Podcast shownotes – Environment

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In this episode Amisha sits down with strategist and educator Jem Bendell. Jem published a paper in July 2018 introducing the concept of Deep Adaptation and stating his belief in the inevitability of climate-induced societal collapse within the next 10 years.

Jem first became an environmentalist as a teenager in 1988 and went on to train as a climate scientist before moving into the field of sustainable business. Alarming data on melting ice and permafrost drew Jem back to climate science, where he soon realised that what we see today are many signs of runaway climate change, which has already gone beyond our control.

Through his work on Deep Adaptation, Jem offers three questions for humanity at this time: what do we most value, what must we let go of and what must we restore that has been lost?  Jem speaks about sharing his message with school children and sustainable development professionals alike, the fascinating responses he has received to his work and the resulting existential and spiritual shifts in his own life.

“The big challenge of our time is to make sure that when our hearts break we stay open and connected and curious rather than coming up with stories to justify ourselves being violent to others that we have othered more than those closest to us.” – Jem Bendell

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“Getting busy with action can be a distraction from full acceptance of our predicament, where our predicament is that we don’t know. We don’t know what the best things to do are anymore and we don’t know whether what we do with the best intentions will work.” – Jem Bendell

In this episode Amisha shares a moment with strategist and educator Jem Bendell. Jem published a paper in July 2018 introducing the concept of Deep Adaptation and stating his belief in the inevitability of climate-induced societal collapse within the next 10 years.

Jem first became an environmentalist as a teenager in 1988. For him it was a spiritual and existential position: the world was his church and environmentalism would be his worship. He went on to train in climate science during his degree before moving into the field of sustainable business. Alarming data on the melting of ice caps and permafrost drew Jem back to climate science to see for himself whether the worst case predictions from his early studies were indeed coming to pass. He soon realised that what we see today are many signs of runaway climate change that has already gone beyond our control.

Through his work on Deep Adaptation, Jem offers three questions for humanity at this time: what do we most value, what must we let go of and what must we restore that has been lost?  Jem speaks about the experience of sharing his message with school children and sustainable development professionals alike and the fascinating differences in their response. He shares the personal existential and spiritual shifts that have come about in him as a response to this acceptance of inevitable societal collapse.

Jem shares examples of where this collapse has already begun, including an explanation of how the devastation in Syria has its origins in the collapse of agriculture and the ensuing migration to urban areas. He speaks also about our response to what we now face and how we might take radical choices and prepare bold measures to adapt to major societal disruption.

“The big challenge of our time is to make sure that when our hearts break we stay open and connected and curious rather than coming up with stories to justify ourselves being violent to others that we have othered more than those closest to us.” – Jem Bendell

Professor Jem Bendell is the originator of the concept of Deep Adaptation to near term societal collapse due to climate chaos. Five years ago, Jem began offering transformational professional development courses after 20 years pursuing a variety of methods for social change. From anti-globalisation activism and sustainability consulting in the late 1990s, via senior management in large environmental organisations and research roles with the United Nations. Jem’s approach to education is participative, experiential and focused on the whole person. He now dedicates his time to helping people, and himself, evolve in response to the latest climate science.

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How can we adapt to the inevitability of climate-induced societal collapse?

In this episode Amisha shares a moment with strategist and educator Jem Bendell, who published a paper in July 2018 introducing the concept of Deep Adaptation and stating his belief in the inevitability of climate-induced societal collapse within the next 10 years.

Jem trained as a climate scientist before moving into the field of sustainable business. Alarming data on the melting of ice caps and permafrost drew Jem back to climate science, where he soon realised that what we see today are many signs of runaway climate change that has already gone beyond our control.

Through his work on Deep Adaptation, Jem offers three questions for humanity at this time: what do we most value, what must we let go of and what must we restore that has been lost?  

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Acceptance and evolution in the face of global meltdown.

How can we adapt to the inevitability of climate-induced societal collapse?

In this episode Amisha meets strategist and educator Jem Bendell, author of a 2018 academic paper introducing the concept of Deep Adaptation and stating his belief in the inevitability of climate-induced societal collapse within the next 10 years. Jem offers three questions for humanity at this time: what do we most value, what must we let go of and what must we restore that has been lost?  

Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co

Web Page – Coaching

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I coach people who want to live an extraordinary life.

Are you drowning in a sea of self-help books, TED talks and “Turn your Life Around” free webinars? Are you paddling hard but getting nowhere fast?

We live in a world where every imaginable road to self-realisation is simply a screen tap away. So how come we still can’t see the wood for the trees? 

Longing for the life that we dream of, we still fill our time with everything – anything – but what matters to us most. Becoming the best and brightest version of ourselves.

What’s holding you back?

I bet you are looking blankly back at your screen right now, but don’t worry – this is where we start.

If you don’t understand what is holding you back, you will never be able to move forward. To change your life you need to seek out what is stopping you. This is where I come in.

If you are feeling lost, overwhelmed and powerless right now – fear not. The desire to change is enough and I am here to help you with the rest.

Are you ready to be the best you can be? 

Great. I will get you there.

Are you ready to feel calm, confident and crystal clear?

Good. Let’s get started! 

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What happens next?

1 – Set your compass for success

You and I are setting out on a quest to track down and bust through the mental blocks, negative self-talk, limiting beliefs and behaviours that stand between you and your shiniest, most confident self.  

Together we will dig out the gold that is buried beneath your burdens, reclaim your confidence and develop new skills to get fully aligned with a winning mindset.  

2 – Get ready to get real

I’m bringing you tough love my friend. I won’t buy your excuses and you can’t hide your true light from me. I will hold you to the promises you make to yourself. I will point out all the elephants in the room and shine a light on hidden obstacles along your path. 

Like any good coach I will challenge you to smash through your personal goals and I will be there cheering you on every step of the way. I will have your back and believe in you even when – for a moment – you may not.

3 – Team up with an experienced  guide

I am uniquely qualified to feel your pain and share in the joy of your successes. You see, I have walked this path myself. I’ve climbed from the dark valley floor to see a new day dawn from the mountain top.

In the decade before becoming a certified Transformational Life Coach, I was hard at work transforming my own life. I know what it takes to get where you want to be and I learned a few shortcuts I can share!

So strap on your adventure boots and let’s journey to the heart of who you truly are and then out the other side to view your life from a brand new perspective.

Are you ready to:

  • -Cut through your own bullshit
  • -Stick a cork in your inner critic
  • -Get in the fast lane of personal growth
  • -Switch your mindset to confidence and success
  • -Bust through the blocks to achieving your goals
  • -Banish your fears, social anxiety and insecurities
  • -Dig out the roots of failure and procrastination
  • -End the excuses and kick your self-doubt to the kerb
  • -Finally quit comparing yourself and just do you

 –  Be more decisive, assertive and ask for what you want

 – Communicate with authority and conviction – and be heard?

Then let’s talk!

Hit me up today for a free consultation via Skype or Whatsapp call.This is for you to get a feel for how I work and see whether the chemistry is right.

I may be awesome at what I do, but I’m not for everyone. I’m going to ask lots of questions, get straight to grips with your situation so I can figure out if I’m the right person to help you move forward.

Of course you get to do the same. I will be happy to answer your questions about how we can work together and get you living your best life!

Website Content – Charity

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HOMEPAGE

At Butterfly Children’s Hospices we provide loving care and treatment for children with life-limiting conditions and life-threatening illnesses at our hospice in Changsha. Some children have been abandoned, others are brought to us when families can no longer face the journey alone. But no matter how small or how sick, we give each child the love, care and medical attention they need.

Our mission is to ensure that all children are afforded dignity and love in life and death. Above all, we want to keep families and children together wherever possible, and to support the families and caregivers of fragile children to access and provide the best palliative care available.

Our vision is to become a beacon for children’s palliative care services in China, advocating, inspiring and training excellence in palliative care for very sick babies and children. To achieve this we are working in partnership with government, hospitals, social welfare institutions and professional associations across China, to train and support holistic models of children’s palliative care.

