What can we learn to create from our earth?

Traditional Ute Prayer (native North American)

Cosmos daisies... the whole world in a flower

Cosmos daisies… the whole world in a flower

Earth teach me stillness as the grasses are stilled with light.

Earth teach me suffering as old stones suffer with memory.

Earth teach me humility as blossoms are humbled with beginning.

Earth teach me caring as the mother who secures her young.

Earth teach me courage as the tree which stands all alone.

Earth teach me limitations as the ant which crawls on the ground.

Earth teach me freedom as the eagle which soars in the sky.

Earth teach me resignation as the leaves which die in the fall.

Earth teach me regeneration as the seed which rises in the spring.

Earth teach me to forget myself as melted snow forgets its life.

Earth teach me to remember kindness as dry fields weep with rain.

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What inspires you to give?

With the rash of ice bucket challenge films being made across the global by the great and the good I started to think about would my response be, if I were to be nominated…

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Creatively accepting the dare to be part of the Ice Bucket Challenge…

Giving to any cause for me comes from the heart, a want to give back to a charity I believe does good work in a sector of society that needs support i.e. homelessness, housing, overseas aid

Or to causes friends inspire me to find out more about through their personal connections i.e. Harrison’s Fund or those who I deem ‘crazy’ enough to run a marathon for 

So mine time did come and I was called out to do my challenge, it even had a time limit on, which I missed by a day…

And that’s ok as the dare was more than just to fill up a bucket of water with ice and throw it over my head on film… it was an invite to be true to myself and consider one more time what and whom would I want to give my money to and how would I respond given wasting water is not a cool thing to do in my world.

My response was based on being a fundraiser for over 15 years in different guises with the belief that giving needs to be through free choice not through feeling awkward, pressured to conform or being accepted and fit in. 

My hope is my version of the ice bucket, well ice tray challenge, is a truer reflection of the creative individual I am who through free choice gives creatively either because I have so much more than enough in my life to share around and/or sometimes it’s worth not having in my more than abundant life so others I may never know can benefit from clean water, a roof over their head, a friendly face and hot food…

What inspires you to give? Have you been nominated? If yes, what was your response?

How to grow robust & sustainable creative businesses?

Well it’s a good question and not one that can be ironed out over a cuppa…

I understand how overwhelming it can be to look at making your business and your life more ‘green’ and/or sustainable – this has been a passion of mine ever since primary school and a workshop we took part in on packaging – see the slide with the After Eights boxes…

Open To Create… is my day to day expression in the world of being part of co-creating an inheritable world for many future generations of all species on this planet.

I trust you enjoy and find inspiration in the slides from my workshop “Giving Your Business The Green Light” run in partnership with University of East London as part of their Make It Global programme with The Centre of Excellence for Women’s Entrepreneurship

Make It Global: Giving You The Green Light… creating green creative businesses…

Proud to be designing this one day workshop to inspire women running creative businesses to get creative around the green aspects of running creative businesses…

And excited to meet the group and hear their ideas and solutions to make their business as sustainable for now and the future…

Thanks to the wonderful team at University of East London Centre of Excellence for Women’s Entrepreneurship

GO GREEN!!      Book here…

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Create a business that will sustain not just yourself…

5p bag tax – Urging the Government to tax the supermarkets who insist on using unethical, unsustainable plastic packaging…

I did actually laugh when I heard the Government is proudly bringing in a 5 pence tax to consumers from 2015 for using plastic bags from supermarkets – BBC from 14.09.13

Not that I am against this… and the money does go to charity (said in a Smashy & Nicey voice) but it falls so massively short of the bigger issues that where the laugh or was it more of a chocking sound, sounding like a laugh or sharp intake of breath?

Like an older lady I have for sometime now (about a year) been collecting all of the plastic packaging that comes from my supermarket purchases which are ‘not currently recycled’.

Why?

Because I increasingly feel uneasy, if not queasy about throwing this rubbish in the ‘general’ rubbish for its longer term consequences or throwing it away into the recycling thinking”that’s someone else’s job to deal with’ and risking contaminating the recycling which also has massive consequences.

Damned if I do, damned if I don’t right…

Well not in a going straight to hell type way more in I don’t think its sustainable to hoard this amassing pile of plastics in my flat… they’ll end up doing one of those hoarding shows on me, and that’s not so cool.

So my question to the Government – is what are their policies on any companies who in the 21st century are still rolling out thousands of lines in ‘currently not recycled packaging’?

It’s all sorts as well from Tescos, Sainsburys, Morrisons through to those you’d hope would know and act better – Waitrose and The Cooperative – see my photos below.

It falls on us all to check out packaging more and demand brands stop the use of such non-ethical and biodegradable materials… it’s so last century when smaller brands such as Suma Food products have been using PET packing for the last few years. If they can why can’t the big players too?

TAX them for using these materials and you’ll soon see a turnaround as it will effect the bottom line – which is after all what the companies in question are driven by, whatever their mission statements may claim

image by Anna B. Sexton

Sort it out Coop… call yourself ethical, shame on you!

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You can do much, much better than this Morrisons…

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Waitrose, once my favourite, most trusted supermarket… now as bad as the rest