Gleaning More Goodness from the Institute for Healthy Air Water & Soil's Harmony and Health Initiative
When an event opens with 22 "Igniter" speeches, each lasting three minutes or less, you can bet you've moved beyond the standard notions of warming up a crowd. Last week, Savoring Kentucky described some of the fire and firepower that opened the March 20 session of the Harmony and Health Initiative in Louisville. The week before, we had shared photos and a bit of information about the importance of grass—real grass, not the euphemistic kind—to some thinkers and growers as they prepared for their Harmony and Health Initiative roles.
Now the Initiative's parent organization, the Institute for Healthy Air Water & Soil, has released a short video sampler drawn from the Igniter talks.
Here's the short (4:48) video: Ignite Highlights from the Harmony and Health Initiative and here's more information about it from the Institute's most recent post.
In preparation for helping with one small aspect of this giant event, I read about the extraordinary work of Prince Charles, who, as Wendell Berry noted, has been nearly alone among world leaders in focusing his leadership and his own life on ecological good. I tried to see the event in Louisville from the eyes of the young FFA members and other student groups who hosted exhibits there: a visit from His Royal Highness must help underscore the importance of harmony and balance in agriculture and food production, which will be the life work of some of these young people. I am grateful to Prince Charles for his visit to Louisville, and for his ongoing, deeply serious work to save our world. His book, Harmony, is one useful guide to his thinking, and this website also helps.
In case you missed them in earlier posts, here are links to two key features of the Harmony and Health Initiative:
- Video and text of Prince Charles's speech at Louisville's Cathedral of the Assumption
- Text of Wendell Berry's introduction of Prince Charles (see page 7 of this Event Book pdf)
In addition, you may be interested in work announced on March 20 to improve Louisville's status as a particularly challenging city for people with asthma—Louisville Air Map and Air Louisville—described here in this way:
...the first-of-its-kind data-driven collaboration among public, private and philanthropic organizations to use digital health technology to improve asthma. Kentucky has the fourth highest adult asthma prevalence in the US and Louisville consistently ranks among the top 20 "most challenging" cities to live in with asthma. Leveraging Propeller Health's FDA-approved medication inhaler sensors, the program will track when, where and how often residents of Louisville experience asthma symptoms. These data, along with Propeller Health's personalized asthma management system, will help patients to better manage their asthma symptoms, and aid city leaders in making smarter decisions about how to keep the air clean.
Christy Brown is the Louisville-based world leader most responsible for the recent Harmony and Health events and much other sustained work on healing our world and ourselves. Christy's big ways of seeing health and working to improve it raise our sights in a state that faces huge health challenges. She leads all of us to care more deeply about our place and each other. She calls on us to dedicate ourselves to repairing our damaged air, water and soil—the most fundamental elements of life on this earth.
The mandala image above, described as a work in progress, identifies some key Kentucky champions of health and points out health facets of progressive work in seven arenas in addition to physical health. Christy Brown's habits of creating connections that will improve life in Louisville and Kentucky open new opportunities for effectiveness for people involved in governments, business, agriculture, faith, arts and literature, health care and positive global advocacy.
Great leaders like Christy Brown call out our best selves. She and the gathering of leaders she attracted to Louisville last month connect both people and ideas in inventive, sometimes audacious ways. These leaders fire our imaginations, igniting our willingness to reconsider, stretch, and change.
And so we humans make progress. We need to make a lot of it.