4 ways to create a culture of giving at your nonprofit

first_imgThe following post is a summary of Adam Grant’s presentation on his book Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success at the Conference on Volunteering and Service.In Give and Take, Adam Grant’s premise is that there is more to the secret of success than hard work, talent and luck – especially as the world continues to become more hyper-connected. What’s missing is generosity. Givers excel in a collaborative work environment, but can burn out easily if they don’t see the impact of their contributions or don’t learn how to set boundaries. This is especially true for people in helping professions such as nonprofit leadership, cause marketing and social responsibility.Here are Adam’s 4 tips for creating a cultures of successful givers at your organization.1. Get the right people on the bus (a nod to Jim Collins)Weed out the takers and encourage matches to take their cues from the givers. Rewarding giver behavior and helping matchers see the value in reciprocity with a net positive benefit will nudge your culture towards a collaborative, generous workplace.2. Reduce costsThink about the power of 5-minute favors. You don’t have to be Mother Theresa or Gandhi to call yourself a giver. Giver mentality is more about finding efficient ways to make low-cost gestures with high value to the receiver. You’ve heard of micro-volunteering? Think of it as micro-favors. If someone asks you for help and you know you are the best equipped to help and the act will only take you 5 minutes, say yes. Always. If you are not the best equipped to respond, point the person in a new direction to find the help they need.3. Show impactSome givers burn out others are energized by doing favors – why? Givers burn out when they can’t see the value of their impact. Think of ways to have authentic messengers demonstrate the value your staff creates every day. A message from the CEO is nice, but givers are more motivated by a thank you from a program beneficiary or an employee who gave in a personally meaningful way. Showing impact in a tangible way relates to the concept of the ‘identifiable victim’ or ‘singularity effect’ – people are more compassionate when they can relate to one person’s story.4. Encourage help-seekingA whopping 75-90% of helping starts with a request, yet people hesitate to ask for help – especially givers. Givers don’t want to be a burden and often confuse taking and receiving. We need to create work cultures that reward asking for help and make it ok for people to take it. Also, givers to ask for help so other people (namely matchers) have the opportunity to give and so givers know who can benefit from their help and how in the future.Here’s an example of how help-seeking improves results. Appletree Answers, a call center solutions provider, was experiencing 98% staff turnover each year. That’s a huge HR hiring burden to replace your staff every year. The company started internal employee wish program where employees could ask for help fulfilling their dreams and other employees could offer assistance to making those wishes come true. As a result of creating this culture of giving and receiving, staff turnover dropped to 33%.Your organization can create its own Reciprocity Ring. Here’s how.· Invite employees to join the program.· Have everyone participating make a request.· Everyone in the program then tries to help make those requests happen.· Everyone is both a giver and a receiver, so there is no stigma about asking for help.· Everyone gets better understanding of the resources in their network for future giving and receiving. by Kate Olsen, VP of Strategic Projects at Network for Good @Kate4Goodlast_img read more

Creating new partnerships for your cause

first_imgWe’ve all heard it before, “Give me your Rolodex, give me 20 names that I can contact.” It can be overwhelming to produce a big list of people who are eager to raise money for your cause. But what if 20 names is 19 too many? What if all you need is just one? This is the idea proposed by philanthropist Jeffrey Walker and fundraising expert Jennifer McCrea in their recent book, The Generosity Network.Reach out.Asking your nonprofit board members for just one person who might be interested in joining your cause will seem more manageable to them and is more likely to generate a thoughtful response. That way, you can meet with someone who is open to starting a relationship with you and—ultimately—your organization.Meet in an intimate setting.Invite your new contact to meet, but beware of asking them to your office! Conference rooms can be beautiful spaces: great for viewing PowerPoints, but actually hosting an intimate first meeting? Forget it! Go to coffee or breakfast so that you can be in a space that is made for conversation. In a coffee shop, sharing your story won’t come across as rehearsed the way it automatically would in a conference room or at someone’s desk. Context is everything.Form a connection.Remember, this first meeting isn’t a sales call; it’s a chance to authentically connect. Be ready to ask what your new contact truly values and consider saying, “For the record, I’m not going to ask you for money today.” If people think you’re just there to extract something from them, they might beworrying about your potential ask. If they’re only half listening, it will be hard to build a relationship of trust and explore a potential partnership. But don’t wait too long to ask for a commitment! It’s important to share what your organization is doing and what you could achieve together.For more ideas on developing a relationship with your donors and how to turn them from one-time customers into lifelong partners, access the archived webinar presentation of Nonprofit 911: Build Your Generosity Network with Jennifer McCrea and Jeff Walker.last_img read more

New Report Provides Snapshot of SRMNAH Workforce in East and Southern Africa

first_imgKey messages from the reportThe 21 countries included in this report reflect a fairly high level of diversity across the region: Some have extremely high levels of maternal and neonatal mortality and stillbirths as well as high disease burdens; others have relatively low levels.South Africa is the only country in the region with an SRMNAH workforce that is large enough and has the appropriate skill mix to meet all of the country’s need for the 46 essential interventions for SRMNAH.The size of the SRMNAH workforce is an essential building block for effective coverage of SRMNAH services, but effective coverage depends also on accessibility, acceptability and quality. Countries with SRMNAH worker shortages must focus on increasing availability, and all countries should address the identified challenges to the provision of SRMNAH care that is accessible, acceptable and high quality.Countries are working hard to expand the SRMNAH workforce and deliver equitable services, but accurate workforce planning is dependent on accurate workforce data. A minimum of 10 pieces of information should be collected on all cadres:HeadcountPercentage time spent on SRMNAHRoles of each cadreAge distribution of current workforceRetirement ageDuration of educationNumber of students enrolling per yearEducation attrition rateNumber of new graduates joining the workforce each yearVoluntary attrition from the workforce ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: However, comprehensive, disaggregated data for determining the availability, accessibility, acceptability and quality of the SRMNAH workforce are not routinely and easily available, even to those tasked with making decisions about workforce planning and deployment.In order for the SRMNAH workforce to work effectively, health facilities need to be equipped to offer the appropriate services, including for emergencies (access to safe blood, cesarean sections, newborn resuscitation). All hospitals and primary care facilities in the region tend to be designated to offer these services, but relatively few are sufficiently well equipped to be able to provide them routinely.Legislation, regulation and licensing allows SRMNAH workers to provide high quality care and thus protect the health of women, adolescents and newborns. Countries in the region tend to have good policies and systems for this aspect of quality of care, but in some countries there are barriers to the effective implementation of these policies and systems.Midwives and nurse-midwives who are educated and regulated to international standards can provide 87% of the essential care needed for women, adolescents and newborns. Midwives and nurse-midwives can make a unique contribution due to their competencies covering the whole continuum of SRMNAH care, from pre-pregnancy, through antenatal care and care during childbirth, to postnatal services. The scaling up of midwifery represents a cost-effective contribution to improving SRMNAH outcomes.Are you working to expand the accessibility, acceptability and quality of your country’s SRMNAH workforce? We want to hear from you!—Download the full report.Explore other posts from the Global Maternal Health Workforce blog series and access related resources.Subscribe to receive new posts from the Maternal Health Task Force blog.Share this:center_img Posted on October 4, 2017October 5, 2017By: Sarah Hodin, Project Coordinator II, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The United Nations Population Fund recently published “The State of the World’s Midwifery: Analysis of the Sexual, Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Adolescent Health (SRMNAH) Workforce in East & Southern Africa.” The report uses the framework of the 2014 State of the World’s Midwifery report to assess the SRMNAH workforce in 21 countries: Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.last_img read more

