADVENTURE. SAVE WILDLIFE.
Inga Yandell, Chief Editor Bare Essentials Magazine

Hook Line and Sinker

From deep blue to babbling brook, the popular Australian fishing series ‘Hook Line and Sinker’ returns for a tenth season.

Over the past decade Tassie-based hosts Nick Duigan and Andrew Hart have captured the hearts of fishing and outdoor enthusiasts with their wacky sense of humour, and this season sees the guys travelling across Australia and around the globe in search of the best fishing spots, exotic catches, plenty of fishing and cooking tips, and always having a good laugh.

Highlights coming up this season include:

* Fish the UK – the guys travel around in a Rolls Royce in search of fishing spots
* NZ hot spots – the best fish on offer and Andrew & Nick learn traditional fishing values!
* Follow the footsteps of Bass & Flinders, and can they drive a tinnie around Tassie?
* Outback fishing – in search of fish in Mt Isa
* Can an old project boat be turned into something a bit more beautiful?

I asked the duo to share some of their insights from the upcoming series.

Here are their thoughts on…

The best of old and modern techniques in fishing.

There’s a saying that if you want to catch a fish use bait, if you want to go fishing use a lure… In recent times there’s been an explosion in the popularity of sport fishing and you can easily spend a fortune on lures of all different shapes and sizes – and in the right circumstances they are very effective and fun to use, but if you really want to catch a fish, use a hook and some bait.

Keeping it sustainable, respecting the environment.

Fishing done well is the ultimate model of sustainability, both recreationally and commercially. Austraila has world’s best practice is setting quotes or bag limits, they are based on science and if followed will actually benefit the long term health of the fishery. It’s just a matter of not overfishing.

Favourite seafood, and most unpalatable (or strangest catch you’ve tried).

We are from Tasmania and we think the seafood in the cold Southern Ocean is the best eating anywhere! On a good day we catch a stripy trumpeter which is our favourite eating fish. Then go for a dive and catch a crayfish (Southern Rock Lobster) and an abalone. They are all super tasty and our favourites. Strangest thing we’ve ever eaten is a Mantus Shrimp in the Solomon Islands. Scary looking thing, but very tasty.

Surprising locations with exceptional fishing spots.

Big capital cities in Australia are really surprising locations. For example Sydney Harbour has a great fishery – its best to get up early before the rush of ferries, but we have caught kingfish, Mulloway and tuna all in sight of the Harbour Bridge!

Lessons from the locals (top three insights, could be recipes, traditions or techniques).

Local knowledge is key to succeeding and actually catching a fish. We have learnt this lesson many times of the years! Ask any locals, or local tackle shop – fisherman will generally like to talk about where they catch them all. They might not tell you exact spots, but they will give you some hints. Find out about most productive tide, time of day and bait.

And the minimum equipment one needs to land the perfect catch!

A line and a hook. That is all, and in fact just one little hook on the end of a line with bait is probably the best way to undo that fish of lifetime – the big fish which won’t bit anything else! You can increase your chances with some burley, then just drift down the bait with a hook in it and hold on!

The new series will air in Australia on 7Mate, Saturday’s at 2pm (starting on July 26th).

Adapting Paleo Principles

To conclude our three part series we asked Nell to consider the application of Paleo Principles in preparation for expedition.

After a month or so of working with a client, some opt to carry on with more hands on counseling, while others prefer to venture forward solo, with the knowledge they’ve gained and a plan of implementation going forward.

The tentative overview of the challenges that this client requires physical conditioning for include ‘flexibility, stamina and strength’ for a planned expedition are:

4-8hr hikes under load ‘including camera kit, 26-30lb’ (alpine and uneven tundra, low-land forest: climate considerations, extreme cold and humidity). 

Additional activities: rock climbing, snowshoeing, kayaking, canoeing.

As such, this client would finish off counseling not only with their nutrition plan dialed in, but also a training schedule to follow in order to be physically and mentally prepared for the expedition. Ideally, timing of our work together would be such that the event would take place during the time of engagement, so that I may provide as much hands on guidance as possible.

Training would include a combination of longer duration efforts, stability and balance training as well as core strengthening, stretching, rest and bodywork if possible.

Preparing for the 4–8hr treks could be simulated by repetitive stair climbing with added load, such as a weighted backpack.

Balance training and core strength should include stability balls, standing on uneven surfaces or on one leg at a time and exercise such as front and side plank to target the transverse abdominus as well as quadruped work to engage the paraspinals and postural muscles.

Climate preparation could consist of procuring appropriate gear to allow for layering, wicking off sweat, as well as the opposite—cooling gear to allow the body’s natural sweat mechanisms to take effect. Heat training can be mimicked by performing exercise in a sauna or layering clothing and exercising in normal ambient conditions.

Electrolyte supplementation may also be indicated pending the individual sweat rate of the person.

The client and I would also agree to the manner in which we’d best work together going forward, whether it would be the once monthly counseling session, another season of collaboration after the event or perhaps just an email update now and then for those who feel they’ve learned all they needed to know and are fully prepared to continue to implement the True Paleo regime independently.

Paleo in Perspective

Adapting ancient principles in modern ways, is less of a challenge than one might first assume—as Nell has clearly shown, applying Paleo principles through small modifications in lifestyle is an experience that the whole family benefit from.

Ancestral research is garnering widespread interest and appeal suggesting that the future of health and performance may lie in our past. Personalising Paleo makes these insights more accessible and meaningful to the individual, affording greater application to the modern lifestyle. Because human physiology is so complex taking a personal approach to diet and exercise is especially important, and for this reason it can be useful to seek guidance from a professional like Nell who can help you to make informed decisions based on your individual needs.