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Thursday, 28 June 2007 02:51

我相信

我相信,一个人如果要真正解决自己的问题,首先必须懂得超然地看待自己的问题,以开放、谦和的态度,让其他人同样能够看到这些问题。当问题被人所分享时,问题就会被承担。分担问题,需要两个前提:(一)能够把困难点说给别人听,同时愿意接受别人的帮助。(二)懂得分担别人的困难,聆听他人的困难,当自己遇到困难时,反过来比较容易说清楚自己的症结所在,别人也比较容易理解你的问题是什么。
若要懂得给予,必须先学会接受;若要懂得接受,必须先学会给予。
我相信,不同的人、不同的国家与不同的文化之间,彼此是能够交流的。我和许多国家的志愿者工作,学习到很多宝贵的经验。这些志愿者来到我这里学习,他们先前的经历与想法我并不知道。我学会了很多,因为我学会如何教他们:许多年轻的外国志愿者对中国有错误的刻板印象,有的自己没有真正体验过群体生活,还有许多人有自己的心理问题。虽然说他们是来帮忙的,但他们也需要人帮他们。我很愿意带他们,我很有耐心地做,他们带来了许多贡献,很多时候并不是他们事先所预期的。我们很难知道,当我们给予的时候,什么是最宝贵的东西。对我来说,当我们交流的时候,也就是一个人接受被人改变的时刻,个人往前推进,整个人类的发展也随之往前迈进。
我相信,人类需要多样性。文化、习惯、生活经验的丰富多元能够确保生命的丰厚与延续。我不喜欢一致化,我喜欢丰繁、跃动、颜色与意见的多采多姿。
我相信社区。我喜欢看到有人在社区照料弱势团体,我喜欢看到地方上筹办的节庆活动,我相信一个地方开始展望自己的视野、梦想,就是从养护一个小公园或是共同做一件事情开始。我相信建立社区人际情谊有助于推展多样性。如果每个社区都长得一样,我会很难过。我希望中国不管哪一个社区、村落、乡镇,都能够延展自己与众不同的特色。
我相信可持续发展。我相信可持续发展将使我们更加注重既有的资源,使我们用水不浪费,改善生产习性与消费习惯,尊重大自然的平衡,不乱砍树…我相信,如果我们能重视社区与多样性,中国必定能够成为经济发展模范,成为一个朝向人性发展并尊重大自然的发展模范。对我来说,照顾弱势、维护大自然平衡两者同样第一优先,而且是道理相通的挑战。
我相信,我们都越来越「变成」我们自己。我们必须要有信心,从自己做起;我们必须跳脱自己的局限,不断朝向变成自己的道路前行。我知道我自己还有还很多事要看要学,我并不能说自己是个完人。当我不断探索他人丰富的 一面,我就会把这些丰富面逐渐纳于己内,我越来越变成我自己。我希望我变成我自己的同时,在与你同行的路上共享人间博爱。

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Thursday, 28 June 2007 02:50

我相信

我相信,一個人如果要真正解決自己的問題,首先必須懂得超然地看待自己的問題,以開放、謙和的態度,讓其他人同樣能夠看到這些問題。當問題被人所分享時,問題就會被承擔。分擔問題,需要兩個前提:(一)能夠把困難點說給別人聽,同時願意接受別人的幫助。(二)懂得分擔別人的困難,聆聽他人的困難,當自己遇到困難時,反過來比較容易說清楚自己的癥結所在,別人也比較容易理解你的問題是什麼。
若要懂得給予,必須先學會接受;若要懂得接受,必須先學會給予。
我相信,不同的人、不同的國家與不同的文化之間,彼此是能夠交流的。我和許多國家的志願者工作,學習到很多寶貴的經驗。這些志願者來到我這裡學習,他們先前的經歷與想法我並不知道。我學會了很多,因為我學會如何教他們:許多年輕的外國志願者對中國有錯誤的刻板印象,有的自己沒有真正體驗過群體生活,還有許多人有自己的心理問題。雖然說他們是來幫忙的,但他們也需要人幫他們。我很願意帶他們,我很有耐心地做,他們帶來了許多貢獻,很多時候並不是他們事先所預期的。我們很難知道,當我們給予的時候,什麼是最寶貴的東西。對我來說,當我們交流的時候,也就是一個人接受被人改變的時刻,個人往前推進,整個人類的發展也隨之往前邁進。
我相信,人類需要多樣性。文化、習慣、生活經驗的豐富多元能夠確保生命的豐厚與延續。我不喜歡一致化,我喜歡豐繁、躍動、顏色與意見的多采多姿。
我相信社區。我喜歡看到有人在社區照料弱勢團體,我喜歡看到地方上籌辦的節慶活動,我相信一個地方開始展望自己的視野、夢想,就是從養護一個小公園或是共同做一件事情開始。我相信建立社區人際情誼有助於推展多樣性。如果每個社區都長得一樣,我會很難過。我希望中國不管哪一個社區、村落、鄉鎮,都能夠延展自己與眾不同的特色。
我相信可持續發展。我相信可持續發展將使我們更加注重既有的資源,使我們用水不浪費,改善生產習性與消費習慣,尊重大自然的平衡,不亂砍樹…我相信,如果我們能重視社區與多樣性,中國必定能夠成為經濟發展模範,成為一個朝向人性發展並尊重大自然的發展模範。對我來說,照顧弱勢、維護大自然平衡兩者同樣第一優先,而且是道理相通的挑戰。
我相信,我們都越來越「變成」我們自己。我們必須要有信心,從自己做起;我們必須跳脫自己的侷限,不斷朝向變成自己的道路前行。我知道我自己還有還很多事要看要學,我並不能說自己是個完人。當我不斷探索他人豐富的 一面,我就會把這些豐富面逐漸納於己內,我越來越變成我自己。我希望我變成我自己的同時,在與你同行的路上共享人間博愛。