SEC Head Coach Addresses Rutgers Job Rumors

first_imgA general view of Mississippi State's football field.STARKVILLE, MS – OCTOBER 11: A general view of Davis Wade Stadium during the game between the Mississippi State Bulldogs and the Auburn Tigers on October 11, 2014 in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorhead is one of multiple names linked to the Rutgers job after the school fired Chris Ash on Sunday.Moorhead has coached in the Northeast before, running the Fordham program from 2012-15 and also serving as Penn State’s offensive coordinator in 2016-17. He’s a Pittsburgh native as well.While Moorhead may be a fit for RU on a number of levels, he’s also under contract at MSU through the 2022 season and makes just over $3 million in base salary there. The question of affordability is one that has to be answered.Regardless, Moorhead is insisting he’s not interested in the Rutgers position anyway. He addressed the rumors on Tuesday evening. “We ask our players to focus on the task at hand, and right now I’m focused on us getting better tomorrow, us doing a great job of recruiting this weekend and doing what we need to do with the team next week to find a way to beat Tennessee,” Moorhead said last night, via the Clarion Ledger.Moorhead has drawn criticism from Mississippi State fans this season. The Bulldogs are 3-2 following a blowout loss to Auburn last weekend.Moorhead is 11-7 overall in one-plus seasons in Starkville.last_img read more

Rapinoe: Trump is a f*cking joke

first_imgStill riding high after U.S. women’s national team’s World Cup victory, Megan Rapinoe hasn’t backed down from her ongoing battle with United States President Donald Trump. The veteran attacker exchanged a war of words with Trump during the World Cup in France after footage emerged of her prior to the tournament declaring she’d never go to the White House.  Unsurprisingly, Trump took issue with Rapinoe’s remarks and took to Twitter at the time saying the USWNT should worry about winning the World Cup before contemplating any Presidential invite.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Win they did, with Rapinoe leading the way as she picked up the golden boot and golden ball with six goals to her name as USWNT won their fourth World Cup after defeating Netherlands 2-0 in the final.  Leaving the President somewhat red-faced, Rapinoe is adamant the team’s gender meant Trump struggled to deal with their success. “We are everything he loves with the exception that we’re powerful, strong women,” Rapinoe told The Guardian.”And he was having a really hard time – you could see in these sets of tweets: you hate us, you love us, you want us to come [to the White House] – and you are threatening us, all at the same time.”People were like: ‘That was so intense!’ And I’m like: ‘Honestly, he’s a f***ing joke, so it wasn’t intense, because this is ridiculous.’”I wouldn’t say that we’re anti-authority, but when there’s a person who is abusing their power or manipulating people, whether it’s a teacher when I was younger or Donald Trump now, there’s nothing that fires me up and grinds my gears more.” While more than happy to stand up to the US President, Rapinoe has shied away from a possible political career once she hangs up the boots. “I don’t know quite yet. We’re getting a lot bigger of course. I don’t know if politics is where I want to be,” Rapinoe said in July.”I’ll always be very involved with politics in some way, but I think I might be too wild for politics at this point.”Rapinoe, who plays club football for Reign FC, has made 158 appearances for the USWNT since making her debut in 2006.last_img read more

Leaving Arsenal was a good choice – Reine-Adelaide

first_imgLyon midfielder Jeff Reine-Adelaide has insisted that leaving Arsenal to further his career at Angers was a good choice.The Frenchman joined the Gunners from Lens in 2015 but found first-team opportunities limited, making just eight appearances for the senior team, all of which came in either the FA Cup or the Carabao Cup.In the summer of 2018, new Arsenal boss Unai Emery allowed him to return to his homeland with Angers. Following an impressive season, he has been snapped up by Lyon. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Reine-Adelaide believes the transfer is just reward for the choice he made to move to a smaller club from Arsenal in order to play regular first-team football.“I was young [17 years old] when I arrived at Arsenal and it was a little complicated. There was a lot of competition and I had to learn,” Reine-Adelaide told L’Equipe.“I wanted to go somewhere else to get playing time and it turns out that it was a good choice, considering where I am.“I’ve moved forward since returning to France. I started from almost nothing again because I had a hard time. In England, I played almost no professional matches. If you look at my career, I’m basically just starting it – it really started a year and a half ago. “Now, I blossom when I’m on the pitch.“This summer, I was especially happy to see that many clubs were asking for me, including Monaco, who played in the Champions League not so long ago. But I thought it was better to sign with Lyon. I feel ready to succeed at this club, which challenges for titles in all competitions.”Reine-Adelaide made 47 appearances in all competitions for Angers last season, scoring four goals and recording four assists.He also impressed when used in a central midfield role despite arriving as a wide player and believes the middle of the park is where he is best utilised.Central midfield is where he played upon making his debut for Lyon in a 1-1 draw with Bordeaux, having scored and assisted in a 3-1 win against the same opponents in his only Angers appearance of the season before leaving.last_img read more

‘My soul hurts’ – Maradona rues debut defeat

first_imgDiego Maradona believed his Gimnasia team was the superior side in their 2-1 defeat to Argentina champions Racing Club, as he lamented his “soul hurt” after their inability to find an equaliser in his coaching debut at the club.The 58-year-old was appointed by the Superliga strugglers on September 5 following a short spell out of the game for health reasons.It is the Argentina legend’s first job in his homeland since leaving the national team in 2010 and he vowed to save Gimnasia’s season when taking over. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream But reigning champions Racing, who Maradona coached briefly over two decades ago, added to his new side’s woes on Sunday with a narrow victory at Estadio Juan Carmelo Zerillo.Ariel Matias Garcia cancelled out Diego Gonzalez’s first-half goal to give Maradona’s men hope of claiming a point, only for Matias Zaracho to swiftly restore the visitors’ lead in the 54th minute.A deflated Maradona insisted his side were good value for at least a point.”We didn’t stop looking for the equaliser. These things happen in football and you have to turn the page,” he said.”My soul hurts because I don’t think the champions of Argentina were better than us. At no time were they better than us.”But they have quality players who keep the ball and you can’t get it, you have to run twice as much.”Gimnasia have now lost five and drawn one of their opening six matches and remain bottom of the table.Maradona, who won the World Cup as Argentina captain in 1986, arrives at the club in his latest stop in a nomadic managerial career.He had a spell as head coach at Racing Club in 1995, but an unsuccessful tenure saw him take a break from the game before returning as national team manager in 2008. He took the Albiceleste to the 2010 World Cup but was sacked after a troubled campaign in South Africa.Since then he has taken a number of smaller profile jobs, most recently in the Mexican Second Division with Dorados.He left that club in June, for health reasons, but was tempted back by Gimnasia earlier in September.Maradona’s team face Tallares Cordoba on September 23 before a game with River Plate, fierce rivals of Boca Juniors, where he spent two spells as a player, on the 28th.last_img read more

