Friday, February 27, 2009

MindFlow VideoBlog #13

n this edition, Rodrigo Hidalgo, Rafael Pensado and Ricardo Winandy:
- show a little advance of the new videoclip to be released.
- answer the questions of the week: "Is MindFlow planning on touring this year?" and to Rodrigo: "How do you choose a guitar to buy?"
- much more!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Pursuit of a life

This Blog was created to alert and give information about things that matters to everyone but still obscure for the great majority of people. Things that we stand for. Sure we all have our particular problems that we must face everyday but we also have our common issues we must discuss and overcome. Attend to a friend’s birthday party is a social task we usually complete because it is fun and relaxing…

I am getting to the point.

Below is Nodire’s life story, which means 'unique' in Uzbek. She is little girl from Uzbek that have particular problems like us, but something else sits in her consciousness everyday.

Nodira is one of five children in a poor family. Every morning, after reciting her prayers, Nodira feeds the hens and goats from her wheelchair. The rest of her day is spent knitting for other people and helping her mother with the household chores. Nodira has never been to school because it is too far from her home and inaccessible for her wheelchair. A local teacher used to come and tutor her at home and, as a result, she was able to finish third grade. After that, her parents moved to another town and the tutor's visits became more sporadic. Despite the many difficulties and frustrations that plague Nodira's life she is fortunate to be living with her family. The stigma attached to children living with disabilities, combined with the lack of wheelchair access in schools and the economic difficulties faced by many Uzbek families following the collapse of the Soviet Union, have led many parents to place children with disabilities in special institutions. In fact, of the 23,000 children in institutional care in Uzbekistan, 19,626 have disabilities. These days, Nodira does homework exercises at home and reads as much as she can. Still, it is unlikely that she will be able to finish her primary education, much less attend university. While missing out on an education is a great disappointment to Nodira, her greatest wish - a true friend - can still come true.

"What I want more than anything is a friend who also has a disability," she says. "Somebody to talk to that will not feel sorry for me or make fun of me, somebody who will understand what my life is like."
Nodire has great problems as you can see. But the pursuit of her life is to have a friend. Maybe we can attend to Nodire’s next birthday party, or better, throw her a party! I know… UzbeK is really far… But we all know many Nodires that live real close, don’t we?

Like our personal friends, they would like to have us on their birthday parties… in their lives.


Thursday, February 19, 2009

MindFlow VideoBlog #12

In this edition, Danilo Herbert, Rodrigo Hidalgo, Ricardo Winandy and Rafael Pensado:
- talk about the new songs and how they are being composed.
- answer the questions of the week: "Where is the band originally from?", "Since when have you been playing together?", "Since when each of you start working with music?".
- much more!

Check it out! Leave your comments & questions!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Our Water - Twestival

On February 12th 2009, 202 cities around the world held Twestivals, bringing together the Twitter community for an evening of fun and to raise money and awareness for charity: water.

Charity: water is a non-profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations by funding sustainable clean water solutions in areas of greatest need.
Right now 1.1 billion people on the planet don’t have access to safe, clean drinking water. That’s one in six of us.
Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation cause 80% of all sickness and disease, and kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war.

Many communities in developing nations often have a plentiful supply of clean drinking water just below the ground, but no way to get to it.
This is where charity: water and their partner organizations come in. Drilling a well can cost from $4,000 - $12,000 USD and many living on less than $1 a day cannot afford one in their community, even if the money is combined.
Twestival cities might consider setting a goal to raise enough money from their event to fund a well project in a developing country, starting at $4,000 USD.
We all know that Twitter can be a powerful communications tool. It can connect, mobilize and inform people around the world instantly.
Those of us on Twitter know of its ability to organically create interesting communities from those people who find and follow each other. It is proven from the first Twestival that bringing the Twittersphere together for a special event is not only a memorable night; it has momentum to bring about social change.

MindFlow donated a song to Twestival FM to help raise money to charity: water. The song chosen was Breakthrough that in its lyrics holds the very special essence of this campaign: a significant and dramatic overcoming of a perceived obstacle, allowing the completion of an objective.


Wednesday, February 11, 2009

MindFlow VideoBlog #11

n this edition, Rodrigo Hidalgo (guitar), Rafael Pensado (drums) and Ricardo Winandy (bass) talk about:
- the new format of the weekly chat (every wednesday at 5:30pm GMT/UTC)
- answer the question of the week: "How did the Follow Your Instinct game began?"
- English subtitles on videos in Portuguese.
- much more!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Be a Do Gooder

So you’ve noticed that the world could use a little more kindness. So have we! Surfing at ANH Global website (Alliance for New Humanity) we found out about Daily Challenge.

Daily Challenge is a social network, but more importantly, it is an answer to something missing in the world. Daily Challenge suggests acts or ‘challenges’ that members can take into the real world to positively impact themselves and their communities.
The concept behind Daily Challenge is very simple: Do one good, daily. We believe that when many people perform random acts of kindness on a daily basis, lives change: those of the participants, their communities and in time, it’ll be felt across the globe.

The Alliance for New Humanity, represented by Deepak Chopra, one of the world’s greatest leaders in the field of mind-body medicine, face the mission to connect people, who, through personal and social transformation, aim to build a just, peaceful, and sustainable world, reflecting the unity of all humanity.


Wednesday, February 4, 2009

MindFlow VideoBlog #10

In this edition Rodrigo Hidalgo (guitar), Rafael Pensado (drums) and Ricardo Winandy (bass):
- Answer the question of the week: "In which countries have MindFlow already played?"
- Talks about the new area in the website: X-Ray with Musicians, Discography and Contacts!
- More!

Monday, February 2, 2009

We are all human

BELEM, Brazil, Jan 27 (IPS) - A human banner made up of more than 1,000 people, seen and photographed from the air, sent the message "SOS Amazon" to the world, in the first action taken by indigenous people hours before the opening in northern Brazil on Tuesday of the 2009 World Social Forum (WSF).

The mass message reflects the concern about global warming:

"We are raising our voices as a wake-up call to the world, especially the rich countries that are hastening its destruction," said Edmundo Omoré, a member of the Xavante indigenous community from the west-central state of Mato Grosso on the border between the Amazon region and the Cerrado, a vast savannah region in the centre of the country.

In this situation, indigenous people should have political participation as of right, not "as folklore or as a merely cultural contribution," Espinoza, one of the coordinators of the indigenous peoples' presence at the WSF, told IPS.

Furthermore, "we are the first to suffer the effects" of climate change. Rich people can cool themselves down with air conditioners and buy food in supermarkets, but "we depend on the fish in the river and the animals in the forest, so we are concerned about the future that belongs to everyone," added Batista. (END/2009)

If we keep destroying our planet and taking more than we need, obviously we will end up with nothing, and as a human tradition, we will destroy ourselves.

Do your part! You are human too!