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Deone Benninghoven
Clients consistently indicate that Benninghoven's approach to change management is practical, useful, and sustainable.
Interests: As a consultant, my focus is strength based. As an individual, I enjoy life: music, art, gardening, traveling, yoga, skating, running, snow shoeing, cross-country skiing, hiking, and dancing.
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And for 15 minutes, people just stared right through me. The first person who stopped, tapped me on the shoulder and told me how her dog had just died that morning. How that morning had been the one year anniversary of her only daughter dying in a car accident. How what she needed now, when she felt most alone in the world, was a hug. I got down on one knee, we put our arms around each other and when we parted, she was smiling. Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2010 at Par Excellence
Yesterday I was walking around the point to warm up for a hill climb. Right before the lighthouse, I saw her. Retrieving a pine cone thrown by her human, Sadie-the-three-legged yellow Labrador gleefully turned and hopped toward me. She dropped the cone at my feet. Her fourth leg flopped uselessly as she spun in circles. Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2010 at Par Excellence
Ever wonder who manages all of the natural resources that Alaskans prize the most? A business-meaning group of lawyers, managers, commercial fishermen, adventurists, and writers called The Renewable Resources Foundation. Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2010 at Par Excellence
Professor McQueen-Mason said: 'Producing sugar from non-food biomass, such as wood or straw, in a sustainable way is one of the biggest challenges we face. The problem is that the sugars that we need to use are tied up in the stems of plants, in complex polysaccharides of the cell walls. If we can get these sugars out of biomass, in a cost effective manner, they can be fermented to produce the liquid biofuels we need to replace petrol. Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2010 at Par Excellence
If you think that you are seeing a lawn on the top of the building above, you are. Portland is progressive. I discovered this when my mother lived there. If there is a way to make a public project more eco-friendly, count on Portland, OR, USA to accomplish just that in some never-thought-of-before way. Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2010 at Par Excellence
Yes, I can and will proudly. The Barefoot Collective is doing global good by putting the power of change back in the hands of those who want change. Instead of ram rodding with a best-practice model that may create a power-over change, The Barefoot Collective is doing things differently. Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2010 at Par Excellence
Next week, T. Boone will be unveiling his next venture with General Electric. According to the Dow Jones Wire Services on 5 March 2010, "he is putting together deals to develop 500 megawatts of U.S. wind power with turbines made by General Electric Co. (GE), and will make a formal announcement in 30 days." Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2010 at Par Excellence
The story of Grace Groner is truly amazing. She never drove and walked where she needed to be. She bought her clothes from rummage sales and thrift stores. She lived for years in an apartment until a friend willed her a tiny one-bedroom home with plain furniture and a hulking television in affluent Lake Forest, IL, USA. She never married. She retained three $60 special-issue stocks she purchased in 1935 and reinvested the proceeds for seven decades. Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2010 at Par Excellence
VSO who? Sounds like some club for officers, right? Nope if you fall between the ages of 18-75 years of age, Volunteer Service Organisation is there to help you serve. That's because VSO is all about being there to fight poverty in developing countries worldwide. "VSO's high-impact approach involves bringing people together to share skills, build capabilities, promote international understanding and action, and change lives to make the world a fairer place for all" (extracted on 25 March 2010 from Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2010 at Par Excellence
Imagine a substance that produces more oil and meal on a single hectare then any traditional crop. Imagine a ". . .world that thrives on energy, food, and healthy substances that conserve the environment at the same time they satisfy human needs. Aquatic Energy has imagine this future and is creating it today" (extracted on 24 March 2010 from Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2010 at Par Excellence
From addressing the drop-out status of youth in the city to raising funds, City Year Miami creates and implements "innovative solutions for the most pressing issues facing Miami-Dade County school" (extracted on 24 March 2010 from These solutions help youth succeed in school and realize their potential. So far, 89 corps members graduated from City Year Miami while serving 1,900 children with 139,400 hours of service. Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2010 at Par Excellence
Not to be left out of the global shift to sustainability, Sweden made an announcement last week. They are going even greener by aiming for 50% nation-wide renewable energy by 2020. Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2010 at Par Excellence