Man Utd warned McGinn’s price tag has ‘shot up’

first_imgManchester United have been warned off making a move for John McGinn, with Aston Villa boss Dean Smith saying the midfielder’s price tag has “shot up”.The Scotland international was linked with a switch to Old Trafford over the summer, with it suggested that he could have a £50 million ($65m) valuation on his head.He had not graced the Premier League at that stage, having helped Villa to Championship play-off glory in 2018-19, but has continued to shine among English football’s elite. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career McGinn has been talked up as the kind of player that former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will be advising Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the Red Devils board to keep an eye on.Smith is aware of the rumours and how talented a prized asset at Villa Park is, but he has no intention of sanctioning a sale of speculating on what could happen in upcoming transfer windows.He told reporters when quizzed on the McGinn speculation: “The big clubs can come calling but they’ll get a short, swift reply! He’s a player we want here at Aston Villa.“His value shot up from the moment he stepped out onto the Villa Park pitch and showed just what a player he is.“He has an unbelievable energy level and a big, big heart, but people don’t see the technical side of it as well – he’s got that in abundance.”Villa are under no pressure to sell as they are backed by owners who have shown a willingness to continue investing, rather than cash in on those attracting admiring glances from afar.They also have McGinn tied to a long-term contract through to 2024.Breaking that agreement will not be easy for any sides plotting an approach, with Villa confident that they will be the ones to benefit from the 25-year-old’s ability for the foreseeable future.Smith added: “He’s a really top player and pivotal to us getting promoted last season.“He’s continued that form in the Premier League and his value would have certainly shot up.”McGinn contributed seven goals and 10 assists to the Villa cause last season, with another three efforts recorded in 2019-20 as Smith’s side have made a solid start to life back in the big time.last_img read more

Well-traveled Pearce finds a place — as World Series MVP

first_img “You never know where the game will take you,” he said. “And I’ve gone through a lot in my life or in my career to be here, and I couldn’t be more thankful.”“This has been a lifelong journey,” he said.Hundreds of Red Sox fans in the stands at Dodger Stadium chanted “MVP! MVP!” Later, he strolled hand-in-hand with his 6-year-old daughter Jensen behind home plate.“This is the greatest feeling of my life. When you’re a kid, this is where you want to be. And it’s happening right now,” Pearce said. “This is a great moment. I’m so glad I get to share it with everybody.”“I’m in a dream right now,” he said.Traded from Toronto to the Red Sox in late June, the 35-year-old delivered the key hits in two straight games against the Dodgers. Share: Pearce got a $50,000 bonus in his contract for winning the award. Without a deal signed for next season, he’ll have to wait to see whether he’s also earned a future spot on the roster — naturally, he wants to keep playing in New England.“I would definitely love it. We’re world champions. To be able to be open up next season at Fenway Park with the ring ceremony and everything that goes along with it and to drop the banner for the 2018 world champions, that would definitely — I would love that,” he said. Follow The Columbian on Instagram Boston Red Sox’s Steve Pearce celebrates his second home run during the eighth inning in Game 5 of the World Series baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) LOS ANGELES — For a dozen years, Steve Pearce was on the move. From Pittsburgh to Houston to every single team in the AL East, just looking for a spot where he could stick.He finally found his permanent place — in Red Sox lore.The well-traveled Pearce wound up as the World Series MVP on Sunday night after hitting two home runs that sent Boston over the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in Game 5.“Baseball’s a funny game,” he said. “The longer you stay in the game, great things can happen.”For a guy who just kept on truckin’ around the majors, he now has something shiny to show for it — a bright red truck, presented to him on the infield dirt as a most unlikely MVP. Well-traveled Pearce finds a place — as World Series MVP Two home runs in Game 5 helped Red Sox sink Dodgers On Saturday, he launched a tying home run in the eighth inning, then added a three-run double in the ninth that sent Boston to a 9-6 win.Pearce got the Red Sox rolling in the clincher, connecting for a two-run homer off Clayton Kershaw in the first inning. He capped his October spree with a solo drive off Pedro Baez in the eighth.Overall, the first baseman went 4 for 12 and drove in eight runs.Pretty good production for someone acquired in midseason for a minor league infielder. He played 50 games after the trade — he became the first position player to win a World Series MVP while playing 50 or fewer games for the winning team in his career, the Elias Sports Bureau said.“This has been the funnest year of my life,” Pearce said on the field.Pearce joined Babe Ruth and Ted Kluszewski as the only players 35 or older with multiple-homer games in a World Series. Follow “That was the key, too, June 28th,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora. “We were looking for complement for Mitch.”“And he’s been great, not only on the field but in the clubhouse. He’s been a great teammate. Veteran guy. He’s been through a lot,” he said.Red Sox ace Chris Sale echoed that sentiment for someone he’s known since he grew up in Florida.“He did it. He’s a gamer. He’s a grinder. He lives for moments like this,” Sale said. “It’s a special moment for me and him. We grew up a quarter of a mile from each other. I grew up playing Little League with his youngest brother.” Published: October 28, 2018, 11:22pm GO He’s always had a reputation as a solid hitter, although mostly against left-handed pitchers. The righty swinger batted .279 with seven homers and 26 RBIs while splitting time at first with Mitch Moreland.Pearce was an instant hit with Boston, stroking a double against CC Sabathia at Yankee Stadium on the first pitch he saw after the deal. Later, he hit three home runs in a game against the Yankees at Fenway Park.A career .257 hitter in the majors, Pearce was solid in college, helping South Carolina reach the semifinals of the 2004 College World Series. Drafted by the Red Sox in the 10th round, he instead chose to stay in school and chase a title.After South Carolina lost in the 2005 regional finals, he was picked in the eighth round and signed with Pittsburgh. He later played with Tampa Bay, Baltimore and the Yankees, along with Houston and Toronto before going to Boston. Receive latest stories and local news in your email: By BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer Share: By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.last_img read more

