The Counterfear Toolbox: Resource Tools

 

This page is a topic-searchable index of ALL of the counterfear resource-related items.  Counterfear Resources are links to helpful outside items along with details or a short blurb about each item.  These are not endorsements; just resources.  

New resources will be added throughout 2016 across most tag topics.  Resources tagged "Counterfear Anchorpoints" are generally in place now as they are counterfear anchors.

Use the "tag" topic buttons below to check out specific resources by subject, or click the "VIEW ALL" button to restore the entire list.

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1776

"1776 is a global incubator and seed fund helping startups transform industries that impact millions of lives every day - education, energy & sustainability, health, transportation and cities."

500

"WE ARE #500 STRONG:  Meet our badass, global family of startup founders, mentors, and investors."  This site is an excellent resource and potential amplifier for startup or tech-enabled businesses.  Previously known as "500 Startups."  Also check out 500 LABS.

500 LABS

"500 LABS is a startup studio that partners with founders, designers and engineers and experiments with many ideas to build a few companies a year."  Also check out 500, previously known as "500 Startups."

AngelList: Where the World Meets Startups

"Where the World Meets Startups."  Find a startup job, post a job, raise money online, and invest in startups.

BOOK: A New Species of Trouble, by Kai Erikson

"A New Species of Trouble:  Explorations in Disaster, Trauma, and Community," by Kai Erikson.  From the book jacket:  "In the stories and feelings of the victims of these disasters, the author finds striking similarities.  Fear, self-doubt, the erosion of a sense of security - the author finds these too among people who have suffered prolonged homeless-ness.  These human experiences, the author says, add up to a form of trauma extending not just to individuals but to whole communities... The author shows how risks to indiviuals and the social fabric have heightened in the modern age.  The seven gripping accounts in this book are his impassioned pleas that we recognize this new species of troube and do more to protect people from it."

BOOK: Ascension

"Ascension: Connecting With the Immortal Masters and Beings of Light," by Susan Shumsky.  The counterfear relevance of this book is noted in the epilogue of the blog post "I Took the Red Pill: Why I'm on the Counterfear Path."

BOOK: Beyond the Storms, by Dane S. Egli

"Beyond the Storms," Strengthening Homeland Security and Disaster Management to Achieve Resilience," by Dane S. Egli.  Also see this USA Today article.

BOOK: Broken Open, by Elizabeth Lesser

"Broken Open:  How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow," by Elizabeth Lesser.

BOOK: Citizen You, by Jonathan Tisch

"Citizen You:  Doing Your Part to Change the World," by Jonathan M. Tisch.  The author's introduction to the book is in this article, and a one-page PDF interview is available here.

BOOK: Collapse, by Jared Diamond

"Collapse:  How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed," by Jared Diamond.  A TED talk is available here, and posted to videos.

BOOK: Depletion and Abundance, by Sharon Astyk

"Depletion and Abundance: Life on the New Homefront - or, One Woman's Solutions to Finding Abundance for Your Family while Coming to Terms with Peak Oil, Climate Change, and Hard Times," by Sharon Astyk.  A Sharon Astyk blog is here.  Check out this book review from homestead.org.

Here is an excerpt from another review at The Blogging Bookworm, "Astyk's book is a reminder of the power of individuals to make a difference in the world during times of crisis. In New Orleans in 2005, it was Hurricane Katrina. Now we face... climate chaos, war, and energy depletion... People are struggling to hold on to their homes, to pay for their groceries, to know what to do next...  If you are like me, this book will make you rethink your assumptions about population, about the separation of public and private, about the global impact of creating local economies. As Green Bean said in her recent review, Depletion and Abundance is both troubling and reassuring. It will make you have moments of panic and it will also make you commit to creating a just and meaningful life."  The Blogging Bookworm review author says "I finished the book with a feeling not only of hope, but also with a feeling of radical responsibility."

BOOK: Disaster Resilience: A National Imperative

Get a FREE PDF of this book at the link above.  More about the report and initiative at this site: Disaster Resilience in America: Launching A National Conversation.

