Qantas - a lesson in how not to treat its staff or customers


“QANTAS Executives grin as staff and customers grit their teeth “

A company is about its people 


It’s amazing how intellectual capital - people - are not valued on the balance sheet as an asset. 


Case in point Qantas!!!


Alan Joyce seems to be running the  airline not for customers and certainly not for the country, but for shareholders ….. which seems to be arse about face!!!!


Lack of empathy of its people and it’s customers have caused it  to have a rapidly deteriorating on-time performance - which in turn - ion my view - will not bode well for its shareholders .


Smart company had some interesting points to say about Alan Joyce and Qantas this morning - and it’s about his disregard of his team and people that have led to a trashed reputation, shocking customer service and apparent mayhem ….. embarrassing it’s people and it’s stakeholders .


“The loss of Qantas staff has tracked its decline from a respected airline to the butt of jokes. The fact that it now doesn’t have enough staff to answer phones, crew to fly planes, or workers for its outsourced baggage-handling operation is all completely on Joyce and his attitude of belligerent grievance toward the people who make the airline run day after day.”


“Yesterday, as travellers around the country and around the world waited for delayed or cancelled flights, wondered where their baggage had gone,”


In summary - It does not matter how shiny your planes are - unless you have a motivated team and delighted customers - you have zip!!! 


Some more about Qantas 


https://www.linkedin.com/posts/ivankayebsi_qantas-smiles-shareholders-and-executives-activity-6941903606048509952-wP3H?utm_source=linkedin_share&utm_medium=ios_app


https://www.smartcompany.com.au/opinion/qantas-reputation-customers-alan-joyce/?fbclid=IwAR2_2hOK6GeRsOX4CXctnw7SHFXSFI_mLKKbQvCFwDNsb3EW-noWyOA-TgY



Jews and Arabs selling water to make peace

This is a great post I read that was posted by my friend Rana Kordahi 

So what is the purpose of Soda Stream ?

It seems to be inspired by Steve Jobs explaining Apples reason for being …. “To inspire and appreciate the crazy ones and in the process we sell boxes to make money! “

What is the role of the "professional community"? What is the role of corporations, businesses, startups?

 Is it to make money for investors? Maybe. But that's uninspiring. 

I think the role should be to Bring People Together through economic opportunities.

 The best businesses are the ones that promote peace and prosperity under the disguise of "selling products". A business  that make a Jew and an Arab colleagues. 

I once heard the ex-CEO of Sodastream talk about the role of his business. They sell carbonated water and operate in Israel and the West Bank. He said:

 "We are in the business of making peace, and in the process we sell water".

Indeed, we're all in the business of making peace, but in the process....we build corporations.




Most of man's suffering stems from our blind acceptance of false labels which are sold as truth by our media and political system.- Don Nasca 

linked in post here  

So what does Diversity Equity and Inclusion have to do with Peace?



Excerpts from a Piece about Peace by Rabbi Ralph Genende

Dylan wrote 

May God bless and keep you always

May your wishes all come true

May you always do for others

And let others do for you

May you build a ladder to the stars

And climb on every rung

May you stay forever young

The Torah 

These are the words that the priests of Israel would bless the people of Israel with:


May the Lord bless you and protect you;

May the Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you;

May the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.

(Numbers 6:23 -27).

 


Like Dylan’s words they go from the physically protective to the soaring stars and then to the inner spirit of youthful energy. 

The crescendo of the blessing is the wish for peace. 

So what does Diversity Equity and Inclusion have to do with Peace?

The Jewish philosopher Joseph Albo said that conflict is at the heart of the human condition and peace is the force of fusion. Peace is the bringing together of opposing forces or ideas, the harmonising of diverse people or principles. 


The Hebrew word for peace, shalom שלום is intimately related to the Hebrew word for wholeness shelemut.


Rabbi Jonathan Sacks who died just over a year ago suggested that Shalom is the harmonious coexistence of otherwise conflicting individuals, tribes, and nations, each with a distinctive nature and unique contribution to the totality of humankind.


Shalom, he says, it’s not about uniformity but integrated diversity.


The feeling of peace and wholeness is a definition of success !

 

We may not be able to do much to bring about world peace, but we can do for others and let others do for us.


