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Empowerment of Youths

Empowerment of Youths

Empowerment of Youths. Author: Kazim Abasali

Empowerment of youths is necessary for our youths are the ones to take over and carry on after this present older generation. So it is incumbent upon us older ones to train them well to manage affairs and meet challenges in positive ways of overcoming. It is part of life to face obstacles. And the way we do is a lesson in itself.

Youths must rise up to every adversity and conquer. The mindset of a conquering youth reminds us all growing up when we imagined ourselves as super heroes. And the time comes along when youths have to do the super heroes’ saving humanity stuff like their gaming apps.

What would life like be without some adventure. We do not want to barely enjoy life. Who wants to save the world? Well our youths already have that mindset within. Think of us older ones at their age and how we felt invincible. So our youths are more than equal to the task. If there is any fear it is within older ones, not our brave youths who are already equipped in their minds and hearts from thousand of hours or training playing online games and apps. The same training that our pilots and others simulate in their professional training.

So let the games begin. And let our youths show the way. We will be surprised. We have already prepared them well.

Importance of Youth Empowerment

The Importance of Empowering of Youths. Author: Kazim Abasali

Youth Empowerment is extremely important. They help the older generation with living. Imagine a world without children and grand children. Image parents and grand parents without the youths in their lives to assist them as they grow older and cannot manage as they used to when they were young. So, it is a well needed asset to have youths to care for older folks as the youths were cared for growing up.

So it is very important youths develop a proper sense of values and embody proper virtues of self-worth or self-esteem, for they are the leaders of tomorrow.

Practicing virtues in order to cultivate a behavior of high moral standards in goodness, kindness, integrity, honesty, respectability, worthiness, trustworthiness, ethics, patience, humility, and purpose.

And in values: be useful, supportive, helpful, give assistance to, show appreciation and gratitude, benefit others by being of service to others. All in all, hold dear, treasure, and follow their wise elders teachings and rules of conduct, for society’s values are passed on to children and youths – this is youth empowerment.

In return elders must set a good example, be role models, value our youths’ contributions, nurture them, empower them, be sure to compliment their efforts even if they fail trying. Give them encouragement, ready them for the task of life ahead. Give them every opportunity possible so they can find their true calling or vocation in life by exposing them to worthwhile pursuits. Then the older ones can rest assured they have done their part of fulfilling their parental obligations. The youths now will have learnt to equip themselves with tools to help steer them in their journey of life and will be happy for the proper coaching they have received from their elders. They will show their gratitude by being good sports and high achievers.

Types and Examples of Youth Empowerment

Youth Empowerment Ideas. Author: Kazim Abasali

What are the types of youth empowerment? Well, let us look around a bit. We sure will not have to look far. They are the ones who have nurtured us growing up: parents, guardians, grandparents, teachers, coaches, neighbors, uncles, aunts, older family members, big bothers, big sisters, ministers or spiritual teachers, role models, groups, organizations.

What are the teachings of these people and organizations? It is the education or teachings we receive as youths. Virtue, the golden rule, morality, humility, responsibility, dependability, proper training, a positive mindset, a skill-set, a set of standards to live by, good habits, self empowerment or self-reliance. Developing a profession by way of self education or institutional learning through schooling of higher learning. Able to care for oneself and others. To provide for oneself, becoming financially informed. Taking part in community projects for the betterment of humanity.

Empowering Youth for Positive Change

Empowering Youths for Positive Change. Author: Kazim Abasali

Empowering Youth for Positive Change is all about a positive mindset. A positive mindset secures or creates for one a life of positive expectations or outcomes. And with young minds, the earlier the training of the proper mindset, the better a life for our youths.

With a positive mindset, youths with their boundless energy, can assail the heights, set high achievable goals and reach them. Starting with small goals and achieving them, followed by bigger goals. Or making bigger goals into a set of smaller achievable goals or steps. This is the way of achieving one’s dreams and desires, by setting goals into step-by-step plan of the daily action steps.

So training our youths with a positive mindset is the beginning of facing any challenge. Challenges of providing for our future on an individual and societal basis. Having such a positive frame of mine, youths will ensure themselves a bright future. And equipping them with these tools for life, they will in turn empower others like themselves and even those younger as they grow and develop.

Empowering Youth for Sustainable Development

Spring planting Krokvägen and Toppstigen, Nynäshamn, Sweden photo

There are many youth organizations that focus on sustainability of our planet and self-sustainability of the individual. For that is what empowerment is all about – becoming self-reliant, whether it is an individual, a family, a group, community or a people.

And proper sustainability requires the wise use of our resources, time and energy. The adage – use, reuse, recycle, by making sure to only use what we absolutely need, with minimal or no wastage. And to use our ingenuity and be innovative in exploiting our ‘waste’. We are talking about saving our planet. And that entails being resolute in a mindset of developing very good habits to ensure we as a species and other species survive, as well as the coming generations. So we must employ regulations for living in harmony with nature.

So young minds must be taught at the earliest opportunity to care for our planet. Then as adults, their mindset and habits will serve them well.

Youth Empowerment Quotes

Naomi Klein at Berkeley (California), on 29 September 2014 Attribution: Moizsyed
Naomi Klein at Berkeley (California), on 29 September 2014
Attribution: Moizsyed

“When Nike says, just do it, that’s a message of empowerment. Why aren’t the rest of us speaking to young people in a voice of inspiration?” Naomi Klein

“I want our young people to know that they matter, that they belong. So don’t be afraid—you hear me, young people? Don’t be afraid. Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered. Empower yourselves with a good education, then get out there and use that education to build a country worthy of your boundless promise. Lead by example with hope, never fear.” Michelle Obama

“Making the future and the road to the future wealth lies in the youth of the present and future, and rebuilding the nation’s institutions based on knowledgeable scientific foundations that require promising human capacities derived from college graduates. Universities are the makers of men, we are proud of their role and of the efforts of their administrators.” Talal Abu-Ghazaleh

Empowering Youth Quotes

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1933
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1933

“We can’t always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.” Franklin D. Roosevelt

“It is important to teach our young about who they are and how culture can empower them to help the greater community. It is very difficult, especially in the age of technology to curb what mass-media and marketing try to tell us who we are, and even more difficult when those closest to you act uninterested. It is an uphill climb, sometimes alone, to find the truth.” Lorin Morgan-Richards

“The youth are our future, and to change anything in our world going forward we must start with this generation of youth, as they’re the new agents of change…In peace building and promoting human rights, the youth are no longer a silent majority, but now they should be an active stakeholder…Youth are bringing to the table great contributions to the peace and state building and are shaping the future to be more peaceful, equal, and prosperous for all.” Tawakkol Karman

“My programme, The Art of Creative Expression, empowers young people with tools to express themselves. We teach photography, art and drama, but it’s not just the medium that’s important, it’s about what you are trying to say.” Dawud Wharnsby

Empowering Youth Activities

Spring planting Krokvägen and Toppstigen, Nynäshamn, Sweden photo

Playing and using apps to educate, manage, learn, and self-empower. Enjoying the great outdoors, camping and physical activities. Playing real life sporting games with game plans to bring out the best in youths by competing. Engaging or getting involved in youth empowerment groups, clubs, organizations, team-building, community activities. Serving others in the community. Expressing oneself in creativity be it arts, crafts, music, poetry, dance.

There are groups and organizations that are global in nature, while having local chapters in the different countries of the world. Apart from self-empowerment, there are resources to learn, grow, and develop in so many ways. There are also youth activities that support lots of causes, such as sustainability for our planet. In our next section, we provide examples of these groups and organizations youths can take part in, and become fully empowered. Join with the millions around the world already involved in these well established and often youth-led organizations.

Youth Empowerment Organizations

Here is a list of some Youth Empowerment Organizations and Youth Organizations

  • Adventures of the Mind
  • AIESEC
  • Children and Youth International
  • Freechild Project
  • Friends of Nature
  • Girls, Inc.
  • Global Youth Action Network
  • Junior Achievement (US)
  • Junior Chamber International
  • Khan Academy
  • Leo Clubs
  • Millennium Kids
  • National Youth Leadership Council
  • Not Back to School Camp
  • Plant-for-the-Planet
  • Rotaract
  • Sano Sansar Initiative
  • Sierra Youth Coalition
  • Students for Sensible Drug Policy
  • SustainUS
  • TakingITGlobal
  • The Oaktree Foundation
  • Up with People (US)
  • Youth Activism Project
  • Youth Service America
  • Young Men’s Christian Association YMCA
  • Young Women’s Christian Association YWCA
  • Ten Sing
  • Scouting
    • Boy Scouts
    • Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting

Adventures of the Mind

Adventures of the Mind is a camp for nominated talented high school students – the achievers of tomorrow – that focuses on achievement mentoring, with guidance and nurturing from mentors who are highly accomplished from a very diverse field.
Adventures of the Mind

AIESEC

AIESEC is an international non-governmental organization that is the world’s largest non-profit youth-run organization. AIESEC operates in 127 countries with approximately 27,000 members.

Youths are empowered to make a positive impact on society by being provided with leadership development, volunteering in different countries and learning their cultures.
AIESEC

Children and Youth International

Children and Youth International based in Brussels, Belgium and Brighton, UK is a non-governmental youth empowerment organization which is led by volunteer youths. This organization empowers young people and also serves as one of the Organizing Partners of the Major Group for Children and Youth of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.
Children and Youth International

Freechild Project

Freechild Institute is a supportive non-profit organization for youths and adults, facilitating training and courses for students of all ages, providing tools building youth engagement, and lots of strategies supporting youth engagement.
Freechild Project

Friends of Nature

Friends of Nature is a non-profit organization, promoting international friendship and understanding, encouraging – sustainable tourism, enjoyment of nature, having a minimal effect on the environment, by providing appropriate recreational and travel facilities.
Friends of Nature

Girls, Inc.

Girls Inc. is a nonprofit organization that focuses on the development of the whole girl to grow up healthy, educated, and independent, through long-lasting mentoring relationships, and by equipping girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers.
Girls, Inc.

Global Youth Action Network

The Global Youth Action Network (GYAN) is a youth-led, not-for-profit organization which comprises an international network of youth NGOs spanning 180 countries, combining their efforts to guarantee a future of peace, justice and sustainability. Tools, resources, and recognition are provided for positive youth action.
Global Youth Action Network

Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement (JA) Worldwide is one of the world’s largest youth-serving NGOs that works with local businesses, schools, and organizations, that prepares young people for employment and entrepreneurship. Their network of over 465,000 volunteers serves more than 10 million students in over 100 countries every year.
Junior Achievement

Junior Chamber International

As a youth I was personally a member of the Junior Chamber International organization. I learned a tremendous lot. For example, I learned how a meeting agenda is set and conducted, interaction with my local community, and how to work as a team with the individuals of the group. These simple things as they seemed at the time has served me well in my life, and I am always grateful to have these associations in my local community with international connections.

Junior Chamber International is a non-profit international non-governmental organization comprising of young active citizens that are communicating, taking action and creating sustainable impact locally and globally, fostering international cooperation, good-will and understanding.
Junior Chamber International

Khan Academy

Khan Academy and Khan Academy Kids
Khan Academy’s motto is “A free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.”.

Khan Academy Kids
The only free, comprehensive early learning app that will inspire a lifelong love of learning.

It is an educational organization that is a non-profit, and was created in 2005 by Salman Khan. Khan began teaching his cousins with simple online tools. The Academy receives funding from philanthropic organizations. The website of Khan Acamedy provides “a personal learning experience” with YouTube videos. The lessons are provided in many languages.

Courses are available in:
Math
Science & engineering
Computing
Arts & humanities
Economics & finance
Test prep
For more information: Khan Academy

Leo Clubs

Having been a member of The Lions Organization as a young man, I worked with the Leos – the youths. Some were children of the Lions members who wanted to give their children a start in the right direction of interacting with their community. And also being able to travel globally and work with other Leos members in their local communities getting familiar with different cultures in other countries.

This is what the website says:
Leos in Action: The future of Lions rests in the capable hands of our Leos. Even though they’re the service leaders of tomorrow, they’re taking action today, in local communities around the planet, making a huge impact on those in need.