BOOK: Everybody Matters, by Mary Robinson

"Everybody Matters:  My Life Giving Voice," by Mary Robinson.  Also see the Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice website.

BOOK: Four Perfect Pebbles, M. Blumenthal Lazan

"Four Perfect Pebbles:  A Holocaust Story," by Lila Perl and Marion Blumenthal Lazan.  Also see video of Ms. Blumenthal Lazan speaking here.

BOOK: Half the Sky, by Kristof & WuDunn

"Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide," by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. The parent website at the link has a number of video and other resources as well. 

The site linked above says, "Through these stories, Kristof and WuDunn help us see that the key to economic progress lies in unleashing women’s potential."  For this reason, items tagged "half the sky" on http://counterfear.com/ reference women, girls, and related topics.  #HalfTheSky

BOOK: Journey of Souls, by Michael Newton

"Journey of Souls:  Case Studies of Life Between Lives," by Michael Newton.  From the website:  "Now a best-selling classic, Journey of Souls summarizes Dr. Michael Newton’s research and work with individuals whom he placed in a state of deep hypnosis during which they recalled their experiences between lives as eternal spirits."

The Newton Institute is also listed as a Counterfear resource - check it out to find related additional books, resources, and contacts.

BOOK: Lucid Dreaming, by Waggoner & McCready

"Lucid Dreaming - Plain and Simple:  Tips and Techniques for Insight, Creativity, and Personal Growth," by Robert Waggoner and Caroline McCready.  From the website:  "Aimed at beginners, Lucid Dreaming, Plain and Simple shows the reader how to enter and fully experience the lucid dream."  Iowa author Robert Waggoner has been the co-editor of the online magazine The Lucid Dreaming Experience for the past ten years.  Waggoner has been a lucid dreamer since 1975, and has logged over 1,000 lucid dreams.

BOOK: Originals, by Adam Grant

"Originals:  How Non-Conformists Move the World," by Adam Grant.  From the book jacket, "Using surprising studies and stories spanning the worlds of business, politics, sports, and entertainment, Grant debunks the common belief that successful non-conformists are born leaders who boldly embrace risk.  Originals explains now anyone can spot opportunities for change, recognize a good idea, overcome anxiety and ambivalence, and make suggestions without being silenced."

BOOK: Proof of Heaven, by Eben Alexander, M.D.

Check out this book by Eben Alexander, M.D., "Proof of Heaven:  A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife."  Videos also available on the author's website.

BOOK: Resilience, by Eric Greitens

"Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life," by Eric Greitens, Navy SEAL.

BOOK: Rising Strong, by Brene Brown

"Rising Strong:  The Reckoning. The Rumble. The Revolution." by Brene Brown, PhD, LMSW.  Brene Brown also has a number of classic videos and TED talks that will be available on The Counterfear Toolbox videos page (coming soon) or on the Google.

BOOK: Stress-Free Sustainability, by Adam Hammes

"Stress-Free Sustainability:  Leverage Your Emotions, Avoid Burnout, and Influence Anyone," by Adam Hammes, an Iowa author based in Des Moines.  Interview here.

BOOK: The 9/11 Commission Report

"The 9/11 Commission Report:  Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States."

BOOK: The Big Pivot, by Andrew S. Winston

"The Big Pivot:  Radically Practical Strategies for a Hotter, Scarcer, and More Open World," by Andrew S. Winston.  See video also at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxYKO7oICiw.

BOOK: The Culture of Fear

"The Culture of Fear - Why Americans are Afraid of the Wrong Things:  Crime, Drugs, Minorities, Teen Moms, Killer Kids, Mutant Microbes, Plane Crashes, Road Rage, & So Much More."  Good summary of the book and the point of it here:  http://sociology.about.com/od/Works/a/The-Culture-Of-Fear.htm.  The major take-away from this resource is about some of the un-necessity of much of the fear we experience, and why that happens.  I do disagree with some of the specific case studes, and some are out-dated.  The primary point, however, makes it worthwhile as a resource.

BOOK: The Edge of Disaster, by Stephen Flynn

"The Edge of Disaster:  Rebuilding a Resilient Nation," by Stephen Flynn.  A cornerstone book to resilience thinking in the United States.  Review by Paul Stockton from Homeland Security affairs.  Reference to the book from the Council on Foreign Relations.

