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November 07, 2008 | 1 comment


Our colleague from Global Youth Partnership for Africa and Girls Kick It! fame, Anna Phillips, was recently interviewed by the folks over at Youth Noise.  Check out this excerpt: 

Youth Noise

Interview With Anna Phillips, Founder of Girls Kick It!

A few days ago, I had the chance to talk to Anna Phillips, the incredible 22-year-old founder of Girls Kick It!—a comprehensive sports program for young women in northern Uganda. Anna created Girls Kick It! with the help of Global Youth Partnership for Africa (GYPA) to empower and educate women, many of whom have been affected by war and poverty, through sports‚?¶

“Me: How did Girls Kick It! get started?

Anna: It got started because I grew up playing sports in middle school and high school. I wrestled and played rugby. I decided to major in human rights at George Washington University after traveling to Africa the summer before I started school. It was a self-designed major that allowed me a lot of flexibility in the classes I was able to take. 

Then in January 2006, I got a chance to combine my passion for sports and human rights. I went to the Global Youth Partnership for Africa’s youth summit in Uganda. GYPA brought together American and Ugandan youth leaders who were interested and passionate about HIV/AIDS, women’s issues and reconciliation. After the summit, I worked with GYPA to create a sports programs specifically for women. There were programs where women are involved, but nothing specifically for them. With the help and support of GYPA I was able to find amazing mentors and resources to create Girls Kick It! In particular, the advice of Awista Ayub, a phenomenal woman who created a girls soccer program in Afghanistan, helped me in the early planning stages. The sports for social change movement is relatively small, and everyone was willing to help and meet with me‚?¶”

The sports for social change movement may be small compared to other initiatives that seek to foment change in people’s lives.  But the use of sport as a social change agent is happening on just about every continent.  I am confident that more young people like Anna will continue to make the connection between their individual, athletic/creative talents and using those gifts in non-traditional ways that benefit other people. 


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October 31, 2008 | 1 comment

Interview with Mel Young, Founder and President of Homeless World Cup and Maria E Bobenrieth, Global Direcor Community Investments, Nike Inc. (On Youtube)

Stay tuned right here for updates on the preparations for this year’s Homeless World Cup in Melbourne, Australia this December.


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October 17, 2008 | 1 comment

From Laugh-O-Nomics:

“There Was This Principal, See, Who Went To School‚?¶

‚?¶and he learned how to be funny.

If you think humor is just for kids, shame on you.

Where most corporate types go wrong is in assuming that humor = jokes.  Or clown noses.  Or punchlines.  Fun can come in many different shapes, forms and places.

I recently returned from a motivational seminar on humor in the workplace for the Farmington Unified School District in New Mexico. (Actually, we met in Colorado‚?¶. just a few miles from their district across the border.)  I met principals and administrators who really liked the idea of “play” at work. I was able to help them find ways to transform their corporate humor culture and their funny bones in the process. However, as usual, the best humor at work ideas came from the audience. 

During the seminar, we looked at ways humor and levity could make any environment a little lighter—resulting in better productivity, morale, and retention. And, in a academic environment where things have to be very precise and “above the line”, it means that the administrators and leaders have to be more clever and more creative in finding the balance to make work and humor mesh…”

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October 10, 2008 | 1 comment

Have fun at work - it’s productive

”‚?¶Surely, creating a healthy workplace environment devoid of the usual toxic traits and personalities has got to be more complicated than simply carting to work a don’t-worry-be-happy attitude.

Not according to American psychologist Stephen Lundin, author of the perennial best-seller Fish! The 67-year-old who ended a decade on the professional development circuit in Christchurch last week claims workplace morale and corporate success will sink or swim on the attitude of employees.

Sounds simple enough, but Lundin says the scarcity of positive work environments and employees packing a good attitude would suggest we humans are not as smart as we think. “It’s simplicity on the other side of complexity,” says Lundin of his ideas on building a better workplace.‚?¶”

Read the entire article here.


The article goes on to discuss the workers at Pike Place (fish) market in Seattle, WA who are known for their non-stop humorous banter with each other and their customers, brightening up what would otherwise be a pretty dreary job.

