Fitness club replaces dues with charitable fundraising | Springwise

Posted by on Sep 30, 2010 in 21st Century, Inspiration, Social | No Comments

Back in 2008 we covered Plus 3 Network, the California-based site that lets fitness enthusiasts raise funds for charity with each workout. Picking up on a similar idea, Can Too is an Australian fitness club that provides professional training sessions and support in exchange for charitable fundraising.

Fitness club replaces dues with charitable fundraising | Springwise.

The Book | Citizen Renaissance

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“Citizen Renaissance was conceived by Jules Peck and Robert Phillips in the spring of 2008 – on the eve of the global economic crisis and before The Big Society had really seen the light of day. Originally published as a wiki-book, Citizen Renaissance explores the collision of the three seismic shifts of our time: the perfect storm surrounding Climate Change; the Wellbeing Imperative; and the axiomatic rise of Digital Democracy. At its heart lies a call for more citizen-centric thinking and behaviour and an end to the global imbalance of Wants & Needs. Citizen Renaissance continues today as a forum for thought; a platform for the exchange of ideas; and as a collaborative project that seeks to develop a Manifesto for Change.”

Here is an overview of part one – The Seismic Shifts:

Part One – Three Seismic Shifts

An examination of three seismic shifts which, taken together, represent a very real threat to the planet and its people – but also an historic opportunity for change.

Chapter One: The Perfect Storm

The Perfect Storm of environmental issues, surrounding and including Climate Change.

Chapter Two: The Wellbeing Imperative

The thirst for Wellbeing in the face of falling happiness. The emergence of a resurgent Citizenship away from relative-materialism and the threat this represents to the current model of corporate Consumer capitalism.

Chapter Three: Digital Democracy

The inexorable rise of Digital Democracy and Citizen Politics – the power of engagement, generated by the online revolution.

The Book | Citizen Renaissance.

Dan and Chip Heath Say Nix Ambiguity and Focus for Lasting Change | Fast Company

If you’re leading a change, know that ambiguity is your enemy. Focus on breaking down the play. If you can kill the fog, you’ll bring those distant mountains closer.

Dan and Chip Heath Say Nix Ambiguity and Focus for Lasting Change | Fast Company.

Principle, Bravery, and the X Factor – Dan Pallotta – Harvard Business Review

Teaching and inspiring possibility and consciously considering principle in all that we do.

“In business school, we teach finance, marketing, public relations, and management. What are we doing to teach people about the power of inspired principle, and the power of sticking to it, no matter what? What are we doing to teach them what it means to be brave? How to be brave? To have some knowledge basis to inform them when they are feeling weak?

Watch out for the kid whoʼs majoring in courage, with a minor in principle. Sheʼs the one whoʼs going to change the world.”

Principle, Bravery, and the X Factor – Dan Pallotta – Harvard Business Review.

Millennium Development Goals: A Primer | Health on GOOD

How The World Has Changed

In 2000, all 189 member countries of the U.N. signed on to the Millennium Declaration, an ambitious eight-point platform to combat global poverty. Ten years later, progress on the eight Millennium Development Goals has been mixed at best. Here’s a quick primer, with more nitty gritty details and links below.

Millennium Development Goals: A Primer | Health on GOOD.

10 Usability Tips Based on Research Studies

This article discusses usability findings of research results such as eye-tracking studies, reports, analytics, and usability surveys pertaining to website usability and improvements. You’ll discover that many of these usability tips will be common sense but are further supported with numbers; however, some might surprise you and change your outlook on your current design processes.

10 Usability Tips Based on Research Studies.

Webpick of the week – Starved for Attention

Photography and interviews from VII [Photo] were beautifully composed as videos and presented in an immersive setting for each of seven stories of malnutrition. The site provides an outlet for people to contribute and get involved with the campaign: visitors can sign an online petition and social media plugs allow them to share a ticker of fast facts through Twitter and Facebook Connect; the site also hosts live chats, exhibition announcements and an active blog and news feed.

Starved For Attention

Webpick of the week – Starved for Attention.