NEW TRENDS: WRITING ON THE SAND WITH BLACK STONES / MY DAYS IN FUERTEVENTURA # 4

© Photos by ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

Writing words and messages on the sand… It’s a funny game to do when we are on the beach. But water (and wind) arrive very soon to delate all we have written.

 

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What we build on the sand is usually a plan doomed to fail… We say so. Not in Fuerteventura, where we may write on the sand using  black volcanic stones.

 This is a sort of new trend along  the Island coasts. People write words, or love messages,  on the incredible dunes. Sand and stones to say something bound to remain… It’s so beautiful… And poetic.

NEW TRENDS: WRINTING ON THE SAND WITH BLACK STONES / PHOTO BY ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

CONTEMPORARY VIDEO ART: “BACK TO ZERO” FOR FESTIVAL MIDEN IN KALAMATA (GREECE)

 

CONTEMPORARY VIDEO ART: “BACK TO ZERO” FOR  FESTIVAL MIDEN IN KALAMATA (GREECE)

Amid hard and overall decadence and despite economic difficulties, Festival Miden vividly returns at the Historic Centre of Kalamata to present its new program of contemporary videoart. Restless voices from all over the world will be there via their creations to share with us drastic images full of dreams, aspirations, concerns and fears, opening a window from where we could possibly draw strength and optimism.

2012 edition of Festival Miden will take place at Kalamata’s Historic Centre (Amfeias square) on 5-6-7 of July, with free entrance for the public as always.

During its 3day events the festival will present 216 videoworks from 45 countries, selected out of more than 1500 video-entries.

The festival’s thematic programs include “[Un]natural disaster”, “There’s a room in the elephant”, “99%”, “YOU & I”, “StayStill”, “Dream a little dream”, “How to Art”, “2084”, “Locall calling!” and “Now you see me… now you don’t”, curated by the festival’s team. Along with it’s own selections, the festival presents special tributes to significant festivals, platforms & groups from Greece & abroad. This year, the festival will present videoart selections from: Art:screen (Sweden), Nova (Nordic Countries), Atopia (Norway), CologneOFF/ Cologne International Videoart Festival (Germany) and Madatac (Spain).

Furthermore, two very interesting parallel events are scheduled: the presentation of “Animacall”, an international project by Contemporary Art Centre of Thessaloniki (State Museum of Contemporary Art), at the Archaeological Museum of Messenia, while later in July one more program dedicated to animation, entitled “Anim[n]ation”, will be screened in the context of the 6th Kalamata Street Festival which is organized by the Youth Center of Kalamata at the Railway Park.

Festival Miden*, the first Greek videoart festival presented in open public spaces, is an annual video art & new media cultural event based in Kalamata, GR. It is an independent organization founded, organized and curated by a team of contemporary Greek artists.

Since 2005, Festival Miden has been gradually established as one of the most successful and interesting video art festivals in Greece and abroad and has been a significant point of cultural exchange for Greek and international video art, creating an alternative, peripheral meeting point for emerging and established video artists.

(*Miden means “zero” in Greek)

“VAMOS A LA PLAYA!”: WELCOME TO THE ENCHANTING BEACH SHOW / MY DAYS IN FUERTEVENTURA # 3

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MY DAYS IN FUERTEVENTURA #3 – PHOTO BY ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

Vamos a la playa!” Yes, let’s go to the beach!… The  greatest tourist attractions of Fuerteventura are undoubtedly its unparalleled beaches. Mile after mile of white, golden and black sands, making up a total of some 157 beaches, all bathed in crystalline turquoise-coloured waters.

MY DAYS IN FUERTEVENTURA #3 – PHOTO BY ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

The beaches of Jandia, to the south east of the Jandia massif, are the longest in the Canary islands: their golden sands and placid waters stretch from Costa Calma, “Sotavento”, to Morro Jable, a nice town where we may find good hotels.  

MY DAYS IN FUERTEVENTURA #3 – PHOTO BY ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

Also in Jandia, on the “Barlovento” coast, there is the beach of Cofete: more than 14 kms of wild beaches set in one of the most impressive geological landscapes of the whole island. In the northern area there are the beautiful beaches of El Cotillo and the enchanting dunes of Corralejo coast with its white sands.

MY DAYS IN FUERTEVENTURA #3 – PHOTO BY ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

The protected natural area called the Playa del Matorral, Site of Scientific Interest (S.I.C., Sitio de Interés Científico) covers an area of 115.6 hectares. It is the only wetland in the Canary Islands included in the list of wetlands of international importance (RAMSAR Convention). It is a coastal region ecosystem, flooded periodically by the sea, coinciding with the high tides in the spring and autumn equinoxes. The aim of the S.I.C. is the protection of the habitat, the associated species and the landscape in general.