The Best Spring Shirts for Men to Shop Right Now

first_img $90 from Haspel $98 from Taylor Stitch Article updated by Cody Gohl on March 14, 2019. Untuckit Mezzacorono Navy Blue Performance CheckIf a checkered shirt’s more your speed, consider this beaut from Untuckit. An array of brilliant blues pop off a white background, creating a look that’s as bright and sunny as you are. As far as outfit recommendations go, I think this top would work just as well with khakis, chinos, or jeans, making it a versatile pick for the season. Plus, it’s outfitted with moisture-wicking fabric, so is guaranteed to stay dry no matter how hot it gets. You Need One (Or More) of the Best Men’s Henley Shirts in Your Wardrobe You Definitely Need a Shirt Jacket for Fall $69 from Mott & Bow $98 from Untuckit $90 from Amazon Mott & Bow Slim Button Down Collar – Kent in Dark BlueSometimes, simple is the way to go, whether you’re running to a friend’s outdoor birthday party or brunch-hopping with your buds. In those cases, I’d say a button down like this one from Mott & Bow makes for the best pinch hitter. Lightweight, breathable, and slimming, this classic shirt is bound to make a lasting impression with almost zero effort on your part.center_img The weather is finally warming up (in some places more reluctantly than others), so it’s time to start thinking about what amendments you need to make to your go-to button-down shirts. You have your basic office white and blue covered (we hope), but what about Friday through Sunday? Sure, you can wear you business shirts for weekends away, but that’s a quick way to fray cuffs and collars and add a potential pit stain to the mix. Keep them clean and keep them in the closet — spring calls for a shirt that falls somewhere between flannel and linen. These five spring shirts fill that void with soft, tailored perfection.Best Spring Shirt to Shop in 2019 Haspel Audubon Blue Tonal FlowerA subtle white floral pattern makes this Haspel dress shirt a fantastic pick for spring. If the cheeky blooms aren’t enticing enough, the top’s delicately crisp texture and breathable cotton construction are sure to seal the deal. Pair with dark jeans for a dressed-up look ideal for happy hour or a promising first date. $115 from Huckberry Keep Your Pants On With the Best Belts for Men Taylor Stitch The Jack in Army Everyday OxfordThe Taylor Stitch Everyday Oxford is a straightforward top featuring organic cotton, a button down collar, and a pleat-free surface for easy ironing. These elements together create a shirt that’s airy, fashionable, and downright cozy. Though I wouldn’t recommend wearing this shirt every day (although, like, you could), I do think it would work in almost any setting, from casual Fridays at the office to movie dates with bae. Madewell Men’s Fall Collection Has All Your New Favorites The Best Black Jeans to Have You Stepping Out in Style Editors’ Recommendations Portuguese Flannel Linen ShirtNothing says warm weather quite like a crisp and breathable linen shirt, so of course, we had to include one here. Of all the linen tops out there, this option from Portuguese Flannel is our favorite because it is super soft, collar-free, and only very slightly structured. A little more casual than some of the other tops on this list, we’d save this bad boy for lazy afternoons at the park or meandering walks in the sunshine.last_img read more

The UltraLuxe Watervilla Is Unlike Any Houseboat Youve Ever Seen

first_img The Lampuga Air Inflatable Jetboard Is a Go-Anywhere Aqua Thrill Ride North Canon Drive Residence Is Worth Every Penny of Its $45 Million Price Tag Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms We’ve all dreamt of pulling the ripcord on society; of disappearing into the woods alone for a day, a month, or a lifetime. But if a private cabin in the wilderness isn’t “away” enough for you, a tricked-out houseboat might be just what you need. Berlin’s WSM crafts bespoke, ultra-modern homes on the water that ensure you’ll never want — or need — to return to dry land.WSM’s flagship Watervilla is a fixed-mooring houseboat designed to be installed anywhere in the world that you see fit. The 2,357-square-foot floor plan houses up to four adults with the most state-of-the-art conveniences and creature comforts. The base model is luxurious enough to satisfy most of us. With ample storage under and above water, a solar-powered electrical system, pellet-fueled radiant floor heating, and an ecological water treatment setup, it’s designed to serve as a mostly self-sufficient, off-grid home away from home (or a swanky, floating, post-apocalypse “bunker” — your call). Every piece of furniture, room layout, light fixture, and finish is custom-crafted to each owner’s exact requirements. Floor-to-ceiling windows encase the entire interior for panoramic views of whatever body of water you choose to escape to.If that stock setup isn’t disco enough for you, there’s also a long list of potential (and pricey) upgrades. WSM promises customers can turn their Watervilla into a veritable floating mansion. Extravagant add-ons include infrared saunas, water-bearing fireplaces, traditional Turkish hammams, whirlpool spa tubs, gourmet chef’s kitchens, or 4K HDTV, smartphone-enabled media rooms with Dolby Atmos surround sound. An optional diesel or electric propulsion system is available in case you’re the flighty sort who can’t decide on just one place to drop anchor. It’s clear, however, that, with the right bankroll, they’ll happily upgrade your own Watervilla with any feature you can imagine.WSM also touts a thoroughly eco-conscious design that uses 100% organic and sustainable building materials. The insulation and wiring are ozone-free with zero off-gassing to minimize or eliminate in-home toxins. The aluminum hull is flow-optimized and, unlike typical marine hulls, doesn’t require re-coating with toxic anti-rust chemicals every five to 10 years. So, chances are, it’ll outlast you.Anytime a company’s glossy ads promise their customers “a life without compromises,” it usually translates as: “products you probably can’t afford.” For most mortal men, Watervilla’s stratospheric €899,000 (over USD $1 million) base price is unattainable. For well-heeled sophisticates in the market for a go-anywhere vacation villa, however, WSM has revolutionized the idea of the traditional houseboat. Editors’ Recommendations Previous center_img Next Oru’s Origami-Inspired Inlet Kayak Will Be the World’s Most Portable Watercraft 1 of 5 It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quiltlast_img read more

