Category Archives: Superhero Alerts (Become a hero!)

I believe you have a superpower. What is it? #superheroalert

What’s your superpower?
I truly believe everyone has a weird little superpower that other people can’t understand and that we don’t usually document. I believe this because after studying neurobiology I’m awed by the power of our chemical minds.

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Artful Spoons: Connecting chronically ill artists through art #superheroalert

Hey SuperPeeps! Today we need to talk about art, and about how sometimes becoming a hero means celebrating someone else’s dreams. NGOs are discovering this, too–rather than handing out charity, or a one-time save, how can you help someone save themselves?Artful Spoons

#ArtfulSpoons is a hashtag and account on Twitter that celebrates the art of #spoonies, or people who are suffering chronic illnesses. We had a chat with Alex, who runs the account.

What got you started in celebrating spoonie art?

Hello I am SethFan4EVA and I am the host of .

I had started to become more active on Twitter and wanted a way to connect with other chronically ill artists. After cruising , I decided to start my own hashtag. I was inspired by other people doing similar work, like and . I also learned some ideas from other hashtags that spoonies were using to connect, like and .

What’s your favorite piece you’ve been able to feature lately?

So far we haven’t featured any particular artist. The hashtag itself functions as a gallery, where artists choose for themselves what to share on Gallery Night. I used to try to retweet all of the original artwork on from my personal account, but now I will use the official account to do so. benefits from participation, both from the artists who participate as well as the people who browse, like, and retweet the artwork. People can follow on Twitter for more updates.

What kinds of changes has featuring spoonie art made in the lives of the artists you’ve featured?

I think encourages people to make more art, and helps artists connect to one another.

What tips would you give to others who want to start organizations to help others?

I do not know what advice I can give, since I am still learning myself. I can say that asking for advice is definitely a good idea. What I do with is relatively simple, but I still needed a lot of help from other more experienced organizers to get started.

The most important lesson I have learned from this journey has been, sometimes when you have a good idea, other people will show up and help you make it a reality. I have also seen that this is not always the case. A lot of people have to collaborate to make something like this work.

What’s the next step in “becoming a superhero” for you guys?

The next step for is establishing itself at the new account and continuing to attract artists and audience to the monthly Virtual Gallery Nights.

Thanks for chatting, Alex!

I know some of the SuperPeeps will want to check out the hashtags linked above, and try to support some of the art of folks with chronic diseases. If you’d like to read about a superhero with multiple sclerosis, you can get Origins: the Guardian Anthology over at Indiegogo.

And SuperPeeps, as usual, subscribe to #superheroalerts to get more tips on becoming a superhero, free books, and little tidbits of my superhero journey. Or just look for more of alerts here on this site.

The value of silence for superheroes. #superheroalert

Ever noticed that Batman always makes his decisions of discovery alone?

I’m sure you’ve seen the brooding pictures of any number of superheroes, slumped over with their heads in their hands like the Thinker.

How much time do you give yourself, in silence, alone? Away from social media. Away from DOING THINGS. Away from the party and the work. How often do you check your life’s direction, and re-set your goals, and center yourself on what really matters to you as you take the next step? How often do you allow yourself to experience your grief, your doubts, and your questions about how the world works, and just work through the deep stuff? And then, how often do you let your mind grow blank, and just wait for inspiration?

How can you become a superhero if you can’t even save your own thoughts?

“We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship.” ~ C.S. Lewis, ‘Weight of Glory’

If you want to become a superhero, you must get used to spending time alone.

Plastic Bottle Houses in Nigeria Help the Poor #superheroalert

Hey Peeps! Just a short little post today–sharing a link to this Inhabitat piece about the plastic bottle house in Nigeria. The architects noticed that they had waaay too many plastic bottles, and way too few houses, so they thought that problem should solve itself.

What if we did something like this in the more temperate areas where you live to help homelessness? And more generally, how can you use the things you don’t like in your life to solve the problems for the things you need?

True superheroes know how to use the things no one wants to make a difference.

http://inhabitat.com/africas-first-plastic-bottle-house-rises-in-nigeria/

 

Bits’n’Pieces: The Four #dogood Contests We’re Running for BecomingHero! #superheroalert

Let’s Do Good

Because this is supposed to be a campaign about superheroes, we think it’s time for US to get off our butts and become the heroes we read about.

  • Jen will be cleaning up the environment around her city during this Indiegogo. You can do the same in your own city! The SuperPeep who goes out and collects the most litter in their community will win a wood-burnt box by BurntMyselfOnce depicting Skye’s superhero team. It’s like the plaque, but it’s a box. Like the plaque, there is only one. ONE BOX TO HOLD THEM ALL. Post your litter count and photo here.
  • We don’t want to cramp your style: we want to help YOU discover the”doing good” life YOU’RE passionate about. So during this campaign, the Superpeep who volunteers the most hours at their favorite local, qualifying charity (no controversial nonprofits please) will get a cameo in the comic as a superhero of their design. E-mail me at jen (at) becominghero.ninja, Subject: Volunteer Hours to log!
  • Let’s use comics to help the homeless, the handicapped, orphans, or those in prison! The SuperPeep who comes up with–and executes–the best comics/superheroes-related event/project for one of these populations will get a speaking role character named after them in the book. An inspiring superhero-movie-night and meal at the local shelter? A job fair to help folks become their own hero? An art benefit, where you sell your comics to buy them blankets? Or just street-performing in a superhero costume while bringing the homeless hot dogs? I’m excited to see what you come up with. Post your project picture and story in a comment here!
  • The coolest random act of workplace kindness done during the campaign will get a visual cameo in the comic as a helpful citizen. Post yours for voting here.
  • One day during the 3rd week of the campaign, a donation to a qualifying charity of your choice will get you the equivalent value of digital prizes from my campaign. Stay tuned on FB!

*Safety First. You are responsible for taking care of your own safety whatever you do. We do not condone or endorse dangerous behavior, or putting yourself into dangerous situations.*

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Author who survived child abuse teaches her experience to help others. #superheroalert

Lukysha Sims-Neal, a child abuse survivor who writes a blog about living beyond childhood trauma, comes to us today to talk about how we can all, survivors or not, help the healing. Some of her answers are really challenging and even surprising, so I hope you’ll read all the way to the end. This is important stuff, SuperPeeps. Read More…

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