I’ve said it before and I will say it again: I love #VancouverIsland!! I feel absolutely blessed to be living in a community that offers so much diversity and supports my health and well being in ways that truly matter. I know spring is still officially a few days away but I think I have caught spring fever in a big way. If you were one of the people who saw me riding my bike yesterday evening, you would probably have noticed me grinning, singing, and soaking up the sweet island air.
Connecting people and connecting with people. Those are two things I have personal experience and expertise in. Tourism, recreation, leadership, quality of life, wellness, and pure joy also top that list.
I’ve been reflecting a lot over the past month on what The Sociable Scientists Inc. is and what providing research and facilitation for sustainable communities means to me and to the island I get to call home (Vancouver Island – can you just see me beaming and jumping like I am in our logo?).
In this week’s TopTEDThursday, Tony Robbins looks at the why in life that drives our motivations. “What is your motive for action? What is it that drives you in your life today?”
PS: He swears, a lot. If you don’t like swearing, you might want to skip this one.
This week’s TopTEDThursday is inspired in part by Jose Barrios’ talk “Crowdsourcing the Human Mind” at TEDxVictoria this past weekend. Jose’s company, Cognilab Technologies is revolutionizing research using an online crowdsourcing technology. Since his talk isn’t yet available, we thought we’d share another innovative way people are using the internet to advance technology and knowledge: Luis von Ahn’s talk “Massive-scale online collaboration”.
This is an amazing video that was inspired by a TED talk (we shared it yesterday – One second of every day), and I’m sharing it because it simply captures the essence of leisure and play.
“There are so many tiny, beautiful, funny, tragic moments in your life — how are you going to remember them all?” In 8 minutes, Cesar Kuriyama gives us a glimpse into his life and the beauty of it all.
Start with Why: This week’s TED talk was mentioned during the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance Summit in Nanaimo during the morning keynote on October 30, 2013 by Roger Brooks. It was also the inspiration for our first blog post. How do great leaders inspire action? They start with why.
How do you choose your leisure?
It’s a fairly simple question, yet it is one that I have rarely been asked and one that, until studying leisure in my graduate degree, I rarely thought to ask others. Now, questions around leisure swirl around in my mind quite often. As a Sociable Scientist, I’m interested in learning all I can about leisure within people’s lives and finding ways to help individuals and communities understand the role that leisure plays in how we are living.
A short and simple message that will change your life.
Food connects us all – to each other, to the earth, to other animals – yet there is growing concern over our society’s relationship with food and how it’s grown, distributed, and consumed. Central to this larger discussion is the accessibility of food for all people. This was the underlying theme of this year’s Food Connections Gathering hosted by Island Health, Vancouver Island University, LUSH Valley Food Action Society, and many other community groups at the VIU Deep Bay Marine Field Station Wednesday October 23, 2013.
This week’s TED Talk is inspired by the Food Connections Gathering at Deep Bay on Vancouver Island Wednesday, October 23, 2013. The Sociable Scientists were asked to present a workshop on community engagement and this talk by Pam Warhurst really resonated with us as an example of best practices in action for food security that engages the entire community.