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He is feisty and isn’t afraid to ask for privileges. He knows how to ask good questions, finds answers, and presents them in a way that saves tons of copious paper and won’t give the reader a headache. He is one of the creators of TED and was the one who saw to it that it takes off. Yes, Richard Saul Wurman is extraordinary even though most find him ridiculously shameless.
 

AUTHOR OF “INFORMATION ANXIETY” AND MORE THAN 80 OTHER BOOKS

Not wanting to be called an author, Richard headed his competent writing staff to release maps, graphs, and books that pique his interest. He wrote about taking care of grandchildren and healthcare. A genius in organizing events, Richard has been awarded for his achievement as a convener.
In 1992, he received Stars of Design lifetime achievement Award and became Chairman of Graphic Design & Product/Industrial Design of the Presidential Design Awards in 1995. The following year, he received the Chrysler Design Award and was twice named one of the 100 elite of the technology industry by Upside magazine. He is also a Hall of Famer at the Art Director’s Club. Just recently, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt’s National Design Awards and Awarded the Arthur Spayed Brooks Gold Medal.
He is responsible for the creation of the following conferences that he also chaired: California 101, TEDSELL, TEDNYC, TED4Kobe in Japan and TEDCity in Toronto.
 

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WHY RICHARD SAUL WURMAN IS EXTRAORDINARY

He is feisty and isn’t afraid to ask for privileges. He knows how to ask good questions, finds answers, and presents them in a way that saves tons of copious paper and won’t give the reader a headache. He is one of the creators of TED and was the one who saw to it that it takes off. Yes, Richard Saul Wurman is extraordinary even though most find him ridiculously shameless.

AUTHOR OF “INFORMATION ANXIETY” AND MORE THAN 80 OTHER BOOKS

Not wanting to be called an author, Richard headed his competent writing staff to release maps, graphs, and books that pique his interest. He wrote about taking care of grandchildren and healthcare. A genius in organizing events, Richard has been awarded for his achievement as a convener.

In 1992, he received Stars of Design lifetime achievement Award and became Chairman of Graphic Design & Product/Industrial Design of the Presidential Design Awards in 1995. The following year, he received the Chrysler Design Award and was twice named one of the 100 elite of the technology industry by Upside magazine. He is also a Hall of Famer at the Art Director’s Club. Just recently, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt’s National Design Awards and Awarded the Arthur Spayed Brooks Gold Medal.

He is responsible for the creation of the following conferences that he also chaired: California 101, TEDSELL, TEDNYC, TED4Kobe in Japan and TEDCity in Toronto.

10 REASONS WHY RICHARD SAUL WURMAN IS EXTRAORDINARY

  1. He is the creator of the prestigious TED Conferences and chaired it for more than a decade. Other conferences he created and chaired are California 101, TEDSELL, TEDNYC, TED4Kobe in Japan, TEDMED and TEDCity in Toronto.
  2. He founded and chaired TEDMED which was eventually sold for millions of dollars.
  3. He is a gifted painter and has won first prize in watercolor painting at the University of Pennsylvania for 3 consecutive years while in college.
  4. He co-authored the first comparative statistical atlas of major American cities.
  5. He once chaired the International Design Conference in Aspen, the annual AIA Conference, and the First Federal Design assembly.
  6. He coined the term “Information Architecture”
  7. He founded Access Press in Los Angeles and created a series of travel guides. He also wrote more than 80 books.
  8. He is inducted into the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame in 2003.
  9. He has 3 Honorary degrees.
  10. He is now busy with http://www.www conference, 555, and 19.20.21 since he let TEDMED go.

BARBARA VAN DAHLEN, PHD

Posted: November 27, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Founder & President
Give an Hour

Barbara Van Dahlen, named to TIME magazine’s 2012 list of the 100 most influential people in the world, is the founder and president of Give an Hour. A licensed clinical psychologist who has been practicing in the Washington, D.C., area for 20 years, she specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of children. Dr. Van Dahlen has spent her career interacting with and coordinating services within large systems, including school districts and mental health clinics. In addition, for many years, she served as an adjunct faculty member at George Washington University, where she trained and supervised developing clinicians. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Maryland in 1991.

