WBEZ | Loose Change the World http://www.wbez.org/tags/loose-change-world Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en #4 This week's mission: Do that one thing. You know what it is. http://www.wbez.org/amykr/2010/02/this-weeks-mission-do-that-one-thing-you-know-what-it-is/13552 <p><p>For this week's mission, first watch this (it's 1 minute, 30 seconds)</p><p style="text-align: center; "><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" width="500" height="281" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0"><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="src" value="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=9118810&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=0&amp;show_byline=0&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=00ADEF&amp;fullscreen=1" /><embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="500" height="281" src="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=9118810&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=0&amp;show_byline=0&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=00ADEF&amp;fullscreen=1" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object></p> <p><em><strong>Shot on location Grand Central Station, New York. Music by Arcade Fire.</strong></em></p><p>That all make sense? Any questions? We all good?</p><p><strong>MISSION:</strong> Slow down enough so that you can have a moment of crystallized clarity, so that this thought/answer surfaces<em>: Yes, there it is, I see it; this is one thing that I really want/need to tend to here and now.<!--break--></em></p><p style="text-align: right;"><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; ALSO, THIS SIDE MISSION</strong>: &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; I would like to invite one of you to be next week's &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;first ever&sbquo;&nbsp;<em>Guest Blogger</em> while I am out on a book tour. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Please email me with your mission idea by Thursday 5pm. <a href="mailto:missionamykr@vocalo.org">missionamykr@vocalo.org</a></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>SHARE</strong>: &nbsp;Let us know when you <strong>do that one thing</strong> (via the comment section). On Friday we will post a <strong>full, unabridged</strong> list of all that was achieved by readers of this blog. We think it will be pretty amazing to see all the big and small things we accomplished and put out into the world this week, acts that might have otherwise remain unattended to. &nbsp;Feel free to be anonymous.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">Off we go...</p> <p style="text-align: left;">miss amy k.r.</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: </strong><a href="/amykr/2010/02/mission-accomplished-you-did-it-you-did-that-thing-you-needed-to-do/14162">You did those things you needed to do</a>.</p></p> Mon, 01 Feb 2010 07:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/amykr/2010/02/this-weeks-mission-do-that-one-thing-you-know-what-it-is/13552 Mission Accomplished: Favorite 'Loose Change the World' ideas published! http://www.wbez.org/amykr/2010/01/mission-accomplished-loose-change-the-world-ideas-published/13379 <p>Did we <a href="/amykr/2010/01/this-weeks-mission-loose-change-the-world/12661"><strong>LOOSE CHANGE THE WORLD</strong></a> this week? You bet your bottom dollar! <a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//Lincoln_park_chicago_starbu.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-13388" title="Lincoln_park_chicago_starbu" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//Lincoln_park_chicago_starbu.jpg" alt="Lincoln_park_chicago_starbu" width="500" height="375" /></a> Let's see... <strong>From Toni</strong>: ‚ <em>I paid for an extra coffee at Starbucks yesterday. The barista was confused even after I answered her question, "Why would you do that?" I also left a small envelope with some change and a note in the baby section of Target, "From a mom to a mom. Buy yourself a little sanity --  coffee, cookie, chocolate or whatever works for you!"</em> <strong>From Rebecca:</strong> <em><!--break-->At our elementary school's hands-on science event tonight, I slipped into the teacher's lounge and taped an envelope with four quarters to the pop machine. The outside said: Please open if: 1. You are a teacher, and 2. You are thirsty. The card inside said, "A little change can make a big difference. Enjoy your day."</em> <p style="font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; border: 0px initial initial;"><strong>From Sarah</strong>: ‚ <em>I had an unintentional Loose Change the World moment that made my day. I was at Starbucks paying for my latte, and didn't realize that the barista charged me for the guy behind me in line. I paid, and then he piped up to tell her what he had ordered. She looked surprised and said she thought we were together. It was only $2, so I told her not to worry and told the guy to have a good day. He smiled, thanked me, and then turned around and paid for the woman behind him. It was so spontaneous but made everyone so happy. </em></p> <p style="font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; border: 0px initial initial;"><em> </em></p> <p style="font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; border: 0px initial initial;"></p> <p style="font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; border: 0px initial initial;"><strong>And how psyched am I about this</strong>: ‚ Jet (coolest name ever) and Toni (oh, sorry, you have a good name too) seized the idea of starting a spin-off <strong>LOOSE CHANGE THE WORLD </strong>blog. ‚ Thank you, Jet and Toni! ‚ Can't wait to see where the new blog takes us all.</p> <p style="font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; border: 0px initial initial;"></p> <p style="font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; border: 0px initial initial;"></p> <p style="font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; border: 0px initial initial;">Week #3... <a href="/amykr/2010/01/this-weeks-mission-loose-change-the-world/12661" target="_blank">Mission Accomplished</a>.