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Have you heard of PostSecret?

Sorry theres no Sunday Pinterest today! I want to share something more inspiring, beautiful and fascinating with you – the world of PostSecret.

“Secrets can remind us of the countless human dramas, of frailty and heroism playing out silently in the lives of people all around us.” (Frank Warren)

I dont know how many people are familiar with the concept of PostSecret. It all started with Frank Warren in 2005. Frank would drive to DC after work and hand out blank postcards to strangers. They began to post them back to him and since then hundreds and thousands of secrets have been sent to Frank.

“The concept of the project was that completely anonymous people decorate a postcard and portray a secret that they had never previously revealed. No restrictions are made on the content of the secret; only that it must be completely truthful and must never have been spoken before. Entries range from admissions of sexual misconduct and criminal activity to confessions of secret desires, embarrassing habits, hopes and dreams.The secrets are meant to be empowering both to the author and to those who read it. Frank Warren claims that the postcards are inspirational to those who read them, have healing powers for those who write them, give hope to people who identify with a stranger’s secret, and create an anonymous community of acceptance.”

Every Sunday Frank updates the postsecret blog with around 20 new secrets that he has received.

Frank recently gave a talk to TED, about Postsecret. You can watch it below.

Its a treat for me every sunday to read this weeks secrets, you can read them here: www.postsecret.com

PS….This is also my 100th post!!! Thanks you so much for all the comments, follows and likes! Im completely amazed that anyone is interested in what I have to say!!

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“The Earth Is Full”

I dont know how many of you are familliar with TED?

According to its website, ‘TED started out in 1984 as a conference bringing people from three worlds together: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.’

I have had the app on my iPhone now for quite a while. Ive dipped in and out, watching talks here and there, but never really looked through what other talks were available.

This weekend I came across one talk that I had to share.

Paul Gilding, former global CEO of Greenpeace, gave a talk titled “The Earth If Full”.

“Our system — of debt-fueled economic growth, of ineffective democracy, of overloading planet Earth — is eating itself alive.”

Its the best thought provoking talk i’ve seen in a very long time. I try to do my best for the environment I live in. I recycle as much as I can, I use a water bobble rather than a plastic bottle, I reuse the same shopping bags, I turn down paper leaflets in the street and I compost food that isnt eaten (and peelings). This strange Apple is our kitchen compost collector! Who said composting cant be fun?!

Im proud of the little bits that I do, although i’m pretty well aware that I could do more.

Now imagine what that means for you, your family, your friends, your personal financial security. Imagine what it means for your personal security as a heavily armed civilian population gets angrier and angrier about why this was allowed to happen. Imagine what you’ll tell your children when they ask you, “So, in 2012, Mom and Dad, what was it likewhen you’d had the hottest decade on record for the third decade in a row, when every scientific body in the world was saying you’ve got a major problem, when the oceans were acidifying, when oil and food prices were spiking, when they were rioting in the streets of London and occupying Wall Street? When the system was so clearly breaking down, Mom and Dad, what did you do, what were you thinking?”

I am genuinely scared for the world my children (future children!) will grow up in. It seems as if we are at a tipping point where if more people do not step up and take control of how they can help to protect our environment, it will be a very different place in the future.

Heres a few other similar talks.

First up if James Balog – Along with his team, they have spent the past 5+ years creating stop motion videos of glaciers melting. Although im sure most people are aware of global warming, its mind blowing to see it happening before your eyes.

Second up – Jeremy Jackson on How we are destroying our oceans.

“It’s not about the fish; it’s not about the pollution; it’s not about the climate change. It’s about us and our greed and our need for growth and our inability to imagine a world that is different from the selfish world we live in today.” (Jeremy Jackson)

I hope you enjoy these as much as I did – certainly eye opening.

More learning! Learning is good 🙂