BOOK: The Fear Cure, by Lissa Rankin, M.D.

"The Fear Cure:  Cultivating Courage as Medicine for the Body, Mind, and Soul," by Lissa Rankin, M.D.

BOOK: The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz

"The Four Agreements:  A Toltec Wisdom Book," by Don Miguel Ruiz.  The Four Agreements are an excellent foundation for partnership and community.  These are useful at the beginning of a gathering or teamwork experience, and to revisit throughout the work.  A summary of the agreements is here.

BOOK: The Gift of Fear, by Gavin de Becker

"The Gift of Fear: and Other Survival Signals That Protect Us From Violence," by Gavin de Becker.

BOOK: The Great Disruption, by Paul Gilding

"The Great Disruption:  Why the Climate Crisis Will Bring On the End of Shopping and the Birth of a New World," by Paul Gilding.  This is a Counterfear Anchorpoint.  From the author's website:  "It’s time to stop just worrying about climate change, says Paul Gilding.  We need instead to brace for impact because global crisis is no longer avoidable.  This Great Disruption started in 2008, with spiking food and oil prices and dramatic ecological changes, such as the melting ice caps.  It is not simply about fossil fuels and carbon footprints.  We have come to the end of Economic Growth, Version 1.0, a world economy based on consumption and waste, where we lived beyond the means of our planet’s ecosystems and resources.  The Great Disruption offers a stark and unflinching look at the challenge humanity faces-yet also a deeply optimistic message.  The coming decades will see loss, suffering, and conflict as our planetary overdraft is paid; however, they will also bring out the best humanity can offer:  compassion, innovation, resilience, and adaptability."

BOOK: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," by Douglas Adams.  The first of five books in the "Hitchhiker's Trilogy..  The classic science-fiction-comedy that created the mini-genre.

BOOK: The Power of Resilience, by Yossi Sheffi

"The Power of Resilience: How the Best Companies Manage the Unexpected," by Dr. Yossi Sheffi of MIT.

An excerpt from the website summary:  "The interconnectedness of the global economy today means that unexpected events in one corner of the globe can ripple through the world’s supply chain and affect customers everywhere.  In this book, Yossi Sheffi shows why modern vulnerabilities call for innovative processes and tools for creating and embedding corporate resilience and risk management.  Sheffi offers fascinating case studies that illustrate how companies have prepared for, coped with, and come out stronger following disruption."

BOOK: The Primes (+ videos & website)

From author Chris McGoff in Part 1 of the book:  "How do some people, organizations, and coalitions thrive in uncertain times?  What enables them to appear so certain and take decisive action amid ambiguity about the future?"

The PRIMES website says "The PRIMES are universal patterns of group behavior that outfit you to work with any group to solve any problem - especially the big ones."

The PRIMES book notes, "...Here's the deal.  Almost all the tame problems have been solved.  We get to solve the wicked problems.  Wicked problems affect a lot of peple and it takes a lot of people, all with their own agendas, to collaborate and solve them. ...The people who, amid uncertainty, successfully lead large problem-solving groups share these characteristics.  First, they are clear about what they are up to and how they spend their precious time.  Second, they are intentional and willing to go first.  Finally, they have mastered the art of enrolling others to join them."

The PRIMES website also has short videos and info about each of The PRIMES.  Another Counterfear Anchorpoint resource is Chris McGoff's TEDx Rock Creek talk on "Quad4: Realm of Your Highest Impact and Highest Risk."

BOOK: The Resilient Enterprise, by Yossi Sheffi

"The Resilient Enterprise:  Overcoming Vulnerability for Competitive Advantage," by Yossi Sheffi.  Also check out this video.

BOOK: The Shock Doctrine, by Naomi Klein

"The Shock Doctrine:  The Rise of Disaster Capitalism," by Naomi Klein.

BOOK: The Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell

"The Tipping Point:  How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference," by Malcolm Gladwell.  Gladwell also asks the question "Are You a Connector" in this piece.  More here and here on Connectors, Mavens, and Salespersons.

