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SEED OF BEGINNER’S MIND

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Go some place new, even if it’s a side alley. The beauty of being in a new place is that you see more of life’s incredible gifts. Become a beginner again an (Become a beginner again and wander the side streets of possibility.
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Get a Dysfunctional Team Back on Track

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Roger Schwarz, author of Smart Leaders, Smarter Teams, explains how to build trust and accountability on your team.
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15 Signs You're an Entrepreneur

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"One of my favorite TV shows growing up was MacGyver," confides Tony Hsieh, CEO of Las Vegas-based Zappos, "because he never had exactly the resources he needed but would somehow figure out how to make everything work out."


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"Blood on American Hands": Richard Falk on Palestine

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The latest carnage in Gaza is part of an ongoing Israeli imperial policy, but, as Richard Falk underscores in this exclusive interview, Israel always claims that its attacks against Palestinians are provoked by the Palestinians themselves.

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Being Mistaken For Kitchen Help Just Made This Exec More Outspoken

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Eight years ago, aspiring senator Harold Ford called investment firm president Mellody Hobson up to ask for help getting press coverage for the upcoming election.

For someone as accomplished as Hobson, this was no problem. She set up a lunch with...

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Contemporary & Relevant. Glacially set Mental Models. Makes me wonder what all stereotypes we might be carrying in our Indian work life scenarios... The diversity of language, customs making our society rich & varied...

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When A Dude Says That Maybe She's Asking For It, She Has The Perfect Response. So. Very. Perfect.

When A Dude Says That Maybe She's Asking For It, She Has The Perfect Response. So. Very. Perfect. | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it
He said she was asking for it. He got the response he deserved.

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5 Vital Prerequisites to Rocket Your Dream off the Ground

5 Vital Prerequisites to Rocket Your Dream off the Ground | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it
What is more joyous in life than having a dream and knowing it’s possible? The answer: going for it and making that dream your reality. We're going to share

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When did creative writing eat itself?

When did creative writing eat itself? | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it
Was the experimental novel killed by the creative writing course, the conservatism of publishing and awards – or are both linked?

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Charles Tiayon's curator insight, September 11, 2013 11:59 AM

Mark McGurl's recent book, The Program Era, analyses the American novel in terms of its relationship to the explosive growth of creative writing courses in universities, from their beginnings in Iowa in 1936. McGurl writes that in 1975 there were 52 university-level creative writing programmes in the US – by 1984 there were around 150, and by 2004 more than 350 postgraduate courses and around the same number of undergraduate degrees.

 

The UK is behind the US but rapidly catching up. The university-based creative writing course in the UK arguably began with Malcolm Bradbury at the University of East Anglia in 1970, an inspiration to me when I was doing a DPhil at Oxford in the 1980s on the British experimental novel.

 

In 2012 I decided to publish this as a book. I wondered if I should update it to include experimental novels written after around 1980, but there weren't any – well, hardly any. Experimentalism in the novel virtually died in the 1980s, but was it killed by the rise of the creative writing course, the conservatism of the publishing industry, or are they both linked?

 

More novels are published today than ever – around 150,000 books in total were published in the UK in 2011 – but the industry is dominated by a small number of large publishers and access to them is increasingly through agents. Most publishers are reluctant to even read unsolicited manuscripts direct from writers. Agents have close ties to creative writing courses and their tutors; they also are reluctant to accept manuscripts from writers who have not been recommended.

 

Publishers need to make money to survive, even if they are run by booklovers, and although they have been faster to respond to the digital revolution than the music industry, they have still been hit hard. In 2006 the Booksellers Association listed 4,495 bookshops in the UK, including 1,483 independents – by June 2011, the total number had fallen to 3,683, with only 1,099 independents. Waterstones, with around 350 stores in the UK, lost over £37m in 2011.

 

The corresponding rise in physical books bought online has by no means plugged the gap for the industry. This is no climate for encouraging experimentation. As agents are entirely dependent on the success of publishers, they also need to find, on the publishers' behalf (they are agents for publishers as much as agents for writers) what they think will sell.

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Creative writing professor wins poetry award

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Mississippi State University’s English department continues to celebrate the success of Catherine Pierce, assistant professor and co-director of the creative writing program at MSU, following her recent achievements.

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No need to act like a man: 6 tips for women to develop their leadership style

No need to act like a man: 6 tips for women to develop their leadership style | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it
 ‘I can’t seem to get it right,’ sighs Joanna, as she slumps into the chair next to me. ‘When I’m assertive and forceful, I’m labelled, ‘aggressive and acting like a man’ and when I’m open and ask ...

