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Monday, December 31, 2007

Forget making a New Years Resolution – Set a Goal instead

Making a New Years Resolution is an age-old tradition. On December 31, millions of Americans will commit to some sort of resolution for the New Year. However, according to studies, 80% of resolutions are broken by the end of January.

Why the high failure rate for New Years Resolutions?

Impatience and expectations cause most of these failures because most New Years Resolutions require us to change a well-ingrained, specific behavior. We need to create a new habit.

Two telling statistics from behavioral scientist are:

1. New habits require 20 days to form. In those first twenty days, we can expect regression back to the old behavior. No problem – just recommit again. Think about it. Most people give up after the first regression even though they may be days away from making the new behavior a habit.

2. It takes about 9 weeks to start seeing results from any new activity. This fact discourages most people. For example, if your goal is to lose weight, you may not see any difference for the first 9 weeks, but in this time, your body converts fat into muscle. Suddenly your metabolism changes and you start to see dramatic changes.

Set a Goal for Long term Success

The best method for keeping a New Years Resolution is to set a goal. I using the Franklin Covey Method of goal setting.

The Franklin Covey Planner is great I take it with me everywhere. First, you write a mission statement, your roles, and goals for the year. Then, you create a monthly Master Plan. Finally, you work off a daily task list and calendar to keep you on track. I found the results are nothing short of amazing.

If you want to join me in planning, Franklin Covey offers a FREE TEMPLATE to print from your computer. You can place it into a three ring binder or paste the goals template into a journal.

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Thursday, December 20, 2007

How to Get Out of a Mental Slump

Anyone who meets me realizes almost instantly that I maintain a high energy, positive outlook but every once in a while, even I feel a little down – business downturns, pressures at home, money issues can all have a profound negative effect on our lives.

Last week, I was in one of the worst mental slumps for a long time. I caught a bad cold, rental check for my facility was due, new enrollments were down for the month, had a long time student call it quits, etc. Whenever this happens, I proactively work to turn my attitude around as quickly as possible.

How do I turn my attitude around?

Step 1: Identify that there is a problem – You can’t fix what you deny. Admit to your self that your attitude is not where it should be that day.

Step 2: Determine your predominate negative thoughts – Are your debts getting you down? Is your job affecting your attitude? Is it your relationships at home?

Step 3: Think about the worst-case scenario – Ask your self the worst thing that could happen. Many issues that we worry about are not as bad as we think.

Step 4: Do everything to stop the worst-case from happening – If I feel that I need more students for a healthy business, I start prospecting and advertising to ensure that I fill the pipeline with more students. Taking action almost always gives me relief to my worries.

Step 5: Listen to Self Improvement Tapes – I grab my IPod and start listening to Anthony Robbins, Tom Hopkins, Zig Ziglar, and Stephen Covey. For you Frugalist out there, you can get audio books for FREE by using Limewire and listen to the MP3 on your computer.

Step 6: Read Books on the Problems you want to solve – If you have relationship problems, read Dr. Phil books. If you are worried about retirement, read the Automatic Millionaire by David Bach. If you want to create abundance, read The Secret. If you want to become more effective, read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Step 7: Meditation: I meditate daily. During my meditation, I visualize myself with the qualities and life that I want.

Step 8: Fake it until you make it: In my martial arts classes, I explain to my students that to become a Black Belt you need to start acting like one now. If you want to develop certain qualities, pretend you’re an actor and start acting the part now. Before you know it, you will not be acting anymore.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Teaching Adapted Physical Education for Autistic Children

Adapted Physical Education (APE) addresses the special needs of children with Autism and Autistic Spectrum Disorders in a classroom. These classes use methods that facilitate learning for Autistic children and use common repetitive behaviors (hand flapping, spinning, and bouncing) by incorporating them into the classroom.

A successful Adapted Physical Education class requires many vital parts.

Evaluation

First, the program needs an initial evaluation that asks targeted questions. These questions should lead to a better understanding of the autistic student’s unique needs.

Some typical questions:

Does your child display any repetitive behavior? – Autistic children may display rocking, hand flapping, spinning, or scripting.

Is your child tactile sensitive? – Some autistic children abhorred being touched and can cause a meltdown.

Does your child experience seizures? Does your child take any Medication? Autistic children are prone to seizures and medication can effect their reactions and emotions.

Visual Rules and Instructions

By nature, autistic children are visual learners. Visual rules and instructions develop clear and concrete expectations. Favor the use of visual instructions and limit verbal instructions to quick statements phrased in short sentences.

Some ideas for implementing visual rules and instructions

1. Post the classroom rules – Create a few classroom rules and clearly display them in the classroom.

2. Assign each student to a place – Assign a place in the room for each student to stand and mark it with a visible spot. Use this spot as the student’s home base for all activities.

3. Create visual class schedules and class formats – Autistic children need consistency. Schedules and class formats helps to provide this consistency and reduce surprises.

4. Use flash cards – Flash cards are great visual tools for Autistic Children to follow. They will relate the activity with the flash card very quickly.

5. Demonstrate proper performance – Demonstrate the proper performance of a technique. You can use a follow the leader style of teaching, which works great for visual learners.

Providing simple visual instructions will aid in a smooth running class.

Additional Tips for an Adapt Physical Education Program

* Use sameness in structure – this means performing things consistently in the same manner. For example, you perform the warm-up with exactly the same exercises and the same number of repetitions in every class.

* Remove extra distractions from the classroom that will overload the student’s senses.

* Create predictable transitions from one activity to another.

* Choose safe activities because autistic children may be insensitive to danger.

* Be conscious of the length of time for each activities since many children, due to limited attention span, will need frequent changes.

* Incorporate repetitive behaviors into a class – in martial arts classes for autistic children, we add the hand flapping in the warm-up, bouncing in guard stance, and spinning kicks.

Physical education programs are terrific outlet for autistic children to vent energy and redirect behaviors into a more positive direction. As our knowledge grows on the subject of teaching autistic children, better teaching methods will continue to develop for autistic children. Adapted physical education fills an important gap in the education of these special children.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Podcast with Christopher Grosso with Pearl S. Buck International

Our Black Belt candidates as part of their test for black belt are required to perform a community service project. Their project is to raise funds for Pearl S. Buck International so that we, as a school, can sponsor a Asian child in need. The great part is that you get to communicate with the child by writing letters. I think the cultural exchange is a super form of education for our students.

I talked to Christopher Grosso on the phone yesterday and recorded it for podcast. Christopher is one of my new living heroes and like Pam Dorr in Alabama, he is the bullhorn for this awesome cause.

Click the recording below to listen in on our conversation.