10 Best Cast Iron Skillets for Any Cooking Situation

first_imgIf you or anyone you know fancies themselves a cook, then you’ve certainly heard tell of the wonders of cast iron. The density of cast iron is what makes it such a powerful workhorse in the kitchen: in addition to being practically indestructible, the metal heats more evenly and holds heat better than other cookware materials. Plus, there’s that legendary cast iron seasoning, which makes a good cast iron skillet only get better with age.Whether you’re just getting started with cast iron cooking or you’re looking to add to your collection, a cast iron skillet is a worthy investment. To help you find the perfect piece, we compiled this list of our ten favorite cast iron skillets for your kitchen, camping, and everything in between.Smithey Ironware Co. No. 10 Cast Iron SkilletPerfect for Small HouseholdsHow can you tell if you’re getting top-notch cast iron? Well, if your new skillet comes with a lifetime guarantee, you’re off to a great start. That’s the case with Smithey Ironware’s No. 10 Cast Iron Skillet (and all of their cast iron, for that matter). Each skillet is hand- and machine-finished for a satin-smooth interior that will only get even satiny-smoother the more you use it. The skillet’s 9-inch cook surface, ergonomic handle, two pour spouts, and multiple holes for hanging make Smithey’s No. 10 the perfect everyday skillet for one to two people. $280 from Walmart $60 from Amazon 8 Sling Bags That Are More Than Just Man Bags $86 from Walmart Finex 12 Inch Cast Iron Skillet with LidPerfect for The Chef Who Has EverythingIf uniqueness is what you’re after, you’ve got to get your oven mitts on Finex’s 12-inch Cast Iron Skillet. Rather than a traditional circular shape, Finex uses an octagonal design for their skillet that turns every corner into a pour spout and provides flat sides for easily maneuvering a spatula around the pan. Add on the matching lid, and the octagonal shape becomes even more functional: the lid can be rotated while cooking to create eight evenly spaced steam vents. Finex touts their skillet as “the most versatile pan you’ll ever own,” and they just might be right. The skillet is polished smooth for a near-nonstick surface and features a stainless steel handle to stay cool longer and cool off quicker, and the lid is designed with interior basting rings to keep food moist during cooking. $125 from Field $160 from Smithey 9 Essential Kayak Fishing Accessories to Get You Started $280 from Amazon The Best Backpacking Chairs for Your Next Adventure $15 from Amazon VonShef 3 Piece Cast Iron Skillet SetPerfect for BeginnersLooking for a basic starter set to help you get into cast iron cooking? This three-piece skillet set from VonShef is a great low-cost way to start stocking your kitchen. The set includes 6-, 8-, and 10-inch cast iron skillets, each with two pour spouts and a pre-seasoned cook surface so you can get cooking right away. At less than $40, you’d be hard-pressed to beat this beginner’s trio. Field No. 8 Cast Iron SkilletPerfect for Cooking While CampingWhen you are ready to take your cast iron cooking out into the wild, Field has you covered with their No. 8 Cast Iron Skillet. At just 4.5 pounds, this skillet is lightweight and ergonomic enough to tag along on your adventures without weighing you down. Bring your friends along, too, because the Field No. 8 still has enough cook surface to feed a few: the 8.75-inch interior is big enough to fry four eggs at once (or two New York strip steaks if you’re glamping). The design recalls the simple vintage cast iron style, with modern updates for the best cooking experience and it comes with a lifetime warranty to boot. Lodge 17 Inch Cast Iron SkilletPerfect for Big-Batch ChefsIf a skillet for two ain’t gonna cut it in your house, try Lodge’s 17-inch cast iron skillet. This absolute beast is 17 inches in diameter with a 14-inch cook surface that can handle practically anything you throw on it. Handles on either side make the skillet easy to move from the oven to the tabletop or from the kitchen to the grill. There’s not much you won’t be able to accomplish with this behemoth in your arsenal (although, if you’re going to take this skillet camping, be aware that it will add a hefty 15 or so pounds to your pack weight). $30 from Amazoncenter_img Victoria Cookware 8-Inch Cast Iron SkilletPerfect for Budget ShoppersYou may have noticed that cast iron can run a little steep, so what to do if you’re not ready to make a three-figure investment yet? We recommend Victoria Cookware’s 8-Inch Cast Iron Skillet, which will let you start your cast iron cooking journey for less than 20 bucks. This skillet’s smaller size keeps it lightweight while still giving you enough space to comfortably cook for two. Wide spouts on either side will help you drain grease without spilling, and the sloped handle design stays cooler longer than other cast iron skillets. $193 from Amazon $275 from Walmart Butter Pat 12” Polished Cast Iron “Joan” SkilletPerfect for The Old ProIf you’re already living that cast iron life and are looking to upgrade your collection, do yourself a big, beautiful favor and pick up this 12-inch polished cast iron skillet from Butter Pat Industries. Each of Butter Pat’s cast iron skillets is made to order right in the good old U.S. The casting process is a true labor of love, involving over 40 people and over 60 operations. With that level of care, it’s not surprising that Butter Pat products come with a 100-year warranty. $460 from Borough Furnace Editors’ Recommendations Le Creuset Signature SkilletPerfect for Colorful KitchensAs incredible as cast iron is for cooking, you might be looking for something with a little more flair aesthetically, too. Le Creuset’s Signature Skillet comes in a stunning array of chip-resistant colors, from matte pink to rich indigo, so you shouldn’t have much trouble finding your look. It’s not all about the beauty, though; Le Creuset’s skillet is well-built, with two pour spouts, a wide loop helper handle, and a matte black interior enamel that eliminates the need for seasoning. $280 from Amazon Staub Cast Iron 15 Inch Double Handle Paella PanPerfect for Single Skillet Family MealsPerhaps the only thing more satisfying than a hot, home-cooked meal is a hot, home-cooked meal you only had to soil one dish for. If the single-skillet meal is just your style, try Staub’s Double Handle Paella Pan. The large cooking surface is perfect for cooking multiple ingredients at the same time and the high, sloped sides make it easy to stir, toss, and flip one-dish dinners without spilling. The pan has large handles on either side for easy movement, which is a good thing, because the gorgeous enamel finish means you’ll definitely want to use the pan for serving, too. Borough Furnace Frying Skillet BundlePerfect for Eco-Conscious CooksIf you’ve got more scratch to spend on a new cast iron skillet set, check out Borough Furnace’s Frying Skillet Bundle. The skillets aren’t just top-notch quality (each one is hand-cast and finished, to say nothing of their elegant design), they’re incredibly environmentally friendly, too. Each skillet is made from 100% recycled iron and is created using a traditional casting process that Borough Furnace has “updated for environmental responsibility.” Just how good can you feel about these skillets? Well, while the Borough Furnace workshop runs on electric energy, they’re already working towards solar to reduce their consumption even further. $295 from Butter Pat The Best Cast Iron Camping Cookware 7 Best Travel Coffee Mugs for Morning Joe To Go $200 from Walmartlast_img read more

A Message from the Leader in Luxurious Hospitality

first_imgWritten By: Chris Austin, Vice President of Global Leisure and Luxury Sales, Starwood Hotel and Resorts  I want to personally wish a very happy holiday season to all of our travel professional partners today. You are such a critical part of our business and we at Starwood Hotels & Resorts have always considered you a vital extension of our own sales team. We value your customers as our guests and we work to make you look the hero at every turn. We are finishing a history-making year for our company as we officially became part of Marriott International. As we ready for 2017, I know you will extend that same professionalism and partnership to our entire portfolio of brands. As we close this very busy year, we are still constantly adding to the portfolio of properties for you to share with your clients. In this last quarter of 2016,  we celebrated the opening of two properties in Changsha, Hunan , China, The Meixi Lake Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel and The St. Regis Changsha ; also new as we close the year St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort; and two new W properties, W Goa and W Las Vegas. Share the good news with your customers and know the excitement will only continue in 2017! This is an exciting time as we form the largest and best hospitality company in the world. We now have more opportunities and more choices for our valued travel professional partners, with 30 brands across more than 5,700 hotels and resorts in more than 110 countries. In addition, we are the largest operator of luxury hotels with nearly 400 hotels in the portfolio and a resorts network that puts us where you and your clients wish to travel. As a community, so many of you were among our earliest adopters for our award-winning SPG Pro loyalty program! We want to make sure you are getting the full benefits of this program, so be sure to link your SPG®, Marriott Rewards® and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® accounts for full benefits. While we work together to build the world’s best loyalty program, as active members you and your clients can link your SPG number to your Marriott Rewards number. Linking allows members to take advantage of: Elite Status Match and benefits with Marriott Rewards for Marriott stays.Points Transfer to discover new redemption options and destinations, including the Bahamas, Budapest and more. Link accounts at spg.com/linkmarriott. Learn more at spg.com/marriott. Members will earn the benefits of each respective program for the hotel they’re booking. Booking SPG-participating hotels will receive SPG/SPG Pro benefits, and booking Marriott hotels will receive Marriott Rewards/Marriott Rewarding Events benefits. As we continue the integration of our companies, members should absolutely link accounts so you can easily be transferred into the future new program, take advantage of elite status match for stays, ability to transfer points, and be part of the conversation! Stay tuned as we will continue to keep you in the know with all of the exciting changes ahead. Thank you for your past, present and future support of our hotels and resorts. Your business is truly valued at this very important time. And as we close this year, out of respect for your longstanding support for Starwood Hotels & Resorts, we all wish you a wonderful holiday season and hope you can take some time to escape for yourselves and enjoy a STARPRO rate at one of our properties to celebrate you! Thank you for your continued partnership.last_img read more

