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Gabe Ozoani

Engineer, Aerospace Engineering

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If money was out of the equation, what would you spend the rest of your life doing?

Would you do the job you are currently doing for free? (Assuming the need for money did not exist?)


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    Feb 6 2013: Right now I'm working as an assistant preschool teacher as a way to save up money for college, if I didn't have to worry about money it would give me an opportunity to get involved with something that I'm really passionate about. I know it sounds crazy, but I want to change the world. To spur positive change throughout is what I want to do with my life. When it comes to society as a whole there's lots of room for improvement, there are so many individuals all across the globe who want to help but without the financial means to do so. It saddens me to know that money is one of the only things standing in the way of progress. We can do so much better than this!

    I like the idea of a world with out money, Jacque Fresco developed the term Resource Based Economy which is "a holistic socio-economic system in which all goods and services are available without the use of money, credits, barter or any other system of debt or servitude". I think what this guy is doing is really cool, if it's something you want to look into you can find out more at: http://www.thevenusproject.com/
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      Feb 6 2013: wow, it was at least a month with no mentioning of the venus project. i started to forget about it.
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        Feb 6 2013: You are not counting, then, the often apparent zeitgeist movie-inspired versions of economics ad history but without specific attribution?
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          Feb 6 2013: do not ruin my mood :)
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          Feb 6 2013: Dear Krisztián,
          If you took my advice from the other conversation, you could decide exactly what mood you would like to experience regardless of circumstances!.........LOL:>)
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        Feb 6 2013: Just out of curiousity, what are your thoughts on the Venus Project?
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        Feb 7 2013: Oh... I guess I should put more research into the stuff I put out there! I'll drop it at that :)
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        Feb 6 2013: You are absolutely correct! Its been snowing on and off for the past few weeks so it's a little too cold out to be planting anything right now but I always get really excited whenever I have an opportunity to share something with the kids. A few weeks ago I talked with the little ones about recycling, we eventually made a paper bin in the classroom so we can start reusing the scraps for crafts!
        I have a cousin doing something called unschooling with her boys and from my understanding it's a way to put the kids in charge of the curriculum, its really cool! There's a lot of opportunity for improvement in todays education system, I feel like students should be engaged in a way, not to accept everything as it is, but to question why things work the way they do, they should be encouraged to go out and search for the answers on their own as much as or even more than they should learn in school. To be honest, I learn as much from the children I work with as they learn from me. I think that's a good thing.
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      Feb 6 2013: Jackson,
      I'm with Kate on this.....you have a GREAT opportunity as an "assistant preschool teacher " to influence a LOT of lives every single day....HERE and NOW!

      You say you want to " spur positive change throughout", and that goal is admirable. Start now, with each and every moment in each and every day:>) I like the fact that you recognize being engaged, learning, questioning, encouraging to seek answeres.

      I LOVE the idea that you recognize the fact that you can learn as much from the children as they learn from you. My perception, is that we are all students and teachers in this earth school, and when we lovingly share information with respect and kindness, we all have the ability to learn from each other:>)
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        Feb 7 2013: Colleen,

        Its seems like the internet is filled with strangers who want to make each other feel bad, yet both you and Kate Blake have really encouraged me, someone you've never even met in person before. I really appreciate everything you all have to say, I'm so thankful to have found a place like this.

        Thank you so much!
        Jackson Zachariah Vaughn
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          Feb 8 2013: Jackson,
          Unfortunately, some folks have not discovered the pleasure and enjoyment that can be experienced with empowering others, rather than disempowering. It's really FUN to be encouraging and boost people in their life adventure.

          Have you heard of the concept of "leveling"? People will often try to bring others to their "level" of security or insecurity. We tell each other a LOT about ourselves with each and every interaction.

          I'm glad you found us too Jackson. The more encouraging, supportive people we have in our world, the better:>)

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