Concerned about the mental health implications of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Dr. Van Dahlen founded Give an Hour in 2005. The organization has created a national network of mental health professionals who are providing free services to U.S. troops, veterans, their loved ones, and their communities. Currently, the network has over 6,100 providers, who have collectively given nearly $5 million worth of services.

Dr. Van Dahlen and Give an Hour have received numerous awards. In addition to her selection in the 2012 TIME 100, in April 2012 Give an Hour was chosen as one of the five winners of the White House’s Joining Forces Community Challenge, sponsored by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden. Dr. Van Dahlen received a citation as one of Woman’s Day magazine’s 50 Women Who Are Changing the World, the Maryland Governor’s Volunteer Service Award, the WJLA 2010 Working Woman of the Year, and the American Psychiatric Association’s 2009 Rosalee Weiss Distinguished Public Service award. In 2010 she was selected as a featured speaker at the annual Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy.

She has become a notable source and expert on the psychological impact of war on troops and families and a thought leader in mobilizing civilian constituencies in support of active duty service members, veterans, and their families. She has been interviewed by major media outlets such as AP, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Newsweek, Time, USA Today, CNN, NPR, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, Newshour, and such military media outlets as Stars & Stripes, AUSA Magazine, and the Pentagon Channel. 

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Gary Paul Nabhan is an ethnobotanist, agricultural ecologist and writer who is most known for his work in preserving the native plants and cultures of the Southwest regions of America, as well as his establishment of Native Seeds/SEARCH, a research organization focused on the local food movement. Once called the “lyrical scholar of genetic diversity,” Gary has been significant in the success of the local food industry because of his advocacy on preserving traditional food and culture.

TAKING A “HANDS-ON” APPROACH TO SOLVE THE ISSUE

An advocate for cultural preservation since his early teens, Gary has spent his career going from place to place, encouraging the locals to maintain the ‘uniqueness’ of their food culture. He believes that the only way that we can save the perilous situation of the American agricultural and food economy is by ‘re-localizing’ the food systems and promoting the local farmers.

As Gary says in an interview:

“My great joy lately has been moving from one foodshed to the next, from Alaska to Texas, helping to reinforce existing efforts that will conserve the unique flavors, fragrances and textures of each region on the continent. By re-localizing food systems, revitalizing historic foodways and providing producers with high-value niche markets that truly pay them what they’re worth, we can rescue America’s imperiled agriculture and food economy. There’s incredible momentum to democratize and rediversify our food system.”

CONNECTIONS: THE BRIDGE BETWEEN BUYER AND SELLER

Gary places an emphasis on building relationships, and that is why he loves to travel to different places and speak with farmers personally than supporting them from afar. For Gary, the best way that you can help innovate the local food industry is by building a relationship with the shops where you buy your food from and encourage them to use sustainable methods in producing the food they sell.

Gary elaborates this in an interview:

“It’s about relationship building. If we want to go back to that pork producer and say, ‘I’d feel a lot more comfortable with buying your pork if you had some perennial forages rather than a dry lot with open mud there. I’d really help promote your products to my neighbors if you could improve your practices.’ And then I hear, ‘I’ve always wanted to do that, but I’ve never had the incentive for it.’ We built a relationship that’s positively reinforcing—he’s challenging the way I eat and I’m challenging the way he farms in a positive way.”

In the process of building connections between the food producers and consumers, both parties get a better understanding of the needs of each other and can thus work together for their benefit. As Gary explains in an interview:

“Agricultural science and agricultural activism have become too distant from the needs of farmers and other food producers. The only way to heal the urban/rural divide that we have in this country is for more interplay, more inner-city people to be growing food on rooftops and patios, going out to work on farms during the weekend, and to have farmers in dialogue with consumers so that farmers understand why people want animal-welfare beef, or grass-fed lamb, or free-range turkeys. We’ve broken that dialogue. Very few urban people regularly have access to knowing what farmers and ranchers are struggling with.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WHY GARY PAUL NABHAN IS EXTRAORDINARY

Gary Paul Nabhan is an ethnobotanist, agricultural ecologist and writer who is most known for his work in preserving the native plants and cultures of the Southwest regions of America, as well as his establishment of Native Seeds/SEARCH, a research organization focused on the local food movement. Once called the “lyrical scholar of genetic diversity,” Gary has been significant in the success of the local food industry because of his advocacy on preserving traditional food and culture.

