Archive - December 2014

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What Holiday Do You Celebrate This Time of Year?
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Another Great Company We Have Heard About
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Beautiful and Inspiring Words Given to Us…I Just Had to Share.
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Ready to Unveil the Foundation!
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Western Carolina University’s Final Presentation
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Oh the Anticipation!
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WTC is Popping Up All Over the Place!
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Thank you to All the Free Information Sources on the Web!

What Holiday Do You Celebrate This Time of Year?

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As I enjoy days of indulging in lots of good food, time with my family and close friendS, watching my kids open presents, and exclaim over their good fortune I find myself reflecting on what a small portion of us around the world actually share this tradition with me.   What are my fellow brothers and sisters around the globe are doing this week?  Are they celebrating at all?  If so, what are the celebrating and how?

My family traditions have changed a little as I’ve grown older but being together has not changed.  My parents put up a live tree with ornaments collected over our lifetimes.  Each and every one has a story, and together they are the narrative of my loved ones lives together.  This brightly colored tree with its branches laden with the love and memories of my family is the quiet yet powerful symbol of our Christmas.  We exchange gifts carefully thought out and presented with exhilarating anticipation of the receiver’s joy in receiving it.

We stay up late and talk into the wee hours of the night.  Catching up on all the daily affairs we’ve missed out on.  You see, Clarke and I live in North Carolina with our children but we are originally from Ohio and most of our family is still there.  Our kids run with their cousins and enjoy staying up until way past their bedtime, while we adults laugh and joke with each other during the short time we have together before we have to head back to work and school.  It is a joyous time no matter how many gifts or their monetary expenses.

Tis the season to be grateful and giving.  A time of love and peace.  I’m fascinated by all the different facets of tradition and celebrations around the world.  Whether I am of the same mind or not, each and every belief is to be respected.

Would you care to share the Holiday you celebrate this time of year and how you celebrate?  What are your family traditions?  My family and I would be honored if you would share with us and our loved ones?

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Another Great Company We Have Heard About

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There are so many great ideas giving birth to some amazing movements and projects that it is sometimes hard to know where to start.  We believe World Tree Circle will be a great venue to share future great ideas.  In our search for examples of the positive and inspiring actions of our fellow man we come across some truly heartwarming and sometimes even breathtakingly beautiful people.  Recently, a family member shared a new company in Ohio that has a great idea and are putting it to action.

Sage Sustainable Electronics strives to repurpose our old electronics to save our Planet and our money.  Definitely worth keeping on your radar.  check it out:

Beautiful and Inspiring Words Given to Us…I Just Had to Share.

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World Tree Circle is the place that people turn to where products, businesses, and ideas whose goal it is to solve intractable problems, heal the earth, and share knowledge for the benefit of all are found. 

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Such beautiful words.  I can’t lay claim to them.  These are thanks to a World Tree Circle supporter like you.  Clarke’s dad, in fact.  From Clarke’s passionate explanation and defense of our pursuits to create this website, Mick has seen the picture described in his own words above.  World Tree Circle will be that, and so much more.  Our imagination is the limit.  It will be a simple social network for some.  For others it will be a tool.  And for those intrepid souls with limitless imaginations and faith it will be a place to gather with their fellow man and create a new world where we are all equal and beautiful.  Where we can solve the unsolvable and learn how to be…more.

In the words of Shakespeare, “We are such stuff as dreams are made on.”

 

Ready to Unveil the Foundation!

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We’re finally ready to show you what we have to so far.  Christian, Pat, Vin and Nadja worked hard over the last semester on how best to create this site for us all through surveys, focus groups, and lots of research.  Below is a screenshot of the foundation for the site that Christian and Pat turned over to us on Thursday.  There is still lots of work to do but now it is ready for all of you creative and giving Open Source designers to jump in and play!  It is being created on GitHub so you can look it up and see what we have so far.  We would love to see all your suggestions and comments and will be keeping an eye out for your Pull Requests.

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Western Carolina University’s Final Presentation

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What a day!  We were scheduled to be “on” at 10am this morning but due to a little snaffoo, our group presented at 10:30a instead.  We thought we had everything ready.  T-shirts for the team were done and bagged up ready to go.  We got to bed and were able to get a decent nights sleep, despite our excitement.  Even got out the door at a better than usual time.

Then we realized we left the shirts on the chair by the phone – back at the house.  We would have been doing okay, but there was a sweet English Staffordshire Terrier mama in the road on our way home that just wouldn’t get out of the road and stay there.  We couldn’t leave her there to get killed.  So, despite already running almost 10 minutes behind for a presentation that would last approximately 15 minutes, we tucked her into the car where she gratefully settled in and took her home to keep her safe until we could contact her owner with the number on her collar.

Dr. Yue Hillon was wonderful.  She let our group hold off and put another group up in our slot so that we wouldn’t miss our team present.  I’d like to say it went off without a hitch.  I’d be lying.  However, it was a very small hitch (not counting being 15 minutes late, of course).  Part of the powerpoint presentation didn’t load but Christian barely missed a bit with his speech and they all kept smiling and moving confidently forward.  It was great.

During the question portion there were great comments and shows of support and interest from the other business owners present.  It was exhilarating as well as enlightening.  we stayed after for a bit talking with the team about how we would implement many of their recommendations and received several offers for further help.  We will continue to work closely with Western Carolina University through their internship program as well as future ventures with the the Business College’s capstone projects whenever we can.  Dr. Hillon has been a tremendous help and would like to continue to do so going forward. So look to hear more of our great adventures with WCU, SBTDC, and Yue Hillon and Wendy Cagle in the future.

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Oh the Anticipation!

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It feels like Christmas Eve a bit tonight at the World Tree Circle Headquarters.  Tomorrow is the day that the Western Carolina University Business College students will present all their hard work to the businesses that they have been teamed up with over the last semester.  We have been working pretty closely with our team, meeting once a week whenever possible.  We got lots of great ideas and the the bones of what will become World    Tree    Circle.  True, it will be the bare bones.  These students had a short amount of time to work on what will be a very dynamic site.  But it is real now.  Not just a concept in our heads, or even a mock-up on paper. Tomorrow our students will present that in front of other businesses and their fellow graduates.  How exciting is that?  The closest I can come to describing it is that feeling we had as kids in the wee hours before Christmas when we could finally get out of bed and run to the tree.  Anyone else know that feeling?  Do you have a holiday or occasion that elicits a similar feeling?  We’d love to hear about it!

We’d like to give a huge thank you to Patrick Ballance, Christian Crawford, Nadja Heller, and Vin Pratt  for all the support, ideas, and help you have given us.  It was a true pleasure.

We’ll be sure to share all the new stuff we get in the presentation tomorrow as soon as we can.

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WTC is Popping Up All Over the Place!

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Behind every great open source website is the people who contributed to its creation and support crew. This site will be no different. Our goal is to create a site that will fit practically anyone and is enjoyable to use because it does what you want it to as a result of you having a say in the layout and design. That will be a work in progress of course, but will be a quickly evolving product the more and more people who contribute their ideas and suggestions. We’re calling for all your help now, at the very start, to be a part of the force that creates the spark of life that is World Tree Circle. In all the websites you use, what are the characteristics of each that you really love – and really can’t stand, about them?

Thank you to All the Free Information Sources on the Web!

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WTC would like to send out a thank you to all the great folks who have made sites that provide free information for anyone interested. Sites like Wikipedia, Khan Academy, YouTube, and so many others. THANK YOU!

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