If you are interested in your school joining the Pearl S. Buck cause, please contact Christopher Grosso by e-mail cgrosso@pearlsbuck.org, call him at 215.249.0100 x161, visit their website at www.pearlsbuck.org

Click Here to help our Black Belt Candidates and donate to a great cause

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Pearl S. Buck Charity and Creating Abundance for yourself

We kicked off our Pearl S. Buck Sponsor a Child Program. Christopher Grasso from Pearl S. Buck International spoke to our students about the children they sponsor in Asian countries and their lifestyle.

To demonstrate the effect that one dollar per day can have on these childrens lives, he took a dollar bill and ripped it into four parts. Each part represents the four basic needs that one dollar provides Food, Education, Medical Care, and Social Needs. Its amazing how kids start paying attention when someone starts ripping a dollar bill. Some of the children told me afterwards that they thought he was crazy for ripping the dollar bill.

As part of our fundraiser, Ester and I decided to donate $25 per new enrollment. Giving to charity brings up an important question.


Why do most wealth-building experts agree that giving part of your earnings to charity actually creates wealth?

From David Bach, the Automatic Millionaire, to T. Harv Eker, Secrets of the Millionaire Mind, to Jack Canfield, Chicken Soup profess the value of tithing. I noticed the same effect in Ester and my life. Every time we donate, whether it was to the Alabama project or giving stuff to the Womans Place, afterwards, we experienced a windfall of good fortune.

So whats the secret? Is it Karma maybe, but I think the answer lies in a change of mindset. Donating your time and/ or money puts you in an abundance mindset. Yes, thats the key. Nothing will assist you more than maintaining that abundance mindset than giving.

It makes sense. Think about it. The reason people do not give is that they feel they cant afford it. This thinking is a scarcity mindset. Truthfully, our school goal means that if everyone in our school donates $1 and convinces one other person to give $1, we meet our goal. I dont know many people that cant afford $1 and if anyone does feel this way, I believe that this scarcity mindset is hurting them more than you can believe.

Create an abundance mindset for yourself today and donate to a good cause. If not money, donate your time and start the abundance process for yourself today.

Click Here to donate and stimulate your abdundance mindset today.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Stranger Danger: Tricks and Lures of the Child Predator

The Dateline MSNBC show “To catch a predator” has brought national attention to the problem of child predators. They managed to increase the awareness and the extent of the problem. However, it leaves one nagging question, “How do I protect my children from child predators?”

To reduce the risk of child predators, the public needs to educate themselves about the tricks and lures that they use to entrap their prey. These predators look for three things to steal your children.

ACCESS - They must be able to talk to the child without the child’s parents around.


PRIVACY – A child predator looks for times when the child is alone.


ESCAPE – If the predator has access and privacy, he looks for the final step, which is a safe escape route.

A child predator employs many tricks and lures to steal away your child. The following are a few examples of the most common.

The Gift-Giver Lure

This lure involves the predator offering gifts to your child. The gift can range from cool video games to money. For example, the abductor looks for a lone child in a store and attempts to offer them a free video game, but the game in his car outside the store.

Teach your child to never accept gifts from strangers and tell them that they need to ask for the parent’s permission.

The Helpless Lure

This lure preys on the child’s good nature to help. The predator appears helpless with some form of injury like arm cast or crutches. The abductor asks for the child’s help in carry something for them or holding a door.

Another version of helpless entails a lost item or pet. For example, the predator needs help finding a cat or a lost bike. They ask the child to hop in their car and assist them.

Bottom line, it’s inappropriate for adults to ask children to help them.

The Messenger Lure

The messenger brings bad news about a parent and tells you to come with him right away. Alternatively, He tells you that your mom asked him to pick you up. For example, “Your dad is in the hospital. Your mom sent me to pick you up and take you there right away!”

All families should have a family password that only you and your parent’s know for this type of situation. Ask him for the family password and refuse to go if he does not know it.

By arming yourself with knowledge about the typical lures, parents can teach their children the appropriate way to handle abduction situations. Awareness is the key to our children’s safety.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Teaching Anger Management and Emotional Control to Children

These days, anger management is a hot topic among educators. More and more, we see angry students committing acts of violence against classmates. Educating the public on the topic of anger management is the best way to help children manage their anger in an appropriate way.

What is anger?

Angry feelings are normal emotional reactions to daily stresses in our lives that range from irritated to enraged. It’s natural for children to experience emotions of anger but it’s critical to teach them proper coping mechanisms so that they do not express these feelings in an uncontrollable manner.

The goal as a parent is not to completely stop the angry emotion since they are hardwired into our brain. The goal is to teach the children to develop self-control and make appropriate choices regarding how to handle these feelings.

Strategies for teach children to handling anger appropriately

1. Lead by example – Research shows that children model their parents so if the parent blows up in fits of rage in front of a child. The child will learn to use anger as a coping mechanism for their situations in their lives.

2. Teach empathy and tolerance – Empathy is the ability to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes. Children that understand the feelings of others deal better with disagreements with other children.

3. Remain calm – Yelling at angry children to control themselves will only increase the intensity of the outburst. Remaining calm yourself will assist the child caught by the anger bee.

4. Use positive self-talk – Teach children to stay in control by saying affirmations. Affirmations are simple positive messages that the child can say to themselves in stressful situations. For example, here’s a few that a child could learn: “Stop and calm down”, “Take a deep breath”, “Stay in control”, or “I can handle this”. Suggest a few to your child and practice it with them. The more you practice it with them the more likely they will use it during an anger driven situation.

5. Teach them deep breathing – During an angry episode, our breathing changes to quick short breathes. This breathing causes a cascade of physiological changes in our body that creates anger. By learning to controlled, deep breathing, children can short circuit the angry response. Teach your child to inhale to a 5 counts, then hold for a 2 counts, and exhale for a 5 counts. For young kids, I call this breathing exercise “Dragon’s breath”. Have them pretend that they are breathing out fire with the exhale and that the fire is the anger leaving the body.

6. Identify anger triggers – Most children respond to specific triggers that cause anger. Ask your child “What situations make you angry?” The answer will vary from frustrations over homework to bullying at school. Then, talk about solutions that are more appropriate to the problem situation. You can even rehearse the scenario by role-playing.

7. Watch for the warning signs – When anger starts to arise, they will show signs. Tell your child that it’s important to listen to the warning signs. Ask your child what the specific warning signs that show that they are getting upset. Some examples of signs could be talking louder, heart pounding, face getting red, clenching fists, or breathing faster. Once you identify the signs, start pointing them out when they show signs of getting upset. For example, “I see your breathing fast” “Looks like you are getting anger” “You’re clenching your fist. Are you getting upset.” This self-awareness will snap the child back into reality and help them manage the anger early – before it’s out of control.

