A Mideast Bond, Stitched of Pain and Healing This article is about a Palestinian little girl and an Israeli little boy both recovering from injuries inflicted by their respective enemies. Amazingly beautiful lesson on humanity.
A mindshare mountain for the Uber Alpine Communal Capitalist
See how inclusive altruism blooms as millennials are launching ski towns and this alpine utopia is a poster child for how dreams become things like ski enlightened ski resorts.
Here is what they have to say about themselves:
Summit is building a mountain town around the spirit of innovation in the heart of Utah's Wasatch Mountains. Summit Powder Mountain aims to rethink the great American mountain town around a community focused on innovation, entrepreneurship, arts, and altruism. Tucked on the southern side of Powder Mountain, in the town of Eden, Utah, it’s a new kind of neighborhood, where friends, family, and the change makers of today and tomorrow gather in an environment created to catalyze personal and collective growth.
I consider this idea the anti Yellowstone Club - A former nest of greed, luxury and exclusivity that imploded in the mid 200's and now is a high end private ski resort with a wicked past.
After writing about and going to the Yellowstone Club in Big Sky Montana and visiting, the experience felt more exclusive if you weren't part of their inner circle. Summit? Ok, get me a guitar a maker shack, some telemark skis, a Bernese Mountain Dog, a Jack Russell, a frisbee, a bunch of brainiacs, lots of good California wine, and great Mexican Tequila. Oh and let's not forget the pine cone to table food, the owl's nest to bed handmade luxury and Dwell Magazine design ethos. Most importantly, there better be a climate that behaves. Good snow, environmental stewardship, manners, self expression, diversity and peace and love. And what about a few people with gray hair, the sages and the proven warriors in this "space.?" Bring it on.
Excerpt from New York Times Profile by Andy Isaacson
“What Tesla did to cars,” Elliott Bisnow, a Powder Mountain owner, explained, wide-eyed, to the group visiting in January, “we’re going to do with towns!”
Other than being idealistic and unabashedly earnest, Powder’s young owners are also savvy connectors. In 2008, Mr. Bisnow, then 23 and a founder of a successful real estate industry e-newsletter company (Bisnow Media), gathered 19 entrepreneurs at the Alta Mountain ski area in Utah. A bonding ski trip turned into another company called Summit Series, which has hosted annual conferences in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, and Washington. In April 2011, Summit chartered a cruise ship around the Bahamas for 1,500 attendees, while also raising nearly $1 million with the Nature Conservancy to support a marine protected area there. The next winter, the company took over much of the Squaw Valley resort in California for a weekend.
Summit's mission is to build community, catalyze entrepreneurship, address global issues, and support artistic achievement, in an effort to make our world a more joyful place.
On Slow Life has an affinity for the mountain resort. Highlights of the high life will always have a home here. See other articles on winter wonderlands
I just got back from a weekend in Mammoth where clearly, the Autumn action is on in the mountain valleys near water sources and the spectacular terrain. In the Winter it's all about the mountain too because the town is a smattering of A Frames, oddball bakeries, ski shops, a ChartHouse here, a Whiskey Creek there, but what a gorgeous spot to be outside all year.
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Who are the thought leaders and curators making life more dynamic, possible, magical or slowly amazing? What is it that people want from businesses, technology, experience, the world? From philanthropy to hotels to style to concerts and creating experience here are some stand outs. Authenticity, resonance, comfort, style, growth, vision, home, adventure, cozyness, expansiveness, responsibility and inspiration are words to describe. Here are a few of people places and events that On Slow Life admires and wants to share with you.
Kevin Wall is an Emmy Award-winning producer, digital entrepreneur, environmental activist and technology investor. He is the creative director and producer of the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup opening concert and produced South Africa's first ever World Cup in 2010. We love his global reach and environmental activism. He has the gift of getting people to collaborate and create history while he delivers it across multiple platforms. Access and activism plus iconic entertainment.
As founder and CEO of Control Room, which produces and distributes live music concerts across Internet, radio, television, and mobile phones, platforms, Wall pioneered the platform-agnostic digital media model making entertainment content available on all mediums and devices. Control Room has delivered more than 100 shows since 2005, featuring international superstars such as Madonna, Jay-Z, Rihanna, and more, across a variety of networks and platforms around the world. Wall expanded Control Room’s producer credits to include specialized iconic events – The 2010 FIFA World Cup Opening Concert Celebration, the 2009 Green Inaugural Ball hosted by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, and Live Earth 2007: Concerts for a Climate in Crisis featuring multi-artist performances, integrated messaging, and massive global media architecture.