Youths interested in joining can learn more
Leo Clubs

Millennium Kids

Millennium Kids Inc is a not-for-profit youth organisation that empowers young people with youth-led initiatives to become leaders to contribute significantly to their environment and communities.
Millennium Kids

National Youth Leadership Council

The National Youth Leadership Council, or NYLC, is a US nonprofit organization whose vision is it for all young people to participate in service-learning during their formative years. And a mission: “To create a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world, with young people, their schools, and communities through service-learning.”
National Youth Leadership Council

Not Back to School Camp

Not Back to School Camp with a skilled, caring staff, mentors approximately 60-100 campers (mostly unschoolers and homeschoolers) ages 13 to 18, coming together to support and share with each other in community through workshops, events, and gatherings. “We come to camp to change ourselves and the world, teach each other great things.”
Not Back to School Camp

Plant-for-the-Planet

Plant-for-the-Planet is a global movement raising awareness amongst children and adults about climate change by planting trees around the world.
Plant-for-the-Planet

Rotaract

Rotaract Clubs around the world comprises of young people ages 18-30, who develop leadership and professional skills, and take part in international service projects, in their united effort for more peace and understanding in our world.
Rotaract

Sano Sansar Initiative

Sano Sansar Initiative is a global youth-led non-profit organization and movement which raises awareness through education, to promote environment conservation, sustainable development, in order to solve the global climate and poverty crisis.
Sano Sansar Initiative

Sierra Youth Coalition

The Sierra Youth Coalition is a youth-led national Canadian organization, serving as the youth arm of the Sierra Club of Canada Foundation, whose mission is to “empower young people to become active community leaders who contribute to making Canada a better society” – by educating young people about ecological and social sustainability.
Sierra Youth Coalition

Students for Sensible Drug Policy

Students for Sensible Drug Policy is a youth-led international non-profit organization comprising of a grassroots network of students focused on reforming the drug policy in the United States and internationally, and dedicated to ending the war on drugs.
Students for Sensible Drug Policy

SustainUS

SustainUS is a youth-led non-profit, network group in the United States and internationally, developing lifelong leaders who are changing the world advancing for a just and sustainable society, and advocating for just and sustainable policies at UN conferences for climate change, development, women, and human rights.
SustainUS

TakingITGlobal

TakingITGlobal is a non-governmental organization and one of the world’s leading networks of young people that empowers youth to understand and act on the world’s greatest challenges. And who actively engage around the world in shaping a more inclusive, peaceful and sustainable world.
TakingITGlobal

The Oaktree Foundation

Oaktree is Australia’s largest youth-run international development organisation of young people leading, demanding and creating a more just world. “We are hundreds of volunteers, alumni, campaigners, student ambassadors donors, and thousands of everyday Australians who believe in a world where all people have the opportunity to thrive.”
The Oaktree Foundation

Up with People

Up with People Website states that their goal is: “Up with People’s driving purpose is to use the power of music and social action to empower young people to be positive agents of change and build a more hopeful, trusting, and peaceful world. Our touring cast acts as a catalyst to inspire people and communities to embrace their ability to act as global citizens, celebrate diversity, and forge connections with different cultures. We aim to impact communities and youth around the world with a message of hope, optimism and faith in our common humanity.
Up with People

Youth Activism Project

The Youth Activism Project is a fully youth-led, international organization which provides resources, and “currently support social change campaigns regarding the following human rights causes: Global Girls’ Education, Gun Violence, Food and Water Justice, Lower Voting Age, Sex Trafficking”.
Youth Activism Project

Youth Service America

Youth Service America (YSA), provides a wide variety of free resources and training through their YSA Knowledge Center, to assist youth and their adult mentors plan high-quality, high-impact service and service-learning projects in communities globally.
Youth Service America

Young Men’s Christian Association YMCA

The YMCA is an International Movement rooted in more than 12000 communities around the world and the world’s oldest and largest youth-serving NGO.
The Website states: “The YMCA addresses issues affecting each community by developing programs and activities with special focus on young people in order to build a “human community of justice with love, peace and reconciliation for the fullness of life for all creation”.
Young Men’s Christian Association YMCA

Young Women’s Christian Association YWCA

The Website states: “The World Young Women’s Christian Association (World YWCA) is a global movement working for women’s empowerment, leadership and rights in more than 120 countries and 20,000 local communities. Empowering women and girls is our way to change the world. Our members and supporters include women from many different faiths, ages, backgrounds, beliefs and cultures.”
Young Women’s Christian Association YWCA

Ten Sing
Ten Sing is an international Youth programme that is within the YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association) and YWCA (Young Women’s Christian Association), focusing on empowering young people through creative performing arts, to express themselves by using their own culture.

Scouting

Scouting or the Scout Movement is a global movement that supports young people in developing physically, mentally and spiritually, taking part in programmes, events, activities and projects, developing outdoors and survival skills.

Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Air Scouts, Sea Scouts, Adventure Scouts, Rider Scouts, Explorer Scouts, Venture Scouts, Rover Scouts, Navigators.
World Organization of the Scout Movement

Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting
Brownie Guide, Girl Guide, Girl Scout, Ranger Guide
The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts

Youth Empowerment Ideas

Types and Examples of Youth Empowerment. Author: Kazim Abasali

  • Self-empowerment
  • Find a teacher, coach, role model, mentor
  • Develop a proper sense of values and virtues
  • Join an empowerment group or organization
  • Develop a positive mindset or frame of mind
  • Learn to be creative and innovate
  • Be purposeful
  • Educate your mind with training resources
  • Develop a skill-set to provide for oneself
  • Become financially informed
  • Enjoy the great outdoors
  • Volunteer
  • Serve or be of service to others
  • Be a team member
  • Develop a wide and varied network of friends, associates, and interesting persons
  • Keep in constant contact with your network
  • Get involved in your community
  • Learn leadership skills
  • Become self-reliant
  • Care for our planet and the other species
  • Keep trying as failure is part of succeeding
  • Make your parents, guardians, coaches, teachers, mentors proud of you
  • Show gratitude
  • Be humble

What is the Art of Design or Designing?

What is the Art of Design or Designing?

Welcome to the exciting, fantastic and wonderful world of the art of designing. Here we will explore this international and ongoing trend and trendsetters who shape this trade, and share some much needed resources to help you navigate this multifaceted industry.

And also to help you to learn more of this absorbing and intriguing revolutionizing force of human activity that affects all of our daily lives. Having said that, this industry, although very thrilling, will challenge you.

English: 1916 American ad for Woodbury soap; "A skin you love to touch". Author: A.J.Co.
English: 1916 American ad for Woodbury soap; “A skin you love to touch”. Author: A.J.Co.

However, if you are bold, brave and persistent, here you can forge ahead with purpose and determination, and show your mastery of this art-form. The rewards are tremendous, and so are the accomplishments, because it is stimulating and truly exhilarating! It is worth the ride and it will leave you breathless!

Rosenthal Tee and a model wearing Tee's final show piece<br /> Author: Jay Shaw
Rosenthal Tee and a model wearing Tee’s final show piece
Author: Jay Shaw

If you are an artist, who loves to design new things like fashion, you can captivate and dazzle people with colors and unique styles of your own. And by so doing, you can inspire and empower at the same time with your extraordinary craft. Here you can exercise and showcase your specific and unusual talent to the stratosphere.

Three Butterfly, by a 14-year-old girl, made by chalk and glue on kraft paper
Three Butterfly, by a 14-year-old girl, made by chalk and glue on kraft paper

Overall View of Design, Designing

Everyone designs who forges a series of steps aimed at changing their current conditions into desirable ones. The art of design or designing is a very important topic in the overall world of designing. For a galore of things are designed and need skills of their own to create. If we were to take a list of what we design, it will include everything to cars, product packaging to space rockets.

An iPod nano (4th generation), an industrially designed product. Courtesy Aconcagua
An iPod nano (4th generation), an industrially designed product. Courtesy Aconcagua

It will need scientists, artists, engineers, even mathematicians and statisticians to calculate the finest of details in order to arrive at a precise decision for some minute part in an assembly of products to work together in a product or engine part. It is mind blowing to think of the enormity of some projects and its design, from drawing, to actual production. And what about the amount of research that must go into the initial phases of such projects.

Definition, Meaning of Design, Designing

While the definition of design is fairly extensive, design has an innumerable of specifications that professionals apply in their particular fields.

The Royal Society of Arts in London is one of the first institutions supporting design management. Author: C. G. P. Grey
The Royal Society of Arts in London is one of the first institutions supporting design management. Author: C. G. P. Grey

First of all, what is the meaning of design or designing? The dictionary meaning of design or designing is:

Design is the skill of making plans or drawings for something, is also the way in which something is arranged or shaped, or a pattern used to decorate something.

Designing is the art of making plans or drawings for something (for example, a building or product, or a pattern used to decorate something), the way how it is to be made or be produced, and how it will work, look, and function.

  • To conceive and plan out in the mind.
  • To create, fashion, devise, contrive, execute, or construct according to plan.
  • The arrangement of elements or details in a product or work of art.
  • The creative art of executing aesthetic or functional designs.
  • The art or action of conceiving of and producing a plan or drawing of something before it is made.
  • Design is the process and art of planning and making detailed drawings of something.
  • To plan and make (something) artistically or skillfully.
  • The arrangement or pattern of elements or features of an artistic or decorative work.
  • A finished artistic or decorative creation.
  • The art of making designs or patterns.
  • The arrangement of parts, details, form, color, etc. so as to produce an artistic unit; artistic invention.
  • To plan and carry out, especially by artistic arrangement or in a skillful way.
  • A finished artistic work or decoration.
  • The art or process of making a drawing of something to show how you will make it or what it will look like.
  • Design is an applied art and engineering that integrates with technology.

Design Research Process

A designer’s sequence of activities is called a design process. Designers use creativity and their skill-set to generate the design solution.

Galbraith's Star Model of organizational design. Author: Mschatten
Galbraith’s Star Model of organizational design. Author: Mschatten

For a design research process to be undertaken, it will consist of a detailed plan, for the collection, specifications, or dimensions ascertained, and the analysis of the data.

So firstly, a plan of action is developed, data is collected about the procedure to be done. And after these steps are taken, there is the process of data analysis, and how to proceed with the choice or choices taken. Sometimes if it is feasible or possible, prototypes are then made to design specifications with a scale down model.

These are the steps in a basic, simplified research process:

  • What is the intended goal?
  • Prepare and formulate the research plan.
  • Collect applicable or pertinent data and information.
  • Analyze data and information collected.
  • Give a presentation, or an account or record of your investigation and your decision.
  • Proposed course of action. Development.
  • Implementation.

Design Examples

Graphic design - Secretary. Author: Elias Bara
Graphic design – Secretary. Author: Elias Bara

Here are some of Design/Designing Categories. Some examples provided after this list section.

Abstract, Advertising Material, Aircraft, Algorithm, App, Application, Applied Arts, Architectural, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Automotive, Artist, Ballet, Biological, Bridge, Building, Carousel, Circuit Drawing, Clothing, Coats of Arms, Communication, Computer-aided, Computer Hardware, Computer Software, Coin, Conceptual, Configuration, Costume, Curriculum, Customer Experience, Magazines, Management, Schools, Thinking, Label, Dinnerware, Dress, Embroidery, Engineering (Engineering Drawings), Exhibition, Experience, Factory, Fashion, Flag, Floral, Furniture, Game, Golf Course, Graphic, Home, Industrial, Information (Information Architecture)

The Golden Book Gown made of recycled book pages. Author: Ryan Jude Novelline
The Golden Book Gown made of recycled book pages. Author: Ryan Jude Novelline

Here are some more of Design/Designing Categories. Some examples provided after this list section.

Instructional, Interaction, Interface, Interior, Jewelry, Kitchen, Landscape / Garden(Landscape Architecture), Learning, Lighting, Log Home, Logo, Market, Mechanical, Modernist, Model, Modular, Motion Graphic, Muppet, Museum, Naval, Newspaper, Opera, Organization, Packaging, Poster, Process, Product, Production, Prop, Puppet, Rail Transport, Roller Coaster, Scenic, Service, Set, Sewing Patterns, Sound, Spatial, Stage, Stamp, Strategic, Streetcar, Stubs‎, Surfboard, Sustainable (Environmentally Sustainable, Environmentally Conscious), System, Systems Architecture, Systems Modeling, Textile, Theatre, Tool, Toy, Typography (Font), Urban, User Experience (which frequently includes mobile application), User Interface, Visual, Web, Wedding Dress, Window Dressers, Yacht

Designers

Designers – people who work in their various design fields with creativity and ideas.
Examples of some Designers in their respective fields.

