XPRIZE Think Tank Orange County, CA LAUNCH!

XPRIZE Think Tank Orange County, CA Launch event.

Amazing LAUNCH of the XPRIZE THINK TANK Orange County on 01-08-15 at the Aventura Sailing Association courtesy of Breakwater Events and Catering. These are our #smartnodes for the #XPRIZE #OC From left to right: Marc Ostrick, Russ Roberson, Murray Kruger, Michael Sean Wright, Darin McClure, Tom Morey, Roger Kuntz, Scott Schoeffel, Herb Reyes.

Thank you for all the support as we: Make the impossible Possible

For more information on this ground breaking initiative, please visit: XPRIZE LEARNING INITIATIVE

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Ban the Bag Dana Point- UPDATE

[UPDATE 10.27.11]

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Dolphins, Whales, Marine Life and Humans unite in congratulating the City Council on the decision to act promptly to ‘Ban the Bag’ – single use plastic bags will soon no longer be welcomed in Our Ocean in Dana Point. On September 26, 2011 The City Council voted 4 to 1 to move the proposal forward.

Next step is a report expected on or near December 1st. Our City leaders acted as true leaders and stewards. We want to thank Council Members Lara Anderson, Lisa A. Barlett, Steven H. Weinberg and our very Honorable Mayor, Scott Schoeffel for their wisdom and dedication to our beloved Dana Point. The interest and support that Dana Point received from around the World was deeply felt and greatly appreciated. Together, we showed our support and desire to ‘Rise Above the Plastic.’ Thank you and please consider visiting us in Dana Point soon. Our City is focused on ensuring that our Harbor, shore and village space remains a true wonder of beauty.

We have shared your voice with our City and I want to express my deepest gratitude to all who joined us in supporting The City of Dana Point and our Council.

I also want to thank Randy Paynter, CEO of care2.com for powering our petition.

Here’s the video of my public comment before the City Council and their subsequent discourse and vote.

I’ll keep you updated on the progress!

As a small token of my appreciation here is an unrestricted photograph of OUR beautiful Dana Point Harbor.*

*Michael Sean Wright, As creator of the photographic works: DanaPoint_112510#5543698212175038146 and DanaPoint_112510#5544840267350994914 hereby grants full release rights to said creative works with no restrictions.

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We interrupt our regular in-action to ask you to help us urge our City Leaders of Dana Point, CA to take action on the upcoming proposal to ‘Ban Single Use Plastic Bags.’ I’m not one that usually asks you to do anything in the moment but we have an opportunity to make our united voices heard- right now. The City of Dana Point, CA will be considering a measure that will ensure our Coastal area remains a beacon of health and beauty by eliminating the scourge that is the non-sustainable, single use plastic bag.

My friends and I have walked along the cliffs and shores of Dana Point after storms and picked up the plastics that were destined to reach our spectacular Ocean. It’s up to us as individuals to make sure that we do our part by stopping plastic bags from being distributed out of negligence/ ignorance.

So for the first time, I’m personally asking you to help us by signing the below petition that we will present to our City Council on Monday night. It is my hope that Dana Point will remain the wondrous destination of serenity we’ve come to love and cherish.

We know that the businesses of Dana Point will benefit by being stewards of our precious home. We strive to be leaders in the movement to put an end to our stupidity of the self-injuring practice in using non-sustainable, Ocean choking single use plastic bags.

View the closed petition – ‘Ban the Bag.’

 

Together, we will ‘Rise Above the Plastic.’

You can follow along as I Tweet, Facebook, Google+’ing and SocialCam from our journey to #BantheBag


Special thanks to SaveOurBeach, ZeroTrashLeo Laporte and Surfrider Foundation for their support!