MY DAYS IN FUERTEVENTURA #3 – PHOTO BY ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

Halophilic species, able to withstand the flooding of the tides, and predominant amongst the flora. In the fauna, the salt marsh stands out because of its potential value as a passage area for sea birds or limicoline birds. The turtles, sightings of cetaceans and the underwater beauty of the environment are also noteworthy.

Another enchanting show from…la isla bonita.

MY DAYS IN FUERTEVENTURA #3 – PHOTO BY ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

“THE FASTEST WAY TO SUCCEED IS HELPING OTHER SUCCEED”: EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH MICHELLE LABROSSE, FOUNDER OF CHEETAH LEARNING

Interview by Roberto Alborghetti

 

Every month I’m very glad and proud to post Michelle LaBrosse articles. They always rise interest and attention (and a lot of readers!) Michelle LaBrosse is the founder of Cheetah Learning, the author of the Cheetah Success Series, and a prolific blogger whose mission is to bring Project Management to the masses ( Michelle’s articles have appeared in more than 100 publications and websites around the world).

She’s an indefatigable woman who brings us passion, enthusiasm, motivations and a deep knowledge of human behaviours and relationships. I have been moved by the idea to ask ker for an interview… Said and done. This is my interview with Michelle LaBrosse. It’s really a great honour for me. I thank so much Cheetah Learning’s Founder for her kind and generous collaboration.

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  • – Michelle, your articles that I post at my blogs always receive lot of consents and warm attention. According to you, why your writings raise such a well deserved interest?

That is a great question, and thank you for that compliment! When writing articles, I write them for the everyday professional who is interesting in learning how to reach their goals fast. My background, and that Cheetah Learning, is in Project Management and Accelerated Learning. In the articles I write I want to make it very clear that you don’t have to be a “Project Manager” to do good projects, but that everyone can benefit from learning basic project management skills.  The truth is, the better we are at managing project, the better we can be in every area of our life. I don’t exclude anyone when considering the audience that I am writing to, and I think that is why people pay attention to these articles. 

You have created and founded a great experience – and a great human, professional and educational reality – through Cheetah Learning and Project Management. When and how have you felt the first intuitions and inspiration to plan them ? Have you moved by personal and particular reasons or aims? 

I have always had a passion for learning. When I was an engineer at Boeing, part of my job was to teach people how to win government contracts. I was so bored with the regular form of teaching (which was really just a practice in keeping your eyes open) that I developed a new fun approach of training that actually worked. This love for teaching and learning tranlated into everything I did. I became interested in Project Management because I saw how it was so important for organization to have professional managed projects to ensure that projects were completed on time and within budget. When I combined both passions, Accelerated Learning and Project Management, out popped Cheetah Learning.

Which are your main inspiration fonts when you create a text, a new activity or new educational tools? Daylife? All what is surrounding you? The human behaviours?

I think it is a combination of all those things you mentioned. I think its important to listen to your customers and people who are in the industry to get a beat on what it is that people want to learn about. I also use my own life as a sandbox to test out different ideas I have, and I like to share those results with others to perhaps save theme time or learn from my success stories as well as my mistakes.

According to you, and your experience in accelerated learning, what human beings need more to improve their life?    

I think one of the biggest barriers that people have to achieving their dreams is often their own belief system. If you think that you can’t accomplish something, you will prove yourself right again and again. When you become good at project management, and at consistenly achieving your goals, your belief system with envitiably change to that of one that speaks to success and competency. 

From your point of view, which is the most important problem that today is altering human relationships?   

I think that many people today have a backward view of the path to success. If you are going about your professional career with only yourself in mind, you will fail. The fastest way to succeed is in helping other succeed. So to answer you question, one of the biggest problems today that is altering human relationships is the “every man for himself” mentality. We are all connected and we need to help eachother succeed if we want to succeed.

Michelle, are you working on new activities? Are you planning further steps for the development of your Company and Institute?        

Yes – always! The newest project that we are working on is our Agile Exam Prep Course (called Cheetah’s Exam Prep for the PMI-ACPsm Exam). This has been an exciting time to launch this course as Agile is becoming more and more important in the Project Management Industry, and is a methodology and practice that I really believe in as it focuses on people over processes, collaboration over contracts, and responding to changes over following a plan. I see Agile as a very practical application for PMs, so it is exciting to be apart of this movement.

