Do not underestimate one drop!

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I came across this story;

The Starfish Story
A young man is walking along the ocean and sees a beach on which thousands and thousands of starfish have washed ashore. Further along he sees an old man, walking slowly and stooping often, picking up one starfish after another and tossing each one gently into the ocean.
“Why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?,” he asks.
“Because the sun is up and the tide is going out and if I don’t throw them further in they will die.”
“But, old man, don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it! You can’t possibly save them all, you can’t even save one-tenth of them. In fact, even if you work all day, your efforts won’t make any difference at all.”
The old man listened calmly and then bent down to pick up another starfish and threw it into the sea. “It made a difference to that one.”

I found it so inspiring and honorable, it made me realized how much even the smallest step toward a good intention is impactful and powerful!

How many times do we feel upset, mad, angry or sad while watching a video, seeing a picture, reading an article or hearing a story about mistreated animal, pollution, children abused, food and so many more misaligned stories…

We felt touched, upset, sad whatever bad feeling that we feel because we know deep down that isn’t right this is not in alignment with our true selves.

After feeling these emotions, we want to take actions, we wish to take an action to stop that to do something about that and then we say to ourselves well it won’t make a difference, I am nobody, this problem is too big and It is impossible to fix this huge problem, I am going to take a step for nothing! Then we go back to our “normal life” pretending everything is ok, everything is fine….

But, guess what like this story tell it so beautifully.

Each small step makes a difference.

It is a ripple effect because we all are connected somehow, one step from us will be the inspiration for a future step from another human being. It may even become a snow ball…!

Yes, Imagine and don’t forget One drop + one drop made Oceans!

Each of our actions step even the smallest one made a big difference.

Let’s take this step!!

Source:

http://www.esc16.net/users/0020/FACES/Starfish%20Story.pdf

The Friends Cleanup + Celebration – 2016 International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Day

Exciting news! The Friends are hosting a shoreline/parkland cleanup on September 17 at Oleta River State Park as part of the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup Day. STARBUCKS will be providing their delicious COFFEE FREE to our early-rising volunteers. Local area cleanups are being overseen by VolunteerCleanup.org Please register to participate on Sept. 17th with the Friends (at Oleta RS Park, Osprey pavilion) here:

Register here

 

Open your eyes!

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Ocean/Water Pollution

Water is the giver of life. Many believe that life as we know it started from the Ocean, with proof to back up their claims. Anytime we picture the ocean or any water body for that matter, we think about; family picnics, hangouts, fun times walking on the beach, or games on the shore. These still hold true but the ocean is becoming a danger first, to itself, to ocean life and by extension to man, and the cycle begins all over again.

It is basically a cycle that begins with humans.

Water pollution is pretty much a concern in the 21st century. It is caused primarily by man’s designs and they include but aren’t limited to:

Sewage and Waste Disposals: The growth and urbanization of major locations around the world while it brings development to said area presents staggering problems. These problems include managing space, getting clean, running water for all and effective waste management (refuse and bodily discharge). As cities grow, release of improperly treated sewage and trash into rivers and oceans cause the water to become contaminated. Planktons which are normally beneficial to the environment in that they release the oxygen we breathe in become ‘Algal Blooms’ which could become harmful. When these waste disposals find their way into the sea, fish mistake them for food, eat them and are harmed as a result.

Oil Spillage: The rapid industrialization experienced all around the world come with many benefits and also grave consequences. In places where there are oil spillages, marine life dies. As they die, some go into extinction while others are transferred to our tables through fishing. On another front, spillages make even clean, running water unsafe for drinking.

Use of Chemicals: Chemicals used in treating water sometimes do more harm than good. This means that our water may not be as safe as we thought they were. Also, when massive tracts of land are plowed, the turned-up soil may end up being eroded and washed into the ocean during torrential rains. Considering that the soil already contains pesticides and other fertilizers, the damage wreaked upon the ocean can only be imagined.

Contaminated Gases: Polluted air is also a major problem. Coal-fired power-plants and Chlorine-run factories release mercury into the air. These find their way into waters and contaminate marine life. As larger marine animals eat smaller ones, the toxicity level accumulates. The larger marine life then ends up on our tables.

Mercury is a toxin known to cause brain and nerve damage in humans.

The sooner measures are put in place to curb indiscriminate waste disposals in the ocean and other water bodies, the better.

Founder Institute Florida-My experience

Fort Lauderdale-Boca Raton-Winter 2015-2016, Chapter 1: Closed

The resume of this chapter: My experience at the Founder Institute (http://fi.co/)

Let’s start with a flashback (3, 5 month ago).

I remember my first meeting with my first peers like If It was yesterday. Even, if inside the program we kind of lost the track of time and got the feeling that one day became one week (due to the intensity and the amount of information that we learned through FI)

We had no clues about what we would accomplished so far, just got a strong driven feeling with a lot of enthusiasm for our future.

It was just the beginning…

During the full 3, 5 month; the founder Institute (especially our directors ;)) are going to squeeze you to let you discover the best of you, your best potential.

{[Metaphorically speaking (I love that..!}: Like a distiller would take 2204 Lbs. (1000kg) of flowers to make just 2.20 Lbs. (1kg) of pure-essential oil….}}

What I learned through the program:

I learned how to create a meaningful company, not only the vision. I learned how to structure the foundation of it.