BOOK: United States of Jihad (Book Review Link)

This LA Times book review provides an excellent summary for a book that has been getting some attention in 2016.  The book review article cites the last chapter of the book as stating, "the extent to which our government and the media participate in this endemic paranoia is damaging in that, apart from doing the terrorists' job for them, which is to terrorize, it helps crowd out more serious issues the planet faces. Climate change is far less telegenic than jihad."

Cybersecurity in Your Neighborhood: Partnerships

"Cybersecurity in Your Neighborhood: Why Public-Private Partnerships Matter."  Event transcript available at: https://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/cybersecurity-your-neighborhood-why-public-private-partnerships-matter#sthash.G1dBaQ48.dpuf

Disaster Resilience in America

Disaster Resilience in America:  Launching a National Conversation.  A National Academy of Sciences Initiative.

Dreamwork Expert - Jeremy Taylor

From the website:  "Jeremy Taylor, an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, has worked with dreams for over forty years; he blends the values of spirituality with an active social conscience and a Jungian perspective."  Jeremy Taylor's work is the basis that many groups around the world to do dream work.

Exponent Philanthropy 2.0: Guide Connect Champion

About:  "We empower philanthropists to leverage their resources and amplify their impact.  Exponent Philanthropy is the country’s largest association of funders - nearly 2,200 members strong - and the only one dedicated to serving foundations with few or no staff, philanthropic families, and individual donors."

Global Insurance Accelerator

The Global Insurance Accelerator based in Des Moines, Iowa "is a mentor-driven business accelerator designed to foster innovation in the insurance industry by supporting startups targeting the global insurance industry."

GoDaddy

GoDaddy is a website domain and hosting company - among other things - and has offices in Cedar Rapids.

Gravitate (Co-Working in Des Moines, IA)

A coworking and entrepeneurial space in downtown Des Moines, IA.

Holding Space - What it Means

Excellent resource to look at how we can "hold space" for people and the world. 

From the article, "What does it mean to hold space for someone else? It means that we are willing to walk alongside another person in whatever journey they’re on without judging them, making them feel inadequate, trying to fix them, or trying to impact the outcome. When we hold space for other people, we open our hearts, offer unconditional support, and let go of judgement and control."

Institute for Healing of Memories - North America

Mission Statement:  "The Institute for Healing of Memories-North America seeks to contribute to the healing journey of individuals, communities and nations.  It provides emotional and spiritual healing to people recovering from painful or traumatic experiences and offers seminars and public presentations to inform other individuals and organizations about its work.  It also trains other care providers to use its methods."

List of Co-Working Communities in Iowa

Check out this list of co-working communities in Iowa, assembled by Gravitate, "the entrepeneurial center of gravity in downtown Des Moines."

MOVIE: Akeelah & The Bee

From Wikipedia:  "Deemed an inspirational film, Atchison remarked that his theme for the film was about overcoming obstacles despite difficult challenges along the way... The film alludes to the importance of community... It also deals with esteem and stigma in school while criticizes the public school system. Cast members said that although the film was aimed at children, they considered it had important lessons for the parents as well."

MOVIE: Star Wars, The Series (7 movies)

What can be said?  The Star Wars movie series may be the primary myth of our time.  Episodes IV, V, and VI - the original series - are a foundation for finding the ways of The Force.  Excellent Jedi wisdom and training from Yoda in Episode V, The Empire Strikes Back, and Episode VI, Return of the Jedi.  Episodes I, II, and III are primarily useful as back story for the more deeply curious.  Star Wars for a new generation came in with Episode VII, The Force Awakens.  No spoilers here, but The Force Awakens truly is a myth for our time.  It brings tools we need for the world we have in front of us.  The myth and the metaphor are more powerful than we think.

MOVIE: The Lego Movie

The link is to the official trailer for this movie.  I was not expecting this to be probably the most profound movie I've ever seen - well beyond something like Star Wars (all seven) meets The Matrix (the first one).  Also hilarious.  Awesome #Team stuff.  #Life.  #Parenting.  #Spirituality.  #Vision.  #Dreaming.  #Realizing.  And of course, "Everything is Awesome."

