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Frankle

“Whatever you are, be a good one.”
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  • Frankle commented on a link

    Real Social Good is Emotionally Connected via magazine.good.is

    Frankleabout 1 month ago

    I went to a talk by the a guy from Housing for Health (top right photo in http://www.healthabitat.com/housing-for-health ) who said he first engages and employs locals to get them participating in and owning the idea of improvements to their community - in fixing maintenance problems like 'no shower' (major contributor to childhood mortality) he trains them and gets them doing it so they can continue after he is gone. It has apparently worked well in Central Australian aboriginal communities, Nepal, Bangladesh and the poorest section of highest-murder rate Brooklyn NYC (apparently Obama allocated $28M but local housing commission blocked it as the quick improvements would have embarrassed their previous lack of effectiveness)

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    Want to Change the Education System? Listen to Students via magazine.good.is

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    Frankleabout 1 month ago

    glad that's working for you - when I ask my tech college students (mostly 18-25yos) - a lot of them respond with - 'huh ? ... mumble, mumble (incoherent) ...'

    when I ask for examples - most of them have no work experience so stare at me blank-faced as if waiting to be spoon-fed the next pearl of wisdom

    so I'll guess your idea - while beautiful in theory - in execution may fall somewhere between the green/sustainable marketers experience of 'you told me you'd pay more for green products, but then you just went and bought the cheapest' and Steve Jobs and others' observation that customers can instantly tell you what they Don't like, but typically can't really tell you what they want until you give it to them ...

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  • Frankle commented on a link

    From Corporate Lawyer to Shoe Peddler: 5 Lessons Learned About Social Entrepreneurship via magazine.good.is

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    Frankle4 months ago

    I've had various pairs of Indian leather slippers but never been satisfied with them - too hard, poor quality leather (they used to split leather into two sheets, making it weak/easily broken) and quickly got hard and unpleasant walking on hard thin leather soles - if they got wet they turned rock hard

    suggest for export you look at a variation of Spanish espadrilles - with soft comfortable padded soles - whether crafted with something like woven rushes, or rubber, even a combination - experiment - come up with something new as your unique selling proposition !

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Espadrille - suggests jute soles vulcanised underneath - hand-crafted comfort, stuff like that ...

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  • Frankle replied to a comment by Jackie Ramirez

    Best of 2013: The Year in Food via magazine.good.is

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    Jackie Ramirez4 months ago

    You're right, even cooking could turn good nutritious food into chemicals that could potentially damage the body. There's definitely a fine line to be drawn with uncertainty of where it should be. In the end, I think it's all about knowing what you're feeding your body. Thanks for the food for thought Lara :)

    Frankle4 months ago

    um - except current research suggests that it was the cooking of food that increased its nutritional value which enable us to develop large brains - if you want to stay back in monkey days, go the raw food - and don't forget to scratch your armpits while you're doing it - enjoy !

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    Designing Streets for People, Not Just Cars via magazine.good.is

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    Frankle7 months ago

    sure - there's a great book called 'Traffic' which quotes an example of how to reduce pedestrians being hit by cars - wide open streets tend to cause cars to speed up and pay less attention (texting while they're driving ?) - so they deliberately narrowed the streets, blurred the boundaries with shared walking spaces, plants and obstacles - result: cars slowed down, paid attention, less accidents !

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    Bench Bombing: One Simple Way to Transform Public Space via magazine.good.is

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    Frankle7 months ago

    great stuff - in Sydney I proposed the use of cheap lightweight stackable plastic chairs (you know - $10 each) that could be put out in the Town Hall Square each day - if someone stole them no biggie - they've since done so and last time I looked they were very popular.

    Similarly in our new Darling Quarter they put out folding deck chairs on the lawn - everytime I walk past on a pleasant day they're also typically fully occupied

    and the nice thing as your article suggests is that by not fixing them in place, people can move them into any configuration they like - whether alone or in a group - to find their perfect arrangement to enjoy or face the sun or shade as they desire - they also feel in control so more engaged in and likely to savour the moment

    I'm thinking of suggesting to our resident building committee that we place a bench in a small (maybe 5 foot square) space at the corner of our street - facing north-west it would be ideal to sit and enjoy the late afternoon/sunset - and with passing pedestrians in crossing directions, other folk would be likely also to congregate for a chat and feel engaged in their community as well

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  • Frankle replied to a comment by tainlender

    Become a Member of a Cultural Institution

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    tainlenderabout 1 year ago

    Yesterday my 18-month old granddaughter and I spent hours at LACMA, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She was so excited and attentive everywhere - to name just a few of her favorites: running in and out among the lamp posts in the Urban Light exhibit; watching the artist's fingers and hands in Bruce Nauman's video installation "The Beginners" (she was utterly fascinated); following birds in the open plaza; creating her own art in the Children's Boone Gallery; even experiencing the feel and sound of crunching pebbles under her feet in the gardens beside outdoor walkways was endlessly interesting and fun.