Aircraft Designers

Aircraft designers and or aeronautical engineers create, conceptualize, produce, upgrade or make better flying or aerial vehicles. They use up-to-date resources whether it be materials, and systems and processes to do so.

Colorado Springs Hot Air Balloon Competition. Photo courtesy DarlArthurS
Colorado Springs Hot Air Balloon Competition. Photo courtesy DarlArthurS

Aircraft come in all different shapes, and sizes. Examples of aircraft include airplanes, helicopters, and gliders. Lighter-than-air such as Balloons, Airships (Blimps). Heavier-than-air such as an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) sometimes called drones or remotely piloted vehicles (RPVs) which are radio-controlled from the air or the ground. Unpowered manned heavier-than-air vehicles include hang gliders, gliders, and sailplanes.

Quadcopter camera drone in flight
Quadcopter camera drone in flight

Ultralights originally hang gliders are now adapted for power by the installation of small engines, as specially designed aircraft of very low weight and power, but with flying qualities similar to conventional light aircraft. They are intended primarily for pleasure flying. There are also Powered Parachutes, Amphibians, Kitbuilts or Homebuilts.

Rotorcraft, or rotary-wing aircraft, include helicopters, autogyros, and various hybrids such as gyrodynes and compound rotorcraft. Aerobatic planes, designed to be highly maneuverable and to perform in air shows. Single engine to multi engine planes. Civil aircraft include private planes, business planes, corporate jets, and commercial airliners, and of 2018 the largest is the double-decker Airbus A380 “super-jumbo” jet airliner – the world’s largest passenger airliner.

Emirates Airbus A380. Attribution: Julian Herzog
Emirates Airbus A380. Attribution: Julian Herzog

There are military aircraft or combat aircraft – fighters and bombers, and ground-attack aircraft including attack helicopters.

To train to become an aircraft designer or aeronautical engineer, you will require engineering and science preparation and education, in a wide range of different fields of high level studies, with university degree certification. This is a very skilled industry and will demand many years of learning.

Examples of aircraft designers are Wright brothers, Richard Vogt, Jack Northrop.

Architects‎ / Architectural Designers

Parthenon, Athens Greece. Photo taken in 1978. Attribution: Steve Swayne
Parthenon, Athens Greece. Photo taken in 1978. Attribution: Steve Swayne

In the world of Architecture, architects plan and design the construction of buildings. They also examine and investigate the soundness of these structures. They take into consideration other factors, like the surrounding space of the buildings, and how it will affect any human interaction.

The globe is filled with the artistry of architects and their designs. Any major city of our planet shows the beauty of these designers of edifices, some lasting centuries.

Taj Mahal, Agra, India. Attribution: Dhirad
Taj Mahal, Agra, India. Attribution: Dhirad

To be a professional in a career of architecture, one must be very highly trained with an education of a university degree in architecture. This involves years of study. And if this what excites you as a designer, you can leave your mark for others to see as a form of public art.

The Montreal Biosphère by Buckminster Fuller, 1967. Attribution: Cédric Thévenet
The Montreal Biosphère by Buckminster Fuller, 1967. Attribution: Cédric Thévenet

Examples of architects are Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Christopher Wren, Thomas Jefferson, David Adler, Peter Cook, Buckminster Fuller, Albert Kahn, Frank Lloyd Wright, Victor Anastasi, Benjamin Hick, Krzysztof Wodiczko.

Art Deco Designers‎

Art Deco chairs and table by Maurice Dufrene and Gobelin carpet designed by Paul Follot for the 1912 Salon des Decorateurs, Paris, now in the Musee d'Orsay, Paris. Attribution: SiefkinDR
Art Deco chairs and table by Maurice Dufrene and Gobelin carpet designed by Paul Follot for the 1912 Salon des Decorateurs, Paris, now in the Musee d’Orsay, Paris. Attribution: SiefkinDR

Art Deco was an era of style consisting of visual arts, architecture and design, combining modernist styles with fine, exquisite craftsmanship, even featuring rare and expensive materials, such as ebony and ivory. It first appeared in France just before World War I. It was one of the first truly international styles, becoming somewhat subdued during the Great Depression in the 1930s. But its influence ended with the beginning of World War II and when other styles followed.

London Underground poster by Horace Taylor (1924)
London Underground poster by Horace Taylor (1924)

This style of art method was an influence on the design of fashion, jewelry, furniture, buildings, movie theaters, cars, trains, ocean liners, and even everyday objects such as radios and vacuum cleaners. Art Deco represented luxury, glamour, exuberance, and a belief in the advancement of technology and society, and was a composition of many different styles. The Chrysler Building and other skyscrapers of New York built during the 1920s and 1930s are monuments of the Art Deco style.

The gilded bronze Prometheus at Rockefeller Center, NY, by Paul Manship (1934), a stylized Art Deco update of classical sculpture (1936). Photographer: Maria Azzurra Mugnai
The gilded bronze Prometheus at Rockefeller Center, NY, by Paul Manship (1934), a stylized Art Deco update of classical sculpture (1936). Photographer: Maria Azzurra Mugnai

Examples of Art Deco Designers‎ are Jean Dunand, Henri Hamm, Vadym Meller.

An art deco chair (1912) and painted screen by the Paris firm of Sue and Mare, now in the Paris Museum of Decorative Arts. Author: SiefkinDR
An art deco chair (1912) and painted screen by the Paris firm of Sue and Mare, now in the Paris Museum of Decorative Arts. Author: SiefkinDR

Art Nouveau Designers‎

Alfons Mucha - F. Champenois Imprimeur-Éditeur
Alfons Mucha – F. Champenois Imprimeur-Éditeur

Art Nouveau – an international total art style that was most popular between 1890 and 1910, involved a wide range of fine art, especially decorative arts, including architecture, applied art, painting, graphic art, interior design, jewelry, furniture, textiles, ceramics, glass art, and metal work.

Cover of Jugend by Otto Eckmann (1896)
Cover of Jugend by Otto Eckmann (1896)

Art Nouveau, by 1910, was replaced as the dominant European architectural and decorative style, first by Art Deco, and then by Modernism.

Poster by Félix Vallotton for the new Maison de l'Art Nouveau (1896)
Poster by Félix Vallotton for the new Maison de l’Art Nouveau (1896)

Examples of Art Nouveau  artists and designers are Friedrich Adler, Duilio Cambellotti, Émile Gallé, Eugène Grasset, Archibald Knox, Louis Majorelle, Theo Nieuwenhuis, Ze’ev Raban, Gustave Serrurier-Bovy, Johan Thorn Prikker, Henry van de Velde, Philippe Wolfers.

Le Train Bleu in the Gare de Lyon, Paris. Author: Gryffindor
Le Train Bleu in the Gare de Lyon, Paris. Author: Gryffindor

Automobile Designers‎

An early example of Harley Earl's work seen in the 1938 Buick Y-Job
An early example of Harley Earl’s work seen in the 1938 Buick Y-Job

Automotive or motor vehicles, include automobiles, vans, trucks, buses, motorcycles, and big vehicles such as coaches and recreational vehicles (RVs). Also included would be tractors, and ATVs – all-terrain vehicles.

Automotive designing for these vehicles incorporates the look or appearance, style and the feeling associated with using them – the ergonomics.

In automotive designing, in order to develop the aesthetics or visual appearance of the vehicle, one can be called to work with any of the other designers of engineering fields of automotive, mechanical and electrical engineering, industrial design and transportation design.

Focus must be made on the function of the vehicle, as well as the shape or form, although the lead designer focuses on the outer shape of the vehicle. Design features are applied to both the exterior and interior design of the vehicle and any parts involved.

Consideration is given to color of paints to be used as well as the kind and texture of fabrics used, be they plastic, leather, wood, metal, and carpet. 3D digital modeling is used to help with initial sketches and feedback provided until a concept is agreed with a working model produced for future evaluation.

Also, consideration must be paid to all the parts that go into the manufacture of a vehicle, whether they are doors, windows, lights, seats, hood or bonnet, trunk or boot, plating, control panel, windshield, bumpers, dashboard, convertible or not, fascia, fenders, grill, braking system, the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, the ducts, the oil system, the type of energy used to power the automobile, be it gasoline, electric or hybrid system, diesel, biodiesel, ethanol, natural gas, hydrogen, propane, methanol, etc., the engine, and other parts and systems needed as the case might be in the total assembly. 

Examples of automotive designers are Omer Halilhodžić, Dilip Chhabria, Marcio Piancastelli, Sacha Laki.

Boat, Ship and Yatch Designers‎

Tahitian Princess in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands - 17 August 2009. Attribution: Erik Christensen
Tahitian Princess in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands – 17 August 2009. Attribution: Erik Christensen

Naval engineering involves the construction and repairs of ships (shipbuilding) and other floating vessels, both for commercial and military purposes, in a specific area called a shipyard. Shipbuilding is a specialized line of work by Shipbuilders or Shipwrights

Shipbuilding design, known also as naval architecture, now uses computer-aided design (CAD), and sometimes developed using a ship model basin. A modern method called block construction, which is made up of the different materials that go into segments of the ship, use prefabricated sections. This makes the entire process of building the ships more efficient.

A list of floating vessels will include Airboat, Aircraft Carrier, Barge, Brig, Cabin cruiser, Cruise ship, Canoe, Cargo, Catamaran, Destroyer, Dinghy, Dredging, Drift boat, Dugout, Ferry, Fishing boat, Float tube, Frigate, Gondola, Gunboat, Houseboat, Hovercraft, Hydroplane, Inflatable boat, Jet ski, Kayak, Launch, Landing craft, Lifeboat, Liner, Luxury yacht, Missile boat, Motorboat, Naval ship, Paddle, Patrol boat, Pirogue, Pleasure craft, Pontoon, Powerboat, Riverboat, Rowboat, Sailboat, Schooner, Ski boat, Skiff, Skipjack, Steam boat, Speed boat, Submarine, Surfboard, Swift boat, Tanker, Torpedo boat, Towboat, Trimaran, Trawler, Tugboat, U-boat, Water ski boat, Water taxi, Whaleboat, Yacht.

Designers: Alfred the Great, Peter Milne (boat designer), Frederick Shepherd (yacht designer),

Carousel Designers

French old-fashioned style carousel with stairs in La Rochelle. Attribution: Jebulon
French old-fashioned style carousel with stairs in La Rochelle. Attribution: Jebulon

Carousels were an early form of amusement rides as a merry-go-round, with seats shaped like those of horses or other animals, or even like mounted aeroplanes or cars on poles.

Examples of Carousel Designers: Gustav Dentzel, Marcus Illions, Charles I. D. Looff, Marvin Sylvor, Dentzel Carousel Company

Coats of Arms Designers

Coat of Arms of Ireland. Blazon: Azure, a harp or stringed argent. Attribution: Setanta Saki
Coat of Arms of Ireland. Blazon: Azure, a harp or stringed argent. Attribution: Setanta Saki

A coat of arms can belong to an individual person, or a family, a state, an organization, a corporation or a country. It is a form of visual design of heraldry. It was worn on different parts of the body like the shield and outer coats in times past.

Examples of Coat of Arms Designers: Ladislav Čisárik, Arvydas Každailis, Amon Kotei, Jiří Louda, Yevgeny Ukhnalyov, Gheorghe Vrabie, Juozas Zikaras.

Coin Designers

Bimetallic Egyptian one pound coin featuring King Tutankhamen. Attribution: Appaches
Bimetallic Egyptian one pound coin featuring King Tutankhamen. Attribution: Appaches

Coins are usually metallic, round, small, flat and standardized in weight. They are a form of exchange or legal tender or currency issued by a government. Some have become collector’s items and a type of investment.

Examples of Coin Designers: Abraham Abramson, Joseph Edgar Boehm, Robert-Ralph Carmichael, George Kruger Gray, Jean-Pierre Montagny, Coert Steynberg, Anton Vasyutinsky, William Wood, Juozas Zikaras

Dinnerware Designers

Artists in Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, China Bowl with dragons, phoenixes, gourds, and characters for happiness Qing dynasty, Guangxu period, late 1880s Porcelain with transparent glaze and overglaze polychrome enamels and gilding Gift of the Conger Collection, 1991. E76744 Peabody Essex Museum
Artists in Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, China.
Bowl with dragons, phoenixes, gourds, and characters for happiness Qing dynasty, Guangxu period, late 1880s Porcelain with transparent glaze and overglaze polychrome enamels and gilding Gift of the Conger Collection, 1991. E76744
Peabody Essex Museum

Dinnerware is also known as tableware. They are the dishes we use for dining, for serving our food, and for setting our tables with, such as glassware (drinking vessels, drinkware), cutlery (silverware), plates, bowls, and other dishes.

