Do what you love and do it often | The Holstee Manifesto

This is your life. Do what you love, and do it often. If you don’t like your job, quit. If you don’t have enough time, stop watching TV. If you are looking for the love of your life, stop; they will be waiting for you when you start doing things you love. Stop over analyzing, life is simple. All emotions are beautiful. When you eat, appreciate every last bite. Open your mind, arms, and heart to new things and people, we are united in our differences. Ask the next person you see what their passion is, and share your inspiring dream with them. Travel often; getting lost will help you find yourself. Some opportunities only come once, seize them. Life is about the people you meet, and the things you create with them so go out and start creating. Life is short. Live your dream and share your passion.

I’ve been planning something huge for next week’s post, we are about to reach an awesome number of visitors and we want to celebrate with all of you so all I can share with you today is The Holstee Manifesto, a call to action to live a life full of intention, creativity, passion and community.

Tip from SavvySeniorsWok.com:

Behind the Holstee Manifesto is a business launched in the heat of the recession in May 2009. Brothers Mike and Dave and their partner, Fabian, knew they wanted to create more than a business – the trio wanted to create a lifestyle. So the first thing Holstee’s three founders did was sit together and write down exactly what was on their minds. They wanted to create a company that breathes passion into the world everyday. it was to be a reminder of what we live for. The result became known as the Holstee Manifesto and, through all avenues of social media, the manifesto has been viewed over 80.000.000 times to date!

Starting in the summer of 2009, they dove head first into the world of design and production. After six months an a huge learning curve, Holstee launched its first line of Recycled Tees made of 100% recycled plastic bottles that were milled, cut and sewn within 150 miles of each other in North Carolina. Starting with this first round, 10% of all sales were lent to entrepreneurs in extreme poverty through non-profit micro-lending organizations like Kiva.org – a tradition they are proud to still embrace.

Amazed and inspired by the community of individuals who have embraced the Holstee Manifesto as their own, the founders have created this My Life project to capture, celebrate and share the stories that speak to the truth that life is indeed about the people you meet and the things you create with them.

If you loved this video you’ll enjoy all the material Holstee has on their site.

BE CREATIVE! BE INSPIRED! GET TUNED & SEE YOU NEXT WEEK!

Live unbound

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When I started this blog in the very first I was willing to begin something which could inspire and motivate others to create new things, to feel comfortable and capable to do everything they want, so posts during the first year were all about innovation, entrepreneurship, technology, motivation, etc.

But something changed my mind recently.

I’m still a huge fan of motivation blogs and I’m completely in entrepreneurship field, but now I become a little more concerned about the feeling of freedom, spread the liberty: to live unbound.

There’s something inside of us. Blind to the forces that restrict our potential, it gives us the gift of unlimited ability. We use it to rise above ourselves. To reach the unreachable. But for most people it’s unattainable. Bound by fear. Trapped inside the walls they build. Asleep but never dead. We fight to awaken it. We fight to live unbound. Unbound from our debilitating thoughts- I can’t, it’s too risky, I’m afraid, that’s impossible. We do have weaknesses, fears and doubts; bu they’re overpowered by psychological strength, by the most powerful directing force of our future – our belief. Fueled by this confidence we redefine our limitations. We live unbound from the status quo. From the guidelines that suffocate our imagination. Instead, we follow our intuition, even when it guides us off the well paved path, into the unknown. Despite its uncertainty, we have learned to love this place. It gives us answers. It’s where we belong. Rooted from a desire to feel alive, to escape, to experience, to succeed, to discover what we’re truly capable of. We live unbound. 

I discovered LIVE UNBOUND a little ago, maybe a couple of months ago, when I realised it was the most inspirational site ever (beside #BRANDYOURWAY). I’ve visited several sites before such as INFINITY LIST but the design and creativity of LIVE UNBOUND completely impressed me. There’s a lot of strength on it, a lot of will to live, to try out and this is what I really appreciate when I look through Internet. It’s pretty hard to find a site that really make you fall in love with it but I claim I found it.

Furthermore, LIVE UNBOUND means to me something more than just a website, represents the way of life I advocate every day, a way of life that completely define you and you define the way you act. Something fueled by the feeling of freedom, ambition and respect. You must feel free to do what you love, but you also need a portion of ambition to fight for it, then immediately you’ll reach respect. This is my point of view of everything I do day after day: if you really want something go for it. Don’t be afraid about what others are gonna say, just go and achieve it, fight for it, be better than anyone else. Only when you have what you want stope, enjoy and listen what others say about you.

Facebook’s office extension

Some days ago I heard an interesting new, that Facebook’s is going to expand it’s office by the hand of Frank Gehry, the father of Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao (Spain) or Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA (CA).

Frank Owen Gehry (born as Frank Owen Goldberg) on February 28, 1929, is a Canadian American Pritzker Prize-winning architect based in LA. His works are cited as being among the most important works of the contemporary architecture in the 2010 World Architecture Survey, which led Vanity Fair to label him as “the most important architect of our age”. Gehry’s best known works include the titanium-covered Guggenheim Museum in Bilbabo (Spain), MIT Stata Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts or Walt Diseny Concert Hall in downtown LA.

