Category - Cooperative Effort

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A New Direction
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Tastic Tuesday! Dalai Lama dubs Michael Franti “A monk without restriction”
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Contest!! Name the Picture on the Run Photo for a chance to WIN!
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Start Today – Be the Change
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Around the World in 80 Days? Eh, Not Quite
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Did You Know? Rock Eaters Come Out in the Rain
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Gearing Up!
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Another Great Company We Have Heard About
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Ready to Unveil the Foundation!
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Western Carolina University’s Final Presentation

A New Direction

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Thank you all so much for following and supporting WTC over the years.  We have recently decided that it is time for us to put our energy in to a different project here in Franklin, NC.  We won’t leave everyone wanting though!  WE have found another global social network with very similar goals to WTC – and they are much closer to having it ready for us all!

Check em out here: Miramir

Tastic Tuesday! Dalai Lama dubs Michael Franti “A monk without restriction”

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama with Michael Franti-His Holiness the Dalai Lama is not often interested in popular music, but was very taken with Michael Franti and Spearhead, joking about his tattoos, how such a big man can be ‘so light’ and honoring the joy and compassion he creates through music. ‘A monk without restriction’ – what a review! cc Center for Living Peace, University of California, Irvine

Posted by Friends of the Dalai Lama on Monday, July 27, 2015

 

For years Michael Franti and Spearhead​ have given their fans hope, taught us love, compassion, and inspired us to be the change through their lyrics and music.  They lead by example, with a message to love one another no matter the flaws and that we are the change.

Watching this video of him with the Dalai Lama and hearing the Dalai Lama express what so many of us already believed in our hearts brought tears of joy to not only our eyes, but that of our children, now 11 and 8 years old.  Good things ARE happening around the world. Despite the desperate acts of violence and anger we hear in the news there IS change coming and it fills our hearts with so much joy.

It is a heavy responsibility, leading others to walk an “enlightened path,” so to speak. To not only be a good person but show others the way as well.  Children recognize this and have a deep respect for those that choose to follow it anyway.  They will strive to follow in their footsteps and that makes me very proud. Thank you Dalai Lama, Michael Franti and Spearhead, and all the other amazing people working towards a better world, for your inspiring words, music, and example.  Namaste.

Contest!! Name the Picture on the Run Photo for a chance to WIN!

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We’ve been posting Clarke’s Pictures on the Run for some time now and every now and again the perfect title for a picture will just not come to us. So we’ve decided to enlist some help from the growing World Tree Circle community, just like we will be able to once we get the community site up and running!

To enter you just need to visit Facebook, Google+, Twitter, or Instagram and suggest a name for this photo for a chance to win a green World Tree Circle stylus pen. Feel free to vote for a suggestion given if you agree it is the best if you’d like as well. We will take it all into consideration.

A winner will be chosen from all the entries submitted between today and Sunday night at midnight. Extra consideration for those submissions that get favorited by other users. You can help us pick!The winner will be announced Monday, July 27th, in the comments for the photo in question as well as in the #PICTURESONTHERUN for that day.

 

World Tree Circle Stylus Pen

World Tree Circle Stylus Pen

Start Today – Be the Change

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I began today like I always do.  I did my 20 minutes of meditation to help myself get off on the right foot, then checked my messages on Facebook and email.  The first thing I saw was a post one of my closest friends added early this morning about Baltimore.  I cannot explain the feeling of sadness and loss when I read about the violence in Baltimore, but I don’t think I really need to.  It put a weight, a feeling of responsibility to make positive changes in my life and my actions starting immediately.  Many Americans, and possibly many around the world, are feeling the same as I do today.  Americans want change.  The world wants change.  Malcontent has been brewing for ages.  We’ve seen it boil over more and more often and closer and closer to home each time.  Not always in a way that will bring about the changes we all seek.  Undermining and overshadowing the good being done everywhere.  No one wants anyone to die.  NO one wants pain and suffering and destruction.  I hear it all around me, this wish for things to be better.  The corruption to cease and life to better.  Yet so many feel that they don’t have any say.  That speaking out will only give them grief without making a difference in the long run.   We aren’t alone.  Rather than take our frustration out on one another, we need to join together.  Stand shoulder to shoulder and communicate like the intelligent and compassionate people we are.  Bridge the gaps that have grown between us.

Then I read another post about Balitmore.  One by a favorite artist of mine, Michael Franti.  Michael is a man I have come to highly respect, for his words but also for his actions.  My daddy always told me, it’s not just what someone says, it what they do.  I have tried to remember that about myself and of others.  Michael is trying to be the person he asks each of us to be.  True to himself and his fellow men (and women 🙂 ).  There is a better way to rise above and bring positive and peaceful change.  No one says it will be easy and none of us are perfect. We will make mistakes.  But is doesn’t have to be this way, I know that for certain.  I feel it deep in my soul.  We can learn from out mistakes and do things differently from this day forward.  Live conscientiously.  Michael says it so much more eloquently.  Check out his call to action here:

I am surrounded by amazing people and meet more every day.  Yes there is darkness & yes there is loss in life.  That is natural.  Without those things we wouldn’t appreciate the good things to their fullest.  There is also so, so, so much light!  So much joy and abundance and love that it overwhelms.  You just have to have faith.  I’m not talking about religious faith, though for many that is a great part of it too.  I’m talking about believing, with every fiber of your being, that things will change for the better.  The violence and hatred and suppression and fear will be washed away and balance restored.  It starts with you.  Believe you are great.  You are worthy.  BECAUSE YOU ARE.  Then extend that feeling to the people you meet everyday.  No matter who they are and how they treat you.  Be open and give.  Give to yourself and give to others.