There are many different kinds of plates and bowls for serving and eating vegetables, salads, soups, desserts, cereals, fruits, rice, noodles and pasta. Also included in tableware are saucers, teacups, coffee cups, mugs, jugs, milk jugs, cream jugs, pitchers, platters, sugar bowls, salt and pepper shakers, teapots, coffee pots and trays, and different knives, forks and spoons for eating various food items.

Materials used to make dishes include wood, plastic, glass, acrylic, gold, silver, tin-glazed pottery, stoneware, and earthenware.

Lots of other dishes, cutlery and utensils are used for preparing and cooking our food before the actual dinnerware or tableware.

Examples of Dinnerware Designers: Ward Bennett, Susie Cooper, Rupert Deese, Alyson Fox, Edith Heath, Michael Lax, Corin Mellor, Frederick Hurten Rhead, Schmid Kreglinger, Paul Timman, Russel Wright, Eva Zeisel

Embroidery Designers

Traditional embroidery in chain stitch on a Kazakh rug, contemporary. A traditional Kazakh rug I bought when I lived in Mongolia. Attribution: Mark Heard from Canada
Traditional embroidery in chain stitch on a Kazakh rug, contemporary.
A traditional Kazakh rug I bought when I lived in Mongolia.
Attribution: Mark Heard from Canada

The materials commonly used in embroidery fabrics and yarns include wool, linen, silk, cotton, rayon, ribbon, beads, pearls, quills, and sequins.

Different Types of Embroidery Stitches include Back Stitch, Blanket Stitch, Bullion Knot, Chain Stitch, Couching Stitch, Detached Chain Stitch, Feather Stitch, Fly Stitch, French Knot Stitch, Herringbone Stitch, Lazy Daisy Stitch, Running Stitch, Satin Stitch, Seed Stitch, Split Stitch, Stem Stitch, Straight Stitch, Woven Wheel Stitch.

Embroidery can be seen on caps, hats, shirts, jackets, coats, blazers, dresses, draperies, gifts, and different apparels.

There are different categories of embroidery such as needlepoint, canvas work, free or surface, and counted embroidery.

Machine embroidery makes use of embroidery patterns software in a computerized embroidery machine, for example, to stitch and add monograms, logos and labels to numerous fabrics.

Embroidery Designers: Emilie Bach, Young Yang Chung, Leon Conrad, Jan Constantine, Kaffe Fassett, Evelyn Gleeson, Asami Kiyokawa, Marilyn Leavitt-Imblum, François Lesage, May Morris, Kathleen Laurel Sage, Charles Germain de Saint Aubin, Anna Sibylla Sergell, Shen Shou, Mary Elizabeth Turner, Teresa Wentzler, Kathleen Whyte, Erica Wilson

Fashion Designers

Students from the College of DuPage Fashion Studies program recently showed off their creations at "Elements," the 2015 fashion show. In addition to highlighting their creations, students received awards in various categories. Attribution: COD Newsroom
Students from the College of DuPage Fashion Studies program recently showed off their creations at “Elements,” the 2015 fashion show. In addition to highlighting their creations, students received awards in various categories. Attribution: COD Newsroom

One of the most glamorous and ever popular industries is that of fashion. There are countless fashion designers from countries all over the world showing trends of their customs and culture. You can too if you are into any of these different areas of beauty, style, styling, trends, image, clothing, footwear, lingerie, dresses, outfits, knitwear, leather-wear, ready-to-wear, makeup, perfume, vogue, haute couture, lifestyle, retro, brand, décor, fashion shows, and whatever comes along with this designer wonderland.

Fashion designers use their artistic abilities to create styles and trends with lots of clothing types, and also with accessories as necklaces and bracelets. They work with different materials and an assortment of colors, patterns and tastes from which to choose, whether it is everyday wear or casual (ready to wear), or dresses, evening wear, or haute couture for special occasions.

Some fashion designers create garments that are original, creating for children, women or men fashion lines.

A fashion designer may choose to work in a variety of ways, alone, for oneself, under his or her own label, or selling their designs directly to clothing shops, fashion houses, or manufacturers with their label. Fashion designers can design for their own clients, department stores, or specialty stores. They may also choose to work full-time with others in a team, as in-house designers.

Costume workshop in Prague theater. Author: Jorge Royan
Costume workshop in Prague theater. Author: Jorge Royan

Fashion designing is done mostly the old fashion way, as a pattern maker does, by sketching creations on paper, or by draping the fabric on a dress form. When a garment is finish created, a model is used for testing, evaluation and customization before the final go ahead. Others who may assist in the design process include tailors, seamstresses, textile designers and stylists. Whether it is one-of-a-kind, or for mass market, the original design process is the same.

Costume and fashion designers also have been designing and are designers of ballet costumes.

Notable fashion Designers include Calvin Klein, Carolina Herrera, Christian Dior, Christian Lacroix, Coco Chanel,Diane Von Furstenberg, Dolce and Gabbana, Donatella Versace, Donna Karan, Gianni Versace, Giorgio Armani, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jimmy Choo, Karl Lagerfeld, Mary Quant, Miuccia Prada, Oscar de la Renta, Pierre Cardin, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Valentino, Vera Wang, Yves Saint Laurent.

Flag Designers‎ or Vexillographers

Van Kirk's World Peace Flag. Attribution: Kjerish
Van Kirk’s World Peace Flag. Attribution: Kjerish

A vexillographer is a person who develops the ability and the creative art to design flags.

Flags are usually designed on large-size cloth with the intention of it being displayed noticeably indoors, or hoisted outdoors high on a mast to be seen from afar. And for that reason they are made with colors that are simple and bold. Flags are created to represent groups, organizations, governments, and other associations.

Flag Designers: Ron Cobb, John McConnell

Floral Designers

Floral art in a competition at the Chandigarh Rose Festival. India. Auhor: Maheshkumaryadav
Floral art in a competition at the Chandigarh Rose Festival. India.
Author: Maheshkumaryadav

Floral Designers are instrumental in making many kinds of flower arrangements including, garlands, bows, corsages and wreaths. Use is usually made of different kinds and colors of flowers that are blooming.

Dried Arrangements may combine materials such as dried flowers, leaves, wood, and tree barks.

Types of Flower Arrangement or Floral Design Styles include Botanical, Cascade, Crescent Corsage, Elliptical, Fan Shaped, Formal Linear, Garden Style, Hedgerow, Horizontal, Inverted “T”, Mille de Fleur, Nosegay Corsage, Oval Shaped, Parallel Systems, Pot au Fleur, ‘S’ Shape, Triangular, Vertical, Western Line.

Floral Designers: Daniel Ost, Jennifer McGarigle, Julia Clements, Junichi Kakizaki, Phil Rulloda.

Furniture Designers‎

Red and Blue Chair (1917), designed by Gerrit Rietveld. Picture taken by User:Ellywa, with permission of the owner of the chair.
Red and Blue Chair (1917), designed by Gerrit Rietveld. Picture taken by User:Ellywa, with permission of the owner of the chair.

Furniture is a product that may have function, used as decoration and has design features. Furniture can be made from all sorts of things nowadays. They include wood, bamboo, rattan, metal, plastic, leather, glass, precious metals, fiberglass, concrete, paper, cardboard, and recycled products such as boxes, tires, crates and pallets.

Furniture include beds, bookcases, cabinets, chairs, chests, closets, couches, cupboards, desks, dressers, shelves, sofas, stools, tables, wardrobes.

Industrial designers can also create furniture for mass production. Also, Eco Designers are designing furniture products with the environment in mind.

Furniture Designers: Claus Bonderup, Busk + Hertzog, Josef Fanta, Grant Featherston, Konstantin Grcic, Ana Kraš, Sacha Lakic, Édouard Lièvre, Ligne Roset, Jacqueline Ntuyabaliwe, Samira Rathod

Game Designers‎

Screenshot of an early phase of developement of Battle for Mandicor v 0.0.5. Attribution: GPL game
Screenshot of an early phase of developement of Battle for Mandicor v 0.0.5. Attribution: GPL game

Game designers create games mostly for entertainment and educational purposes. Games may come in the form of apps for handheld devices – smartphones, tablets, or software for computers. Besides simple digital games over the years such as card playing, board, dice and other casino type games, and video games, there are role-playing games for sports, war and building societies in virtual worlds.

Incorporated in the game is the usual rules of the game plus challenges to compete and reach higher levels or goals for rewards points or badges. There are games for single players or interaction games among multiple players in these role-playing games.

Then there is Gamification which applies the elements and principles of games to foster a host of activities such as educating, learning, tutorials, exercises, organizing, strategics, achieving, and mastering.

Many elements and other designers are involved in the creation of a game such as the graphics, visual art, motion graphics and music.

Game Designers: Dave Arneson, Frank Chadwick, Troy Christensen, Jim Dunnigan, Richard Garfield, Andrew Greenberg, Ed Greenwood, Gary Gygax, Marc Miller, Jonathan Tweet, Mark H. Walker, Jordan Weisman, Skip Williams.

Graphic Designers

Plakat für die Fernsehserie "Reden muß man miteinander", für das Heinz Edelmann 1982 die Vorlage für die Redaktion von Claus Spahn (WDR) beim Westdeutschen Rundfunk gemacht hat. Author: Heinz Edelmann
Plakat für die Fernsehserie “Reden muß man miteinander”, für das Heinz Edelmann 1982 die Vorlage für die Redaktion von Claus Spahn (WDR) beim Westdeutschen Rundfunk gemacht hat. Author: Heinz Edelmann

Graphic Designers use their creativity to arrange or manipulate text, words, images, photographs, and graphics in many varied ways. They make designs for most of the advertisements we read, hear and see such as fliers, leaflets, brochures, business cards, posters, signs, logos, tickets for events (such as concerts, raffles, fundraisers), banners, promotional products (pens, mugs, cups, t-shirts, calendars) and flashing electronic ads.

They design for books, magazines, newspapers, websites, radio, television, and other publications, whether it the print media or other electronic media. Computers with graphic software is used to create these designs.

Graphic Designers also make use of a vast array of convincing devices such as color, sounds, music, models, and other promotional productions to appeal to a targeted audience and thereby attract attention for marketing purposes.

To aspire for a career in this field, graphic design university degrees are available. The use of computer software is a must with the industry standard of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign as designing tools or else with a CorelDraw Graphics Suite.

Graphic Designers: Adrian Frutiger, Alan Fletcher, April Greiman, Carol Twombly, Chip Kidd, Dave Halili, David Carson, Dolly Rudeman, Elaine Lustig Cohen, Gail Anderson, Ruth Kedar, Herb Lubalin, Jan Tschichold, Jock Kinneir, Jon Hicks, Louise Fili, Margaret Calvert, Marian Bantjes, Milton Glaser, Otl Aicher, Paul Rand, Susan Kare, Vincent Connare.

Industrial Designers‎

A Fender Stratocaster with sunburst finish, one of the most widely recognized electric guitars in the world. User: Zimo95 My 2003 Fender Stevie Ray Vaughan signature Stratocaster guitar (front).
A Fender Stratocaster with sunburst finish, one of the most widely recognized electric guitars in the world.
User: Zimo95
My 2003 Fender Stevie Ray Vaughan signature Stratocaster guitar (front).

Industrial designers work with other professionals such as engineers, to create consumer product’s shape, pattern and structure first. Then mass production of the manufacturing of the product takes place. Industrial design is a part of product design and engineering design. Computer-aided design is made use of before prototypes are made and tested. Occupation and advancement of careers in this field require engineering design schooling.

Industrial Designers: Belle Kogan, Elon Musk, Franco Lodato, Greta von Nessen, Helene Rother, James Dyson, Jennarong Muengtaweepongsa, Jerry Manock, Konstantin Grcic, Marcus Notley, Morten Villiers Warren, Patricia Moore, Paul Arzens, Philippe Starck, Ran Lerner, Roger Ball, Satyendra Pakhale, Stephen Melamed, Thomas Meyerhoffer.

Interior Designers

Interior design in a restaurant. Michelin two-starred Shang Palace main dining hall. Attribution: Ksl.communications
Interior design in a restaurant. Michelin two-starred Shang Palace main dining hall. Attribution: Ksl.communications

Interior designing is a form of decorating art. As well as a science, because it involves the development, planning and construction of the environment to the specification of the overall concept. It means working with the different professionals concerning the various aspects of the total project, whether they be architects, textile designers, furniture designers, contractors, or engineers such as in the fields of electricity, lightning, sound, acoustics, and others.