We believe that:

  • Every child’s life is valuable, and should be valued, no matter how short.
  • The voice of the child and their family underpins every action we take.
  • Dignity in death should be afforded to every child
  • Every child should be given the opportunities to achieve their full potential in life
  • Every opportunity should be taken to educate and support families and assist them to make an alternative choice to abandonment of their child

ABOUT US 

It is estimated that there are 21million children worldwide who are in need of palliative care. 4.5million of those children are in China.

The Butterfly Children’s Hospices were set up in 2006 after many years of independent charity work in China by our founders – Lyn and Alan Gould. They saw first hand just how desperate a situation many children and families were in, and became determined to help. Since then we have held and loved over 200 very sick babies and children. Some are only with us for a day. Others have gone on to have life changing surgery, and over 30 have been adopted by forever families – to love and bless them with a full life.

Today we employ a variety of staff and volunteers in locations around the world as a registered international charity. Since 2010 we have been working in co-operation with the Chinese government to provide loving care and treatment for children with life-limiting conditions and life-threatening illnesses. No matter how small or how sick, we give every baby the love, care and medical attention they need. Our teams of medical staff create highly tailored care plans for each child, no two are the same.

The Butterfly Homes and Butterfly Wing

In 2010 we opened The Butterfly Home in Changsha for up to eighteen abandoned children with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses – the first dedicated children’s palliative care hospice in China. Even in the face of real heartbreak, we ensure that our Home is a happy place, where children can be children, and are shown love and care everyday. Each child is evaluated and cared for in a way that is unique to them. We look with hope to the future for every child in our home, while making the very best of each and every today.

In 2013, using the model of care developed in Changsha, we founded another hospice in Nanjing, providing specialist nursing care for children who have palliative care needs, including those with complex illnesses and at end of life.  We trained Chinese medical and nursing professionals to become independent in caring for these, and many more, children.  This training was successfully completed in January 2015 and Nanjing Rainbow is now independently run by a Chinese organisation.

The Butterfly Wing is a five-year cooperative project with the orphanage of Changsha. We are training orphanage staff to deliver a high standard of holistic of care to fragile children. The Butterfly Wing is located on the medical floor of the orphanage and consists of six cots, a bedroom, day room, food preparation room and bathrooms. Six out of the eight nannies are provided by Butterfly Children’s Hospices, along with a housekeeper, the nurses and all food and equipment for the children.

A beacon for children’s palliative care in China

Our aim is to create a sustainable model of children’s palliative care services that can extended to different communities. This means partnering with hospitals, orphanages and communities to train and support holistic palliative care provision for children. We work in policy change and education as well as consultancy and developing training models for other hospices.

We are currently partnering with a number of hospitals in Changsha and Shanghai. Working in these hospitals is a learning process for all involved. We are learning about what kind of services we can offer to children and families. When we started the Butterfly Home, our aim was not just to care for abandoned children, but to work on keeping families and children together. In recent months we have taken a big step toward realising that ambition.

Achievements so far…

Since beginning our work in 2006 we have:

  • Cared for 207 children in our Butterfly Homes, Butterfly Wing and in Chinese orphanages
  • Funded and facilitated 29 life-changing surgeries for very sick children and babies
  • Found loving adoptive families for 35 children in our care

In addition we have contributed to learning and development in children’s palliative care by:

  • Organising and hosting four national conferences in China, with a fifth in the planning
  • Translating education and training materials into Chinese

• Funding and producing the first educational video on paediatric palliative care in Chinese

  • Advising the government on health care policy and paediatric palliative care standards
  • Serving on the board of China Care for Life Association, the national body for palliative care in China. 
  • Working closely with the International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN) to develop online courses and training materials in Mandarin

Looking to the future

Future plans include developing model services in the community for families with life-limited children — such as bereavement support groups — and to support other orphanages to open Butterfly Homes. Alongside loving and caring for the babies and children in our Homes, we are fully committed to our long-term strategic goals of creating sustainable and scalable models of children’s palliative care – with the voice of the child, and family, if present, underpinning all actions taken.

Web Pages – Full Microsite

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Grove 3547 is a social lab convened around the challenge of creating more resilient livelihoods for young people in underserved areas of Chicago. The team at Roller Strategies approached me to create a full set of copy for a four page microsite, designed to invite and encourage participants to sign up and get involved in making change in their community.

