Month: January 2013
“The longer I live, the more i realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearances, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company…a church…a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change the past…we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude…i am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you…we are in charge of our ATTITUDES”
A lamp for $5 that does not require any electrical power source?
It may sound like an impossible dream, but two designers in London have built functioning prototypes of GravityLight, a cheap way for people in developing countries t0 light homes, recharge batteries, or power a radio. And they just exceeded their Indiegogo fundraising goal by more than 500 percent with 21 days left in their campaign, so they’ll have the resources to mass-produce the light for less than $5 a unit.
The GravityLIght comes in the bag that will be filled with dirt or stones to power it
Martin Riddiford and Jim Reeves have spent four years developing GravityLight, which uses the Earth’s gravity to generate enough power to light an LED bulb for half an hour — no electrical grid, batteries, or any external generator required.
Using the GravityLight simply requires removing the small white lamp from its bag, hanging it up, filling the bag with about 20 pounds of dirt or rocks, and attaching the bag to bottom of the device.
Gravity powers a generator, light fills your room, and every 30 minutes, you hoist the bag back up.
The goal is to provide clean, efficient light for the 1.5 billion human beings on this planet who still do not have reliable access to electricity and use kerosene-powered lamps. According to Riddiford and Reeves, the use of kerosene results in vastly higher cancer rates due to smoke inhalation, and 2.5 million burn victims due to dropped or jostled lamps every year in India alone. Not to mention the cost: 10 percent to 20 percent of a household’s income in the developing world can go to fuel for lighting.
The initial run of 1,000 GravityLights will be distributed for free to villagers in Africa and India, the designers say. Based on the results, they will tweak the product and then seek NGO and non-profit organizations’ help in distributing it even more widely.
Here’s their explanatory video:
Thousands of backers have contributed anywhere from $10, which gets a thank-you, to $100, which pays for three GravityLights to be sent to needy villages in developing nations, a GravityLight of your own, and several other perks. And four sponsors have signed up at the $5,000 level to help the project succeed — and get their names and logos on the initial run of devices.
Image credits: GravityLight Project
an excerpt from John Maxwell’s book, “Developing the Leader Within”
This world needs leaders…
who use their influence at the right times for the right reasons,
who take a little greater share of the blame and a little smaller share of the credit;
who lead themselves successfully before attempting to lead others,
who continue to search for the best answer, not the familiar one;
who add value to the people and organizations they lead;
who work for the benefit of others and not for personal gain;
who handle themselves with their heads and handle others with their hearts;
who know the way, go the way and show the way;
who inspire and motivate rather than intimidate and manipulate;
who live with people to know their problems and live with God in order to solve them;
who realize that their dispositions are more important than their positions;
who mold opinions instead of following opinion polls;
who understand that an institution is the reflection of their character;
who never place themselves above others except in carrying responsibilities;
who will be as honest in small things as in great things;
who discipline themselves so they will not be disciplined by others;
who encounter setbacks and turn them into comebacks;
who follow a moral compass that points in the right direction regardless of the trends