The secret to successful anger management is to intervene early. Most children use anger because it is their only coping mechanism for daily stress. By identifying problem situations and providing them new techniques for coping, you will keep the anger bee from grabbing hold of your child.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Creating Effective Rules to Instill Positive Discipline in Children

Enforcing rules on children is necessary for effective parenting. Rules promote safety and structure to a child’s life that create order and set them up for success at home and school.

Situations usually arise when parent’s attempt to enforce these rules and a child resists. This leads to parent is nagging, cajoling, and negotiating with the child to compile.

Setting up effective rules will make instilling positive discipline much easier. The follow pointers will show you how to create effective rules.

Enforcing the Do’s, Not the Don’ts

Children hear the word “Don’t” and “No” all the time. It’s no wonder that “No” is one of the first words that children learn to say. Most rules appear in a negative form for example, “Don’t Run” or “Don’t touch”.

The problem with the negative form of rules is that they do not present the parent’s expectations. The common rule of “Don’t Run” does not exclude skipping, hopping, crawling, spinning, etc. - all of which could or could not be acceptable behavior. Children think concretely. Therefore, this rule means that anything else is acceptable.

The positive form of rules creates a parental expectation, which is extremely powerful. Instead of the “Don’t Run” rule in the example above, we say, “We must walk in an orderly fashion”. This rule provides a clear expectation of their behavior.

Here’s some common transformation of rules from Negative to Positive.

Negative Statement: “Don’t Run”

Positive Statement: “Please walk in an orderly fashion”

Negative Statement: “Don’t Touch”

Positive Statement: “Let’s only look without touching”

Negative Statement: “Don’t Push”

Positive Statement: “We need to keep our hands to ourselves”

Negative Statement: “Stop throwing around that toy”

Positive Statement: “We need to play with toy properly”

Write and Post your New Rules

Writing and posting your new rules will give a visual account of your expectations. You need to review these household rules with your child on a constant basis. The more you speak of these rules, the more the child will naturally integrate them into their mindset and lives.

For each rule, you can write the consequence for not following the rule. Natural consequences are great to add here. For example, the rule of playing with toys properly, the natural consequences would state that you will take the toy away for the rest of the day or that you will not replace broken toys. Statements like these develop responsibility in children.

Follow through

All is lost without follow through. Rules that parents do not followed through on are as good as no rules at all.

Developing effective rules helps to instill positive discipline in children. They also encourage children to increase their level of responsibility. These factors make parenting and applying the rules much simpler – providing better family harmony.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Good is the Enemy of Great

Jim Collins wrote an awesome book, Good To Great. The book is worth the cost just to read the first line, which states, "Good is the enemy of great".

Why do I think it's great?

Because it's so true. You see, most people, including myself, once we reach the good level, we're satisfied with our success and remain at status quo. Think of it this way, we know at a job, a bad employee gets either fired or quits. The good employee is performing good enough that they aren't fired but they aren't performing at their best either.

Anthony Robbins says "If were not climbing, were sliding". In other words, being good now is being only mediocre a year from now and poor in five years. The world is evolving and standing still means losing ground.

What is the answer to this dilemma?

Become a constant learner, that's the only answer -- constantly expanding ourselves. The Japanese call this Kaizen or constant and never-ending improvement.

I read some scary statistics yesterday that actually prompted me to write this journal.

  • 58% of the US adult population never reads another book after high school.
  • 42% of college graduates never read another book.
  • 80% of US families did not buy or read a book last year.
  • 70% of US adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years.
  • 57% of new books are not read to completion.
    --Jerrold Jenkins.
    http://www.JenkinsGroup.com
  • Most readers do not get past page 18 in a book they have purchased.
    --Bookselling This Week, November 10, 1997.
    http://news.bookweb.org/

Do you want to make a profound difference in your life? Do you want to go from Good To Great?

The answer is simple.

Pick up and read an entire book. That alone will put you in the 90 percentile.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

My First Phone Interview Today

Today was an exciting day. I gave my first phone interview to Bruce Barber. The interview stemmed from a blog I posted on Halloween Safety Tips at my blogspot.

How did he find my blog?

You guessed it, Google!

It was a pleasure speaking to the public about this very important topic. He asked some great questions about how does it seem that child listen to their Martial Arts Instructor when they wont listen to their parents. Terrific stuff!

Bruce Barber Productions

I find the stories of people I meet very compelling. Bruce Barber owns a production company and was (in his words a zany) morning radio show host. As he got older and had children, he wanted to produce a show that helped parents and the community with relevant content.

His new weekly show aired in the Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York called The Real Life Survival Guide features useful tips for living, based on interviews with people from all walks of life, sharing personal experiences and advice. Check out his new website at www.reallifesurvivalguide.com. Bruce is one of my living heroes now.

This pre-recorded interview will air a couple of days before Halloween. Ill post the link to the interview once it is available.

Our Pearl S. Buck International Cause

Bruce gave me the opportunity to plug Ester and my new charity pursuit to sponsor children through Pearl S. Buck International. If your interested in donating to our cause, please visit our website at www.maximpactkarate.com and hit the donate button.

Ester has really championed this cause so much that she has me excited about it. Ester set up a presentation at our school for November 14th. Our black belt candidates as part of their Black Belt requirements will work on setting up charity functions for the cause.

This phone interview made me realize that we need take our Pearl S. Buck cause from a local level to a state and national level. Instead of thinking on the scale of $1,000 of donations, we should be thinking at the level of $5,000, $10,000 etc

One last note: Yesterday, I got asked to perform a webinar. More to come on that later

Monday, October 15, 2007

Blog Action Day

Bloggers Unite - Blog Action Day Check this out! Today is Blog Action Day - the day that thousand of bloggers around the world blog on the same topic. This year's topic is "the Environment".

Therefore, I am blogging about my campaign to plant trees. For the last few years on Earth Day, our school hands out seedlings to the local community to raise awareness of the importance of trees and reducing our carbon footprint. So far, we have given away hundreds of seedlings and through an article written in NAPMA now with our very own Coach Tom Callos. The idea has taken root (no pun intended) in many schools throughout the nation, planting thousands of trees.

Why plant a tree?

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society provides the Tree Tenders Handbook that explains the many advantages of planting a tree.

Heres some of the benefits to planting a tree:

  • Trees release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide to freshen the air we breathe.
  • Trees remove ozone and other air pollutants, as well as trap dust and dirt.
  • Trees save energy and reduce cooling costs.
  • Trees increase the value of your home
  • Trees improve health (Hospital patients with views of trees recovered 10% more quickly from surgery)
  • Trees encourage serenity and relaxation
  • Trees reduce violence (studies proved this phenomena)
  • Trees increase pride in local communities

Do you want to get involved?

