Mindful or Mindless?

A quick look at who’s paying attention and who’s not.

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Every month we like to do a round-up of the news and see who’s being mindful and who could use to practice a little more awareness. Here’s what we found:

Mindful: Last year the Cochin International Airport in Southern India became the world’s first fully solar-powered airport. When a woman contacted online retailer Zulily to return a winter coat, they refunded her money and told her to donate the coat instead of returning it. Ever heard of a “solidarity fridge?” No? That’s because the town of Galdakao, Spain, is the first to install one. To minimize food waste, citizens bring leftovers to an outdoor fridge and anyone can take from it. We know Twitter can be distracting and mindless, but Tweeters also detect earthquakes more quickly than the US Geological Survey, which is why it teamed up with the social media site to more efficiently and effectively monitor earthquakes. At the Human Library, the books are people! The global project, with outposts around the world, is like a regular library, only you check out human volunteers who make their experiences with painful or taboo issues like alcoholism, PTSD, and polyamory, open and available to “readers.”…