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Sustainable Leadership - Huffington Post

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Instilling an ethic of sustainable management signals to investors, employees, vendors, and customers that a business is stable and the leadership has a long-term vision drawing on state-of-the-art practices.

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Efficienarta's curator insight, July 8, 7:03 AM

There are increasing examples of sustainability (in many of its dimensions) being rewarded. The progress that Paul Polman is driving at Unilever being one of the higher profile. 

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How to use Workshops to Boost Creativity, Team Commitment and Motivation

How to use Workshops to Boost Creativity, Team Commitment and Motivation | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it
Creativity is a powerful motivator for individuals and teams and it can be taught, trained, and enhanced. These are techniques for enhancing creativity to be used your team’s workshops, and they include brainstorming, playing with puns, role plays and opposites games. These activities get people moving and on their toes, making workshops far more effective than traditional meetings.

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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, February 2, 1:48 AM

Take a look at the six examples of creativity boosters you can use at your next workshop.

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Pay attention Managers!

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True Creativity Requires Originality and Self-Expression | John Neel

True Creativity Requires Originality and Self-Expression | John Neel | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it

Photography is a creative process that calls for new ways to see the world.

 

Like all artistic endeavors, photography thrives on new perspectives, new ideas and new ways of expression. A great book, a great painting, or a great piece of music is important primarily because it provides us with something new to see, hear or understand. Most of what we see on the web, in magazines, and even in galleries, looks like so many other images we’ve already seen. Don't get me wrong. There are vast numbers of amazing works being done today. There are real creative people doing really wonderful things. However, at the same time, I see huge numbers of images that fall way short of what is possible. That is the subject of this article. Much of what I see is far less self-expressed than it is a product of someone else's idea of what an image should be.  In many ways, creativity has become the product of an engineer, a camera type, the technology or a social style and less the work of a real artist. Instagram and cell phone apps have contributed to the flood of images we are seeing. Some of it is good. Some of it is great. Most of it simply adds to the confusion. Magazine images, tutorials and 'how to' books have also contributed to the problem.  By watching others, we tend to think that there is only one way to do anything creatively. Easy to produce effects and add on styles are trite in part because the effects are ubiquitous. Hype too, does not make for good photography. Advertising, the king of hype, is a collaborative creation between an agency and a client. It is not usually a product of sincere personal insight. Stylish, hot, cool, slick, trendy and beautiful offer little or nothing else to the experience of a viewer. They offer nothing of reality other than fantasy and diversion from truth. They are usually simplistic and extremely shallow.

Every category of image making is guilty of producing those who follow the trails of others. There are painters who imitate other painters and photographers who echo photographers. There are groups on Flickr and other social media sites, that emulate any number of great image makers. We tend to emulate what we like. In most cases, so did the artists who are followed.

We are attracted to the look and feel, so we copy it and call it our own. While it may seem a form of flattery, it is actually a form of stealing. Not so much from others, but from oneself. It is a robbing of ones own ability to express.

For the newbie, following the lead of others is a way to acquire a useful set of technical skills. Also, in a very basic sense, it is a way to begin the process of seeing photographically. More likely however, it is a way of seeing certain types of subjects as portrayed by their mentors. That kind of seeing may lead to a fairly narrow viewpoint.  I believe that at some point, it is more important to find ones own path........

 


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Want to Be a Good Leader? Start Acting Like a Real Human - Biz Epic

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Being a leader is not all about telling people what to do or where to go. Leadership means you spend your time to build relationship with those you lead. (Want to Be a Good Leader?

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Joy Chen: The Challenge of Working With Founders

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Joy Chen answers questions about coming in as an outsider, building trust, evaluating talent and leading a diverse team.

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Create comic conversations

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Episode presents players with dozens of animated stories where their choices matter. Episode also empowers writers to write and animate their own stories for our community.


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Kokeiltavaa!

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EN: Unfortunately, no way to ad sound to text. Haven't managed to write my own comic yet. 

Marisol Araya Fonseca's curator insight, July 30, 9:51 AM

A great free app (iOS + Android) to help students learn conversational English.

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Comedian's Response to Criticism of Her Red Carpet Look Deserves a Standing Ovation

Comedian's Response to Criticism of Her Red Carpet Look Deserves a Standing Ovation | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it
"I'm sorry, I thought I had been invited to such an illustrious event because I am good at my job."

