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Making the Planet Cooler.
 Well Designed solutions for generations to come.  
  ~ All site content currently serves as example of type of content that Cool Hive will employ to improve your quality of life

Cool Hive cool the planet with cool design

Come buzz around with the Cool folks building a well styled, low carbon future and you too will find ways to get your groove on.  We take a balanced approach to designing a life that is healthy today, and safe for generations to come.

Cool Hive improves the quality of your life today while building a low carbon future.

Cool Hive saves you money, saves you time and provides healthy, stylish solutions for our modern world. Cool Hive rewards you and future generations. It will improve your health and give you an opportunity to walk more lightly while having more fun. 

Cool Hive balances your day to day activities and shopping by offsetting carbon at the point of purchase. We convert a portion of each sale and Cool credit card purchase into sustainable development projects that reduce carbon emissions. 

Cool Hive builds community bringing all the work on climate into one Cool Hive, that Helps Integrates Vibrant Ecology (hive) to cool the planet.  We provide a buzz of conversation from a host of experts and fields to cross pollinate ideas and solutions. Like bees working together Cool Hive  Helps Integrate Vibrant Ecology into every day life and business decisions. Cool Hive synergizes our potential through collaboration and diversification. 

Cool Hive shares a broad diverse landscape of ideas, design, solutions, science and technology. We are well diversified to build a truly robust restorative economy that can clean up the mess we made in the side effects of the industrial revolution. By focusing too much on a mono-crop of money we have left immense environmental debt. Cool Hive literally has a bio-diverse bottom line.

Cool Hive integrates carbon, natures currency, into all of its practices. If we are not accounting for carbon we are simply not accounting and converting all of it into environmental debt for future generationsThat now totals trillions of dollars of unaccounted for debt. We really need to buzz around this together if we are going to have a honey of a future.
Cool Hive rewards you and future generations with fun rewards. There are family oriented games and activities that help you buzz more freely through life with healthier choices. We offer perks to make it easier. LED's, Fit bits, solar solutions. The hive is a honeycomb of solution and sweet surprises

Join Daisy's Simulcast Sunday August 7, 8:00 AM to 10 AM in the 48 hour Blogathon to Aid East Africa. 
Over the course of the weekend, experts in the field of humanitarian assistance will join environmental writers to outline the history of the region and detail how geopolitics, colonialism, ongoing civil wars, climate change and geographic vulnerabilities have combined to create the perfect storm now ravaging East Africa. 
Please consider making a Donate directly to Oxfam in the horn of Africa. immediately to help in the immediate famine efforts. Organizations helping in these efforts 
Sunday 10:00 to 12:00 AM), 

Be DeLightful opens a fair trade gift shop.

Over the holiday's Be DeLightful opened a pop up store in Mill Valley, CA to 
Charm the World for the holidays. The shop helped over 400 artisans, offset 800,000 lbs. of carbon with CFL giveaway program and with the profits we are able to purchase about 100 solar stoves in East Africa. Our sales support sustainable development with investments that protect human health, the environment and education. You can Charm the World too at the Be DeLightful website where conscious giving is a breeze and creates a chain of positive effects  by selling a wide selection of fair trade high-quality goods from around the world while raising money for deep sustainable development.

Enjoy Beautiful gifts at a discount and save lives.

Daisy Arts donates 10% or their profits towards the purchase of clean stoves for schools in East Africa.

A Bright Idea from BeDelightful and CoolHIVE !

Save $60 with each Be DeLightful order and help the planet. We ship every order with a free CFL Lightbulb. This saves you over $50 on your electric bill and the bulb purchase, while also carbon balancing every order. Join us in making a world of difference with a Bright Idea.

CFLs are significantly more energy efficient than incandescent light bulbs because they require less energy to provide the same amount of light. An ENERGY STAR qualified CFL can save about $50 in electricity costs over its lifetime. The use of compact fluorescent light bulbs, rather than incandescent light bulbs, reduces the release of mercury and greenhouse gases from coal-burning power plants. If every home in America replaced just one incandescent light bulb with an ENERGY STAR qualified CFL, it would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of more than 800,000 cars annually. One Compact fluorescent light bulbs is one 5% step in your energy reduction at home and they are also more cost effective because they last up to 10 times longer than incandescent light bulbs. If everyone in the energy landscape took a 5% step in emissions reductions annually we could achieve significant emissions reductions to protect our environment and global health. Step by step we can have a very positive impact.It is important to remember to recycle at CFL drop boxes to reduce toxins in the trash and recycling stream. Enjoy knowing that you helped the planet with a Bright Idea from Be DeLightful.