MOVIE: The Lego Movie

An anchorpoint for the time that is now.  This story follows the classic Hero's Journey.  No spoilers, but this is the key to what we need. 

MUSIC: All or Nothing, Athena Cage

Finale song from the movie "Save the Last Dance."  Excerpted lyrics below are from here:

"It's the chance of life, get ready, set, fly high.
Above the fear of your mind, go for it.
It's hit or miss, too late for you to quit.
You gotta show 'em how bad you really want this, so...

Live your dreams, it's not as hard as it may seem.
You gotta work to get the green, on your hopes you must lean
From your fears, you have to wean yourself.
It's all or nothing, give your everything...

...Are what you believe, you got to bring the dreams.
Set the pace, competitions take the lead.
This is it, all eyes on you.
So stay on point and prove,
that you deserve whats long overdue...

...My heart is still recovering,
From the heartbreak of another kind,
I'm still drying my tears.
Getting over my own fears in my life.
So I wanna make sure this time that I'm strong enough,
To give it my all...

...So you gotta live your dreams,
So don't you be afraid.
Just set the pace, and take the lead,
It's your time to shine.
Please believe."

MUSIC: Batman's Song aka "Darkness" - Lego Movie

This song is in the resource section because it is hilarious, much like "The Lego Movie" that it came from (2014).  And then there's the fact that "counterfear" is all about "the opposite of darkness" vs. the focus of this song:  DARKNESS.  It's funnier when you have the movie context to add irony, but it's pretty good either way.  LYRICS, via a double-length (repeated verse) version here:  "Darkness / No parents / Continued darkness / More darkness / Get it? / The opposite of light!!! / Black hole / Curtains drawn / In the basement / Middle of the night / Blacked out windows / Black suit / Black coffee / You get it that's just the first verse! / Darkness / No parents / Super rich / Kinda makes it better!!!!!"

MUSIC: Copperhead Road, by Steve Earle

Some roots go so deep that they're unexplainable.  Ties that bind.  This song is posted in honor of those - they are our anchors.

MUSIC: Craig Ferguson Teaches Yodeling

Quality programming from CBS' Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.  2:08 min.

MUSIC: Craig Ferguson Will Melt With you

Craig and company sync to "I Will Melt With You," by Modern English, on CBS' Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

MUSIC: Everything is Awesome - from The Lego Movie

Theme song from The Lego Movie.  Intro lyrics from Google Play:  "Everything is awesome / Everything is cool when you're part of a team / Everything is awesome when we're living our dream / Everything is better when we stick together / Side by side, you and I gonna win forever, let's party forever / We're the same, I'm like you, you're like me, we're all working in harmony..."

MUSIC: Feel Good Inc. (aka The Windmill Song)

Lyric video of "Feel Good Inc.," by Gorillaz.  Not censored.

MUSIC: Feel So Close - Calvin Harris

"Feel so close" - Calvin Harris.  "I feel so close to you right now."  If you are looking for a video of community and neighbors and fun and people taking care of each other, this is hard to beat.  Fantastic.  I learned of this video when I friend I was rooming with at an amazing convention woke up with the lyrics in her head.  We Googled it, and this came up.  We should have expected nothing less.

MUSIC: Happy - Pharrell Williams

Official Lyrics Minions Version of Pharrell Williams' "Happy," from the Despicable Me 2 movie soundtrack.  From the YouTube:  "check out http://24hoursofhappy.com to experience the world's first 24 hour music video!"

MUSIC: Hold On, by Tom Waits

I first heard this song on The Walking Dead; it is a good anchor for going through a tough time... like a big move, or a leg break, or a career change, or a bunch of stuff like that all at once.  Here is the original scene where I heard the song in The Walking Dead, too, although it definitely makes more sense if you've been watching the show.  #HoldOn.

MUSIC: I Bet My Life

Added 8/26/16.  Lyrics here.  "So I, I bet my life, I bet my life, I bet my life on you..."

MUSIC: I Get Knocked Down, But I Get Up Again

"Tubthumping," by Chumbawamba.  It's no secret that this song is about drinking, but the chorus is fantastic for thinking resilience:  "I get knocked down... but I get up again... you are never gonna keep me down...."