TAKING A “HANDS-ON” APPROACH TO SOLVE THE ISSUE

An advocate for cultural preservation since his early teens, Gary has spent his career going from place to place, encouraging the locals to maintain the ‘uniqueness’ of their food culture. He believes that the only way that we can save the perilous situation of the American agricultural and food economy is by ‘re-localizing’ the food systems and promoting the local farmers.

As Gary says in an interview:

“My great joy lately has been moving from one foodshed to the next, from Alaska to Texas, helping to reinforce existing efforts that will conserve the unique flavors, fragrances and textures of each region on the continent. By re-localizing food systems, revitalizing historic foodways and providing producers with high-value niche markets that truly pay them what they’re worth, we can rescue America’s imperiled agriculture and food economy. There’s incredible momentum to democratize and rediversify our food system.”

CONNECTIONS: THE BRIDGE BETWEEN BUYER AND SELLER

Gary places an emphasis on building relationships, and that is why he loves to travel to different places and speak with farmers personally than supporting them from afar. For Gary, the best way that you can help innovate the local food industry is by building a relationship with the shops where you buy your food from and encourage them to use sustainable methods in producing the food they sell.

Gary elaborates this in an interview:

“It’s about relationship building. If we want to go back to that pork producer and say, ‘I’d feel a lot more comfortable with buying your pork if you had some perennial forages rather than a dry lot with open mud there. I’d really help promote your products to my neighbors if you could improve your practices.’ And then I hear, ‘I’ve always wanted to do that, but I’ve never had the incentive for it.’ We built a relationship that’s positively reinforcing—he’s challenging the way I eat and I’m challenging the way he farms in a positive way.”

In the process of building connections between the food producers and consumers, both parties get a better understanding of the needs of each other and can thus work together for their benefit. As Gary explains in an interview:

“Agricultural science and agricultural activism have become too distant from the needs of farmers and other food producers. The only way to heal the urban/rural divide that we have in this country is for more interplay, more inner-city people to be growing food on rooftops and patios, going out to work on farms during the weekend, and to have farmers in dialogue with consumers so that farmers understand why people want animal-welfare beef, or grass-fed lamb, or free-range turkeys. We’ve broken that dialogue. Very few urban people regularly have access to knowing what farmers and ranchers are struggling with.”

10 REASONS WHY GARY PAUL NABHAN IS EXTRAORDINARY

  1. Gary Paul Nabhan is a pioneer in the field of cultural and agricultural preservation, as well as the local food movement.
  2. He is a co-founder of Native Seeds/SEARCH, an organization dedicated to preserving the cultural diversity in the food industry as well as the native plants of the Southwest region of the United States.
  3. He is a MacArthur Foundation fellow.
  4. His work with the local food movement has significantly helped in the popularization of “re-localizing” the food system, helping local farmers.
  5. He has often been named as the “father of the local food movement” for his work in the field.
  6. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Society for Conservation Biology.
  7. He was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for Nature Writing in 1987 for his articles on the area of nature preservation.
  8. He received the Emil Haury Award from the Western Parks and Monuments Association.
  9. He has written critically acclaimed and bestselling books such as “Where Our Food Comes From: Retracing Nikolay Vavilov’s Quest to End Famine” and “Gathering the Desert”.
  10. He is widely considered as a pioneer in the local food movement and the agricultural preservation movement.

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Oscar Leonard Carl Pistorius (born 22 November 1986) is a South African Paralympic runner. Known as the “Blade Runner” and “the fastest man on no legs”, Pistorius is the double amputee world record holder in the 100, 200 and 400 metres (sport class T44) events and runs with the aid of Cheetah Flex-Foot carbon fibre transtibial artificial limbs by Ossur.