Coors Light Rolls Out Free Cold Brews for RecordBreaking Temperatures

first_img Editors’ Recommendations The McMenamins Effect: How 2 Brothers Helped Start Beervana Virgin Voyages Sea-ks Name For New Cruise-Ship-Exclusive Beer Helpful Wine Terminology So You Sound Like You Know What You’re Talking About 11 of the Best Low-Calorie Craft Beers for Watching Your Beer Belly Pairing the English Premier League Soccer Teams with Craft Beers from the United States Coors LightWhen the weather gets hot, Coors Light is looking to cool it down.The brand will give away free beer to cities that hit record-breaking temperatures throughout June. Coors Light will keep tabs on the thermometers in 10 cities across the U.S. and as the mercury rises, three or more retailers will provide free beer to locals.The 10 cities are: Albuquerque, New Mexico Austin, Texas Buffalo, New York Columbia, South Carolina Lincoln, Nebraska Las Vegas, Nevada Nashville, Tennessee Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Tampa, Florida, Washington, D.C.Additionally, “whichever city shatters the biggest record of all” will receive a big-time party boost: the “World’s Most Refreshing Cold Stream.”The company modified a 32-foot Airstream trailer to serve as a mobile Coors Light dispensing bar, complete with plenty of cold mountain branding familiar to the brand. The Coldstream has four Coors Light tap handles, which also include partially frozen brews, as well as mist sprayers for keeping the heat at bay. The site noted the trailer will be extended with air-conditioned decks with ice bins full of beer and Dyson fans at larger events.“It’s all designed to provide a multi-sensory experience that uses Coors Light as the catalyst delivering a cold, refreshing experience to drinkers spending their day in the hot summer sun,” Coors Light Associate Marketing Manager Dana Mason told the MillerCoors Behind The Beer site. “The whole area surrounding the Cold Streams becomes an oasis for anyone seeking cold refreshment and a break from the heat and the crowds.Coors Light“We’re not just offering fans a cold beer, we’re taking them into our world by providing a dynamic consumer experience that reinforces cold at every touchpoint.”The Cold Stream will be making its way around the U.S. this summer, hitting festivals along the way, but fans will have to keep their eyes peeled as a Coors Light representative said no current schedule was available. However, it was scheduled to appear at the Indianapolis 500 and should make its way to the College World Series, according to a Behind the Beer.By September, four more Cold Streams are expected to enter service. The Behind the Beer post also dove into the MillerCoors event activation strategy, noting that other brands, like Facebook, Gatorade, and HBO, already activate at festivals, concerts, and sporting events.Coors LightIt’s not the first time this year Coors Light has rolled out a promotion to keep the Silver Bullets firing (flowing?). Earlier this year, following an attack on Coors and fellow light beer Miller Light by Bud Light, the brand opted to roll out a Smart Tap in five cities. The tap, released in time for March Madness, would recognize each time a negative Bud Light message found its way onto social and broadcast media and cause free Coors Light to be poured.As the beer wars — between Big Beer and Craft, and even amongst the beer giants — heat up, the macro brands are ramping up their giveaway tactics. Bud Light rolled out a cooler in Cleveland that would only open once the NFL’s Cleveland Browns won a game, a season after going winless. Meanwhile, Natty Light opened up a competition during the Masters Tournament, giving drinkers a chance to win free beer.No matter how you cut it, it’s a good time to be a fan of cheap beer.last_img read more

This Home is a Modern Twist on a Traditional Scottish Shelter

first_img Photographer David Barbour Photographer David Barbour Next Previous A Soaring Roof Defines This Paradise of an Arizona Desert Dwelling We love minimalist homes. The simple spaces offer up a peaceful vibe perfect for unwinding, escaping the hectic pace of day-to-day life, and reconnecting with nature. And few places in the world offer as stunning a landscape as Scotland. So it’s no wonder we are digging The Black Shed, a modern minimalist home with a distinctly Scottish flair located on the Isle of Skye.Located in Heaste, south of Broadford, the Black Shed is set among an idyllic landscape and offers a variety of views. From the peak of Beinn Sgritheall in the east, the waters of Loch Eishort in the south, and rolling hills to the west, the home is situated to take in all the natural beauty Scotland is known for.Designed by Mary Arnold-Forster Architects, The Black Shed perfectly blends old and new. The site originally contained a ruin and an old stone wall. The old stone became a retaining wall and created the boundaries for the gardens. But that’s not the only way old and new come together.The Black Shed was inspired by the traditional blackhouses used in the Scottish Highlands. These were utilitarian structures meant to be shelters for herders (and sometimes their animals as well). With this in mind, Arnold-Forster designed the home as a simple gabled form, clad in black corrugated aluminum, and with minimal glazing, a step away from more traditional minimalist homes that have large expanses of windows.Photographer David BarbourFrom the outside, The Black Shed is a seemingly rugged, utilitarian building designed to match the rugged landscape of Isle of Skye. Yet step inside this modern abode and you find a warm and inviting space — the perfect refuge from those pesky Scottish rains.While the outside of the home is dark, the inside is bright thanks to the douglas fir that covers the walls and ceilings. This light finish maximizes the natural light that comes in thanks to the carefully placed windows which follow the path of the sun. A grey resin used for the flooring also helps to reflect light around the open-plan home.Along with carefully placed windows, rooms were laid out to take full advantage of the sun as well. Mornings start with light filling the bedroom thanks to its east-facing window. During the day, the sun fills the family room with light which comes through a set of sliding glass doors. Sunsets can be viewed from the comfort of the sofa, positioned to face out of the massive fixed pane window.The biggest complaint with minimalist homes is that they can feel lifeless. Despite its dark exterior, The Black Shed oozes warmth and invites you in from the damp air to curl up by the fire.Think the Scottish island life is for you? Consider a move to Stronsay. Editors’ Recommendations Photographer David Barbour Thailand’s WARchitect Design Studio is Elevating Home Design Photographer David Barbour How to Cultivate Mid-Century Modern Style in Your Own Home Photographer David Barbour 1 of 6 Photographer David Barbour This Little House in Washington Has Big Personality Photographer David Barbour Shark House’s Dramatic Angles Have Serious Bitelast_img read more