For a look at the impact of plastic after it rains in Dana Point, please see our Picasa Web Album (any and all pictures are OPEN Source and free to use)

Inventor of the Boogie Board Tom Morey Gives Away Latest Innovation

Tom Morey - Inventor - Innovator

Earlier this morning we received an email from one of our favorite thinkers Tom Morey. In the message Tom explains that he has been working on something that could be the next evolution in stabilization for surfboards and even perhaps aviation. Not only did Tom invent the Boogie Board but is also responsible for removable ‘skegs’ that are on most surfboards today. With a background in engineering and aeronautics, Tom has a firm grasp on cutting through air to help us soar to new heights.

Hello My Innovative Friends

Tom Morey’s message started off with a genuine sense of excitement for his ‘new invention which literally revolutionizes surfing.‘ He goes on to explain how his latest creation he calls the Rollo is a tough, lightweight nicely foiled rubberized foam wheel that will replace a good number of surfboard skegs. Tom is particularly keen on the idea for Stand Up Paddle Boards (SUP’s) and could even be adapted for kiteboards, sailboards and wakeboards. These are huge market opportunities for any inventor which could result in wheel-barrels full of green for the crafty creator. He’s gone beyond idea and moved to prototyping and testing the Rollo with significant results. Happy and confident that the rolling skeg is ready for market- Tom unleashes his idea – to his friends, in an email with the purpose of setting the innovation OPEN.

Introducing the Rollo

Tom will be sending announcements to all the Surfing magazines and press outlets for the purpose of making the Rollo ‘part of the public domain eliminating anyones ability to patent it.’ He continues, ‘Down with patenting. It’s an impediment to progress for far too long’

This it what real innovation looks like. This is the definition of OPEN! Bravo Tom for once again, moving the world.

Team mKIND – Call for Data

How bad do we want it?

It’s now 20-10, time to get serious about progress. Time to see some real results in the effort to once and for all end extreme poverty for all mankind. I’ve spent years working with and monitoring some incredible NGO’s and feel a great momentum in the right direction. The idea of Social Innovation, once foreign to most, is becoming a standard practice within my network of professional colleagues and friends. Every week we’re reading of successes within ORG’s that didn’t even exist a few years ago. Did you see that Charity Water grew over 40% in a tough economy and raised more than $8.5 million for water projects and operations? How about The Millennium Development Goals Report from the UN that those living in extreme poverty dropped by a quarter from 1990 – 2005? Chances are, you’re not aware of the progress being made in the fight for a better life around the globe. We are far from done but within striking distance. That’s why I’m proposing a different way of looking at extreme problems facing Mankind. Perhaps it’s time to adopt a new way of digesting the data, creating a score card and seeing this fight as a battle between two teams. Team 1 is Team mKind — all of us. The opposition is the forces that if left unchecked will run us out of existence.

We seem to comprehend sport scores pretty well. We understand that when it’s Third with 5 yards to go you adjust the play. I think it’s time that we put up the score, the push towards the goal of halving extreme poverty by 2015. In searching for this comprehensive data, I’ve come up short. Are we afraid if we showed the progress this will cause us to decrease the sense of urgency? I’d like to think that if we put this in a different perspective we can cause those on the sidelines to join a winning team. If you knew that your efforts, time and money wasn’t getting lost in a losing cause you’d keep the pressure on, right? What if we stopped thinking of this as a part-time initiative and made it the way we live?

Keep pushing

A whole new generation is coming up through the ranks thinking about, acting and innovating the ways we approach the issue of extreme poverty. It’s time to visualize the goal. This is where I need your help. Do you receive updates from your causes? I’d like to put as much information into a data base and link them to scoreboard for all to see. Are you aware of any global info tracking services that contain data sets like the one I’m talking about? Please send me the links.

I’m committing to reaching out at least once a month to the large network of blogs, media and producers to highlight progress we’re making. I want us to put the data up for all to see— we can, we must win this (and we’re getting closer.)

Today we have more tech, more funding, more concentrated actions by a widening group of really big-thinkers fighting this good fight. Let’s see where we are, let’s push this to the goal line. Far from a rah rah chant, I want to see us move down the field and share the playbook. Time to measure where we’re at this time.

So I’m calling out to all the smart nodes— feed me data when you come across it. Push for progress reports and help us visualize it better.

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