The New Race

Who is fueling climate change.
Drought has claimed the lives of more than just cattle in the Maasai regions of Kenya.
Maasai children want to talk to you about the effects of climate change on their lives and yours.

 The Kibera slum is home to thousands who flea the barren landscape to look for work.
Young man looking for food in the junk and sewage of the Kibera slum.

One of the many dry river beds of Kenya., the great Mara River.
Without water and cattle their culture is under serious threat.

NEW Photo Project - What's the Beef in Marin?

Food should be LOADED with Goodness (Local, Organic, Affordable, Delicious, Elegant and Delightful ) I will be on lots of farms as I begin a new book on our local food producers and look for solutions for sustainable development in Agriculture of East Africa. For fun I am collecting recipes with 100 % local ingredients if  you would like to share. Many of these producers can be found at Whole foods and farmers markets and can be purchased with out plastic packaging.It is an honor to introduce you to the farmers and stewards of our food and land.

BEEF - I photographed Stemple Creek farm yesterday while participating in MALTS Bike Beef and Beer Event. A 50 mile ride followed by locally produced picnic lunch. We learned  about beef production and the Marin Agricultural Land Trust.  I committed to buy a 1/4 to 1/2 of a steer, about 110 lbs. to 220 lbs. of organic, grass fed, marin beef at about $5.40 lb. (retail $20).  I am looking for beef buddies. My neighbor is buying 20 lbs. You in? They are almost sold out for the last  harvest of the year so I need to give them the quantity by Wednesday.  I am lining up my buddies to "Have a Beef with".  
consider becoming a member of Malt, Marin Agricultural Land Trust. Helping to preserve farmland, helps you get to know farmers through their unique events that support the preservation of organic small producers and their lands.

VEGETABLES - If you are interested in the biggest, and best box of in season organic veg. picked that morning for $25, follow me to the rogue market. County Line Harvest shows up at great resturaunts 1- 2x a week with mixed veg. boxes. Love for you to join me for a glass of local wine and apetizer after we grab our abundant boxes. Meet new friends, eat good food and take home a weeks worth of amazing fresh flavorful veg.    For Schedule see

FULL FAT - I was talking to a local professional nutritionist, Donna Shoemaker, who has the scoop on the importance of our land and location of our foods and what to eat to avoid disease in our body. Her first tip recommends eating full fat dairy to reduce sugar cravings. I am not interested in getting into an argument. I like the taste of whole milk yogurt so I eat it. Its the way nature made it and for me nature has always proven to be well designed. This is my personal choice after checking out other camps and noticing that the french aren't too fat I like my choice. I have nothing against the low fat camp. I find I can reduce calories for example by cutting thinner slices of full fat cheese, they are just as satisfying as thick ones and I haven't destroyed the flavor.
  I visited the Benoit Creamery that makes full fat yogurt on Thursday. The creamery is on John Matto's 500 acre ranch of jersey cows (which produce some of the richest milk around, thanks to a high percentage of proteins and butter fat). He sells the Benoit family the milk, they mix it with a culture they brought with them from France, and local farm-fresh fruit and honey, including Twin Girls Farm’s stone fruit and Marshall’s Farm’s honey. The Yogurt sets up in their signature ceramic pots and voila healthy,delicious,  full fat yogurt.  

We have changed our name from MORE Carbon Savings to CoolHIVE

MORE Carbon Savings is an accounting philosphy that incorporates carbon banking. While studying International development and climate change at Stanford and Berkeley, Carlson wrote a thesis on  accounting for MORE (Money, Organisms, Resources and Ecology). MORE is accomplished by including carbon ( the ecosystems currency ) into all of our accounting thus providing MORE value throughout the system. The more carbon we save (reduce or bank) the healthier the planet. Carlson recommends that all business and households do a carbon accounting and offset or reduce their carbon emissions by no less than an additional 5% a year. But to be honest the name was too long and not enough fun. Carlson went to work on finding two words, just two syllables, that would say everything she was trying to achieve. She wanted it to be fun, memorable and well, connected to the architecture of MORE.
Carlson's branding background went to work and with some dinner table conversation the bright idea for the name  Cool HIVE  was born.  Cool HIVE  accomplishes what  MORE Carbon Savings accounting set out to do by Helping to Integrate Vibrant Ecology to make the planet cooler. Cool HIVE builds the connectivity necessary to create a low carbon economy. The Cool HIVE  concept is sound connection based architecture for business' and and families to make the connections necessary to build a low carbon economy and make sustainable choices. The hive can support sustainable development that can reduce carbon and poverty at the same time. "Cool HIVE makes the planet cooler by illustrating the connections between all things. Life is a web, a Hive if you will, of Carbon and we must include it to reduce our environmental debt and protect future generations. We are all part of the problem and the solution. "
Carlson believes we can end hunger in our lifetime and create a restorative economy by incorporating a carbon accounting into our life, our manufacturing, our purchases, our choices, and our governments. "Understanding relationships between things is the first step in providing for relationships between things. Our carbon emissions here are effecting lives all over the planet so our solutions here can also provide answers all over the planet.  The Cool HIVE  builds connections, bridges, for people to find solutions. We need to feel the connections between art, science, nature, technology, government, and cultures to rebuild vibrant ecosystems."
Carlson is just beginning to make the connections necessary to build the Cool HIVE, if you are interested in helping please contact her at