Few First Nation tribes were as affected as the Puyallup Tribe by treaties with the US Government. "For years, members of the Puyallup Tribe suffered from serious health and social problems, many of which could be attributed to the reservation process, federal government neglect, and discrimination against Indians practiced by more recent settlers to the Pierce County, WA (Puget Sound) area. Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2010 at Par Excellence
Creating a healing environment is transforming health care in San Diego. From private rooms to a meditation garden, Sharp Memorial Hospital means it. This revolutionary group is redefining how to effectively deliver health care service. Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2010 at Par Excellence
Marcelas stood in front of Congress this week and told them, "'I am here because of my mom,' said Owens. ''My mom was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension in 2006. She missed so much work she lost her job. And when my mom lost her job, she lost her health care. And losing her health care ended up costing her her life.' He continued, 'I don't want any other kids to go through the pain that our family has gone through. My grandma and I want Barack Obama and Congress and everybody to come together and to help get the health care bill passed.'" Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2010 at Par Excellence
When I think of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, I think of someone at times called The Mother of South Africa. I don't think of Selma, Alabama, USA. Well, not until this week when Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, ex-wife of former South African President Nelson Mandela, was the keynote speaker Sunday morning at the Martin and Coretta Scott King Unity Breakfast in Selma. Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2010 at Par Excellence
How do we fix this world that we live in? Our climate and economy is changing. The political structure of yesterday brings us to the brink of another world war today. Sociology and Human Psychology tells us that humans cannot survive without one another. Yet how do we survive, much less thrive, with all of our differences? Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2010 at Par Excellence
This year Forbes made of list of people that seem to take genuine joy in giving and helping people. This group focuses their help by first researching and confirming what is helpful. From advocating for the end of using shark fins for soup to indigenous services, these people are on a mission. Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2010 at Par Excellence
Imagine your migrant parents were forced to abandon you. Basic things like shoes, clothes, food are beyond your 10yo reach. Forget the antiretroviral medicine that you need or a roof over your head and a clean and safe place to sleep. Now add the fact that you are an Afro-Ukrainian in Kharkov where hate crimes are on the rise. Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2010 at Par Excellence
The visibility of ESY has also increased. The program hosts over 1,000 visitors each year—from educators, to health professionals, to international delegates—and has inspired countless kitchen and garden programs. In 2005, we launched our first affiliate program in New Orleans, Louisiana. Today, we have a small network of Edible Schoolyard affiliate programs in cities across the country." Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2010 at Par Excellence
On January 14, 1968, less than four months before he was assassinated, Dr. King visited ". . . the famous singer and activist Joan Baez. Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2010 at Par Excellence
Then on 3 March 2010 S4 Energy Solutions LLC ". . .said it will start work this summer on a renewable energy project in the Columbia River Gorge that uses landfill waste to produce multiple fuel types. Houston-based S4 is a joint venture formed in May between Bend-based InEnTec LLC and Waste Management, Inc., the world’s largest solid waste company with about $12 billion in annual revenue. Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2010 at Par Excellence
Ready to play? Tax credits, to-grid paybacks, and reduced energy bills and consumption await you. Here are a few windy ways to get started at home and at your business. No wars are needed to protect and develop these solutions. All we need is cooperation and ingenuity, and the more so, the better. Here we go. Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2010 at Par Excellence
On Day 5 after the 8.8 Chilean earthquake, national governments, and charitable and for-profit organizations from around the world are coordinating humanitarian aid designed to help the Chilean people. This list is long and heartening. From the Ukraine to the UK and many others in between, help is arriving Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2010 at Par Excellence
In 2002 the World Bank asked 60 000 people living on less than a dollar a day from around the world to identify the single greatest hurdle to their advancement. Above even food, shelter or education, the number one need identified, was access to a voice. Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2010 at Par Excellence