Inspiration

Here you will find what inspires me and what I hope can inspire you as well. A work in progress.

Once in a while, when I start to take myself too seriously, I ponder on this: The Size Of Our World

And if that does not put things in perspective yet... this BBC space race infographic does wonders too.

Soleá: The Flamenco of Seville

Juan Ramírez’s days begin and end with flamenco – the iconic, traditional form of folk music from Andalusia in Spain that emphasises percussive guitar, powerful singing, fierce dancing and, above all, potent emotion. A dedicated guitarist, Ramírez makes a modest living in Andalusia’s capital, Seville – home to a legendary flamenco community – by accompanying dance classes, playing alongside singers for tourists, and performing at cafés.

Despite his 13 years of experience, Ramírez still considers himself a student, constantly learning and relearning the musical form he calls ‘a long road of patience that completely intertwines with your life’.

Soleá: The Flamenco of Seville explores the living present of the folk tradition in its most iconic city, showing how a vibrant history resonates through quotidian challenges, inspiring devotees and neophytes alike.

Director: Pedro Kos, Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee

Jill Bolte Taylor's stroke of insight

One morning, a blood vessel in Jill Bolte Taylor's brain exploded. As a brain scientist, she realized she had a ringside seat to her own stroke. She watched as her brain functions shut down one by one: motion, speech, memory, self-awareness ...

Amazed to find herself alive, Taylor spent eight years recovering her ability to think, walk and talk. She has become a spokesperson for stroke recovery and for the possibility of coming back from brain injury stronger than before. In her case, although the stroke damaged the left side of her brain, her recovery unleashed a torrent of creative energy from her right. From her home base in Indiana, she now travels the country on behalf of the Harvard Brain Bank as the "Singin' Scientist."

Sita Sings the Blues

Sita is a goddess separated from her beloved Lord and husband Rama. Nina is an animator whose husband moves to India, then dumps her by e-mail. Three hilarious shadow puppets narrate both ancient tragedy and modern comedy in this beautifully animated interpretation of the Indian epic Ramayana. Set to the 1920’s jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw, Sita Sings the Blues earns its tagline as “The Greatest Break-Up Story Ever Told.”

The best way to see Sita Sings the Blues is on a big screen, in a dark room, with other people!

Sita Sings the Blues was created by artist Nina Paley. You can find out all about her and the movie here.


Carl Rogers Archives



Carl Ransom Rogers (1902-1987) was a psychologist and psychotherapist who initiated what Abraham Maslow later called the "third force" of psychology, following the behaviorism of Pavlov (and later B. F. Skinner) and Freudian psychoanalysis. This "third force" of humanistic psychology has been so closely identified with Rogers that it is often called Rogerian, a term its namesake objected to. His innovation was to treat clients as if they were essentially healthy, and he felt that growth would occur when a non-judgmental, non-directive (later, "client-centered") therapist created a warm, accepting environment to nurture the client and allow self-knowledge and self-acceptance to occur. Rogers is considered by many to be the most influential psychologist after Freud.


Where The Hell is Matt? 2005 - 2012

This video explores Matt's latest dance adventure.


Matt got started early in 2003 and posted his first dancing video in 2005 on youtube. Here is the original. Made in 2003 and 2004, posted in 2005.

From there it all went very fast. Matt briefly got micro-famous as "That guy who dances on the internet. No, not him. The other guy. No, not him either. I'll send you the link. It's funny."

You can read all about him on his own website.






Derek Sivers - How to start a movement

"But the biggest lesson here - did you catch it?

Leadership is over-glorified.

Yes it started with the shirtless guy, and he'll get all the credit, but you saw what really happened:

It was the first follower that transformed a lone nut into a leader.

There is no movement without the first follower.

We're told we all need to be leaders, but that would be really ineffective.

The best way to make a movement, if you really care, is to courageously follow and show others how to follow.

When you find a lone nut doing something great, have the guts to be the first person to stand up and join in"

-Derek Sivers

Claude Nougaro - Plume d'Ange

Paroles: Claude Nougaro, musique: J.C. Vannier, 1977

Vous voyez cette plume?
Eh bien, c'est une plume... d'ange
Mais rassurez-vous, je ne vous demande pas de me croire, je ne vous le demande plus.
Pourtant, écoutez encore une fois, une dernière fois, mon histoire.
Une nuit, je faisais un rêve désopilant quand je fus réveillé par un frisson de l'air.
J'ouvre les yeux, que vois-je?
Dans l'obscurité de la chambre, des myriades d'étincelles...
Elles s'en allaient rejoindre, par tourbillonnements magnétiques, un point situé devant mon lit.
Rapidement, de l'accumulation de ces flocons aimantés, phosphorescents, un corps se constituait.
Quand les derniers flocons eurent terminé leur course, un ange était là, devant moi, un ange réglementaire avec les grands ailes de lait.
Comme une flèche d'un carquois, de son épaule il tire une plume, il me la tend et il me dit:
"C'est une plume d'ange. Je te la donne. Montre-la autour de toi.
Qu'un seul humain te croie et ce monde malheureux s'ouvrira au monde de la joie.
Qu'un seul humain te croie avec ta plume d'ange.
Adieu et souviens-toi: la foi est plus belle que Dieu."

Mary Midgley - The Solitary Self (RSA)

Renowned philosopher Mary Midgley explores [in her book The Solitary Self] the nature of our moral constitution to challenge the view that reduces human motivation to self-interest. Midgley argues cogently and convincingly that simple, one-sided accounts of human motives, such as the 'selfish gene' tendency in recent neo-Darwinian thought, may be illuminating but are always unrealistic. Such neatness, she shows, cannot be imposed on human psychology. She returns to Darwin's original writings to show how the reductive individualism which is now presented as Darwinism does not derive from Darwin but from a wider, Hobbesian tradition in Enlightenment thinking. She reveals the selfish gene hypothesis as a cultural accretion that is just not seen in nature. Heroic independence is not a realistic aim for Homo sapiens. We are, as Darwin saw, earthly organisms, framed to interact constantly with one another and with the complex ecosystems of which we are a tiny part. For us, bonds are not just restraints but also lifelines.

And a review by James Krueger here.