Top 10 Items For A 21st Century Toolbox!

Skilled workers of every age have prized their tools. I recently visited a Museum of Natural History and was amazed at the craftsmanship and precision of the sextants and chronometers that allowed explorers to map our world in the 18th and 19th centuries. Such tools must have cost many years' wages for the average person! I was reminded of how my Grandfather prized and cared for the tools he used on his farm. I vividly remember his showing me how to work a haybaler or oil the harness for his team of horses, tools from an age that is long-gone. But it brings up the question: What are the tools for our age, and what are the skills we will need to keep them "sharp" and useful? I suggest the following tools for your 21st Century Toolbox:

1. Extreme Self-Care: Just like early explorers took extraordinary measures to protect their compass and sextant, keeping them in beautifully finished wooden boxes, so in tomorrow's world we will need to be well-oiled, rested, polished and precisely balanced.

2. Response-Ability: In an earlier generation, a farmer could experiment with new crops or buy a "new-fangled" tractor over a period of several years. In the 21st Century, change will occur daily, and the ability to respond instantly will be the difference between success and total "crop failure."

3. Resource Management: In the 1930's the American Dust-bowl disaster was caused by a belief that the land was endless and resources were boundless, so farmers destroyed the sod, laid bare the land, and the wind simply blew it away. In the next century, the most successful will be those who manage their resources and have the most efficient reserves of creativity, time, space and energy.

4. Character: My great-uncle was known for the beautiful walking sticks he made by hand, carving them during the long winter months. Each one was unique and they have become family heirlooms. In the 21st century we won't leave our mark on wood or stone nearly as often as we will leave our mark on the memories of those who buy our products and services. But I expect the quality of our character will show through just as clearly as the marks he carved into those sticks testify to his patience, strength and dignity.

5. Fence Mending: Robert Frost wrote a poem about "mending wall", and said, "good fences make good neighbors". For a thousand generations, that meant piling rock upon rock, or stretching wire from post to post. In the 21st century, the principle remains the same. Boundaries, roles and responsibilities must be agreed upon, be clearly marked and be maintained.

6. Simplicity: I once heard that until the end of World War II, it was rare for any human being to eat anything that was not raised and harvested within 25 miles of them. Ask anyone who lived through the Depression if they remember the miracle of an orange, brought by special shipment all the way from Florida, as a Christmas treat. It happened once a year! In the 21st Century, those who achieve extraordinary success will be those who, in the midst of clutter and chaos, choose to simplify their lives, focus on their priorities, and pursue their goals.

7. Insatiable Curiosity: Something drove explorers to risk falling off the edge of a "flat earth". The "Mountain Men" (and women) explored the American frontier, and every child asks, "Where do babies come from?" or the eternal, basic question, "Why?" Curiosity will remain an essential tool for the new age. It will drive some to look, listen, experiment and learn new skills, while others will quickly be left behind.

8. Risk Management: This is a 20th century term for an ancient principle: Those who are too timid, get left behind, while those who are too impulsive, usually die young. In the 21st century, we will rarely face risks that are life-threatening, but those with the ability to accurately assess the risks and potential rewards in a new situation will flourish, while those who blindly resist change or blindly run after every new fad will quickly fail.

9. Contextual Creativity: My grandfather had no use for "modern art". He scoffed at the luxury of throwing paint at a canvas or using "gutter language" in poetry. For him creativity was grafting a branch from a pear tree onto an apple tree, and art meant growing more wheat per acre than any other farmer in the county. In the 21st Century, the most valued creators will remain those who can work with what lies at hand, and fashion something new and useful from what others have discarded as old, familiar and useless.

10. Lofty Aspirations: In every age, ambition counts for something. During the Depression, there was no more devastating allegation than that someone was "lazy." I remember my Grandmother scoffing that a neighbor "will never amount to nothing, he doesn't expect to!" Perhaps, in the new century, the most important of all tools will be the expectation that we can succeed, that we can contribute, that we can make a difference. Past generations expected life to be difficult, but they also expected to endure and overcome, and that expectation was tangible, it was as real as spring after the winter, and it kept them going. Aspiration is a powerful tool!

Whatever items you choose for your personal toolbox, choose wisely! To make a living and provide value to those around us, requires the ability to start with a vision, blend it with skill, and produce a result that has value in the real world. Almost always, whether it's the artist's paintbrush or the surgeon's scalpel, that means using tools. Please consider these ten for your toolbox!

