Saturday, December 10, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
This is the 3rd part of a 4-part interview with Jason.
See the other videos at www.StateoftheSpark.com.
Spark Interview - Jason Northington - Explode
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Spark Interview - Jason Northington - Ignite
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Holy Cow! Only 5% through The Cambridge Guide to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages by Carter & Nunan! I guess that means the material is thorough!
I have loved the training. My good friend, +David Gruber & his wife, Lindsey, recommended American TESOL Institute, and I have been very happy with the education so far. (The design remains to be improved a little bit, but you can't judge e learning by its cover, I guess.)
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Spark Interview - Jason Northington - Spark.m4v
The Spark Interview Project - Jason Northington, The Architect of WOW in Lakeland, FL.
Grant Ryan Nieddu, the Chief Spark Ignitier of State of the Spark, is interviewing people around the world who are making a difference and living a sparked life of philanthropia to help those just starting out. Grant's goal is to interview 1 person in every state in the United States, and 1 person in every country in the world over the next 5 years.
To join the mission, learn more about humanitarianism, philanthropia or living your own Explosive life of Significance, visit www.StateoftheSpark.com
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
On the spectrum between the very others-centered-ness of State of the Spark and the very personal journals I have, this blog is the personal journey and shall remain more focused on my idea of Life as Experiment.
Life as Experiment first occured to me from the work of Buckminster Fuller (who had referred to himself as Guinea Pig B.) Not that anything I am experimenting with is as academic in nature as Bucky was.
However, in my Legacy work I have found that Life as Experiment is one of the best ways to articulate what we are on the planet here for.
Anyone seeking to make a difference in the earth, seeking to dent the universe, especially when it comes to not only serving others (philanthropia, humanitarianism) but to launching others into a life of philanthropia (the state of being Sparked), is leading by example. The only way to lead by example, to be able to saw with integration and honesty that this or that way works versus the other ways, is to do more than lead by example. We should lead by experiment.
That implies that if I claim that, for example, the ideologies of the New Thought movement worked, I should be able to not only speak to what they have done for me, but what data I have collected to that end. If I believe that living a life of philanthropia (missions, humanitarianism, etc) is a path in life that will bring Explosive Significance while en route to the dream, then I should be able to testify AND prove that.
The technocratic generations are questioning everything and studying very little of the previous ways.
It is up to you, and I, and anyone with a desire to leave a legacy, to lead the newer generations to a meaningful, better way of living, to Lead by Example; to Live by Experiment.
So, this is the first entry I have that is taking a new direction. That direction is to reflect on actions I am taking, thoughts I am having, and things we are focusing on to have an honest, transparent look at the Life as Experiment.
Grant Ryan Nieddu
* - Image by San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Friday, October 14, 2011
But he had a question that many people I know have:
What does protesting like this accomplish?I had a response question.
"What does protesting like this accomplish for whom regarding what over what time period?"First, people protest when a) values that they have are being threatened, and b) they have come to a point where they feel that any other course of action will be fruitless. (Read, 'The True Believer' by Eric Hoffer or 'The Sociological Imagination' by C. Wright Mills.)
For guys like my friend, Donald, it will be a long time before they feel the effects of what the protesters are shouting about. His resources are provided for. His values are, in his mind, safe and protected. He doesn't feel threatened. As economists would say, there is no incentive for them to do it. In fact, it would be lost time and productivity (hear, loss of more production.)
So, guys like Donald would not think that much would be accomplished by having a bunch of people meet in a park. Now, Donald is a caring guy, so he isn't throwing the "hippy" card down on the protesters and shaming them.
But many people are. I would venture that those who are telling them to "go get a job" either a) carry a reasonable belief that they could get the resources they need (self-employment, job, investments) , or b) they already have the ability to get the resources they need.
I believe that it is a bit narrow-minded to think that the solution for everyone protesting, now in the thousands in every corner of the country, is to just go get a job. Besides, many of them are not even concerned about the job market. There are other topics on their mind.
Second, protesting like this brings solidarity to those who have a cause. This is obvious, but many people never knew how strongly those around them also felt regarding the same or similar topics. The Haitian motto, seen on its flag, translates "Unity Makes Strength." Gathering makes one feel, "Hey, maybe we can change this thing."
Third, there is the time-release factor of a protest.
Donald asked, what do they think they will accomplish.
Part of my answer was over what time frame,
Occupy Lakeland's Facebook page has it written that besides general corporate greed it is also protesting Lakeland Electric, the electricity utility here in Lakeland, Florida) were thinking that in showing up this Saturday would cause the walls of the Lakeland Electric building to crumble then they were going to be severely disappointed
But, the symbol of many people gathering to be seen and heard triggers a thought, an idea in those that see and hear. Bob Proctor once asked, "What is the gestation period of a mental seed?" Bob didn't know, and neither do I.
However, just as history will forever remember the series of regimes toppled in the Middle East, we must remember that simply standing up in solidarity is noticed. And, even if not now, if not during the life of those protesting, it will still have an effect.
Finally, bringing it home.
To bring the point home, knowing that Donald was a patriot and believed in the founding of our country, I asked him this question:
"What was it that caused the founding fathers to take up a musket, rush a hill, risk taking a musket ball to the face, AND know that they most likely would never see the full fruit of their efforts before they die?"After a round of quick discussion, we called it The Bunker Hill moment.
"What is the moment you would take Bunker Hill?"We took time to answer this for each other.
Taking example from America's founding, the Pilgrims simply removed themselves from the equation (its own form of protest) and set out on their own. Over time, the British Empire came looking for a fight.
I think for me, if something were to get bad enough for me to protest, I would start by simply removing myself from the equation. Move on. Go somewhere else. I can prosper just about anywhere you place me. However, once I had attempted to leave, to let you be you if you let me be me, but force was still being imposed on me, then I would have to take recourse.
So, I think my Bunker Hill moment is when my Free Will has been completely threatened. But that is a moving target, and emotions in the moment of being forced or threatened blur the line on when to react. (See my blog post about being kidnapped in India and The Decision Factor.)
What is YOUR Bunker Hill Moment?
What is the moment you would make a stand?
What value of yours would have to be threatened?
What ideal would have to be at stake?
(Take a second to think about that. Give me your answer in the comments section.)
Grant R. Nieddu
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Throw in some adventurous humanitarians, hackers, and artificial-intelligence-bearing nanites and you have yourself an action-packed thriller! BAM!
Friday, September 16, 2011
Preparing for the 2nd Annual Hope for Haiti 5k! Expect an Infographic on how we do a 5k coming soon....Hope for Haiti 5k (17 photos) Haiti 5k Planning for our 2nd annual Hope for Haiti 5k!
Planning for our 2nd annual Hope for Haiti 5k!
Thursday, September 8, 2011
South of the Border(2009)
A road trip across five countries to explore the social and political movements as well as the mainstream media's misperception of South America while interviewing seven of its elected presid...