… WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON HERE?
WE’VE GOT SOME GOOD NEWS
WE’VE GOT SOME INSPIRING NEWS
AND THEN WE HAVE SOME OTHER NEWS . . .
We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. — Albert Einstein
This section of our magazine is really close to our heart. We would love to balance a lot of the catastrophic news that is so prevalent with more “good” and “creative” news. This will take a force of reporters and others and we hope to continue to develop to the point where we can do something like this (or join with someone who can help us) . . .
In addition to presenting distinctive artistic and creative treasures, ZO’s goals include sharing current trends, environmental news and global events from a positive good news perspective. Our intent is to focus on innovators who, through their art, actions, writings and personal lives are endeavoring to create solutions and to solve problems rather than just identifying them. We hope that our fecund approach will be an encouragement in a world of opinions that are too often pessimistic and cynical.
As we look at today’s turbulent world through our rose colored glasses, we will seek and expose those projects that are not only excellently building better lives for people but ones that are hopefully instilling some grace as we all try to promote more healing from this worlds many historic conflicts. We do believe that more constructive reporting will perhaps sow some seeds toward peace and lay more foundations on which to build hope.
Our magazine’s unique emphasis is in total contrast to today’s forecasts of economic upheaval, urban unrest, medical crises and stressful business trends. ZO is a publication with a social conscience. While covering an ever increasing renaissance of learning and movement in art, music, design, fashion, technology and global awareness, we will not only present the facts, but the emotions and intellect and possibilities for change behind the details. Most importantly, we want to make you think, examine the why’s of everything – including your own psyche – because we feel that the earth will be changed by an increase in the consciousness level of all of us.
We hope one day to have (or join with others) to report on inspiring, artful and other good news in addition to the other stuff we are so familiar with . . .
There are dozens (maybe hundreds) of world renowned Australian filmmakers, artists, photographers, and other Creative Folks. They are among the world’s most prolific creators! But have you heard of Essie Coffey?
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Essie was born Essienina Shillingsworth (1941–1998) near Goodooga in Northern NSW. She was a Muruwari woman and the co-founder of the Western Aboriginal Legal Service and served on a number of government bodies and Aboriginal community organisations . . . AND SHE MADE A FILM!
As The US Freezes, Australia Records Hottest January On Record …
Across the world, weather extremes are being recorded as scientists warn about the effects of climate change.
Check out this article in The Inquisitr
‘Guinea’ is a term which historically refers to a region of West Africa. The countries of Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, and Equatorial Guinea all lie in this region, which is why the word ‘Guinea’ is in their name. We are combining our news from the region until we have more access to sponsors for the area. Get the ball rolling by sponsoring a City in the region. CITY Sponsorship is ZO’s campaign to “Share MORE ART | LESS CONFLICT” . . .
Each ethnic group has their own rhythms and dances to mark different occasions. After Guinea gained independence in 1958, its President Sekou Touré developed a prestigious national ballet to showcase the finest Guinean artists around the world. … The dance is accompanied by traditional African drumming on the djembe drum.
Flora Gomes is one of the first prominent filmmakers to emerge from Guinea-Bissau, a former Portuguese colony in West Africa. He attended a course in cinematography at the Institute of Cuban Art in Havana under the legendary Santiago Alvarez and qualified as a cameraman and director of photography in 1972. Gomes started working for television with the late Senegalese film-maker Paulin Vieyra. In 1973, he made his first news film about the second congress of PAIGC (African Party for the Independence of Portuguese Guinea and Cape Verde). In 1983, he made Mortu Nega, among the first full-length films produced in Guinea-Bissau, a remarkable tale of love during the liberation and the struggles of independence.
Less than a year after it helped to create one of the planet’s most important chimpanzee sanctuaries, the World Bank is accused of backing a dam project that could flood the newly protected habitat.
Ukraine is and has been a recurring headline, as politics usually take center stage. It has a very long history of intensely talented people. This “Tunnel of Love” photo has circulated the Internet for many years. Many may not know it is located in the Ukraine.
Ihor Podolchak is a Ukrainian filmmaker and visual artist. He is a co-founder of the creative association Masoch Fund. Ihor was named as one of the 10 most prominent Ukrainian filmmakers by Forbes Ukraine in 2014, member of Ukrainian Film Academy. His work will certainly cause you to ponder life . . .
Cold weather has killed 37 people in Ukraine so far this month as temperatures reached minus 23 Celsius in parts of the former Soviet republic. Night temperatures are expected to drop to -28C in northern, central and eastern Ukraine this week. The cold snap followed heavy snowfall which left some areas covered with as much as 53 cm (21 inches) of snow. Cars were blocked for 18 kilometres (11 miles) overnight on Saturday on the main road between the capital Kiev and Lviv, officials said.Picture: REUTERS/Marian Striltsiv
YOU ARE AN INDIVIDUAL
Treat others like you would want to be treated
Hold on to your individuality — it has been created for a purpose!
Share goodness and love with your creative gift whenever you can
TRY TO PROMOTE REASON and RESPECT FOR ALL LIFE
While all of us at ZO love art, music, architecture, design and the creativity in all of life; we do realize that these enjoyments cannot exist if earth as we know it does not exist. These times are tumultuous and our world is on the verge of many catastrophes. We want to be a voice for a higher human consciousness and the need for nonviolent change. With an increasingly connected global community — we want to help effect this change THROUGH THE ARTS and COMMUNICATION.
The bottom line may be that all of us are either actively being creative or destructive on many levels. We are creating our own destiny or possibly doing things to destroy it; we are creating a better environment for us and others or we are not. Whatever you are doing to others you are doing to yourself – ultimately. If you are improving yourself, making creative choices to work, create and survive – great. If you are harming yourself, your relationships, your neighborhood, the planet . . . well . . . just think about it. We are not pointing fingers or judging anyone — we are asking ourselves these questions. These are conscious observations . . . as we at ZO try to improve our minds and creative gifts.
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