Shabbat Shalom  - שבת שלום and  stay forever young.

About being Gay

One of the best posts I have read! Legendary PEM 

Today is June 1, and I want to tell you about being gay.

Have I got your attention? Good.

Because what I want to tell you about being gay, is it's none of your business.

If a man falls in love with another man, it's none of your business.
If two women love each other, it's none of your business.

Because Love is Love.

If a man likes to wear women's clothing, to feel complete, it's none of your business. And vice versa. 
If a woman feels uncomfortable as a woman and feels more like a man - or a man feels more comfortable as a woman and wants to change his sex surgically, guess what? It's none of your business.

Because it is *their* life and they have the right to choose how to live it, in order for them to be whole and comfortable.

What IS our business?

To accept them and help them feel safe. Because they are ordinary people, a part of us. 

And what else is our business? 
Sexual predators, who prey on children. Like Malka Liefer who sexually abused young girls and violated them, and whom the same community that condemns homosexuality, protected. 

Rabbis who denounce homosexuality as an abomination and then use their position to rape and violate people who trust them and are dependent on them.

Self righteous, moralistic so-called religious and community icons like Haim Walder who abused young boys. (If that is not homosexual paedophilia, what is)?

People who interfere in other people's lives, judging them, as if they are the self-appointed guardians of society's morals because of their religious values and then break the sixth commandment, like the man who murdered Shira Blanki.

Nobody has the right to condemn another to live a life of torture, emotional unfulfillment, societal rejection and opprobium because it goes against the grain of how they believe things should be.

Do you know how many people have committed suicide because they were not accepted for being who they are? For them, it is not a choice, is is who they are. 

And everyone has the right to feel comfortable with who they are, whole in their identity and to feel fulfilled sexually and emotionally.

Because life doesn't fit into a box, and people are different. Let them be different. 

I am straight, but I am an ally.

Because everyone deserves to be happy and whole.

May this month bring more tolerance and understanding.

Because Love IS Love. 

🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈

Written by my good friend Paul Mirbach - and I echo his words ! 

Onwards and upwards 

Main Takeouts from World Economic Forum



A main theme of the World Congress in Davos was the importance of People in Corporations, communities and Countries! 


Here are 3 key ideas 

Recruitment Pool - expanded 

Corporations need to connect, curate and channelize a wider pool of talent - that will come from previously unincluded workers and talent networks limited by their circumstances from accepting full-time employment. Corporations need to offer Flexible benefits . This will give a whole new impetus to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.


The corporation needs to Hire for the ability of person to do the job - not for degrees - or for their past experience for that matter - on the job training is key . Lifelong learners will be valued corporate assets.

The importance of reskilling , upskilling and lifelong learning 


Education reskilling  and upskilling is key for uplifting people , communities and countries 


The Corporation  needs to serve as a corporate university offering continued upskilling and reskilling . They need to Increase coping skills and resilience - by providing soft skills training. 

Corporate Values and Mission is key 

Employees need to find their tribe - have a sense of community. They need to identify with the values of the the Corporation . Trust as a value is a non - negotiable 


Welcome to the Nexttech Revolution 

Positive Climate Actions by our New government


Mr Albanese mentioned some amazing policies and strategies covering climate, foreign workers , women in business, indigenous and medical .


Climate

"Together, we can end the climate wars," he said, adding that Australia had the possibility to be "a renewable energy superpower".

Some commitments made in Prime Minister Albanese’s speech:- 

  • investment of  $20 billion towards upgrading the electricity grid so it can handle more renewable energy. 
  • remove taxes on electric vehicles to make them between $2,000 and $12,000 cheaper
  • install hundreds of community batteries across the country that will be charged by rooftop solar and provide shared energy storage for up to 100,000 households.
  • install 85 solar banks to benefit more than 25,000 who can't access rooftop solar, such as renters and low-income households.
  • public service sector would be required to reach net-zero emissions by 2030, although the Australian Defence Force, Australian Federal Police, Australian Border Force and security agencies would be exempt from this.
  • $3 billion to invest in clean energy technologies like green metals (minerals used in green energy technologies), and seek to adjust the government's so-called "Safeguard Mechanism".The Safeguard Mechanism would make heavy emitters pay for their emissions, by gradually reducing, over time, the eligibility threshold from 100,000 tonnes to 25,000 tonnes
  • phasing out coal and gas
  • sign up to  US President Joe Biden's Global Methane Pledge to phase out methane gas, which is the second biggest contributor to human-caused global warming, after carbon dioxide.

