There are so many ways our world can use assistance, from energy to water to food to space exploration to the environment to mental health to…  the list appears endless. And there are ways to choose where to focus your efforts so as to push the frontier towards health, well-being, improved distribution, and healthy alternatives. The key is finding a way forward that sustains you. When the effort renews you, it is an indicator you have found a powerful way to push the world forward for positive results.

Seth with Michelle and NelsonLast week I had the opportunity to visit UCLA Grand Challenges Department and meet the people behind Sustainable LA and the Depression Grand Challenge.

Sustainable LA – Achieving sustainability in energy and water while enhancing ecosystem health in Los Angeles County by 2050

Depression Grand Challenge – Cut the burden of depression in half by 2050.

In the photo, I am joined by UCLA Grand Challenge executive director, Michelle Popowitz, and Dr. Nelson Freimer, UCLA’s Maggie G. Gilbert Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Science and director of the Center for Neurobehavioral Genetics in the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA.

I spent last Monday meeting the leaders of UCLA’s Grand Challenge department, those who are championing a future that pushes the world forward in very important areas. I learned so much and will be writing about it more, along with my other visits to the XPrize Foundation and the Billions Institute.

I want to kick this week off with gratitude for everyone who has figured out how to make their life’s work a gift to the world, taking on some of our biggest challenges with renewed hope, resources, science and dedication. Thank you all. 

To join in, find a way to contribute this week, large or small. Make a difference. Lift yourself as you lift others.

It takes a lot of people to make a winning team. Everybody’s contribution is important.

– Gary David Goldberg