We look forward to roll out a new issue of the Sustainable Styles Magazine - which inspires the world there is a better way to live - and are using Kickstarter for our expansion.
The campaign has been launched last week and we have until April 19th to raise $45,000.
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Why are we raising funds:
1) We want to give you 28 exclusive new stories. That’s right - 28 - and we will cover art, food, business, eco tourism, well being, lifestyle and entertainment stories. Lined up are: a great book review on the autobiography of Nikola Tesla - one of the geniuses of our time -, an interview with British actor Paul Blackthorne on his new documentary - “this American Journey” - an interview with dance pioneer Anita Velez: currently 97, but 21 in Spirit on how to be an innovator when the world is not ready for you; a Maasai Mara Warrior story from Kenya, a talk with Sustainable Supper Club founder (Haven’s Kitchen) Alison Schneider on healthy food solutions, a story on Fair Trade jeweler and former Metropolitan Museum goldsmith Donna Distefano, a feature on battery storage solutions for renewable energy from Montana … and many more. Why Are We Raising Funds ?
2) We look forward to produce our first online sustainability workshop. This course is developed by the publisher and offers training on what defines a sustainable planet, gives guidance on what a green and social economy looks like and shares tools on how to participate with its development.
3) We need to finish filming the American episode of our Sustainable Planet tv show and look forward to share seven inspiring stories with you. The show will air on Sustainable Styles from Earth Day onwards.
4) We wish to retain a professional international team of experts and remunerate our excellent cameraman, editor, web designer and some other key people. Our Current Issue: The current issue of the Sustainable Styles Magazine includes contributions by/with Nobel prize for Peace Wangari Maathai from Kenya - first African Woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize (in memoriam), HRH Prince Zeid Raad from Jordan, Sustainability Guru John Elkington from the UK, Marlborough gallery artist Hunt Slonem, Marc Hachoudarian from the New York Botanical Garden, Katherine Crockett from the Martha Graham ballet company, the American Council for Renewable Energy (ACORE), the Solar airplane aviator Bertrand Piccard, Michelle Bouchard from HealthCorps (Dr. Oz non profit) … and many more
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It’s that time of the year that we look back and wonder “why did 2012 get by so fast?”
Probably, because there were so many great moments, one after the other and as to express gratitude for all whom contributed to it .. I will write down a selection of monthly highlights: a Year in review, in other words.
the year got rung in at Aspen..slay rides are great / flew to West Palm Beach to visit holistic healing center of Dr JP Farrell, including visit to Hippocrates institute / from there, on to Miami, studying at holistic educational center for children / rang in year of the Dragon with an ecclectic Chinese family, inclusive of red lantarns in garden / went see our National Belgian Hero Tintin in 3D and wondered why the characters have Irish accents and out of proportion puffy nozes / joined the Belgian American Chamber of Commerce / flew to Austin for the expansion of my Board and present my new media project
obtained fiscal sponsorship for my Sustainable Planet tv series / mentoring some young women, feels very good to pass on knowledge and give them roadmap within sustainability / signed on new intern, who revisits my first book / signed up for new sessions of chakra breathing workshops, so powerful / meeting with my first camera man, who also filmed my ethical fashion tv show pilot / attended Scraptcular board meeting, wrote press release and helped them with their fundraiser event / felt very good about receiving great testimonial from former Sesame Street employee, whom I guided to a grant for her next educational project / champagne brunch at home of artists and directed new sessions of my Eco Hero art challenge
meeting with second camera man with whom I also worked on “Magritte Moment” film that I co-produced and also acted in / produced first Sustainable Styles magazine event .. how about offering one of our readers an exclusive presence of Martha Graham dance company and then interview of lead principal dancer - and dear friend of mine - Katherine Crockett / finished sponsorship presentation for new partners / champagne picknick for my birthday in Central Park ( did I really wear a red dress and only a red dress..yes, I did)