Attitude can trump aptitude?!  According to psychologist Lundin, its as easy as these four steps: play, making someone’s day, being there, and choosing one’s attitude.

Give it a try!


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October 06, 2008 | Comment

We recently told you about my assistant, Jessica’s fantastic voyage to the Mighty UG.  While there, she connected with an organization that for some might seem surprising to find in central Africa - the Uganda Skateboard Union.  The power of play (and the skateboard) knows no bounds!

I was not surprised, then, when I received the following email from my friend, Christian Scott with Sole Technology:

Kevin - hope you’re doing well.  We finally got the shoes through
Ugandan customs and the kids got their surprise.  Check out the photos.
I just hooked up with a girl in New York who does a similar program for
kids in Jamaica so it looks like that might be our next target.

Let’s talk soon


Seems that Sole Technology made a rather large donation to guess who?!  The Uganda Skateboard Union!

The world gets smaller day by day.


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October 03, 2008 | Comment


RC Port Melbourne

This is a Rotary Project where we are partnering with other community groups to participate in a highly successful international social change program—By providing most of the volunteers to run this years Homeless World Cup to be held in Federation Square & Birrarung Place—we will be creating a model for Rotary Involvement in future HWC’s. A unique opportunity for Rotarian’s, family & friends to utilise their vocations whilst participating in an exciting project that uses sport for social change.

There are one billion homeless people in our world today.  In the USA there are 3.5 million homeless people. Here each person costs society around $60,000 a year to be homeless. It costs $40,000 per year for one place in an emergency shelter in New York.

The Homeless World Cup exists to end this so we all have a home, a basic human need.  We use football as a trigger to inspire and empower people who are homeless to change their own lives. We do this firstly by creating a world-class, annual, international football tournament; and secondly, by inspiring and supporting grass roots football projects working with homeless and socially excluded people all year round…”

Follow the link to read the entire post.

It is quite apparent that all of Melbourne, Australia is mobilizing for the upcoming Homeless World Cup, December 1-7, 2008 - why even Victoria Premier John Brumby is getting in his kicks!

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September 29, 2008 | 1 comment

The scene: Invesco Trimark meeting.  The locale: the lovely, the diverse, the international, Toronto, Canada…


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September 19, 2008 | Comment

You know what IT is.  From Fayth aka the Relaxocat, of the NBC5 (Chicago) Street Team:


The Red Ball is exactly that, but it stands 15 feet high, has a weight of 250 pounds, and is constructed of inflated vinyl. Not your average red ball.  It has been moved around within a number of cities in a number of countries, and in September it has been making guest appearances at locations around this city.  Among some of the previous locations are Millennium Park, the Spertus Institute, and the Grant Park underpass.  The next stop is Union Station at Jackson on Sept. 17th with other locations until the end of the month.  My friend and I (thanks for the photo, Paula!) visited the Red Ball at LaSalle and Wacker, but unfortunately I couldn’t nudge it since it was wedged up against the top of the bridge.


The RBP continues to wind its way through the streets of Chicago; follow the meandering ball here.

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September 05, 2008 | Comment


Report from the Windy City:

Spertus Institute

Day 2 of the RedBall Project was a huge success.  The stunning 10-story faceted window wall that forms the facade of the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies (designed by award-winning Chicago firm of Krueck + Sexton) proved to be an amazing site and back-drop for the installation to work its magic.  On bustling South Michigan Avenue with nearby art schools in session (Columbia College + the Art Institute of Chicago within blocks) the students were the bulk of the intrigued audience.  That said, Chicago’s finest construction teams took in the RedBall on their lunch breaks as did the US OLYMPIC Team - medal-clad and all. (They were in town being hosted by Oprah at Millennium Park and whizzed by on double-decker buses with their best Olympian waves to the RedBall, lots of practice at this point).

NBC spent the better half of the day filming and WTTW/Channel 11(PBS) also appeared later in the day to capture footage and interview Kurt (Perschke).

The biggest fan of the day had to be Dr. Howard A. Sulkin, President of the Spertus.  So enthralled with the project and the public’s reaction he escorted Kurt and the RedBall team up to the balcony of the building for a breathtaking birds-eye view of the RedBall (and the City of Chicago)...

