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We participate in the forming of the future by virtue of our capacity to conceive of and respond to new possibilities, to bring them out of imagination and try them in actuality. ~ Rollo May
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RACE - Are We So Different? :: A Project of the American Anthropological Association

RACE - Are We So Different? :: A Project of the American Anthropological Association | Conceiving Of And Responding To New Possibilities... | Scoop.it
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Something to consider on the topic of culture, race, and finances...

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It Matters How Rich the Rich Are

John Aziz at The Week argues that it does not matter how rich the rich are. I believe he is wrong for a number of reasons.
The Impoverished Do Suffer Because the Rich Are Rich
Aziz opts for the E
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I think the author, Matt Bruenig, again offers some perspective and raises questions worth considering about how our real economy really works, in contrast to how it is thought to work on a theoretical, ideal, or conceptual level...

"But creating new wealth doesn't improve the plight of the poor. Only the poor receiving more wealth/income improves the plight of the poor. And if the last half century has taught us anything, it is that wealth and income growth does not, by itself, translate into the poor receiving any of it."

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Utopia series: how Capitalism should be reformed | Philosophers' Mail

Utopia series: how Capitalism should be reformed | Philosophers' Mail | Conceiving Of And Responding To New Possibilities... | Scoop.it
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This recent piece in The Philosopher's Mail offers a thoughtful exploration of the utopian notion of capitalism; considering what it could be, in contrast to what it is now...

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Freakonomics » Why You Should Bribe Your Kids: A New Freakonomics Radio Podcast

Freakonomics » Why You Should Bribe Your Kids: A New Freakonomics Radio Podcast | Conceiving Of And Responding To New Possibilities... | Scoop.it
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This Freakonomics podcast explores some interesting terrain on the topic of incentives and how they may, or may not, influence learning and behavior change.

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How to thrive in a world where change is constant

How to thrive in a world where change is constant | Conceiving Of And Responding To New Possibilities... | Scoop.it
As director of the MIT Media Lab, Joi Ito is constantly thinking about what the future might hold. But, he says, an obsession with what's to come is unhealthy and unhelpful. Here, he shares 8 piece...
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Suspect this will resonate w/ many of my colleagues :)

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Workers Will Move Up As They Age. But That Doesn't Fix Poverty.

One of the conservative lines on how to fix poverty is that you get workers into really bad poverty-wage jobs and then over time they can get promoted until their jobs are only moderately bad non-pove
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Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed (The Real Reason For The Forty-Hour Workweek)

Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed (The Real Reason For The Forty-Hour Workweek) | Conceiving Of And Responding To New Possibilities... | Scoop.it
Well I’m in the working world again. I’ve found myself a well-paying gig in the engineering industry, and life finally feels like it’s returning to normal after my nine months of...
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Considering consumer culture & the 40 hr workweek... 

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RSA Replay - Ha-Joon Chang on Economics - YouTube

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What is economics? In the second of our exciting series of events celebrating the return of the popular and accessible Pelican books, economist Ha-Joon Chang...
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The speaker, Ha-Joon Chang, speaks to whether regular people can understand economics, and I think makes a convincing case for why they should bother to do so. Good stuff! :)

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RSA Replay - The Contradictions of Capitalism - YouTube

One of the world's most respected public thinkers visits the RSA to explore the hidden workings of capital. David Harvey, Distinguished Professor of Anthropo...
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Exploring our fundamental notions, experience, and the way forward... 

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One Reason Cross-Cultural Small Talk Is So Tricky

One Reason Cross-Cultural Small Talk Is So Tricky | Conceiving Of And Responding To New Possibilities... | Scoop.it
Some of us are peaches, others are coconuts.
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I found some great food for thought in this piece (pun intended)... ;)

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Why Work-Life Integration Trumps Work-Life Balance

Why Work-Life Integration Trumps Work-Life Balance | Conceiving Of And Responding To New Possibilities... | Scoop.it
One CEO makes the case for why integrating work into your life--and vice versa--is the future of the working world.
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An important facet in my private practice efforts as well... :)

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What’s Ikea for? Cultural Differences in Appropriate Behavior » Sociological Images

What’s Ikea for? Cultural Differences in Appropriate Behavior » Sociological Images | Conceiving Of And Responding To New Possibilities... | Scoop.it
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Considering the social construction of our realities... and the opportunities. :)

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What Isn’t for Sale?

