As a class have adopted this classical definition:
The definition of a hero was initially determined by the Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Hero Fund Commission, established in 1904. The "classic" definition to 'hero': “Someone who voluntarily leaves a point of safety to assume life risk saving or attempt to save the life of another."

12 September 2013

Three role models

This video features three role models who have worked hard and overcome some tough barriers to succeed in their chosen careers: businessman David Burdus, politician Dame Anne Begg and journalist Vidar Hjardeng

Historical Role Models

Many notable American historical figures are considered role models -- but why? George Washington was devilishly smart, and Abraham Lincoln was a brave leader, but have you heard of Sybil Ludington or Beriah Green? Amy Bissetta expounds on the lessons of character we can learn from these historical giants, whether you've heard of them or not.

Lesson by Amy Bissetta, animation by Mark Phillips.

06 January 2011

Evelyn Glennie

"Dame Evelyn Elizabeth Ann Glennie, DBE (born 19 July 1965) is a Scottish virtuoso percussionist...Glennie tours extensively in the northern hemisphere, spending up to four months each year in the United States, and performs with a wide variety of orchestras and contemporary musicians, giving over 100 concerts a year as well as master classes and "music in schools" performances. She frequently commissions percussion works from composers and performs them in her concert repertoire.

"Glennie has been profoundly deaf since age 12. This does not inhibit her ability to perform at the international level. She regularly plays barefoot for both live performances and studio recordings, better to "feel" the music.[2]
Glennie contends that deafness is largely misunderstood by the public. She claims to have taught herself to hear with parts of her body other than her ears. In response to criticism from the media, Glennie published Hearing Essay in which she personally discusses her condition." (read more at Wikipedia)

In this soaring demonstration, deaf percussionist Evelyn Glennie illustrates how listening to music involves much more than simply letting sound waves hit your eardrums.

Her official website is here.

05 January 2011

PAY IT FORWARD - Assignment to save the world

Two scenes from the movie, Pay it Forward. "Like some other kids, 12-year-old Trevor McKinney believed in the goodness of human nature. Like many other kids, he was determined to change the world for the better. Unlike most other kids, he succeeded."
You can read the rather complicated (and unhappy) plot at Wikipedia.

16 November 2010

Jane Goodall

The primatologist says the only real difference between humans and chimps is our sophisticated language. She urges us to start using it to change the world. (link)

"Jane Goodall went to the Gombe Stream Reserve near Lake Tanganyika in East Africa when she was 26. By living among the animals and quietly recording their interactions, she was able to show that the chimp world included love, hate, fear, jealousy, tool use, brutality, even warfare." Read the interview in the New York Times 15 November 2010 article. Her full biography is here on Wikipedia.

The Swiss Jane Goodall Institute web site is here (in German, French and Italian) and an English language page here.

In 1977, Goodall established the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI), which supports the Gombe research, and she is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. With nineteen offices around the world, the JGI is widely recognized for innovative, community-centred conservation and development programs in Africa. Its global youth program, Roots & Shoots began in 1991 when a group of 16 local teenagers met with Goodall on her back porch in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. They were eager to discuss a range of problems they knew about from first-hand experience that caused them deep concern. The organisation now has over 10,000 groups in over 100 countries.
Today, Goodall devotes virtually all of her time to advocacy on behalf of chimpanzees and the environment. (link)