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society provides free Tree Tenders classes. For more information, visit their website by click here.


Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Halloween Safety Tips: How to Trick-or-Treat Safely with Your Children

Children love trick-or-treating for Halloween. They get a chance to dress up as their favorite characters or scary monsters. Halloween is great fun but it also has its host of safety hazards, lurk in the shadows. Keep your ghouls and goblins safe during trick-or-treating by observing the following rules of Halloween Safety.

1. Have an adult with you – A child should never treat-or-treat alone. Halloween is a great time to talk to your child about the importance of Abduction Safety.

2. Trick-or-Treat in daylight, if possible – Get an early start and complete your trick-or-treating by sun down.

3. Carry a Flashlight or Glow Sticks – Kids enjoy carrying glow sticks, but they also ensure that passing cars will see them.

4. Walk, Don’t Run – Running is a major cause of accidents for children during Halloween. With the not perfectly fitting costumes and reduced visibility from the mask, slips, trips, and falls are common. Reduce the risk by enforcing a walk, no running rule. Also, make sure their costume does not drag on the grounds.

5. Don’t Cut Across Yards – Remember you are at someone else’s house. Demonstrate courtesy by walking on the sidewalks instead of cutting across lawns.

6. Wear Shoes that Fit and are Comfortable – Nothing can ruin a great time with your kid more than them whining that their feet hurt and you are a mile walk from home.

7. Take Your Mask off – Masks cut down on your visibility. Pull the mask up between houses and return your ghoulish mask at the door.

8. Only Go to Lit Houses and People You Know – If the lights are not on, chances are that they are not at home or they don’t want to join in on the Halloween fun. Respect their boundaries and pass this house for a more trick-or-treat friendly home.

9. Stay Away from Animals – Halloween is exciting for children and animals are excited too. Some animals might display territorial behavior because you are walking on their property. It’s best to avoid the problem and stay away.

10. Walk on Sidewalks – Stay clear from the roads were a car might not see you’re child. Warning your children to stay away from cars that slow down and offer you candy or try to get you to come over. Also, teach your kids never to get into anyone’s car.

11. Never Enter a House without Your Parents – While your child is trick-or-treating, advise them about the dangers of entering a house without a parent accompanying them.

12. Don’t Eat Any Candy Until Your Parents Check It – Parents should examine all candy before eating. To avoid the temptation of eating a few pieces on the road, make sure to eat something before heading out on your trick-or-treat adventure.

Children look forward to Halloween and trick-or-treating. By observing a few rules, your ghouls and goblins will enjoy a fun and SAFE time.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Teaching Tip: Enforce The Do’s, Not Don’ts

You hear it all the time. As parents or teachers, we attempted to enforce rules on child. Most of the rules appear in a negative form like “Don’t run” or “Don’t touch”. Enforcing these rules, tend to promote resistance by children as they attempt to control their surroundings.

Instead, change your thinking to reinforce positive statements by enforcing the Do’s, not the Don’ts.

Turn all your statements into positive statements. Here’s some examples:
Negative StatementPositive Statement
“Don’t Run”“Please walk in an orderly fashion”
“Don’t Touch”“Let’s only look without touching”
“Don’t Push”“We need to keep our hands to ourselves”
“Don’t jump on equipment”“Please, use the equipment properly”
Negative statements may stop behavior but don’t provide direction for the student which in turn, causes the student to return to the behavior. Positive statements enforce good behavior, provide directions, and set positive expectations.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Teaching Tip: Low Profile Intervention

Here's a tip that I learned from my Grandma that works extremely well in the classroom. Growing up, when my grandmother would talk to my brother and I, she would finish sentences with the phase "Do you know what I mean?" or "Do you know what that is?" Constantly, confirming that my brother and I understood what she was saying.

In truth, my brother and I, who were teenagers, found these verbal confirmations almost silly at time. I remember one time when she told us about her trip to New York. I clearly remember her saying "We visited the Statue of Liberty" then added "Do you know what that is?" Of course, my brother and I were teenagers and rolled our eyes as we said "Yes, Grandma, I know what the Statue of Liberty is."



Years later, I realized that my grandmother was a genius in communicating to us teenagers. The main reason for her making that statement was to draw our attention back to the conversation.

When our focus started to drift as often happens to teenagers, she would ask her infamous question of "Do you know what I mean?" Since it required a response, we are instantly drawn back to the present moment.

Teachers call this classroom management technique, the low profile intervention.

How I use the low profile intervention in the classroom


I started using this and similar catch phrases in my karate classes with great success. Here's how it works. When I am explaining a technique or giving a mat chat, I stop every once in a while and say "Danny, do you know what I mean?" Then I prompt them to reply "Yes, sir!" Also, when lecture, I drop the students name into a statement like "You see, Johnny, we throw the punch straight toward the target."

I purposely phrase the questions so that the answer is always "Yes Sir." The objective is not to stump the student. It's to bring the students attention back to the class. When you get good at it, I noticed that the whole class snaps back into the present and it keeps them on their toes.

Some other good questions:
* "Isn't that correct, Suzie?"
* "Johnny, do you see how I snap the kick?"
* "Right, Chris?"

I found that this quick intervention really snaps the children back to reality. This simple trick in combination with other classroom management techniques creates a healthy learning environment and inspires a positive discipline in children. This tip not only works for teachers for teaching but parent's can enjoy the same benefits by using it on your children at home.

Do you know what I mean?


Saturday, September 1, 2007

Your Best of


I was listening today to my Best of Jimi Hendrix album. Best of Albums are great because they focus only on the songs that most would consider the artist’s best work.

Suddenly, a question percolated up to the top of my consciousness.


In the martial arts, what is our Best of Album?

Think about it. If every human on the planet was required to take the martial arts for 6 months, what would you teach them, your Best of Album. Imagine the impact, positive or negative. Of course, we would teach the basics of your art. Then what? Would you teach them sparring and self-defense? Remember, we are talking about the whole world here.

Or…

Would you embrace other ideas?





My Best of Album (right now) consists of

Side 1: For Adults

Anger Management

Conflict Resolution

Effective Communication Skill

Stress Management

Environment Self-Defense

Financial Self-Defense

Healthful Eating

Side 2: For Kids

Random Acts of Kindness

Community Service

Fire Safety

Abduction Awareness

Healthful Eating

Bully Defense

My goal over the next few months is to add aspects and drills of each of these to my basic program. I feel that if every person had a basic understanding of these areas we would create a better world.

What is your Best of?

If you have any other concepts to add please leave a comment below.