The Story Of Stuff - Cap & Trade

The Girl Effect

I see girls taken from schools to look for wood and water or to be given to older husbands all the time. Please help keep girls in school. It matters not just to them but to all of us. Please watch this video and contribute to keeping girls in school today.

5% Plan to Climate Stabilization by 2025 by Daisy Carlson

The California Golden Gate 5% Plan to Climate Stabilization by 2050 has been updated to reflect the Copenhagen challenge of zero emissions by 2025. This is an achievable step by step strategy to reduce CO2 emissions by 80% or more below the required year 2000 levels, while providing sufficient energy to meet services for a growing population. Authored by Daisy Carlson Stanford 2009 Student of Sally Benson and the late Steven Schneider (IPCC)

This paper sets forth The California Golden Gate 5% Plan, (CGGP) the elements of which are Practical, Achievable, Equitable, and Understandable. The plan can be implemented with public marketing and education, reasonable policy shifts, incremental tax increases and continued progress on existing and new technology being brought to affordable scale. 

The California Golden Gate Plan provides a legacy for future generations in the same spirit of the Golden Gate Bridge that during the Depression provided jobs, building a technological achievement that not only connected two land masses but connected citizens to an investment for all future generations to enjoy and be proud of. The bridge was built with California’s pioneering spirit. In that spirit we will now continue the next journey, pioneering a clean energy economy that is not only sustainable but restorative. California will show the world fiscal abundance can be ethically responsible and environmentally sound. 

The CGGP will provide the state of California additional revenue streams, jobs, energy independence and clean energy revenue. The CGGP will be a model for other states and countries to adopt the fiscally successful use of education, innovation and environmental stewardship to achieve MORE, an acronym used to describe a bio-diverse business metric system; Money Organisms Resources and Environment. This profit criterion for business statements and planning includes a legacy of stewardship that provides MORE system-wide stability.

Compounding Interests Because we all have an interest in a safe future for our children and an abundant bio-diverse environment, we must universally compound our interests. We all have a job to do which means all sectors and individuals taking incremental steps towards a safe future. To achieve near 0 emissions by 2050, every sector would need to reduce emissions at a minimum 4% and new clean energy increase by a minimum of 4% of progress yearly towards cleaner energy, conservation and efficiency. Every sector’s incremental 4% steps would achieve a giant leap towards climate and energy security. (to continue reading this paper click here)

Golden Hearts- Arusha, Tanzania

In Arusha, Tanzania, Sara has opened her home to some deeply impoverished children. When she looked up she had 100 and no money, food or school supplies. This remarkable place left a lasting impression of the possibility of joy in the midst of hardship. Charming the World™ has committed to fund their uniforms, school supplies, regular food drops for six months, while we do a feasibility study for a school and dorm. An initial $6000 for the basic food and supplies is needed to sustain the children while we develop a long term plan.

Upendo Academy- Arusha, Tanzania

Upendo Academy is a labour of love of for social worker, Isabella Mwampamba. She is committed to providing a quality education to impoverished and marginalized children. Isabella, transformed her home, into two small classrooms used to teach 36 needy children. Next year the school will enroll 54 additional students and hire two more teachers to join the team. Upendo Academy is an English Medium School, which provides English education at the primary level to better prepare children for the often difficult transition into secondary school.

Upendo Academy’s objectives include:
Implement cost-effective community-based school.
Provide good nutrition, health and parenting education.
Foster community awareness on the importance of a primary education.
School supplies
New classrooms
A detailed budget is available upon request.

Education Restores Dignity & Offers Hope for a Brighter, More Sustainable Future.

Charming The World ™ supports education initiatives for children, who have been marginalized by deep poverty. We consult with and provide documentation that increases awareness and aids crucial fundraising efforts. Books about the projects are available to purchase with all profits going to the projects. Visit:

The By Grace Childrens Orphanage in Nairobi

In Nairobi, Kenya, By Grace is both home and school for orphans of all ages. Started by Salome Wambui Muturi (now known as "Grace") several years ago when a few orphans needed a place to stay. Today Grace has 300 children living and studying together in eight tiny rooms in the Kayoli neighborhood. 250 students currently sleep on cement classroom floors with out bedding and share three toilettes. They do not have a kitchen, dining room, or enough school supplies. All the teachers are volunteers. Food is donated and often inadequate to feed the children. The building is very overcrowded. A makeshift classroom and shelter built from scraps on the roof expands the space. Here they cook their food in two large pots on a wood fire. Beans and corn are the staple of their diet and most months they lack basic nourishment.