moved to Upper East Side, discovered an art deco coffee house called Luncheonette .. love it / started Hot yoga .. wow .. who knew deliciousness came in so many flavors /went to famous BOX, for artists expo on paintings representing love making … the theater made me think of my student days in Brussels, where beautiful architecture surrounded us everyday / meeting with former dean of my college (VUB) where I studied my economics degree.. produced interviews for Alma Mater fundrasing out of New York / conducted red carpet interviews for Christie’s “Bid to save the Earth” : David & Susan Rockefeller, James Simon, VP of Oceana, actor Paul Blackthorne, just to name a few / spoke for the Sustainability Business Club at FIT .. am so happy one student challenged me when talking about organic cotton .. “yes but the yields are higher when using pesticides”, she said .. me, answering.. “Really, is that so .. yield from what perspective, as you still need some help understanding what a sustainable economy is about : it’s as much about Earth ( and her crust/soil ) as people ( the farmers, the laborers who makes the clothes and the consumer ) and not just financial gains / spoke at CUNY too for the inception of a Sustainable village
celebrated my father’s b-day in Belgium and discovered that my favorite chestnut tree of at least 50 years got taken down. It’s the tree that gave me shade when I devoured Flemish and Dutch literature for months in a row during the summer holidays… did my yoga and meditation under .. reminds me that nothing is permanent, garden feels naked though / holy communion of dad’s girlfriend’s goddaughter, Flemish Style in beautiful church / visit Antwerp auction house and celebration of the night of antique dealers - Brussels - with my dad / terrific visit to MAS ( Museum at the Schelde river) with my best friends’ family (thanks christophe) and lunch in his brother’s boutique hotel overlooking the Antwerp cathedral / stay with auntie Nanda - and because of great weather - was able to swim in her pool and spend quality time with her outdoors in her superb garden / coordinating translation of my vision/design of new lay out of my Sustainable Styles magazine to webmaster .. all is coming together now / seeing my college friends .. a rainbow showed up on terrace of my dearest Danielle, with whom i did my master in environmental management (@ULB) / attended magazine launch party of Creezy Courtoy - on luxury - as she honored me of being the Sustainable Interview of that month / enjoyed pancake with smoked salmon in the Brussels Queens Gallery with one of my closest friends (merci Marc), received a double box of chocolates next / was asked to join political party in my hometown .. and design their sustainable agenda. Declined invitation .. cannot be political, only Universal / attended European green week @ the European Parliament .. somehow, I am hearing the same stories for a decade .. what is not moving? / still made it to the beach of Knokke, Le Zoute .. and dip toed in water
arrived back in New York and attend art vernissage at Luncheonette …. two of my works are on display!!! Thanks Christina for making me a part of that / visit art collection of publisher upstate … / regular openings at Philips de Pury and marvelled at Mark di Suvero’s work presented by Storm king Gallery on Governors Island. (How did we end up at a Great Gatsby party after that?) / conducted Eco Hero meeting at Canadian Mission to the UN. My art exhibit with works of children is coming together, one country at a time / embraced new Eco Hero Ambassador for the USA, Katie Gass! / attended the mermaid parade in Coney Island. As a piscean lady .. it’s an annual Must See / meeting new family from my Mother’s side..a blessing / celebrated 50th wedding anniversary at St Patrick (Eric’s friends) and then sat down for very international cocktails, dinner, dance @ Metropolitan Club.
fireworks from Tribecca penthouse, yes it has been exactly 13 years that I arrived in Manhattan / spoke at “Women who Lunch” club .. sustainability speed course included / enjoyed Philharmonics concert in the park / made graphics for my Eco Hero book for kids / am helping a friend grow tomatoes on rooftop / celebrated our Belgian National Holiday party with singer Axelle Red
attended a fantastic reception at the Indian Consulate and meet the new Indian Ambassador, a terrific lady .. more to come! / acquired some art to benefit Japan tsunami survivors / a friend of mine ( Bradford Rand ) invites me to his live concert. He is business man by day and rock star by night: sings the repertoire of The Doors and has the original drummer of the Doors AND Blondie’s guitar player accompany him. Bradford, you were GREAT! / long weekend in Cooperstown, inclusive of blueberry picking, bonfire, fireworks, star gazing, hiking, cooking, kayak, yes, a rainbow was chased too / prepping event with Tesla Motors / cooked my first ever blueberry syrup, will keep recipe! / beach time in Hamptons, who knew crabs enjoyed pinching my toes .