Friday, August 17, 2007

The Six P's of Mastery

The Six P`s of Mastery

When you speak of mastery, many cliché sayings instantly percolate to the top of your mind like “Life's a journey, not the destination” or the famous Confucius saying of “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Leaving you scratching your head and asking, what does all this esoteric mumbo jumbo mean? I believe that Mastery involves Six P`s: practice, patience, persistence, priorities, passion, and peacefulness.



Practice - Anthony Robbins says, "Repetition is the mother of skill". For years, my instructors taught me how to perform forms correctly but it was not until I committed to perform one form a 1000 times that I truly started to express the deeper aspects of the form. Elsom Eldridge and Mark Eldridge in their landmark book “The Obvious Expert” suggests that spending one hour a day learning about a specific topic will make you an expert in a year. Achieving Black Belt or any other goal is impossible without practice.

Patience - It`s so easy to get a short term view of ourselves and be overly critical and frustrated about our level of improvement. Patience is essential, to trust that every day, we improve so slightly (imperceptibly). Over time, they snowball into something impressive. Daily meditation helps to start to develop this quality.

Persistence - In every endeavor, I have hit obstacles or walls. Without persistence, we would stop at each obstacle without achieving anything worthwhile. For my Ultimate Black Belt Test, I was required to perform 52,000 pushups and sit-ups in a year. Achieving 52,000 pushups and sit-ups in a year is impossible without persistence. Some days, I did not make the 150 daily goal, only to recommit the following day to pump out 150 plus making up the extras. Persistence means taking the large yearly goals and breaking it down into weekly and daily goals and holding yourself accountable by track your progress.


Priorities - Let`s face it. It`s easy to let other priorities eat away the day. So many times, I catch myself thinking, "I do not have the time" but really the fact is that I have not made it a priority in my life. Constantly, reviewing your goals and monitoring your progress is essential to keeping your priorities straight.

Passion - No passion, poor results. Instead of agonizing about the results, start to enjoying the ride. Without passion, playing all out at level 10 would be impossible. Truly loving what you do means the difference between going through the motions and accomplishing something divine.

Peacefulness - Remaining open to new experiences and maintaining that beginner`s mind comes through peacefulness. Through a peaceful mind, we develop a compassion for others. As a martial artist, developing a capacity to help others makes our existence meaningful and fulfilling.

Well, there you have it folks. The 6 P’s of Mastery in a nutshell.

Sensei Tim Rosanelli
Maximum Impact Karate
www.maximpactkarate.com

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

10,000 Steps of Marketing

10,000 Steps of Marketing



After the UBBT Eco Challenge, I wanted to keep the momentum going and came up with a unique idea for business owners. As a Martial Arts School Owner, we are constantly balancing our business needs to Market with our personal needs for Fitness. I know how it is, you start focusing on growing your school and your training suffers or vice versa, you focus on your training and your school starts to sink. This idea combines both needs into one. I call it the 10,000 Steps of Marketing.








What is the 10,000 Steps of Marketing?



Every day, I commit to taking 10,000 steps while marketing. All you do is wear a pedometer while you hang door flyers, walk to the post office with postcards, hang posters at local businesses, check those lead boxes. The idea is to keep moving until you hit 10,000 steps. Inactivity is a business owner’s archenemy.









Rate your performance

I created a scale to rate your marketing performance.

1000 – C’mon you barely got out of bed


2000 – Did you even walk out the door?


3000 – Couch potato


4000 – Okay, you put in a little effort


5000 – Now you’re talking


6000 – You’re pushing towards success


7000 – I hear your phones ringing off the hook


8000 – I see a flood of student in your future


9000 – Wow, you better expand your class schedule


10,000 – Guaranteed Success











Why 10,000 steps?

10,000 steps equals about 5 miles. For me, it commemorates the 5 miles a day we walked on the eco-adventure. This means that you would complete the UBBT 1000 miles walking requirement in about 200 days. If you market 5 days a week, that’s 40 weeks to complete the requirement.

Also, The Walking Site at http://www.thewalkingsite.com/ outlines many added health benefits to walking 10,000 steps per day.

Click the following link for more information on the 10,000 step walking movement.www.thewalkingsite.com/10000steps.html










Tips to getting started

1. Organize yourself – Make a list of 5 to 10 marketing activities the night before. This helps you hit the ground running in the morning and strengthens your resolve.

2. Map Your Flyer RunInfoUSA has a terrific tool to plot a map with the criteria you set. For example, I searched a 3 mile radius from my zip code of 18917, for families with children, and a household income about $60,000. I use the map to find areas with a high number of potential students and perform my flyer runs in those areas.

Click the following link to view the map that I created.
Map of Student Leads


3. Staff Members – have a challenge to see who produces that most miles in a given day. Give prizes to daily winners or be creative. For example, make a title belt to be worn by the winner for the day. You’re staff will enjoy the recognition. Have fun and be creative.

My challenge to you is to try my 10,000 steps of marketing for 30 days. Contact me at trosanelli@maximpactkarate.com and let me know how this idea transformed your business and yourself.



Sensei Tim Rosanelli


Maximum Impact Karate

Sunday, July 22, 2007

IS YOUR CHILD PRESENT FOCUSED?

IS YOUR CHILD PRESENT FOCUSED?


Does your child complain about going somewhere only to have fun once you get them there? Once they are at a fun activity (birthday party, friend’s house, karate), does your child resist leaving? Sometimes, parents tell me that their child is difficult to get to class, but love it once they are there. As parents, we worry that our child may be losing interest in the activity. The good news is that this behavior does not necessarily mean that the child doesn’t like the activity. Instead the child is demonstrating a behavior known as “present focus"



What is present focus?

Present focus is a child becoming focused on a current activity and not wanting to stop to start another activity even if they enjoy it. Younger children have difficulty thinking into the future and tend to seek instant gratification. For example, if you offer them a piece of their favorite candy now or a bag of the same candy a week from now. The child will most likely choose the piece now. Children lack the impulse control of adults, therefore, an important part of parenting is becoming the child’s impulse control until they create good habits and make good decisions.

Remember that the child may love karate, but still display the present focused behavior. Over the years of teaching, I discovered many effective techniques to help parents refocus children, in order to get them into class.




Tips to Combat Present Focus

1. Remind them. Remind them about their karate classes early in the day. Children easily forget their karate schedule and resist activities that they are not mentally prepared for.

2. Talk positively. Talk to them positively about karate class. Build an image in their minds about how much fun they have in class.

3. Build excitement. Practice some of the fun karate activities at home before class. This helps get the student excited about going and puts them in the right mindset.

