Category Archives: Giving

“The emotional walls are worse than the physical walls” Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder and CEO of Chobani, on the refugee crisis.

“The emotional walls are worse than the physical walls” Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder and CEO of Chobani, on the refugee crisis.

chobani

Hamdi Ulukaya came from Ilic, a town in the Eastern region of Anatolia, where he worked on a farm with his mother creating yogurt and cheese. Now he’s running a globally-recognized company and serving refugees.  He’s committed to delivering excellent yogurt and making a significant dent in the refugee crisis.

Ulukaya moved from his home country in 1994. In Turkey, there’s little income disparity; a slightly richer family might have 50 more sheep or cows than their poorer neighbors. Instead, an individual’s wealth was determined by his reputation and how he worked within the community. In establishing his business and growing his success, Ulukaya has followed the same practices of relying on his reputation and community connections.

Chobani’s business model is inspired by the physical and emotional lessons of Ulukaya’s youth. He supports the pillars of dignity and community in his relations with both farmers and customers, and the natural, wholesome yogurt once produced by Ulukaya and his mother on a farm in Anatolia now comes from upstate New York.

Chobani is now a major player in the yogurt industry, and is a household name recognized for the Greek yogurt revolution it brought to the United States. It’s known for its nutritious and delicious yogurt that is made with only natural ingredients. Ulukaya was named one of the inaugural members of the President Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship Initiative by President Obama in 2014.

 

Today, Ulukaya has “made it big” and can walk away. He took some personality tests to find out what he should do.

 

Should he buy a yacht?

 

yacht

Buy some homes?

waterfront-homes-710080_960_720

Live the high life?

business-aircraft-620453_960_720

 

Well, Ulukaya decided none of the above. (He just didn’t test positive for extravagance!)

 

He’s back at Chobani again- but not just producing natural yogurt. He’s donating more than 10% of company profits to serve refugees and other causes and has also employed over 600 refugees in his Upstate New York and Twin Falls plants.

 

He says:

 

“Every hour is different.  One moment it’s about customer. The next hour it’s about helping the refugees.”

 

Your company can help you to achieve your calling.  This isn’t just about money; it’s about how you earn it, and the relationships you build along the way.

Ulukaya is using that same connection with farmers which made him successful, with refugees.

“The emotional walls are worse than the physical walls” he says.

While the refugee crisis might scare you, unsettle you, even disillusion you, don’t build a wall.  Keep your mind supple and your heart open.  The first way we can do that is to think about each refugee with dignity and respect. Then, we can find a way to serve by giving our time, or perhaps donating funds.

 

Support those in need by helping to tear down the emotional walls that have been built and fortified with time. This cannot be achieved all at once, but can likely only happen brick by brick. Be ready to serve with respect in your mind and passion in your heart. We can learn from Hamdi Ulukaya’s approach to business at Chobani by prioritizing dignity and community in our efforts to aid refugees around the world.

Donate to World Food Program’s Syrian Relief Fund:

http://www.universalgiving.org/donate/relief_for_syrian_refugees/id10388.do

syria

The Power Of Developing Nations

The most impoverished people in the world are allowing our own daily survival.

“Developing countries are home to roughly 80 percent of the world’s population, 98 percent of humanity’s hungry people, and 78 percent of harvested croplands.”  – Brookings Institute

 
 
While 98% of the world’s poor are in developing nations, they are producing nearly 80% of our food.
 
That’s a sobering thought.
 
Shouldn’t we help them more?
 
Support them with greater farming techniques
 
Help coordinate communications among them
 
Share the best practice in each region
 
Send them — not make them buy — the latest agriculture technology
 
And not at all least… genuinely appreciate our own privilege
 
The most impoverished people in the world are allowing our own daily survival. 
 
The most impoverished people in the world are allowing us to eat.

If that’s the case, we should be hopping on an plane with delegates of technology leaders, technology, resources, training programs, support, and much, much gratitude, for they are providing the nourishing meals we have with family each day.

farming post

Love: Vulnerability Balanced with Courage

heart

 “I have learned about love. Love should be easy, free in connection; work, wonderfully so, as in investment; vulnerability balanced with courage, and always undergirded with trust. It should be grace, graced and grateful. It should uplift you.”

Love – we feel it, we know it, we believe in it. And I think it truly is indispensable.. we can’t live without it. As we peel away the layers of love… one I’d like to cover today is:

Vulnerability Balanced with Courage.

Love isn’t always easy for we must be open.  Are you willing to love even if you are hurt?

Because a relationship didn’t work the way you’d prefer… or a church committee member spoke harshly to you… your idea got shot down at work or a precious pet ascended to heaven…

I know… it hurts… of course it does…

So be gentle with yourself, first.

But dear leader – we have to have the courage to soften our hearts, stay receptive, and be open to love at all times.  And yes, that is at home and work.

This allows us to give the most to the world, and to ourselves.

Yes, at all times.

