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Kid Star Network
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Written by kidstar   
Thursday, 05 May 2011 23:24

KidStar Radio Network is a Children's educational charity that is developing a network of web radio stations within participating schools and youth organizations throughout the country.  These stations are completely operated by the kids themselves "The Kids Do It All". Each station is overseen by Kidstar support staff who have professional broadcasting experience and they work with the teacher or club leader to develop the style and format of the station.  This enables the kids within the school or club,  to plan, present and manage their own radio stations.

KidStar provides opportunities to kid's of all backgrounds.  The KidStar program educates our youth through a medium that is both fun and familiar to them, giving its particpating members skills both in communications and self confidence.  This program has the ability to change, empower and truly engage students. The KidStar Radio Network is a life changing program.  In addition, KidStar has developed a number of fundraising programs to assist schools with the financial challenges which face all schools and youth organizations today.



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Arizona Film Industry at a Crossroads
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Friday, 26 March 2010 04:46

The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

FilmThe good: The Film Industry generates large sums of money for a huge economic impact in Arizona. The bad: State tax incentives to attract filmmaking here are about to expire. The ugly: Arizona economy will suffer.

The Governor’s Film & Television Commission, which was part of the Arizona Department of Commerce, no longer exists because the Commerce department took an 85 percent budget cut this year. Arizona’s Business Attraction Manager Ken Chapa has been trying to include promotion for the film industry in his marketing projects, but his office will no longer be in existence as of July 2010.

According to Chapa, part of the problem has been that legislators didn’t understand the benefits of an incentive program to encourage filmmaking in Arizona. Chapa thinks part of the reason for that is because many elected officials have taken filmmaking in Arizona for granted because it’s always been here. In speaking with legislators, he found that most were very surprised by the fact that when films are made here, they have a huge work force behind them. Right now reports show $60 million to $70 million a year of projects we know about. But we need to have a program in order to compete.

Chapa: “Forty-two out of 50 states offer huge incentives to bring projects in. If you don’t have an incentive, you don’t play ball; that’s what drives location decisions. Arizona offers about 30 percent back in tax credits, but that’s slated to go away on December 31, 2010.”

The Arizona Film & Media Coalition President Mike McGinn told me that they’ve been working diligently on a new bill for the last two years, but there is no organization to provide monies for lobbying to educate legislators on the benefits of attracting film to Arizona.

McGinn explained that the film community is part of a vibrant social fabric that Arizona needs. “It’s a marketing tool for a lifestyle and tourism, and it brings a certain panache and excitement to a community; leaves large sums of money and leaves little footprints. It’s one of the industries that we can have here, that with our sunlight, proximity to California, and with the diverse and educated crews we have, we would have a natural advantage over most other states. We could be one of the top destinations for motion pictures outside of Hollywood. The money that comes into the community involves restaurants, rental cars, flowers, furniture stores, prop houses, art galleries, and catering, just to name a few.

“This is a broad-based economic impact: it creates high paying jobs and puts money into all phases of the economy. We’re not talking about short-term impacts; all the many films shot here from John Wayne and John Ford and all the way to recent movies, travel the world and people see Arizona, and see the red rocks and the Grand Canyon and the sunsets, and come to Arizona for that mystique. If we lose that we lose a marketing tool going forward for the Arizona brand for generations.”

The Arizona Film & Media Organization is comprised of: SAG, AFTRA, APA, IATSE, Teamsters, IFP, the Phoenix Film Foundation, The Visitors & Convention Bureau and schools.

Two new competing tax incentive bills have been introduced in the current legislative session. Both bills are sponsored by developers who wish to build or already have studio sites in Arizona. Both would replace the existing incentive program. On February 18, the groups behind the bills met with representatives from the Tucson and Phoenix Film Offices and the AFMC. They agreed to change the language of SB1409 to make it more agreeable to the local production community representatives. As a result, the AFMC is now IN FAVOR of this bill. An amendment to the bill was heard on February 23 by the Senate Commerce and Economic Development Committee, and the amendment passed through this committee.

How can you help? By making a donation to the AFMC. Every single dollar counts at this point, and there are two ways to donate:

1) By mailing a check made payable to the AFMC to:

Arizona Film & Media Coalition, Inc.
Attn: Roxanne Chaisson, Secretary
20325 N. 51st Avenue, Suite 134
Glendale, AZ 85308

2) By making a donation from the AFMC’s web site.

Article By Lou Hunt



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A New Kind of Hello!
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Written by Elizabeth Taylor, Ph.D   
Friday, 26 March 2010 04:43

Members of the northern Natal tribes of South African greet one another by saying “Sawa bona,” which literally means: “I see you.”

The response is “Sikhona” which means: “I am here.”  This exchange is important, for it denotes that “until you see me, I do not exist; and when you see me, you bring me into existence. Members of these tribes go about their day with this personal validation from everyone they encounter – seen for who they are. This speaks to the greater intrinsic human need for validation, which we all share. Compared to greetings in American and most western cultures, this kind of deep acknowledgement of the other on a daily basis is far more human, vital and supports the well-being and integrity of the entire community. Our western way of saying, “Hello, how are you?” lacks this depth.

Often we greet in an automatic, and rather perfunctory way, not really paying attention to the other’s response, which may very well be “Well, I’m not doing so great.” We expect and assume a standard and safe retort from the other, such as: “I’m fine, and you?”

Too often this exchange is not meant to go any deeper than superficial pleasantries. We hear what we want to hear because we don’t want to or have time to engage at deeper levels. We are not comfortable with and avoid those kinds of openings and intrigues. The use of this greeting: “I see you” in the movie Avatar does not originate from the minds of Hollywood. However, it is powerful validation on how indigenous cultures have evolved their practices of interpersonal communications and in the manner in which they value and honor ‘the other.’ We have a lot to learn from such cultures of people whom are generally regarded as ‘undeveloped or uncivilized.’

What we stand to learn from these South African tribes is the importance of being ‘present’ with every person we greet during each day. Our presence with them validates them. We must watch and manage our tendency to rush through greetings, our tendency to not listen to others as they share their point of view or frame of thought, our tendency to get busy formulating our assumptions and rebuttals while watching the other person’s lips move, and our tendency to impose criticism or even advice when it is not invited. These are forms of abuse, which often leave people feeling bereft, assaulted and carrying a sense of ‘dis-ease’ from a simple personal exchange in ways they cannot put a finger on. And it tears away at the fabric of their future personal interactions because this ‘hurt’ energy must be relieved and acted out in some way.

The words we use in our everyday communications from the moment we rise to the moment we lay down to sleep are tools. They are tools that keep our life running. They can ignite or ruin our day. Our words energize or deflect relationships. We must be careful how we treat others with our words. We must not allow technology, the rush of everyday living or our own personal stresses and preoccupations to turn us into vacant, frightened talking heads. It’s a good thing to make the full acknowledgement of the other as a valued everyday practice, and when we can exit a conversation with the satisfaction of knowing that we brought someone else into existence!


Dr. Elizabeth TaylorDr. Elizabeth Taylor is an award winning author, Professor and Founding President of Wisdom To Go, a 501(c)(3) organization. Wisdom To Go helps people realize their human and spiritual potential through innovative media concepts and tools. – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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