Day One of The Atlantic Meets The Pacific conference, held in La Jolla CA, was an inspirational and insightful introduction to three days of “exploration and conversation on the future of energy, health, and technology.” This inaugural event, produced by The Atlantic Magazine, features an accomplished roster of speakers and includes tours of highly distinguished University of California at San Diego (UCSD) research laboratories.
The evening program featured an interview of Elon Musk by James Fallows. Of all the terms and labels used to describe Elon Musk, visionary entrepreneur seems to be the best fit. Currently, his efforts are divided between two bold endeavors: 1) Tesla motors - the efficient and premium evolution of the electric vehicle. 2) SpaceX - a space exploration company that "won the NASA contract to provide a commercial replacement for the cargo transport function of the Space Shuttle, which retires in 2011." Musk discussed the inception of both companies, their respective missions and his personal process of entrepreneurship. Considering his record of innovation and success, these projects are moving swiftly towards significant advancement and contributions within and beyond their industries. Read more on Elon Musk here and follow him on twitter at @elonmusk_news.
These powerful words found me on a hot night in Costa Rica and challenged the foundations of my identity and heart. After days of travel from snow to sea, full of friends and love, these words became my only focus. I frantically hand copied these words, in an effort to somehow make them my own, and took them with me for the rest of the trip. To this day, I continue to visit the same copy for inspiration and guidance in times of struggle. These words are balancing, painfully honest, truly profound and a gift to the world.
"The Invitation" by Oriah Mountain Dreamer
It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of your heart’s longing.
It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive.
It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow, if you have opened by life’s betrayals or have become shriveled and closed for fear of further pain. I want to know if you can sit with the pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it or fade it or fix it.
I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own, if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, to be realistic, to remember the limitations of being human.
It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me is true. I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself; if you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul; if you can be faithless and therefore trustworthy.
I want to know if you can see beauty, even when it’s not pretty, everyday, and if you can source your own life from its presence.
I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand on the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the moon, “YES!”
I doesn’t interest me where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up, after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done to feed the children.
It doesn’t interest me who you know or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back.
It doesn’t interest me where or with what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you, from the inside, when all else falls away.
I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.
Fashion often lives in the future. Thankfully, Michael Bastian’s Sunshine Days brings his Spring/Summer 2012 collection for Gant to the present. The colors, fabrics, smiles and energy in this blog provide a picture perfect postcard that will get us through colder and darker days.
This is Michael Bastian. We thought it might be fun and interesting to bring you a little more ‘behind the scenes’ this season (Spring/Summer ’12) by sharing this blog with you. In it, you’ll get to follow me thru the whole process of working on a season of my GANT by Michael Bastian line– from the photo shoot, to the preparations for New York Fashion week and our show on September 14th and beyond. And it’s not just me who’ll be contributing– you’ll hear from members of my team, the models and crew from the shoot and others involved in the season. Anything connected with summer should be easy and fun and casual, and that’s the spirit I hope this blog takes. So please enjoy it and feel free to jump in and join the conversation, ask questions, comment on what you see or just enjoy the pictures.
This house is minimalist, sleek, clean and is a model of modern suburban living. Its design centers on the many strategically placed windows that make it possible for a family to communicate throughout the space. Design with thoughtful intent and function allowed this home to have a heart.
Almost a hundred small square windows scattered across the walls, ceilings and roof of a house in Tokyo allow its occupants, a deaf couple and their children, to sign to each other through the walls even when the children are playing outdoors.
The two-story house by Japanese architect Takeshi Hosaka is named Room Room.
Yesterday, backstage at the Valentino show in Paris, Freja Beha Erichsen sported a t-shirt with the words ‘Starved for Attention’ written boldly across the front.
No, the statement was not a jab at the modeling industry but a part of Freja’s campaigning for Doctor’s Without Borders - A charity organisation that provides emergency response and relief to more than 80 countries worldwide. The Danish top model has been rallying together those in the fashion industry to help DWB - by donating a day’s salary, or as much as they can.
We’re trying to pull together a model effort for Doctor’s Without Borders so if anybody in the industry would love to support it’s October 4th. What we’re gonna do is take a day’s salary and donate that… I just really admire what they do as individuals and as an organisation… a lot of the money goes to help, actual help and not just administration. - Freja Beha Erichsen
Behind Erichsen are models Abbey Lee Kershaw, Arizona Muse, Sasha Pivovarova, and Kinga Rajzak - all pledged to donate their day’s salary from October 4th. For some that means what we suspect to be quite a large donation as both Valentino and Chanel showed their Spring 2012 collections yesterday.
In an often shallow and materialistic industry it’s inspiring to see those at the helm of it all giving back to those in need.
Click here to support the cause and donate to Doctors Without Borders.