On the Road with Mikah Meyer the First Person to Visit Every

first_img Professional Nomads Show Off How They Renovated an Airstream Grand Canyon National Park Mikah MeyerTM: Were there hurdles (aside from funding) to see this quest through to completion?MM: Tons. The hardest parts, that I kept mostly hidden from social media, were the emotional struggles. My goal was to share a story of America’s beautiful places that inspired others to get out and explore. Lonely moments freezing in my van, days spent in public libraries dealing with sudden health insurance bureaucracies, and scheduling my day-to-day life six to twelve months in advance don’t make photogenic Instagram posts.So while it was a once-in-a-lifetime odyssey I’ll forever be proud I completed, there were many moments I wanted to quit. After years of only short connections with strangers on the road, I longed for the good conversations with close friends I never realized were so crucial to a quality life.TM: You’ve been living on the road for three years. What lessons have you learned?MM: I’ve been a wanderlust for as long as I can remember. When you grow up in Nebraska, it’s hard not to wonder what more is out there. So, while there have been so many life-giving lessons from this journey, the biggest one for me personally was a shift in thought:I always assumed the best opportunities, the most interesting people and wildest experiences were somewhere OUT THERE!But now that I’ve spent three years OUT THERE living exactly the adventurous life I dreamed about, I’ve seen many of the virtues I previously took for granted. Like the beauty of sitting down for a beer with a long-time friend and just kicking it. Instead of having to constantly make small talk with a stranger or just be “catching up” with an old friend.So while this project taught me lessons about business that I share with companies, musings on what makes a quality career that I share with college students, and more knowledge on what makes a good Visitor Center than anyone should experience, the biggest shift has been taking a one-time wanderlust and making me really excited about cultivating the grass under my feet.TM: What were your top three favorite stops along the way?MM: In general, the ones you’ve never heard of! Yosemite, Yellowstone, Acadia … they’re all good, but they’re so crowded that the experience is more like Disney World than the wild. And they’re so overshared online that you feel like you’ve seen them all before.Everglades National Park Mikah MeyerMy favorites were the unknowns or the ones that get little coverage. Dinosaur National Monument, Big Bend National Park, and Buck Island Reef National Monument, to name a few.TM: Favorite thing about life on the road? Least favorite thing?MM: On the road, there’s constant stimulation, so any day could bring any adventure as long as you can press the pedal. But when you’re sick, and all you want is to drink hot tea on a couch and watch Netflix and have a bathroom with running water nearby, life on the road is. The. Worst. Try getting over a stomach bug at a public library and you’ll never want to leave home again.TM: What was your a standout personal memory from the trip? Perhaps something that you will take with you forever?MM: In Dinosaur National Monument, my rafting group was followed for four days and three nights by a wild Canadian goose. Many have speculated on the spiritual connections of this moment because my father was a Lutheran pastor and geese hold special meaning in the history of the Lutheran church.It was truly one of the most mystical experiences of my life.TM: What is the takeaway you hope that others see from your travels?MM: That impossible goals are possible. Contrary to popular Facebook comments, I’m not wealthy, not a trust fund kid (my dad was a campus pastor), and I’ve never had a lucrative job. Nothing in my background says I should’ve been able to spend three years accomplishing this task many told me was impossible given my circumstances.Yet here I am, having clawed my way to making a dream possible. It wasn’t easy, but if anything, I hope it shows other people that whatever their crazy dream is (owning their own business, returning to work their family farm, anything), it can be accomplished.TM: You have been identified as a gay outdoors person? Why is that significant?MM: If Family Feud asked their contestants to describe an outdoorsy guy, I can almost guarantee no one would guess “gay.” There’s a reputation that loving the outdoors means someone is incredibly masculine, and therefore, not gay.Mikah MeyerThis stereotype explains why when I tried to find a role model for my parks journey — and openly gay man with outdoor sponsorships so I could know which companies were safe to approach, I couldn’t find a single openly LGBTQ outdoorsy person. There were no openly LGBTQ people in outdoors ads, none with sponsorships, and no outdoors brands had any sort of presence with Pride festivals.So when I was doing this national parks journey, I realized I had a chance to create that openly gay outdoorsman role model I wished I’d had. And not only that, but by doing something that no human had ever done before (be they straight or otherwise), I could show that gay men are just as capable of being outdoorsy, despite the stereotypes.TM: You’ve become a spokesperson for the LGBT community and the outdoors. What is your message for others looking to follow your example?MM: My message to individuals is: Just be yourself.The majority of my 72,000 Instagram followers are gay men. So whether online or in person, I’ve met thousands of men who’ve said, “I’ve never seen anyone else like me until now,” but we’re out there. The more we’re open about ourselves and live authentically — be that as a gay man or whatever difference you think sets you apart — the more we’re able to help others see and be themselves.My message to corporations is: TAKE OUR MONEY! Gay couples earn $63,000 a year more than straight couples, according to the 2016 IRS tax analysis. We are less likely to have kids and therefore have more of that $63,000 as expendable income. And after years of seeing all sorts of gay men on Tinder across the country, I can personally vouch for the high percentage with pictures on top of mountains hoping to look cute in outdoor gear.Tourism boards have chased this “Pink Dollar” for years. U.S. professional sports are now marketing “Pride Nights.” And every company from Listerine to Target has Pride Month promotions. I don’t understand why the outdoors recreation industry is so far behind the rest of corporate America when it comes to capitalizing on this untapped, lucrative market.Once they jump on board, gay men will start seeing themselves in outdoors culture and in turn be more likely to patronize it, adding more user fees for our public lands and more potential donors for environmental organizations.Everybody wins with inclusion.TM: What are your favorite piece(s) of van life gear?MM: My van, Vanny McVanface! He was my most constant companion over three years and was a champ of a van, reaching every National Park Service site a vehicle can reach! Because he’s an adventure-van at heart, and I’m currently sitting behind a computer too much, I’ve decided he needs a new adventurer, so he’s available for sale to the right person.Vanny McVanface Mikah MeyerTM: What’s next for Mikah?MM: I’m writing this interview from my desk in Minneapolis, Minnesota where my literary agent and I are preparing a book proposal for a publisher. I’m also developing a TV show that will keep taking audiences to lesser known, incredible places. Until then, you can find me flying to various cities to talk about my parks journey, starting to plan my next big road trip, and finally — after years of nomad life — getting to go on a second date.TM: Any final thoughts?MM: I love hearing from other travel fans, and getting to share the experiences of this journey in person. So shoot me a message on my website or if you’d like to bring my presentation to your corner of the world, find me at mikahmeyer.com/speaking NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy White Sands National Monument Mikah MeyerOn April 29, 2016, Mikah Meyer embarked on what would become a three-year road trip that, when completed in 2019, would make him the first person to visit every single National Park Service site in one continuous journey (there were 419 at the moment he completed his quest). And while he obviously enjoyed his multi-year road trip, it was really about self-discovery, inspiring others to chase their dreams, and honoring his father’s memory. What began in Washington, D.C. at the Washington Monument would also conclude in the same city, but involve climbing the steps to The Lincoln Memorial to cross the proverbial finish line. We first met Mikah before he completed his journey and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to interview him as he begins the next chapter (or adventure).TM: When did the journey begin? Why was that date significant?MM: My dad passed on April 29, 2005, and for over a decade that day has been one of sadness and loss. Much in the way his death has inspired me to pursue more life, I wanted to take a date that had been horrible for so long and repurpose it into a date that was triumphant.TM: What inspired you to take this journey?MM: Too many people say “I’m gonna do this with my life,” then kick the can down the road so long they’re physically unable to do the thing(s) they once dreamed about.As a way to honor my father who died before getting to retire, and the experiences/road trips I wish we would’ve gotten together, I wanted to do something that was on my bucket list while I was more likely to be alive to do so. And in turn, use it to hopefully inspire others to complete their dreams while they are still alive to do so.Too many people say “I’m gonna do this with my life,” then kick the can down the road so long they’re physically unable to do the thing(s) they once dreamed about.I kept a model Volkswagen (my dad’s favorite brand) Beetle on the dash of my van throughout the park journey. It was already on the dash of his car when he passed, so I’ve kept it with me in every vehicle I’ve driven since, as a reminder that even though he can’t be on my road trips physically, he’s there in other ways.TM: How many National Park Service sites were there when you set out in 2016? Where did you kick off the journey?MM: When I kicked off my journey at the Washington Monument on April 29, 2016, there were 411 National Park Service sites. One point five months before I was scheduled to finish, Congress passed a law that immediately added a new site (changing the then-current number from 418 to 419). I spent the final weeks of my journey terrified that any day a federal land transfer would happen and a new site would become official the morning of my scheduled finale. Slopestyle Mountain Bike Champion Emil Johansson Talks Tricks, Staying Fit, and More center_img World-Class Runner Caryn Lubetsky Didn’t Run Her First Marathon Until She Was 40 Fortunately, on April 29, 2019, three years to the minute after I began my journey and on the 14th anniversary of my father’s passing, I finished my project by climbing the steps of my final site: The Lincoln Memorial.The Manual: What was the total mileage driven over the course of the last three years?Mikah Meyer: 75,000 driving miles.TM: How did you fund your time on the road?MM: I spent nearly a decade working multiple jobs and saving up with this goal in my crosshairs for when I turned 30. Because national park experts told me I’d still only saved 1/5 of what it’d take to pull this off, I had to constantly fundraise to stay on the road. That came in the form many digital workers have come to utilize — trying to earn ad revenue on my blog and social media by creating sponsorship-worthy content. But in an unplanned twist, I started being asked to speak about my journey while I was still on it. I gave nearly 150 speeches across the United States while visiting the parks — which became another scheduling variable to weave between the 419 site visits — but allowed me to fundraise enough to complete the quest.Bryce Canyon National Park Mikah MeyerThe best part was it taught me how to tell a story audiences across demographics would want to hear, and now I make my living by traveling around the country giving presentations to corporations, colleges, civic groups, and churches about the lessons learned from my journey and how they can be applied to their lives.TM: I know that you experienced a little resistance early on from potential sponsors, has that changed over the three years?MM: Yes and no. The biggest problem I had at the beginning was that I didn’t have “100,000 followers.”I thought companies with millions of social media fans would want unique content they could share with their audiences. What I learned was that, unfortunately, having a good story isn’t enough in our current market. It’s so hard to get people’s attention in an over-stimulated world that companies want you to bring the audience.After three years of devoting my life to building those audiences by providing social media material interesting enough to follow, now brands are open to sponsorship, but it’s still far different than I ever imagined. When I started, I naively looked at #VanLife couples and internet personalities with sponsorships and thought their lives looked so easy. The truth is it’s like any other job. So I’d caution anyone with dreams of sponsorships to think of it less like Kobe Bryant drinking a Sprite at a press conference, and more like sitting at a computer sending tons of emails back and forth.Further ReadingWhat to Know About Van Life (and Some Cool Gear to Take Along for Ride)The Best Time to Visit the 5 Most Popular U.S. National ParksEverything You Need to Plan a Road Trip Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Stars To Take Part In Reel Stories Real Lives Event For MPTF

