Story About Stuff

storyof stuffSomehow it seems that people are either crazy about environmental issues or already out the door. But in truth, no one denies its importance only that once mentioned we somehow feel obligated to change our whole lifestyle. One of the goals of Focus Israel is to encourage critical thinking, educate ourselves and others and bring about healthy change.

I heard about this movie on Channel 1 news on Israeli TV. This animated movie is based on ten years of research by Annie Leonard on the processes that produce all the stuff we use each day in our lives. Although comical and humorous, Annie shows where our craze for all our stuff comes from and the cost it is having on our environment and people.

Click to watch. I know you will enjoy!

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Looking for Leadership in Haiti

pihA good friend of mine gave me a book years ago while studying for his MBA in non-profit organizations at I.D.C. in Israel. The book is called Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World  written by Tracy Kidder. It was truly an amazing book. Since reading about Dr. Paul Farmer and associates, I’ve followed up and contributed to various projects over the  years. The amazing thing is that his quest to change the world is taking place in the most over looked place in the world, Haiti. The people of Haiti don’t just suffer from bad luck. It seems like nothing goes their way. The problems they suffer, poverty, neglect and abuse are unparalleled.

It is in this unlikely place that Dr. Paul Farmer, Ophelia Dahl, and Jim Yong Kim thought to do the greatest good and founded Partners in Health (PIH). It’s fair to say that they have set the standard for health care around the world. But more then that, they are the face of humanity, respect and hope for all people.

Click here to see a 60 Minutes Special on P.I.H.

Thanks Danny for the book.