Our values are best expressed through these various KarmaTube videos.
The Happy Secret to Better Work
To paraphrase positive psychologist Shawn Achor's fast-paced and entertaining talk, success doesn't lead to happiness; happy people are successful. Citing studies on happiness and productivity in schools and in the workplace, Achor shows that it is not necessarily reality that shapes us, but the lens through which your brain views the world that shapes your reality. And if we can change the lens, not only can we change our happiness, we can change our educational and business outcomes at the same time.
"The ordinary... is the part of our world where beauty is interlaced in each detail... It's the part of our world that can knock our socks off... but so many of us walk by everyday, never knowing, never caring... But some see..." This lovely meditation on the blessing of vision -- both metaphorically and explicitly -- was shot on a budget of $25 (for the prop sunglasses), using a digital SLR and an iPhone.
Despite crippling obstacles, Dr. V(enkataswamy) restored the sight of over 100,000 people with his own hands. Then, in 1976, at the age of 58, he started an 11-bed eye clinic in an old temple-city, and with his team, turned Aravind Eye Care System into the largest and most productive eye care facility in the world. Taking its compassionate services to the doorstep of rural India, Aravind's stunningly effective strategies have created a self-sustaining system that now treats over 3 million patients each year, two-thirds of them for free. This award winning 2004 documentary tells the inspired story of what made Dr. V's leadership and vision so compelling.
Measuring What Counts
Chip Conley - Owner of the motel "Joie de Vivre" (The joy of living) shares his thoughts on how the modern business model is caught in the measurement of tangible information. He believes that the intangibles such as our happiness and the quality of our time is they key to the next stage in the evolution of business.
Bankrupt Yet Wealthy
We've heard the Enrons of the world file for bankruptcy. Massachussets based Malden Mills did the same -- but for entirely different reasons. In 1995, when the Malden Mills caught fire, the CEO and owner of the family run business decided to continue to pay his thousands of idled workers for a full six months! It was a decision that ended up bankrupting the three generation old company, but Aaron Feuerstein, the CEO and owner, says: "Maybe on paper our company is worthless to Wall Street, but I can tell you it's worth more." Watch this inspiring video as Aaron shares his rationale for making the ethical choice.
Grateful: A Love Song to the World
Musicians Nimo Patel and Daniel Nahmod brought together dozens of people from around the world to create this beautiful, heart-opening melody. Inspired by the 21-Day Gratitude Challenge, the song is a celebration of our spirit and all that is a blessing in life. For the 21 Days, over 11,000 participants from 118 countries learned that 'gratefulness' is a habit cultivated consciously and a muscle built over time. As a famous Roman, Cicero, once said, 'Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.' This soul-stirring music video, created within a week by a team of volunteers, shines the light on all the small things that make up the beautiful fabric of our lives.