There is nothing more relaxing than a long morning stroll in the woods after a busy and active week. Every week we always return to nature to help balance and humble ourselves.
But first… what use is a leader who is not balanced holistically
and what use are followers who trail blindly without thought or question,
cliche, cliche, cliche…
be the change you want to see and
look at that man or woman in the mirror
cliche, cliche, cliche,
You’re excited like a toddler for you have discovered
this new saviour-of-the-world knowledge, but, it’s not new at all,
Your 100+ Facebook posts disturb the ether
for they only gratify your standpoint
creating a line of symmetry with your enemies
recycling the already existing material without action
your uninvited opinion only serving to contradict your aim,
So you want to change the world, but first you must start with yourself
you must evolve and review yourself…
daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly
Who you are must remain the same within each of your interlinked basic elements
and so you should be constantly evolving forever eternally,
Only then… can we all begin to change the world collectively.
B. L. Crisp
This morning I took part in my first ever Sprint Duathlon event. Last month I wrote (‘Duathlon Training as a Vegan‘) that I had started training on a 10 week beginner plan to prepare me for this (with several lapses and modifications I add). Previously, I’ve only ever taken part in 1500 metres (in secondary school) and a BAGBAR 6.4km fun run about four years ago. Endurance and long distance running is not my element, but I wanted to challenge myself to do something new and out of my comfort zone, as well as of course getting back into shape.
The Sprint Duathlon took place at the Bedford Autodrome and consisted of a 5km run, 20km cycle, followed by another 5km run to finish off. My times were:
5km Run 1: 0:21:48
Transition 1: 0:00:55
20km Cycle: 0:46:43
Transition 2: 0:00:51
5km Run 2: 0:28:45
I’m not sure what a good time should be for such an event, but I’m pleased with the effort I gave in my current condition and I hope to improve on this time at the next three Duathlon events I will participate in this year.
It was a very tough race and wasn’t helped in the slightest by the heavy rain and strong winds on the open racing track. After defrosting on the first 5km run stint, it literally felt like cycling against a brick wall at times, as the wind bashed against me. I could only admire some truly awesome bicycles as they whizzed by me like F1 cars. Half way through my second 5km run I got cramp (vastus medialis) in both legs, so I was reduced to periods of power walking, rubbing and tapping the pain areas and jogging. Funnily enough, the pain was more bearable when I jogged as opposed to walking. Nevertheless, I managed to finish the race with a big smile on my face.
A great event and I certainly developed a massive respect and appreciation for triathletes and similar athletes. Also, the staff and stewards were all fantastic and gave great support! The 10 week training schedule starts again tomorrow, but I think I’ll take a few days or a week off!
Web COmmunities for Statistics for Social Innovation (Web-COSI) is another project I am currently working on that brings together two passions of mine: well-being and social entrepreneurship (entrepreneurs who are passionate about making social and environmental change whilst developing a sustainable business/project).
Web-COSI is a European Union (EU) grassroots co-ordination action project with communities in mind and the general objective to improve the engagement of citizens and society at large with statistics in the area of new measures of societal progress and well-being. Under the mantra ‘Statistics for Everyone’, Web-COSI will be exploring innovative ways to bring the production, promotion, access and engagement with statistics to life. Using the opportunities given by Web2.0 the project, built upon the increasing trust in collectively generated statistics, will improve the collection, production and visualization of data towards the integration and complementarity of official and non-official statistics.
In 2014, the official Web-COSI website, wikiprogress data portal, university programme, youth portal and brochure were created, as well as many digital initiatives completed, reports and presentations shared and events held. This year 2015 the Web-COSI team will be digging into the relationship social entrepreneurs have with data and statistics in addition to an EU seminar, workshop and more reports and presentations for you to enjoy and get involved with.
Consortium partner i-genius, will be leading on the relationship between social entrepreneurs and data. Specifically, i-genius will be focusing on how social entrepreneurs use data to:
1. Get started, e.g. assess social needs
2. Forster their ventures, e.g. raise finance
3. Evaluate and measure impact
4. Better understand and communicate the overall phenomenon of social entrepreneurship
This feature of the project will kicked off with i-genius organising a working group in London last month and will follow up with four focus groups around Europe, a report, film, and concluding with a conference at the OECD, Paris in December.
How you can be involved:
1. Visit and use the data mapping website – An open knowledge base of well-being and sustainability projects from around the world: http://wikiprogressdata.org
2. Sign up to Web-COSI newsletters
3. Offer your expertise if you are engaging with statistics in an interesting way firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more at: www.webcosi.eu
Last Friday morning many people in the UK were invited to view a partial (near total) solar eclipse. Luckily being based in the East Midlands of England meant we were in a good region for witnessing the 2015 Eclipse.
With live footage being beamed from the BBC on our laptop and our solar glasses in hand my family and I relaxed in our back garden for the stunning cosmic event.
The sky got darker, the earth got colder and the birds went silent as the solar eclipse reached its climax. Watching the moon go past the sun whilst sitting on earth was both a magical and humbling experience!