Help Yourself

Shop better, live better!

What does this photo inspire you?

Personally, it makes me think of the fact that the way I consume creates change to the environment and to the natural ecosystem of the Earth. And this change is not necessarily positive…

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So here are some ideas on how to shop and consume better:

http://www.helpguide.org/articles/healthy-eating/eating-well-on-the-cheap.htm

Don’t forget, by eating better food and doing sports, you stay healthy, so no need to spend money on medicine, health insurance and so on!

http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Spend-Less-Shopping-2089224#photo-2089224

When it comes to clothes, I know this is a complicated topic for most women, so here’s an interview with Jill Chivers from http://myyearwithoutclothesshopping.com/

http://recoveringshopaholic.com/shop-less-and-live-more-an-interview-with-jill-chivers/

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Some other websites that give ideas on “green clothing”:

http://earth911.com/author/leon-kaye/

http://www.sustainablebrands.com/user/79655

http://www.theguardian.com/profile/leon-kaye

http://greengopost.com/

http://www.triplepundit.com/2013/05/ethical-eco-fair-clothing-manufacturers/

http://www.ethicalconsumer.org/buyersguides/clothing.aspx

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/ethical-fashion-directory-uk-clothing-brands-fairtrade-vegan#101

http://whereamiwearing.com/2011/08/6-clothing-companies-that-every-engaged-consumer-should-support/

http://www.cleanclothes.org/about

http://www.ethique-sur-etiquette.org/

http://www.cnbc.com/id/100893344

http://www.ethical.org.au/get-informed/clothing/

http://www.trashisfortossers.com/

http://40plusstyle.com/how-to-shop-less-and-get-a-better-wardrobe-a-style-interview-with-debbie/

Maybe this will also convince you to buy more vintage / second hand outfits:

http://www.ebay.com/gds/Why-Should-You-Buy-Vintage-Clothing-7-Great-Reasons-/10000000009769463/g.html

http://vintageclothing.about.com/od/vintagebasics/a/eco_vintage.htm

And if you don’t like what you need in vintage shops, do a tea party with your friends and switch clothing! I got a new dress and a belt at our last broc’party (brocante = flea market)! 

Photo credits: http://recoveringshopaholic.com/shop-less-and-live-more-an-interview-with-jill-chivers/ and http://sustainableman.org/

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Can a family lead a sustainable life?

I recently got into an argument – I had to explain why I ate organic food and why I tried to lead a better life – and the conclusion of the people I was talking with is because I don’t have kids.

They were saying that when you have a family you have to spend a lot more money on food and that it’s complicated to recycle, so for them it seemed impossible to buy organic or to change the way they lived.

Most of the times I try to explain that there are solutions for everyone and at every level – but this time though I thought I would waste my time.

Instead, I did a research on blogs that are about families that live sustainable lives, because I was sure it was possible.

Here’s what I found, starting with my favorite blog:

http://www.zerowastehome.com

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http://www.happysimpleliving.com/

http://myhealthygreenfamily.com/blog/wordpress/

http://urbanhomestead.org/

http://spurtopia.blogspot.fr/

These are just a few of the many many families that chose to live differently, of course.

Below some other blogs on green living

http://www.seametrics.com/blog/top-green-living-blogs/

Be good and be green!

INA

photo credit: http://www.zerowastehome.com/p/book.html

Politics for Common Greater Good

Citizens don’t like politics in general. Most politics in most countries don’t care about the citizens they are meant to serve.

But even so, the thing is the two are still very much connected. Citizens are used to count on public services and politics pretend to work for the people.

Although citizens live parallel lives with the politics, they still pay taxes, which pay salaries for politicians. And what do politicians do? They fight between them for more power, they promise things during the elections, and do nothing afterwards.

From France to the US, Romania, Brazil and other countries politicians have no shame anymore – or no power in front of the all-mighty corporations.

The conclusion is that the political arena needs a drastic change worldwide. Politicians need to understand they depend on the people and people have to understand they have the power to change things for the better.

Action is critical.

So dear world, I call you to action.

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I call you to dare to be honest, to care about others and the future of your countries and our world. I call you to give without expecting anything in exchange.

I call you to be old fashioned – to be nice and to have shame if you do something wrong.

