Get Your Greens From A Vending Machine That Grows Veggies

An Israeli startup is reimagining the vending machine. The Produce Integrated Cultivation Instrument (PICI) houses small nutrient rich seed pods that can grow a variety of vegetables--reducing food waste and providing a cost effective way to increase access to healthy foods.

Read the full story about this innovation here.

This week's Awakin reading is by Michael Gordon titled 'Longer Ladders Don't Get You To The Moon':

And we're excited that he'll be at tonight's virtual Awakin Santa Clara Circle. Join here!

Seed questions for reflection: How do you relate to the need for new principles for evolving our economic thinking? Can you share a personal story of a time you discovered new principles to make a non-incremental leap in your endeavor? What helps you listen deeply to discover new principles?

Roger, Overly Playful Dog Who Failed Police Academy, Becomes Star Of Taiwan Quake Response

Roger, a labrador retriever in Taiwan, was too "restless and independent" to become a narcotic detection dog -- but what were seen as detrimental in one line of work are truly valued in another. Roger has become "the pride of Taiwan" for his service during earthquake rescue operations. 

Read his full story here.

'Planting A Tree Is Hope In Action': The People Regenerating Urban Habitats And Growing Community

In Australian cities, re-wilding projects are cultivating  camaraderie and community. They're also helping to restore local ecosystems. “People want to be custodians for their local environment. Friends groups can help facilitate and encourage that desire; that need. In fact, more than ever we need opportunities to connect with our planet and each other,” said environmental advocate Stephen Northey.

Read the full story here.

He Biked From Spain To Singapore. The Kindness Of Strangers Kept Him Going.

In 2020, Andrew Mortenson accepted a voluntary exit package and left his job with a large airline. He began his journey across 37 countries and, fueled by curiosity and kindness, completed it early in 2024.

Of the big-hearted people he encountered, Andrew says, “it feels so wildly different from the world we see in the news right now. Their continued grace towards this complete stranger is a powerful reminder of that common refrain — there's a lot more that connects us, than divides us.”

Read the full story here.

How to Reboot After Disappointment at Work

"You might experience disappointment at work in many ways: a long-term project does not come to fruition, a new position opens up and you don’t get it, or your hard work does not pay off. Faced with a sense of loss and disappointment, we have no choice but to respond." Greater Good Magazine outlines three practices with relevant research that can personally alchemize a setback into possibility. Through paying attention to our internal dialogue and applying positive affirmations, exploring uncharted territories within our mindsets, and asking big questions, our responses to unmet expectations can be doorways into moments of grace, learning, resilience and transformation. [Read more ...]

Touching stories from our KindSpring community ...

Mindyjourney: Catch Up 🕊️
Hello, kind friends! We are back from our winter Texas recharge. Grateful for every moment and memory. Attended the Whooping Crane Fest and saw over a dozen of the highly endangered birds! Enjoyed a lecture by George Archibald, co-founder of the International Crane Foundation  [Read more here...]

Tulikaruchi: Moving From Deficiency to Offerings
Spoke to my cousin for 3 hours. He is going through a difficult breakup and his anxiety was acting up. Through the conversation, helped him feel things he was not allowing himself to feel but also shift  [Read more here...]

Rajni: Three Days Of Kindness ...
Three days of Kindness (March 19-21, 2024) Gave some quote cards , Sri Ram’s photos to Utthan. Gave some quote cards, Shri Ram Photos and positive thinking books to my Divine sister. Again, made and gave shiro for sick old lady At the bank, kept door open for customers  [Read more here...]

Works & Conversations: What Means Ontology?

Recently, a new edition of Works & Conversations was published. This gift economy project features "a series of deeply thoughtful interviews with a wide range of artists". The latest issue explores a range of topics -- from a touching tale of mana and mystery to a conversation with a Theosophist to a waymaking adventure to the philosophical inquiries of an artist. Check out the full issue here


The Danish City Reimagining Reuse

Every day in Aarhus (Denmark), two metric tons of items receive a new lease on life. The idea, adapted from a book rescue project, is that items like sofas, dishes, lamps, furniture, and electronics can be taken to a recycling station where they are freely available for another to take home.

Read the full story of this innovative reuse project here.

Grace In The Classroom

I want to demonstrate to my students that their worthiness does NOT depend on the grades they earn in my class.  Of course, I want to give my C students the same attention that my A students get.  But if I am really honest with myself, I have to admit I like talking to A students, because they “get it”... they already speak the same language. But what credit is it to me as a teacher, if I only affirm the students who already “get it”?   It’s easy to affirm the student who asks great questions in class, but I must be thoughtful about how can I affirm the questions from a struggling student.  Or the one who comes from a different cultural background.  Or the one whose educational system didn’t provide them with the tools they need.  How can I affirm these students? I like to tell them the struggle ... [Read more of this Awakin Reading...]

Seed questions for reflection: How do you relate to the notion that grace is what makes hard conversations possible and productive between people? Can you share a personal story of a time you were able to affirm the dignity of someone who wasn't succeeding in their endeavor? What helps you honor the dignity of those who aren't doing well?

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