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The Classic Pamela Positive: Start by Listening

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“My goal is to extract a design that emerges from the essence of the music rather than to decorate its story…   This process usually takes two to three months of immersing myself in the opera by listening to it 200 to 300 times.” – Jun Kaneko

Master designer Jun Kaneko provides the design for the San Francisco Opera’s production of The Magic Flute…and what a powerful way he envisages how to create this vision for us all.  It’s synergistic, based on pulling all elements together and starting with one of the most important qualities…listening.

Jun Kaneko is a Japanese-American visual artist, with sculptures and other artwork in more than 50 museums.  He has previously worked on opera productions for Madama Butterfly and Fidelio.  He was the Production Designer for the San Francisco Opera’s production of The Magic Flute, in June 2012.

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The Classic Pamela Positive: “When You Learn Something From People…” – Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma“When you learn something from people or from a culture, you accept it as a gift, and it is your lifelong commitment to preserve that gift and to build on that gift.”
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The Classic Pamela Positive: Start by Listening

the magic flute.jpg

“My goal is to extract a design that emerges from the essence of the music rather than to decorate its story…   This process usually takes two to three months of immersing myself in the opera by listening to it 200 to 300 times.” – Jun Kaneko

Master designer Jun Kaneko provides the design for the San Francisco Opera’s production of The Magic Flute…and what a powerful way he envisages how to create this vision for us all.  It’s synergistic, based on pulling all elements together and starting with one of the most important qualities…listening.

Jun Kaneko is a Japanese-American visual artist, with sculptures and other artwork in more than 50 museums.  He has previously worked on opera productions for Madama Butterfly and Fidelio.  He was the Production Designer for the San Francisco Opera’s production of The Magic Flute, in June 2012.

Poolside with Pamela: Michelle Branch on Music and Inspiration

Listen in on what Michelle Branch has to say about music and the environment, at the Global Greengrants Gala in May 2014.

Based on FDR’s Fireside Chats, Poolside with Pamela is a monthly interview series with celebrities, CEOs and industry leaders. Poolside with Pamela highlights what influential people think is important in leadership and how they are giving back.

PH: Michelle, what is to you the most important environmentally conscious song?

MB: Song? Oh gosh, I don’t even know. You stumped me. That’s a really good question. Maybe I need to write it. I have no idea. I’m trying to think of a song about saving water. Maybe I should write a song about California and water. 

PH: Michelle, what inspired you to music at an early age?

MB: Music was, it wasn’t an option for me. I was singing since I could talk, and it was just kind of one of those things that I just always knew, I was going to grow up to do something involved with music. I didn’t know in what capacity, so I kind of assumed I’d be a Music Teacher, or something along the lines of that. And then I got discovered when I was 17, and here I am. 

PH: And why is the environment for you?

MB: The environment, the cause, is really important to me. I’m a Mom and have a daughter who is 8 and half (years old). I often stay awake at night wondering what this world is going to look like when she’s grown up. And if she decides to have children, and it’s terrifying. 

 

Poolside with Pamela: Interview with Incredible Musician Moby

Moby Hopes the Environmental Movement will Further Education on Consequences of Animal Agriculture

I had the pleasure of meeting Moby at the Global Green Grants Gala in May of 2014. Listen in on what Moby has to say about what he would like to see from Global Green!

 

 

PH: Tell us what you would like to see, even from 2 years from now, with Global Green?

MOBY: Specifically with Global Green? Hm, that’s a very broad question. That’s a good question. One of my hopes is that the environmental movement will further educate people to the environmental consequences of animal agriculture. Even separate, I’m a vegan, but separate from veganism, just how environmentally irresponsible it is for factory farming and animal-based agriculture. So that’s one of my hopes. Is to continue education about that.

PH: Moby, what would you say is an environmentally conscious song, any favorites?

MOBY: An environmentally conscious song? I have no idea. I don’t know what the criteria would be for an environmentally conscious song. I’ll go with Imagine by John Lennon. Even though it’s not specifically about environmentalism, it’s a beautiful message.

“That incident taught me to think independently and is giving me courage even today.” – Prithvi Mattur

At UniversalGiving, we ask important questions of our Interns and Returnees during the interview process.  It helps us understand more of who they are and their motivations. We can then provide them a superior Internship or Returnship experience. It also helps them gain clarity and purpose as to why they are joining us.
Below is from new team member Prithvi Mattur. She’s from India, and helping us with our Executive Assistance and Social Media.
Here’s her answer to one important question:
Please tell us a challenge you faced and what you learned from the experience
  
“A very common problem an Indian girl faces is discrimination. Women in the Indian society have been considered as inferior to men for many years. Due to such inferiority, I  have to face various issues and problems in my life. I am an Indian classical singer and I wanted to audition at National Radio Station. I was not allowed to audition or sing on TV (because I was a girl). This time I didn’t keep quiet and I went to the audition without anybody’s permission. I took a very bold step, which resulted in my selection. Out of 300 people only 4 were selected and I was one among them. From that incident, I learnt not to withhold my desire to achieve something in my life. That incident taught me to think independently and is giving me courage even today.”
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May we all have the courage of Prithvi. May you accept that challenge today — and break down the barrier you are facing.
Do not do it just for yourself, people need your example. Everyone’s life helps others have courage, have hope.
You can make that  8 mile hike.  You can make an intimidating sales call.  You can fight the discrimination, forgive the person you think you can’t, love the neighbor you just don’t think you can.  
Yes you can.
Get up on that stage, just like Prithvi, please.

The Classic Pamela Positive: Start by Listening

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“My goal is to extract a design that emerges from the essence of the music rather than to decorate its story… This process usually takes two to three months of immersing myself in the opera by listening to it 200 to 300 times.” – Jun Kaneko

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