Foreign workers 


granting foreign workers permanent residency m- given they are already living in the community and paying taxes.


"fix the crisis in aged care", after pledging to increase the number of nurses in aged care homes   Through reskilling and opening up migration to nurses 


Indigenous 

Mr Albanese said he committed to "the Uluru Statement from the Heart in full".


To be proud to have the oldest living continuous culture in the world - We will allow First Nations people to have a say in policies that affect health, education and housing. 


Wiradjuri woman Linda Burney would be the government's Indigenous Affairs minister.


Women into work and Childcare 

Get more women into work by making the childcare subsidy universal Mr Albanese claims the policy will make childcare cheaper for 96 per cent of families.


Medical


Solve busy hospital emergency departments and cut down wait times through implementation of Medicare Urgent Care Clinics —


 a trial of 50 urgent care clinics across the country, offering an alternative to for families.


The clinics — will treat patients needing urgent medical attention, including broken bones, minor burns and stitches for cuts, to free up congested emergency departments.


They will be based at GP surgeries and community health centres nationwide and cost more than $135 million over four years.


A few Suggestions that come to mind 

  • Higher pay for essential workers - Education,  daycare providers and nurses - increase the base rate - these people are key to our future 
  • Education - more public high schools
  • GP remuneration - Medicare rebate improve -funded by Stopping  universal bulk billing - people need to inderstand cost of going to gp - so they have an idea how much they paid for Medicare
  • Get rid of Payroll Tax - and rather incentivise employers  to employ more people  
  • Support Exporters and Innovators through EMDG and R&D Tax Concessions

GLOBAL CLIMATE ACTION FORUM Global Warming: Calculating Risk with vint cerf - To y Surtees insights


GLOBAL CLIMATE ACTION FORUM 
Global Warming: Calculating Risk
with vint cerf - some awesome insights from Tony Surtees at BBG International 

Discussion with Vint Cerf ,  Herman Gyr, Ph.D.  , Ivan Kaye , and the #BBGforum 

The gems 💎 of Tony Surtees 



There’s a song called “Reasons to be Cheerful” - by a punk singer - and I for one am optimistic about the future 

💥Case in point 
Most of us have received a #vaccine  against Covid 
💥we were driven into action - and with world shattering #innovation  - we developed a  vaccine that prevented a potential disaster. 

🙏Let’s treat #climateaction  with the sense of importance that it deserves 

💎 We need to Commercialise and bring forward innovations that exist and continue to be developed - and treat climate action with the urgency that we treated the covid threat!

💎 We need to cease upon solutions and make actions happen and strive and drive  towards #optimistic  outcomes .

The internet and the Social media infrastructure - is a tool to enable vast numbers of people to engage in conversations (thanks vint cerf , #internet #google #tiktok #youtube and #instagram 

🌍 let’s use these tools to distribute solutions orientated sets of actions 

Actions that leaders of organisations, institutions  and governments can follow the lead that social organisations and innovators direct 

🌏 How do we liberate the science that exists to potentially solve this wicked problem - and commercialise the solutions that already exist ?

😃 Social and behavioural economics play a big part in solving the climate issue 
😉we need to understand the realities of how people behave 
😁 and then identify and implement The Strategies  , Communications and drive innovations into applications and use 

There is No one silver bullet - we need to take a comprehensive approach - and there will not be one solution .

We need to have strategies in place as we potentially have to enter one of the 3 doors!

😎 The key 

💥Have an abundance mindset 
💥take action- innovate- pivot, fail - innovate and find solutions and 
💥implement them by taking action  to solve this wicked problem of climate change ! 

Looking forward to playing an integral part in this “global climate action forum”

Join us at our next  forums

About the Global Climate Action Forum


This forum started in Aug 21 and have some amazing humans in it https://bbgforum.com.au/forum/global-climate-action-forum/


The pulse is “To create a generational legacy for our great grandchildren and leave the planet in a better way than we found it.”

