Casa Sula – Environments for Life

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***Transforming Education Series: A Model in Costa Rica***

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           I recently discovered Casa Sula, a school in Costa Rica that draws on the lessons from a wide range of great schools models–Montessori, Waldorf, the forest school model, the unschooling movement, and certain aspects of Japanese primary education. It is the kind of primary/elementary school education I wish were available for all children. You may get some good ideas for your community from it.

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Source: Casa Sula – Environments for Life

 

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates Creative Education for Young People Everywhere!

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Photo essay: Rural women light up villages in Liberia | UN Women – Headquarters

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***Transforming Communities: Women and Solar Energy***

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            Barefoot College in India has been transforming communities through educating illiterate women to become solar engineers for many years. It’s work spans almost five decades. In partnership with the United Nations, Barefoot College is bringing their expertise to the women of Liberia. Explore this inspiring photo essay on their work.

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Source: Photo essay: Rural women light up villages in Liberia | UN Women – Headquarters

 

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Courtesy of Barefoot College

The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Work of Barefoot College!

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On The Art of Being Timeless – Personal Growth – Medium

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***Personal Development Series: Creating for the Long Term***

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Courtesy of Buddha Doodles

           This is a long read, but one that is very worth the effort. We all hope that what we a doing will make an impact beyond our own time and place; this extended essay offers wise thoughts on how shaping the present can become timeless in its own way.The featured images are form the ever-wonderful Buddha Doodles,

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Source: On The Art of Being Timeless – Personal Growth – Medium

 

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Timelessness in the Present!

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David Foster Wallace: How to Create a Life of Meaning and Awareness

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***Personal Development Series: Wisdom for the Weekend***

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          David Foster Wallace’s writings offer some much-needed wisdom we need to explore every so often. In this essay Zat Rana offers some key ideas in Foster Wallace’s own words and reflections on their importance in our lives. Spend some time this weekend meditating on them in nature and find the refreshment that comes from a brief break from the everyday.

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Source: David Foster Wallace: How to Create a Life of Meaning and Awareness

 

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Wisdom of David Foster Wallace!

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Why the world needs a Metropolitan Compact | Citiscope

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***Weekend IdeaFest Series: The Emerging Metropolitan Leader***

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          In addition to the growing independence of cities in policy and practice, there is a strong movement toward metropolitan leadership in social and economic development and in grappling with common challenges. The new metropolitan governments in England are only one example of this. With many of the challenges similar across nations, collaboration and the formation of formal compacts is growing. Today’s post from Citiscope lays out some of the important arguments why this needs to continue to grow.

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Source: Why the world needs a Metropolitan Compact | Citiscope

 

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates Metropolitan Collaboration!

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A Declaration of Urban Independence – POLITICO Magazine

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***Weekend IdeaFest Series: The Rise of the City***

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          This critically important essay by the urban expert Richard Florida is a must-read for everyone. There is an emerging consensus that cities and metropolitan regions need to become leaders in finding solutions to the challenges facing communities everywhere. Where the nation-state is failing, the cities are the keys to bringing the power of action to benefit people. The recent events surrounding climate change offer a powerful example of the possibilities.

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Source: A Declaration of Urban Independence – POLITICO Magazine

 

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Emerging Power of Cities!

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Guest Blog: Dancing through life: Participation in a dance training program for community-based older adults with multiple medical comorbidities issues | Aging Matters

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***Arts in Health Series: Dancing and Creative Aging***

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          One of the important developments in arts therapy has been the emergence of dance as an important part of treatment for diseases such as Parkinson’s and for older people’s ability to strengthen their balance and avoid falls. Today’s post is a report from the Sheridan Centre for Elder Research in Canada on programs in dance offered for elders with mobility and other medical problems. Dance can be an important part of healthy aging!

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Source: Guest Blog: Dancing through life: Participation in a dance training program for community-based older adults with multiple medical comorbidities issues | Aging Matters

 

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Power of the Arts in Our Lives!

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Study Shows “Art From the Heart” Brings Nurse Satisfaction and Patient Wellbeing | UVM Medical Center Blog

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***Arts in Health Series: Art Therapy in Hospitals***

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          The integration of the arts into healthcare is one of the most important developments over the last decade or so. Today’s post describes briefly the results of  a study of the “Art From the Heart” program at the University of Vermont Medical Center. The program is an initiative of the Burlington City Arts organization in partnership with the medical school and the hospital.

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Source: Study Shows “Art From the Heart” Brings Nurse Satisfaction and Patient Wellbeing | UVM Medical Center Blog

 

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Art From the Heart Program in Burlington, Vermont!

 

 

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How Art Can Spring Community Development

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***The Arts in Communities: Springboard to Development***

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          All of the arts play essential roles in the social and economic development of communities. Today’s post tells the story of a fascinating project in the St. Paul Minnesota area carried out by “Springboard for the Arts,” one of my “Beacons of Hope” organizations. It was published in “Philanthropreneurship,” the blog of an organization I will be reporting on in a separate post.

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Source: How Art Can Spring Community Development

 

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates Springboard for the Arts in Minnesota!

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Including Music on the Playground

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***Play Is Essential Series: Music on the Playground***

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          This is an idea I absolutely love–put together the playground with music! This article from Play and Playgrounds shares ideas for including musical instruments in playgrounds, describes appropriate ones, and offers pictures of the instruments in playground settings. Think about including music in your local playground.

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Source: Including Music on the Playground

 

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The Creative Apothecary LOVES the Idea of Music in Playgrounds!

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