I want to be inspired!

ICETEAM
Inspire
01.02.2019 17:16
I spend a lorra lorra time browsing here there and everywhere searching for inspiration for Corporate Event Profs (you), for stories for ICEONLINE, for direction for ICETALK and for content for ICEDAY and it's all getting a bit repettitive.

So where do we go from here, as Haircut 100 used to sing? Well I thought I'd take the word INSPIRE to google and see where it took me. Not within Corporate Events. Not even within events, but everywhere and here's some stuff I found which I hope you'll enjoy and maybe find a little inspiring. And some of them are even true!

First off, just to create a benchmark here are some images from Pinterest's INSPIRING CORPORATE EVENTS IMAGES

                    

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And here's a fantstic story from TED TalksWatch and listen here




When he was just 14 years old, Malawian inventor William Kamkwamba built his family an electricity-generating windmill from spare parts, working from rough plans he found in a library book.

Enchanted by the workings of electricity as a boy, William had a goal to study science in Malawi’s top boarding schools. But in 2002, his country was stricken with a famine that left his family’s farm devastated and his parents destitute. Unable to pay the eighty-dollar-a-year tuition for his education, William was forced to drop out and help his family forage for food as thousands across the country starved and died.

Yet William refused to let go of his dreams. With nothing more than a fistful of cornmeal in his stomach, a small pile of once-forgotten science textbooks, and an armory of curiosity and determination, he embarked on a daring plan to bring his family a set of luxuries that only two percent of Malawians could afford and what the West considers a necessity—electricity and running water. Using scrap metal, tractor parts, and bicycle halves, William forged a crude yet operable windmill, an unlikely contraption and small miracle that eventually powered four lights, complete with homemade switches and a circuit breaker made from nails and wire. A second machine turned a water pump that could battle the drought and famine that loomed with every season.

Soon, news of William’s magetsi a mphepo—his “electric wind”—spread beyond the borders of his home, and the boy who was once called crazy became an inspiration to those around the world.

Now a book and film The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.

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Smart thinking



In a small Italian town, hundreds of years ago, a small business owner owed a large sum of money to a loan-shark. The loan-shark was a very old, unattractive looking guy that just so happened to fancy the business owner’s daughter.

 He decided to offer the businessman a deal that would completely wipe out the debt he owed him. However, the catch was that we would only wipe out the debt if he could marry the businessman’s daughter.

Needless to say, this proposal was met with a look of disgust.

The loan-shark said that he would place two pebbles into a bag, one white and one black.

The daughter would then have to reach into the bag and pick out a pebble. If it was black, the debt would be wiped, but the loan-shark would then marry her. If it was white, the debt would also be wiped, but the daughter wouldn’t have to marry the loan-shark.

Standing on a pebble-strewn path in the businessman’s garden, the loan-shark bent over and picked up two pebbles.

Whilst he was picking them up, the daughter noticed that he’d picked up two black pebbles and placed them both into the bag.

He then asked the daughter to reach into the bag and pick one.

The daughter naturally had three choices as to what she could have done:

Refuse to pick a pebble from the bag.
Take both pebbles out of the bag and expose the loan-shark for cheating.
Pick a pebble from the bag fully well knowing it was black and sacrifice herself for her father’s freedom.

She drew out a pebble from the bag, and before looking at it ‘accidentally’ dropped it into the midst of the other pebbles. She said to the loan-shark;

“Oh, how clumsy of me. Never mind, if you look into the bag for the one that is left, you will be able to tell which pebble I picked.”

The pebble left in the bag is obviously black, and seeing as the loan-shark didn’t want to be exposed, he had to play along as if the pebble the daughter dropped was white, and clear her father’s debt..

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Otsimo Founder Inspired By His Autistic Brother To Create Educational Apps

Hasan and Alper 

By Hasan Zafer Elcik

My younger brother Alper was diagnosed with autism when he was 2 years old.

When I bought my first smartphone in 2009, I noticed Alper had a special interest in smart devices. At that time, my brother was non-verbal and could not read. He was eight years old.

I bought an iPad for him as a birthday present, but there was no tailor-made game for children with special needs. Some communication (AAC) apps were too expensive and hard to try. Other games were not appropriate for my brother because they were too difficult for him; contained ads which could be harmful; or too many colors which wasn’t good for stimuli problems. I was studying Computer Engineering back then and decided to make something unique and helpful for Alper.

I was inspired to build Otsimo, a mobile education platform for children with special needs (especially Autism). After I’ve built 4 different fundamental games and saw my brother succeed in learning colors, banknotes, and how to read and write, I decided to make a lot more fun and educational games. Our first release was in April of 2016.

Right now Otsimo has 50+ more games which are specially developed for children with special needs, aligned with ABA therapy methodology. Every game in Otsimo is certified, built with pedagogues, and contains positive reinforcement. Also, Otsimo has free and open source AAC (a communication tool for the non-speaking).