On hospitality Ori: “I always loved travelling and exploring different cultures so I decided to get into hospitality. I found a school that specialised in the hotel business. During my studies I interned at various hotels in Florence and began to fall in love with the business of welcoming guests.”
On Embracing Guests- Italian HotelierOri Kafri with hotels in Florence, Capri and now Rome's philospohy and interpretation of hospitality is well described in this exerpt from Travel + Leisure's recent article on their latest launch in Rome.
From Travel + Leisure
After eight years of hunting for the right location in the capital, Kafri opened his doors near the Via dei Condotti and the Spanish Steps, in a 19th-century building that was once the University of Rome’s architecture school. Bönan sourced or designed every piece of décor for the 30 sophisticated rooms, from the four-poster beds to the brass doorknobs. Clean, Modernist lines are set off by touches of Roman exuberance: classical sculptures from the early 20th century, emerald-colored walls, and elegantly striped gray-and-white marble bathrooms. A rooftop terrace, perfect for summer cocktails, will open later this year.
But style doesn’t trump substance. Kafri’s father, Jonathan, an apparel manufacturer, not only inspired the brand’s initials but also helped shape its mission. “My dad is always bothered by the fact that hotels can be so inflexible. The two of us were recently in London, and breakfast was included with our rate. He asked for a cappuccino. The waitress said, ‘That’s extra.’ Not good,” Kafri laughs. Forget about being charged for that second cup during your morning meal at J.K. Place (or Wi-Fi, or the mini-bar). “I believe in bespoke hospitality,” he adds. “If a guest sleeps in, they can still order eggs. Breakfast is never over.”
The mood in travel is feeling like you are visiting a friend with the efficiency and comforts of an amazing hotel and the authenticity of friends. City hotels like JK Place set the bar.
Bridges to Nature
Transitions into nature - Best Bridge according to Travel & Leisure Magazine Hose Bridge Sand Norway
The citizens of Sand Norway wanted to connect their town to an expansive woodland. Architects Sami Rintala, Dague Eggertsson and Vibeke Jenssen created a deceptively simple link.
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Philantropist & Conservationist
Paul Tudor Jones
Paul Tudor owns Grumeti Reserves in Tanzania’s Western Serengeti and was recently lauded by the African Great Lakes country's Parliament for not permitting hunting in his reserve. The flagship hotel there, Sasaskwa, was named the #1 hotel in the world by Travel & Leisure Magazine in 2011 and 2012.
Jones has been working with Tanzania and Paul Milton of Hart Howerton, a London architectural firm that specializes in large-scale land use, to develop regional plans for the sustainability of the area, its wildlife and its local communities.[ He has set up a trust for Pamushana a private reserve, operated by South Africa's Singita group, the reserve is about 300 Miles southeast of Harare, near the Mozambique border in Zimbabwe.
Sangita Grumeti Reserves Tanzania
In an age where the accelerating destruction of pristine wilderness is beyond repair, Singita is making a profound difference in many parts of Africa. Orchestrating an interdependent relationship between communities, wildlife and tourism that ensures true sustainability, Singita is blazing a trail which is seldom achieved on this scale anywhere else on the continent.
A Stand Against Rhino Poaching
Today, the environmental stakes couldn’t be higher, as poaching methods have become increasingly sophisticated and poachers more daring. Following past incidents in the Sabi Sand, Singita decided it was time to secure a dedicated in house anti-poaching unit to secure the safety and preservation of the species in the reserve.
Singita Sabi Sand is doing everything possible to prevent rhino poaching. Due to the incessant demand for rhino horn, poaching of the species in Africa has surpassed all forms of sustainability and the species will become extinct on our generation’s watch if it is not adequately protected.
In response to this need, Singita began working with specialists in counteracting illegal hunting and wildlife trade through the use of highly trained tracker dog units. Tracker dogs, trained to track both animals and humans, are being included in many national parks’ security operations, including the Kruger National Park and the units have become an integral part of Singita’s anti-poaching measures.
Mark Broodryk, Head Guide at Singita Sabi Sand says, “The biggest advantage of a dog unit is that the dogs track using their keen sense of smell and thus are extremely effective – even tracking in pitch darkness.” The dogs’ work rate and endurance surpasses that of a human and they ask for very little in return for the unenviable tasks they are called to do. Highly trained and able to perform multiple functions from pursuing intruders to tracking sick or injured animals or sniffing out products from illegal possessions, the dogs are highly valued, professional assets supporting important conservation initiatives.
Another reason for the success of the canine operation is that their presence acts as a deterrent to potential poachers. Once tracking dogs have been deployed into an area, the news quickly spreads amongst poachers and criminal syndicates and the level and frequency of poaching incidents is shown to drop dramatically.
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