28 Jan / The Boldest and Bravest Move Ever On Live TV!
The boldest and bravest move ever on live TV! The song is an anthem of these changing times, but it’s what happens at 4:20 that made history! Deep bows to the producers and to the network for risking it all in the name of love!
As millions of music fans watched around the world, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, the Grammy-winning hip-hop duo behind 2012 smash hits “Thrift Shop” and “Can’t Hold Us,” took the stage at the 2014 Grammy Awards. Joined by Madonna and singer Mary Lambert, the duo performed their equal-rights championing single “Same Love”. Macklemore passionately rapped about how senseless it is to fear other people’s life decisions based in love. Introducing the performance was Queen Latifa, who joined in during the song, to preside over the marriage vows of 33 couples. A variety of gay, straight, and interracial couples lined the isles near center stage, holding hands in solidarity. To accentuate the statement of same love and equality, the couples all exchanged rings and a kiss of devotion.
Thanks to 3D printing, he’s been given a hand… literally
Mick Ebeling, co-founder of Not Impossible Labs – a group that works to “crowd-solve” daunting health care issues – was inspired to find a way to help the mounting number of amputees in Sudan after reading a particularly heartbreaking story published by Time magazine in 2012. The piece profiled an American doctor living in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains and one of his young patients, Daniel Omar. Now 16, Omar lost both his arms to an Antonov bomb two years ago while taking care of his family’s cows. “Without hands, I can’t do anything,” he told Time. “I can’t even fight. I’m going to make such hard work for my family in the future. Ebeling succeeded in creating an arm for Omar, which has helped restore some of the teen’s independence. He was able to feed himself for the first time in two years. Ebeling then went on to train local volunteers in the printing technique, so that they could help victims on their own. “If we could teach the locals how to do it themselves, the project could live long after we left”. Since Ebeling returned home, the lab has been able to print an arm a week and, Omar is now working at the hospital helping to change the lives of other amputees.
elevate in action
What happens when Elevate goes to the “City of Sin” to test Be Brave at the Inspire Theater? See the above video…
This past Monday marked the final test screening of the rough edit of Be Brave. The evening was hosted by our friends at Zappos as part of their “Downtown Project.” In short, it was epic! We packed the brand new Inspire Theater and asked everyone to fill out a questionnaire. Among the dozen or so questions was this one:
“How do you feel about Be Brave?”
We provided a few choices: Not impressed / I liked it / I loved it / Totally blown away
Despite the fact that the movie is in a rough stage- no sound mix, temp music, etc. this is how it scored:
87% totally blown away
11% loved it
2% liked it
0% not impressed.
Historically, these numbers are off the chart! Big gratitude to everyone who showed up, stayed late, and spoke from the heart. Now, back to the lab and onto the final phase of post production. Oh, we just can’t wait to share this movie with you our awesome community. Coming soon!
visions we love
College students no longer getting trashed! Now they’re selling it…
The Brower Youth Awards for young environmental activists recently honored Alex Freid, founder of the Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN), for his efforts to combat waste on school campuses in New Hampshire. PLAN works with an eye toward zero campus waste. Freid noticed that at the end of a school year, the University of New Hampshire’s monthly garbage collection jumped from its average of 25 tons to 105 tons, and a lot of the “garbage” was useful stuff – furniture, clothing, appliances, and more. Freid wisely notes that, “When the only solution is a dumpster, everything looks like trash.”
So, Freid and PLAN established the Trash 2 Treasure program to collect all of the Spring cast-offs and sell it forward in the Fall to incoming students at discounted prices. PLAN’s goal is to expand its network to include more campuses across the country, sharing best-practices and tested models as they go. So far, the results are impressive. In its first three years, PLAN’s T2T program has: Diverted more than 110 tons of waste from landfills, Brought in over $55,000 in revenues, Donated more than five tons of food and clothing to local shelters, Saved UNH $10,000 in waste disposal costs, Saved students around, $216,000 by selling recycled goods. When we turn a blind eye to issues around us, they effectively slow our progression. When issues are fully recognized and addressed, awareness can spread, and solutions can be formed.
video of the week
What is the best spiritual medicine? Laughing! Sometimes at yourself…
For everyone who gets a little overwhelmed by all the spiritual woo woo, don’t worry you’re not alone. Life can be as powerful as the intention we place on it. And sometimes it’s fun to step back and have a laugh at all the silly things we do, no matter how serious we usually take them.
When was the last time you saw a subway full of people…without any pants?
Since their humble beginnings in New York City in 2001, Improv Everywhere has grown from a small gang of restless jokesters into an internationally recognized prank collective and a viral video-making machine. From the No Pants Subway Ride to Frozen Grand Central to the MP3 Experiment and beyond, their publicly staged scenes of chaos and joy are beloved by the hundreds who witness them, the thousands who participate in them, and the millions who watch and share the videos online. We Cause Scenes: The Rise of Improv Everywhere is the inside story of this groundbreaking group and its founder, Charlie Todd, who has turned the world into a stage, inventing an art form for the Internet age.
Raw Living Expo is this weekend!
Elevate is proud to sponsor this amazing gathering for raw living. Some of the most knowledgeable professionals in the health and wellness industry will be sharing their gifts with the community. Since we have a symbiotic relationship with Mother Earth, it is important to learn ways of using food as medicine, and how to create a more sustainable future. Start your new year with the tools to help you thrive. Come eat, learn, play, and dance with us.