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  • Theater of War's Bryan Doerries Named NYC's New Public Artist In Residence March 1, 2017
    I applaud DCLA Commissioner Finkelpearl and DVS Commissioner Sutton on this meaningful collaboration." "In recognition of the power of the arts to foster a sense of belonging ... our community, serving as a forum for education, new ideas, artistic ...
  • Candice Hoyes Sings Blackness, Womanhood And History On Her Debut Jazz Album May 23, 2016
    On a Turquoise Cloud is a compilation of relatively unknown Duke Ellington songs that took intense research, arranging and collaboration to produce ... because it's "completely about individual expression and freedom. So depending on the moment, no ...
  • Offspring Melbourne Autumn/ Winter 2017 issue September 29, 2015
    A background in the Arts and teaching, coupled with a passion for family and community drives her to wax lyrical about ... the power of imagination, the art of storytelling and the importance of family. It follows the journey of the Blossburn family ...
  • 5 Psychological Theories That Every Leader Should Know June 1, 2015
    Belonging: love, intimacy, friendship ... According to recent research, the secret to making employees happy is by encouraging self-expression and letting new employees bring their unique values and perspectives to the job. This has to be done from ...
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    collaboration, clear communication, diversity of thought, commitment to learning, freedom of expression and a sense of belonging. While there are many ways to enhance these qualities, the most effective and least expensive way is storytelling-- a culture ...
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    Bernard Zamiara, the man behind the music at Albury's ONE Nightclub and Rooftop Bar has come up with thge excellent idea to shine a light on the Border's hidden DJ talent. The weekly Future Legends DJ Open Decks Night, starting Wednesday, September 24 ...
  • Watching the women November 10, 2013
    An ethic of care that emphasises collaboration ... that arises by virtue of belonging to a group, a community, or a nation. The privilege of membership calls up a duty to give back, and to help shape its story. Our storytelling is our unique kind of ...

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

 

Move #10
Celebrating Laughing Heart Advantage


 

The essence of Creating Your Own Luck is positive feedback. When we cultivate our powers of qi and love, good things are attracted to us. When we pay these forward without asking anything in return, a powerful spiraling effect is produced called “Laughing Heart Advantage™.”

We can observe the effect in an enhanced sense of community vitality, resilience, renewal and connectedness. (1) If we were to describe Laughing Heart Advantage mathematically, it would be the sum for a defined time period of each player’s enhancing vitality, multiplied by that of every other person, continuously compounded by the influence of the enabling IT system. In other words, the Intelligent Guide itself learns and supports each player, thereby itself becoming a contributor to the community’s Laughing Heart Advantage. An additional element is increased synchronicity, or chance events appearing spontaneously that have special significance or meaning for those involved. It is not certain whether synchronicity is an expression and/or a contributing cause of Laughing Heart Advantage (2).

Laughing Heart Advantage comes from a world based on abundance rather than scarcity. There is no more powerful way to celebrate its exuberance than the creative and performing arts, festivals, and storytelling. By making Laughing Heart their theme communities can set in motion expanding circles of health, wellbeing, kindness, and joy. (3)



Author’s commentary



How can the Intelligent Guide enable this “emergent” process? We will write a software program with three objectives:
1. Develop a rich database of individual contributions taking many forms—ideas, audio, images, threads and so forth.
2. Analyze, map, and aggregate the individual contributions into a coherent interconnected network.
3. Express these individual contributions in a coherent “big” picture.” One example is the Apollonian gasket portrayed directly below. Participants will have many other metaphors from which to choose depicting their position in the overall process—a mandala, garden, starry night, or a future-scape. (4)
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Below is an artistic embodiment of Santa Barbara’s creative Laughing Heart.

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Move  # 10—The last move is easy: simply ask yourself “What are some imaginative ways I can expand my own Laughing Heart Advantage by enhancing the Laughing Heart of the community?” We welcome your ideas and suggestions. There is an interesting “happy rider” quality in all of this: whether you decide to engage or not, Laughing Heart cannot be constrained. It cascades like happiness. As the writer Shawn Anchor suggests in his best seller The Happiness Advantage, happiness is not an end but a cause. It is the same with Laughing Heart. The more a community’s Laughing Heart opens, the more everyone will enjoy a Laughing Heart Advantage.

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Emotive Reaction Range? Hints: community, resilience, flow, epic, connectedness, gathering, emerging, evolving, transformation

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