 

The Mission: “To build a community of Members (the choir) – who will get to klt (know like and trust ) each other over time – those who are passionate about climate action and want to make a difference – with a view to take people who are not in the choir to be inspired to take action – when it comes to to climate.


We meet every alternate Friday for an hour and have a public forum every 3 months 


Here is a playlist of our meetings - split into snippets 

You will find them fascinating and you will get a flavour of the members of the group 


https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXmfWBHHTgqdNopzNTaWmvpemm4-ZRy4u


Here is an expo of our last forum in Oz 


https://dacastexpo.com/?id=480609ea-7a59-4459-894d-135525db17c6


And in USA


https://dacastexpo.com/?id=5b85fe31-317e-db48-47f0-8a9be26987de


We will be holding a series of investor forums - connecting sustainable investments to money - will keep you informed.


And a series of thought provoking forums with a view to learning , collaboration and sharing strategies on how to make our businesses, communities and our humans on this fragile rock 🌎 become more sustainable .


So how do we get rid of 6bn tonnes of CO2 to help prevent Climate Change ?



Excess CO2 in the atmosphere as a result of our species lifestyle -  is a major factor that’s causing our planet to heat up - and as a result is causing all types of issues.


Experts reckon the world must remove about 6bn tonnes of CO2 a year from the atmosphere by 2050 to avert the worst impacts of climate change. 


Less than 10,000 tonnes have so far been permanently extracted each year - leaving a large gap .


Closing the gap thus requires focussed energy !!! And if one gets this right ….. says Mark Patel of  McKinsey  - there will be exponential returns!!


This month 4 tech companies  —. Meta Alphabet,, Shopify and Stripe—and McKinsey, pledged $925m over nine years to bootstrap technology to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in an effort to arrest global warming. 


Through a first-of-its-kind investment fund, Apple and 10 of its suppliers in China are investing nearly $300 million to develop projects totalling 1 gigawatt of renewable energy.


The First Movers Coalition, created at CAF in November - are focussed on programmes to decarbonise the aviation, shipping, trucking and steel industries.


There are some wicked problems to solve…..

  • How can a technology store carbon sucked out of the atmosphere for 1000 years? 
  • How can this technology scale?
  • Can one bring down the exorbitant cost of this technology to less than $100 per tonne of carbon?

Nan Ransohoff of Stripe and Peter Freed says that a billion dollars is not even close to what is needed - but is a pebble that will  “start a snowball rolling down the hill”.


Chris LaRosa, Senior Product Manager says “At Google, we believe technology has a crucial role to play in a carbon-free future and we want to help people make more sustainable choices every day.” 

 

Apple  is taking climate Action seriously and is

already carbon neutral today for its global corporate operations, and by 2030, every Apple device sold will have net zero climate impact. 


Lisa Jackson - Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives says 


“Systemic racism and climate change are not separate issues, and they will not abide separate solutions. We have a generational opportunity to help build a greener and more just economy, one where we develop whole new industries in the pursuit of giving the next generation a planet worth calling home.”


“Businesses have a profound opportunity to help build a more sustainable future, one born of our common concern for the planet we share,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The innovations powering our environmental journey are not only good for the planet — they’ve helped us make our products more energy efficient and bring new sources of clean energy online around the world. Climate action can be the foundation for a new era of innovative potential, job creation, and durable economic growth. With our commitment to carbon neutrality, we hope to be a ripple in the pond that creates a much larger change.”

Why we need a Global Climate Action Forum




People ask - why you worried about such a trivial cause when people are dying in Ukraine ?

- there are terrorist attacks in Israel 

- mental health in the Aboriginal Community and our entire community is an issue - with spiking suicides 

- recividism in prisons!!! 

🔥The science is telling us that Climate Change will make the above look like child’s play!