4. Limit highly stimulating activities. Don’t let the student play their favorite video game right before leaving for karate or any other activity that seems to cause resistance to leaving. Have your child perform less stimulating activities like eating dinner or finishing homework right before class.

5. Change at the karate school. For kids, getting ready for class becomes a major sticking point. Make the barrier low to get into the car by grabbing their uniform and changing at the school. Also, favor your student wearing flip flops or another easy slip-on footwear compared to lace up shoes.

6. Get a Friend involved. Children love hanging out with friends. If their friends are in class, they are more likely to stay committed too.

7. Join yourself. Lead by example and reap some of the benefits of the Martial Art too! Children model their parent’s behavior. We always say that “Families who workout together, stay together.”

8. Take Earlier Classes. Look for a program that has classes right after school. Instead of settling in at home and attempting to uproot your child, many Martial Arts schools have excellent after school programs or opt for an earlier class if available.

By applying these tips, you can combat the present focus behavior in your child so that getting them to classes is easier and less stressful, and you’re guaranteed to reap all the benefits that Martial Arts has to offer your child.

Sensei Tim Rosanelli
Maximum Impact Karate



Monday, July 16, 2007

The Yin and Yang of a Team

Master Dave and Tom blogged about team. I feel that there is a whole Yin and Yang to creating a complimentary team. Yin and Yang explains the two opposing forces that interaction on a daily basis to create balance within the world. As part of the Ultimate Black Belt test, we operate as a team. Don"t we? Tom mentioned in his journal that he not organized to the degree that he is creative. I must admit that with my science degree, I always struggle creativity but excel in organization. Thats the beauty of a team. Someone becomes the yin while the other person is the yang creating a complete balance.




What is a team, anyway?

A Team comprises a group of individuals linked by a common purpose. The purpose is the key anything less creates only a group not a team. An effective team works similar to the human body with every system and organ with a specific function working together - although each job is different they support the healthy function of the whole.





Whats our purpose in the Ultimate Black Belt Test?

Our Ulimate Black Belt test requiresments are very flexible leaving the door for opportunity wide open. I guess the answer starts with each individual deciding on something their passionate about and using that passion to make a different in your school and community - using our martial arts schools as the lightning rod for attracting the energy of student activism. It"s about coordinating one of the strongest resources, know to man the resource of volunteerism. With 30 schools on UBBT team 3, if the average school has 100, that equals over 3000 people. That"s more manpower than most companys can coordinate.





Creating a stronger team

Inspire: As instuctors, we need to inspire students to find causes and to follow through on their commitment. Otherwise, our support of 3000 will dwindle down to 500, 250, 100.

Willing suspension of disbelief: The author, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, coined this term in the 18th century. This means turning off that little voice telling us that something is impossible or can"t be done. If Henry Ford or Edison didn"t suspend their disbelief, we would be lighting our houses with candles and riding horseback for transportation.

Appreciate Strengths and ignore weaknesses: A team weakens when we start believing that our strength supersedes the value of others within the team. The advantage of a team is that one person"s weakness is another persons strength. We need to appreciate these differences.

Sensei Tim Rosanelli
Maximum Impact Karate

Friday, July 13, 2007

Further thoughts about Yahara and mastery from a non-master

Okay, I could not help but continue my thoughts about mastery from yesterday.

If Yahara Sensei, Thich Nhat Hanh, Dalai Lama, etc. are able to make people feel a specific way in their presence, I could not help asking myself “how could I use this?”

Well, the answer seems pretty clear. For many years, we have taught students kicks, punches, grappling, throws,and wrist locks, etc. but in my opinion, this only creates a small change in student.

What makes a huge impact?

Maybe, it’s more about how we make students feel about their training – generating that emotion, that deeply spiritual connection. Now, that’s the rub. You know what I am talking about – it’s that Tom Peter’s “Pursuit of the Wow” feeling. We’ve all had teachers, coaches, mentors provide us with this feeling.

In the movie Freedom Writers based on a true story, Erin Gruwell (Talking about living heroes, add her to your list) was an English teacher who helped inner-city students – kids who were who had been ignored or written off by the education system - achieve their dream of going to college. How did she do it? Not by teaching them Basic English. No! She required the students to journal their experiences and used it to transform the way they felt about their education.


This all has me thinking that my teaching should focus more developing the way my students feel about their training. Remember, perception is reality. If you perceive a flood of positive emotions, that’s your reality.


The question is how do you craft this reality for someone else (your students, wife, family, friends)? Isn’t that what a master does? Their vision is so strong that they manifest a perceived reality in thers.
Think of Martin Luther King – he had a dream and saw equality for all men so strongly that others saw it too.


How can we manifest these realities in students?

Here’s my new blocks, kicks and punches.
Empathy. I will start really “see the feeling with my eyes, not my ears” as Stephen Covey said.
This one I am going to begin at home first.

Active listening. I will cultivate the habit to shut up and listen. Learn that I have two ears and one mouth and to use them in that proportion. I’ll ask more open ended questions to really get to know people around me.

Enthusiasm and passion. When a student is feeling down about their training, I want to be the one that picks them up and dust them off – rejuvenating their spirits for their training and art. Too forsake all negative thoughts and ideas in favor of manifesting good in every situation by asking the right questions.

Ask yourself. What feelings are you manifesting?

Sensei Tim Rosanelli
Maximum Impact Karate


What makes Yahara Sensei a master?

Tom e-mailed a great YouTube video of a demonstration by Yahara Sensei.


The video brought back many memories for me. You see, in my youth as I moved up the ranks, I idolized Yahara. He is a true master! He is the reason that I picked Unsu as my kata for the Ultimate Black Belt Test.


What makes Yahara Sensei a master in my eyes?

Is it his awesome fighting abilities and dramatic performances?
Although I truly respect his abilities, I think it is only the tip of the iceberg.

Is it his performance of Unsu?
Actually, it is something much greater than perfect form that seemed to breathe life into his kata.

Was it his great communication skills and teaching ability?
My Sensei was part of Yahara's organization. When I went to the 1998 JKA world championship, I was fortunate to attend his seminar where he taught Unsu. He taught with very broken English and was difficult to understand. So it wasn't that.


So what makes him a master?

Why was I so captivated by Yahara?
I'll tell you why. You could feel (not see), feel a raw emotion a passion in his every action.

Ever notice when a true master walks into the room that you can feel the energy. I remember Skip giving a similar explanation of Thich Nhat Hanh walking into the room.


How can we harness that energy for ourselves through the UBBT?

First, Train. Training with intensity whether its for 5 mins or 2 hours. Really get into it. Totally focus on the process - dont just go through the motions. Also, try to enjoy it.

