Going Glocal! Thinking Globally, Acting Locally

Going “GLOCAL!”

Global Interdependencies: Thinking Globally, Acting Locallly

“Glocal” is a great word for 2011.  I am looking forward connecting the dots around the world in economics and sustainability. Processing what we learn and bringing it right back down to our local communities where we live, work and play. 

“Thinking Globally, Acting Locally” is the theme for the Spring 2011 Semester At Sea voyage my husband Tom and I are taking in January.  Carra & Tom Riley

is a 104 day journey where we will be living with 605 college students and 55 Life Long Learners taking global issues and bringing them back to a local level.

“Glocal” Is my  new favorite word and coined by Semester At Sea 2011 voyage originators:

“Glocal: Someone who is able and willing to think globally while acting locally to improve the human condition and the planet we inhabit”

The voyage director writes:

“Our voyage will expose partipants to a wide range of issues regarding globalization and its implications internationally and locally across the Americas, Africa and Asia. While we think of globalization as a modern condition, its roots actually stretch back far historically…..

Our voyage will use the many opportunities provided by the diverse cultures we will encounter in our stops to compare how globalization has affected our world both historically and currently…… global marketing ….Through Global Studies, our voyage will consider how globalization makes its presence felt on a local level. We will analyze the advantages and disadvantages of globalization on individual, national and regional levels.

……global effects of international and national economic policies. Service learning courses will provide the opportunity to understand more fully how we as individuals can make a difference on a local level.

While globalization is sometimes considered a negative force in our world… The internet promotes the preservation of localized languages, food and cultural practices while also allowing international marketing practices to customize products according to local customs and practices. Our curriculum will explore the question of how we are connected globally, what the outcomes of this connection are and how we can be a positive force in this process as we go “glocal”.

I have been participating with the local Williams Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce on events, doing videos around the area and am now ready to take the engagement to the next level We  have the community support as we go on this world adventure. Williams, Arizona is the Gateway to the Grand Canyon and as such is host to international guests from all over the world as they come to see one of the seven wonders of the world the, Grand Canyon.  The local paper Williams News did an article on the journey so our entire community is going to be aware of how global concepts can come right back to our local community as we evolve into being “glocal.”

Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego

My hometown in Broomfield, Colorado also printed an article in the Broomfield Enterprise so this is going to be fun with world wide followers!

Now to add some Cosmic Cow Pie fun to the adventure.

Do you remember “Where in the world is Carmen San Diego?”

It was a game to teach geography and reasoning skills.

Now you can experience this exciting concept LIVE as you play

“Where in the world is Carra Riley?”

Go to my website at CosmicCowPie.com and register in the forum to play the game.. it is all about getting points for comments!

The winner will receive a $500 Travel voucher to one of the 7 wonders of the world! The Grand Canyon! And A trip on the Grand Canyon Railway to the Grand Canyon, entry to Bearizona, Breakfast at the Grand Canyon Coffee and Cafe, golf at Elephant Rocks Golf Course and possibly more!  Watch for the next post or go to CosmicCowPie.com for the details!

There are so many incredible places we are going to go and THE most exciting for me is building a house in Ghana with Habitat for Humanity!

We are going to swim with the dolphins in the open in Mauritiusa, share love at the Taj Mahal and shop at the floating market in Viet Nam.

I am going to do a LIVE blogtalkradio broadcast from Viet Nam and think about Robin Williams as I open the show!  Then we will experience the floating market in Ha Long Bay.

We will also be fishing for piranha on the Amazon River and bonding with Monkeys in the rain forest!

Here are the Ports of Call Around the world!  Strap in and buckle up, it is going to be an exciting journey!

  • Nassau, Bahamas ~  January 12
  • Roseau, Dominica ~ January 16 & 17
  • Manaus, Brazil ~  January 23-27
  • Takoradi, Ghana ~ February 6-10
  • Cape Town, South Africa ~ February 17-22
  • Port Louis, Mauritius ~ Febryart 27  ( Swim with dolphins in open water)
  • Chennai, India ~ March 6-11
  • Singapore ~ March 16
  • Ho Chi Minh, City, Viet Nam ~ March 19-24
  • Hong Kong/Shanghai, China ~ March 26 to April 1
  • Kobe/Yokohama, Japan ~ April 4-8
  • Hilo, Hawaii ~ April 17-18
  • San Diego, CA USA ~ April 24

So come along with us on the adventure of a life time and live it with us through our youtube, blog and flickr posts!  Comment on the the posts and win a chance to see one of the 7 wonders of the world in Arizona at the Grand Canyon!

Glocal: Thinking Global Acting Local

Cosmic Chili for Company!

Cooking With Carra in the Cosmic Cow Pie!

I know, I know.. what is that crazy Carra doing now? Creating some Cosmic Chili for Christmas and New Years!

It’s always a good time in the Cosmic Cow Pie!

Check out the Cow Tips to making great Chili for a big group!

Quick Cosmic Chili

6 or 7 15 oz. cans of different chili

1 10 oz. can diced tomatoes and green chilies

1 4 oz. can diced hot green peppers

1 15 oz. can stewed tomatoes pureed in the blender

1.5 lbs. hamburger browned

1 large white onion sauteed

1 pkg. Chili seasonings

1/4 cup sugar

1 16 oz can V-8 juice

2 cans water

Be sure to bake some cornbread.. add creamed corn to your mix or some cream cheese for chewy cornbread. Try green chilies for some southwestern spice!