Things we can do 

💎 Eliminate fossil and oil in next 10 years - increase price - like cigarettes 

💎 There needs to be social compensation for those that will be effected and can’t afford change 

💎 Cuts and tax incentives 

💎 Needs govt intervention at top level - change of policies 

Therevis an Historic opportunity for Australia to be a leader and transform into a climate neutral country limiting climate change and securing prosperity for future generations 

💴 $1tr needed


  • Transport and Storage
  • Heavy power grid expansion 
  • Power plants powered by green gas 
  • New facilities in steel chemical cement and lime switch to hydrogen dri
  • Power pants lowered by green gases 
  • Air transport powered by green fuels. Alt power trains 
  • Fossil process emissions in building materials 
  • Reforestation 
  • Electric cars - ramp up charging points 
  • Energy efficient buildings
  • Heat Gen completely renewable 
  • Electric biomass green gas vs fossil 
Doing the above will provide employment and grow the economy 

  • PROVIDE CHEAPER ENERGY FOR ALL
  • CREATE A MORE SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
  • BUILD A MODERN ENERGY NETWORK FROM RENEWABLES
  • REDUCECARBON FOOTPRINT BY DECARBONISING ENERGY
We  can reduce electricity bills while reducing our carbon footprint.

#greendesign #designmatters #energyefficiency #energy #windows #innovation #machinelearning #constructiontech #carbonneutralADL #suhoaustralia #hubble #climatechange #DEW # #sustainability #work

The world we have built is not suited to this fragile rock that we live on 

There will be Societal upheavals - which will change the way we live - there always have been !!

We are in climate change now - Due to 100 years of inaction and exponential growth of our population 

We  were nomads for a reason - What made us settle in 1 place - and multiply exponentially ? Was this a mistake?

Values and valuables 

Things we think are valuable - are not so valuable!!!! 

Things don’t stay same - never have 

Predatory delay - we have been slowing the needed change, in order to make money improve lives - we have created  unsustainable, unjust systems. 

People say they want change, - slowly - it’s the same as doing nothing - and is causing immeasurable harm. Winning slowly is the same as losing 

The environment won’t listen to Dodgy accounting 

Cannon Brookes Opportunity to buy AGL replace provision  of energy with renewables … and shut fossil fuel burning  in an orderly fashion”. Probably with change to spare.

We are in this change - we are a frog in a boiling bucket over past 20 years!!!!


Fracking 
War
Nuclear

Why  are we on a path to self destruction ?

Why are we Eating and consuming ourselves to extinction 

Where are we now - what’s a real diagnostic - that is credible and accepted by governments ?

Are we passed tipping points - where to from here? 

Who do we save ?

What is the right # of people on this planet ?
Should we be nomadic ? 

Interesting points from Ian  Dunlop 

Ian Dunlop co-author of “What Lies Beneath: the understatement of existential climate risk”, and of the Club of Rome’s “Climate Emergency Plan”.      

“climate system is close to tipping points that could drive it to a “point of no return”, where further warming would become self-sustaining. “

Existential threats require a particular approach to risk management. 

The COVID-19 pandemic provides an opportunity to understand the world’s preparedness for such a risk, and how and why the world’s response, by and large, was grossly inadequate.

Climate disruption remains the greatest threat to human civilisation. 

The world requires a very different set of policy responses to the climate crisis. 

Drawing on Climate code red: 

The case for emergency action​,  an emergency response is one in which:
1. There is a brutally honest assessment of extinction if immediate action is not taken;
3. Bipartisanship government buy in 
4. All available resources are devoted to the
emergency;
5. Non-essential functions and consumption curtailed or rationed;
6. Speed of response is crucial, and a rapid transition and scaling up occurs;
7. Research and innovation are fostered; and
8. Critical targets and goals are not compromised because failure is not an option.

A prudent approach to existential risk management, including for pandemics, would include the following:

1. A tough and objective look at the real risks  and consequences that could be devastating for human society;
2. Targets required to avoid catastrophic consequences, based on the latest science, within a qualitative, moral framework;
3. Being alert and prepared, including a flight strategy 
5. No borders 
6. Governments  aware and prepared

How do we x pollenate and collaborate to succeed ?

Chris Selth shared the passion of Beckon Capital  - a purpose driven human  & getting capital and capability to where it matters most. 


Engaging  with the likes of Ashoka and Blackrock - wanting to change the world by using the Beckoniser system to create mass localisation .


Beckon Capital  is looking for institutional support - to find and help hero’s  and SME business owners and leaders to change the world and improve communities .


This is not only game changing but world changing! 