Facebook’s campus extension or Facebook West will be located across a highway from Facebook East in Menlo Park, CA. according to Bloomberg. The 420,000-square-foot campus will be home to Facebooks headquarters 3,400 engineers.

The Gehry-designed Facebook will have 26-foot.high ceilings and huge skylights. The 10-acre-long room will be sectioned off into “work-group neighborhoods”. Office decor will consist of graffiti, work benches and arcade game consoles. On top of the massive office will be a “lushly landscaped” rooftop garden, complete with eateries serving up sushi and barbecue.

Mark Zuckerberg declare: “I’m excited to work with Frank Gehry to design our new campus. The idea is to make the perfect engineering space: one giant room that fits thousands of people, all close enough to collaborate together. It will be the largest open floor plan in the world, but it will also have plenty of private, quite spaces as well. The roof of the buulding will be a park that blends into the comunity with a long walking trail, a field and a lots of places to sit. From the outside it will appear as if you’re looking at a hill in the nature.”

Here we can take a look on what will be the future Facebook HQs:

Facebook’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg, Frank Gehry, the architect and technical staff analyzing the miniature
Miniature model of Facebook West uploaded by Mark Zuckerberg last Friday evening

Sources: mashable.com/ decoesfera.com

bizbarcelona 2012- Boost your company, business or project

The first edition of bizbarcelona celebrated a year ago [2011] offered solutions to 13,336 entrepreneurs to help them materialize their ideas, find new targets for their business, or serve as innovative launch pads for their companies. Over the course of two days the event hosted more than 1,800 meetings between entrepreneurs, investors and consultants and has become the best platform for business start-ups, financing and internationalization, with a particular emphasis on the mechanisms for business growths and innovation.

This year I had the pleasure to assist to this brilliant networking and entrepreneurship event. I’ve never been in a fair of this magnitude and I’m really impressed about the high quantity of businessmen, entrepreneurs, freelancers and dreamers that despite the global crisis are hungry to success and boost their own projects. One of the most things I’m proud is that there are people who is not afraid of economy, politics or society affairs, because they have a dream, they have a strong project and the only way to boost it is being self-confident, enterprising, be a winner but above all never stop dreaming. In my opinion to dream is a privilege that we don’t value. As said Walt Disney: “if you can dream it, you can do it”, and this is the essence of entrepreneurship.

So besides this impression, bizbarcelona is much more. During two days we can learn about all: finances, investments, insurances, franchises and associated businesses, product and service companies set up by entrepreneurs, public institutions, training centers, social networks and what I also think is the best part: conferences and make networking.

Networking is the ability to take advantage of a network of contacts, whether professional or personal. It helps us to increase our resources or locate professionals or organizations that might be able to help us or guide us towards other contacts. Networking has become an extremely important part of professional life because effectively increasing you network of contact helps to increase your skills when it comes to managing and developing your company and achieving your objectives. In the photo below we can see the networking area. Moreover, the fair is divided in six big areas: inspiration, creation, growth, financing, tech market and policy makers.

About the speeches, in my opinion it’s really useful and motivating can listen and see in live a referent of a succesful company. This year we could assist to a wide range of terms, for example: 

  • financing: find out how to get public and/or private financing.
  • innovation: trends, sector, innovation, emerging sectors, new business opportunities, open innovation, GEC.
  • internationalization and export: everything you need to know to put your company on the international map and get access to new foreign markets.
  • business management and strategy: how to organize your company to make it more efficient.
  • sales: new sales strategies and online sales.
  • optimizing resources: all the resources you need to get your company performing at the highest level.
  • marketing and advertising tools: how to promote your company: 2.0 marketing, social networks, cloud computing, repositioning, campaigns, etc.
  • franchises: how to create and invest in a franchise.
  • management skills: enhance your skills for successful management.
We have decided to go to Google’s speech about SEO and Google Apps. It was jam-packed. Some remarkable speakers are: Marc Vidal, Xavier Verdaguer (InnoValley), Vicente Arias, Lluís Font, Vicens Martí, Oliver Rothschild, Cliff Reeves (Microsoft), Christina Brodbeck (YouTube) or Marc Sanz (Google).
 
But that’s only a part of the fair. In bizbarcelona we can find a high number of exhibitors as Nubelo (company that I want to explain in another post), TecnoCampus, EyeOs, Google, Microsoft, Repsol, etc.

In conclusion, I’m extremely happy about today. Never is too late to change things and you should never stop dreaming! (I love this quote).

I’ve done some pics in the fair in order to share with all of you:

Networking area
Networking area
Welcome to bizbarcelona
Welcome to bizbarcelona
Social networks speech
Social networks speech
Info wall
Info wall
Networking area
Networking area

Talking about green business

Green business, eco-business, sustainable business; whatever you want to call it, the environment is increasingly affecting the way we run our businesses. A solution to reduce our impact is converting our business in a green business,  taking measures to reduce the impact on the environment.