I know that might be hard to hear… Hang in there…

So there may be something that shut you down recently. Well, it’s time to unshutter the door and open back up. Take your heart out of the basement, or release your self-imposed sequestration in the attic.:)

Let’s be those loving, beautiful individuals, who deserve to receive and give love. And other people need it too!

Remember, to receive the benefit of love, we have to have courage.

“Love is Vulnerability Balanced with Courage.”

–Sunday, November 29th, 1998. 10:20pm.

***

Pamela Hawley is the founder and CEO of UniversalGiving, an award-winning nonprofit helping people to donate and volunteer with top-performing, vetted organizations all over the world. Unique to UniversalGiving, 100% of all donations go directly to the cause.

Pamela is a winner of the Jefferson Award (the Nobel Prize in Community Service) and has been invited three times to the White House. Pamela was a finalist for Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award and is an Expert Blogger for Fast Company and CSRWire. She is a philanthropy expert for the new TV show, Billions Rising.

Pamela is also an accomplished actress, improviser, dancer, and singer with over 100 performances in San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles. She is trained by The Groundlings, a graduate of Upright Citizens Brigade, at advanced level Second City Los Angeles, and a BATS improv player. Pamela donates a portion of every show’s proceeds to UniversalGiving.

The Bundle of Sticks: “Union is Strength”

wally
A certain man had several sons who were always quarreling with one another, and, try as he might, he could not get them to live together in harmony. So he determined to convince them of their folly by the following means. 
 
Bidding them fetch a bundle of sticks, he invited each in turn to break it across his knee. All tried and all failed: and then he undid the bundle, and handed them the sticks one by one, when they had no difficulty at all in breaking them. “There, my boys,” said he,”united you will be more than a match for your enemies: but if you quarrel and separate, your weakness will put you at the mercy of those who attack you.” Union is strength.
Oh, team, how special….Union is strength. First, who wants to go it alone? Can we really do something special, just on our own?

 

More and more that I live, I think not. Or at least, it is not as beautiful! To team up, to work together and synergize is inspiring. It is a strength. It is companionship and team cameraderie whether you are launching a blog, building a company, unloading the dishes with a family member, or playing lacrosse; you can’t do that on your own:)

 

Even further… Union can be a strength to one’s soul during tough times. When a team member doesn’t say a kind word… a  friend leaves… a war starts or a neighbor builds an emotional wall…

 

We need a team of people, of loving people, to support us, help us, bolster us up.

 

Don’t be a stick. Join a bundle.

 

Be strong, together and live with love.

 

 ***

Pamela Hawley is the founder and CEO of UniversalGiving, an award-winning nonprofit helping people to donate and volunteer with top-performing, vetted organizations all over the world. Unique to UniversalGiving, 100% of all donations go directly to the cause.

Pamela is a winner of the Jefferson Award (the Nobel Prize in Community Service), and has been invited three times to the White House. Pamela was a finalist for Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award and is an Expert Blogger for Fast Company and CSRWire. She is a philanthropy expert for the new TV show, Billions Rising.

Pamela is also an accomplished actress, improviser, dancer and singer with over 100 performances in San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles. She is trained by The Groundlings, a graduate of Upright Citizens Brigade, at advanced level Second City Los Angeles, and a BATS improv player. Pamela donates a portion of every show’s proceeds to UniversalGiving.

Remember that people trump business deals. Relationships rule over crossing the finish line.

goodfriends
 
This is a letter I wrote to one my nephews as he went on a spiritual retreat. I hope you enjoy reading this and that you will join my in practicing this commitment to loving life, and the precious people in our lives….
January, 2015

 

Dear Will,

As you go through life, be sure to take time to realize the beautiful miracles within each day. Perhaps it is a conversation with a dear friend; a positive grade; a fun, spirited event at college; or the positive feeling which wells up within us when we compliment or encourage others.

 

Remember that people trump business deals. Relationships rule over crossing the finish line. A heartfelt word to a stranger wins over being published. “Being accomplished and successful” is being your best self, giving to others, each day. It is not a promotion or climbing up the “ladder.”

 

Of course, always do your best. We want you to achieve and excel, as you already have in creative writing, baseball and football. But along the way, the little and big kindnesses and care of others is what makes a successful life. That is heaven, here and in the future.

 

Love you dearly. I hope this helps guide you from the little I have learned. Love!

 

Aunt Pammie

xoxoxoxox

The Classic Pamela Positive: “I want the whole person.” – D. J. DePree, founder of Herman Miller

Self

“Henry Ford said, “bring us your hands, and you can leave everything else at home.”  D.J. rejected that idea and said completely the opposite: “I want all of you here.  I want the whole person.” — J. Kermit Campbell, Former CEO of Herman Miller

Continue reading

The Science of Gratitude

moth-butterfly-insect-88365-l
Philip Watkins, a professor of psychology at Eastern Washington University, has been conducting research on gratitude since 1996. He has done studies to measure “the three fundamental traits of grateful persons”: sense of abundance, enjoyment of simple pleasures and appreciation of others.

Continue reading