Your Soul Food for May 9th 2014: Are You Out of Your Tree?

Happy Soul Food Friday!


First branch out with a reframe, because I can tell you are a bit stressed…

Don’t scroll past the animals until you have decided upon your answer:

The Banana Test
There is a very, very tall coconut tree and there are 4 animals,
A lion, a giraffe, a squirrel and a chimp

lion giraffe squirrel chimp




They decide to compete to see who is the fastest to get a banana off the tree.

Who do you guess will win?

Your answer will reflect your personality.

So think carefully … . ..
Try and answer within 30 seconds.

Got your answer?

Now scroll down to see the analysis.





If your answer is:

Lion = you’re dull..

Chimpanzee = you’re dense.

Giraffe = you’re a complete moron.

Squirrel = you’re hopeless.




Obviously you’re stressed and overworked.
You should take some time off and relax
Have two glasses of wine.
A full box of Chocolates.
And a nice lunch.
Now hurry up and forward it to someone else….
They may need this attitude adjustment!


This week: 

The Family Tree:



Connect with Your Roots As Part of the Same Global Forest:

The Stay Classy Collaborative

“Hollywood has the Oscars, Broadway has the Tonys and now Philanthropy has the Classys!”

Locally inspired Social Entrepreneurs on a Global Mission to address complex issues such as: Poverty & Hunger Relief, Disaster Relief & Public Safety, Educational Advancement, Animal & Wildlife Welfare, Health Services, Human Rights & Social Justice Services, Environmental Protection and Active Duty and Veteran Services using-

o   A Comprehensive Understanding of Problem Dynamics

o   An Evidence-Based Methodology

o   A Creative and Sustainable Model

o   A Commitment to Measureable Change

o   A Culture of Learning

o   High Growth Potential

Did you know:

  • 22 Veterans commit suicide every day and we have lost more service members to suicide than died in all the wars combined?
  • The number of Natural Disasters Worldwide are growing at an unprecedented rate (71 in 1900 compared to 3,500 in 2007)
  • That 2.5 B people of people around the world are living on less than $4 a day
  • That innovative responses to health include a cervical cancer test that can be done with regular vinegar?
  • That by linking the databases on sex trafficking and the ivory trade you can leverage big data in ways never considered before?

These and other large complex problems ARE being addressed by amazing social entrepreneurs around the world as we speak!

 Some Snippets:

From Aleem Waliji Director, Innovation Labs, the World Bank

The biggest game-changer in social impact might not be something obvious like Micro Financing that obviously transformed the sector, but something less evident like cell phones and more specifically being able to buy phone times in very small packets as this revolutionized the opportunities to connect.

From Robert Egger Founder of LA Kitchen

Don’t get caught in a devil’s bargain between choosing profit over value creation (.com vs. .org). There are no profits without nonprofits. Distinctions of an organizations legal status should not be confused with social purpose!

Solving hunger in the world might be better addressed through teaching nutrition rather than feeding the poor other people’s left overs.

Check out Fed Up that comes out this week (see below)

Fed Up!

An Inconvenient Truth for the Food Industry

The Menu is Not the Meal: Reframe the Issue- For example not as Hunger but as Nutrition!

The reality that we have as many obese people on this planet as people starving to death is a travesty.

Sometimes you find pockets of the very same cohorts in the SAME location ex: parts of this great nation’s capital Washington DC, where in the same block the incidences of obesity and diabetes as well as poverty and hunger are both off the charts. WTF!

Here are some of the sobering facts about the state of health in America revealed in “Fed Up” a new documentary from producers Katie Couric and Laurie David due out this week about the country’s food industry:

(1) “Over 95 percent of all Americans will be overweight or obese in two decades”;

(2) “By 2050, one out of every three Americans will have diabetes”;

(3) 80 percent of food items sold in America have added sugar.

We simply can’t run off or exercise off the amount of sugar we are consuming, so we need to revisit- from a systems thinking perspective- what the root causes are and how to address them. Solving hunger in the world might be better addressed through teaching nutrition rather than feeding the poor other people’s left overs.

What is the proxy for this in your organization?


Leaf Old Limbs Behind, Branch Out and Get Plucky with Emotional Intelligence:

Emotional, Social & Cultural Intelligence Will be a Better Predictor of Success than Just IQ:

Why soft issues are actually the solution to hard/complex problems


Rooting out New Travel Plans?

Go Dutch!


If You Are Local:

Meet the Funders…

Click here!

FACT$ of Life:

  • Kids know more about the “birds and bees” than fiscal responsibility at an impressionable young age.
  • Few parents teach their kids the FACT$ OF LIFE.
  • The average debt of college graduates in 2012 was $29,400.
  • Where and how will kids learn to navigate the world of money?

Why are parents avoiding the “money conversation” with their kids?

Here is a fun filled workshop where parents can learn how to discuss the sensitive issue of money and related issues with their kids.

Who:                    The presentation will be led by Glenda Sacks and Hillel Katzeff.

What:                   1.5 Hour live presentation (with additional time for Q&A)

Where:                 4330 La Jolla Village Drive, Suite 330, San Diego, CA 92122 (conference room)

When:                   Wednesday May, 14 , 2014

11:30am – 1:30pm

A nominal charge of $15 includes:

–          presentation printout

–          light meal

–          follow-up opportunities

If you agree that starting conversations to educate children about financial literacy is very important, then please forward this invitation to anyone who you think may benefit or who would like to attend – Grandparents, Educators, Program Directors, Parent-Teacher-Student Organizations, etc.  ALL WELCOME

RVSP by 5.7.14 to Glenda at 858-546-8505 or

See you at the Cause Conference for Purpose-Driven Leaders

Click here!

The President Tree:

3200 Years in One Photo…

The PRESIDENT tree is the name of a giant sequoia in Sequoia National Park California. 

It takes a special kind of tree to have a nickname. Not every tree has a nickname, but ‘The President’ has earned it. This giant sequoia stands at 247 feet tall, and is estimated to be over 3,200 years old. Imagine, this tree was already 1,200 years old when Jesus walked the earth.

tree1The trunk of The President measures at 27 fee across, with 2 BILLION needles from base to top.


Because of its unbelievable size, this tree has never been photographed in its entirety. Until now. A team of national geographic photographers have worked along with scientists to try and create the first photo that shows The President in all its glory.



They had to climb the tree with pulleys and levers, and took thousands of photos.



Of those, they selected 126 and stitched them together to get this incredible portrait of The President.


And here it is:



Incredible, is it not?

Thanks this week to Peter S, Larry H, Helene G, Glenda S and Hillel K as well as Non-Profits Locally, and Social Entrepreneurs all over the World!


Pay it Forward and Keep Up the Good Work!






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