I operate in art… I wonder if in the future Michelle is going to point out some reflexion, or planning some programs, about art and how to support art expression and education…

I am a big believer that art is highly integrated with Accelerated Learning. If you’ve every seen a memory map, it looks like a piece of art, with supporting ideas branching off main ideas. Now Art and accelerated learning are similar in that it is the act of creation, not consumption. You create art, and you create learning moments.

–  Michelle, I’m sure that you have dreams… Which is the first one you’d like to make true?   

Great question! One of my biggest dreams is to help the entire world realize their potential when it comes to taking control of their life and reaching their goals. The whole world you ask? YES! This is my dream and you didn’t say it had to be practical. If everyone in the world changed their belief system to one that was positive and geared towards success, the world would truly be a better place. And project management is the path to get us there. Thank you Roberto for your time, it was a pleasure!

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ABOUT MICHELLE LABROSSE

Michelle LaBrosse, PMP, is an entrepreneurial powerhouse with a penchant for making success easy, fun, and fast. She is the founder of Cheetah Learning, the author of the Cheetah Success Series, and a prolific blogger whose mission is to bring Project Management to the masses.

Cheetah Learning is a virtual company with 100 employees, contractors, and licensees worldwide. To date, more than 30,000 people have become “Cheetahs” using Cheetah Learning’s innovative Project Management and accelerated learning techniques.  

Recently honored by the Project Management Institute (PMI®), Cheetah Learning was named Professional Development Provider of the Year at the 2008 PMI® Global Congress. A dynamic keynote speaker and industry thought leader, Michelle was previously recognized by PMI as one of the 25 Most Influential Women in Project Management in the world.

Michelle’s articles have appeared in more than 100 publications and websites around the world. Her monthly column, the Know How Network, is carried by over 400 publications, and her monthly newsletter goes out to more than 50,000 people. 

She is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Owner President Manager’s (OPM) program and also holds engineering degrees from Syracuse University and the University of Dayton. 

LIVING ON A VOLCANIC LAND/ MY DAYS IN FUERTEVENTURA # 2

© Photos by ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

In Fuerteventura (Canary Islands) the Jandia peninsula was formed through one of three volcanic edifices that created the Island: the stratovolcano of Jandia.

MY DAYS IN FUERTEVENTURA – PHOTOS BY ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI – 2012

Its emissions were very powerful and caused a widespread pilling up of lava flows that made up the most important terrains of the Island. The erosive agents are still re-modeling this terrain. The southern slope which starts at the Jandia mountain ridge is formed by a grouping of narrow, short and deep valleys that do not quite reach the sea.

MY DAYS IN FUERTEVENTURA – PHOTOS BY ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI – 2012

In Fuerteventura, water makes and marks the different colours of landscapes. On an island where so rarely we have rains, water desalination plants ensure life, to inhabitants and to flora and vegetation. Other differences are made by the sea. Various local species are endemic to the Jandia peninsula meaning it is the region with most biodiversity in the entire island.

MY DAYS IN FUERTEVENTURA – PHOTOS BY ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI – 2012

The area close to the lighthouse is inhabited by grouping of halophillic plants (extremophile organisms adapted to living in environments with high concentration of salt), such heath-leaved Sea-Heath and an antidiabetic medical plant (Plantigophyllum gaetulum) whose habitat is limited within the Canary Islands.

MY DAYS IN FUERTEVENTURA – PHOTOS BY ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI – 2012

The Mosquito Valley has a good representation of other endemic species found only in the south of Fuerteventura and a plant symbol of the island, Jandia spurge (Euphorbia handiensis). A perennial shrub Launaea arborescens, Common Ice Plant, Canary Island tamarisks (Tamarix  canariensis), Poenix canariensis palm tree and the tree tobacco (also uncorrectly known as Mustard tree, Nicoriana glauca) all introduced to the island and can also be encountered along our routes.

MY DAYS IN FUERTEVENTURA – PHOTOS BY ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI – 2012

NURTURE SOMEONE ELSE’S BABY / HELP OTHERS SUCCEED WITH THEIR DREAMS

By Michelle LaBrosse, PMP®, Chief Cheetah and Founder of Cheetah Learning, and Kristen LaBrosse, CAPM®, Co-Author

 

It has been said, “Teaching is the best form of learning.” When was the last time you put on your teaching hat to help someone else? When you take time to help others, you not only do them a favor but you also improve your own skills in the process of helping them with theirs. Part of being a good project manager is using your PM skills and talents to give back to the community. Ask yourself this question: “How can I help someone else reach his or her goals and dreams?”

Helping others is an often-overlooked avenue to achieve success and, yet, is perhaps one of the best ways to do so. Each and every one of us has the ability to help someone else in a significant and impactful way. We all have unique, innate talents and strengths that can serve others. What we do with these talents defines who we are, professionally and personally.