Daisy's visit, in November 2007, documented conditions as well as the spirit and courage these children have to persevere. They pursue their studies diligently. Charming the World™ donated $1000 for food, which got them through the riots, as well as necessities like shoes, clothes, underwear, basic medicine, tooth brushes, school supplies and sanitary napkins. Continued financial support is necessary for them to achieve better lives and mentor others. Charming the World™. A long-term project with additional assistance provided by Kensington Cares and Bright Future Children, who ensure 100% of your donation will be given to the orphanage. Our 2008 goal for dormitory and supplies is a minimum of $50,000. Individual sponsorship is $540. Become a sponsor and receive a free copy of the book with your name on the donor's page. The profits from the book go to the support the school. This is a great investment in Kenya's future. These children have the will to succeed and to help others. Let's give them an opportunity to bless our lives and others through our support.

Investing In The Future

The greatest future profits will be made by addressing and restoring the unfathomable dept that the previous century has left to the environment, human and species rights and future generations. We are entering into a phase that is larger, more productive and more exponentially rewarding than the dot com days at its height. Central to this opportunity is the discovery that we are not only consumers, or investors but rather human beings, members of a thriving global community and we do understand that when one member suffers we all suffer. Desmond Tutu centers many of his talks around an important African concept, Umbuntu, which means I am because we are. Culturally we are coming to realize the profound truth of this statement. Global health is just that, a measure of the health of our globe and an indication of the future for all. The reason Americans are never satisfied is because they are caught in a cycle that there is never enough for them; rather than an abundance cycle of how to create enough for everyone as essentially more valuable and rewarding. Ownership is in fact an illusion. Everything was given for free and we figured out how to sell it, and charge rent on it, rather than create a society that values health for all. We have become servants to money rather than it serving us. I would surmise that the last man standing, with the big sack of gold will most likely be very lonely. Aid, in conjunction with sustainable economic development, and education can solve this global health crisis. The average cost to teach a woman to read in Africa is $50. As quoted by CARE, "Statistically a woman who learns to read has three fewer pregnancies, and three fewer infant deaths. She is less likely to be forced into a young marriage, be raped or sold. " In addition to this she is able to raise her children with significantly higher health standards. If that wasn't enough for your investment you should note the exponential return, for every woman who learns to read all future generations connected to her statistically learn to read. Now what if that reading material as on resource management, health care, water purification, and sustainable gardening practices. We know that each orphaned child who is rescued from the streets is empowered to become a part of the solution. If the right lessons, the right aid and the legitimate desire to value community stability is our true goal then every effort to find and allocate appropriate funds will offer an exponential return on its investment.
There are a few astounding examples of sustainable aid solutions that have had exponential returns for the global commons and significant positive effects on the environment and population growth. Wangari Matai's landmark tree planting initiative, which won her the 2005 Nobel peace prize, mobilized Kenyan woman to plant over 30 million trees, is one prime example. She created jobs, habitat, water sheds, fuel, reforestation by mobilizing and educating women.

About Cool HIVE Founder - Daisy Carlson

Daisy Carlson, a photographer and filmmaker, may be better known as the designer and CEO for Daisy Arts Inc., founded in 1991, when she designed a line for a cooperative of handicapped adults in Italy, that she was filming. Once struggling to maintain their autonomy they now have a thriving international business marketed under the name Daisy Arts Inc.

Her popular designs gained international notoriety and are sold worldwide. Daisy has designed product for museums, department stores and several international brands and charities.

In 2005 she founded Charming The World, which develops product and books as both marketing aids and product to support development projects and education. Incorporating her love for photography in product design she is back behind the lens where her first career started, reporting on and consulting with aid projects around the world.

With 16 years experience in marketing and international business management she is a strong advocate and consultant for small business development. Her interest in Africa and finding effective solutions for a sustainable future without hunger, leads her way.

Daisy, has published seven books in 2008 on aid projects which raise awareness in the retail market place and much needed funds for the children of these programs.

Carlson, specializes in brand identity, marketing and product design that
fulfills environmental and human rights requirements profitably for companies and NGOs developing social enterprise solutions
to capitalization. Carlson is a successful entrepreneur, who has created measurable profits for human rights, the environment and currency with development and educational products that are timeless and sustainable.