Connected Regeneration for a Better Tomorrow – FREE MOVIE

Without question, all things are interconnected. As John Muir, the first elected president of the Sierra Club, explained:

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.

In other words, we are all interdendent on everything else. My paraphrase of what Jane Benyus of Biomimicry Institute demonstrates, a life well lived is one that makes life more livable. In other words, we live a life that make it better for everyone and everything. More about Jane Benyus’s work and Biomimicry is available at this post: Parallel NOT Linear Means Create Positive AND Prevent Negative

This week Ocean Robbins of the Food Revolution Network promoted FREE access to a movie, “The Need to GROW“. This movie demonstrates and emphasizes these interconnection attributes of life on earth and and how they can be used to make life better for all.

The movie demonstrates multiple ways to improve our life that also will diminish problems. To me, it is important to understand, these actions will make our life better today and also make a better tomorrow more likely.

Know that these benefits are not deferred, they are immediate. We feel better right away, we become part of the solution and not part of the problem. It is an emotionally powerful way to practice paneugenesis.

Here is the trailer.

To practice paneugenesis is to generate comprehensive improvements to creating pervasive, reciprocal, selfish, selfless, synergistic interactions so everyone and everything benefits. Why would we do anything else?

I look forward to hearing how you incorporate these ideas into your life and the related benefits you experience.

I encourage you to get the free access and watch “The Need to GROW” at this link.

Rob Herring, the director, shares this:

 

Please stand with us — telling your friends and loved ones that there is a new film that showcases heartwarming stories and powerful solutions.

You can also give this link to people you know, so they can sign up and join in the free screening too: TheNeedToGROW.com.

Make it a Great Day, Week, Year and Life!

Be Well’r,
Craig Becker

Be selfish, selfless, & synergistic so everyone and everything benefits!

Email me if you want to discuss: 
Email: BeWellr@gmail.com

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Highlights from the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Hearing

Dr. Greger posted powerful comments from the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Hearing. I encourage you to watch these highlights and share your thoughts. More importantly I hope you create a better life for yourself by eating more plants…

Of course informing about problems is not enough, it must be demonstrated how good food choices create a better life for everyone and everything. I look forward to hearing about the how you  practice paneugenesis  by creating pervasive, reciprocal, selfish, selfless, synergistic interactions with your food choices so everyone and everything benefits. Make it a Great Day, Week, Year and Life!

Be Well’r,
Craig Becker

Be selfish, selfless, & synergistic so everyone and everything benefits!

Email me if you want to discuss: 
Email: BeWellr@gmail.com

Updated: I went to Burger King…and Baskin Robbins?

Is it true, “This Is the Beginning of the End of the Beef Industry“. This article thinks alt meat isn’t going to stay alt for long, and cattle are looking more and more like stranded assets. Cows are assets in there natural function, however evidence suggests they are liabilities as a food source for humans.

Surprisingly I went to Burger King and had an “Impossible Whopper” and it was good.

Is this good? The evidence suggests it is a net positive.  Most dramatically it has a positive influence on the environment, the resource upon which all life depends.  With regard to related personal health impacts, h John Robbins, author of “Diet for New America” provides and article, Plant-Based Meat: The Pros & Cons Of Veggie Burgers.

News suggests alt meat will also provide alternatives for chicken.  Beyond Meat is testing their chicken products at KFC and it had a positive reaction from the public.

I encourage you to try Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat products at Burger King, Red Robin, Friday’s, White Castle and many more outlets.  Ask about these alternatives and share your experiences. I look forward to hearing about the how you try this way to practice paneugenesis so you will generate all good by creating pervasive, reciprocal, selfish, selfless, synergistic interactions so everyone and everything benefits. Make it a Great Day, Week, Year and Life!

PS: MORE VEGAN OPTIONS: I received a note from Ocean Robbins of the Food Revolution Network that his family’s company, Baskin Robbins, of which his father, John Robbins walked away from more than 50 years ago, is now offering dairy free ice cream.  Here is his note:

On August 4 of this year, Baskin-Robbins released its first two non-dairy flavors of ice cream, replacing factory-farmed milk with a base of coconut and almond. These new, non-dairy flavors are also free from preservatives, artificial flavors, and high fructose corn syrup (though they do have plenty of sugar!).

Even though my dad walked away from the family company, and from any access to the family fortune — more than 50 years ago — and even though nobody in my family has had any connection to the company in decades, I still felt a small sense of pride.