That is one of the many reasons we are creating World Tree Circle.  We want to create a place where we can all connect, even when we can’t be together in person.  Help us make this happen.  There is no time to waste.  Let’s become a true global community!

 

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Around the World in 80 Days? Eh, Not Quite

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Thanks to one of our WCU students in the campaign team we were given a table at this year’s International Festival at Western Carolina University to promote both the Website and the Go Fund Me Campaign for the upcoming Run/Bike Promotional Tour.  They hold this event every year and there is a table for different countries represented by the international students in attendance at WCU.  They have food, drinks, art, traditional dress, and crafts available for Festival goers to look at, and quite often, buy.  There are also vendors with local and international cuisine as well as some craft booths.

It was an beautiful sunny day with lots of people, good music from all over the world (including a live bagpipe performance), and tasty treats.  We put together a brief video to give you a glimpse of the day.  Check it out…

 

Did You Know? Rock Eaters Come Out in the Rain

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Where to begin?  An apology is in order, so I will start there.  I am sorry that so much time lapses between posts.  Consistency is something that all good business and life coaches repeat over and over.  I get it, I do.  There has been so much going on that Clarke and I have been leaving things unfinished each night and falling into bed around 11pm each night.  And to be quite honest with myself and all of you – consistency is definitely something I am still working on, lol.

So what have we been doing, you ask?  Still working on the Run Map and getting ready for our first meeting with the new teams from WCU this semester, of course!

The Run is coming along.  Slower than I had first expected it to, but not without progress.  So far, I have mapped our tentative stops from Highlands, North Carolina, to Palisades Park, NJ.  I haven’t cemented our stops yet, but I do have ideas and possible places to rest at the end of each day.  We even found a few interesting things along the route that we may have to stop and take a look at.  Did you know there are Ghost Bicycle memorials along the highways in some places?  There are bikes painted entirely white and positioned near roads where a cyclist was killed.  There is one not to far from our route as we pass through Pennsylvania.  You can read more about it here GhostBikes.org and see a list of ghost bike 1the current locations around the world along with the names of those they were erected for.  Sobering thought, considering Clarke will be biking every other day.

We will definitely be keeping safety in mind while Clarke is out.  We want him very visible for more reasons than just getting the word out about World Tree Circle! 🙂

 

 

We have also finished gathering our initial “info packets” for the WCU students to help us get off to a very smooth start this semester.  Things like passwords, what the last group accomplished, and so on.  We will be working with 2 teams, 3 students each.  Clarke and I like to meet with the students at least once a week to share what we have all been accomplishing and what the goals are for the upcoming week.  It makes it much easier to address any challenges that come up right away and helps us all stay on the right track.  Since these meetings can be jammed packed with news from everyone we will need to meet with our teams separately most of the time to maximize all our time.  We will meet as a whole company now and again to make sure we are all staying true to the business model that we have in mind for World Tree, but not every week.  Our student are only required to spend about 6 hours a week working on this project and we want them to spend as much of that as possible on the tasks at hand.

Needless to say, we are looking forward to meeting all these new professionals and the extra help and creativity they will bring to the table.  If you can bear with me and check back now and again you will see regular updates on how things are progressing.  This semester I will be asking our students to give us at least one blog post with their experience working on this site and the run crowd funding, if not regular posts on what they are up to along the way.

 

Also – we will be adding Clarke’s PICTURES ON THE RUN photos to the WTC Store in the coming weeks.  We will be making them available at the best prices we can – an all proceeds will go towards funding the upcoming run and the creation of WorldTreeCircle.com’s online community.  So, keep your eye out for those and feel free to purchase as many as you like!  Here are some of the photos you can expect to see for sale….

  • Sticky Subject
  • Guardians
  • Shine Through
  • Fractals
  • Through the Veil
  • Seen and Unseen
  • Roman Arches
  • Steadfast
  • The Rock Eaters Come Out in the Rain

Gearing Up!

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Since we began this endeavor in 2013 we have made progress in leaps and bounds.  Despite being a team of 2 on and off.  2014 was full of “leaps” for World Tree Circle.  We teamed up with Western Carolina University’s Business College.  We have been able to interact with up-and-coming individuals in their field, helping us to gain new perspectives.  We now have the foundation for the actual community site.  As well as having built a fast growing group of followers on 3 different social media sites – most, if not all, of which are not duplicated from those 3 communities!western carolina univ logo

So it is with great pleasure we can announce that in this new year, we will continue to make great advances.  We will be teaming with WCU again this semester and will be assigned two teams.  One for the fundraising (most likely IndieGoGo or Kickstarter) and the other to focus entirely on the development of the site where our last student team left off.  This is extremely exciting.  I for one have very high hopes for this semester’s students.  We learned a lot from our last joint effort and will be able to improve on much this semester.

Also, along with defining exactly how much money we need to build World Tree Circle and fund the run, we are working on getting the run mapped out and deciding on the schedule for stops to meet new people along the way.  Our tentative date to head out from Highlands, NC, is June 14th.  We will have to keep up a pretty vigorous pace, but the goal is to be back in Franklin, NC, on August 10, 2015.  That will give our kiddos some time to unwind and get ready for the upcoming school year to start.  Considering all the places they will see, the new people they will have met, and the amazing things those people will have shared – we will all need at least that much time to sort of assimilate all we have experienced.

communicating across culturesWe will be doing intensive research on functions and places steeped in the cultures we have picked for this trip.  We want to get the best examples we can find here in the States.  If you know of something, or someone, we should be sure not to miss, please let us know.  Send us a quick note or email at info@worldtreecircle.com.

Here’s to Great things in the New Year!

 

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:

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.

Team World Tree Circle (WCU) 2014-12-11

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