Videos

“Flow state: How to trigger the best performance of your life”

Originally posted in our November 2022 Top of Mind Newsletter. Have you ever found yourself in a state of near effortless focus? Where you aren’t paying attention to your phone or other tasks and instead are hyper-concentrated on a particular project or job. This situation is what it is like to be in a state of flow.  Long-time followers of our work at ELI will know that the “Godfather of Flow Psychology,” Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, has profoundly…

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“Redefining the Goal of Education”

Originally posted in our August 2022 Top of Mind Newsletter. As we see the start of the public school year throughout much of the US and other countries, let’s take a moment to reflect on the goal of education and how we might want to reframe it.  For starters, many of us believed that the path toward the highest paying and most rewarding job was a college degree. And while it is true that, on average,…

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“Only in Toledo: Be inspired by the story of DeShawn Willis and Lake Lawns”

Originally posted in our June 2022 Top of Mind Newsletter. For inspiration and to demonstrate to principles we’ve been thinking about this month, the ELI team wanted to highlight one entrepreneur who is making it work no matter what, DeShawn Willis. Owner of Lake Lawns in Toledo, Ohio, DeShawn is a prime example of the power of vision and persistence while showing us you do not need significant investment to start something sustainable. In this short…

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“Why are Americans choosing to quit their jobs in record numbers?”

Originally posted in our January 2022 Top of Mind Newsletter. Chances are, you have heard about the Big Quit or the Great Resignation. In the US, the number of people quitting their jobs has never been higher than it is right now. In a recent 60 Minutes report, we hear from workers, employers, and others looking at national trends. So who is leaving, and why? While there are many nearing retirement age and exiting their careers…

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“Ira Glass on The Creative Process”

Originally posted in our July 2021 Top of Mind Newsletter. Ira Glass, host of This American Life on NPR, has successfully produced high-quality radio for over two decades. But, as he will freely admit, he wasn’t always very good at it. In fact, he claims to have not been up to his own standards for years. And he’s not alone. As Glass earnestly discusses in a series of videos titled On Storytelling, almost all creatives go through…

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A Liter of Light

Liter of Light is a global, grassroots movement that uses inexpensive, readily available materials to provide high quality solar lighting to people with limited or no access to electricity.

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Landfill Harmonic

Landfill Harmonic follows the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan musical group that plays instruments made entirely out of garbage. When their story goes viral, the orchestra is catapulted into the global spotlight. Under the guidance of idealistic music director Favio Chavez, the orchestra must navigate a strange new world of arenas and sold-out concerts. However, when a natural disaster strikes their community, Favio must find a way to keep the orchestra intact and provide a…

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Caine’s Arcade

9-year-old Caine Monroy spent his summer vacation building an elaborate cardboard arcade inside his dad’s used auto parts store. The entire summer went by, and he never had a single customer. But Caine didn’t give up. Then, on the last day of summer, filmmaker Nirvan Mullick walked in by chance to buy an auto part for his car. Caine asked Nirvan to play, and, well, watch Caine’s Arcade and Caine’s Arcade 2 to see what happened next…

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Moving Windmills: The William Kamkwamba Story

Following the award-winning short film Moving Windmills, the feature-length documentary William and the Windmill tells the story of how William Kamkwamba built a power-generating windmill from junk parts to rescue his family from famine, as well as the subsequent changes in his life and village as a result of his invention.

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