After all, Baskin-Robbins didn’t make this change because they suddenly had an epiphany and decided to be at the forefront of the movement for health and sustainability. They made this change because they saw where the market was heading, and they knew they could make more money by offering vegan options.

And the truth is that we, as consumers, helped make that happen. Every time you buy food, you are, in a sense, casting a vote. And over time, those votes can add up to changes in how food is grown, processed, and marketed.

One result is that sales of dairy-free ice cream are expected to reach $1 billion 

Are these dairy-free versions actually better for you than those made with cow’s milk? And of all the options available, which ones are best (and worst)?

Get the facts on dairy-free ice cream and see how the different types compare, here.

Together, one bite at a time, we’re changing the world,

Ocean Robbins

P.S. More and more ice cream chains like Ben & Jerry’s, SubZero, and now even Baskin-Robbins are offering dairy-free options. But should you eat them? And what is the healthiest non-dairy ice cream you can have? Here’s what you need to know.

Be Well’r,
Craig Becker

Be selfish, selfless, & synergistic so everyone and everything benefits!

Email me if you want to discuss: 
Email: BeWellr@gmail.com

Veggie Burgers and Fake Meat: Pros and Cons

A Quote to Guide Life

My sisters eulogy of my dad highlighted a quote his dad taught him. It was how he lived and is how he taught us to live our lives.

You are no better than anyone else…and nobody is better than you.   -Jack Becker (originally Daniel Becker)

I had forgotten those exact words but realize it is how I lead my life and is what I try to teach my daughters and students.  Upon reflection it is why I practice paneugenesis to generate comprehensive improvements by creating interactions so everyone and everything benefits.  Thank you Dad!

Be Well’r,

Craig Becker, PhD

A Tribute to My Dad

My daughter and I made a post on FaceBook and she made a video – Jack Becker – A Wonderful Life – to honor of my dad and her grandfather.  I am posting this so all, including those not on Facebook can have an opportunity to know about this great man.

John “Jack” Becker – March 12, 1932-August 22, 2019

From my daughter:

There are no words to describe the incredible man my grandpa was. This weekend has been really hard, harder than I could’ve imagined, but I will forever treasure the memories I have with him. Before my sister was born, my grandpa was my best buddy and we went everywhere together. We had an incredible bond and I am so thankful for the 23 years we had together.

I love you so much, and I will miss you deeply. Rest In Peace, Grandpa 💞

 

My eulogy at my Dad’s funeral is below. The wonderful video was made with love by his granddaughters – my daughter, Amanda Becker with help from Annika Becker and Shannon Lee Dollar.

Dad’s Funeral – 8-25-2019

This has been tough, harder than I thought. Thank you for coming to be with us today. As most of you already, know – with Jill and Holly – we won the lottery and got the best parents. All of you know how amazing my mom is and the unbelievable love and care she showed my dad these last few difficult years. This has been an emotional summer. I have teared up, for both happy and sad reasons, more this summer than I did over the last 50 years.

I have had ups and downs. I was happy I could be here the during my dad’s last few weeks but sad he is gone. I am happy he is not suffering any more but sad that disease robbed us of a great person. He was funny, very smart, caring and always fair – even when the disease hampered his abilities, he was fair. I remember during the sale of his house, after one deal fell through, the realtor offered to not take a commission because of the problem – he told him he should get his commission because the problem was not his fault.

He was amazing, he could help us figure out almost anything. All of us could tell you stories about situations where we were told it can’t be done, but dad always found a way. They would say, “this can’t work and there is no other way.” Then they talked to my dad for 5 minutes only to change to, ok – here is how we can get this done.

I was so happy to see the joy my dad had at Samantha and Craig’s wedding. I was even happier when I saw him dance for over an hour with both of my sisters, my daughters, my nieces and my mom. Then when I told him he had danced a lot and asked him if he wanted to keep dancing, he then looked at me with that old spark in his eye’s, stood up straighter and said, “You are not my type.” That was my dad.

Looking at picture of my dad it made it clear to me, the good qualities I have today are because of him. As I said, I won the lottery and I will spend the rest of my life attempting to become the person, husband, father, and son that would make him proud.

 

The Great Video she made

Be Well’r,

Craig Becker

Top CEO’s Refocus on More than Profits…Hurray!

According to recent news, it was indicated that Practicing Paneugenesis becomes the Corporate Way – Now and Again. To practice paneugenesis means to generate comprehensive improvements by creating interactions so everyone and everything benefits. In corporate speak it means benefitting all stakeholders, not just shareholders.