celebrated fashion night out with pauses at Donna Karan’s and Oscar de la Renta / reconnected with the former Chair of the US Partnerships to the Unesco Decade for Sustainable Education and suggested : how about producing a closing event in 2015? / received 100 guests for my Sustainable Styles Magazine launch party at the Tesla showroom / went to Kenya upon the invitation of the Pikolinos group…yes, the pilot of my new Sustainable Planet tv series is in the can! / designed 4 handbags, based on the animals I saw on my Maasai Mara safari .. mhh..will probably see the light in 2013 /
a very nice article on my work appeared in Belgiam media ; my title? Eco Hero / had a terrific dinner with the Vice Mayor of Venlo, thanks Will for the introduction, felt right at home! / shaking hands with William Mc Donough / meeting with the Prime Minister of Belgium at the residence of the Belgian Ambassador on 5th av. I suggested “let’s look at what unites us..sustainability perhaps?” / am offered a book deal on “popular ecology” by Belgian publishing house / designed first level of new book called “elements” based on the 4 elements and inclusive of my best 26 art photos / hurricane Sandy silences New York and millions of people pause of what energy independence mean and what Climate Change is about. My prayers go out to the one who have suffered. I got away with no electricity, water etc .. minor..compared to others sorrow.
moved to Chelsea .. love the change!!! / attended Shamanic circle…the live concert was so amazing, I buy the cd .. and listen to it frequently: who doesn’t want to go on a Galactic Mayan journey / celebrated Diwali (the festival of Light) at the Rubin Museum / I am invited by friend to attend a play on dealing with a dying parent .. very intense for me to watch on the eve of the 14th year anniversary of my Mother’s passing / I am the MC at Visionary’s sustainability forum .. and sparkle some Sustainability knowledge based on my 15 years of expertise in the field / spent Thanksgiving in Wyncote, with my new family.. so blessed am pre-testing my Eco Hero book on my 11 year old nice .. I guess it’s ok .. as the summary was “So COOL!!” / digging deeper at the future of alternative energy sources and by-products for green energy / am learning about wave technology
conducting production meeting for winter issue of my Sustainable Styles Magazine .. great team with different backgrounds in education.. a good mix / attended the 125th anniversary of the National Geographic society at Christie’s .. can I take home every single photo? Also, am ready for my World Tour / head to Miami and Art basel! Thanks Eric for my VIP pass / Am really here to recharge batteries and focus on designing a 28 day transformational workbook, so only attend two party’s: Viscaya Palace and champagne brunch at the Fairchild Botanical Garden / I hit the Convention center twice / am only arriving in New York and have to attend holiday party @ Penn club… with live jazz ( anybody knows that the saxophone was created by a Belgian man?) / attend the holiday party of the AIA and am considering their space for my new “sustainability movies and conversations” program. Great Institute / am invited to the David Lynch Foundation Center, more champagne and more live jazz..thanks daddy, for raising me with the best jazz masters / the unforgettable 12.12.12 is celebrated at the Guggenheim Museum… a green architecture firm is showcasing futuristic - sustainable architecture. Will visit one of their projects in Mexico soon / am very thrilled to celebrate the 40th birthday of my friend Avik … still don’t know what his wish as he was blowing out the candles! Thanks Jennifer for inviting me / am producing an art station for my Eco Hero challenge at Visionary’s holiday party & presented my Kickstarter video for the Sustainable Styles Magazine… thanks Dimitri Stuer (Wonderpixel) for the great work .. former radio personality from Belgium with whom I once had a summer radio show…really enjoyed doing radio / am honored to have Anita Velez as my new friend/mentor..one terrific “grande dame” as we would say in Europe / celebrated the expansion of the Eco Hero challenge and competition with three new countries: the Kingdom of Jordan, the Solomon islands and Kenya / am asked to contribute to magazine…let’s wait and see / preparation of first line of my greeting cards
and now…heading out for tea.. and slowly say goodbye to 2012 .. as to make room for 2013…may it be a blessed year
I had the honor of being the MC yesterday for Visionary’s first Sustainability forum, which took place at Proskauer, midtown Manhattan.
Terry Mollner, chairman of Stakeholders Capital was quite the inspiration .. as he detailed on how he facilitated the sale of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream to Unilever, while still maintaining their social and green agenda intact.
Alex and I from Visionary will be organizing a Road show soon .. so stay tuned!
In the meantime .. happy thanksgiving to all .. let’s remember all the wonderful things we should be grateful for, even if the road is bumpy!!
A beautiful new article on my work came out in NINA magazine (Belgium) last weekend. I also shared some tips for green living. For Flemish/Dutch speaking people only!