World Bytes: Blind Adventure

BY Terrance Malkinson Posted: 1 Sep 2014

Losing his vision at the age of 13, Erik Weihenmayer has become one of the most accomplished adventurers in the world. Weihenmayer has opened the minds of people around the world on what is possible. He is the only blind person who has reached the summit of Mount Everest and the tallest peak on each continent. Weihenmayer inspires others with motivational talks, charity work, and wild adventures such as whitewater kayaking, cycling, solo sky-diving, and multi-sport adventure racing to name but a few [www.touchthetop.com]. His extraordinary adventures have earned him many awards, media appearances, and raised funds for many deserving charitable causes. Weihenmayer joined with Mark Wellman, a paraplegic, and Hugh Herr, a double-leg-amputee and scientist at Harvard's prosthetics Laboratory, to form No Barriers USA, a non-profit organization with a goal of promoting innovative ideas, approaches, and assistive technologies which help people with disabilities push through their own personal barriers to live full and active lives.   

Weihenmayer and others with disabilities prove that with spirit, courage and determination, disabilities and set-backs can be overcome.  When individuals are faced with obstacles, they often blame others while withdrawing from society. There are many examples of individuals such as Weihenmayer who choose a better path � having the strength to overcome, the courage to accept, and the determination to not allow the situation to prevent them from achieving their potential. 

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Here are some of the things going on in and around the community:

  • McKinsey Quarterly is celebrating its 50th anniversary of publication.  Its goal is to help senior managers "make sense of change, anticipate what's to come, and set an agenda that enables their organizations to thrive." McKinsey and Company is a global management consulting firm and an advisor to businesses, governments, and institutions; private, public and social. To celebrate the 50th anniversary, it is publishing a series of articles by leading management thinkers that provide insights into the future.  The first of the series, "Management Intuition for the Next 50 Years" [September 2014], focuses on how technological disruption, emerging markets, and population aging are challenging long-held assumptions underlying strategy, decision-making and management.

  • The National Physical Activity Plan Alliance is a coalition of national organizations working together to change communities in ways that will enable every American to be physically active.  Importantly, they want to insure that efforts to promote physical activity in the American population will be guided by a comprehensive, evidence-based strategic plan. They have recently released their "2014 United States Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth." Among the many findings, the report recognizes the many influences affecting behavior change to a more active lifestyle.  As a resource for health statistics on children and youth, the report is an advocacy tool leading to action which will improve health, prevent disease and disability, and enhance quality of life.

  • Christopher Neck, et. al., discuss their research on �how entrepreneurial work context affects the individual and how entrepreneurs use their personal, social and family resources to cope with entrepreneurial demands.�  A mediation model is proposed where self-leadership moderates entrepreneurial demands [�Self-Leadership: a Cognitive Resource for Entrepreneurs,� Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, 26(5):463-480, 2013 ].

  • The Summer 2014 issue of MIT Sloan Management Review [55(4):27-55, Summer 2014, www.sloanreview.mit.edu] provides a special report on business in China: �China's Next Phase.� A series of four articles � �Accelerated Innovation: the New Challenge from China�;  �What's Next for the Chinese Economy?�; �Protecting Intellectual Property in China�; and �Innovation Lessons from China� � highlight China's  impressive record of economic growth, transforming itself from an impoverished and politically unstable country to the second largest economy in the world.  The articles offer insights into what the future may hold for the Chinese economy and how to do business there.

  • Business Travel News [31(10) 30 June 2014, www.businesstravelnews.com] provides valuable information for the manager of business travel. The handbook includes articles on:  �Structuring a Managed Program  �Establishing a Travel Policy�;  �Selecting a Travel Management Company�; �Working with Airlines�;  �Setting up a Lodging Program�; �Working with Car Rental Firms�; �Working with Chauffeured Providers�; �Selecting a Corporate Payment System�; and �Evaluating Corporate Travel Technology.�

  • Andrea E. Smith-Hunter's Women Entrepreneurs in the Global Marketplace [Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, United Kingdom, 2013, ISBN978-1-84844-170-5 ] examines the status of female entrepreneurs around the world, analyzing the social, political, cultural, and economic factors that affect them and their contributions to entrepreneurship and innovation within their respective countries.   Detailed analysis of nine countries � Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ghana, Iceland, India, Jamaica, Sweden, and the United States � provides diversity in informational content shared with the reader.  Smith-Hunter, a professor of management and sociology at Siena College, offers a number of recommendations for improving opportunities for women entrepreneurs globally. 

  • Donna Fenn profiles 35 millennials who are transforming their original visions into business enterprises in "Generation Why Not" [Inc., pp.46-56, July 2014, www.inc.com].  This is the 35th anniversary of this survey of individuals under 35 years of age.  The print issue profiles six individuals, while the web site features in-depth profiles of all of this year's winners as well as an accompanying article by the judges offering advice to young entrepreneurs.

  • State laws governing protocols for concussions in youth sports have resulted in a demand for education in the recognition and the effective management of sport-related concussion.  All states and the District of Columbia have laws modeled on, or similar to, the Zackery Lystedt Law, enacted in Washington in 2009. To address the need for education, The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the Sports Concussion Institute (SCI) have announced they will be partnering on the development of new credentialing programs for health professionals, coaches, parents and other stakeholders. These certifications will help youth sports workers meet state concussion requirements, optimizing safety and ensuring full recovery of youth athletes before returning to academics and play.

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