Monthly at PRI’s The Works, we each share our thoughts on something new (or just new to us) that we find inspirational, thought-provoking, or just plain cool.
|Stay Close to the Earth
Chintan Parikh is inspired by Vibram FiveFingers. Vibram FiveFingers footwear is different than any other footwear on the planet. Not only does it bring you closer to your environment, it is designed on the premise that the foot is already perfectly designed and doesn’t need help from shoes, they just need a little protection from the elements. All the Vibram FiveFingers models leverage the body’s natural biomechanics so you can move as nature intended.
|Time to Get Green
Kevin Williams is inspired by companies like Ford who are taking steps towards greener living. The 2012 Ford Focus Electric promises “gas-free driving fun with zero CO2 emissions.” Electric propulsion is nothing new and it’s unfortunate that we have taken so long to redirect our focus to improving on it (Why? Check out the amazing documentary Who Killed the Electric Car?). Fictional character Professor Barnhardt from the 2008 film The Day the Earth Stood Still said it best, “You say we’re on the brink of destruction and you’re right. But it’s only on the brink that people find the will to change. Only at the precipice do we evolve.”
|Even More Green this Summer
Dany Petraska is inspired by the green that has come to Vermont. Where before she could see a long distance through jagged brown limbs and branches, now the lush, rainforest-green leaves are blocking views and making lacy shadows that weren’t there before.
|Put Your Feet Up
Frank Mendelson is inspired by the iconic combination of beauty, form, and function of the vintage Eames lounge chair and ottoman (Herman Miller furniture company, Eames Lounge 670 and Eames Ottoman 671). Frank notes that he’s always wondered about the baseball’s perspective, when one hears that satisfying sound of a sharply hit ball finding a home in the fielder’s mitt. “Well,” he says, “that’s how it feels to sit in one.”
|Remember to Take Care of Yourself, Too
Sometimes life throws things our way that are unexpected, like taking care of a parent. Nichole Chobin reminds us that we can easily forget that we must also take care of ourselves. If we can’t take care of and nurture ourselves, how can we possibly take care of another person? A recent article, “Managing the Stress: Tips for the Caregiver,” inspired her to do just that. It was a wake-up call she thinks was highly needed, especially for anyone who is guilty of “overdoing it.”
|Saving Lives with YouTube
Allyson Murphy continues to be inspired by the It Gets Better Project, an online video movement that encourages teens who are being bullied because of their sexual orientation to choose life over suicide. After last year’s devastating rash of suicides by kids tormented for being gay, creator Dan Savage and his partner Terry Miller thought if they could reach out to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth and tell them to hang on—that life gets better—they would find hope. Over 10,000 others followed up with their own positive videos which led to the New York Times best selling book, It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living. And, Allyson’s brother, Patrick, is a contributor! She’s amazed at the power of the Internet to bring good to people’s lives, and is truly touched by strangers reaching out to show kindness to others. And, she couldn’t be prouder of her little bro!
|Like an Artist
Elena Nazzaro’s inspiration this month takes the form of a comic strip, “Like an Artist” (after you open the link, click on the image to enlarge it, it’s long!). “This is drawn by a 17-year-old Norwegian girl, and has been making its way around artists’ websites like wildfire. I can’t even express how much this touches me.” Check out this and other work by Ida at Eva Margrethe Neverdahl (a.k.a. “JellyVampire”).