Every week we collect our five favourite things from around the web and this week we’ve got all the feels. There’s a podcast by refugees about the refugee experience, a rejectionathon, some creative chaps 3D-printing prosthetic hands for kids around the world, and an inspiring kids book animated before your very eyes. As always we’ve snuck in an extra treat for you too.
What’s making us react: something to read and listen to
‘The country I come from doesn’t exist anymore’ writes Una Butorac a journalist from The Feed on SBS. The Yugoslav born reporter laments the fact that she now has to choose ‘Serbia’ as her country of origin, a place and nationality she has no affinity to. When former Yugoslavia was torn to pieces by war, people like Una were left with permanent emotional scars. This experience is sadly shared amongst many others who have fled the trauma of war. Two teenagers who travelled to Australia as 10-year-olds from war torn Syria have turned their upheaval into a story-telling device with their podcast, Refugees On Air. The Syrian twins Maya and Sarah Ghassali connect with other refugees like themselves – individuals who have had to go through a similar plight and grief – to share stories of the diaspora in Australia. Given their journey, the twins ask pertinent questions, wise beyond their years. In the first episode of this fortnightly podcast series you’ll meet Naba Massad a final year medical student at Monash University who recounts the fear of seeing the military move into her country. “We felt like ants and had absolutely no control about whether we would live or die,” she recalls. This experience made her appreciate life and spurred her on to make something of herself. It’s inspiring and heart-breaking to listen to.
What we’re learning: something to listen to
“Regrets, I’ve had a few, But then again, too few to mention, I did what I had to do, And saw it through without exemption,” sings Frank Sinatra in My Way. And if we’re honest we’ve all regretted something in life – forgetting to call our mum on her birthday, eating too many spoonfuls of ice-cream until we felt sick or yelling at our sister until we made her cry (or is that just me?). Life is full of regrets, from inconsequential hiccups to full-blown remorse. Shankar Vedantam, the host of NPR’s Hidden Brain describes regrets as ghosts that haunt you, something you just can’t get rid of. He talks to a series of different people from different walks of life who discuss how their regrets make them cringe, feel sad, or they’re just not able to stop rehashing past details over and over again. Vedantam’s guest is Amy Summerville, a professor of psychology who runs the Regret Lab at Miami University in Ohio and tells us that regret is by some estimates the most common negative emotion we have. According to Summerville, the choices people make and the choices they wish they had made is a powerful emotion. But regret is not always a bad thing. Summerville says regret is also a hopeful emotion that helps us to learn from our mistakes and do better. So rather than ruminating over what could, would, or should have happened, we need to use these intrusive mental thoughts to spur us onto what can and will happen. This episode is a fascinating insight into our mental landscapes.
What’s making us think: something to watch
Rejection is not easy. It’s makes us feel icky, unwanted and somewhat of a failure. But it’s also such a normal and common aspect of life. You’re not always going to get to date that dream boy or girl, you’re not going to always get the next promotion and you’re not always going to land the ideal client. Life isn’t fair, and we have to be prepared for rejection, but so many of us aren’t. This is why rejectionathon was born. It’s kind of a school for confidence. The idea behind the concept is to help startup and business founders gain confidence in selling. But the notion can apply to anyone – we can all do with some help in making us more resilient to rejection. Part of the process behind rejectionathon is to discover and learn why people say yes and why people say no. The brain behind this initiative is Elizabeth Yin, who is a partner at 500 Startups. She says very often you have to do things that are out of your comfort zone which she discovered when she left her comfortable job at Google to start her own adtech company. So, with that in mind rejectionathon set-outs to give participants a series of challenges to fulfil, everything from asking for a discount to inviting yourself to a gathering. And you get points for each challenge. No pressure.
What’s inspiring us: something to view
In Swansea, Wales there’s a couple of superheroes who are changing the lives of children all over the world. Stephen Davies and Drew Murray call themselves Team UnLimbited and they make 3D printed prosthetics for kids of all ages for free. They’ve only just been recognised as an official charity in the UK and have received a Point of Light award from the U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May. UnLimbited was born after Murray built a hand for Davies who was born without one. Murray, who’s an engineer, then decided to become a volunteer and help build prosthetics for kids. And as they say, the rest is history. The two men work out of a small shed to create personalised designs that range from a Spiderman branded hand to brightly coloured limbs. The kids get to pick and choose their own colours and patterns and they don’t even have to pay for postage. Each hand costs less than $26 in materials to make and 12 hours in time to complete. Davies and Murray rely on self-funding and donations, but that hasn’t stopped their ambition to add more devices to their range.
What’s bringing out the inner child in us: something to watch
Planes are a creation to marvel at. Most of us take the human ability to fly for granted nowadays. But it’s truly a triumph to be gliding across the clouds at 30,000 feet. There’s nothing better than the feeling of being on-route to a new destination, which requires exploration and discovery. Travel brings out the inner child in us. Suddenly our curiosity and sense of adventure is fired up, and we let our inhibitions slide. Director Austin Robert perfectly captures this sentiment in his delivery of illustrator Carl Johanson’s high-flying book, All Kinds of Planes. It’s all aboard a fly tub and a bread rocket. But that’s not the only mode of transportation on offer in the delightful animation – you’ll take flight on things you’d never imagine!
This is how we feel when we wake up most mornings…
If all these feelings have made you a bit emotional, you might enjoy this Top Five list from a few weeks back.