Knowledge is Food

August 14, 2009

What if you could feed hungry people by knowing the meaning of a word? No, this is NOT a tricky question. This is actually what FreeRice.com does. You simply answer a multiple choice question and for every correct answer, Freerice.com donates 10 grams of rice through the UN World Food Programme to help end hunger.

FreeRice.comAccording to the United Nations, 25,000 people die every day from hunger or hunger-related causes, most of them children. FreeRice.com was founded in October 2007 by John Breen and he donated the site to the UN World Food Program in March 2009. In making the donation, Mr. Breen expressed his hopes that FreeRice will be able to grow over the coming years, helping to feed and educate as many people as possible throughout the world. A great example of how 1 person make a real difference! FreeRice.com donated 66,849,742,200 grains of rice so far.

If FreeRice.com has the rice to give, why not give it all away right now? Great question. Well, FreeRice.com is not sitting on a pile of rice. All the players are earning it 10 grains at a time. Here is how it works. When you play the game, sponsor banners appear on the bottom of your screen. The money generated by these banners is then used to buy the rice. So by playing, you generate the money that pays for the rice donated to hungry people.

Though 10 grains of rice may seem like a small amount, remeber there are thousands of other people playing at the same time (easily 40,000 users/day). It is everyone together that makes the difference. And so can you… Imagine if you start the day with answering 1 question right…

So, my advice is to play this game once every day. You’ll extend your vocalubary and help the UN World Food Programme to end hunger.

PS : There are a number of other subjects available like Art, Chemistry, Geography, Math and Languages (French, German, Italian, Spanish).

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Generation G

August 10, 2009

People ask me sometimes why I give away 10% of my time to charity. Yes, “Contribute” is important. I am one of the many people that are part of another generation. The trendwatchers call us “Generation G” now. And yes, the G stands for Generosity, not Greed, although a lot of companies are still in the Greed-modus.

To quote the great people at Trendwatching.com :

“GENERATION G captures the growing importance of ‘generosity’ as a leading societal and business mindset. As consumers are disgusted with greed and its current dire consequences for the economy—and while that same upheaval has them longing more than ever for institutions that care—the need for more generosity beautifully coincides with the ongoing (and pre-recession) emergence of an online-fueled culture of individuals who share, give, engage, create and collaborate in large numbers.

In fact, for many, sharing a passion and receiving recognition have replaced ‘taking’ as the new status symbol. Businesses should follow this societal/behavioral shift, however much it may oppose their decades-old devotion to me, myself and I.”

I couldn’t have said it more beautifully. The true spirit of contribution! I love it! And I recommend you to read the complete article. Next to a full explenation it also gives in-depth info about the 3 trend-drivers for Generation G:

  1. Recession and Consumer Disgust
  2. Longing for Institutions that care
  3. For individuals, giving is already the new taking and sharing is the new giving

They also provide insights in 8 ways for corporations to join the Generation G :

  1. CO-DONATE
  2. ECO-GENEROSITY
  3. FREE LOVE
  4. BRAND BUTLERS
  5. PERKONOMICS
  6. TRYVERTISING
  7. RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS (RAK)
  8. (F)RIGID NO MORE

You see, it is worthwile to create a difference… a whole generation is on it now! So, what will you do to become part of Generation G? Or will you be stuck in your current one? Time for action! Why don’t you start with reading the full article and get inspired by it?

Or why don’t you have a look at this outstanding slideshow by Neil Perkin, I am sure there is something interesting for all of you…


Give a Day, Get a Night

August 5, 2009

You all know that contribution is one of my top priorities (if you didn’t, look at my logo 🙂 ). Now the lovely people from Sage Hospitality Resources have come up with a brilliant idea: Give a Day, Get a Night.Give a Day, Get a Night

Oh, by the way, Sage is one of the leading hotel management and business development companies with strong partnerships with Marriot, Hilton and Starwood, in case you didn’t know them…

So, what is “Give a Day, Get a Night” all about? When you GIVE 8 hours of community service to a registered 501(c)3 non profit organization (USA), you’ll GET a complimentary night stay or 50% discount on hotel rooms at all 53 Sage hotels across the USA.

At the check-in you simply  show a letter from a registered non-profit organisation that proves you have undertaken 8 hours of voluntary work. This entitles you to 50% off the published price of any night in the hotel or when available a complimentary room.

