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Sloww Sunday Newsletter 007 (March 1, 2020) — How to Start a Movement, Slow Living is Powerful Living, Buckminster Fuller, & More
Sloww Sunday is a new email newsletter sharing inspiration to awaken the art of living in all of us.
In a modern world focused on the trendy, here’s your weekly dose of the timeless.
1 // New on Sloww
The Law of Progressive Simplification: Real Progress is Spiritual (Internal) vs Material (External) — This post introduces a couple important concepts from Arnold Toynbee and Buckminster Fuller that may appear like big, confusing words. Thankfully, Duane Elgin helps break them down to show how they can work together to shape humanity’s future progress.
Integrating the historical insights of (Arnold) Toynbee and the material insights of (Buckminster) Fuller, we can redefine progress as follows: Progress is a two-fold process involving the simultaneous refinement of the material and non-material aspects of life … a strong connection between simplicity and human progress.— Duane Elgin
In Case You Missed It:
2 // Video I’m Watching
Buckminster Fuller — Thinking Out Loud Documentary (YouTube | 1 hr 30 mins) — I went down a bit of a Buckminster Fuller rabbit hole recently. There’s so much good stuff to take away from this documentary I don’t know where to begin! (Note: The video quality isn’t the best at times, and surprisingly I can’t find a higher quality version anywhere online. Regardless, this is worth watching.)
By doing more with less, instead of being able to take care of only 40 percent of humanity we might be able to take care of 100 percent of humanity.— Buckminster Fuller (1967)
3 // Speech I’m (Re)Listening To
How to Start a Movement — Derek Sivers (YouTube | 3 mins) — This is probably one of the most impactful short speeches that I’ve ever seen. Worth revisiting at least once a year. (Note: Disregard the random promo after the speech ends.)
The first follower is what transforms a lone nut into a leader.— Derek Sivers
Pair with Derek’s original video First Follower: Leadership Lessons from Dancing Guy (YouTube | 3 mins):
4 // Article I’m Reading
Why Slow Living Is Powerful Living (Psych Central | 3 mins) — Nice quick read that was recently published about slow living.
True power resides in the limitless reservoir inside each of us, not from anything outside of us. Slow living is a portal into that place of power. It’s a place you can access with some courage and conviction, and it will lead you into a new day, a new life, and a new way of being.— Valerie Gangas
Pair with my post series introduction to slow living:
- Slow Living 101: What is Slow Living?
- Slow Living 201: A Deep Dive into Slow Living & The Slow Movement
- Slow Living 301: How to Start a Slow Living Lifestyle (10 Ways to Get Started)
5 // Quote & Question I’m Contemplating
The story you tell yourself is largely the story you’re living.— Terence McKenna
What kind of story are you telling yourself day-to-day right now?
Bonus // Something I’m Learning
- Vision of the planetary information and communications technology network that interconnects all humans and their technological artifacts
- Internet ties users together into a single info processing system that functions as part of the collective nervous system of the planet
- Becomes increasingly intelligent and increasingly plays the role of a brain for Earth (webpages/neurons connected by hyperlinks/synapses)
- Coined in 1982 by Peter Russell
- More on Wikipedia
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Have a deep week!
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