Taken into consideration besides the various styles and furnishings, are the ceiling decoration, the floors whether carpet, wood, tiles, or other, the walls, decorative paneling, wallpaper, draperies, mantels, colors of paint used, mirrors, screens, in all, the overall ambiance and aesthetics.

Interior design in residential or commercial buildings, are done for example, homes, offices, motels, hotels, public buildings, churches, schools, universities, showrooms, exhibition halls, convention centers, museums, galleries, shopping centers, malls, department stores, banks, hospitals, laboratories, media studios, restaurants, resorts, nightclubs, casinos, bars, concert halls, theaters, cruise ships, gyms, spas, sporting venues, and stadiums.

An Exhibition Designer is a professional who creates fixtures and display stands for events. Such as for large public exhibitions, conferences, trade shows and temporary displays for businesses, museums, libraries and art galleries.

Exhibition Designers: Terry Brown, Theodore Cohen, Jeff Daly, James Gardner, James E. Mayo, Jonathan Nesci, Damon Rich

Interior Designers: David Nightingale Hicks, Dorothy Draper, Emilio Terry, Frank Lloyd Wright, Jo Hamilton, Jonathan Adler, Kelly Hoppen, Kelly Wearstler, Kerry Joyce, Lorenzo Mongiardino, Mary Douglas Drysdale, Michael S. Smith, Nate Berkus, Nina Campbell, Nina Petronzio, Sandra Espinet, Sister Parish, Stéphane Boudin, Syrie Maugham, Troy Adams

Jewelry Designers

Rendering of Jewelry Design. Source: Archie Marting Design Handbook. Author: Archie Martin
Rendering of Jewelry Design. Source: Archie Marting Design Handbook. Author: Archie Martin

A jewelry designer uses his ideas to construct a concept and then makes elaborate technical drawings and then fashions his design.

Examples of jewelry designs are Anklet, Art jewelry, Belly chain, Body piercing jewelry,‎ Bracelets‎, Brooches‎, Button, Collar pin, Coronet, Crown, Cufflink, Diadem, Earring, Hairpin, Necklaces‎, Nose-jewel, Pendant, Pilgrim badge, Rings‎, Rope chain, Rosary, Shirt stud, Shoe buckle, Tiara, Tie chain, Tie clip, Tie pin.

Jewelry Designers: Joanna Angelett, Jelena Behrend, Melissa Curry, Archibald Knox, Elena Kriegner, Anita Mai Tan, Jérémie Pauzié, Wendy Ramshaw, Nicholas Rayner, Lluís Masriera i Rosés, Tanja Manuela Sadow, Natasha Zinko.

Landscape / Garden / Sustainable / Urban Designers

Central Park in Manhattan, the first landscaped urban park in the United States. Southwest corner of Central Park, looking east towards Fifth Avenue, NYC. Author: Ed Yourdon from New York
Central Park in Manhattan, the first landscaped urban park in the United States. Southwest corner of Central Park, looking east towards Fifth Avenue, NYC. Author: Ed Yourdon from New York

Landscape design involves the design elements of a property taking into consideration environmental sustainability, conservation, soils and irrigation, site drainage, plants, trees, rocks, boulders, groundwater, gardens, scenery – all that makes up the nature. And how the physical structure of the buildings itself affects this surrounding natural habitat.

Landscape design, sustainability, and landscape planning involves areas of landscape architecture and also deals with flora and fauna, wildlife, invasive species, native plants, organic gardening, organic farming, revegetation, nurseries, ornamental horticulture, soil contamination, soil testing, soil management, reforestation, conservation of water, water pollution or water contamination, air pollution or air contamination, greenhouse gas emissions, pesticide poisoning, pest control, energy usage from renewable resources, or energy-efficiency, and non-sustainable consumption of natural resources.

Sustainable landscaping encompasses gray water landscape irrigation using water from showers and sinks, growing shady trees next to buildings, and also with the creation of wind breaks to help cool the environment, planting vines on walls and growing plants on roofs, composting kitchen and yard wastes, recycling of products, on the whole, establishing permaculture, and Eco-friendly living.

Urban Design Center Kashiwa-no-ha. Author: Abasaa
Urban Design Center Kashiwa-no-ha. Author: Abasaa

Urban planning takes into consideration the community as a whole, whether it be a town, a city, public parks, national parks, public and private spaces, buildings, recreational amenities, sports fields, sports centers, golf courses, botanical gardens, human and vehicular passageways, security, property codes and safety, nature reserves, and other considerations.

Landscape / Garden Designers: Myles Baldwin, Bevis Bawa, Charles Bridgeman, Andrea Brunsendorf, Declan Buckley, David Glenn, Juan Grimm, Tom Hoblyn, Juta Krulc, William Martin, Roberto Burle Marx, Ken Nakajima, Piet Oudolf, Andrew Pfeiffer, Marek Sobola, Christopher Tunnard, Edna Walling, John Webb.

Urban Designers / Planners: Agustín Landa Verdugo, Paolo Soleri, Moshe Safdie, Andrés Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Peter Calthorpe, Michael E. Arth

Landscape Architects‎: Juan Grimm, Peter Jacobs, Mikyoung Kim, Diane Pearson, Militsa Prokhorova, Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles, Ildefonso P. Santos Jr., Ruth Shellhorn, André Vera

Lighting Designers‎

Lighting at the 2005 Classical Spectacular Concert in the Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne. Photo taken at ISO 1600 with no tripod. Attribution: Fir0002/Flagstaffotos. Under the CC BY-NC.
Lighting at the 2005 Classical Spectacular Concert in the Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne. Photo taken at ISO 1600 with no tripod.
Attribution: Fir0002/Flagstaffotos.
Under the CC BY-NC.

A lighting designer (or LD) works with a team of lightning technicians on productions such as shows, be they theatre, pop, rock, tours, even the opening and closing ceremonies of Olympic Games. They work with other members of the production like, the production manager, the director, stage manager, stage designer, set designer, sound designer, and choreographer. They usually use special computer-aided design programming to help in the timing, accuracy and efficiency of their presentations.

Examples of Lighting Designers: Adolphe Appia, Imero Fiorentino, Stanley McCandless, Tharon Musser, Jean Rosenthal, Tom Skelton, Scott Warner, Rogier van der Heide, Maurizio Rossi, Kenneth Posner, Stanley McCandless, Donald Holder, David Hersey, Marc Brickman, Brian Sidney Bembridge.

Logo Designers‎

The first logo to be trademarked was the Bass red triangle in 1876. The logo of Bass Brewery. Attribution: Vargklo
The first logo to be trademarked was the Bass red triangle in 1876. The logo of Bass Brewery. Attribution: Vargklo

A logo is used to identify a company, product or service. It consist of a symbol, or graphical mark of distinction that becomes to be associated and thereafter recognized with the company, product or service. Monograms, seals and emblems are forms of logos.

Logo creation embraces the art of graphic design. And schooling in this area affords one a career in this field of logo designing.

Very notable logo designers include Paul Rand and Saul Bass.

Packaging Designers

Various types of household packaging for foods. Photo by R. L. Sheehan of commercially available packages.
Various types of household packaging for foods. Photo by R. L. Sheehan of commercially available packages.

Packaging products makes it easier for storage, distribution, the promotional and sales process, before consumer use. Labeling which involves graphic designing go hand in hand with packaging products. Symbols or logos are also used to identify products or the company involved with the manufacture or distribution of the products.

Packaging can be wrappings, packets, canning and bottling used for better food preservation. Recycled packaging is good for the environment as well as keeping costs down. Packaging gives information as it relates to ingredients as well as use, trademarks, shelf life, bar codes and where manufactured.

Again graphic design schooling is used for labeling and designing packages for products.

Poster Designers

Ringling Bros. World's Greatest Shows: Madam Ada Castello. Daring Madam Castello's amazing exploits on the equine marvel "Jupiter". Promotional poster for Ringling Brothers by the Coach Lithographic Co., Buffalo, New York, ca. 1899. Source: Madam Ada Castello and Jupiter, poster for Ringling Brothers, ca. 1899
Ringling Bros. World’s Greatest Shows: Madam Ada Castello. Daring Madam Castello’s amazing exploits on the equine marvel “Jupiter”. Promotional poster for Ringling Brothers by the Coach Lithographic Co., Buffalo, New York, ca. 1899. Source: Madam Ada Castello and Jupiter, poster for Ringling Brothers, ca. 1899

Poster design incorporates elements of text and graphic designs. Posters are mainly used to inform, promote and advertise events. Be it events for musical performances or concerts, sports occasions, political meetings, movies, real estate, even travel destinations. School and community posters are used to inform and encourage. Posters are used to advertise consumer products in outlets such as in tiny corner stores to big shopping malls. There are also pin-up posters that almost every teenager has or had on his or her bedroom walls.

Any education or training in artistic design schooling will be able to secure a career in this exciting field of poster designing.

Notable poster artists include m Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Jules Chéret, Eugène Grasset, Adolphe Willette, Pierre Bonnard, Alfred Choubrac, Georges de Feure and Henri-Gabriel Ibels.

Pottery Designers

Italian red earthenware vase covered with a mottled pale blue glaze. This is a red earthenware vase covered with a mottled pale blue glaze. It has large blue and gold-coated flowers and a scalloped gold-coated rim. It stands 43cm tall and is 18cm in diameter at the top. It was manufactured in Italy and collected by Benjamin Ronalds (1892-1970). Attribution: Queensland Museum
Italian red earthenware vase covered with a mottled pale blue glaze.
This is a red earthenware vase covered with a mottled pale blue glaze. It has large blue and gold-coated flowers and a scalloped gold-coated rim. It stands 43cm tall and is 18cm in diameter at the top. It was manufactured in Italy and collected by Benjamin Ronalds (1892-1970). Attribution: Queensland Museum

A Potter is a person who makes pottery and he uses ceramic material to make such wares as porcelain, earthenware, and stoneware. Pottery dates back to prehistoric times and when discovered are artifacts of archaeology.

Clay is molded by hand or machinery into the desired shape and then heated in a kind of oven known as a kiln. The clay body is decorated before or after the heating process. A coating of glaze is sometimes applied to the pottery.

Examples of pottery designers: Charles Noke, Charlotte Rhead, Frederick Hurten Rhead, Susan Williams-Ellis.

Product Designers

A MakerBot three-dimensional printer. Attribution: Bre Pettis
A MakerBot three-dimensional printer. Attribution: Bre Pettis

Product Design incorporates coming up with new ideas or better ideas if a remake is in order for a product. Prototypes are then made, evaluated, tested, remade if necessary, with market research done about the viability surrounding the product. First of all market research is done to make sure if the product is needed in the first place, or it has the market to sustain and grow and succeed.

There are a lot of design mechanisms that go into the development of new products. The latest technology is the use of 3-D printing to manufacture finished products.

Education in this field can be in any of the engineering fields of study, depending on what kind of product or invention is needed. So schooling in design with degree certification in higher level education will be an asset.

Most Notable Product Designers also are Industrial Designers. Examples of these designers are Sacha Lakic, Philippe Starck, Imran Chaudhri, Jony Ive, James Dyson, Rick Dickinson

Scenic Designers‎

Scenic Design is also known as Scenography, Stage Design, Set Design, Production Design or Prop Design.

Scenic design, The 2010 Family Series, by Glenn Davis
Scenic design, The 2010 Family Series, by Glenn Davis

Scenic designers design sets and scenery that aim to support the overall artistic goals of the creation of theatrical, film or television scenery.

Scenic design is firstly a process of envisioning the story being told, with the scenic designer working with the director and other designers, and then developing a complete set of design drawings, even using the technology of 3-D CAD modeling of the set design. After the overall visual concept for the production, they then design the stage environment.

Scenic designers can be trained professionals, holding a B.F.A. or M.F.A. degrees in theater arts.

Notable Scenic Designers: Boris Aronson, Alexandre Benois, Alison Chitty, Barry Kay, Caspar Neher, Cyro Del Nero, Aleksandra Ekster, David Gallo, Edward Gordon Craig, Franco Zeffirelli, George Tsypin, Howard Bay, Jo Mielziner, John Lee Beatty, Ken Adam, Léon Bakst, Maria Björnson, Natalia Goncharova, Neil Patel, Robert Wilson, Russell Patterson, Brian Sidney Bembridge, Santo Loquasto, Todd Rosenthal, Roger Kirk.

