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Former US Vice President Al Gore was in Toronto recently to host a pre-screening of his new movie An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. Along with many other Climate Reality Leaders previously trained by Mr. Gore, I was in attendance for this special screening. An Inconvenient Sequel is a follow-up, a decade later, to An Inconvenient Truth, the groundbreaking and award-winning 2006 film with Mr. Gore that made climate change a household word. The sequel shows how his life, and the world, have changed in the past decade. It showsRead More
Canadian not-for-profit Parvati.org celebrates the Supreme Court of Canada’s recent decision to quash the 2014 permits issued by the National Energy Board for seismic blasting in ecologically-sensitive Baffin Bay and Davis Strait, off Clyde River. This decision is consistent with the Canadian government’s five-year moratorium on oil and gas activity in the Arctic Ocean announced last December by Prime Minister Trudeau. “This was the right decision for the Supreme Court of Canada to make,” says Parvati.org founder Parvati. “Seismic blasting, which harms and kills marine mammals, is senseless in anyRead More
This month, our Business Editor Pam Bryan spoke with Daniel Pink, author of several provocative, bestselling books about business, work and human behavior. Pink’s TED Talk on motivation is one of the ten most-watched TED Talks of all time. We find out how he started writing and why he remains committed to helping us live our lives more fully through deepening our understanding of human behavior. Parvati Magazine: You have spent the last 20 years writing and speaking about motivating ourselves and others, informing the world and impacting business practices.Read More
This month, our Community editor Uttama Anderson asked Hands Across the Sand founder Dave Rauschkolb, and his sister, volunteer CEO Dede Shelton, to talk about a simple act of protest that has captured the world’s heart. Hands Across the Sand started in 2010 with 10,000 Floridians protesting against offshore oil drilling. In response to the tragic oil blowout in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, a new wave of protest grew. It became the largest gathering of people in the world united against expanding offshore oil drilling, and championing cleanRead More
This month we spoke with Michael Bronner, President of Dr. Bronner’s. His family has been making soap since 1858. His grandfather, Emanuel Bronner, founded Dr. Bronner’s in California in 1948, selling ecological soaps and sharing the message “We are All-One or None!” Parvati Magazine: How has being a Bronner shaped your views and inspired the company’s strong social and environmental activism and business practices? Michael Bronner: I was raised a normal American kid, not concerned about the legacy of the soap business. Dad and Mother instilled concrete values in me,Read More
In 1997, twenty-three-year-old Julia Butterfly Hill climbed into a 1,500 year old redwood tree to protest the clear-cut foresting that eventually left a mere three percent of the original redwoods standing in California. When she climbed down again in 1999, the world knew her name. Julia, who chose the name Butterfly as a little girl after a butterfly landed on her hand and stayed for seven hours, had her outlook changed forever by a nearly fatal car crash in her early twenties. Her head injury required a year of difficultRead More
This month Melinda Emerson, the “Small Biz Lady”, sat down with Parvati Magazine to discuss her passion for serving by helping small business owners succeed and how she starts her own busy days as entrepreneur and Mom. Parvati Magazine: What inspired you to begin your mission to end small business failure? Melinda Emerson: When I first wrote my book, Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months, I spent the time to write the book because it was advice I wish I had when I started my first company nearly 20Read More
Have you ever felt overwhelmed or frustrated about something happening in your community? What would inspire you to take action? In 1987, three surfers from Malibu, California found their moment of inspiration when increasing private development and pollution on their favourite beach threatened their surf scene. Glenn Hening, Lance Carson and Tom Pratte organized a successful grassroots protest and unknowingly created a movement. Thirty years later, beach lovers band together as part of worldwide Surfrider Foundation initiatives. Dr. Chad Nelsen worked for 16 years as Surfrider’s Environmental Director while earningRead More
Parvati Magazine spoke with David Allen, author of Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, a perennially bestselling book on personal organization. Parvati Magazine: What is the GTD productivity system? David Allen: It’s a set of best practices I discovered, uncovered, tested, researched, and implemented over the last 30 years with thousands of people. It’s a way to be able to surf on top of your work instead of being buried by your work. The basic process is to build an external brain to get things out of yourRead More
Marshall Goldsmith is a world leading executive coach and the million-selling author or editor of 34 books. His books have been translated into 28 languages and are best-sellers in ten countries. Parvati Magazine: How does your “life is good” philosophy reflect in your life and your work? Marshall Goldsmith: My “life is good” philosophy is based on Buddhism. I have been a Buddhist since my mid-twenties. Buddhism underlies three of my favorite sayings: “Life is good”, “Be happy now” and “Let it go.” Buddhism meshes perfectly with behavioral coaching. IRead More