Well here we are, a new year, new hope, and a chance to start all over after a grueling 2020. So Happy New Year my friends and thank you for sticking with me and supporting me all these years. I am so grateful for the community I have around me. The people who walk through life with me have always been my greatest achievement.
So what are you planning to do differently this year? I don’t do New Year’s resolutions, I never have, but I like the idea of a word to guide us through the year. My word for 2021 is courage and I’m launching a whole new brand around this – watch this space – where I’m going to take things up a notch to tackle the biggest concerns the world faces.
I have never pretended to have all the answers, but I do enjoy speaking with people who think deeply about the issues impacting the world, and I’m looking forward to interviewing many this year and being one of the people contributing to making the world a better place.
I believe it is time that respect for all life on earth sits at the centre of how we live, as well as a world where all humans can live with dignity. I hope you join me on this new venture.
My weekend reads are part of this too. Now in my 35th week, I do this to share a broad array of information and news flying around the world, covering the issues that matter. What I share isn’t necessarily what I agree with, but my hope is it helps you navigate the maelstrom of information and the overwhelm that comes with it.
A major part of what I believe is wrong in the world, is a lack of diverse knowledge and opinions. People are stuck in information siloes, seeing only one point of view. That is not a good thing for any of us, so when we share knowledge, we potentially open minds. That has always been my goal here. Feel free to share this with anyone you think will benefit.
I have been sharing charities to support every week, hoping it inspires people who can donate to donate. Today I want to focus on the World Food Program – winners of the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize. They have made an urgent call for help, with 200 million people at risk of extreme poverty and famine. Most of those at risk are children.
When people are so desperate for survival, they have nowhere else to go, and are at higher risk of slavery, moving into prostitution or sexual slavery (especially the women and children), abuse, violence, war and more.
Please, if you can make a donation, do it today. And maybe set aside an amount every month to keep it going through 2021. This year will be much worse for so many and I beseech all of us to come together and help our fellow humans.
When we think it’s over there, we don’t connect the dots to see that we are all connected. Misery over there impacts us too. We are all in this together. Can I count on you to donate? Can I count on you to ask your community to donate too? Even if you can’t afford to donate, because you may be out of work or facing extreme uncertainty, can you help raise awareness of this critical need, as well as volunteer your time locally to help charities doing great work?
Let’s make 2021 the year of compassion!!
Pinpoints of light – I want to highlight this blog from my amazing friend Jennifer McDonald who has been fighting cancer for seven years. She’s been blogging regularly on the journey, as well as publishing the book My Big Breast Adventure: Or How I Found the Dalai Lama in My Letterbox. Jen is amazing and a true inspiration. Knowing many are facing cancer diagnosis’ at the moment, or have loved ones who are, I wholeheartedly recommend checking out what Jenni is writing. It will give you hope, inspiration and ideas too. Love you woman!!
If you want to be blown away by incredible photos from around the world, follow Sebastian Rich on LinkedIn. Powerful, moving and remarkable images. He’s also published a book: Conflict – a photographer of war and occasionally peace.
Also follow my friend Tim Hamons on LinkedIn too. He is doing 21 intentions for 2021 using visuals. He will definitely will get you off to the right start for the year and get your creative juices flowing.
Finally, I achieved a little bonus this last week of 2020. My book was listed in two categories by Book Authority. Here’s the blog post I wrote on it 18 Steps to an All-Star LinkedIn Profile made it to the Best LinkedIn Books of All Time.
Content to read
And here’s the content I’ve been reading this last week. Scan the headlines, read the ones that jump out at you, read or watch them all. Knowledge is power, and global knowledge is even more powerful.
Climate Crisis / 6th Mass Extinction
Cancel New Year’s Eve Forever – tks Cheryl Tan
How mRNA went from a scientific backwater to a pandemic crusher tks Joe Augustin
NCID nurse becomes first person in Singapore to receive COVID-19 vaccine tks Priscilla Joseph
The Mysterious Link Between COVID-19 and Sleep tks Gina Giachetti
What pandemic? Thousands celebrate on the Las Vegas Strip, NYC cops bust underground parties and Florida revelers pack clubs and bars on New Year’s Eve as US surpasses 20 million COVID infections – tks David Lim
How does Scott Morrison vote on issues that matter to you? Tks Phillipa Edwards
Business and Technology
Twelve highlights from our 2020 research – McKinsey
Set Your Theme of the Year Before You Set Your Goals – tks Tim Hamons
Social issues (#BlackLivesMatter) and humanity
The Year of the Idiot tks Phillipa Edwards
Manhattan DA Investigating Woman Who Falsely Accused Black Teen of Theft tks Barry Graubart
Passion, humour, history
Swan Late: Mourning bird holds up German trains tks Karen Prager
Let me know if anything jumped out at you?
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