Become a Mastermind! One of the best ways to help others is by starting or joining a Mastermind Group. Don’t know what that is? Don’t worry, neither did I when a friend of mine asked me to lead a gathering of her small business friends in Simsbury, Connecticut. What I learned is that a Mastermind Group is a collection of people who agree to get together periodically with the sole purpose of expanding their opportunities. My friend got the idea after reading Napoleon Hill’s book, “Think and Grow Rich.” She assembled 22 people for our first get-together. We agreed to meet every two to three weeks throughout the year.

The experience I had leading my friend’s group was nothing short of amazing. People brought business problems they couldn’t seem to solve, and after a few months they came out with stronger businesses and more confidence in themselves.

The key behind the mastermind philosophy is that you are putting people of various strengths into one room. You may have a problem that seems insurmountable, but for someone else it may be a routine snag they have already overcome.

When joining a Mastermind Group, take a minute to evaluate your strengths and to realize the assets that you can bring to the table. (Everyone has his or her own unique set of strengths—yes even you!) The more people you help, the more you will learn, and the stronger PM you’ll become.

Donate Your Time and Resources. Recently Cheetah Learning donated a one-day course, Project Management Project Accelerator, to a non-profit organization in order to help them prosper. We picked a foster and adoption agency because we saw the great work they were doing for children and adolescence in their town, and knew how important it was for them to do well for the sake of their community.

During this one-day course, we taught what we knew best: How to run fast and effective projects. We didn’t really expect to learn much that day, because hey, we were the teachers! But we forgot the golden rule, “Teaching is the best form of learning.”

During the process of teaching this organization how to manage projects, we had to answer hard questions about how to apply standardized PM practices and techniques to the very volatile world of foster care. We learned more about what it was like to manage projects in the non-profit human service sector, which is very different from our typical corporate clients.

The point is, the more you can get out and help people of different backgrounds, the greater your skill sets will be.

So what are you waiting for? Get out there and help others grow their dreams today!  And don’t be surprised when your own dreams grow in the process.

About the Author

Michelle LaBrosse, PMP, is an entrepreneurial powerhouse with a penchant for making success easy, fun, and fast. She is the founder of Cheetah Learning, the author of the Cheetah Success Series, and a prolific blogger whose mission is to bring Project Management to the masses.

Cheetah Learning is a virtual company with 100 employees, contractors, and licensees worldwide. To date, more than 30,000 people have become “Cheetahs” using Cheetah Learning’s innovative Project Management and accelerated learning techniques.  

Recently honored by the Project Management Institute (PMI®), Cheetah Learning was named Professional Development Provider of the Year at the 2008 PMI® Global Congress. A dynamic keynote speaker and industry thought leader, Michelle was previously recognized by PMI as one of the 25 Most Influential Women in Project Management in the world.

Michelle’s articles have appeared in more than 100 publications and websites around the world. Her monthly column, the Know How Network, is carried by over 400 publications, and her monthly newsletter goes out to more than 50,000 people. 

She is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Owner President Manager’s (OPM) program and also holds engineering degrees from Syracuse University and the University of Dayton. 

Check out Cheetah PHAST – an exceptional new quarterly magazine 

http://www.cheetahphast.com/?page_id=17

MY DAYS IN FUERTEVENTURA # 1 / DISCOVERING AN ISLAND THROUGH COLORS AND… STREET ART

FUERTEVENTURA – CANARY ISLANDS © Photo by ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI 2012

© Photos by ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

I’m in Fuerteventura (Spain), one of the seven Canary Islands – declared biosphere reserve by Unesco – in the Atlantic Ocean, not so far from the North African coast. Tranquility, peace, quiet, sun and enchanting colors: these aree the elements we can find here.

FUERTEVENTURA – CANARY ISLANDS © Photo by ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI 2012

Fuerteventura is the colour of its beaches, the sky, the sea, the flavours of its products, its cuisine, its natural reserves, its mountains, its dunes, its winds and the combination of all these things.

FUERTEVENTURA – CANARY ISLANDS © Photo by ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI 2012

The Island maintains much of its original volcanic heritage made of incredible landscapes and natural contrasts, as Tindaya Mountain,  Betancuria Natural Reserve, the Corralejo Dunes, the El Cotillo fishing villages and the beatiful Jandia Playa, with the most attractives beaches.

FUERTEVENTURA – CANARY ISLANDS © Photo by ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI 2012

Fuerteventura is also art and street art, as I will report in the next days… So, welcome in Fuerteventura! A place to discover and to love…

FUERTEVENTURA – CANARY ISLANDS © Photo by ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI 2012