Personally, I am convinced that this initiative is building a lot of goodwill and positive branding, which is an excellent approach in these challenging times for the hotel business. Andyes, I’d Give a Day if I where in the USA. Probably even a couple…

I wish more (business) people would step up and support charities in such a positive way. So, what would you do? What campaign do you have in mind? Let us know!


Shift Happens!

December 6, 2008

Did you know?

After posting this outstanding presentation on several forums, people asked me why I did not publish it on my own blog? Great question! So, I decided to step-up and just do it  🙂

So, enjoy the movie!

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For my Dutch-speaking friends, there is a Dutch version available (Shift Happens in het NEDERLANDS).

You can find more info and background on this project at Shift Happens!

My personal feedback on Shift Happens :

“Everyday Shift Happens!

I believe now is the best time to step-up and gear ourselves for the future.

It is about our bigger purpose that shapes our destination.

It is about our ability to change that upgrades the world.

It is about our ability to inspire others that will create extraordinary people.

It is about our ability to earn that will create success for all.

It is about our ability to serve others that will make the difference.

It is about our  ability to contribute to the needed that will satisfy our own needs.

It is about our ability to connect to others that will unite the world.

It is about letting go to get everything you want.”

Enjoy every day,

Bert Verdonck
Lifehacker & Life Coach


Camino to Santiago

May 15, 2008

It’s been 1 year! Last year, I started walking on my 800km “Camino” to Santiago de Compostella, Spain. My life has changed tremendously in the meantime! Since then, I am focusing purely on activities that I really love.

Create : I am an expert in generating ideas! New products, services, applications, markets, combinations, etc. Too many excellent ideas…you want some?
Connect : Extensive business contacts in various industries and expertise in networking (I am doing what Jan is teaching 😉 ). I am a true matchmaker! Try me…
Contribute : helping people in need by adding value (e.g. setting up charity fund, Banana Man, …) If you want to help rightaway, buy the Banana Man book
Coaching : coaching people who want to transform to live their dreams. I help you to step out of your daily pattern and I inspire you to find your true passion(s), not only by giving you a framework and tools, but also the tangible next steps by providing you practical ideas and connections to realise them! Talk to me 😉

I am now building my dreams! I am really doing it! Only yesterday, one of my clients confirmed another coaching assignment involving me in other departments of their organisation. Friday, I had an interesting chat with a potential customer for my creativity and I also got a potential networking customer calling me for a meeting. Excellent!

During this last year, I not only walked the 800km to Santiago, but I’ve also spoken with several gurus. I’ve travelled to Bali, probably returning later this year. I am extending my network globally and I am having fun most of the time. This is how life should be!

So, where are you? Need help? Let’s have a chat…If I can do it, anyone can!

Enjoy every day,
Bert Verdonck
Create, Connect & Contribute


Going from ‘to see’ to ‘foresee’!

October 11, 2007

Lately, I am so lucky to go through several amazing experiences! For some people hard to believe, for me an (almost) every day experience! Just (dare to) ask and it is given…

During the creation of my new vision in life I came across several keywords, issues, plans, intentions, feelings and dreams. I destilled a list of “things” I really like to do and others I really dislike. The latter was thrown away, in order to focus completely on my positive list. I only want to do what I love to do, living with passion and enjoying every day!

Visualising is a very important practice. I defined my concept of 2C (to see), creating and connecting. This way I can maximize my non-stop creative mind and help people in a practical way solving their issues. I concluded that selling myself as a creative consultant is an excellent way to act upon this fun activity of creating ideas, new products/services, new applications, new markets, …

I also like to talk to people, listen to their story, build relationships and truely help people. Everyone is always looking for something or someone in particular, right? By connecting people, I am actively helping people solving their issues or challenges. This activity resulted in becoming a professional networker. For some of my friends it was obvious, because to them I am a natural networker. Some even suggested it to me as the perfect road (thanks Martijn & Bert B.) !

These 2Cs, create and connect, started to become part of my vision, “to see” my perfect future!

During my power-sabbatical, earlier this year, it became clear that these 2Cs are part of a higher element : contribute. I want to contribute to a better world. I want to help the people that are living in less fortunate circumstances. My dream is to start up my own charity foundation.

I also want to contribute to the lifes of the people around me, both private and professionally. This brings me to my fourth C : coaching.

My four Cs (4C) allow me to help others to visualise their perfect future. I inspire people. By creating, connecting, contributing and coaching, I help them “to foresee” and realise their dreams!

How may I help you?

Enjoy every day,

Bert Verdonck