The August 21, 2019 Daily broadcast What American C.E.O.s Are Worried About by Andrew Ross Sorkin, a financial columnist for The New York Times, reported that “…almost 200 chief executives, including the leaders of Apple, Pepsi and Walmart, argued that companies must invest in employees, protect the environment and deliver value to customers.” The declaration that “Shareholder Value Is No Longer Everything, Top C.E.O.s Say“, aligns with practicing paneugenesis. I encourage  you to listen to this inspirational show!

This show reported that 100 years ago businesses did do what was best for customers, employees and communities until Milton Friedman influenced their actions. This August 21, 2019 Daily Show, reported that these nearly 200 executives tried this week to redefine the role of a corporation in society. They indicated a corporations new philosophy would be more aligned with Practicing Paneugenesis. They also reported they were doing this, not out of altruism or because it was the right thing to do, but because it is the politically needed way to act and because it was the best way to do business now.

In other words acting in ways that align with paneugenesis would be more profitable. Of course this aligns with what Aaron Antonovsky implied in his 1996 article,”The salutogenic model as a theory to guide health promotion” when he commented on page 12, “…No on contends that museums payoff in cash.” By this, he suggested that museums are not strictly profitable but are profitable to society because they help create a better society for everyone and everything.

The August 21st’s NYT’s Daily show reported that the change such that business became more focused on profit was influenced by Milton Friedman’s view that profits were above all else. His work suggested that higher profits were the best thing corporations could do for society. They also suggested Friedman’s work influenced the 1980’s greed focus that generated multiple corporate raiders who cut costs to boost profits. These changes did lead to higher profits but they also led to layoffs, lower charitable contributions and decreased pensions plans to benefit the associated stock. As was seen, the actions that led to higher corporate stock prices led to a decreased quality of life in society.

The report also indicated that the philosophy change toward a more expansive view of stakeholders began to change with financial crisis 10 years ago and the major shift of benefits toward the 1% at the expense of the rest of us. They also reported that these changes are what helped fuel the rise of political activists and now presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

Once again this reflects the needed shift from a short to a long-term, or from an acute toward chronic dedication. Although they indicate the change is happening because our times indicate it is now right thing to do and more profitable, research suggest it is always more profitable if we use a a longer lens.This is how it was and how it should be because it is the most beneficial way to generate a richer society for everyone and everything.
In more news about this change, Tom Wilson, Chief Executive of All State suggested in his August 21, 2019 New York Times column that we pay people more. His article, “Save Capitalism by Paying People More” because changing the role of shareholders was only a start. He therefore emphasizes that Boards and C.E.O.s must create more higher-paying jobs.  However, in my view this perspective is too limited. It cannot just be about creating jobs for today but about creating a sustainable better future tomorrow.  This means we won’t know exactly the job to be done, but we to create more good and not just less bad the focus has to be on generating comprehensive improvements by creating interactions so everyone and everything benefits.

Please share your thoughts. I look forward to hearing about the how you catch the wave and practice paneugenesis so you will generate all good by creating pervasive, reciprocal, selfish, selfless, synergistic interactions so everyone and everything benefits. Overall this focus on how to improve, not just prevent decline is selfish, selfless and synergistic.  Please share how you generate more good, not just less bad.

For me this is about how we can Exceed expectations as I share in this video:

PS- sorry I have not posted for a couple of months. I have been busy collecting dots and plan to share the many things I have been learning…

 

Be Well’r,
Craig Becker

Be selfish, selfless, & synergistic so everyone and everything benefits!

Email me if you want to discuss: 
Email: BeWellr@gmail.com

 

 

Use Prospective Hindsight to Create a Better Tomorrow

I define Prospective Hindsight as looking back from an idealized outcome or a desired future. As we all know, hindsight is 20/20.  Using hindsight from a desired future has been shown to be a great way to see how that future can be created. Often it is used to find problems, but it also can be used to design a helpful path to a desired future.  Of course the first step is imagining and making clear the desired future.  This is the first step, Operationalize or develop an understandable vision fo the future that is desirable.