first_imgThe entertainment industry will join together for the 4th Annual Reel Stories, Real Lives (RSRL) event benefiting MPTF (Motion Picture & Television Fund) later this week.The evening will celebrate the Next Generation of entertainment industry leaders, and share the extraordinary stories of those who have benefited from the services provided by MPTF.Kate Bosworth, Lizzy Caplan, Tony Goldwyn, Tobey Maguire, Amanda Peet, and more will read powerful stories of industry members who have benefitted from MPTF’s services over the years, written by some of Hollywood’s leading feature and television writers including Bill Dubuque, Jason Fuchs, Jason Hall, John Hoffman and Beau Willimon. For the first time ever, a special tribute will be given to Kevin Spacey in honor of his dedication to MPTF.The evening is generously supported by UCLA Health, Cadillac, and Delta Air Lines.For over 90 years, MPTF (Motion Picture & Television Fund) has served as a beacon of hope for entertainment industry members in their time of need. As a charitable organization, MPTF provides financial assistance and services essential to the well-being of the community and is a leader in the development and implementation of services and programs for seniors and those who care for them. MPTF is supported by the generosity of corporate donors and fellow entertainment industry members who contribute their time and money because they believe in the critical importance of Hollywood Helping Hollywood.WHEN: Saturday, April 25, 2015WHERE: MILK Studios Hollywood855 N. Cahuenga Blvd.Los Angeles, CA 90038Find out more about the event here.last_img read more


first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement MONTRÉAL (July 24, 2019) – Bell Media today announced it has entered into an agreement with the shareholders of Groupe V Média to acquire conventional network V along with related digital assets including the ad-supported VOD service Noovo.ca. The transaction reinforces choice for French-language viewers, strengthens the Québec television ecosystem, and highlights Bell Media’s commitment to providing engaging content in Québec on traditional and innovative platforms. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals; financial details were not disclosed.“With today’s announcement Bell Media welcomes French-language conventional TV to its portfolio, creating more opportunities for viewers, advertisers, and content creators in Québec,” said Karine Moses, President, Bell Media Québec. “In a fast-changing ecosystem, we are excited to provide new opportunities for V with the guidance and expertise of our dedicated and experienced Montréal-based management, programming, and production teams. We look forward to continuing to work closely with the local Francophone production community in delivering highly engaging original programming on V. We salute Maxime Rémillard and his team for their work in bringing V to where it is now, and we thank them for trusting Bell Media to ensure the long-term legacy of the network.”“After 10 years of ensuring V’s success as an independent conventional channel, I am proud to have found in Bell Media a partner to ensure the continuity of this success,” said Maxime Rémillard, President and Founder, Groupe V Média. “The industry in which we are evolving is constantly, deeply and rapidly changing. This was true when we took over the reins of TQS and allowed the network to survive; it is all the more true today. As it is increasingly difficult to ensure the sustainability of a conventional channel within a non-integrated group, I have made the best decision for the future of V. Bell Media will certainly allow V to continue to evolve and reach out to the Québec public on a massive scale.” Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment With popular original programs such as Occupation double, L’amour est dans le pré, and Un souper presque parfait, V Média owns and operates television stations in Montréal, Québec, Saguenay, Sherbrooke, and Trois-Rivières, and has affiliate stations in Gatineau, Rivière-du-Loup and Val-d’Or. In addition to V and Noovo.ca, Groupe V Média currently operates specialty channels ELLE Fictions and MAX, which are not subject to the transaction.About Groupe V MédiaGroupe V Media, a Québec-based entertainment and content delivery company, is the largest independent media group in Canada. Groupe V Media owns conventional television network V, specialty channels ELLE Fictions and MAX, content and video-on-demand platform Noovo.ca and the 25Stanley sports news website. Its innovative content delivery strategies with strong, unifying, eye-catching themes enable its properties to reach a vast audience, anytime, on a multitude of platforms, adapting to evolving consumer and corporate trends. Learn more at groupevmedia.ca.About Bell MédiaBell Média is a leading content creation company with premier assets in Québec in television, radio, digital media, out-of-home and more. Bell Média operates a number of French-language specialty and pay TV channels in Québec including Canal D, Canal Vie, Z, VRAK, Investigation, Super Écran, and Cinépop, and currently has four of the Top 5 most-watched shows on French Entertainment Specialty with key demos, including seven of the Top 10 original productions. Bell Média also operates RDS (Québec’s #1 sports channel), CTV Montreal (the #1 English news outlet in Québec), and more than 40 websites and digital properties, including RDS Direct. Bell Media is Québec’s leading radio broadcaster, with 25 stations in 14 communities, all part of the iHeartRadio Canada brand and streaming service. Bell Média owns Montréal-based Astral, an out-of-home advertising network of 50,000 faces in five provinces. Bell Média is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. Learn more at BellMedia.ca. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more