What Isn’t for Sale? | Conceiving Of And Responding To New Possibilities... | Scoop.it
Market thinking so permeates our lives that we barely notice it anymore. A leading philosopher sums up the hidden costs of a price-tag society.
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Considering the influence of market values & norms on our lives & society ... 

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The Danger of Financial Jargon

The Danger of Financial Jargon | Conceiving Of And Responding To New Possibilities... | Scoop.it
John Lanchester decodes the language of the finance industry: When it comes to discussing money, “incomprehension is a form of consent.”
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Another way to think about the importance and value of financial literacy... :)

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Sick of this market-driven world? You should be

Sick of this market-driven world? You should be | Conceiving Of And Responding To New Possibilities... | Scoop.it
George Monbiot: The self-serving con of neoliberalism is that it has eroded the human values the market was supposed to emancipate
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A bit more directive and "shouldsy" than I typically prefer, but the author raises some critical questions to consider.

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Scientists: Rich People, Poor People May Have Shared Common Ancestor

Scientists: Rich People, Poor People May Have Shared Common Ancestor | Conceiving Of And Responding To New Possibilities... | Scoop.it
ITHACA, NY—According to a study released this week by geneticists at Cornell University, substantial evidence indicates that rich people and poor people—disparate populations long thought to be entirely unrelated—may have once shared a s...
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A bit of satire from The Onion that I thought hit it's mark, questioning social attitudes... ;)
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Patients tell more secrets to virtual humans - Futurity

Patients tell more secrets to virtual humans - Futurity | Conceiving Of And Responding To New Possibilities... | Scoop.it
Patients are more willing to disclose personal information to virtual humans, likely because they don't have the capacity to judge.
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Some very interesting implications to consider...

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Writing In The 21st Century | Edge.org

Writing In The 21st Century | Edge.org | Conceiving Of And Responding To New Possibilities... | Scoop.it
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Approaching writing via a scientific understanding of the psychology of the mind... Good stuff! :)

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Inequality Is Not Inevitable

Inequality Is Not Inevitable | Conceiving Of And Responding To New Possibilities... | Scoop.it
Inexorable laws of economics aren’t tearing us apart. Our policies are.
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Surviving the post-employment economy

Surviving the post-employment economy | Conceiving Of And Responding To New Possibilities... | Scoop.it
The author argues that in the new economy, it's people, not skills or majors, that have lost value.
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So what to do if all the assumptions have changed?

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RSA Replay - A World Beyond Markets - YouTube

How will the 'collaborative commons' transform our lives? Jeremy Rifkin, one of the world's most popular public thinkers and political advisors, argues that ...
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Again, an exploration of the way forward, approached from another direction...

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This Thing For Which We Have No Name | Edge.org

This Thing For Which We Have No Name | Edge.org | Conceiving Of And Responding To New Possibilities... | Scoop.it
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Found much in this interview to consider; also some bits that were quite challenging. :)

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Jon Kabat-Zinn - "The Healing Power of Mindfulness" - YouTube

The Tucker Foundation and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center present Jon Kabat-Zinn "The Healing Power of Mindfulness" April 7, 2011 Spaulding Auditorium Dar...
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Great talk by Jon Kabat-Zinn on the topic of mindfulness... :)

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The evils of meritocracy | Philosophers' Mail

The evils of meritocracy | Philosophers' Mail | Conceiving Of And Responding To New Possibilities... | Scoop.it
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Considering our notions of merit & success.. What do they look like? What do they mean? 

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Collared or Untied: Reflections on Work in American Culture

Collared or Untied: Reflections on Work in American Culture | Conceiving Of And Responding To New Possibilities... | Scoop.it
Start-ups offer unlimited vacation, but with the implicit understanding that you’ll bring your laptop with you. And there might be foosball in the office, but there’s also a fold-out couch so you d...
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A very thoughtful reflection on the evolving landscape of work... and of certain underlying fundamentals that don't seem to have changed.

Is that fundamental relationship a given? Is the perceived asymmetry of power between those doling out the money and those taking it a given? What influence might enculturation have in our realization & experience of American work culture as participants?

Good stuff! :)

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