MUSIC: I'm Going Through Changes

"Changes" Lyric Video, by Longhorne Slim & The Law.

MUSIC: Livin' on a Prayer - Bon Jovi

You can't beat this if you need an inspirational-leaping-or-fighter-type song... "Livin' on a Prayer," by Bon Jovi.  A sparkly diamond from the world of 1986.

MUSIC: Mary, Mary - from the movie Stigmata

The link is the opening scene from the movie Stigmata, with the song "Mary, Mary" by Chumbawamba.  Full song available here.

MUSIC: My Gypsy Road, by Cinderella

My gypsy road couldn't take me home either, so I finally switched roads.  A little something for the GenX crowd; an homage to roots & home... and the road.

MUSIC: No Time to Kill - Clint Black

"No Time to Kill," song by Clint Black.  Lyrics here.

Excerpt:  "No time to kill, even I've said it, and probably always will... But I can look ahead and see that time ain't standin' still... No time to kill but time to change the kind of hurry I've been in... And quit this work and worry lookin' back at where I've been... If you don't look ahead nobody will, there's no time to kill."

MUSIC: Paradise City, by Guns N' Roses

"Paradise City" by Guns N' Roses.

MUSIC: Say Hey (I Love You) Michael Franti & ...

Fantastic music & community/neighbor/people video.  Michael Franti & Spearhead - "Say Hey (I Love You)."  Try dancing around to this one for a while.  If you need an extra laugh on top of all this happiness, try "Craig Ferguson Says Hey! I Love you!"  There may be puppets.  Just saying.

MUSIC: State of Mind - Clint Black

State of Mind song, by Clint Black.  Lyrics here

Excerpt:  "It can make a right from a wrong, it can make you fall in love, It can get you singin' along, Chase the clouds away and make the sun shine above.  A melody can bring back a memory, Take you to another place in time, Completely change your state of mind."

MUSIC: Thrift Shop, by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Thrift Shop (featuring Wanz) by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.  NOT CENSORED

MUSIC: Top Gun Anthem

The "Top Gun" movie anthem, by Harold Faltermeyer and Steve Stevens.

MUSIC: Walking on Sunshine - Katrina & The Waves

Katrina & The Waves (not the hurricane) - "Walking on Sunshine."  One of the best-ever quick-pick-me-ups - 

MUSIC: We Are Young (Set the World on Fire)

"We Are Young," by Fun, featuring Janelle Monae.  Disturbing opening lyrics, but the chorus resonates.  "Tonight... we are young... so let's set the world on fire... we can burn brighter... than the sun..."

MUSIC: Where the Sidewalk Ends - George Straight

Country. "Where the sidewalk ends and the road begins / We said goodbye on a cold dark night / I'm not afraid to go you bet I'm not / Where the side walk ends, you left a lot."  Lyrics here.

MUSIC: Wonderful Night - on Craig Ferguson

This here is the version of "Wonderful Night" by Fatboy Slim, as shown on CBS' Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.  Hilarious.  Maybe not for kiddos.

Pivot TV

Pivot TV is a cable channel I found by accident after moving to the Midwest.  After watching a few shows, I started to notice that some of their commercials appeared to be about taking some action in the world.  Here's a bit of info from the Pivot TV link above: "Pivot is a network where what you watch does make a difference. With award-winning orginal programming, groundbreaking documentaries and exceptional films, you won't just be entertained – you’ll be inspired to become a part of the story. When you watch Pivot, we’ll give you the opportunity to take action on the issues raised in our content right from your screen or during the next commercial break."  They appear to have some fantastic shows as well that I will now need to watch - and at least one show's website has information for building your own business.  #thisisamplifying  #counterfear

Professor Yossi Sheffi's Blog at MIT

According to his MIT bio, Dr. Yossi Sheffi is "an expert in systems optimization, risk analysis, and supply chain management, which are the subjects he teaches and researches at MIT."  He has published two excellent books on resilience:  The Power of Resilience: How the Best Companies Manage the Unexpected, and The Resilient Enterprise: Overcoming Vulnerability for Competitive Advantage.

