Bill’s Thoughts and other Stuff

The Transition from Millennium Development Goals (MDG) to Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

The Millennium Development Goals where defined in the year 2000 and were meant to give the world stretch goals that would ideally be achieved by 2015. At the Millennium Summit in September 2000 the world adopted the UN Millennium Declaration. This declaration committed nations of the world to partner in trying to achieve a series… [Continue Reading]

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Driven to Distraction at Work

I was reading the book driven to distraction at work, by Edward M. Hallowell this weekend.  As I read the introduction and the first chapter it felt like the author had written this book specifically about and for me.  His description of Attention Deficit Trait in the workplace described everything I was going through in… [Continue Reading]

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Human Rights as a way of Life!

As some of you are aware, I have started down the path of understanding and supporting human rights in a local, regional, national and global context.  I am fortunately  being guided down this path by some very knowledgeable people.  Recently I had the honour of meeting for the day with Shulameth Koenig in New York… [Continue Reading]

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Character Strengths and Virtues

We develop our inner “superhero” from a young age. For most of us we don’t even know we have super strengths.   In the book Character Strengths and Virtues: A Handbook and Classification by Christopher Peterson and Martin E. P. Seligman they identify several character strengths that are categorized under  six core moral virtues. These… [Continue Reading]

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Things that make you go WOW!

The four horsemen documentary is both scary and motivating. A real eye-opener to how we have stuck our head in the sand and failed to act. Well worth the time to watch, think about, and act on.

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Shine bright – Be Conceptual

Well it’s been a few year’s since I read Daniel Pink’s  book – A Whole New Mind. I have never been one to read an entire book over the weekend – but this one I did!   I loved the book, and have purchased many copies for friends and recommended it to others.  Every gift book… [Continue Reading]

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A Great Motivator for Exercise

Wow – what a great motivation for exercise!   I found this image at http://nilofermerchant.tumblr.com.  The list is from Neila Rey. Check out her site at meanrat.com.  Over the last 5 years I have had the ability to increase the amount and frequency of exercise in my life.  I have thankfully experienced many of the benefits.… [Continue Reading]

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Bill’s Life and Living Directives

Over the years I have recorded short directives that I try to follow on a daily basis. Many of the directives are ones that I have come up with, others have come from sources that are long forgotten. During the next two months I will be expanding on these to explain where they came from,… [Continue Reading]

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You just have to love Manifesto’s!

I’m a collector of manifesto’s .  I love manifesto’s!  The reason why — a great deal of useful thought and important connections get codified in a manifesto.  There is a lot of brain power and design that goes into the creation of a truly effective manifesto. There are manifesto’s for just about every topic one can… [Continue Reading]

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Time to update the five year personal vision

Every five years near the major birthdays (45, 50, 50, 55…) I update my personal vision for the next five years.  I try to come up with a simple fun saying that will help motivate me to move forward during that five year period. Well its the first day of June.  I will be turning… [Continue Reading]

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Welcome to Bill’s World – The Blog

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Let me get right to the point – why does Bill need a blog? I like to think that I have been an idea guy for most of my life. Unfortunately, I have always had lots of ideas but never really moved forward on them! Bringing a good or bad idea along requires reflection, introspection, sharing, ridicule (not all ideas – some are actually good), refinement and lots of effort. Bill’s Blog is an … [Read more...]

My Favourite Ted Talks

Tim Harford: Trial, error and the God Complex Jackson Browne - If I Could Be Anywhere Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity … [Read more...]

Listening

Five ways to listen better by Julian Treasure. Some key points made in the presentation: "Listening is making meaning from sound" "Listening is our access to understanding" "We are in danger of losing our listening" "The art of conversation is being lost to personal broadcasting" "We don't want oratory we want sound bites" "We have become desensitized - the media and people have … [Read more...]