Watch the video for chili directions….or wing it.. Cooking with Carra is a creative experience!

Cosmic Christmas Centerpiece

Looking for some fun this week? Create a festive Christmas centerpiece!

Go out in the forest and gather some greens and pine cones.. zip over to the Dollar store for some ornaments and sizzle then create a masterpiece in a very short time..Don’t have a forest…. try a Christmas tree lot and ask for some broken branches!

Look through your extra Christmas items and start thinking out of the box… what can you decorate the greenery with? Find some old ornaments and attach them with twister ties.

It all starts with some branches in a large vase.. Don’t have a large vase? Try Ross Dress for Less, The Dollar Store or Kohl’s. A small waste basket would also work.. a paint can can be decorated.. be creative, it’s fun and you can SAVE $$$

I hope you enjoyed this Cow Tip and want to you know this coming year I will be creating Cow Tips with ideas for business and technology! I am having some fun now to get going but you just never know what you will learn in the Cosmic Cow Pie. Sign up for the weekly video Cow Tips and have some fun, you too can be a Cowtipper!

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Survival 101

Survival 101: Creating a plan for 2011

  • What’s 2011 going to be like?
  • What do you need to do different?
  • How is technology changing the way people do business?
  • Should I continue to do the same thing?
  • Can I survive another year?

Looking for direction?

Attend Survival 101 presented by Carra Riley CRB, CRS, GRI and learn how to develop specific business strategies in building a real estate career.

The student will participate in a workshop format and will come away with a plan of action to implement for successful survival in today’s evolving world.

Survival 101: Business Planning Workshop Friday Dec. 10, 2010 9 to 4 in Prescott, Arizona at PAAR, Prescott Area Association of Realtors.

Current consumer behavior will be addressed and how the agent can meet the needs of today’s buyers and sellers.

Specific plans will be customized for each student based on values and the vision of the individual. Knowing how to work the plan and be preparing for the future should reduce stress and create balance with practice. Retirement options will be addressed and worked into the planning procedure.

Topics to be covered:

  • Why Plan?
  • Vision Statement
  • Mission Statement
  • Dreams
  • Values
  • Taking actions to dreams
  • External Factors or the Cosmic Cow Pie, How it effects business
  • Specific steps to achieve a specific goal
  • Determine desired income
  • 1 yr. 5 yr, 10 year plans
  • Ways to Prospect
  • Technology Strategy
  • Story Board Planning
  • Time Management
  • Accountability
  • Retirement
  • Projecting the Future

Connecting The Dots of the Day…… Walk away with a plan to start working immediately on 2011!

Survival 101: Friday, December 10, 2010 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

PAAR Members are FREE,  $25.00 for non-members. Registration limited. Register at the Prescott Area Association of Realtor’s.

The workshop will be held at the Prescott Area Association of Realtor’s office

3719 Karicio Lane Prescott, AZ 86303-6829 Phone: 928.445.2663

Think about the GIVE in Thanksgiving!

Pondering the importance of the National Day of Thanksgiving unites us with thoughts of peace and gratitude.

Thanksgiving started as a harvest festival and is primarily celebrated in America and Canada. It is a holiday to express thankfulness, gratitude, and appreciation to God, family and friends for which all have been blessed. Traditionally, it has been a time to give thanks for a bountiful harvest and loving relationships.

Did you know…..Thanksgiving in the United States was observed on various different dates throughout history? It was not until December 26, 1941 that President Franklin D. Roosevelt, after pushing two years earlier to move the date up to give the country an economic boost with a longer Christmas selling season, signed a bill into law, with congress, making Thanksgiving a national holiday and proclaiming it to be the fourth Thursday in November.

Our forefathers celebrated a year of abundance in 1621 at the Plymouth Plantation. 102 Pilgrims had arrived on the Mayflower at Plymouth Rock on December 11, 1620. The first year they lost 46 original settlers but with the help of 91 native Americans they survived the winter and expressed gratitude for their fall harvest with a three day festival. Traditionally, this has been known as the “First Thanksgiving.”

George Washington shared the first Presidential Thanksgiving proclamation in 1789.
“Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor – and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”

Thanksgiving Presidential Proclamations help reinforce our need for peace and gratitude.

Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds. ~Theodore Roosevelt

Let’s make EVERY day a day of Thanks GIVING. This year let’s live the “GIVE” in Thanksgiving together.

“Dear Lord; we beg but one boon more: Peace in the hearts of all men living, peace in the whole world this Thanksgiving.” ~Joseph Auslander

“Thanksgiving is the holiday of peace, the celebration of work and the simple life… a true folk-festival that speaks the poetry of the turn of the seasons, the beauty of seedtime and harvest, the ripe product of the year – and the deep, deep connection of all these things with God.” ~Ray Stannard Baker (David Grayson)

“O Lord that lends me life, Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness.” ~William Shakespeare

More thoughtful Thanksgiving quotes from the quote garden.

Looking for some Thanksgiving cooking fun?

140 Thanksgiving Recipes: The Ultimate Recipe Collection!Everything you could possibly think of for Thanksgiving…..

“Grace isn’t a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. It’s a way to live.” ~Attributed to Jacqueline Winspear

Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your day with friends and family.