Resilience Circles - Small Groups for Tough Times

From the website: "Small groups of 8-15 people can form Resilience Circles for learning, mutual aid and social action. Circles are a great way to form community, build resilience, and have fun!" 

Resilience.org

Fantastic go-to spot for resilience resources, news, and organizations.

Resilient Cities - A Pivot TV Show

Cable network Pivot TV's launched a series called "Resilient Cities" in 2016.  The first episode aired Friday, February 26th at 10:30p ET.  Information is available here, and here.

Resource Generation

Mission:  "Resource Generation organizes young people with wealth and class privilege in the U.S. to become transformative leaders working towards the equitable distribution of wealth, land and power."  This organization looks like an amplifier and a change agent.

Results Junkies - Paul Singh & Dana Duncan

"Thoughts on travel, photography, code schools, venture capital, growing startups and small businesses."  This site is also the heart of Paul Singh and Dana Duncan's 2016 trip across the US to amplify all of the above.

See Something Say Something - Washington Post

Excellent (and short) Washington Post article "If You See Something, Make Sure It’s Actually Something Before You Call It Terrorism."  The story references the US Department of Homeland Security's (DHS's) "See Something Say Something" campaign, and part of what that is really about.  It isn't about calling in anyone who is different than you (as I mention in this blog), but about rooting out real extremism.

An excerpt:  "Recruitment by radicals, violent ideas, criminal acts - those are real somethings.  Wearing a hijab, speaking or writing Arabic, or being Muslims is simply being American. And it’s time we learn the difference."

#seesomethingsaysomething

Seth Godin's Blog

Seth's Blog is an excellent resource for wisdom, inspiration, vision, motivation, and follow-through.  It is also a great resource for further resources.  Very worth receiving in a daily email or RSS feed.

Startup Drinks

"StartupDrinks is an interactive networking event for entrepreneurs & startup enthusiasts interested in connecting with great people building innovative things.  Monthly events [in Iowa] are held in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City."

Startup Weekend

"In just 54 hours, you will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup. As you learn how to create a real company, you'll meet the very best mentors, investors, cofounders, and sponsors who are ready to help you get started. Your community is here to help you — find an event today!"

Synergos

"Synergos is a global nonprofit organization that brings people together to solve complex problems of poverty.  We work on issues such as health, nutrition, agriculture, and youth employment - creating opportunities for individuals and communities to thrive.  Systemic change requires collaboration. Solutions to poverty are often built in silos - and therefore fail. Governments, civil society, nongovernmental organizations, corporations, marginalized communities, and other participants in systemic change must work together - not in silos - to achieve long-term solutions to poverty around the world.  Synergos creates, promotes, and sustains collaborations among business, government, civil society, and marginalized communities around the world.  We foster successful collaborations by building trust, designing and implementing change processes, and enhancing the effectiveness of bridging leaders and institutions.  Our advantage is an approach that builds trust among partners so they can create solutions together, rather than imposing top-down solutions."

The Dream Corps

"The Dream Corps was founded by Van Jones in 2014 to help cutting-edge initiatives grow big enough to impact millions of lives.  Our slogan is “21st-century jobs, not jails.”  We support economic, environmental and criminal justice innovators - all under one roof.  Our shared platform helps leaders create synergies, leapfrog obstacles and maximize impact.  Every day, we are reshaping "what’s possible" in the field of social justice.  The Dream Corps finds aspiring leaders who have the courage and determination to tackle America’s toughest challenges.  Then we connect them to world-class partners, smart digital tools and national media platforms to help them succeed.  We back initiatives that close prison doors and open doors of opportunity."  Current work is on three programs, described on the "About" page.

The Lucid Dreaming Experience - Online Magazine

Iowa author Robert Waggoner has been the co-editor of the online magazine The Lucid Dreaming Experience for the past ten years.  Waggoner has been a lucid dreamer since 1975, and has logged over 1,000 lucid dreams.

The Newton Institute

The Newton Institute is a center dedicated to the work initially published in the book Journey of Souls - also a Counterfear resource.

