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The Holstee Company produces a lot of unique and inspiring products as well as a regular e-newsletter with all kinds of reflections on modern life.

Some of these reflections can be hum-drum and a little starry eyed, some are really worth reading, and occasionally there is a gem.

This article from Saskia Kerkvliet, Community Building Director at Dachi Tea Co., is one of those gems. It describes 5 things that will both improve your wellbeing and help you get more out of your life. And in principle they’re so easy, as you’re probably already doing some or many of them. Find out what here….

Just what is “the public good”?

Eureka Street is a “vibrant online journal of analysis, commentary and reflection on current issues in the worlds of politics, religion and culture. It aims to participate in public discussion and influence public opinion regarding the Things That Matter in Australia and the world.”¹


Elenie Poulos
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mX1j2V6ms7E

This recent article by Peter Kirkwood outlining an interview with Uniting Church minister and Director of UnitingJustice Australia Elenie Poulos, contains two short videos of the interview in which Ms Poulos presents some thought-provoking ideas about neoliberal values, and whether they are benefitting or harming the “public good” of our society.

Eureka Street is ALWAYS worth a look!


¹from www.eurekastreet.com.au, “About Us” page, viewed 15/4/15

Carl Honoré and the benefits of finding your “inner tortoise”

In another of those wonderful TED talks, journalist Carl Honoré (author of In Praise of Slowness) discusses the negative effects our modern day obsession with speed may be having on our relationships, quality of life, health and perhaps even productivity.

He talks about the benefits of finding his “inner tortoise”.

Carl Honore: In praise of slowness
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhXiHJ8vfuk

Shonda Rimes on Balance and Achievement with a Sense of Humour

In a Graduation address at Dartmouth University this year (2014), Grey’s Anatomy writer Shonda Rimes discusses finding balance and achievement in life with a dose of reality, flavoured heavily with humour.

Shonda Rhimes ’91 Delivers Dartmouth’s Commencement Speech
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuHQ6TH60_I#t=111

Set aside 24 minutes, but if you want some words of real practical wisdom about achieving your dreams, they will be 24 minutes well spent.

Empathy and Outrospection: a video from RSA

This is an animation (03 Dec 2012) featuring the ideas of philosopher and author Roman Krznaric, in which he explains how we can help drive social change not by the introspection so favoured in the 20th Century, but in the 21st Century by stepping outside ourselves and embracing what he calls Outrospection.

RSA Animate – The Power of Outrospection
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BG46IwVfSu8

This is one of a series of animations created for the RSA by Andrew Park and his firm Cognitive Media.

In its own words: “The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) [is] an enlightenment organisation committed to finding innovative practical solutions to today’s social challenges. Through its ideas, research and 27,000-strong Fellowship it seeks to understand and enhance human capability so we can close the gap between today’s reality and people’s hopes for a better world.”

You can visit its website at http://www.thersa.org/.

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