Surfboard Shapers‎

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A surfboard shaper is someone who builds and designs surfboards by hand. Originally made from wood, most modern surfboards are made from pre-formed polyurethane blanks or styrofoam, fiberglass sheets, and thermosetting resin such as polyester. The surfboards are shaped by the shaper using an array of tools ranging from surforms, rasps, sanding machines and power planers.

Diagram of a surfboard including the nose, the tail the rails, the stringer, and the leg rope. Attribution: KDS444
Diagram of a surfboard including the nose, the tail the rails, the stringer, and the leg rope. Attribution: KDS444

Web or Website Designers‎

Web design books in Bayview Village Chapters. Attribution: Raysonho @ Open Grid Scheduler / Grid Engine
Web design books in Bayview Village Chapters. Attribution: Raysonho @ Open Grid Scheduler / Grid Engine

Web designing use different skills related to computer software development. They include web graphic design, interface design, code programming, user experience design, and search engine optimization. The design process is made up of the front-end (client side) design of a website including writing mark up or code writing. This may consist of a team of individuals working together or just a one-man outfit doing it all. Web design also creates websites and apps for different size devices, whether they are desktop or laptop computers, tablets or smartphones.

Best Art Design Magazines

Here is a list of some of the best art design magazines to empower you on your designing journey. Read, explore, discover, play and create. Witness how others are producing so you too can add your works-of-art.

  • A New Type of Imprint
  • Aesthetica
  • Afterall
  • Bak
  • Blueprint
  • BOMB
  • Communication Arts
  • Computer Arts
  • Courier
  • Creative Boom
  • CREATIVE REVIEW
  • Delayed Gratification
  • Dirty Furniture
  • Disegno
  • Eye
  • Fiera
  • form
  • Graphic
  • Harvard Design Magazine
  • HOLO
  • Idea
  • IDN
  • It’s Nice That
  • Juxtapoz
  • Modern Design Review
  • Ninety-Nine U
  • Novum
  • Plazm
  • Printed Pages
  • Revolutionart
  • Sculpture
  • Slanted
  • The Great Discontent
  • Wallpaper
  • Works That Work

Designer Christoph Niemann

Graphic designer Christoph Niemann at Typo San Francisco 2013. Source: Christoph Niemann. Attribution: FontShop from USA
Graphic designer Christoph Niemann at Typo San Francisco 2013.
Source: Christoph Niemann.
Attribution: FontShop from USA

Here we will give a short excerpt of a modern day designer Christoph Niemann. He is a graphic designer and an illustrator.

Initially, Christoph Niemann came from Waiblingen, West Germany being born there in 1970. After his Fine Arts studies in Germany, he moved in 1997 to New York City.

Christoph Niemann has won many awards for his work, including the award from the exceptional, professional organization for design, known as The American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA). He has been inducted into the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame in 2010. Some of his work have appeared on the covers of The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, American Illustration and Atlantic Monthly. He has also written various books with some as children’s books.

In 2008 Christoph Niemann relocated to Berlin with his family – his wife and three sons. Niemann continues working as an illustrator and a writer. He contributes to Abstract Sunday (formerly The New York Times blog Abstract City). He also has an app to showcase his interactive illustration talents. And he has been featured in the first season of the Netflix docu-series Abstract: The Art of Design.

Studies of Design

Martinique Landscape 1887, Scottish National Gallery by the Artist Paul Gauguin (1848–1903)
Martinique Landscape 1887, Scottish National Gallery by the Artist Paul Gauguin (1848–1903)

Philosophies and studies of design can be accessed through Colleges, Classes, Courses, Books, Documentaries, and Videos (YouTube).

For a career in designing, a good start would in be in graphic design. And a computer software application of tremendous help is Adobe Photoshop. There are free alternatives, one such free graphic software program is Gimp. So start with designing fliers, brochures, bulletins, banners and business cards, all involving these software in desktop publishing. There are also templates to guide one and make the process as easy as possible.

Starting at home or school is the first step in designing. Then more advanced training can be pursued in higher level educational institutions like trade schools or universities. Even online schooling and courses are available once an internet connection and a computing device are available.

Produce, develop, or improve a design, whether you innovate, or it is your original creation that you intend for a particular purpose.

Your level of enthusiasm will determine your highest ideals. So get involved in any way you can possibly. There are family, friends who may have education, experience or skills to help you. Social media groups on Facebook and elsewhere, as Meetups and Special Interest Groups in cities all over the world are also available.

If you love designing, and a yearning to develop your creative skills as a designer, we can look to nature for divine inspiration, for nature is the best designer of life. Just look around at our magnificent universe. See the wonder of this world and add your distinctive mark, your grand designs.

Poster about Tungsram filaments, Hungary ca.1910 by Géza Faragó (1877–1928)
Poster about Tungsram filaments, Hungary ca.1910 by Géza Faragó (1877–1928)

How to Empower with Art?

How to Empower with Art?

How to Empower with Art? Uplift Each Other As We All Are Creative Beings

How to Empower with Art? How to Empower as an Artist? There are many ways in which an artist can empower others with his or her art. We all are artists in one way or another. Use your developed skills in whatever field of activity you are involved. If you are a love one, or a writer, musician, actor, producer, a cook, dancer, teacher, or leader.

Empower with Art

As an artist myself, I have been doing this since I started and then launched my artistic career as “The Empowering Artist” and “Empower with Art” since 2007.

We can be empowered to shape our world in ways imaginable, with whatever creative abilities we develop and possess. It makes us happy to be able to contribute our ‘gifts’ to humanity, and to further evolve as a society.

I will be showing examples of artist’s works of art to illustrate how to empower as an artist or how to empower with art.

Empower as a Visual Artist – Fine Art

Here is one of my very own “Empower with Art” Creations.

We Are United Together By The Life Force Of Our Earth Home We All Depend On For Sustainability “We Are United Together By The Life Force Of Our Earth Home We All Depend On For Sustainability” – Kazim Abasali

Empower as a Performing Artist – Composer, Lyricist, Performer

We can empower as a musical composer and as a lyricist, and as a performer.
Here is a song that empowers and inspires me greatly. It is a performance by Brian Stokes Mitchell from the musical “Man of La Mancha”.

“The Impossible Dream (The Quest)” song composed by Mitch Leigh, with lyrics written by Joe Darion. The song is the most popular song from the 1965 Broadway musical Man of La Mancha and is also featured in the 1972 film of the same name.

To dream the impossible dream
To fight the unbeatable foe
To bear with unbearable sorrow
To run where the brave dare not go

To right the unrightable wrong
To love pure and chaste from afar
To try when your arms are too weary
To reach the unreachable star

This is my quest, to follow that star
No matter how hopeless, no matter how far
To fight for the right, without question or pause
To be willing to march into Hell for a heavenly cause

And I know if I’ll only be true
To this glorious quest
That my heart will lie peaceful and calm
When I’m laid to my rest

And the world will be better for this
That one man scorned and covered with scars
Still strove with his last ounce of courage
To reach the unreachable star!

Empower as a Performing Artist – Songwriter and Singer

To start my day, or to seize the day, I use the song “Seize The Day” written and sung by Carolyn Arends. I produced a music video adding photos and words to her song which I published on YouTube as far back as Jul 30, 2007. It has been viewed over 100,00 times already.

Song – Seize The Day by Carolyn Arends who is a Canadian contemporary Christian musician, songwriter, and author.

I know a girl who was schooled in Manhattan
She reads dusty books and learns phrases in Latin
She is an author, or maybe a poet
A genius, but it’s just this world doesn’t know it
She works on her novel most everyday
If you laugh she will say

Seize the day, seize whatever you can
‘Cause life slips away just like hourglass sand
Seize the day, pray for grace from God’s hand
Then nothing will stand in your way
Seize the day.

Well I know a doctor, a fine young physician
Left his six figure job for a mission position
He’s healing the sick in an African village
He works in the dirt and writes home to the cynics
He says “We work through the night so most everyday
As we watch the sun rise we can say

Seize the day, seize whatever you can
‘Cause life slips away just like hourglass sand
Seize the day, pray for grace from God’s hand
Then nothing will stand in your way
Seize the day.

I know a man who’s been doing some thinking
He’s as bitter and cold as the whiskey he’s drinking
He’s talking ’bout fear, about chances not taken
If you listen to him you can hear his heart breaking
He says “One day you’re a boy and the next day you’re dead
I wish way back when someone had said

Seize the day, seize whatever you can
‘Cause life slips away just like hourglass sand
Seize the day, pray for grace from God’s hand
Then nothing will stand in your way
Seize the day.

Well one thing I’ve noticed wherever I wander
Everyone’s got a dream he can follow or squander
You can do what you will with the days you are given
I’m trying to spend mine on the business of living
So I’m singing my songs off of any old stage
You can laugh if you want, I’ll still say

Seize the day, seize whatever you can
‘Cause life slips away just like hourglass sand
Seize the day, pray for grace from God’s hand
Then nothing will stand in your way
Seize the day.

Empower as a Literary Artist – Essayist and Poet

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) was an American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, and poet. He wrote in 1841 one of his most famous essays – “Self-Reliance” – the need for each individual to avoid conformity and follow their own instincts and ideas.

Here is an excerpt of his essay on “Self-Reliance”:
“There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given him to till. The power which resides in him is new in nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried.”

Empower as a Literary Artist – Poet

Poem – “Be the Best of Whatever You Are”
by Poet Douglas Malloch (May 5, 1877 – July 2, 1938).
He was an American poet and short-story writer.

If you can’t be a pine on the top of the hill,
Be a scrub in the valley — but be
The best little scrub by the side of the rill;
Be a bush if you can’t be a tree.

If you can’t be a bush be a bit of the grass,
And some highway happier make;
If you can’t be a muskie then just be a bass —
But the liveliest bass in the lake!

We can’t all be captains, we’ve got to be crew,
There’s something for all of us here,
There’s big work to do, and there’s lesser to do,
And the task you must do is the near.

If you can’t be a highway then just be a trail,
If you can’t be the sun be a star;
It isn’t by size that you win or you fail —
Be the best of whatever you are!

Empower as a Literary Artist – Poet

A 21st century artist's imagination of Kalidasa

A 21st century artist’s imagination of Kalidasa.
Kālidāsa was a Classical Sanskrit writer, widely regarded as the greatest poet and dramatist in the Sanskrit language of India, who lived probably in the 4th or 5th century. This poem is attributed to him.

Poem – Salutation To The Dawn

Look to this day!
For it is life, the very life of life.
In its brief course
Lie all the verities and realities of your existence:
The bliss of growth
The glory of action
The splendour of achievement.
For yesterday is but a dream
And tomorrow is only a vision,
But today well lived makes yesterday a dream of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well, therefore, to this day!
Such is the salutation to the dawn.

Empower as a Literary Artist – Writer

William Hutchinson Murray, Scottish mountaineer and writer (18 March 1913 – 19 March 1996) from his 1951 book entitled The Scottish Himalayan Expedition.

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way.”

Empower as a Performing Artist – Singers

Andrea Bocelli-I Believe with Katherine Jenkins

One day I’ll hear
The laugh of children
In a world where war has been banned.

One day I’ll see
Men of all colours
Sharing words of love and devotion.

Stand up and feel
The Holy Spirit
Find the power of your faith.

Open your heart
To those who need you
In the name of love and devotion.

Yes, I believe.

I believe in the people
Of all nations
To join and to care
For love.

I believe in a world
Where light will guide us
And giving our love
We’ll make heaven on earth.

I believe in the people
Of all nations
To join and to care
For love.

I believe in a world
Where light will guide us
And giving our love
We’ll make heaven on earth.

Yes, I believe.

I believe in the people
Of all nations
To join and to care
For love.

I believe in a world
And giving our love
We’ll make heaven on earth.

I believe.

Writer: Eric Levisalles

Empower as a Literary Artist – Essayist and Poet

Bessie Anderson Stanley (born Caroline Elizabeth Anderson, March 25, 1879 – October 2, 1952) was an American writer, the author of the poem Success (What is success? or What Constitutes Success?), which is often incorrectly attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson or Robert Louis Stevenson.

He achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much;
Who has enjoyed the trust of pure women, the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children;
Who has filled his niche and accomplished his task;
Who has never lacked appreciation of Earth’s beauty or failed to express it;
Who has left the world better than he found it,
Whether an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul;
Who has always looked for the best in others and given them the best he had;
Whose life was an inspiration;
Whose memory a benediction.”

Empower as a Literary Artist – Writer/Leader

Robert Baden-Powell

Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, (22 February 1857 – 8 January 1941) was a British Army officer, writer, founder and first Chief Scout of The Boy Scouts Association, and founder of the Girl Guides. Baden-Powell authored the first editions of ‘Scouting for Boys’, which was an inspiration for the Scout Movement.

“Leave this world a little better than you found it.”

Empower as a Visual Artist – Fine Art

Here is another of my “Empower with Art” Creations.

"You Cannot Teach A Man Anything, You Can Only Help Him Find It Within Himself." Galileo Galilei “You Cannot Teach A Man Anything, You Can Only Help Him Find It Within Himself” – Galileo Galilei

Empower as a Literary Artist – Playwright and Dramatist

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (26 April 1564 (baptized) – 23 April 1616) was an English poet, playwright, actor and dramatist.

“All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts”

Empower as an Artist

Are you illuminating this world with your art?
What role are you playing in this life of yours?
All the world is a stage, and we are the actors.
What mark bearing your name are you leaving for others?
Your efforts, creative abilities, skills and work, says a lot about you and your artistry. It is your legacy.

There are certain people who make the world a better place just by being in it. You are one of those people.

What is the Art of Empowerment

What is the Art of Empowerment?

What is the Art of Empowerment?  Using your Artistic Creativity to Encourage Others to Develop their Skills for Self-sufficiency

Empowering others is an art in itself. It involves one’s creative skills tempered with tactful persuasion in allowing others to have a better sense of managing their own affairs. Apart from the main question, What is the Art of Empowerment, a key question is – Who is administering the art of empowerment? And then the other question is How is the Art of Empowerment being applied?

Parents, guardians, teachers, coaches and leaders are the ones often tasked with this very important life undertaking or assignment. It is letting the individual use their inherent God-given ability of ownership of their destiny, and learning to chart the courses of life. Whatever life throws at them, they learn to equip themselves with tools to adapt. And failure is a part of the process of learning until the right lessons are acquired to ultimately succeed.

What is the Art of Empowerment? The art of empowerment is using your artistic skills to encourage others to develop their skills for self-sufficiency and mastering the art of living.

The Art of Empowerment of:

  • Children by Parents, Guardians and other Adults in a Child’s Formative Years
  • Children by Preschool – Early Childhood Education for Human Development
  • Students by Teachers
  • Students by School Counselors
  • Students by Sports Coaches
  • Children by Christian and Religious Counselors
  • Students by Professors and Instructors in Higher Learning Institutions
  • Employees by Organizations, Companies, Businesses, Bosses, Managers, Supervisors
  • People by Mentors, Role Models and from Your own Life Experiences

The Art of Self Empowerment
The Art of Supreme Empowerment

The Art of Empowerment of Children by Parents, Guardians and other Adults in a Child’s Formative Years

Parents and Guardians – mothers, fathers, step-parents, play such a huge important role in children’s development. They supply the physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development of a child from infancy. They shoulder the immediate responsibility to nurture and raise their offspring with love and affection, praise and encouragement. Parents want what they believe is best for their children. Children’s positive behaviors are influenced by parenting skills that lead a child into a healthy adult, for a child is dependent on their parents, readying the child for challenges.

Parents influence their children with protective social interactions and by encouraging proper social behaviors, and offer gentle, nurturing guidance. Parents also teach their children by example. Children at a younger age are given the opportunity to become skilled in tasks and they begin to learn responsibility. Child discipline is taught imparting knowledge and skill, and instructed to follow a particular code of conduct, helping the child build a strong foundation. It involves looking after, or monitoring a child’s activities.

Parents and guardians use the experiences they have learned in their own lives. They often sacrifice greatly to provide the necessities of life for their children, often at their own unselfish expense. Truly they are the unsung heroes of our lives. Parenting can be a lifelong process. There are benefits to parenting, for parents in their old age can receive assistance with caring from their children in return.

Other family members like grandparents, uncles, aunts, very older cousins, and even a family friend or adult neighbours play a pivotal role in every child’s development. As the African proverb goes “It take as a village to raise a child”. For the community is about building a supportive social network. Children require supervision, advice and guidance by their parents or other adults. For young children are generally incapable of looking after themselves, and clumsy in making informed decisions for their own well-being.

The Art of Empowerment of Children by Preschool – Early Childhood Education for Human Development

The Art of Empowerment of Children by Preschool – Early Childhood Education for Human Development

Early childhood education takes place in childcare, nursery, kindergarten, or montessori schools with early learning programs. Parents place their children in a safe and supervised environment. These schools provide early childhood education as it affects the development of a child’s personality, and is a precious support to parents and guardians. This early education of the young mind is in a supportive, thoughtfully prepared learning environment. It attempts to develop children physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively, observing the individual child’s characteristics, tendencies, innate talents and abilities.

An attribute of love and acceptance is developed within the child for the overall goal is to be concerned with the child’s happiness. Children are trained to be at liberty to choose and act freely within an environment for optimal development. The function of the environment is to help and allow the child to develop independence in all areas according to his or her inner psychological makeup. The task of the early schooling is to build in the child with habits of mind that would allow the capacity of reason to develop.

Nursery, kindergarten, or montessori schooling recognize the importance of empathy and aspire to build capacity in the children in hopes of them becoming confident and emotionally resilient even an at early age. Their impact is tremendous as children learn with other young minds as themselves. Communication skills and behavioral skills become second nature to these young children as they interact on a daily basis with new young friends as well as their teachers.

For with such early childcare and education, young children learn how to function in relation to other people. With proper guidance, children become more comfortable with their environment. The forming of attachments is believed to be the basic building block of the infant child’s capacity to form and conduct relationships throughout life.

The Art of Empowerment of Students by Teachers

During adolescence children are beginning to form their identity and roles that they will assume as adults. Educational training programs are established for younger children to the middle school and high school. The ultimate goal is to foster sound judgment and morals so the child develops and maintains self-discipline throughout the rest of his/her life. They need help to build their vocabulary, increase their communication skills. These children are becoming more independent and are beginning to build friendships.

They are treated as young adults with positive training where good behavior is encouraged and rewarded, learning important values and life lessons. They are taught, trained and guided so that they learn and practice self-control, to develop their ability to manage their emotions, and to make wise choices regarding their personal behavior. In every stage of their middle and high school development, they are instructed about planning, preparing, and gathering resources. Lessons include work in language, mathematics, history, the sciences, the arts, etc.

The Art of Empowerment of Students by School Counselors

School Counselors work in primary schooling which consist of elementary and middle schools, and also secondary schools, to provide academic, career, and college competencies to students through school counseling programs. School counseling is therefore an integral part of the educational system, by providing support to parents or guardians to make informed decisions about their child’s education for learning and behavioral issues. In addition, school counselors assist teachers, parents or guardians in assessing disabilities in students, if any, and they collaborate with outside agencies to provide the best support for students, and parents.

The school counseling programs also use teachers or psychologists to do school counseling that promotes and enhances student achievement aiming towards career development as in career guidance. School counselors do social counseling, and are skilled in their programs doing academic, career, and college readiness. Their work also focuses on the developmental stages of the students growth, relative to the needs, tasks, and student interests.

Counselors help with wholesome values guiding and teaching the growing child, who is affected by many decisions made, particularly choices linked to their lifestyle. This can be achieved by planning and taking part in fun activities together, spending time with them, and listening to and talking to them. The guidance the children receives promote their motivation to participate and become an active member of their community. Guidance instruction helps the young person by instilling and creating greater awareness of their environment around them.

A tool used is to incorporate such training activities into these young children everyday lives, allowing the children to learn through observation. Children are also integrated into all types of mature daily activities and encouraged to discover and contribute individually and in groups. This tool promotes both community participation and learning.

The Art of Empowerment of Students by Sports Coaches

The Art of Empowerment of Students by Sports Coaches

Sports play just an important role in a child’s overall development just as academics. For holistic development, exercise of the body is needed. A sports coach is involved in the direction, instruction and training of individual students or a team. A coach may also be a teacher. Coaches help to supervise physical conditioning – strength and fitness, and to develop morale-building. Nutrition is discussed as it is critical to the overall long-term success of any athlete. Physiotherapists also play a part in the overall development of these student/athletes.

The primary objective of the coach is to aid the students/players in the development of their technical skills. Coaches encourage the enjoyment and fair play of the game, as well as physical or tactical player development. There are many different sports and there may be many different coaches of these different sport in schools. There are also volunteer coaches who may be parents of students.

Here the mind of the student is aided in the use of strategies of the sports played. Strategies are standard usage in games like chess. So both body and mind work together as a coordinated unit in execution of plays. Coaches also often devise game plans, or instructions for what their players will do during the game. For every sport, there are different game plans. Psychological coaching that control the students emotions gives the student/player the needed confidence and mindset to excel as an athlete in any sport.

The Art of Empowerment of Children by Christian and other Religious Counselors

Christian Counselors provide Religious Instructions with Scriptures from the Bible. They see the Bible which teaches that God is their Source in Whom they should Believe and place their Faith. Christian counseling focuses on the concern of the whole person – body, soul and spirit, and observes the values taught in the Bible.

Religious counselors from different Churches and Beliefs seek to make people aware and come to know the immense worth and value they have as a person of God, thereby achieving a better understanding of themselves. They help people regain a sense of hope for their lives and to assist others as in the Golden Rule principle. Treat others as you would wish to be treated. It is also know as the law of reciprocity.

There are Religious Teachers from other Churches comprising Clergy, Bishops, Abbots, Abbesses, Ministers, Pastors, Priests, Monks, Nuns, Deacons, Chaplains, Lay Ministers, Rabbis, Hazzan, Pundits, Imams, Shamans, Oracles, Sangha, and others.

The Art of Empowerment of Students by Professors and Instructors in Higher Learning Institutions

The Art of Empowerment of Students by Professors and Instructors in Higher Learning Institutions

Higher education also called post-secondary education, third-level, or tertiary education, occurs after completion of secondary education. It is available at institutes like universities, vocational schools, and trade schools, where students receive advanced training, or become more specialized in their chosen field.

It includes both the undergraduate level, and the more advanced graduate-level, or postgraduate level. Different fields of study include science, technology, engineering, math, business, education, communication, and liberal arts degrees.

Higher vocational education and training takes place at the non-university tertiary level, at Higher education institutions of vocational education, known as Trade Schools, Vocational University, Vocational Schools, or Technical Schools.

Higher Education takes place at formal institutions. Higher Education is qualified with a very strong disciple focused on an application of learning. It involves many years of work and study, requires lots of research, with the final aim of being a highly-skilled professional with degrees that are widely recognized. Graduates with degrees can show credentials or certification of having a scholarly expertise developed with the ability to address difficult problems and achieve desired solutions.

The Art of Empowerment of Employees by Organizations, Companies, Businesses, Bosses, Managers, Supervisors

Mostly a person’s role in society takes the form of a job, or an occupation. It is an activity performed in exchange for payment as for a living. A person may work to do his job as an employee. Being trained for a certain type of job may qualify you as a professional. Other people may own or operate a business as bosses. People have many varied careers.

In business companies or organizations, there is leadership development for company executives, managers, supervisors and employees. It is about empowering people. Apart from making decisions, leaders encourage and foster leadership development. Companies do organize seminars and workshops on leadership and management training for businesses and government agencies to train their employees.

Leadership involves management practices of sharing information, rewards, and power with employees. The hired worker can then take the initiative of making decisions to solve problems, and improve service and performance. What will contribute to employees greater competence and satisfaction? By empowering and providing employees the opportunity and authorization with the needed skills and resources.

The employees then assume responsibility and accountability for the outcomes of their actions. Employees will further demonstrate their willingness to be leaders in their field of operations. That is the ultimate Art of Empowerment is the workplace. Think about the Art of Empowerment. Practice it by entrusting someone, thereby further developing and building confidence in future leaders.

The Art of Empowerment of People by Mentors, Role Models and from Your Own Life Experiences

The Art of Empowerment of People by Mentors, Role Models and from Your Own Life Experiences

We can pattern ourselves after successful people or role models, whose behavior, example, or success can be emulated by others, especially by younger people. We can read books and watch documentaries movies about them, We can then “model” the skills of these exceptional people, allowing ourselves to acquire those skills.