The Global Climate Action Forum  have an influential group who can help. 


  • Vint Cerf - founder  of Internet and VP google - speaking at the Global Climate Action Forum on 3 May - here is a link to register 

 https://events.humanitix.com/global-warming-calculating-risk-with-vint-cerf-global-climate-action-forum-powered-by-bbg


  • Pearl Lee World Vision- she works at the intersection of climate action and poverty she will be hosting at our June forum -
  • Tony Renauldo - reforestation. Natural Resources Advisor for World Vision Australia and world leading reforestation expert  implementating massive-scale environmental restoration and sustainable agricultural intensification projects in developing countries around the world
  • Linda Umezurike - media personality and tv producer - Nigeria
  • Herman Gyr and Lisa Friedman - Climate action Blueprint - Global Leaders in Climate change
  • David Michaelis - co-founder  of Internews Network and current affairs for linktv in San Francisco - now Climate Action activist
  • Luceille Outhred and Brendan Lindstrom - Leading Australian innovators in Climate sustainability  
  • Ivan Kaye and Jane Valmadre - BSI, BBG and Referron - connectors
  • Paul Werbos - social scientist and machine learning pioneer
  • Jan Ve der hoop - fit first technologies - HR technologist connecting the  employer to the right job seeker
  • Bill Mclellan - WhyCubed  - expert in HR systems and Energy Advice to Tier 1 energy companies
  • Anne Marie Elias - A respected and trusted adviser across government, NGO, industry and academia.


Chris has influential people in this space that would be able to add value to this forum ….


  • David Ireland - Radium - the growth drivers - systems thinker 
  • Lisa Wade - digital exchange - leaders of tokenisation in Australia
  • Helene Papa - Food regeneration
  • Ronnie Kahn - Redesign of Oz Harvest
  • Mick Lubianskis - Investor and entrepreneur - Climate salad 

How do we x fertilise ideas to make a difference 

How do we bring our collective support to collaborate, learn and help Beckoniser and Beckon Capital  change the World ? 


How do we help World Vision - expand their centre of influence with our collective community ?


How do we help sustainability innovators commercialise by connecting them to momonry and people?


Tony Renauldo - reforestation. 

Pearl Lee World Vision 

Linda Umezurike

Herman Gyr and Lisa Friedman

David Michaelis

Paul Werbos

Jan Ve der hoop

Bill Mclellan



Some of our previous posts


https://www.linkedin.com/posts/ivankayebsi_climate-racialbias-diversity-activity-6870839527653695488-k0Fy?utm_source=linkedin_share&utm_medium=ios_app


https://www.linkedin.com/posts/ivankayebsi_the-a-magic-of-the-climate-action-forum-activity-6850983114840375296-yLdu?utm_source=linkedin_share&utm_medium=ios_app


https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6879614808325521408?utm_source=linkedin_share&utm_medium=ios_app 

An ode to Choice and Hope - written in the depths of lockdown

This is a post that I saw in the depths of lockdown - written by a South African Rabbi - I copied it to my notes (and put in a few of my own comments in brackets ) and just came across it … not sure the source - apologies to the author 

9 July 2021

 

I CHOOSE HOPE 


As our community fights the third wave of Covid-19, it’s hard not to feel overwhelmed by fear and uncertainty. People are  reeling from losses - of loved ones, incomes, support systems and freedom


Edith Eger who wrote her holocaust memoir “The Choice” in 2017, shared how we always have the choice of what we put into our minds - and hope - even though this is so very hard to do when we are in the grip of despair. 

These were the final wise words from her mother who was murdered at Auschwitz.


Many people need financial and emotional support with burial services team working around the clock. Families are separated from their loved ones in their final hours. 


But disaster brings out the best in people -  tremendous kindness, generosity and compassion in abundance . The very best of humanity - and that’s what fills me with gratitude and hope.


We cannot choose our environment and the dangers of Covid or war or external challenges that we may have 


We can choose how we focus our thoughts, and through which lens we view our world.


(Ik- You  don’t need to polish your  turd - but you can look beyond the turd - you can thank G-d that the turd is rather out than in! )



So, when we struggle with despair or helplessness - and we will, time and again, we need to  go back to the choice we have - to hope again.


