Posts Tagged ‘vision’

Nurturing ideas..

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Beautifully articulated tribute by the chief designer at Apple .

And just as Steve loved ideas, and loved making stuff, he treated the process of creativity with a rare and a wonderful reverence. You see, I think he better than anyone understood that while ideas ultimately can be so powerful, they begin as fragile, barely formed thoughts, so easily missed, so easily compromised, so easily just squished.”

—Jonathan Ive at the Steve Jobs Tribute on the Apple campus.

Powerful message for any organization that seeks to be innovative..

 

Meghalaya’s Living Bridges

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apBO9pujP5E

In Meghalaya, India, “the wettest place on Earth”, summer monsoons cause floods and rapids that are nearly imposible to cross. Residents have responded by building “living bridges” out of the roots of fig trees. These still-living roots allow bridges that continue to grow and strengthen over the years. No one person can complete a bridge alone, so the practice is passed down from one generation to the next, with the construction of bridges spanning entire lifetimes.

This is sustainable architecture in practice, and a stunning testament to the power of collaboration.

This level of  wisdom , foresight , planning and collaboration is needed urban India which virtually languishes from lack of all four attributes on part of successive governments and citizen groups.

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Thank you Steve..

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

 

Thank you Steve for making the world infinitely more creative , beautiful , magnificent , memorable.

Your journey and creations have shaped Clean Planet. Your vision , courage and genius continue to inspire us.

Independence Day

Monday, August 15th, 2011

A salute to all those who participated in the movement to make India Independent. And to all those unsung heroes across the country who have since then contributed in myriad forms to making this a more equitable , fair , liveable , joyous , progressive nation than it would have otherwise been.

What is the significance of Independence Day in present day urban India ? For the generations that have been born and raised in an independent India ? Newspapers filled with pictures of celebrities wearing clothes that have shades of the tri-color , saying what it means to be Indian . Buying little flags at the traffic signals and putting them in one’s car or desk for a few days. Participating in flag hoisting ceremony in one’s residential building or company. A few moments of solemn silence as the anthem is played. What is the connection that the rituals build with the idea of a nation ? of the idea of being Indian ? The risk is when the sentiment is limited to a few external gestures.

We can create new , meaningful rituals for Independence Day – as individuals and as groups :
- Recognize that our actions – personal and professional – shape India . If there is allegiance to the idea of a nation to which we pledge our devotion – let it reflect in consistent action.
- Make life choices – small and big – that are authentic and deeply meaningful rather than driven by external appearances / compulsions aka Inner Independence
- Give time , attention , money to those less fortunate
- Help educate a child
- Consciously choose not to litter any public space – e v e r.
- Plant trees
- Become an a c t i v e citizen
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- the list can be meaningfully expanded
Eventually we need to rise above the idea of nations and see the human species as one . Until that can happen we can attempt an expansive and inclusive definition of what it means to be Indian . And be cognizant of our responsibilities and rights the other 364 days of the year.
Happy Independence Day to all citizens of this magnificent piece of the Pale Blue Dot.

Impossible is nothing…

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

In the aftermath of the nuclear crisis, Japanese citizens have cooperated to help save electricity. In the process, they’ve reduced energy usage by 15% in Tokyo, one of the world’s most electric cities which is also one of most densely populated metros in the world.

It’s a concerted effort between the government , media , organizations and citizens. Massive in scale , complex to execute. Seemingly impossible to pull off. Yet , it has been done.

Japanese are bringing to the conservation drive a characteristic combination of national fervor, endurance, sloganeering, technology and social coercion. Read about it here.

One wonders if this is possible in other parts of the world ? Are citizens elsewhere equally willing to put collective well being over their individual comfort ?

In their own characteristic way Japanese citizens have shown that while no one can do everything. Every one can do a LOT.

 

 

Eco Veggie

Friday, July 29th, 2011

 

One of the biggest reasons most folks invite or allow  plastic into their homes is to store fruits and vegetables in the refrigerator.

Disposed after one use, these bags leave the kitchen bin and head right to an ever growing pile of non-biodegradable waste. Environmental concerns aside, storing fruits & vegetables in plastic is far from hygienic not to mention plastic keeps fruits & veggies from breathing which makes them to spoil faster.

We designed the Eco Veggie to address each of these concerns. They’re easily washable & reusable making them both hygienic & eco, add to that the fact that they’re made in 100% cotton allowing produce to stay fresh for longer.

The reusable Eco Veggie is perfect for storing vegetables and fruits in your refrigerator. Its 100% cotton fabric keeps fruits & veggies fresher for longer . The thoughtful messages on the Eco Veggie bags spread joy..

A small step that goes a long way towards a more Sustainable World.

Click here to buy your Eco Veggie bags.

 

Bag Karma

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

All of us at Clean Planet are excited to be part of the Eco Bazaar, Eco Fest organized by Mocha Treehuggers in association with The Root. We’re looking forward to meet you and discuss things green and good.

On the occasion of World Environment Day we’d also like to share some ‘BAG KARMA‘ with you. Got an old re-usable bag in fairly good condition (no plastic please)? Donate it to us and buy a spanking new Clean Planet tote for 10% less! See you Sunday 5 June 2011 at Mocha Mojo, Bandra .

The bags collected will be given to those who can’t afford them..thereby helping them to go green.

A new way to holiday

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

Golden week in Japan is one of important national holidays treasured by the normally hard working Japanese . This year many of them have spontaneously decided to use their holiday time to support the tsunami relief work.

It’s not the way out-of-towners normally spend the start of the so-called Golden Week holiday, when Japanese commonly leave big cities to visit their home towns, take hot spring vacations or travel abroad. But after last month’s earthquake and tsunami decimated northeastern coastal towns and left an estimated 26,000 Japanese either dead or missing, these are not normal times.

“I saw the devastation on TV and felt I had to do something,” said Junko Sugino, 49, as she dragged a crate of mud through the narrow lanes between the tombstones.

“This is hard work, but it’s something that has to be done by people. Machines can’t fit into these tiny spaces,” she said..

Through the crisis and beyond the Japanese citizens have been admirable and inspiring in the way they have chosen to respond. Join us in renewing good wishes to the awesome Japanese to recover and rebuild their lives and nation.

One Voice One India

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

A movement is gaining momentum all across India . People from all walks of life and across age groups are coming to support the creation of a Corruption Free India.

The government headed by the Prime Minister NEEDS to hear your message. Write in to the PMO – email , send letters by post or courier . This is a govt that chose to not reply to Anna Hazare. They need millions of letters to see the writing on the wall.

If you would like a Clean India pl choose to make a difference.

Creativity unfolding..

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Amxma folding bicycle comes with an integrated basket for your groceries.

In folded form, the bike functions like a shopping cart. Now you can leave your car at home and travel to the supermarket on your bicycle.

Love the idea of combining functions in a product. Makes for a creative world . And a more sustainable one. Since we’d need fewer stuff to fulfill our requirements.

* This would not be allowed yet into Indian supermarkets !