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Summer of 2016 Update

91 on the 4th!

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Current Focus:

  • Confident Dyslexic App v.2 (released and translated into multiple languages)
  • InTheLoop.io
  • ColoradoHyperloop.com (within the Hyperloop Global Challange)

Peripheral Focus:

  • Boston Scandinavian Meetup
  • Boston International
  • SpaceUp Boston
  • Film more Civic Series events
  • WIT – World in Tohoku – Learning Journey (Virtual Participant)

Current Day Job:

  • Making the most accessible EdX MOOC ever.

Within-the-year-of-2016 Goals:

  • Course of study/work in Scandinavia figured out.
  • Start development / discussion work on a Straw Bale house: three floor, modular, sustainable, solar powered
  • Take more classes so I can do more yoga, boxing, spinning, and learn swimming, crossfit, lifting and paragliding.
  • Continue to follow and support space exploration initiatives, NASASocial’s and SpaceX.

My time in the Fukushima

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With the help of staffers for NICE Japan, and after arrival in Japan, I climbed Mt. Fuji.

After all the earthquakes, tsunamis and multiple radioactive meltdowns, 3.11 forever changed a nation and its people are still in recovery.

I have written about my time in Japan before. However, I have not written about the main reason why I was there. It has been difficult to write about this because I narrowly missed out on this history shaping event.

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One of my favorite times in Japan, Nagashi Somen, Flowing Somen Noodles.

I was in Showa Mura, Fukushima for 3 months from August to October in 2010. I was with an organization called Choma Club & the NPO called NICE Japan.

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Travel to Showa Mura, Fukushima

I helped out elderly farmers, supported local community engagement and helped with cultural preservation.

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A Choma Club member and one of the farmers we helped.

With Japanese and International long term volunteers, we worked with the various social ventures sponsored by Choma Club.

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International Workcamper doing what we usually do.

Looking back on my incredible time in Fukushima, the holiday that happened right at the start of my adventure was more important than I realized at the time. Obon Festival.

Obon (お盆?) or just Bon (?) is a Japanese Buddhist custom to honor the spirits of one’s ancestors. This Buddhist-Confucian custom has evolved into a family reunion holiday during which people return to ancestral family places and visit and clean their ancestors’ graves, and when the spirits of ancestors are supposed to revisit the household altars. It has been celebrated in Japan for more than 500 years and traditionally includes a dance, known as Bon-Odori. Via Wikipedia

Perhaps it is fitting that I arrived and promptly honored the spirits of Fukushima’s ancestors.

I had arrived on August 6th 2010…

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One of many out of body experiences under Tokyo Tower

And left November 2nd, 2010.

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Leaving Japan, and finally seeing Mt Fuji

The people I met in my three months were the very social activists, volunteers and farmers that have had start the rebuilding efforts in Fukushima since 3-11-11.

So it was with a heavy heart that I sat through a panel discussion on March 12, 2016 on the latest of the reconstruction efforts.

These efforts are complex and there are tremendous resources being invested. But it’s up to civic society organizations to speak up for the communities and make their voices heard.

Domo arigato -どうもありがとう

 

One 2016 Goal Done! Boston International Board Member

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The 2016 goal was to be a board member and I interviewed and was accepted to be a volunteer board member for BostonInternational.org! Their mission is to:

Bringing social events featuring cutting-edge thinking on world affairs to young professionals, graduate students, and diplomats in Boston

I  am also in helping with technology for them. Some early goals for my position are:

-increase social media and live streaming of video for events
-bring more sponsors for the organization
-bring together the various international organizations in Boston
-connect with more people and organizations!

Looking forward and honored to be apart of the 8 year old organization!

Charles to Commons

Winter 2016 Tips, Tools and Tech

 

Winter 2016

Tips: 

  • Every day at work, write down your goals for the day, everyone you contacted and action items you did.
  • Go to gym, learn new things
  • Eat healthy
  • Fika everyday
  • Commute early
  • Goals
  • Lists
  • Get through books fast and take notes
  • MOOCs for skills

Tools:

  • MacBook Pro
  • Fitbit
  • Nexus 6P
  • Backpack
  • Electronic Toothbrush
  • Uniqlo heat-tech pants and puffy jacket
  • Scarves
  • Warm Hat with built in ear protection
  • Duck Boots
  • Noise Canceling Earbuds

Tech:

  • Asana
  • Instagantt
  • Highrise
  • Insightly
  • Goode Drive
  • Sunrise Calendar
  • Salesforce
  • WordPress
  • Hootsuite