Tears of Delight PM of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern’s Well-Being Budget & Maori Guardianship | Friendship Bench

I am in tears of delight as I listen to the statements of the Prime Minister of New Zealand and leader of the Labour Party, Jacinda Ardern, speaking of well-being as the measuring stick at the Davos, Switzerland World Economic Forum. She speaks honestly and earnestly – brilliantly revealing to the other diplomats a lens through which to look that is not measuring the quantity of profits through the GDP, but the quality of life and well-being of the people.

Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand, politics of kindness, empathy, well-being

New Zealand politics of kindness, empathy and well-being

Among the leaders of the prohibitively expensive and exclusive Davos World Economic Forum, here is yet another example of a leader stepping outside of the dictates of the norm, to instead be a spokesperson for the quality of life. She states that numbers mean nothing, if people are homeless, if the teen suicide rate is high, if people are emotionally and physically ill. It’s another great step for humanity to have an excellent female leader with the bravery to speak the truth. She’s naturally a tremendous advocate for making changes to avert climate catastrophe.

We all know what disasters continue to strike due to industrial practices that are bent on wielding the highest profits, at the cost of health and life of human and species loss and environmental degradation.

Instead of complete lies, such as what comes from the USA present reality-show-muppet-leader, everything that she says speaks truth, conviction and dignity, from the content of her words to her tone and mannerisms. She speaks honestly, as do a number of recently elected female congresswomen in the US. Hurray for the people who are electing these women leaders throughout the world. It is great news.

Not unprecedented in her ideas, the government of Bhutan conceived of the model of Gross National Happiness as a more real measuring stick than the GDP. You can have a high GDP with great numbers, sales and profits that are off the charts…and as you focus the lens in close, you see that the Amazons and Walmarts that are employing high numbers of stressed people, have paved all of the pristine land; expanded their enterprises along with their parking lots stinking of tar and asphalt and wiped out swaths of land that are habitat to creatures who share the planet.

Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness Index

The construction of the GNH Index includes nine domains

Psychological wellbeing
Health
Education
Time use
Cultural diversity and resilience
Good governance
Community vitality
Ecological diversity and resilience
Living standards

We no longer need an economy bent on profit, so that the computer that I’m using has to be replaced every x amount of years, because of it being built to become obsolete in that short amount of time, as the Superfund sites where the minerals are harvested or skeletons of older models of trash accumulate, to litter and poison water and air. There is absolutely a different paradigm waiting for us around the corner.

Jacinda Ardern aims to to bring the New Zealand Maori philosophy of ‘guardianship’ of the environment into politics.

nothing to fear jacinda ardern urges world leaders

nothing to fear jacinda ardern urges world leaders

weforum Prince William aka HRH Duke of Cambridge, Prime Minister of New Zealand and Labor Party leader Jacinda Ardern, Dr. Dixon Chibanda of Zimbabwe discuss mental health and friendship bench

weforum Prince William aka HRH Duke of Cambridge, Prime Minister of New Zealand and Labor Party leader
Jacinda Ardern, Dr. Dixon Chibanda of Zimbabwe discuss mental health and friendship bench

One of the panelists was Dr. Dixon Chibanda of Zimbabwe. He is one of a total of 12 psychiatrists in the country of Zimbabwe, to serve a population of more than 16 million. He conceived of the idea of training grandmothers to essentially – listen – and the program has been wildly successful. HE created and implemented the ‘practice’ called a Friendship Bench. He talks of the Friendship Bench in this TED talk. Grandmothers in Zimbabwe are trained in cognitive behavioral evidence based talk-therapy; empowering them with the skills to listen, show empathy and provide emotional support.

The grandmothers have actually been more effective than doctors, in treating depression, anxiety, addictions and for patients’ overall success rates.

Grandmother Jack in Zimbabwe helped to pioneer the Friendship Bench program

Grandmother Jack in Zimbabwe helped to pioneer the Friendship Bench program

Grandmother Jack was one of the first grandmothers in Zimbabwe, empowered to provide evidence-based talk therapy. She saw 256 clients whose lives were improved dramatically. She is now deceased.

The Friendship Bench has since been adopted worldwide.

It has morphed to not be simply Grandmothers, but for peers to sit with each other to listen and show their support.  Certainly it helps dramatically the people who are suffering from physical or mental illness, or addiction and emotional trauma. And most brilliantly it also empowers the person who is trained as the listener, who can provide emotional support and empathy.

The Friendship Bench looks to get peers talking to each other about depression, suicide and mental health

The Friendship Bench looks to get peers talking to each other about depression, suicide and mental health

mental illness, friendship bench london for peers to talk to each other about depression

friendship bench london for peers to talk to each other openly

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Hershey Antique Auto Show 2012 October 10th – 14th | Early Magnetic Technology Applications

Here are lots of pictures of the Hershey Antique Auto show that I took 2012.

Hand-cranked magneto generators are electric generators that use permanent magnets to produce periodic pulses of alternating current.

I happened to attend the first hours of the first day of the Antique Auto Show in Hershey, PA, having randomly heard some people speaking English with an obvious German accent the evening prior, which beckoned me to approach them. The pair are from Bern, Switzerland, colleagues here to attend the auto show. Ironically, they ran into someone from a town within 30 km. of their home town, 5,000 miles away there at the show. The one also spoke with a few Canadian men speaking French from Montreal. Quite an international crowd, not surprising considering it’s the largest auto show of its kind in the world.

I was delighted that I could converse with the two of them in German, and also help to translate here and there when it was needed. The Swiss German dialect is a more staccato & tonal version of HochDeutsch “High German”, and though I’m sure that they could obscure what they wished to say if they had the intent, it is parallel enough that I was able to understand and converse.

I appreciate all sorts of luxuriously simple designs, and naturally took pictures. I’ve learned a bit as well. As usual, I’m drawn to things of an electrical and magnetic nature, since having done my blog on plasma cosmology, which fascinates me.

I found myself curious about these objects, which I subsequently learned are magnetos, electrical generators that use permanent magnets to produce periodic pulses of alternating current. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magneto Hand-cranked magneto generators were used to provide the ringing current in early telephone systems.

Magnetos were adapted to produce pulses of high voltage, used in the ignition systems of some gasoline-powered internal combustion engines to provide power to the spark plugs. As this wiki link about the magneto reveals; the “Production of electric current from a moving magnetic field was demonstrated by Faraday in 1831.”

Hey, this is all new to me, as a curious by-stander!

Though this isn’t car related, check out the earliest sound recording devices, these cylinders actually contain tunes!

I’ve learned through viewing a few websites in my research that the first sound recording devise was invented by Thomas Edison.

Here’s a link regarding the history of recorded music, with all the insights and information about inventors over the period from 1877 to the present. http://www.timetoast.com/timelines/51727

Emile Berliner was an early developer and inventor of audio technology including the Gramophone (sound recorder). He was the first inventor to stop recording on cylinders and start recording on flat disks.

Here’s an older version of the LP, the flat disk of a gramophone.

Emile Berliner an inventor of audio technology including the Gramophone (sound recorder). He was the first inventor to stop recording on cylinders and start recording on flat disks.

Here are photos of the Hershey Antique Auto show 2012.

And the multitude of car parts and lovely early automobiles are in the following images.

as well as here

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/czv0qi75suyg8j4/-9ygEnCtHu