What I enjoyed the more:

Having access to great resources from each session including every feedbacks and inputs shared from an amazing network of mentors.

The others fellows and graduates, we developed a strong support between each of us.

The energy, time, passion and support from our directors: Michel Triana, Rodolfo Novarini and Mark Volchek.

In my point of view, what is make it real and make me growth, It is the community and the experienced that we shared together. Having the same program with a simple distance learning program and just be by myself would have be a complete different story or none…!

3, 5 month ago, we were 34 founders who started the program and 10 of us graduated with 8 amazing companies:

GameFace (com): an ecommerce subscription-based men’s personal care called ‘Nasty’ for athlete consumers.

SpeechMED (com): a voice and video information platform that gives people the ability to see and hear their medical information in their native language (see Startup Spotlight).

Teak Health: the “mint.com” of medical health records striving for patient empowerment and provider solutions.

Velatino (com): an internet video network exclusively curated for Hispanic audiences.

Vendor Hive (com): centralized platform that manages information and transactions between festival event producers and retail vendors.

VidTec (co): automated tool for digital marketers that converts products and other website content into videos.

Winspire: a software solution to help people improve their people and leadership skills by partnering with Leadership Coaches.

And also an article about us:

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/the-starting-gate/2016/03/meet-the-8-south-florida-companies-incubated-at-founder-institute.html

Conclusion:

I believe if you are taking the program very seriously and are passionate to change the world,

You would get all of the tools that you need to make a best seller!

The hardest part was to start the first chapter.

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Who cares about our Ocean?

As a first post of this blog I wanted to share this amazing organization to show you that awareness is the more important part (We are getting there..)

The World Ocean Council is an international organization dedicated to bringing together a wide spectrum of different ocean business communities to join forces on stewardship of the seas. The ocean is one of the most amazing places on the planet earth, bursting with wildlife and teeming with mysteries to be solved. Around seventy percent of the world’s surface is covered by oceans. Now, that is a lot of space. Unfortunately, commercial fishing, oil and gas exploration and the harvesting of metals have expanded deeper into our oceans. There are many people exploiting our seas for the gain of themselves. However, our start-up business has fused with this brilliant organization in order to bring an end to the pollution and the defilement of the beautiful oceans we have been blessed with.

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We have a plethora of people dedicated to preventing pollution and cleaning up the pollution that has already occurred. Luckily, our oceans are resilient, but we must stop polluting if we expect the situation to improve. Every single person and company must try their best to make sure that our oceans are safe. You are probably thinking, “How will your company help reduce the pollution of our seas and oceans?” Well, our answer is simple. We have developed an amazing cleaning service for water clean-up with our proprietary line of green boats. Our main vision is to create a brilliant company which will try their best to clean all the polluted seas and oceans. We will always work to the best of our abilities to ensure that the world has oneness in every single city close to water to make pollution a thing of the past! We want the world to come together to bring an end to the destruction of our seas and oceans; we want to send out a positive message to every single nook and cranny of the world!

Although the ocean covers nearly covers about two thirds of our planet’s surface, it is surprisingly vulnerable to human influences such as overfishing, pollution from run-off, and dumping of waste from human activity. This kind of pollution can have serious economic and health impacts by killing marine life and damaging habitats and ecosystems. The dumping of industrial, nuclear and other waste into oceans was legal until the early 1970s. However, dumping still occurs illegally everywhere. Luckily, we are here to bring an end to this nonsense. We will make use the of remarkable cleaning services that we have developed in order to clean up all of the waste products which others have dumped. The passion and dedication that we have will allow us to make huge steps in cleaning up our oceans to ensure that marine life continues to live on.

Finally, we have worked the best we could to try and help in the fight against pollution. Even if we can’t get to every sea and every ocean, we will still be making a difference. Therefore, I encourage you to spread the word about our mission and our values to unite the world and reduce pollution of the sea. This coherence will permit us to make huge steps forward in being eco-friendly; our unification shall make the difference. Join our company and hundreds of others by signing up to the World Ocean Council!

Although the ocean covers nearly covers about two thirds of our planet’s surface, it is surprisingly vulnerable to human influences such as overfishing, pollution from run-off, and dumping of waste from human activity. This kind of pollution can have serious economic and health impacts by killing marine life and damaging habitats and ecosystems. The dumping of industrial, nuclear and other waste into oceans was legal until the early 1970s. However, dumping still occurs illegally everywhere. Luckily, we are here to bring an end to this nonsense. We will make use the of remarkable cleaning services that we have developed in order to clean up all of the waste products which others have dumped. The passion and dedication that we have will allow us to make huge steps in cleaning up our oceans to ensure that marine life continues to live on.

Finally, we have worked the best we could to try and help in the fight against pollution. Even if we can’t get to every sea and every ocean, we will still be making a difference. Therefore, I encourage you to spread the word about our mission and our values to unite the world and reduce pollution of the sea. This coherence will permit us to make huge steps forward in being eco-friendly; our unification shall make the difference. Join our company and hundreds of others by signing up to the World Ocean Council!

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