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Fr Alec Mitchell

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Noam Schimmel
Visiting fellow, Kellogg College, Oxford

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Os cariocas sofrem com a falta de planejamento do governo e as denúncias de corrupção que assola o cenário político nacional. O ex-governador do Rio de Janeiro, Sérgio Cabral, foi preso três meses após a Olimpíada por comandar uma organização criminosa que movimentou mais de R$ 220 milhões. O ex-governador já foi condenado a mais de 14 anos de prisão. Ele é réu em 12 processos relacionados às investigações conduzidas pela força-tarefa da Operação Lava Jato.

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In his diary entry one year on from the Olympics, Michel Silva says that only long-term public policies will improve health, education and security in Rio

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Cariocas – natives of Rio – are suffering because of the lack of government planning and the allegations of corruption that plague national politics. The former governor of Rio de Janeiro state, Sérgio Cabral, was arrested three months after the Olympics for commanding a criminal organisation that took 224m reais (£54m) in bribes. He has been sentenced to more than 14 years in prison as a result of investigations conducted by the Lava Jato taskforce.

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In her diary entry on life in Alemão one year on from the Games in Rio, Daiene Mendes says the sports mega events did not bring security but more repression

A year has gone by since the Olympic Games. Only 147 of those 365 days ended without the residents of Complexo do Alemão hearing gunshots. After the promises of hope and the Games’ legacy of peace, 218 days were accompanied by a soundtrack of gunfire.

On 218 days we were afraid we wouldn’t make it home alive; we were scared to leave the house in case we were hit by a stray bullet; on 218 days we were afraid that the walls of our homes might be hit. To pretend that we were not in a war zone, the military police painted their armoured military tanks – popularly called caveirão, or “big skull” – white.

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Women of the Baiga tribe have traditionally been marked as a sign of identity. But as more girls go to school, they are starting to reject the practice, which they say is ‘painful and embarrassing’

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Transparency campaigners highlight alleged human rights abuses in Egypt as controversial conflict, stability and security fund comes under scrutiny again

The government is facing questions over transparency after almost £2 million in aid and defence funding was given to security projects in Egypt, including support for policing, the criminal justice system and the treatment of juvenile detainees.

The news comes with Egypt’s security forces under fire from human rights groups for routine disappearances, the torture of detainees, and the jailing of political opponents and journalists.

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Terrorists chose to attack one of the great glocal cities this week. But Barcelona’s past has made it resilient

Last June, Barcelona commemorated the 30th anniversary of the last major terrorist attack the city had suffered. A bomb placed in the basement of a popular superstore, Hipercor, by Eta, the Basque terrorist group, killed 21 and left scores of other shoppers wounded. Eta terrorism was seen as a Spanish affair and the victims were all Spaniards.

Last Thursday, 30 years later, the city centre was hit by terror again. A similar number of casualties have been caused by the criminal act, only this time the victims were from 35 nationalities. These days Eta is mercifully inactive, terrorism is a global affair and Barcelona is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Europe. No one was surprised at the number of foreign victims.

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The UK has punched above its weight in court decisions. Such influence will be surrendered as Brexit becomes a reality

Why exactly is the European court of justice (ECJ) the subject of such unrelenting vilification by the Brexiters? To lawyers familiar with the court’s judgments, this has always been something of a mystery.

This is, after all, the court that ruled that the European Central Bank was wrong to insist that euro clearing houses should be based in the eurozone. A triumph for the City of London.

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Many view Zimbabwe’s first lady as opportunistic, greedy and selfish. But could her motivation be far more about survival?

At the heart of Grace Mugabe’s extraordinary journey from struggling single mother to the most powerful woman in Zimbabwe is a love story.

Related: South Africa considering granting immunity to Grace Mugabe

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The loss of Trump’s chief strategist is a triumph for Jared Kushner and the White House’s ‘New York’ faction. But that doesn’t mean the end of Bannonism

From the moment Steve Bannon compared himself to Thomas Cromwell in the court of the Tudors and Darth Vader in the Star Wars saga, his demise was perhaps historically preordained. Cromwell fell out of favour with Henry VIII and was beheaded for treason, while Vader was fatally wounded while saving Luke Skywalker from the Emperor’s lightning bolts.

News that the White House’s chief strategist and chief ideologue is the latest to get the chop in what has become a West Wing bloodbath will be cheered by those in America and around the world who saw him as the personification of Donald Trump’s dark and dangerous populism. That came boiling to the surface during last Saturday’s deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia and when Trump failed to condemn the neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members who had come to that city to protest the removal of a Confederate monument.