The Walking Dead

The AMC TV Series "The Walking Dead" may not fit the inspirational/uplifting genre of some Counterfear tools, but it is such a fantastic series.  It is entirely about fear, countering fear, resilience, problem-solving, connection, community... and vision.  It is also very much about creating and holding space... often quite literally.  Well worth the watch.  Well, if you have a strong stomach.

Vault Co-Working (Cedar Rapids, IA)

From the site:  "Vault is a community of founders, innovators, entrepreneurs, starters and creatives. In short, we're big idea people, and we're building the bright future of Iowa together."

VIDEO: Holocaust Survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan

Holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan lecture based on her book "Four Perfect Pebbles" - at Bradley University, Michel Student Center, Marty Theater, Peoria, IL.

VIDEO: Realm of Your Highest Impact & Risk - TEDx

"Quad4: Realm of Your Highest Impact and Highest Risk:" Chris McGoff at TEDxRockCreekPark.  This is a Counterfear Anchorpoint, because it is a rare, short look at what we need to do to solve wicked problems.  

Also check out Chris McGoff's website and book "The PRIMES," another posted Counterfear resource.  The website has videos and a summary of each of the PRIMES.

VIDEO: TED Talks

TED Talks are a great source for video inspiration.  Counterfear.com will link to a few talks, but there's no point in re-posting a ton of fabulous material.  Check out TED.com or a smaller, local TEDx near you for more.

From the site:  "TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less).  TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics - from science to business to global issues - in more than 100 languages."  History:  "The first six TED Talks were posted online on June 27, 2006. By September, they had reached more than one million views."  Today, many TED talks are viral, and are a fantastic resource.

VIDEO: The Big Pivot, based on book by same name

Video on "The Big Pivot - Whiteboard Animation," 3:12 min.  Based on book by the same name, by Andrew Winston:  http://www.andrewwinston.com/books/.

VIDEO: The Edge of Disaster, with Stephen Flynn

Excellent video summary of the book, posted 3/2011: "Author and leading security expert Stephen Flynn discusses The Edge of Disaster Rebuilding a Resilient Nation with Patricia Gras on a HoustonPBS the Connection Special. Are we vulnerable to disaster, terrorism or acts of God? Is America living on borrowed time? His book is a wake up call demanding that we shake off our denial and sense of helplessness and start preparing immediately for a safer future."  See Counterfear Toolbox book resource link for book reviews.

VIDEO: The Resilient Enterprise, with Yossi Sheffi

"The Resilient Enterprise: Overcoming Vulnerability for Competitive Advantage," with Yossi Sheffi, recorded 11/2005.  Sound is a little wonky partway through but improves through end.  See Yossi Sheffi blog at MIT here.

From the video post summary:  "Yossi Sheffi fires a shot across the bow of business owners who, even after 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, still have not assessed their organizations’ vulnerability to catastrophe. Sheffi piles on examples of organizations that simply did not have the appropriate mechanisms in place when disaster struck or evolved undetected."  Also see book by the same name.

VIDEO: The Tribes We Lead - Seth Godin

This TED talk by Seth Godin is one of the classics.  From the video summary:  In "The Tribes We Lead," "Seth Godin argues the Internet has ended mass marketing and revived a human social unit from the distant past: tribes. Founded on shared ideas and values, tribes give ordinary people the power to lead and make big change. He urges us to do so."

Check out Seth's Godin's blog here; it is the only blog I read every day.  Also posted as a resource.

VIDEO: Why Societies Collapse - Jared Diamond

From the TED blurb:  "Why do societies fail? With lessons from the Norse of Iron Age Greenland, deforested Easter Island and present-day Montana, Jared Diamond talks about the signs that collapse is near, and how - if we see it in time - we can prevent it."

VIDEO: YouTube

There is always something viral and funny on the YouTube; it is a great counterfear tool.  If you need a laugh and you're new to The Internet, try searching YouTube for "hilarious" + "cat".  YouTube is a great source for a million other resources - from movies to training to inspiration.

Your Go-To Guide to the Iowa Caucuses

Basics about getting to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses, how to register on-site, and participating.