Why do I love the idea of this film? Well I have been writing LOVE LETTERS TO THE UNIVERSE for years personally, as well as recommending my clients to do the same with remarkable and fascinating results.
There are some very simple ways to make a difference. You don't need to undertake an arduous task to do some good. Here are 10 weird and wonderful things you can do to give back and generate some of that much needed feel good factor:
I realised that fashion is at an exciting turning point whilst watching a documentary at 35,000 feet on a flight. In this, the matriarch of fashion and US VOGUE editor, Anna Wintour looked me straight in the eyes and told me that "Fashion is a reflection of our times".
I made the switch almost 2 years ago, and as I've explained before my trigger was the True Cost Movie. Upon making my decision to start being more sustainable, I began reading and learning everything I could do to make a positive impact.
Investment in 'doing good' is another type of investment that we aren't used to. It won't give you an immediate monetary result in hard cash, but this return on investment is different, and much bigger and more valuable than anything money can buy.
This Christmas, rather than spending precious time with our families and taking some much-needed time off, we will be attempting to row 3000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean, battling sleep deprivation, 40-foot waves and trying to keep down bags of uninspiring rehydrated food... We are taking on this challenge in aid of the James Wentworth-Stanley Memorial Fund (JWSMF), a charity which was formed 10 years ago following the tragic death of our captain Harry's brother James.
Inclusive design is often referred to as maximising user diversity to make something suit as many people as possible. In the context of a traditional commercial market, inclusive design can mean more customers.
If you read something you agree with on Twitter, Facebook or some other social media platform, don't just read it and move on. Say something supportive, like it, share it and pass it forward. Post positive things of your own
While it may sometimes feel like the ground is moving beneath our feet, there's one fundamental shift underway that is cause for hope rather than alar...
Our conversations about the wider world are often framed with negativity - whether it's about terrorist threats, disasters, corrupt politicians or school bullying. But the world is also full of inspiring stories of hope, progress and generosity - and by choosing to focus on these, we again open up the space for very different conversations. As Alain de Botton said, "the secret to a good conversation is sharing our vulnerabilities and dreams". So let's have more conversations that matter.
When the hurricane struck, communities banded together to ensure the most vulnerable - children and the elderly - were carried to safety. Once in temporary shelters it was women who mobilised to pool resources and ensure everyone was fed. They also made sure that teenage girls and single women slept away from the men, to ensure their safety.
Durham is my home now, just like Istanbul was before, and Aleppo before that, I don't know where my journey will take me next but I just hope that when I return to Syria I will be able to contribute to a brighter future.
What a crazy week to be a clown, as the Director of Clowns Without Borders and a performer myself, I can say that with some authority. The spate of "evil clown" sightings has lead many people to ask me if it'll affect our work; not at all. We're clowns! We're resilient, if we get knocked down, we simply dust ourselves off and get back up. It's why after centuries we're still here making people laugh.
But what struck me as I peddled through city after city, each offering a kaleidoscope view into how our clothes, textiles, tiles, electronics to even our door knobs are made, is how disconnected Western people are with the impact of our consumption on communities around the world.
My anxiety took the form of depression, stress, stomach problems, regular colds and flu, procrastination, near panic attacks, not sleeping or eating properly and loneliness because I was keeping myself away from my friends so I didn't have to talk about my life.
Before I begin recounting my life, I would like to highlight that my story, the one that you are about to embark on, is a fortunate one. There are many others who are going through worse and my experiences are just a fraction compared to what friends and relatives in Syria have witnessed and been through at first hand. The first part of my journey started on March 15th 2011, a date Syrians will talk about for decades to come...