Such highly successful persons exist in any field of endeavor we choose to follow. They serve as pathways to success for all career seekers of ambitious yet realistic goals. Your choice of role models can impact your career opportunities and choices. Whether it be gaining the self-confidence in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematical, sports and entertainment fields.

With that said, our own parents, teachers and “community uncles and aunts” can also significantly influence our career aspirations. And they are within reach and approachable to mentor us. They can greatly shape, nurture and support our development and future success.

Mentors with a certain area of expertise are more experienced and knowledgeable to help guide us. One important characteristic of close family and community mentors, is that they help us build character with proper upbringing, that goes alongside career development.

You can learn from others like your parents, guardians, teachers, coaches and leaders. But for sure, life has unexpected twists and turns. That is when a positive, brave and resourceful attitude is your greatest ally. And having such a strong, unbreakable resolve makes all the difference in overcoming unpleasant, crisis situations in one’s life.

Your own life experiences develops you in ways unimaginable to say the least. One discovers new things, and once again, like how you learn as a child, you again learn to explore and learn through observation, and you develop extraordinary skills. You become more decisive seeking greater independence and wonderment of the world around you.

The Art of Self Empowerment

We can also seek learning ourselves through self-help books, courses, video instruction, life coaches, as a pathway to further learning. Such learning is know by other names such as ‘Informal learning’, ‘Independent Study’, and ‘Do-It-Yourself’ style of learning.

We can avail ourselves of online education or distance learning over the internet. It is a form of development in which a person uses self learning material through training and guidance in achieving a specific personal or professional goal. Some of these provide positive support, feedback and advice.

Apart from Career, there are areas such as Business, Financial, Health and Wellness, Relationship, and many more professional Empowerment training. Never before in history has it been so easy to be self-educated, due to the easier availability of free information on the Internet accessed with computing devices such as with desktop and laptop computers, tablets, smartphones, etc.

Today access to facts, books, libraries and universities are available online. Many people are now largely self-educated. We also can acquire knowledge through television programming learning. There are public televisions stations and other teaching stations, with programs, shows and documentaries for children and adults.

The Art of Supreme Empowerment

The art of empowerment is a life long process. It is from birth till death. In the beginning of life, we as babies are dependent on our parents and guardians. And as older adults we depend on ourselves as mature beings. In addition, this mindset of a belief in a Superior Being who created this Universe has helped many a lost soul.

In times of crises, be it personal, family, community or national, like sickness, dying, death, major accidents, trauma, or natural disasters, when man cannot by himself solve a devastating situation, people can turn to an Almighty God for help in such times of trouble.

These are the times in our lives when we are at the mercy of circumstances beyond our control. We are in survival mode or near deaths door when these trials appear on our front step from nowhere. We turn to God when all else fails. As the expression says “If you did not find God, God finds you”.

Some of us turn to God’s Holy or Bible Scripture to find consolation or faith. We seek out these Scripture passages or Verses in the Bible to comfort us, like when we lose a love one.

To continue on after despair, we put our trust in God and hope for His Divine intervention in one way or another despite all the setbacks, tears, and anguish. We need courage to persevere.

Much more we need peace within despite what is happening all around us or even to us. One such scripture verse may be comforting to us “The peace of God, which passes all understanding”.

Empowerment the Art of Creating

What are your thoughts on the Art of Empowerment? Do you view it as a key part in developing and empowering others by looking for opportunities to create future leaders? Empowerment is The Art of Creating or being a creative being or artist. Who creates whatever is necessary to be the mother of invention, to solve life’s situations, to fill the world with worthwhile creations.

To continue creating more to further evolve our existence on our planet and other worlds, plantings seeds in the consciousness of humanity to further empower generations to come. To stir, stimulate, excite, arouse and continue to rekindle our spirit mastering the art of living in each one of us.

What is Empowerment?

What is Empowerment?

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime

Definition of Empowerment

  • The granting of the power, right, or authority to perform various acts or duties.
  • Authority, right, or power given to someone to do something.
  • The process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one’s life and claiming one’s rights.
  • The process of gaining freedom and power to do what you want or to control what happens to you.
  • Freedom to act.
  • The process of giving a group of people more freedom or rights.

What is empowerment? Empowerment is having the freedom, right or power to act, to perform various acts or duties. To do what you want or to control what happens to you. Claiming one’s rights.

What it is to Empower

Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, Gauteng, on 13 May 2008. Author: South Africa The Good News
Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, Gauteng, on 13 May 2008. Author: South Africa The Good News

“Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela

To Empower or Empowerment is:

allow, entitle, encourage; equip, endow, enable, supply, give qualities or abilities to

render capable or able for some task

to promote the self-actualization or influence by inspiring

emancipate, give means to, enfranchise, empowering by means of education

Empowerment also includes encouraging, and developing the skills for self-sufficiency. The process is to start and to implement as you go along, then it becomes effective. Self-sufficiency is becoming, being able, or depending on oneself, instead of being on charity, or welfare. Self-confidence grows because one becomes fully self-supporting.

The opportunities created by oneself garners a pride of accomplishment since one can develop for oneself. One can then take responsibility and credit for the success of projects and the consequences. Empowerment occurs through the improvement of our conditions, and our global perspective of life. Strategies that cause changes, which can profoundly, directly, and positively impact communities.

Empowerment refers to increasing the spiritual, social, educational, and economic strength of individuals and communities, to recognize and use their resources. Empowerment is characterized by a movement of continuing education and self-help. Empowerment is seen as a tool to increase the responsibility of the citizen.

Marianne Williamson
Marianne Williamson

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Marianne Williamson

So Empowerment is a process by which people, groups, organizations, and communities, individually and collectively, gain mastery over their lives, and in so doing, maximize the quality of their lives. They do so by taking control of their very own circumstances, utilizing their ability to envision and achieve their own goals.

For Empowerment entails that people involve themselves in their own decision-making processes. They create their own strategies that cause changes, for the improvement and betterment of their own lives. By having the authority they could make plans, set their own goals, organize their work using their skill-set and management of operations.

Types of Empowerment

"Quit India Movement ", photo at Gandhi Memorial, Sabarmati Ashram, Ahamadabad. Author: Susant purohit
“Quit India Movement “, photo at Gandhi Memorial, Sabarmati Ashram, Ahamadabad. Author: Susant purohit

“A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.” Mahatma Gandhi

Self-empowered people possesses the pride of accomplishment as they develop for themselves. The empowerment approach focuses on mobilizing to help oneself to improve or transform their social, political or economic situations. They learn how they can use their own abilities to advance their life situations.

There are many different types of empowerment. Types of empowerment of individuals, groups, organizations, whether they are government organizations or non-government organizations, and communities.

Some of the types of empowerment, or categories of empowerment are:

  • Individual Empowerment
  • Group Empowerment, or People Empowerment
  • Community Empowerment
  • Empowerment Programs or Programmes
  • Empowerment Technology
  • Skill Empowerment
  • Empowerment in Development
  • Psychological Empowerment
  • Youth Empowerment
  • Empowerment for at-risk Youths
  • Women’s Empowerment
  • Empowering Women in the Developing World
  • Cultural Empowerment
  • Economic Empowerment
  • Societal Empowerment, or Social Empowerment
  • Political Empowerment
  • Empowerment in Business
  • Employee Empowerment
  • Empowerment in the Workplace
  • Empowerment in Social Work
  • Empowerment in the Art of Creating
  • The Art of Empowerment
  • Empowerment in Art
  • Empowerment Artwork
Martin Luther King, 1964. Author: Nobel Foundation
Martin Luther King, 1964. Author: Nobel Foundation

“We must discover the power of love, the power, the redemptive power of love. And when we discover that we will be able to make of this old world a new world. We will be able to make men better. Love is the only way.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

The empowerment of the individual is the backbone of a society or nation. With Individual Empowerment comes People Empowerment which extends to Group Empowerment. Community Empowerment is a result of more empowerment of people and groups in a community.

The fabric of that community is strengthened as more individuals and groups of people become strong in their resolve to solve their own situations from a greater mindset that they are equipped to handle their own affairs. And that they have the ability to make better decision making determination and choices of their own. Or can manage their affairs by getting right solutions from themselves or others. The most important aspect is that they are in control.

Empowerment comes about as they grow and develop through education, training, and learn skills in their different areas of activity as well as managerial skills to employ the best strategies involved.

Empowerment Quotes

Sharing Empowerment Quotes to enable a stronger and more confident self, controlling one’s life and claiming one’s rights. Thereby gaining the freedom and power to do what you want or to control what happens to you.

Bill Gates in Berlin (2013). Author: www.dts-nachrichtenagentur.de
Bill Gates in Berlin (2013). Author: www.dts-nachrichtenagentur.de

As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” Bill Gates.

Power can be taken, but not given. The process of the taking is empowerment in itself.” Gloria Steinem.

Be of service. Whether you make yourself available to a friend or co-worker, or you make time every month to do volunteer work, there is nothing that harvests more of a feeling of empowerment than being of service to someone in need.” Gillian Anderson.

“Education remains the key to both economic and political empowerment.” Barbara Jordan.

Empowering the individual means empowering the nation. And empowerment is best served through rapid economic growth with rapid social change.” Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

As an independent artist, you control the means of production, which is the ultimate form of empowerment.” K. Flay.

Technology is the foundation of the empowerment economy.” Elise Stefanik.

Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth… these are one and the same fight. We must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security and women’s empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all.” Ban Ki-moon.

The goal of each EarthEcho Expedition is to inspire and empower youth around the world with the knowledge and tools to take an active role in protecting critical natural resources in their own communities.” Philippe Cousteau, Jr.

Deepak Chopra in November 2006, speaking at Yahoo. Author: Mitchell Aidelbaum
Deepak Chopra in November 2006, speaking at Yahoo. Author: Mitchell Aidelbaum

New Age values are conscious evolution, a non-sectarian society, a non-military culture, global sharing, healing the environment, sustainable economies, self-determination, social justice, economic empowerment of the poor, love, compassion in action, going beyond religious fundamentalism, going beyond nationalism-extreme nationalism, culture.” Deepak Chopra.

Empower Others Quotes

Empower Quotes transform our lives when used as affirmations or deep reflective thought, as a source of inspiration and motivation.

Marie Curie. Author: Henri Manuel
Marie Curie.
Author: Henri Manuel

“You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end each of us must work for his own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful.” Marie Curie

You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind.” Anonymous.

He who hesitates is lost.” Proverb.

Fortune favors the brave.” Publius Terence.

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Chinese proverb.

Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.” Benjamin Disraeli.

First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.” Epictetus.

Our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world as in being able to remake ourselves.” Mahatma Gandhi.

Men do less than they ought, unless they do all they can.” Thomas Carlyle.

We are still masters of our fate. We are still captains of our souls.” Winston Churchill.

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

Every artist was first an amateur.” Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Seek the lofty by reading, hearing and seeing great work at some moment every day.” Thornton Wilder.

Calvin Coolidge. Source: US National Archives &amp; Records Administration (NARA)
Calvin Coolidge. Source: US National Archives & Records Administration (NARA)

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” Calvin Coolidge.

The Benefits of Empowerment

Oprah Winfrey at the White House for the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors
Oprah Winfrey at the White House for the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors

“What I learned at a very early age was that I was responsible for my life. And as I became more spiritually conscious, I learned that we all are responsible for ourselves, that you create your own reality by the way you think and therefore act. You cannot blame apartheid, your parents, your circumstances, because you are not your circumstances. You are your possibilities. If you know that, you can do anything.” Oprah Winfrey

People are in control of their own lives and destinies, decision-making, more innovative and more willing to take the initiative to solve problems on our own. They feel like they are impacting their group or community for the better. Their individual performance becomes part of a team working together for the common good of all concerned.

Participation is readily embraced as there is a spirit and atmosphere of shared accomplishment. The result is a more enhanced society. Management from top to bottom involving Government, non-government organizations, relevant agencies such as health care, utilities, and businesses are all united together in an effort to prosper human lives.

In every area of living, there is care for the environment, and being each others keeper. People show appreciation for one another and their achievement. The empowerment mind-set is tremendous. It affects everyone. Best of all, we can learn more and be thus more empowered, for empowerment is a skill and can be learned.

Our self-esteem grows, we become more confident to handle greater challenges in life. We can surmount the highest peaks, our lofty goals and gain satisfaction in a life well-lived as we inhabit this planet – earth – our universe.