This could be done in numerous ways – from having a ‘last man out’ routine to make sure the printer is switched off at night, to carbon offsetting, to investing thousands of pounds in solar panels and going completely carbon neutral.

 Businesses have various reasons for going green. While many businesses have a genuine desire to reduce their impact on the environment, some larger companies have been criticised for their cynical ‘greenwashing’ tactics – using the term ‘green’ to justify lower-quality products and cost-cutting tactics.

Many small businesses have found that going green is a way to compete with larger, less scrupulous, multiples; and advertise their green credentials as much as possible.

Green, greener or greenest?

There is a difference between advertising yourself as a ‘green’ business and simply making sure your business practice is as green as possible.

Marks and Spencer is an example of a business which is making an effort to be green, without marketing itself as a green business. The company has set green goals for itself, which it wants to meet by 2012. These include reducing the waste it sends to landfill to zero, becoming carbon neutral, and sourcing more of its materials from sustainable sources.

Compare this to a company such as Onya Bags which has a product motivated by climate change and was one of the first businesses to produce an alternative to plastic bags, and it’s clear that while Marks and Spencer’s goals are commendable and will no doubt have a positive effect on the environment, its products aren’t specifically created to improve the environment.

Whether your business is inspired by the need to combat climate change or you just want to make your practices more eco friendly, Daniel Brousson, who founded Onya with his brother, Jon, in 2005, says consumers are recognising business’ green credentials more than ever before.

“It’s a whole industry now – people know the words ‘fair trade’, they know the word ‘organic’, they know the word ‘ethical’ – it’s part of modern language.

“In five years we’re going to see massive changes in all sorts of things,” he says.

“Whether you’re in a co-op or a small gift shop or organic wholefoods, it’s all changed.”

Read more visiting www.startups.co.uk

Google uses recycled water to cool its data center

The search giant is using water from local residents’ toilets and bathtubs to cool the systems in their Douglas County facility.

Google, Facebook, Microsoft and other operators of massive data centers are always looking for ways to make their facilities more energy-efficient, primarily to drive down the skyrocketing costs of running these operations.
Another aim is to lessen the impact these data centers have on the surrounding communities and their environments.
At Google’s data center in Douglas County, Ga., the company apparently is looking to be both fiscally and environmentally responsible. The search giant is using water from the toilets and bathtubs of neighboring communities to help cool the servers that are running inside the facility.
In a March 15 post in a Google blog, Jim Brown, Google’s data center facilities manager in Georgia, outlined a partnership the company has with the local water and sewer agency that diverts recycled water—or what he called “reuse” or “grey” water—to cool the systems. The data center was built in 2007, and like other Google facilities, was using “free cooling” methods to reduce the heat inside generated by the servers. Such methods—from water to outside air-cooling—are less expensive that traditional chillers used in many data centers.
Google’s Douglas County facility initially used the same potable water that was used in the homes and businesses in surrounding communities, according to Brown. And using a lot of it—a typical Google data center can consume hundreds of thousands of gallons of water a day, he said. With the evaporative cooling method employed in the data center, cold water is brought into the facility, where it’s used to cool the hot air from the servers. Some of it evaporates into the air via cooling towers, while the rest remains as a liquid.
“But we soon realized that the water we used didn’t need to be clean enough to drink,” Brown wrote.
Google officials worked with the Douglasville-Douglas County Water and Sewer Authority—or WSA—to come up with an alternative. The result was using recycled water rather than clean drinking water in the data center, he said. The WSA runs a water treatment facility in Douglasville, where it cleans and treats wastewater from local communities, and then releases it into the Chattahoochee River.
Now, about 30 percent of the water is diverted from the WSA system and instead is sent through a plant that Google built and paid for about five miles away from its data center. Google now uses only recycled water to cool its data center. After being used at the facility, any of the water that doesn’t evaporate into the air is sent to an effluent treatment plant on the Google grounds, where it’s treated again to disinfect it and remove mineral solids from it.
Then the treated water is sent into the Chattahoochee River. The system not only enables Google to use the recycled water for cooling the data center, but also protects the company in case of a drought, when limitations often are put on the amount of clean water consumers and businesses can use.
The system in Georgia, which was turned on in 2008, is similar to one Google employs at a data center in Belgium, which relies on a combination of recycled water and outside air for cooling.

Textron- Printing technologies l New business opportunities

Textron 
To integrate sensors and microchips in textile products is the basis of Textron, a technology that is advancing in smart fabrics: thedetection and analyze of data allows multiple applications.

Textron is the science which integrates tiny electronic components in textile substrate -sensors and microchips-. It provides a foundation of smart fabrics whichs make tissues can record, analyze and save data. In the last 10 years investors have intensified investigations in this field, thereby hightlights aplications with sensors, circuits, chips, actuators or RFDI based on textiles.

Who’s working on this technology?

CETEMMSA, LEITAT, FITEX

How does it work?
Acts detecting and analyzing stimulus, which ones gives an answer.

What’s its application?

Leisure, health, sports and security benefit from the virtues of Textron.

What are the benefits?

The application ranges is wide and allows the incorporation of gadgets and provides protection to the user.

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