Two more nations ban corporal punishment of children!

sos-mother-child-beninCongratulations to the West African nation of Benin, the newest country to protect their children under the law, in January 2015. Andorra also banned the smack, in December 2014.

The countdown: 48 nations have banned, 47 more have committed to the process. At the current rate of change, assuming there will be no acceleration, we can expect a global de-legitimization of violence against children, in the next 20 years or so.

What if we defined ‘developed’ nations not in terms of industrialization, but in terms of civilized treatment of children? That would mean we have 95 developed nations, 105 under-developed nations. In which category is your country?

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Heart-to-Heart Parenting events back in New Zealand, April-May 2015

cooking-with-kids_612I love presenting my workshops to Kiwi parents in Aotearoa, so pleased to be back again – this time as the guest of NZ Parents Centres.

The topic: my new seminar. “How to get your kids to do stuff – a psychobabble-free look at what really motivates children”

Where: Carterton, Palmerston North, and Hawkes Bay.

Contact for dates, bookings and enquiries: Renee Barbour palmnthpc@gmail.com

Also, you can click HERE

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Building is going Green – and you can help

9-2482094-lbn110914house01_t620I am amazed by what my friend Deborah Preston has achieved in a few years, with her Green Building Centre in Byron Bay Australia.  Deb is a leader in making the building trade healthy; for families, tradespeople, humanity, the environment.

The products (paints, finishes, and much more) are so exciting, affordable, durable, beautiful – and super-healthy!

I feel this is one the most crucial aspects of a necessary shift to a sustainable world. The Green Building Centre has entered a crowd-funding stage in order to grow its potential extensively. Our communities need this change! I have joined in, and contributed to this project. You might like to as well! Interested? See what it is all about HERE.

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Free podcast: how emotional wellbeing can change the world

mini-bigstock-Little-child-in-headphones-iso-18350522This was an interview that Tara Darlington just did with me, for Blogtalk Radio.

Enjoy!   CLICK HERE

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Incredible Youth Leaders!

maxresdefaultYou won’t believe what these teenaged activists are accomplishing. Wow! Powerful youth! Knowledgeable. Feisty. Assertive. Peaceful. Courteous. Eloquent. Passionate. Big-hearted. And effective!  And this is starting to be an international trend. I was stunned to discover how successful these adolescent activists (youth leaders) have already been in forcing big changes in legislation, culture, lifestyle and community.

And, unlike the youth activists of the sixties, this is not about dropping out and dropping pills. This new youth movement is about passion, assertion, non-violence, and KNOWLEDGE.     It is impossible not to listen.      I feel so humbled, so inspired.  And so moved: not to flatter them, but rather, I feel obligated to stand with them. To join them. This is THEIR world.      Check this out, you will be blown away:  CLICK HERE

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Chelsea Lane Gallery Opening, April 2015

photo 1This most endearing and petite Gallery, in the heart of Avalon, is hosting an opening for 8 of the most wonderful artists – among them, my wife Linda. Her Gaian sculptures and mosaics weave a maternal, wordless, terrestrial myth; they sing sensuality.  Plus works from 7 more, luscious artists.

I would love to see you there! On Saturday, 4th April 2015, from 5pm to 7pm.

Chelsea Lane Gallery, 48 Old Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon Beach, enter through the Sneaky Grind cafe.

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A New Song of Human Dignity

freedom-in-christThis anthem was composed and recorded by my good friend, bassist and groovster extraordinare, Stephen Marquis. I sang with the choir. It was an unforgettable moment. Singing together, there is no longer an ‘I’, but a shared wave of humanity. So exhilarating.

Led by the powerful voice of David Nduwimana .

Here is the LINK – enjoy!

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Parenting seminar 26th March 2015, @ Erskineville NSW

getting-kids-to-do-stuffTopic:  “GETTING YOUR CHILD TO DO STUFF – A psychobabble-free look at what really motivates children”

When: 7:30PM to 9:30PM Thursday 26th March 2015

Where: GOWRIE NSW, Erskineville

Bookings and Info:  CLICK HERE

I’m excited about this brand new seminar, it will be its first time offered – and much of the info will be crowd-sourced! Find out what I mean by that…by coming along! See you there.

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Divestment is the biggest boycott movement in history!

You are far more powerful than you realize.

divest_2You can personally turn the tide on climate change, simply by how you use even the smallest amounts of money.

Divesting means looking at where we save money, and removing it from any institution that invests in fossil fuels. The Divest movement is accelerating, it is HUGE – the biggest boycott movement in history! In 2014 alone, investors controlling some US$50 billion of assets have pledged to go fossil fuel free. From the Rockefeller Foundation (yes, the Rockefellers; huge Big Oil magnates!)  to Stanford University, 181 organisations making investments decisions on behalf of 520 million people have pledged to divest.

My wife and myself took all our life-savings from Westpac and put it into Bendigo Bank, and wrote to both sides to tell them why. It was EASY!  And very satisfying.

We are all far more powerful than we realize. With each dollar we have a choice to make.

Read an excellent explanation about the global Divestment movement by Trevor Thomas from Ethinvest, HERE. 

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Solar Plane’s First World Trip!

maxresdefaultThe solar revolution is here, it is real, you are living in it NOW. The Solar Impulse plane is showing us how clean energy can fuel all kinds of transport in the near future. Look at history: stunts like these are always quickly followed by investors, and commercial development. From the Wright brothers to aero-tourism in just a few years – think of what comes next!

Signs of the revolution: Solar panels have become cheaper by 70% in recent years. Their price will halve again this decade. Solar will be as cheap as petrol before 2020. In USA, Solar now employs more people than Coal!

Expect a massive economic boom when we ditch fossil fuels, as energy prices will just keep plummeting: a huge jobs growth internationally. Not to mention: we might just pull back from the brink of enviro-catastrophe.

Read all about it HERE.

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