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This is another blog that me and my team mates from my senior capstone are doing. It will keep track of our grant writing experience with a non-profit called WISDOM/DOS, which I am very excited about! Yay.

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This is our official first post! My name is Jenny, and if you are reading this, you support the wellness of the Native American communities, especially those within the metro area of Portland, Oregon. We are 5 women in pursuit of a grant to help our local Native American community to obtain funding for the betterment of their/our community. I (Jenny) will be the main writer in this blog, but the information will come from four other women with unique contributions of their own and maybe sometimes their creative inspiration will take over and they’ll write as well! If you do not know much about this rich culture, the organization we chose to help is called Discovering Our Story, and their website is full of history and their many missions they’ve taken on for their people.   www.discoveringourstory.org 

Now that our process is successfully moving forward, I will be glad to share our process, thoughts and feelings, and whatever we learn that is worth sharing…

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The Footprint of the Bottle of Water you had to Have for Your Convenience.

I’m on a roll this week with my blog. It’s helping me procrastinate this awful assignment due tomorrow night in my technical writing class, eek!

I recently read an article by Monica Ellis, the CEO of Global Water Challenge (GWC). The link is below.

http://www.mnn.com/food/beverages/sponsor/in-the-age-of-water-companies-have-a-leading-role-to-play-in-water-security

Now, this isn’t the first I have heard of this problem. I have also read, Maude Barlow‘s Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water. The world is treating our last few drinkable water resources as if they are commodities to capitalize. Major corporations are sucking away water from natural resources faster than it can be replenished for the simple fact that they have the money to buy it up and then resell it. So let’s put this in simpler terms so that people who are unaware of this can understand what this will mean to them in the future if it is not effecting them already.

Yes, water is reusable, but the resources around us, like the great lakes or springs in our Oregon mountains are literally being sucked out faster than rain can put it back. Plus we are also using most of our rain water to sustain people, not these resources. They are shrinking. The signs are just being swept under the rug. Wild fires in Cali, an extended drought in Texas, I believe t this day. Arizona is importing all their water for pete sakes! I know I’m preaching now, but people don’t just know this automatically and the information isn’t being pushed like it should be in the media. So I thought I’d promote awareness. I hope this opens even just a few eyes. That would make me happy. 🙂

Defend our freedom to share (or why SOPA is a bad idea): Clay Shirky on TED.com

If you don’t anything about it, this is a great video to watch.

TED Blog

What does a bill like PIPA/SOPA mean to our shareable world? At the TED offices, Clay Shirky delivers a proper manifesto — a call to defend our freedom to create, discuss, link and share, rather than passively consume. (Recorded at the TED offices, January 2012, in New York. Duration: 13:59)

Watch Clay Shirky’s talk on TED.com, where you can download it, rate it, comment on it and find other talks and performances from our archive of 1,000+ TEDTalks.

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“STOP CENSORSHIP” Ribbon

So I’m not blacking out, because honestly no one depends on my blog for entertainment, but I put the ribbon in the corner of my blog, because I do support the SOPA and PIPA protest. I think it would be a disaster if either of these bills got passed. We have riots and protests going on in almost every city, I don’t want to see the populations reaction if this actually goes into effect.

http://www.g4tv.com/videos/56930/internet-goes-on-strike-against-sopa-aots-loops-in-reddits-ohanian/

The Green Revolution; One Small Step

It’s been a while, and I’ve had this on my mind for a long while so I’m going to share it and hope you take it for what it’s worth!

I have been addicted to videos on www.Ted.com. Specifically video’s that bring us closer to nature, so that maybe we won’t be so numb to the effects we are having on earth… our only home. After watching a few shows about the Universe and how the creation of a life on earth is an inexplicable miracle of the right circumstances coming to together at the right time, it helped put into perspective how much we take for granted.

This video is about a man who traveled the world with his wife, they settled in Bali and made a fortune selling Jewelry, sold the company, and decided to contribute locally in Bali with a school. Watch this video, and tell me that this doesn’t make you wonder if we were still educated in taking care of our community through farming, and using indigenous materials etc, that maybe we wouldn’t be so desperate to “find” ourselves. A common phrase used in the US, as if each individual has to carve out their own nook in the world alone, but we aren’t alone, and rarely do we get to where we ought to be alone. We have help by family and friends, so why do we resist community to be alone and only individualistic in our life pursuits.

 

http://www.ted.com/talks/john_hardy_my_green_school_dream.html

And, here is the link to the school and how to go about enrolling and visiting.

 

http://www.greenschool.org/

 

After Watching John Hardy’s Ted.com video to share his new sustainable school with the world, you can see that he and his wife Cynthia are the type of people who carry the weight of the world on their shoulders. I too have this looming feeling, that even if I flush the toilet I am not doing enough, and that I need to do something, but I have yet to find my niche besides being a volunteer. I need to get on top of this year. For now I obsessively research sustainability and the ongoing problems with our world. Well I have a lot of other resources to share that are similar to this green school, but one at time. Until next time folks. J

 

 

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