Kurt’s ‘Red Ball Project - Chicago’  runs through September 25th, the longest running exhibition to date.  Check out the exhibit website to follow the wedged ball!

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September 04, 2008 | Comment


Kurt Pershke, Red Ball Project creator is in Chicago shepherding his art piece through his hometown.  He filed this brief report earlier this week:

Millennium Park - Day One!

It was a great first day for RedBall in Chicago, and a long one. We had ABC and NBC out on site and thousands of people for the Labor Day weekend, and concert with Poi Dog Pondering sponsored by Target…

Kurt also let us know what the weekend schedule for the RRB looks like:

“September 5, 11 am—6 pm: Wishbone (1001 W Washington Blvd.)

September 6, 11 am—4 pm: Field Museum (1400 S. Lake Shore Drive)

September 7, 11 am—6 pm: Grant Park, Museum Campus pedestrian viaduct (under Lake Shore Drive at Roosevelt Rd.)”

If you’re in or near the Windy City, follow the link above to see the full schedule.

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August 26, 2008 | Comment support the cause of play!


From one of my play partners, KaBoom!

1. Take a picture
2. Call a friend
3. Bounce a ball
4. Throw a party
5. Pick up a newspaper

We guarantee that you will experience moments of deep emotional connection and joy following the practice of steps one through five.  If you do not experience moments of deep emotional connection and joy, there is one additional step…

Step Six - repeat steps one through five. 

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August 25, 2008 | Comment

The Zeum is “a non-profit multimedia arts and technology museum with a mission to foster creativity and innovation in young people of all backgrounds, communities and learning styles. By providing hands-on experiences in four core creative processes (animation, sound and video production, live performance and visual arts), we encourage youth to share their stories, build their voices, and use multimedia tools for creative self-expression.”

Here are a few outtakes from my visit there in ‘07:

Inside Zeum - A Youth Art Celebration
Zeum Outside Lookin' InThe Zeum CarouselPlay Circle

One of the exhibits there is by an organization called World Savvy which: “provides educational programs and services with the aim of informing young people about issues such as poverty, conflict and peace building, human rights, and the environment. World Savvy’s goals are to develop students’ skills to prepare them for their future as global citizens, enhance their understanding of world affairs and develop their sense of responsibility and global citizenship.”

If you’re ever in San Francisco hanging out with the kids - or the kid in you - Zeum is a must-see.

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August 18, 2008 | 1 comment


NY Yankee All-Star shortstop Derek Jeter’s Turn 2 Baseball Camp ‘08 was held this weekend in Kalamazoo, MI.  Perusing the web, I noticed that the ‘07 event received some blog luv (including pics) from Kalamazoo City Commissioner Sean McCann:

Today I was privileged to be a guest at the commencement picnic of Derek Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation Baseball Camp, which ran for the past four days at Mayor’s Riverfront Park and operated in partnership with the City of Kalamazoo’s Parks and Recreation Department. Photos are (1) under the tent with all the baseball campers and their parents, and, (2) the motivational speaker, Kevin Carroll, author of the book “Rules of the Red Rubber Ball” - he gave an excellent talk with a great message for the many youth present.


Look for the ‘08 Turn 2 report coming very soon!

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August 11, 2008 | Comment

Dorien de León has been my cello teacher & friend for over seven years. She is an amazing musician, an avid baseball fan (especially for the Houston Astros) and a great encourager for me. My love of classical music has been reawakened as a result of my cello lessons (I do need to practice MORE often) and our friendship!

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August 07, 2008 | Comment

Thursday Shoutout is our time to feature those who have given us love on their websites or blogs.  This is our way of saying: Backatcha!

From the ‘Fuel 4 The Journeyblog:

Sunday, August 3, 2008
What’s your Red Rubber Ball…
As many of you know from reading my blog, I am a HUGE fan of Kevin Carroll’s Rules of the Red Rubber Ball. Well, he has truly outdone himself with his new book “What’s your Red Rubber Ball”. It is absolutely GLORIOUS and I can’t wait to implement it into my classroom this fall.