I call you to involve more in your communities and to grow with them.

I call you to join a party and run for mayor or senator or president or whatever you want.
I call you to innovate in politics and make future generations proud.

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Le Playground « Leadercoach essence » training – how was it

What is Le Playground? You can find their story here.

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How did I meet them? Thanks to my involvement with Hera France as a mentor and to Chiara, I got the chance to know these amazing people.

I will not tell you a lot about Lourdes and Marco, because if you ever decide to contact them for a partnership/collaboration, I would like you to get the feeling I got when I met them.

So what’s “Leadercoach essence”? It’s the first step if you wish to become a personal development coach that follows the arc method, created by Lourdes and Marco.

Now back to the three days spent together:

Participants – we were a group of very different people: culture, age, work environment, so it was an unexpected chance to exchange and learn from others.

Location – colorful and bright room, just like Lourdes and Marco 🙂

Training – given the fact that the training was during a long weekend (Fri – Sun), I was quite tired and expected to be pushed to answer boring questions to a standard “multinational” training. But it was so well done, that I forgot the tiredness and the exterior world! It was practical, catchy, plus we got to work in teams and to discover one another. It wasn’t like in a class where you have to give the “right” answer in front of everyone.

The key words for me were: serenity, warmth, no judgment of others, open mind, acceptance of who I am.

“Leadercoach essence” was probably the only training at Le Playground for me, because I wanted to learn how to better work with the woman I mentor – and I got what I needed!

Sorry if I was so factual in this description, but I really don’t want to say more about this training – I DARE you to discover it yourself! You will be blown away!!!!

Lourdes, Marco, thanks again for the lovely moments spent in your company!

Love,

Iulia

photo credit: http://www.leplayground.com

Traducere in romana – Partea 6 – “Manifeste convivialiste”

Partea a 5a aici.

 A venit timpul pentru ultima parte a traducerii cartii “Manifeste convivialiste”! 

CAPITOLUL 5.

SI (MAI) CONCRET?

Sa construim o societate conviviala si universalizabila, care vizeaza asigurarea prosperitatii si bunastarii suficiente fara a astepta o crestere economica perpetua, devenita de negasit si periculoasa, si deci, de a lupta impotriva oricarei forme de nelimitare si lipsa de masura, provocarea este considerabila. Iar sarcina este dificila si periculoasa. Nu trebuie sa ascundem faptul ca, pentru a reusi, va trebui sa infruntam marile puteri, atat financiare, materiale, tehnice, stiintifice si intelectuale, cat si cele militare sau criminale.

Ce trebuie facut?

Cele trei arme principale utilizate impotriva acestor puteri colosale si uneori invizibile sau greu de localizat vor fi:

  • Indignarea resimita in fata lipsei de masura si a coruptiei, rusinea pe care trebuie o simta cei care, direct sau indirect, activ sau pasiv, violeaza principiile de umanitate si sociabilitate comune.
  • Sentimentul de apartenenta la o comunitate umana mondiala. Sa fim milioane, zeci de milioane, chiar miliarde de indivizi, din toate tarile, de toate limbile, de toate culturile si religiile, de toate conditiile sociale, care participa la aceeasi lupta pentru o lume umanizata. Pentru aceasta, va trebui sa poata impartasi un simbol comun care ii desemneaza ca si luptatori impotriva coruptiei si lipsei de masura.
  • Mergand si mai departe de „alegerile rationale”, a unora sau altora, mobilizarea sentimentelor si pasiunilor. Nimic nu se face fara acestea. Raul, ca si binele. Raul este apelul la crima care hraneste pasiunile totalitare, sectare si integriste. Binele reprezinta dorinta de a construi la scara planetara societati cu adevarat democratice, civilizate si convivialiste.
  • Aceste baze vor permite celor care se recunosc in principiile convivialismului sa influenteze in mod radical jocurile politice si sa puna in miscare toata creativitatea pe care o au pentru a inventa alte moduri de a trai, de a produce, de a juca, iubi, gandi si a ii invata pe ceilalti. De maniera conviviala. Rivalizand fara a se uri si a se distruge. Intr-o perspectiva de reteritoralizare si de relocare, precum si de deschidere catre o societate civila mondiala si asociativa. Aceasta este deja in curs de constructie sub mai multe forme, si mai ales prin multiplele fatete ale ecoomiei sociale si solidare, via toate modalitatile democratiei participative si prin forumuri sociale mondiale.
  • Internet, noile tehnologii si stiint vor fi la baza constructiei acestei societati civile, locale si mondiale in acelasi timp. Bine inradacinata, dar deschisa schimbarii. Astfel se deseneaza un nou progresivism, debarasat de tot economism si scientism si de identificarea mecanica a lui „mai mult” sau „mai nou”.
  • Poate, pentru a simboliza si incarna unitatea convivialismului, pentru a confrunta punctele de vedere si a propune solutii convivialiste cu o autoritate si cu rasunet mediatic suficient fata de multiplele chestiuni de dezbatut, ar trebui creata o Asamblare Mondiala care cuprinde reprezentanti ai societatii civile mondiale, filozofiei, stiintelor umane si sociale, a diferitelor curente etice, spirituale si religioase care se recunosc in principiile convivialismului.

