Inspire Friday Issue No. 42

Two Oscar doc winners, turtle-sniffing dogs, traveling with EarthPix, adventure books for your nightstand, the origins of Uber and more…

Hyperloop and the future of transportation. In this next video installment of our making of series for Dream Big: Engineering Our World, we head to Las Vegas to film early tests for the Hyperloop, an innovative mode of transportation similar to a train but using magnetic levitation to reach speeds of 700 miles per hour. See this new feat of engineering featured in Dream Big (streaming here) and check out what the future of travel might hold. Watch here.

Two Oscars, two great documentaries. This week the Oscar for Best Documentary went to the well-deserving My Octopus Teacher (a film we LOVE and already featured in this newsletter). The Oscar for Best Documentary Short went to Colette, the powerful story of former French Resistance fighter Colette Marin-Catherine who at 90 years old visits for the first time the German concentration camp where her brother died. This moving tribute is an important lesson in honoring the past, working through grief, and hoping for a better future after tragedy. Watch here.

Travel the world with EarthPix in your Instagram. One of our favorite Instagram accounts to follow is EarthPix with its steady stream of stunning and sometimes comical travel-related photography and video from contributors around the world.  A word of caution: if you click to follow, your bucket list is likely to explode. See more.

5 adventure books for your nightstand. If you are craving adventure but aren’t quite ready to travel, then here’s the book list for you.  Climb El Capitan, paddle through Alaska, and fly across the Mediterranean—all from the comfort of home. It’s not just the destination with these page-turners, it’s the journey.  Read more.

Turtle-sniffing rescue dogs save the day. When the St. Louis Zoo’s WildCare Park discovered that its three-toed box turtle population was in danger from an infectious disease, it needed to act fast.  Who did it call for help? Seven highly-trained, turtle-sniffing Boykin spaniels!  These specialist dogs used their strong sense of smell and soft mouths to retrieve the turtles from the park’s dense woods so scientists could treat them. Thanks to these furry friends, Missouri’s official state reptile has a hopeful future ahead.  Read more.


Every week, MFF president Shaun MacGillivray shares what is inspiring him now, his favorite book recommendations, podcasts, articles, short films, docs, quotes, trends, innovative companies, people, and entrepreneurial stories.

The origins of Uber. “I’m currently reading Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber by Mike Isaac.  It’s really interesting learning about the founder of Uber, Travis Kalanick, and about the company’s beginning. I haven’t finished it yet but it reads more like a novel than just the facts.” Available here.

The Amazon of Korea. “I really enjoyed this podcast episode of Industry FoolGetting in the Game with Coupang”—about the company considered the Amazon of Korea. There is much more penetration of e-commerce in Korea compared to other countries. Because Korea is small and its largest cities are very densely populated, it is the perfect place for an e-commerce delivery service.” Listen here.

And for further inspiring reading recommendations…
Visit Shaun’s “Never Stop Learning” reading list.

Filming the world championship of surfing. “In 1968, the world championship of surfing was held in beautiful Puerto Rico at a place called Rincon. Jim Freeman and I had been hired to direct and photograph the event for ABC’s “Wide World of Sports” with Larry Lindberg, the well-known producer from New York City, as our guide and contact. Jim filmed from a helicopter while I shot in the water with a protected camera. We hired our friend from Laguna, Spyder Wills, to shoot from shore. When the final heat began, six surfers paddled into the water. It was my job to capture footage of them paddling by as they hit the surf. Then I had to swim out further to capture shots of the surfers riding the waves. There was big surf that day and an unexpected current developed, which swept me to the south like a river. It took me half an hour to swim back into position where, thankfully, I was able to film the surfers catch six great rides, including the 10-foot wave that won Hawaiian surfer Fred Hemmings the world championship title. The TV show turned out great, it solidified our relationship with ABC, and lead to many more opportunities in New York City.”— Greg MacGillivray

Coming soon!
Greg MacGillivray’s memoir, Five Hundred Summer Stories, will be released later this year. A fascinating story chronicling Greg’s journey as an artist, self-made filmmaker, entrepreneur, father and conservationist.
We’ll keep you posted!

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