Thursday, 28 June 2007 02:50

我相信

我相信,一個人如果要真正解決自己的問題,首先必須懂得超然地看待自己的問題,以開放、謙和的態度,讓其他人同樣能夠看到這些問題。當問題被人所分享時,問題就會被承擔。分擔問題,需要兩個前提:(一)能夠把困難點說給別人聽,同時願意接受別人的幫助。(二)懂得分擔別人的困難,聆聽他人的困難,當自己遇到困難時,反過來比較容易說清楚自己的癥結所在,別人也比較容易理解你的問題是什麼。
若要懂得給予,必須先學會接受;若要懂得接受,必須先學會給予。
我相信,不同的人、不同的國家與不同的文化之間,彼此是能夠交流的。我和許多國家的志願者工作,學習到很多寶貴的經驗。這些志願者來到我這裡學習,他們先前的經歷與想法我並不知道。我學會了很多,因為我學會如何教他們:許多年輕的外國志願者對中國有錯誤的刻板印象,有的自己沒有真正體驗過群體生活,還有許多人有自己的心理問題。雖然說他們是來幫忙的,但他們也需要人幫他們。我很願意帶他們,我很有耐心地做,他們帶來了許多貢獻,很多時候並不是他們事先所預期的。我們很難知道,當我們給予的時候,什麼是最寶貴的東西。對我來說,當我們交流的時候,也就是一個人接受被人改變的時刻,個人往前推進,整個人類的發展也隨之往前邁進。
我相信,人類需要多樣性。文化、習慣、生活經驗的豐富多元能夠確保生命的豐厚與延續。我不喜歡一致化,我喜歡豐繁、躍動、顏色與意見的多采多姿。
我相信社區。我喜歡看到有人在社區照料弱勢團體,我喜歡看到地方上籌辦的節慶活動,我相信一個地方開始展望自己的視野、夢想,就是從養護一個小公園或是共同做一件事情開始。我相信建立社區人際情誼有助於推展多樣性。如果每個社區都長得一樣,我會很難過。我希望中國不管哪一個社區、村落、鄉鎮,都能夠延展自己與眾不同的特色。
我相信可持續發展。我相信可持續發展將使我們更加注重既有的資源,使我們用水不浪費,改善生產習性與消費習慣,尊重大自然的平衡,不亂砍樹…我相信,如果我們能重視社區與多樣性,中國必定能夠成為經濟發展模範,成為一個朝向人性發展並尊重大自然的發展模範。對我來說,照顧弱勢、維護大自然平衡兩者同樣第一優先,而且是道理相通的挑戰。
我相信,我們都越來越「變成」我們自己。我們必須要有信心,從自己做起;我們必須跳脫自己的侷限,不斷朝向變成自己的道路前行。我知道我自己還有還很多事要看要學,我並不能說自己是個完人。當我不斷探索他人豐富的 一面,我就會把這些豐富面逐漸納於己內,我越來越變成我自己。我希望我變成我自己的同時,在與你同行的路上共享人間博愛。



Wednesday, 27 June 2007 11:33

IT and Sustainability Culture

The growth of information technologies (IT) and the development of global awareness of sustainability issues have happened around the same time but, till now, have been largely independent phenomena. IT was linked with accelerated growth, had a marginal effect on energy consumption, and its promoters had an upbeat vision of the future that contrasted with the gloomy outlook of the prophets of frugality and zero growth society. The early promoters of sustainability were mainly concerned with traditional industries, and they were certainly wary of the speculative euphoria associated with IT start-ups.

