Make it Easy

If you want people to take a certain course of action, make it easy for them to do so.

Sounds simple, but there are plenty of examples otherwise. What’s especially surprising is when companies make it difficult to do business with them.

It Takes A Community

Seeing homeless people in our communities is shameful when we live in one of the most prosperous countries in history.

What if we applied the idea that it takes a community to rear a child – to folks that are faced with homelessness?

I’ve never been to a homeless shelter in Chicago, but imagine that it’s not the kind of place anyone would want to live.

What if we respected the choices that people want to make while providing opportunities to make different choices, like options for very low cost/free housing that improves on the current options?

LyfeCapsule 1.0

The power of story and ability to hear someone’s voice once again is priceless. Today’s technology makes it easy to capture spoken stories told in conversation and archive them for future use. This is a, “do it yourself” approach designed so that anyone with a smartphone and the desire can create their own archive.

Similar concepts like StoryCorps exist, but they require specialized equipment and are interview based. LyfeCapsule is the recording of everyday conversation with loved ones using technology available to many.

Click here to read more and see the instructions. 

Creating Opportunities and Removing Roadblocks

Doing these two things for others, seeing someone embracing that work to put in their own and leveling up as a result is what motivates me.

Starting Toastmasters Evanston was easy. Keeping it going was the hard part.

There were times in the beginning where I questioned what I was doing and was tempted to leave it all behind.

But then we’d have a meeting and I’d see a member progress down his/her path. Those little moments in time are a big reminder of what it’s all for.

Medically Supervised

If you or someone you know wants to get over an alcohol addiction, it might be helpful to know that the first 3-5 days of sobriety should be medically supervised. Don’t underestimate the seriousness of physical withdrawal symptoms. A good hospital is the way to go.