The deadline for this project was tight with a two day turn around from start to finish, but the client was very happy with the end result and the programme is now launched with a full contingent of participants and looks to be off to a flying start! I loved the challenge of researching and getting into the headspace of the community and understanding the context and audience I was writing for.

“Lucy writes copy fast, effectively and with verve. If that’s what you need, work with her.” – Zaid Hassan, CEO & Co-Founder, Roller Strategies

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Step up to a new way forward – help blaze a trail for young people in Chicago!

This is a once in a lifetime invitation to bust out of the box and make a difference to the lives of young people in your community, who deserve better than what they are getting. How can we support them to create a more resilient life? Here is your golden opportunity to take action, with all the support and resources you need to make it happen. 

We are seeking folks with a strong commitment to change in your community. Does it frustrate you that the same situations seem to go around in circles without ever being solved? You’ve seen what hasn’t worked, now try something new. Take the future into your own hands and shake it up a little!

Is there a better approach than another five year plan from City Hall? Yes! Change begins at home, in the beating heart of your community, where the knowledge and passion to turn things around can be found. You know life in your neighbourhood better than anyone and you hold all the keys to unlock your future. This is your time to shine!

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FAQs

Down to the nitty gritty – what’s it all about?

So, you’re feeling pretty good about getting involved in making some changes for young people in your area, but maybe you have a couple of questions about how it all works and what will happen… We have done our best to answer these for your below, but if there’s anything else you need to know before you step forward and sign up for action, please get in touch with us.

Why me? How can I change anything?

We want you to be a part of this team because you are special, you have a real desire to make change in your community and a passion for improving the lives of young people in Chicago. You hold a commitment to collaborating with others from your community to turn great ideas into real solutions on the ground, and your deep understanding of the challenges faced by young people and the situations which affect them where you live make you the ideal person to tackle these issues and really make a difference.

So what do I need to do?

Just say yes 🙂 Tell us a bit about yourself and your passion for supporting young people by filling out the form here [link to application form] and wait for us to get in touch about joining the Team at Grove 3457 and starting to make some changes! We will have many applicants and only a limited number of places on the team, so don’t be shy to let us know why you’re the right person to get involved and make this happen!

How much time will I have to give?

We ask each person to give 15 days of their time over a period of 4 months starting from September 2016, which includes a commitment to attending all of the events on the programme (4 events making up 7.5 days in total) as well as about 5 hours of work each week.

Will I get paid?

Residents of Grand Boulevard, Douglas and Oakland who are selected to join the team will receive an honorarium of $1000 to support your work with Grove 3457 and there will be funds available to bring your prototypes to life and put ideas into action.

When will it happen?

The programme will launch with a full team in September this year. Before that there will be an application and selection process with the following key dates.

– Interviews with potential team members between 6th and 20th July

– Phone interviews between 1st and 4th August

– Letters of confirmation sent out to selected team members 6th August

– Orientation of team members between 8th and 31st August

Where will it happen?

[need info]

Who else will be there?

The Grove 3457 team will be made up of a diverse mix of 35 participants from different backgrounds and age groups within Chicago – all passionately committed to young people and with at least 15 residents from Grand Boulevard, Douglas and Oakland taking part. A good choir needs a range of voices to make sweet harmonies. One thing you will have in common is a passion for creating a better future for young people in Chicago. Team work makes the dream work! We can solve our own problems our own way when we collaborate, listen to each other and take action to try out solutions.

Isn’t it just a load more meetings and hot air?

This is not just a talking shop but a living, learning laboratory where things get done and impacts are tangible. You will learn and be supported to practice real, transferable, practical skills for working with others to create change in your life and your community.

What if I change my mind or don’t like it?

We’re pretty sure you will like it 🙂 If something isn’t working for you, the power is in your hands to make the experience what you want it to be. You will have plenty of opportunities to ask questions and raise concerns and address them together as a community to try and make it work for everyone involved.

Who is in charge?

You are. Well, you and 34 other people from your community. You will set the direction, come up with the ideas, try them out, play with them, learn from your mistakes, improve them and decide what actions to take to make real change for young people in your community. 

35 heads, hearts and pairs of hands are better than one. You will be the dream team, bringing dreams alive and putting young people’s futures back into their own hands.