It truly is amazing, I just love the Magic Box activity and the questions Kevin asks…“What makes you laugh or smile, what in life do you find irresistible…”. I know my students are going to love tackling their dreams and creating their own boxes of magic this year.

I encourage ALL teachers to pick up a copy right now and even if you can’t fit it into your curriculum, I think it would be GREAT to make your own box of magic to show your students. You can read more about the book by clicking on the link below.


Well pre-planning is a week away and I am SUPER excited. I hope to write once or twice a week throughout the school year. I would love to hear the exciting things that are going on in your life and if you teach, what excites you about the upcoming school year.

All the best…and keep living the Dream!!!


Love the blog title, Sam!  The journey indeed requires fuel - inspiration, heart, know-how.  And it sounds like you know how to keep your students engaged, focused and fueled on their journeys.

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July 23, 2008 | Comment

Stefan Bucher’s Daily Monster is our Wednesday staple of creative, hairy fun.

Stefan has gone straight artiste with his new masterpiece, the “Omakase Monster”:


Just call him the ‘New Millenium Van Gogh.’



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July 17, 2008 | 1 comment

Thursday Shoutout is our time to feature those who have given us love on their websites or blogs.  This is our way of saying: Backatcha!


From the Christopher Scott blog:

Make it Fun!

One of my favorite presenters from this year’s Maximum Impact Simulcast (MIS) was Kevin Carroll. Mr. Carroll presented a great idea to have Olympic themed “game days” at organizations as a way to boost creativity and encourage play at work.

At our local United Way we already have Game Days once a month, so our COO and I worked together to create the United Way “Unique” Olympics. Below are some pictures of month one, from our three month long United Way “Unique” Olympics. I’m not in any of the pictures because I was holding the Camera (thanks Jason), but my teammate and I are in first place. Our team name is “Go for the Gold!”

Thanks for the shoutout, Christopher and good luck to team “Go for the Gold.”  Look for more United Way-Olympic pictures in our Flickr slide show (right margin) very soon. 

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July 11, 2008 | Comment


From my friend, my idol, Paulo Coelho:

“Dear readers,

I wish to make a virtual exhibition for the 100 Million Copies sold. And invite you to participate. 
Based on an idea that I saw in an exhibition in Aviles - dedicated to the 20th anniversary of my book The Alchemist -
I would like to extend it to the virtual space and invite you to take part.

The idea of this physical exhibition that I saw in Aviles (and that will be reproduced in Milan this week) is the following:
a reader would pose for a picture holding his/her favorite book of mine.
Please then take a picture of yourself holding your favorite book of mine and send to us.

You should include in your email your name and country and send it to the following email address:

.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (don’t worry about the quality).

My team will be up-loading the pictures in this page throughout the year.


100 million inspiring, moving, provocative books authored by the ‘Crazy Magician.’  Mr. Coelho has conquered every continent, not with the sword, but with the well chosen word.  As one who gifts Paulo’s classic book, ‘The Alchemist’ at every opportunity, I can personally vouch for the fact that his books change lives.  A hearty congratulations to you, Sir, and I am confident that 200 million is right around the corner!

And one more thing: if you have - and I know that you do - a Coelho classic, take a digi photo and send it to the email address above and become a part of Paulo’s beautiful, global quilt.

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July 10, 2008 | 3 comments

Thursday Shoutout is our time to feature those who have given us love on their websites or blogs.  This is our way of saying: Backatcha!

From Kenya over at the Info Spot blog:

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Great Book! - Rules of the Red Rubber Ball
I recently read a very inspiring book titled, “Rules of the Red Rubber Ball” by Kevin Carroll. This book was about how we all must find our passion in life and learning how to apply that passion to our careers, whether an entrepreneur or working a 9-5 for someone else. It’s important to have a career that you’re passionate about. Ultimately, the book is uplifting and definitely help me put some things into perspective and it’s very creatively written. If you get a chance to read it, let me know your thoughts.

Kenya, thanks for your kind words and I’m glad that Rules of the RRB inspired you.  Good luck with your real estate career!


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