</p> <p style="font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; border: 0px initial initial;"></p> <p style="font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; border: 0px initial initial;"></p> <p style="font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; border: 0px initial initial;">peace,</p> <p style="font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; border: 0px initial initial;">miss amy k.r.</p> <p style="font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; border: 0px initial initial;"></p> <p style="font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; border: 0px initial initial;"><strong>peace. s.</strong> In case you happened to miss me thanking each of you for your word-spreading support, <a href="/amykr/2010/01/buzz-for-a-buzz-i-thank-every-one-of-you-on-a-pogo-stick-video/13035" target="_blank">watch this</a>. ‚ Have you ever seen a grown-woman pogo stick jumping? ‚ Well, you have now...</p> <p style="font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; border: 0px initial initial;"></p> <p style="font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; border: 0px initial initial;"></p> <p style="font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; border: 0px initial initial;"></p> <p style="font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; border: 0px initial initial;"></p> <p style="font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; border: 0px initial initial;"></p></p> Fri, 29 Jan 2010 08:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/amykr/2010/01/mission-accomplished-loose-change-the-world-ideas-published/13379 Inter Mission: Today's special because... http://www.wbez.org/amykr/2010/01/inter-mission-todays-special-because/13155 <p><p>As we established on this blog last week, during Wednesday's &quot;Inter Mission&quot; we are now offering you a choice of music:</p><p><strong>Elevator music: </strong></p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/story/extras/2010-November/2010-11-17/elevatormusic-final1.mp3">Elevator Music<br /></a></p><p><strong>Elevating music: </strong></p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/story/extras/2010-November/2010-11-17/10-Other-Plans.mp3">10 Other Plans</a></p><p>Enjoy the Inter Mission everyone...And keep those acts of <a href="/amykr/2010/01/this-weeks-mission-loose-change-the-world/12661">LOOSE CHANGING THE WORLD</a> coming...</p><p>miss amy k.r.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="535" width="350" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//amkkr-todaysspecial.jpg" alt="amkkr-today'sspecial" title="amkkr-today'sspecial" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-13156" /></p></p> Wed, 27 Jan 2010 16:10:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/amykr/2010/01/inter-mission-todays-special-because/13155 #3 This week's mission: Loose Change the World! http://www.wbez.org/amykr/2010/01/this-weeks-mission-loose-change-the-world/12661 <p><p style="text-align: center; "><a href="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3174/2583298446_8be8622e8a.jpg"><img alt="Photo by Sara-ji" width="500" height="333" src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3174/2583298446_8be8622e8a.jpg" /><br /></a>(photo by Sara-J)</p><p style="text-align: left; ">Every week for a year I left an envelope in a public place, with the hope that it would be discovered by a random stranger. The envelope contained some loose change along with the following note:</p><blockquote><em>This money was left here intentionally and is specifically for your use. I know it's not much-- perhaps just enough to treat yourself to a cookie, coffee, a lottery ticket, donation to the homeless, a new pair of socks. In any case, I hope it &quot;changes&quot; your day for the better.</em></blockquote><p>It was an exciting and highly satisfying experiment. (I wrote about it at length in my book <a target="_blank" href="http://www.encyclopediaofanordinarylife.com/">Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life</a>.) For this week's mission, I'd like to pick up where I left off, but parlay this into something bigger and shinier.What if we each took some spare change (and a couple spare minutes) and did something simple but delightfully unexpected with it?<!--break-->Like:</p><ul> <li>Leave a handful of pennies at a &quot;make a wish&quot; fountain with a note &quot;Please take one. My wish is that your wish comes true.&quot;</li> </ul> <ul> <li>When you're at a Starbucks, give the barista an extra $1.80 to treat the next person who orders a tall coffee.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Leave a few quarters in an envelope taped to a dryer at a laundromat.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Pay for the person behind you at a tollbooth.</li> </ul><p>There are countless grand ways to change the world, and I know many of you are committed to important local and global causes. This week's mission knows its place; these are small, anonymous gestures...but to each recipient, and then added together collectively, we are accomplishing something rather mighty I think.</p><p><strong>MISSION:</strong> <strong>Loose change the world!</strong></p><p>I'd also like to toss this out there: might one of you feel a strong enough connection to this idea to be our official Loose Change the World Leader and begin a spin-off blog? If so, speak up in the comment section.</p><p>(As a point of reference, last year a middle school in Chicago took the change idea from my book and incorporated it into their curriculum. Here is the <a target="_blank" href="http://loosechangetheworld.blogspot.com/">Loose Change the World blog</a> that the teacher set up).</p><p><strong>SHARE:&nbsp;</strong>Share all your &quot;loose change the world&quot; ideas in the comment section. (You can share ideas that you've already implemented and/or ones that you intend to do.)</p><p>Off we go!</p><p>miss amy k.r.</p><p><strong>MISSION ACCOMPLISHED</strong>: <a href="/amykr/2010/01/mission-accomplished-loose-change-the-world-ideas-published/13379">Loose change the world submissions</a>.</p></p> Mon, 25 Jan 2010 05:15:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/amykr/2010/01/this-weeks-mission-loose-change-the-world/12661