    LACMA is an endlessly wondrous place to explore and learn and be provoked and challenged and enjoy and feel alive with continually expanding horizons at any age.

    Museum membership is the greatest gift to give to family and friends. In LA, LACMA is an extraordinary gift of the community to all of us who live here - an institution to be treasured.

    Frankle8 months ago

    We went to LACMA 4 months ago as overseas tourists/guests of a local member - the yellow hanging plastic strands/cube shimmering in the sun enticing kids to get lost in - that alone was worth the visit !

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  • Frankle replied to a comment by Sara Gilliam

    Redesigning Recess: Why Kids Need Natural Playgrounds via magazine.good.is

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    Sara Gilliam9 months ago

    That playground sounds amazing and as though it's accomplishing all of the things I touch on in my article. I love a playground with a water feature!

    Frankle9 months ago

    yes a design feature is water max depth 2" to avoid drowning risk - plus it has seating for parents all around so every child is constantly watched - a great design and popular as a result.

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    Redesigning Recess: Why Kids Need Natural Playgrounds via magazine.good.is

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    Frankle9 months ago

    I won't argue with your thesis - I'll just say my current favourite is a local built playground - on any nice day it tends to be overflowing with kids splashing in the fountains, playing with the water sluice wheels and gates, the wide slippery dip becomes a continuous cascade of joyful kids and the rope climbing pyramid challenges the 6-9yos to be king of the mountain - very carefully designed to challenge and fascinate while minimising risk of injury - surrounded by parents watchfully ensuring no harm comes to anyone - my favorite spot to experience joy !

    some pix - http://tinyurl.com/l8v2sew

    http://www.darlingquarter.com/play/

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  • Frankle commented on something to do

    Set Aside 10-20 Minutes Twice a Day, Everyday for Quiet Time

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    Frankle9 months ago

    yep - but like zen - once you've hit your nirvana - you don't need to keep doing it - I did it 40 years ago - I don't need to keep doing it - if I feel frazzled, say once a fortnight, just a couple of minutes of fixing the gaze on a distance object and focusing on emptying/relaxing the mind and I'm good

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  • Frankle commented on a link

    How a Platoon Sergeant Got Her Life Back Through Meditation via magazine.good.is

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    Frankle9 months ago

    clearing the mind - meditation - drop the habitual rat-race-cage of repetitive thoughts of 'I wish/I woulda/shoulda/coulda' - that can drive you crazy - observe the thoughts arise, and practice simply letting them pass by without grasping - eventually they become fewer, gaps appear, further apart - until one day - stillness and bliss !

    I did that nearly 40 years ago - and live every moment in the present - I walk down the street and admire the beauty of a fallen leaf, a stone

    a researcher's formula for happiness I saw recently - the largest component after 'take care of your body' was 'live in the moment' - drop unnecessary thoughts/worries, look around, the world is an amazing beautiful place, and every moment can be a pleasure.

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  • Frankle commented on a link

    The City Social: Why Urbanism Needs To Return To Observation via magazine.good.is

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    Frankle9 months ago

    yep - heard this on a podcast the other day - Plato's rationalist ideal was a world where we all made rational decisions - except that we are emotional beings, so forget that.

    architecture creates behaviour - put out cheap stackable plastic chairs in a public square and people will stop, gather and linger - enjoying the ebb and flow of humanity - viz NYC Times Square now - brutalist commercial buildings that present a blank inhuman face to the street are being replaced with walkable Japanese-style shopfronts - live above, linger below

    and considering retirement I've read - before retirement most expect to miss the steady income - after retirement most say they miss the social connections !

    provide a 'perfect' urban design and people will drive their cars to get away from it

    provide an interesting social mix - like NYC - and people will travel the world to come and participate - enjoy, tell their friends, meet, and invite other friends - creating art and energy and the synergistic buzz that only cities can provide

    my neighbourhood is about to undergo at $2.5b redevelopment - initial plans suggested our walkway/bridge to the city would be cut off - I protested strongly, discussions are underway with multiple stakeholders, and it looks like we're going to get a good solution - get involved and you can understand and enjoy the process - fail to plan and your future becomes part of someone else's plan ...

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