Alper has learned lots of different things from these games, and used our AAC for learning new vocabulary. He’s learned literacy and colors and shapes. He learned how to talk and now knows how to read and write. He is not exhibiting any more problem behaviors. He is happier and more connected with his family.

Our most popular game is Fruit Vegetable and our most popular app is our free AAC.

With the help of Alper, our company has now touched more than 20,000+ children’s lifes in less than 2 years.

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This Kid Fights Hunger and Homelessness—and He’s Only 4 Years Old

Austin Perine

Austin Perine is not your typical 
superhero. Oh, sure, he looks the part, with his signature cape flapping against his blue shirt. He has an arch nemesis, as all good heroes must. He even uses a catchy name for his heroic alter ego: President Austin.

But two things set this caped crusader apart: His adversary is not confined to the pages of a comic book—President Austin’s foes, hunger and homelessness, are very real. Also, he’s only four years old.

Our hero’s origin story started this past February in the Perine family living room in Birmingham, Alabama. Austin and his father, TJ Perine, were watching a program on Animal Planet about a mother panda leaving her cubs. “I told him that the cubs would be homeless for a while,” TJ says. “Austin didn’t know what homelessness meant, but he was sad and wanted to know more.”

Seeing this as a teachable moment, TJ took Austin to the Firehouse Ministries, a local shelter that provides housing, food, and other services for chronically homeless men. As they drove by the redbrick building, they saw a group of 25 homeless men standing on the street corner. “Dad, they look sad,” Austin said. “Can we take them some food and make them smile?”

That day, Austin used his allowance to buy each man a Burger King sandwich and handed the food out himself. Seeing what their presence meant to the men at the ministry, Austin and TJ returned the next week. ­Austin again dipped into his piggy bank to buy sandwiches, which he handed out along with his new catchphrase, “Don’t forget to show love!” Here are more inspirational kids that are changing the world.

After he returned every week for five weeks, word of Austin’s acts of kindness spread through social ­media and national news outlets. Burger King jumped aboard, agreeing to 
donate $1,000 a month for an entire year toward the cause. Soon, churches and shelters across the country began inviting Austin to come distribute food in other poverty-prone areas. He’ll have visited at least 15 locations by the end of this year, including Skid Row in Los Angeles and parts of Puerto Rico affected by Hurricane Maria. Whereas before Austin and TJ could feed 25 to 50 people at a time, now, thanks to corporate and community support, they can feed 800 to 2,000 people at once.

But Austin isn’t just filling bellies. He’s improving the lives of those he meets. On that first trip to Firehouse Ministries, TJ and Austin talked to a man named Raymont, who was ­estranged from his family. The ­respect Austin bestowed on 41-year-old Raymont touched the man, and he shared with TJ just how grateful he was to be treated so considerately by a four-year-old stranger. Raymont and TJ kept in touch. With help from TJ’s mother, Audrey Perine, who worked at the Alabama Department of Transportation at the time, TJ helped Raymont collect all the credentials he needed to get a driver’s license. The license helped Raymont get a job. And with money in the bank, he was able to rent his own apartment. All that was made possible because a little boy took the time to care.

Austin’s passion has now become his family’s calling. After raising money through a GoFundMe page, Audrey established the Show Love Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to ­fighting ­home­­lessness. She now serves as president, and TJ left his job as a project manager for a hospital chain to ­oversee public relations for the foundation full-time. He’s in talks with the city of ­Birmingham to secure the ­redbrick building where it all started—­Firehouse Ministries is ­moving—as the site of their own shelter, which would offer medical and mental health care as preventive steps against homelessness.

As for President Austin, he continues to give out food, smiles, and his inspirational message of love. “It makes me feel like I’m saving the day"

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The chef who dedicated his life to feeding the homeless


Narayanan Krishnan, all of 29 years old now, does what he was  professionally trained to do as a chef. Feed people. Only Krishnan does  not do this in the swanky confines of a 5-star hotel. Every day, he  wakes up at 4 am, cooks a simple hot meal and then, along with his team,  loads it in a van and travels about 200 km feeding the homeless in  Madurai, Tamil Nadu. 

Krishnan feeds, often with his hands,  almost 400 destitute people every day. And for those who need it, he  provides a free haircut too. He was selected as one of the Top 10 in “CNN heroes 2010” list.
According to CNN, 8 years ago, this award-winning chef with a  five-star hotel chain was all set to go to Switzerland for a  high-profile posting. On a visit to a Madurai temple, he came across a  homeless, old man eating his own human waste. That stark sight changed  Krishnan’s life. 

Much to the dismay of his parents, CNN says,  Krishnan abandoned his career plans and decided to spend his life and  his professional training in looking after those who could not care for  themselves. He has provided more than 1.2 million hot meals through his  nonprofit organisation Akshaya Trust, and now hopes to extend this to  shelter for the homeless too.” 

Well I hope you found these stories inspiring. Personally they make me feel a bit inadequate...but that's just me!

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