For sure, there has been a meeting-point: the Internet has allowed for the spreading of news and analyses that have been conducive of more awareness on global warming and other issues. It might be no coincidence that Al Gore has been the self-dubbed ‘inventor” of the Internet and is now the most famous promoter of environmental causes. This does not mean that the Internet is “pro-sustainability” per se: it also induces extra-consumption, accrued individualism and socially deviant behaviors… Taken as a whole, the Internet exacerbates both the positive and the negative effects of the dynamics it creates, while its overall influence remains “neutral.”

And yet IT seems to have become a crucial field for further development of a global sustainability culture. Why so?
- First, IT are not as negligible in the field of resources consumption as they used to be. Being ubiquitous, the computer is now targeted for the waste it creates both in the manufacturing process and in terms of energy consumption. “Green computers’ might be on the way but they are not truly available yet. IT is not yet a model, “clean” industry, whatever its public image might be!
- Second, the battle about sustainability is played in the field of public opinion and social practices, i.e. throughout all the communication channels created and managed by IT. The industry might help in shaping a global consciousness of the challenges ahead, even more so if its driving forces show a clear sense of their corporate social responsibility.
- Third, sustainability is about management of complexity. A global shift in our model of development requires a systemic approach, taking into account countless information on economy, social systems, climatic changes, citizens’ values, resources consumption, etc. Luckily, this necessity to manage systemic complexity happens at a time when “collective intelligence” is being enhanced through technological channels that generate a culture of global discernment. IT has become the tool through which the technical issues that together define the sustainability challenge can be understood and answered as an organic whole.
- Finally, shifting the values systems that govern our relationships to nature, our consumption patterns and our global visions requires a change in educational model. Education is the way to bridge the digital gaps by relying more on distance learning and multimedia tools and fostering interaction among groups of people previously ignorant of each other. This is the only road for creating an awareness of sustainability issues that would be shaped and shared by different cultures and regions. This is exactly where an IT-based educational model can prove its efficiency.

IT is more than a set of technologies – it is now a “dominant’ culture. We might still be able to shape the characteristics of this culture, making it a vector of solidarity and collective responsibility in a world often blinded by the imperatives of quick profit and continuous growth. This is also an imperative for IT itself. For, in the long run, if IT wants to remain a sustainable industry it has first to develop a culture of sustainability.
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Have you heard about Corporate Social Responsability (CSR)? Here is a channel for China’s CSR professionals to come together. Go to www.china-crossroads.com

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Wednesday, 27 June 2007 11:16

Free Time...

Having time just for us, having a free time… Is it not a dream that we all share, as our lives are becoming busier and busier? Work pressure, family requests, means of communication that do not allow us to hide away, traffic jams, visits to the hospital, to schools or to people whose help and support we need… Where in the world could we still find free time?

And yet, sometimes we discover that this luxury is ours. We have some free time! Maybe our family members are away, or we are changing job and we do not start immediately with the new one, or maybe as we become older we are entitled to take more vacation… Or a week-end is starting and our obligations have been miraculously fulfilled… We have some free time... And, suddenly, we do not know what to do with it! We are just feeling bored. We are watching TV and we know that we could do better than that.. Or we are vaguely thinking about a hobby we’d like to start but we do not find enough energy for putting our project into execution… We take conscience that having some time free is not always comfortable, that decisions are to be made, that we do not know so well what we wish to do… At least, when we are busy all the time we do not need to reflect, we know in advance what is asked from us… Having some free time puts us in front of ourselves, and we do not like it so much…

Time to think about time! What do we do with it? Time is our most precious resource, the one on which our entire life is based, and we rarely reflect on the way we control it, use it, re-organize it. For sure, there are some duties we cannot avoid, but, when thinking about it, there is a surprisingly high amount of time that we could use at our will and that we just let fly away… This is especially true of “leisure time’, this period in the year where we are entitled to take vacation, to rest, to realize a project which is ours. How to use it for our personal growth, for our fulfillment, for experiencing more happiness and humaneness? Yes indeed, let us take some free time just for thinking about time...



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