In 2007 Pistorius took part in his first international able-bodied competitions. However, his artificial lower legs, while enabling him to compete, generated claims that he has an unfair advantage over able-bodied runners. The same year, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) amended its competition rules to ban the use of “any technical device that incorporates springs, wheels or any other element that provides a user with an advantage over another athlete not using such a device”. It claimed that the amendment was not specifically aimed at Pistorius.

After monitoring his track performances and carrying out tests, scientists took the view that Pistorius enjoyed considerable advantages over athletes without prosthetic limbs. On the strength of these findings, on 14 January 2008 the IAAF ruled him ineligible for competitions conducted under its rules, including the 2008 Summer Olympics. This decision was reversed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on 16 May 2008, the Court ruling that the IAAF had not provided sufficient evidence to prove that Pistorius’s prostheses give him an advantage over able-bodied athletes.

Although eligible to compete in the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, Pistorius did not qualify for the South African team. Despite achieving third place and a personal best time of 46.25 seconds in the 400 metres in Lucerne, Switzerland, on 16 July 2008, this was short of the Olympic qualification time of 45.55 seconds. He was also not selected by the South African Olympic Committee for the 4 x 400 metres relay team as there were four other runners who had achieved better times. At the 2008 Summer Paralympics, he took the gold medals in the 100, 200 and 400 metres (T44) sprints.

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WHY MIKE REYNOLDS IS EXTRAORDINARY

Stress is one of the most serious problems in the world today, causing the deaths of millions of people through various auto-immune disorders (diseases that the body itself generates due to intense stress). If this is the case, would it not be better if we can find all the ways we can to relieve it by, say, living in a house where the ambiance is right and the overall environment helps in alleviating stress? Fortunately, there are people in this world who have devoted their entire life and efforts to this cause, people like Mike Reynolds.

Michael “Mike” Reynolds is an environmentalist and architect who is most famous for the “Earthship Biotecture”, an architectural building design that aims to create sustainable and eco-friendly homes to reduce stress and make living more comfortable and at the same time benefiting the environment. Mike’s work with these eco-friendly houses or “Earthships” have earned him great respect in the scientific community, especially now that the world has become more aware on protecting and preserving the environment.

MIKE’S SIGNIFICANCE IN THE WORK OF ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISM

Everyone who has been involved in environmental activism knows just how significant Mike’s life and career has been in popularizing the industry. Back in the seventies, Mike was among the few people who promoted sustainable living but now, because of people like Mike, more and more people are now becoming aware of how important it is that one’s home can affect the environment. Mike’s significance in the environmental activism world is proven by being featured in the documentary film “Garbage Warrior”, showing just how influential he has become all these years.

For his work in introducing eco-friendly homes and sustainable living, Mike has received numerous awards and honors in recognition of his significance to the work being done by many environmental activists today. A good example of these awards are the UK Innovation Award, the Spirit of Activism Award, and the VIBES Award for Small Businesses. His documentary film Garbage Warrior has also won several awards, thereby proving that Mike’s work has indeed contributed greatly to the popularization of environmental protection and preservation.

BETTER HOUSES, LESSER STRESS, GREAT LIFE

Mike became passionate in building his Earthships not just because of his desire to help preserve the environment, but also because having sustainable homes helps in alleviating stress that causes a lot of sickness and disease in people. For Mike, an efficient home is a healthy place to live in, and does wonders for the lives of the people who live in it.

Mike says in an interview:

“If you took stress out of people’s lives and made them happy in terms of the way they live – if you made it easy for them to be at peace on this planet – they would bloom. And I think humanity could go to a whole different level.”

It is because of people like Mike Reynolds that we have a chance of saving our planet from total destruction. His efforts in encouraging people to contribute to preserving the environment through sustainable living ensure that our future generations will have a world to enjoy. Years later, when all our children and grandchildren are grown up, they will tell their kids and grandkids: “You know why we have lasted this long? It’s because of people like Mike Reynolds who took the time to remind us that we are the stewards of our planet and it is our responsibility to take care of it.”

“Inspiration, imagination and intuition are squashed in our world… We have the potential to enhance the planet. Trees enhance the planet. People could go further. We could make the Earth sing.”