Ruptura si tranzitie

Cel mai dificil, pentru a face posibila enorma basculare a opiniei publice mondiale care este indispensabila pentru a devia de la traiectoria care duce spre haos si catastrofe probabile, sau in orice caz posibile, este de a propune un ansamblu de masuri politice, economice si sociale care permit majoritatii sa masoare ce au de castigat printr-un New Deal convivialist, nu numai pe termen mediu sau lung, ci imediat. De maine. La aceasta intrebare raspunsul nu poate fi general. Prea multe depind de contextul specific, istoric, geografic, cultural, politic, etc., propriu fiecarei tari, regiuni, sau ansamblu supraregional sau supranational. Dar orice politica convivialista concreta si aplicata va trebui sa tina neaparat cont de:

  • Imperativul justitiei si societatii comune, care implica reabsorbtia inegalitatilor vertiginoase care au explodat peste tot in lume intre cei mai bogati si restul populatiei incepand cu anii 1970, si instaurarea unui venit minim si un venit maxim, la un ritm mai mult sau mai putin rapid in functie de circumstantele locale.
  • Grija de a da viata teritoriilor si localitatilor, si deci de a reteritorializa si relocaliza ceea ce mondializarea a externalizat. Nu poate exista convivialism fara deschiderea spre ceilalti, dar este necesar si un „eu” suficient de solid pentru a fi sursa de incredere si caldura.
  • Necesitatea absoluta de a proteja mediul si resursele naturale; pentru a raspunde la aceasta nu trebuie sa fie vazut ca o sarcina sau o munca suplimentara, ci, in contrariu, ca o formidabila oportunitate de a inventa noi moduri de viata, de a gasi noi surse de creativitate si de a redinamiza teritoriile.
  • Obligatia imperioasa de a face sa dispara somajul si de a oferi fiecaruia o functie si un rol recunoscute in activitatile utile societatii. Dezvoltarea politicilor de reteritorializare si lupta impotriva provocarilor de mediu va contribui mult la aceasta. Dar aceasta politica de redistribuire a locurilor de munca nu va putea fi suficient de ampla si sa aiba efecte semnificative decat daca va fi combinata cu masuri de micsorare a timpului de munca si cu incurajarea expansiunii economiei sociale si solidare.

In Europa, o fragilitate suplimentara celei cunoscute in alte regiuni ale planetei s-a instaurat, datorita accelerarii integrarii economice si monetare care nu a fost asociata cu nicio integrare politica si sociala. Aceasta lipsa de sincronizare a lasat mai multe tari europene in stare de impotenta si primejdie insuportabile. Orice solutie va fi adoptata, aceasta va trebui sa vizeze in mod absolut conjugarea, din nou, sub o forma sau alta, a: suveranitatii monetare, politice si sociale.

Traducerea convivialismului in raspunsuri concrete trebuie sa articuleze, in situatie, raspunsurile la urgenta ameliorarii conditiilor de viata a paturilor populare, si de a da o alternativa modului de viata actual, atat de plin de amenintari. O alternativa care nu va mai dori sa creada sau sa faca sa creada ca cresterea economica infinita ar mai putea fi inca raspunsul tuturor problemelor noastre.