Hope gives your heart courage and strength to do the right thing  no matter how afraid and vulnerable we feel. (Psalms 27:14). 


Hope is that this too shall pass, that when working together we can rise to what life is demanding of us, and that we have the power to see the good and feel the gratitude. 


 “Everything is in the hands of Heaven, except our belief in Heaven.”


 We are not in control…truthfully, we never were, but we do have one choice and that is to choose hope.


Blessings in times of crisis 


When Covid hit our community 15 months ago, I pulled out the Chev’s burial records from the Spanish Flu in 1918. I was desperate for some experience to lean on and some information to prepare us for what might come. I was astounded at what I found. A hundred years ago people were burying their small children in significant numbers. I keep this record book open on my desk as a reminder that however dark things look, there is so much light. This awful virus has spared our young children. 


Our choice is to see the light and the good and to strengthen and protect ourselves with gratitude. 


Our choice is to hope that G-d will help us, do everything we can to strengthen ourselves and remember that the outcome is in His hands.


Wishing us all the courage and faith to keep on hoping.


Best,

Listen to our children



https://www.vice.com/en/article/88npnp/fifty-six-percent-of-young-people-think-humanity-is-doomed


The world’s largest ever study of 10,000 young people’s thoughts on  climate crisis, is pretty scary 



Fifty-Six Percent of Young People Think Humanity Is Doomed


75 percent said they believed the future was frightening.


45 percent of 16-25-year-olds said climate-related anxiety and distress is affecting their daily lives and ability to function normally.


Almost 60 percent of the 10,000 young people surveyed across 10 countries attributed this to their national governments, who they said were “betraying” them and future generations through their inaction. 


On TikTok, however, #climateanxiety has 370,000 views.


By country - people from countries more directly and immediately impacted by climate change tended to be more worried about the future. Ninety-two percent of young people in the Philippines said they felt like the future was frightening, compared to just 56 percent in Finland. 

Being A Human


This commentary below , in my view - should be universal and ingrained into our #dna 

This is inspiration from my lifelong friend now living in  #israel Paul Mirbach (connect with him on Facebook )

Do you want to know why you should be helping people - whether they be in  #Ukraine, #Palestine , #Australia, #Russia, #Asia #Africa or the #USA - be they black , white , yellow, green or blue…. Male, Female or Other 
ie any suffering/marginalised person on this #planet 🌎 - of which there are many ⁉️
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Whether they have sided with you / your cause / your belief-in the past or not…..

Here's why:

Because it is the humane thing to do. And your own conscience should guide you - not your vindictiveness. 

Because how can you stand idly by, as a Human,  who know what the feeling of rootlessness, anguish and desperation feels like!! 

Because you understand the devastation that hate and war wreaks.

If you demand that your fellow man respects your belief /cause/ gender / sovereignty and freedom - should you not do all you can to protect another persons/ country's sovereignty and freedom when it is being attacked, criticised or abused . 

Otherwise, how can you demand it for yourself? 

It is not always convenient to take a stand. There is always a price we must pay. But it is also a badge of honor. 

There is also a heavy price to pay when you choose not to take a stand, and it's a heavier price. Because it is a weight on your conscience every day, like an albatross around your neck. It's like a mark of shame that you will carry with you.

With your conscience you sleep. 

I want mine  to be clear. 

 #people #dei #diversity #equity #inclusion #yarningcircle

David Michaelis says we need a shock to take action



Shock happens when people realise that their lives are at stake. Today people in EU are in shock and buy iodine pills and strategise about bunkers.


People,  especially not in the “west”- are far from climate shock .Only when ppl are in the stage of  globally understanding that global warming is worse than a nuclear winter will they be open to a regeneration kind of thinking.


You can’t lead blind people  into your thinking before them being really shocked.


One needs to explain to people in India and China and Brazil why 2050 is an irrelevant target. If only a quarter (west) agrees with you will not get ahead.


Hiroshima was a global shock - What is the parallel today that would create the dynamics we are interested. Only than regeneration will become relevant.


To my thinking Extinction has become a too overused term.


Are we all committing suicide together as a species. 


How do we make it clear that our self strangulation is the shock we need to experience  to see what is ahead?