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The former chief strategist’s career arc took him from media activist to shadow adviser to campaign executive and then an office in the West Wing

With his departure Friday from the White House, former chief strategist Steve Bannon’s career arc completed its steep climb and descent which took him from media activist to shadow adviser to campaign executive and then an office in the West Wing.

Related: Before Bannon, a timeline of Trump administration firings and defections

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The president has let us all down in his response to Charlottesville. But let’s stop imagining that Trump’s reaction to this horror is an anomaly - it’s not

I don’t have anything uplifting or insightful to say on Charlottesville that hasn’t already been said. I do want to point out, though, that as we hear again and again that white supremacist terrorism and Trump’s reaction to it is not how most Americans or Republicans think, these polls prove that wrong.

A full 67% of Republicans approve of Trump’s message after Charlottesville, in which he blamed “many sides” for violence and later equated counter-protesters to neo-Nazi and white supremacist terrorists. Another poll showed that six in ten people who approve of the president say there is nothing he could do that would change their level of support.

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The van narrowly missed us. Although I was left with little more than a bruise, the events in Barcelona reminded me how precious life is

I woke up this morning early. I normally don’t wake early. We set our alarm for 6:30 to get to the airport, as we’re flying home from Spain today. Today I don’t need an alarm because I have my own internal alarm: it went off sometime before 5pm yesterday and it’s still ringing. I check my husband and son are beside me: they are safe.

I get up to go the bathroom and the bruise on my thigh makes it slightly sore to walk. This is my war wound. A physical reminder of what happened yesterday in Barcelona. It’s about 4in long and 2in wide, bright purple and hard to touch. It’s quite unremarkable and a small price to pay. In some ways it’s a comfort. It reminds me that I am not crazy, that what happened yesterday was real. It is a temporary tattoo and will be gone very soon. I would imagine the emotional bruise will last a little longer.

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Country has been on its second highest alert since 2015, and Catalonia has a reputation as a meeting place for radicals

Images of the aftermath of the attack on Barcelona’s most famous street on Thursday will stir different images in the minds of different people. For those in France and the UK, they will be reminders of the attacks on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice and on Westminster Bridge in London.

For many Spaniards, they will bring back memories of 11 March 2004, when 191 people were killed and more than 1,800 others injured in a series of train bombings in Madrid carried out by al-Qaida.

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It is impossible to make cities 100% safe from attacks with vehicles, but authorities can still do much to mitigate the threat

Can you make a city safe against terrorists using vehicles as weapons? No, is the short answer, no more than you can against terrorists using other everyday items to execute attacks.

But authorities can do much to mitigate the threat, at least to some obvious targets. With hindsight, officials will be regretting not moving faster to boost security measures on Las Ramblas boulevard, packed with tourists on a sunny August afternoon, after vehicle attacks elsewhere in Europe since last year.

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An estimated 40,000 protesters marched against a ‘free speech rally’ in Boston on Saturday. Police formed a cordon around those attending the rally for fear of a repeat of the events in Charlottesville, Virginia

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A selection of photo highlights from around the world, including tributes to the victims of the Spain attacks

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A Boston rally to mark one week since the Charlottesville far-right event at which an anti-fascist protester was killed drew thousands of counter-protesters decrying hate speech

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Police searched two addresses in the town of Ripoll, 60 miles (100km) north of Barcelona, in their hunt for terror suspects involved in Thursday’s attack

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A video has emerged appearing to show Russian police pinning down a man they suspect of wounding eight people in a knife attack in the Siberian city of Surgut.

Russian authorities are ‘investigating attempted murder’, according to a spokesperson, but it is not clear whether the incident was terrorism-related

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Jared Tucker, from California, was in Barcelona with his wife to celebrate their first wedding anniversary. The couple were on a tour of Europe and had been enjoying drinks on a pavement cafe when the attackers struck

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Steve Bannon has been a naval officer, an investment banker, a film producer and an executive at Breitbart News. He was made Donald Trump’s chief strategist and was arguably the most influential man in the White House, but has now been removed, ending his highly contentious career at the center of the Trump administration

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Witnesses to the van attack in central Barcelona describe the events that led to the deaths of 13 people in the popular Las Ramblas area of the city. Scores of people were injured in the incident, 17 critically

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