It is a pleasure and a privilege to be hosting the first Carnival of the Capitalists for 2005! We have a wonderful line up for you this week. First, though, I want to pass along that submissions for future COTCs need to go to http://www.gongol.com/random/cotc/. The old capitalists -at- elhide -dot- com address is going away on Jan 3rd and entries sent there will no longer get into CoTC.Â
The theme for this week´s COTC is:
Brains and Hearts – How we Use our Brains and Hearts as Tools of Progress and Meaning Here is a brief poem I created to illustrate the theme:
Brains and Hearts
With brains and hearts we plunge into the future
Hoping to better our lives and realize our dreams
Sorting through endless possibilities, digging deeper
Questions, contemplation, and impassioned screams
Spiders spin, gibbons swing, whales breach, ants build
Race horses and sled dogs thrive only when in full stride
With brains and hearts we carve a life fulfilled
Thinking, creating, and contributing to life´s joyride
It is natural for us to reflect and set goals as our calendars click over to a new year. This year, we are doubly motivated to think and rethink things as a result of the massive tsunami disaster. This week´s posts reflect this and propel our thinking forward into the new year.
Check out this post by Todd at A Penny For… about how bloggers were named Person of the Year by ABC News. What we say and do is making an impact. Our voice is important, facilitative, and real. Being genuine, generous, and open are all admirable traits of most bloggers and certainly those represented here.
I have grouped this week´s COTC contributions into the following questions that are often the foundation of how we use our brains and hearts for progress:
What is to come? We are all futurists and our ability to look forward can help us shape a better today.
What is wrong with this picture? Our ability and drive to question our thinking helps us transcend the status quo and create new realities. I look at criticism and complaints as cloaked ideas and unearthed support.
What if? New ideas are the fuel for our continued growth and health. We all have great ideas, but often curtail them for fear of censure or failure. These posts share interesting ideas for improving a variety of aspects of daily life.
What is success? We all want to make a difference at work. We want to enjoy our jobs and see the fruits of our labor. Here are several posts that offer ways to improve our work experience (and, therefore, our lives).
What can I do? I wrap up this week´s offerings with three posts and a plea of my own (for President Bush) about how we can contribute to society. It is when we contribute that we feel the richest, don´t you think?
What is to come?
Jeff over at the Entrepreneurial Mind offers A Round-up of Predictions for 2005. Some serious, some fun. My favorite is "Canada will rally to become part of the U.S."?? Yeah, right, that´ll happen as soon as cheese curds are sold at McDonald´s drive-throughs (I am a Canuck living in Seattle, by the way).