Second, Learn. Dont stagnate. Be a forever learner. Dive into the book requirement about any subject that interests you. Books get you into the minds of masters from the present and past.

Third, Hang out with the right people. I really wish that I could go to Thich Nhat Hanh in Colorado. I love to rub elbows with true masters and always hope that it rubs off on me. I feel that all of the UBBT events provided me with the opportunity to walk with giants (yes, I am talking about you) and left me inspired with a new lasting energy level.

Fourth, Live in the moment. I wasted way too much time worrying about things that in the end do not matter much. Haven't you? Meditation helps clear those cobwebs out of your head. Also, be careful about what you watch on TV and keep your viewing time to a minimum.

I cant wait to see you all in Cal!

Sensei Tim Rosanelli
Maximum Impact Karate


Tuesday, May 1, 2007

My 10 Living Heroes

Ryan Hreljac (born 1991) is a Canadian boy who, at the age of six, began raising money for the world's most needy, and has since raised over $1.5 million for water projects in Africa.

In January of 1998, at the age of 6, Ryan's grade one teacher led a lesson in which she talked about the plight of people in Africa who were without water and had to walk for kilometers every day just to fetch drinkable water. Ryan then decided to raise the money to drill a well, the value of about $70, and did extra chores to earn the money. Since then Ryan has set up the Ryan's Well foundation, and received the Order of Ontario for his work in 2003.

http://www.ryanswell.ca/

Jimmy Carter, Jr. (born October 1, 1924) was the 39th President of the United States from 1977 to 1981, and the Nobel Peace laureate of 2002. Prior to becoming president, Carter served two terms in the Georgia Senate, and was the 76th Governor of Georgia from 1971 to 1975.

Carter's presidency saw the creation of two cabinet-level departments: the Department of Energy and the Department of Education. He established a national energy policy, removed price controls from domestic petroleum production, and advocated for less American reliance on foreign oil sources. He bolstered the Social Security system by introducing a staggered increase in the payroll tax. In foreign affairs, Carter pursued the Camp David Accords, the Panama Canal Treaties, and the second round of the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks. He explicitly identified the support of basic human rights as a critical component of American foreign policy. The final year of his term was dominated by the Iran hostage crisis, during which the United States struggled to rescue diplomats and American citizens held hostage in Tehran. Carter lost the 1980 presidential election to Republican Ronald Reagan.

After leaving office, Carter founded the Carter Center to promote global health, democracy and human rights. He has traveled extensively to monitor international elections, conduct peace negotiations and establish relief efforts. In 1982, President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter founded The Carter Center, in partnership with Emory University, which is committed to advancing human rights and alleviating unnecessary human suffering.

http://www.cartercenter.org/homepage.html

Warren Edward Buffett (b. August 30, 1930, Omaha, Nebraska) is an American investor, businessman and philanthropist.

Buffett has amassed an enormous fortune from astute investments, particularly through the company Berkshire Hathaway, of which he is the largest shareholder and CEO. With an estimated current net worth of around US$52 billion, he was ranked by Forbes as the third-richest person in the world as of April 2007, behind Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and telecom magnate Carlos Slim.

In June 2006, he made a commitment to give away his fortune to charity, with 83% of it going to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The donation amounts to approximately $30 billion. Buffett's donation is said to be the largest in U.S. history. At the time of the announcement the donation was enough to more than double the size of the foundation.

Despite his immense wealth, Buffett is famous for his unpretentious and frugal lifestyle. When he spent $9.7 million of Berkshire's funds on a corporate jet in 1989, he jokingly named it "The Indefensible" because of his past criticisms of such purchases by other CEOs. He continues to live in the same house in the central Dundee neighborhood of Omaha, Nebraska that he bought in 1958 for $31,500 (although he also owned a more expensive home in Laguna Beach, California which he sold in 2004).

His 2006 annual salary of about $100,000 is tiny by the standards of senior executive remuneration in other comparable companies. In an interview on CNBC, he mentioned that his annual salary is equal to the price of the Berkshire Hathaway Class A share price. CEOs in S&P 500 constituent companies averaged about $9 million compensation in 2003.


Tom Brown, Jr.
was born on January 29, 1950 in Toms River, New Jersey, USA. He graduated from Toms River High School in 1968, but from the age of seven he was schooled in the arts of tracking, wilderness survival and awareness by an Apache elder and scout named Grandfather, or Stalking Wolf. Stalking Wolf died when Brown was 17. For the next ten years, Brown lived almost exclusively in the wilderness of the United States using few manufactured tools to survive.

When Tom Brown left the wilderness he had come to know so well, he set out to find people who were interested in the finely-honed skills he had developed through so much direct experience with the elements and nature. He met with little success, but eventually he was called on to locate a missing person, and since then he has been widely known as "the Tracker".

Building upon this reputation, Brown developed his profession as a full-time tracker by locating lost persons, dangerous animals and fugitives from the law. Brown's first book (The Tracker, published in 1978) chronicles these experiences. Reader's Digest ran a condensed version of the story and printed information about Brown's new Tracker School.

Today Tom Brown's Tracking, Nature and Wilderness Survival School is the largest school of its kind. The school teaches people from all over the world and from all walks of life who share an interest in learning the simplicity of an utterly natural way of living.

http://www.trackerschool.com/

Miep Gies (born February 15, 1909, Vienna, Austria) is one of the Dutch citizens who hid Anne Frank and her family from the Nazis during World War II. She discovered and preserved Anne's diary after Anne Frank's arrest and deportation.

Born Hermine Santrouschitz, she was evacuated to Leiden in the Netherlands from Vienna in December 1920 to escape the food shortages caused by the end of World War I, and moved with her foster family to Amsterdam in 1922. There she met Otto Frank when she applied for the post of temporary secretary in his spice company, Opekta, in 1933. She initially ran the Complaints and Information desk in Opekta, and was eventually promoted to a more general administrative role. She became a close friend of his family as did Jan Gies, whom she married on July 16, 1941 after she refused to join a Nazi women's association and was threatened with deportation back to Austria. Her knowledge of Dutch and German helped assimilate the Frank family into life in the Netherlands and Miep and Jan became regular guests at the Franks' home.

With her husband, and her colleagues Victor Kugler, Johannes Kleiman and Bep Voskuijl, Miep Gies helped hide Edith and Otto Frank, their daughters Margot and Anne, Hermann and Auguste van Pels, their son Peter and Fritz Pfeffer in the sealed-off back rooms of the company's office building on Amsterdam's Prinsengracht from July 1942 until August 4, 1944. In theory, Miep and the other helpers could have been shot if caught hiding Jews, as that was a constant and very real threat. In practice, however, those caught hiding Jews were more commonly sentenced to 4-6 months of hard labor. On the morning of August 4th, 1944, an anonymous informant tipped off the Gestapo, and all those in hiding, as well as Victor Kugler and Johannes Kleiman, were arrested. Three separate criminal investigations, that took place after the war, all failed to pinpoint exactly who the informant was.

