Help Make the Laughing Heart Guide More Intelligent, Interactive and Personalized

Imagine if you could have your own personal intelligent guide dedicated to helping you, your friends, organization, or community cultivate and apply Laughing Heart whenever it can be most beneficial in the world:

  • A resource to develop steadiness and balance in hard times.
  • A trusted friend to guide you toward wise decisions.
  • A platform to connect you with interesting new friends and colleagues who share your passions.
  • A new way of learning and discovering surprising connections among seemingly unrelated domains of knowledge.
  • An immediate means to cascade acts of kindness and generosity in the world.
  • As many other ways as you can imagine and innovate to bring Laughing Heart into the world.

For Benefactors and Sponsors of the Laughing Heart App Initiative

Initial Donation Goal For This Project is $50,000. Use of Funds: To Build, Test, and Promote the Laughing Heart Intelligent Guide App in 2017. Donations of any amount you can afford are gratefully welcome. Please make your contribution directly to "Alliances for Discovery" via check or Paypal below, or if you prefer, to the The Santa Barbara Foundation earmarked for the Laughing Heart Initiative. All Santa Barbara residents have a lifetime free membership.


Charter Sponsor Packages

Springs of Amethysts - $100

  • Public Recognition as a Laughing Heart Charter Sponsor


Rivulets of Moonstones - $500

  • Amethysts awards plus:
  • Signed copy of Julian Gresser Piloting Through Chaos—The Explorers Mind(2013)
  • 5 free copies of the Intelligent Guide with one year memberships


Sparkles of Opal - $1K

  • All of Amethyst and Moonstone awards plus
  • 10 free copies of the Intelligent Guide with one year memberships
  • Public lecture, webinar, or other program in your honor
  • 3 signed copies of Julian Gresser Piloting Through Chaos—The Explorers Mind(2013)


Fountains of Pearls - $5K

  • All of Amethyst, Moonstone, and Opal awards plus:
  • Designation of favorite cause for Paying Forward in Laughing Heart Launch Celebration
  • Three (3)public lectures on Laughing Heart with attribution to benefactor
  • 5 signed copies of Julian Gresser Piloting Through Chaos—The Explorers Mind(2013)


Jade Eddies of Laughing Hearts - $10K

  • Amethysts, Moonstone, Opal, and Pearl awards, plus:
  • Specially published “smart” book celebrating charter sponsors and their contributions, updated quarterly.
  • Prominent visibility as a Charter Jade Sponsor on the Vital Santa Barbara web site and within the Laughing Heart Network
  • Bi-annual ½ day Laughing Heart Discovery Seminarsat office or transferable as a gift to favorite causes.


Sapphire Brooks of Laughing Hearts - $25K

  • All of Amethyst, Moonstone, Opal, Pearl, and Jade awards plus:
  • Two (2) Bi-annual ½ day Laughing Heart Discovery Seminarsat office or transferable as a gift to your favorite cause.
  • Free advertising as sponsor for Laughing Heart TV SBseries and public acknowledgement at Laughing Heart Community Workshop hosted by the Santa Barbara Center on Lifelong Learning.
  • Promotion and paying forward empowerment for three (3) causes of importance to Charter Sponsor.

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Ruby Streams of Laughing Hearts - $35K

  • All of the Amethyst, Moonstone, Opal, Pearl, Jade, and Sapphire awards plus:
  • 10 hours of dedicated free consulting time to community causes of highest priority to sponsor
  • One full day (1) training program with materials for organization of choice to Charter Sponsor.
  • Special prize award to designated cause of choice

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Diamond Rivers of Laughing Hearts - $50K

  • All of Amethyst, Moonstone, Opal, Sapphire, Ruby awards plus:
  • Two full day (1) training programs with materials for organizations of choice to Charter Sponsor.
  • Matching grants to designated organizations of choice any time within three years after release of Version 1.0 of the Intelligent, Interactive, Personalized Guide.

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The Laughing Heart Fund

The Laughing Heart Initiative is establishing a special Fund in collaboration with visionary philanthropists, corporations, and foundations to direct new sources of funding and other forms of support to causes and organizations that are applying Laughing Heart principles to relieve human suffering in all its manifestations. The goal of the Fund is to create compounding beneficial leverage by encouraging effective collaborative among receipts to maximize Laughing Heart Advantage for the largest number of beneficiaries. Financial and other support will be available through:

  • Special prizes
  • Direct Grants
  • Joint financing
  • Mobilizing volunteers and paying forward initiatives to designated beneficiaries
  • Celebrations
  • Client Co-branding
  • Other contributions in kind
  • Support for local communities

 

Humanity of Heart: The Heroism of the Nass Family during the Nazi Occupation of Brussels (1940-1945)

As Recalled by Their Daughter
Nellie Marasco Aged 92


This is the story of the heroism of Jan and Melanie Nass, a Belgian couple who lived in Brussels on the Rue de Frontispice through the Nazi Occupation of 1940-1945; of their active participation in the Resistance and their dedication at a grave risk to their own lives to shield Jewish friends and families, as recounted by their daughter, Nellie Marasco, now approaching her 93rd year.

It illustrates:

  • How Big Heart and Intelligence provided a beacon in this dark alley of human experience, the failing of either courting disaster for themselves and those they sought to protect.
  • How incarnate cruelty and evil can in certain moments themselves become blind, a phenomenon explored in brilliant detail by Pierre Sauvage in his video, Weapons of the Spirit*.
  • How Joy and Lightness can surface even in the darkest and dankest places, and that as Victor Frankl recounts in his classic Man’s Search for Meaning, how they can nourish and sustain us and keep us sane.

As the years pass we have fewer and fewer remaining accounts by the survivors of the Holocaust, and fewer still from those who protected them. We hope these brief interviews will honor the deeds of Jan and Melanie Nass who although unheralded surely deserve to be included in the Righteous Among Nations. ***

Nass Family Roots—Early Years in Belgium

The Coming Storm: Brussels 1939

Early Days Under the Nazi Occupation

The Resistance

In the Nick of Time: the 2nd Floor Tenants

A Close Call–The Coal Bin

Tragedy: For a Tin of Anchovies

Liberation

Postscript: The Light Inside the Dark


© 2017 by Alliances for Discovery and Nellie Marasco



Notes and References:

*Weapons of the Spirit

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdlJql-TY6c

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svcHSBsgM6s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMcG0JNviMg

See discussion of Adversity’s Spiraling Wave Form in Move # 9 “Creating Your Own Luck” http://alliancesfordiscovery.org/guide/laughing-heart/move-9-creating-your-own-luck/

**Man’s Search for Meaning

https://www.amazon.com/Mans-Search-Meaning-Viktor-Frankl/dp/0671023373

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgVA6nXCj1U

***Vad Yashem

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgVA6nXCj1U

http://www.yadvashem.org/righteous/about-the-righteous

The Righteous Among the Nations, honored by Yad Vashem, are non-Jews who took great risks to save Jews during the Holocaust. Rescue took many forms and the Righteous came from different nations, religions and walks of life. What they had in common was that they protected their Jewish neighbors at a time when hostility and indifference prevailed.

****This phrase is adopted from John Tarrant’s 1998 book of the same name.

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