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Ryan Fix

hey gang, hope you are all lovely, staying cool, and have a nice weekend planned.

for today’s purefix, i wanted to let you all in on an incredible project my new pal kyle westaway is work on.  ‘be a biographer’ is an open-source design challenge that invites the general public to help tell stories of victims and survivors of the sex trade industry through their designs.  ‘biographe,’ the brand behind this project, promotes the holistic restoration of women exploited from the commercial sex trade in southeast asia, teaching them marketable job skills in fashion design and production, and employs them in a positive work environment while earning a sustainable living wage.

this is the future happening now guys!  please get behind this amazing project and blast it far and wide!

learn more & join the challenge at http://www.beabiographer.com/

Wow, I cannot resist the pun in the incredible ‘vision’ behind Mr. Lakhiani’s work!  Vishen’s quest is to redesign the global education system and heighten human consciousness by combining marketing and technology to help spread enlightened ideas.  Below are some powerful examples of why his company MindValley has been has won awards for it’s progressive and democratic work environment.  Get ready to be blow away and get full details about Vishen’s work at http://vishen.com/.

Now that you have been inspired, you might want to check out and schedule daily visits to Gratitude Log.  And check out Project GiftED, which is aimed at spreading awareness on the inadequacies of today’s broken education system.  MindValley seems like an incredible place to work!

Have a great day guys!

hey guys, as many of you know, i’m involved with this incredible organization and wanted to focus today’s post on what they have been up to these past 5 weeks.  please take a look and be amazed.  have a lovely day!

We are Officially Halfway through the Institute

The Unreasonable Fellows have been busy. In their first five weeks, they have made clean-burning briquettes from waste materials with the founder of Engineers Without Borders. They’ve learned to tell stories from the Executive Producer of Law and Order: SVU, polished their investor pitches with an entrepreneur who has raised $2 billion in funding, formulated plans for globally scaling their ventures with the founder of 7 international companies, and gotten detailed feedback on their business plans from the former Chief Investment Officer and COO of Acumen Fund.

Now, with 29 days remaining, everything they’ve learned is about to be put to the test. In the final weeks of the Institute, they’ll form relationships with twenty-five more mentors, travel more than 3,000 miles, pitch before hundreds of investors at pitch events in San Francisco and in Boulder, allocate $225,000 amongst themselves in seed funding, and prepare to launch progress-defining ventures.

Just a regular summer at the Unreasonable Institute.

West Coast Pitch Fest

West Coach Pitch Fest: Hungry to capitalize on the skills they’ve honed over the past five weeks, our 22 entrepreneurs will be packing into a bus next weekend and traveling 3,000 miles round-trip to the angel investment capital of the world: San Francisco, California. There, they’ll stand before nearly 100 angel investors and philanthropists for 8-minutes each to ask for the capital they need to launch their ventures. Hosted by the Hub Bay Area, Good Capital, the West Coast Pitch Fest will take place at the Hub SoMa at 2:30 PM PDT on Monday, July 19. Get your tickets today!

Unreasonable Global Summit

The Unreasonable Global Summit: The culmination of a summer of mentor-intensive acceleration, the 22 Unreasonable Fellows will each take the stage at the University of Colorado’s ATLAS building On July 31 for 6-minutes to convince the world they deserve the seed capital to launch their ventures. 150 investors, entrepreneurs, and supporters will sit in the audience before them and hundreds more will be watching the web broadcast on www.unreasonable.tv

Join us on Saturday, July 31 from 3:00pm to 7:00pm MDT for what may be four of the most significant hours of your life. Please RSVP here.

Unreasonable TV: Episode 4 Premiers!

Our incredible production team has released 4 episodes of the 10 total episodes documenting the inner workings of the first ever Unreasonable Institute. We invite you inside the walls of the Unreasonable Mansion to witness the struggles and triumphs of the 22 Unreasonable Fellows. Check out Unreasonable TV at www.unreasonable.tv.

wow, it’s been busy, and hot out there!  sorry it’s been so long!  i have allot of stuff stored up to share, so i’m planning to send out a consistent stream of posts for a bit.  hope everyone is grand.

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2012: Time for change

Went to this incredible screening last night of my friend daniel pinchbeck’s film.  Here is the tailer and info:

“The ultimate crisis we face is a crisis of consciousness.”  Daniel Pinchbeck

2012: Time for Change is a cross between The Corporation and What the Bleep Do We Know!? This visionary doc is a practical teaching tool connecting anthropology, politics, architecture, history, science, metaphysics, art and ecology…”  Scott Beibin, Lost Film Fest

2012: Time for Change presents an optimistic alternative to apocalyptic doom and gloom.  Directed by Emmy Award nominee João Amorim, the film follows journalist Daniel Pinchbeck, author of the bestselling 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, on a quest for a new paradigm that integrates the archaic wisdom of tribal cultures with the scientific method. As conscious agents of evolution, we can redesign post-industrial society on ecological principles to make a world that works for all. Rather than breakdown and barbarism, 2012 heralds the birth of a regenerative planetary culture where collaboration replaces competition, where exploration of psyche and spirit becomes the new cutting edge, replacing the sterile materialism that has pushed our world to the brink.