New Research Supports Using Prospective Hindsight

UConn Today wrote about the New research that suggests “The Power of Empathy in Product Development” is helpful. The research to be published, “Head vs. Heart: the Effect of Objective versus Feelings-Based Mental Imagery on New Product Creativity,” will appear in the June 2019 issue of the Journal of Consumer Research. Marketing professors Kelly Herd (University of Connecticut) and Ravi Mehta (University of Illinois) found that creativity was improved if they took a few minutes before beginning to envision, or think about how the customer would feel eating the snack.  In other words, they used Prospective Hindsight to Operationalize and Idealized Outcome and it helped.

Paul Hawken also used Prospective Hindsight in his new book that he edited, “Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming“. In the book he explains how we must work toward a society that heals rather than steals the future in the great book he edited. The book outlines multiple interdependent and interconnected ways to work together to start creating a better tomorrow today. In other words, this book helps people see what a better future could look like and what we can start doing to make that new future a reality.

Most importantly, Paul Hawken ends by explaining this isn’t just a good way to do things, they are the best alternative. These suggestions are a better way because using these methods will generate higher monetary gains than are possible with the traditional, “business as usual”, methods that we know are causing problems.

The book resonated with me because all of my work is focused on how to picture and then create a better tomorrow.  As a professor I aim in my publications, presentations and classes to give people tools to design and create an idealized tomorrow. My desire is not to only be able to do what has been done, but to do better.  Better, from my view, means the new ways will benefit everyone and everything through the generation of comprehensive improvements by creating pervasive, reciprocal, selfish, selfless, synergistic interactions so everyone and everything benefits.  I define these actions as practicing paneugenesis or creating all good.

To demonstrate I am not just dreaming of something that could be, this post shares others making their vision a reality.  These examples are ones that have developed a clear picture of a desired tomorrow (their Operationalize and Idealized Outcome).  These examples also have a description or examples of what must exist for their vision to happen (Precursors).  These examples also have an outline about what needs to happen starting (Optimize the Process) to make it happen.  These examples also explain how they will know they are making progress so they can to Plot Progress to demonstrate the benefits being achieved.

These examples include The International Living Future Institute and their challenges, “The Ray” for improving transportation, and Elon Musk’s vision for clean energy production for everyone’s home.

A Desirable Living Future

The International Living Future Institute is a global network dedicated to creating a healthy future for all.  To make this happen they have the ongoing “Living Building Challenge“, the “Living Product Challenge“, and the “Living Community Challenge“.

The Living Building Challenge is the world’s most rigorous proven performance standard for buildings. People from around the world use a regenerative design framework to create spaces that, like a flower, give more than they take. These types of buildings are being built around the world. See Certified buildings here.

The Living Product Challengeis a framework for manufacturers to create products that are healthy, inspirational and give back to the environment.  This challenge aims to create products that regenerate nature and improve our quality of life.

The Living Community Challenge is a framework for master planning, design, and construction. It is a tool to create a symbiotic relationship between people and all aspects of the built environment. The program is a call to action to governments, campuses, planners, developers and neighborhood groups to create communities that are as connected and beautiful as a forest. You can view community’s actively involved making the vision a reality here.

“The Ray” is an Operationalized an Idealized Outcome for Transportation

Named after Ray Anderson, the world renown innovator from Interface, this item is highway material that would rebuild transportation into a restorative, rather than destructive activity. “The Ray” would create a regenerative highway ecosystem.  Right now they are testing on “The Ray’s” 18-mile stretch of I-85. Several pilot projects are already underway. Click here and or watch the video’s below to see their Technology Showcase to learn about the solar-powered vehicle charging, tire safety check station, solar-paved highways and all their other exciting pursuits.

If you are interested, Ray Anderson was the founder and visionary leader of Interface Carpets who rebuilt that company from ecologically destructive to being restorative.

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As noted previously, the late Ray Anderson helped Interface Global make better carpets, increase productivity, profits, and morale, while it also helped not just work to solve the climate crisis but to regenerate a better environment. They put in place a better way for everyone and everything.

Elon Musk’s Vision

Elon Musk’s organizations want to collect solar energy to fuel life.  Extra energy could support the grid.  These video’s show an exciting vision, though I would like to know more about at the current status of these projects. Please share if you can provide an update.

I look forward to hearing about the how you practice paneugenesis like these examples.  To practice paneugenesis means to generate all good by creating pervasive, reciprocal, selfish, selfless, synergistic interactions so everyone and everything benefits. Please share your thoughts and any other examples of where you see this happening. Thank you.

Be Well’r,
Craig Becker

Be selfish, selfless, & synergistic so everyone and everything benefits!

If you want to contact me:
Email: BeWellr@gmail.com

 

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