Wim Hof and Oganes Arustamov

March 19th, 2021 Dear Colleagues, Dear Friends, It is my pleasure to announce the Commendations of Oganes Arustamov and Wim Hof as Giraffe-Heroes. Especially during the strange times we are living in both of them offer a method to cope with the challenge. We had two somewhat critical voices regarding the nominations, one for each of the candidates. As for the rather young Oganes (b. 1991) the question was whether there is ‘already enough in the plate’ to justify a commendation – as for Wim Hof (b. 1959 and with ‘a lot in the plate’) the question was about the Read More


Shared Ideas, Shared Ideals, Shared Actions….

What Meghana Raveendra is writing on the Kanthari Blog brings one of the key questions for effective positive change to the point: will social change makers around the globe be able to form a movement or will they sooner or later be cornered as freaks and fall victim to Orwellian type of standardization and sterilization permeating politics at large during these times? We feel with her and that shared feeling had brought about our partnership with Kanthari since last year…… f.n. knock knock knock – By Meghana Raveendra “Networking is not about just connecting people. It’s about connecting people with Read More


Wim Hof and the Kenya Garden of Eden (from Wim’s blog)

HOW ARE WE HELPING? Our project work consists of 3 main aspects: 1) Creating awareness about the importance of life in harmony with nature. 2) Restoring life in nature: opening up migration paths, creating clean water sources, removing fences, planting trees. 3) Conserving life in nature: establishing a sustainable and community-owned Nature Conservancy. Our main priority is to open up migration paths for wildlife and livestock. Our strategy is to restore and enlarge the migration corridors by creating community water wells. To get legal access to the water wells, it is mandatory for all landowners to remove their fences to Read More


School versus Tradition

Unfortunately it is impossible to conduct an impartial and therefore objective discourse regarding the Corona subject….. However, even so – or especially so, we are delighted to bring Y. A. Durañona’s related Podcast with a TCM researcher from Beijing to your attention as it sheds a refreshingly candid light on the “deadly pandemic”. Read the synopsis and listen to the talk below. “TCM – Prevention and Treatment for COVID 19 Efficacy of Traditional Chinese Medicine on COVID-19 The Coronavirus disease pandemic has been rapidly spreading globally and has caused worldwide social and economic disruption. As scientists raced to develop a Read More


The Grameen Business No-Brainer

Giraffe Hero Sabriye Tenberken has written a series on famous infamous micro financial poverty alleviation or better elevation. The ex-clusivity and cruelty of the allegedly humanitarian and inclusive approach is poignantly revealed in Part 4, rendered hereafter. (cf. kanthari corona blog 12-02-2021) “All human beings are born entrepreneurs. Some get a chance to unleash that capacity. Some never got the chance, never knew that he or she has that capacity.” – Muhammad Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank, 2006 Nobel Peace Prize laureate.Is that true? Is every human really born an entrepreneur? And do we only need to be given a Read More


WE STAND WITH INDIAN FARMERS – Full Page Advertisement in New York Times of February 16 in support of farmers movement

By Dilip – Thursday, February 18, 2021 WE STAND WITH INDIAN FARMERS   We – farmers, activists, and citizens of the world – stand in solidarity with farmers in India protesting to protect their livelihoods. Nearly one million farmers are peacefully organizing and demonstrating, but the Indian government has responded with state-sanctioned violence, including the use of tear gas, water cannons, mass arrests and indefinite detention. These human rights abuses must end now. Indian farmers are standing up to defend their dignity and livelihoods. They are protesting three new laws, passed hastily without due deliberation, that will deregulate agriculture in India. For many, this Read More


Civil Disobedience – The Indian Farmers Gandhian Struggle

Since five month’ Indian peasants are in a historic, non-violent standoff with the authorities whom they blame to have caved in to corporate interests. Please listen to Giraffe-Hero Dilip Simeon’s podcast on the subject:


Biden’s Inauguration Speech

It wasn’t a lecture, it wasn’t advertising – it was a speech living up to the moment. Let’s hope for the best…: Full video. David Brooks writes about this: “…. The salient divisions in the Biden era won’t just be left versus right. They will be between the performers, the people who run for office to get on TV, and the builders, the people who want to achieve something. They will be between the fantasists, the people who lie and fabricate, and the realists, the people who are attached to reality. They will be between the narcissists (Ted Cruz) and Read More


Sristi Village – An Island of Hope

“Their biggest disadvantage according to the society is that they are slow, but I think it is their biggest strength.” Karthikeyan, the founder When Karthik had bought the land for his dream project of establishing a village of hope for those who were outcast for being too retarded in the eyes of society there came an ugly surprise – the land was barren: no water at all. So he called in agricultural experts who tried to find a solution to the parched place, but did not come up with anything real. Along the way, an elder living in the area Read More


Investigative Journalism – The marginalized 4th pillar.

By Chacko Jacob (reposted from Kanthari) It is hard to comment on journalism as a whole, as it is too wide a profession.There are types of journalists that have a regular schedule, there are types who’s lives are at risk for what they report about, and a thousand other variants.But here we talk about the ones that stick their necks out to get factual information to people.In most countries there is too much power vested in one of the pillars of democracy or colluding between two or more of them.What is the situation in your country? Is the legislature gaining Read More


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