FEATURING: DANIEL PINCHBECK, STING, DAVID LYNCH, ELLEN PAGE, GILBERTO GIL, PAUL STAMETS, SHIVA REA, BARBARA MARX HUBBARD, DENNIS MCKENNA, BUCKMINSTER FULLER, BERNARD LIETAER, MICHAEL DORSEY, PENNY LIVINSTON-STARK, RICHARD REGISTER, DEAN RADIN AND TERRANCE MCKENNA.

http://2012timeforchange.com/

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generation we: in case you did not know, they are our best bet for a more sustainable future…

Millennials are the largest generation in American history. Born between 1978 and 2000, they are 95 million strong, compared to 78 million Baby Boomers. They are independent—politically, socially, and philosophically—and they are spearheading a period of sweeping change in America and around the world. No one knows the Millennials like Eric Greenberg. In Generation We, Greenberg explains the emerging power of the Millennial Generation, shows how they (and their supporters from other generations) are poised to change our nation and our world for the better, and lays out a powerful plan for progressive change that today’s youth is ready to implement.

http://www.gen-we.com/

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home, the movie: one of the most powerful, important and moving films i’ve seen this year!

 It’s that time of year, folks. Balloon sales are up, gowns are being rented, and people are fretting about the weather for the big day. Here at school (I teach IB History at an international high school), I’ve been thinking about advice to give our eager juniors who are studying elsewhere next year. Serendipitously, I came across this Dowser post, “Top 5 Graduation Speeches for Changemakers.” I’ve since made those speeches required viewing.

Dowser is focused on changemakers, but any do-gooder or student of life in general would benefit from the advice of Steve Jobs (Apple), Bill Gates (Microsoft), Paul Hawken (WiserEarth) and Muhammad Yunus (Grameen Bank). Ellen DeGeneres is even clumped in there for her hilarious and heartfelt plea to follow one’s path. These people have all used their unique talents to make the world a better place, overcoming countless obstacles along the way. They don’t mince words, either: the common thread in these remarks made over the last few years is that we have more great, complex, and increasingly unavoidable problems to solve than ever. At the same time, their optimism is just as clear: today we have more tools and—despite the negativity of The News—more collective will to solve these problems.

Granted, you pretty much have to be optimistic and hopeful at a commencement speech. But the best ones, like these, don’t avoid the elephant in the room. Rather, they manage to inspire us while earnestly addressing the great challenges presented by adulthood. In that vein I’d eagerly add another to the list: the late David Foster Wallace’s well-known 2005 diatribe on the challenges of modern adult life.

Anyone familiar with DFW’s work can imagine that his “version” of the commencement speech would be smart, funny, engaging, long, philosophical, deeply personal, and ineffably, exquisitely his. And it is. If you’re a fan of DFW and a college grad, you surely had the same reaction to reading it that I did, which was to curse your speaker’s dreadful, generic lameness, well-intentioned as it surely was. (I had to email my friends to remind me what ex-Secretary of State Madeline Albright said to us in her speech.)

The implicit challenge dropped by these provocateurs is: so which side are you on? Given your absurdly elite background of talent, education and general privilege, are you going to carve out a niche of comfort in your own life and let the cards settle where they will for the rest of humanity, or are you going to use your skills to actively make the world a better place?  Are you part of the problem or part of the solution?

I remember well, back in ’01, being dismayed by the number of talented peers who majored in Econ and were off to grind at investment banks, manage brands in corporate America, and/or reinforce various harmful dominant paradigms. Now, as school lets out for college grads and for teachers like me, it’s so very helpful to be reminded of this fundamental question. Here’s to keeping in Pure.

In a move that will greatly strengthen its chances of success, the White House has convinced private funds to match its own $50m investment in the Social Innovation Fund. This is exciting for a few reasons. First, more money for great projects in social innovation is always a good thing: there is no shortage of amazing candidates and projects.

Second, it’s a sign that the Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) funding model is advancing. That’s good news for potentially large-scale, transformative projects requiring both substantial initial investment and wider-ranging, longer-term support in areas of social policy. Third, the PPP model simply makes sense in an age of increasing hybridity, cross-industry cooperation, and crowdsourcing. Successful PPPs challenge the (largely American, since PPPs are ubiquitous in Western European social democracies) capitalist notion that government and private interests can or should not align.

Nathaniel over at Change.org reports.

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