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A Poignant Music Video Talks About A Curse That Inflicts Our Country. The Curse Of Women's Abuse

A Poignant Music Video Talks About A Curse That Inflicts Our Country. The Curse Of Women's Abuse | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it
Wake up...

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Sexually Attractive Topless Young Abused Women Literally Voiceless - well, they have a voice - it's Moby's ! And apparently the maker of the video wants to tell victims of abuse to "Wake Up". 

 

 



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objective self-awareness standards of evaluation..

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This study shows an association between moral behavior and self-standards.
(Morality is part of self-awareness)

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3 Empowering Pathways out of a Relationship Communication Meltdown

3 Empowering Pathways out of a Relationship Communication Meltdown | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it
People often ask Aaron and I how it is that we are happily married, live together, work together and travel together 24 x 7. That can’t be easy, they say. And they’d be right.

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Doctors should try their hand at creative writing, says Na. D’Souza

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Involvement in creative writing will help medical professionals develop a humane approach towards their work, said novelist Na. D’Souza.

He was speaking after inaugurating the State-level Vaidya Sahitya Sammelan, a convention on medical literature at the Karnataka Sangha here on Sunday.

Those engaged in medical professions get an opportunity to interact in an intimate manner with persons hailing from different socio-cultural backgrounds, he said.

By using these interactions as sources, it is possible to compose interesting novels and short stories, the novelist said.

Increased dependence

Owing to changes in lifestyle, the dependence on doctors has increased in recent times.

Failure to handle emotions is also said to be a reason for many health complications. At present, awareness is lacking on problems related to lifestyle and emotions.

Doctors should author books on precautions that can be taken to avoid these diseases in simple language that can be understood easily, the novelist said.


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Involvement in creative writing will help medical professionals develop a humane approach towards their work, said novelist Na. D’Souza.

He was speaking after inaugurating the State-level Vaidya Sahitya Sammelan, a convention on medical literature at the Karnataka Sangha here on Sunday.

Those engaged in medical professions get an opportunity to interact in an intimate manner with persons hailing from different socio-cultural backgrounds, he said.

By using these interactions as sources, it is possible to compose interesting novels and short stories, the novelist said.

Increased dependence

Owing to changes in lifestyle, the dependence on doctors has increased in recent times.

Failure to handle emotions is also said to be a reason for many health complications. At present, awareness is lacking on problems related to lifestyle and emotions.

Doctors should author books on precautions that can be taken to avoid these diseases in simple language that can be understood easily, the novelist said.

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Re-Thinking the Future 2014 Competition Awards: BIG, UN Studio, HOK & more

Re-Thinking the Future 2014 Competition Awards:  BIG, UN Studio, HOK & more | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it

The winners of Re-Thinking the Future’s 2014 design competition – a competition that asked architects, designers, planners, and students from all over the world to submit “radical solutions for the present day problems” of climate change – have been announced.

Requesting both built and conceptual works, the jury of 20 architects from firms such as SOM, AEDAS, and Perkins+Will evaluated the projects across a range of categories, from mixed-use and residential buildings to urban and landscape design.


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How Leaders Promote Collaborative Environment

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Find out what 4 measures leaders should be taking to encourage and sustain collaboration within their teams and organization.

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Why employee conversations and dialogue drive engagement

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Improving employee dialogue can be the first step to making employees feel included in the company culture and boosting employee engagement.

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Efficienarta's curator insight, July 15, 2:01 AM

Management by walking about -'ideally physically rather than virtually - is a good foundation ......

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How To Unlock Creativity

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"Do you know this guy on the left? Of course you do! The man, and in particular that photo, are icons. They represent creativity itself.

Yet Einstein is both an inspiration and an intimidation. His legend, unfortunately, has obscured much his story’s true value. He was, in many ways, unexceptional, but nevertheless managed to see the world differently and led others to do so as well."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 3, 2013 6:41 PM

Creativity is a word that is often used when we speak about education today. We are told that we need to help our students be creative. The question is how to do this and there have been many articles published about this. 

This post notes that Einstein was not "a good, if unruly, student. He studied physics intensely, worked towards a doctorate and sought out a job as an ordinary physics professor." The important part of that statement is "He studied physics intensely..." 

Many people who we define as creative work intensely in one field, so intense domain knowledge is one key.

Other aspects discussed in this post include the ability to cross domains and persistence.

The final sentence reads "Creativity comes from combining ordinary things in extraordinary ways."

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How Thinking Inside the Box Unleashes Creativity

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Creativity can shine in spite of and because of limitations. And it's one of the most important skills we can pass on to the next generation.

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As a matter of fact it is within limits that one needs creativity 

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