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1,200 Change It Applicants!

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Author: Lara Petersen

With less than 12 hours left until the application deadline for Change It 07 I am overwhelmed by the number of students who have already applied.

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Work + Employee Ownership = Happiness

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Several months ago the U.K.-based Employee Ownership Association published an exceptionally important and insightful report about the tremendous benefits of employee-owned companies. The report has some invaluable observations for all businesses, and I highly recommend it. Here are just a few highlights:

  • Employee owned businesses have the potential to meet two vital objectives, which are too often seen as diametrically opposed. They are ideal vehicles for meeting productivity challenges but also for generating happiness; an employee-owned company is a wellbeing creator as well as a wealth creator.
  • The Employee Ownership Index (EOI) has consistently outperformed the FTSE All-Share. In cash terms, an investment of £100 in the EOI in 1992 would have been worth £349 at the end of June 2003; the same amount invested in the FTSE All-Share would have been worth £161.
  • For a worker on a $65,000 a year salary, an increase from a job satisfaction score of 8/10 to 9/10 delivers as much extra happiness as an extra $35,000 in their annual pay check.
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Today We Give Peace a Chance

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Author: the Inkslinger

Peace is something the world could certainly use a little more of these days. Or a lot more depending on which direction you’re looking. So today, along with a bunch of other people and organizations, we’re thinking about peace and encouraging peace and just sort of ruminating on the idea as way to tap into whatever universal mind there might be and send positive signals into it. The occasion, ostensibly, is the publication of a new book called Where Peace Lives by Debbie Robins. But really peace doesn’t need a day or a moment. It should live and be everywhere always. It’s how we’re going to get where we need to go. From how we treat each other to how we treat nature, it’s really the only road there is to take.

I think when we talk about creating peace we’re really talking about evolving to a higher plane. Because “peace” is not just about no war. It’s not merely a condition of existence, a switch that’s either on or off. It cuts deeper than that. It’s a state of nonviolent being that exists on a higher plane. It’s the culmination of the acquisition of the wisdom needed to expose violence for the cruel madness it is. And once we see, we’ve grown.

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Convenient Truths: Numbers Never Lie

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Author: the Inkslinger

Our Convenient Truths contest may have ended last month, but as things turn out it’s impact is still going strong, which is great because that was kind of the point of the whole exercise.

I got an e-mail from Jessica at Treehugger with some cool news and numbers. According to the statisticians,

  • There were over 150 videos made
  • 200,000+ people watched some or all of them
  • 15,000 votes were cast
  • There were more than 20 media mentions from Britain’s Globe to Martha Stewart to Slate magazine.
  • We made 15,000 myspace friends
  • Between Treehugger and the Inspired Protagonist, there were 92 contest posts to get people thinking about climate changes

Though she can’t say anything more at the moment, Jessica also reports that there’s some major media interest in spreading the winning videos around even further and airing them on other web sites and even on TV.

That’s very cool news because, again, the reason we created this contest was not just so people could have fun with their video cameras (although that was certainly always part of it) but to spread the word about global warming and show people that they can make a serious difference. The more people who see the videos, the more that message spreads. We can also help propagate the meme by doing a little spreading of our own and taking the videos viral.. When you’ve got a spare second, send an e-mail to your tribe and tell them to take a look and then share whatever they like with whoever they want. How cool would it be if everyone in the country eventually saw these things and realized that preventing climate change is not up to somebody else. It’s up to each of us.

You can point your peeps to the winners of the contest here. Or send them to the contest site to see ‘em all. Let’s keep the wires humming and the actions coming.

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Where Do We i-Go From e-Here?

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Author: the Inkslinger

That was the central question posed at our internet charette, which was held Wednesday and Thursday of this week.

What is an charette exactly? I really had no idea, but it turns out it’s a creative space in which a big giant brain dump/intellectual distillation can take place. You invite a lot of different people with different experiences and perspectives and ask them to spend some time ruminating on a certain subject, in this case what our internet presence should do and be. Everything from the big vision stuff to the nuts and bolts. No rules except that you should leave all preconceived notions at the door and feel free to break whenever you need one.

There was an intense amount of cranial power gathered in the room. Had we been able to physically tap it, the collective mind could have powered Burlington’s electric grid, I’m sure.

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Use Your Vote to Enhance Our Self-Esteem

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Author: the Inkslinger

In case you missed this hot in-house news item… If you’ll look to the immediate left here, in the Captivating Column of Divinely Inspirational Thingamabobs (apologies for the technical jargon), you’ll see up top there that (cue thunderous applause and raucous cheering)...

That's right. The Inspired Protagonist has been nominated for the Blogger’s Choice Award for Best Corporate Blog. Now I know it’s a honor just to be nominated. But if nominations are an honor, what's it like to win? Let’s find out, shall we?

To do that, you guys are going to have to vote because that’s the way this one works: whosoever gets the most votes from their adoring public wins. There are no judges. No juries. Just a ballot box stuffed as full as we can all conceivably get it. So when you’ve got a second or two, head over to the Blogger’s Choice Awards and cast your vote for inspirational protagonism. It’s pretty simple. Just click the little gold “vote” button under our current “total votes” tally. A quick registration and an e-mail later, and you’re in. A couple of clicks after that, and you’re there. Enough clicks and we win. It’s simplicity itself.

Right now we’re #4 with a bullet and just three votes from the number #3 position. Currently, it looks like Google and Southwest Airlines are rallying the troops to maintain the number one and two spots, but they’re not nearly as inspired as we are. Let’s show ‘em how it’s done.

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