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Application form

Get involved to make change happen – apply now to join the team at Grove 3475!

So you’re ready to join the adventure? Awesome! Just let us know a bit about yourself using the form below and we will be in touch with more information. We look forward to getting to know you and getting down to action!

Name:

Contact number:

Email address:

Are you a resident of Grand Boulevard, Douglas or Oakland?

How did you hear about Grove 3457? 

What do you do with your time?

What excites you about this invitation and why do you want to get involved?

What scares you about this invitation and what concerns or questions do you have?

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Background

Where did the idea for Grove 3475 come from and who’s behind it?

Grove 3475 has emerged from a journey of community consultation and prototyping for developing “collaboratories” which was led by the Chicago Community Trust, who will also be taking the lead in designing and delivering this project.

The Chicago Community Trust is a community foundation dedicated to improving the Chicago region through strategic grant making, civic engagement and inspiring philanthropy. As the Trust enters its second century, the current challenge, as stated by president and CEO Terry Mazany, is “to balance the stability and reliability you expect with the courage and innovation demanded by the times in which we live.”

Through it’s 2014 “On The Table” process, involving broad consultation across the community the Trust created a new initiative, the “collaboratories.” This served to take six promising ideas originated through On The Table into action. The Chicago Lab 2016 builds on learning and lessons from the first-generation of collaboratories

CCT are collaborating with Roller Strategies [link to http://www.roller.sg] to design and deliver Grove 3475. Roller Strategies is a professional services firm focused on next-gen solutions to the world’s most complex challenges. They believe that people want to solve their own problems and their purpose is to support this drive to its highest potential. 

For more information about the Chicago Lab please contact Cheryl Hughes, Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives, Chicago Community Trust 312-616-8000 ext. 196 or chughes@cct.org

Web Page – Architectural Design

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About us? At Archilime, it’s all about you…

A top quality property development needs a top quality team behind it. Choosing the right partners at every stage is crucial to the success of your finished project.

You need architectural visualisation problems solved quickly and efficiently…

You can rely on us to be a trustworthy, transparent and responsive part of your project team. You will have experts in the field of bespoke property development CGI on hand to deliver accurate, sophisticated architectural visualisations on time and on budget – every time.

You need a supplier that listens, understands and delivers…

We pride ourselves not only on our consistent skill and technical knowledge but also on the relationships we cultivate with our clients. We take the time to really understand your project and your goals, and to talk you through the way we work step by step, so you can feel assured that we are a dedicated part of your team for the duration of our work together.

You need a supplier that provides high-quality visuals without putting your project at risk…

We take pride in producing all our images in-house so that you can be assured of the highest quality every step of the way. Working in close communication with our local, hands-on team you are able to monitor quality and accuracy and feed in in changes or additions throughout the process, steering you clear of costly mistakes or delays caused by outsourcing.

If this sounds like the kind of partnership you are looking for in an architectural visualisation agency, drop us a line to talk about teaming up on your big project today and find out more about how we work and how we can help you.

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Our Team

Our team of in-house creatives specialise in high-end bespoke interior design as well as exterior CGI and brochure work for a range of clients. We produce bespoke photo-realistic 3D architectural visualisations and designs for architects, property developers, interior and landscape designers across the UK, Europe and the Middle East.

– Dom:

“Creative freedom is the icing on any design-related cake. Ambitious projects reward the highest level of satisfaction upon completion and arguably it’s that satisfaction that drives us all as a team.”

– Dan:

 “I love meeting and working with forward-thinking clients that challenge us professionally. I am a huge fan of using elements of industrial architectural styles in residential properties, and the post-modern organic and prairie styles of architecture – so I am excited to see the evolution of styles as each project comes into the studio.”

– Jack:

“For me its all about the satisfaction of a happy client. As we prioritise focus on our working relationship with a client, the project just goes from strength to strength. Once we have formed a collaborative creative relationship, the efficiency of any live project is immediately improved and the delivery streamlined.”

Every great architectural triumph begins as a conversation between bright minds, and as a team, we certainly are ripe and ready for fresh challenges so why not pop in and put us through our paces!