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i don’t remember who i got this from – this has been on my notepad for a while – so i’m sorry for not crediting.

this video explains a big deal of my work/life philosophy – a lot of “work” advice i get is that being constantly engaged or in a ‘working’/project-mode isn’t healthy, but i think it’s exactly the opposite: if your work is such a drag that extending it into your private is unhealthy, then there’s something wrong with your work.

i love being on as long most waking hours, because i love what i do: working towards a fairer and more sustainable future. of course, there’s ups and downs involved and not every single task is something i love, but i try hard to find something positive in it all and i enjoy the bigger picture.

and of course, breaks are important, but the important part about it is that you need to engage your mind in a different way – and not dull it with some mindless activity.

videaux makes videos for social projects (non-profits, social entrepreneurs…) – these are some images of their six month filming in Haiti, Argentina, Uganda, Kenya, Bangladesh (thx, makesense)!

nice animation on how we treat the natural world (thx, esther!)

happy new year!

GravityLight: i don’t know about its resource-efficiency, but this lamp makes a lot of sense: replacing the battery by using gravity’s potential energy makes this a much more eco-friendly product and presumably increases its life-span due to less ‘high-tech’ parts that need specialized maintenance.

no wonder they already raised three times the amount (as of dec 17) they were looking for – awesome project!

dan ariely, author of predictably irrational, with some more amazingly fascinating insights on the human condition – in a great RSAanimate video!

i’ve been told it doesn’t have anything to do with sanskrit, but it’s still pretty good. apparently it’s from chérie carter-scott’s book “if life is a game, these are the rules”

thx, alistair!

most of these figures seem fairly accurate, at least the general dimensions/relations!

nice appearance by the always-amazing naomi klein on bill moyers. 30 min worth watching. i love her analysis of most climate activist messages that target the individual (‘you can do something about it by changing your behavior’) and often neglect the necessity for collective action. this point is the reason i finally became a fan of annie leonard’s story of stuff series when she presented the story of change, and what i love about occupy movement: the realization that we need to break out of the individualistic thinking that keeps us competing against each other rather than working together. we’re all in the same boat and should start acting more like it.

i’m mostly contemplating her point that part of the reason why public opinion on the subject of climate change has been so shaky is the discrepancy between saying ‘this is a huge, armageddon-style problem’ but suggesting that the solutions only have a very minor impact on our lives (‘changing light bulbs’) and do not demand big sacrifices from anyone. maybe it’s because ‘being radical’ has been put in such a bad public light, and the public debate tends to frame climate activists as radical – while it’s actually the other way round, as mckibben so rightly points out: the true radicals are those who are fundamentally changing the composition of the atmosphere.

i’m no historian, but i do tend to agree with her (as i usually do..) that this is the greatest problem we’ve ever faced as humanity. it’s what makes this the most interesting issue to work on and be a part of.

by the way, also just in: 350.org is calling climate activists around the world to join the global power shift kick-off in istanbul from 10-17 june 2013. i’m hoping i can join, and look forward to meet climate activists from around the world!