After the raid on the hiding place (she was not held by the Gestapo), Miep found the discarded diaries of Anne Frank and saved them for Anne's return, storing them in a desk drawer. Once the war was over and it was confirmed that Anne had perished in Bergen-Belsen, in Germany, Gies handed the collection of papers and notebooks that made up the diary to the sole survivor from the Secret Annexe, Anne's father, Otto Frank, who arranged for the book's publication in 1947. Miep did not read the diaries herself before turning them over to Otto Frank, and later remarked that if she had, she would have had to destroy them because of the amount of incriminating information in them. She was, however, persuaded by Otto Frank to read Anne's diary after the second printing of the book.

Once the book was published and widely translated, Miep and Jan became almost celebrity figures in the Netherlands and their courage was recognized with awards from several international organizations, including the Raoul Wallenberg Award for Bravery and the Righteous Among the Nations award. In 1994 Miep received the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, in 1995 the Yad Vashem medal, and in 1997 she was knighted by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.

Miep Gies currently lives in the Dutch province of Noord-Holland.

Edward Norton Lorenz (born 1917) is an American mathematician and meteorologist, and an early pioneer of the chaos theory. He invented the strange attractor notion and coined the term butterfly effect.

Lorenz built a mathematical model of the way air moves around in the atmosphere.


As Lorenz studied weather patterns he began to realize that the weather did not always change as predicted. Minute variations in the initial values of variables in his three variable computer weather model (c. 1960) would result in grossly divergent weather patterns. This sensitive dependence on initial conditions came to be known as the butterfly effect.

Lorenz went on to explore the underlying mathematics and published his conclusions in a seminal work titled Deterministic Nonperiodic Flow, in which he described a relatively simple system of equations that resulted in a pattern of infinite complexity, the Lorenz attractor.
Lorenz still comes to his office on the 16th floor of the Green Building most days each week.

Aubyn Burnside at 11-year-old heard about how many children in foster care programs are forced to carry their belongings in garbage bags because they cannot afford suitcases, she was shocked and saddened. "I thought they must feel like garbage themselves," she said. So, Aubyn founded Suitcases for Kids, dedicating herself to ensuring that every child in foster care would have a bag of his or her own.

In the beginning, Aubyn spent her time making posters and local speeches in her community of Hickory, North Carolina. "In January of 1995, I expected to start seeing some donations of suitcases. I figured people would be getting new luggage as Christmas gifts, and in turn would get rid of their old luggage."

But for three weeks, she received nothing. Determined not to give up, Aubyn and her mother visited the Salvation Army, and purchased 31 suitcases for $15. This helped launch her organization and eventually donor suitcases started arriving in mass quantities.

Six years later, Aubyn has collected over 25,000 suitcases, and her charity has chapters in every state and in over ten foreign countries. She has been recognized in the National Geographic Hall of Fame, inducted into the National Caring Institute in Washington, D.C., and received an award from Prudential for spirit in her community.

http://www.suitcasesforkids.org/

Dr. David C. Korten is an author and leader in the global resistance against corporate globalization. He is probably best known as the founder of the People-Centered Development Forum and author of the book When Corporations Rule the World. Korten received an M.B.A. and Ph. D. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He served in the Vietnam War as a captain in the United States Air Force. After the war, Dr. Korten spent some time as a visiting professor at the Harvard University Graduate School of Business and later spent many years working with the U.S. Agency for International Development in Asia. Having become disillusioned with the current US efforts to combat poverty, inequality, and other problems in developing nations, he joined with others in 1990 to found the People-Centered Development Forum where he serves as president. Dr. Korten is also co-founder and board chair of Positive Futures Network, publishers of YES! A Journal of Positive Futures, a quarterly magazine, a board member of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, and an associate of the International Forum on Globalization.

Korten also used two models to describe man's relationship with Earth — the "Cowboy" and "Spaceship" models. According to the cowboy model, most people view the Earth having plenty of resources to support the human race and believe that these resources are constantly being renewed. In reality, says Korten, the earth is more like a space capsule in that resources are much more limited and steps must be taken to renew them actively.

He is a signatory to the 9/11 Truth Statement.

http://www.davidkorten.org/

http://www.pcdf.org/

Rudy Giuliani (born May 28, 1944) is an American lawyer, prosecutor, businessman, and Republican politician from the state of New York.

Giulani became a popular figure as a United States Attorney prosecuting medium/high-profile cases, including cases against organized crime and the tax evader Marc Rich. He served two terms as Mayor of New York City (1994–2001), during which time he was credited by many with initiating improvements in the city's quality of life and with a massive reduction in crime that would by 2005 make New York City the country's safest major city." Others, however, criticized him as divisive and authoritarian and disputed his role in reducing crime. He gained notoriety for his use of the "perp walk" as a prosecutorial tool. He then gained national attention for his appearances in the media during and after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center that led him to be named Time's 2001 Person of the Year and be knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. His high media profile in the days following the attacks earned him the nickname "America's Mayor."

Since leaving office as mayor, Giuliani has found considerable success in the private sector. He founded Giuliani Partners, a security consulting business, acquired Giuliani Capital Advisors (later sold), an investment banking firm, and joined the Bracewell & Giuliani law firm, which changed its name when he became a named partner. In February 2007 Giuliani filed a statement of candidacy for the Republican nomination for the 2008 presidential campaign. Most polls in early 2007 showed him as the leading candidate for the nomination.

Alice Waters (born 28 April 1944 in Chatham, New Jersey), one of the best-known and most influential American chefs since the 1970s, is credited with single-handedly creating a culinary revolution in America. She is the founder and co-owner of Chez Panisse, the original "California Cuisine" restaurant in Berkeley, California, as well as the informal Cafe Fanny in West Berkeley. A champion of locally-grown and fresh ingredients, she has been credited with creating and developing California cuisine and has written or co-written several books on the subject, including the influential Chez Panisse Cooking (written with then-chef Paul Bertolli). She has also promoted organic and small farm products heavily in her restaurants, in her books, and in her Edible Schoolyard program in the public schools. Her ideas for "edible education" have been introduced into the entire Berkeley school system, and with the current crisis in childhood obesity, have attracted the attention of the national media.

Waters advocates eating locally produced foods that are in season, because she believes that the international shipment of mass-produced food is both harmful to the environment and produces an inferior product for the consumer.

http://www.edibleschoolyard.org/