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Lettrs – Take Time To Write

Lettrs – Take Time To Write | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it

lettrs is the cloud and mobile platform for powering the world’s meaningful communications. Featured in TIME, Wall Street Journal, and NPR, lettrs has become known as “the correspondence cloud” for reinventing a new digital to postal system of letter writing


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Yael BOUBLIL's curator insight, September 18, 2013 3:59 AM

Ce logiciel transforme votre prose électronique en une lettre postée, manuscrite si vous le souhaitez...

Un charmant petit air de "c'était mieux avant" non ?

Krysta Hammond's curator insight, September 19, 2013 4:40 PM

Definitely an element which seems to be missing in modern technical communication. Love the personal element - teaching students to take the time and the patience to write an actual letter - instead of the quick often emotionless text.

Jorge Leal's curator insight, November 27, 2013 2:47 PM

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The History Of The Pin-Up Girl, From The 1800s To The Present

The History Of The Pin-Up Girl, From The 1800s To The Present | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it
She's risqué but never explicit. She's flirtatious but fiercely independent. She's erotic but always safe for work, a welcome sight for your teenage cousin and prudish mother alike. She's the pin-up girl, an all natural American sweetheart cre...

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10 Stunning Renovations That Leave You Spellbound

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Renovating an old, dreary home into a beautiful, modern residence can be a demanding task at the best of times. In fact, many of us find a small kitchen renovation or a bedroom makeover a task too cumbersome to undertake and so put if off infinitely!

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From Change Control to Adaptation

Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS) are non-linear, self-organizing systems that have the ability to adapt to changing conditions through changing the rules that organize the random autonomous interactions between agents in the environment. This adaptation takes place through gradual gained experience that is reflected in the agent’s behavior. Interacting agents that are described in terms of certain rules generate complex temporal patterns. Emergent higher level patterns can arise out of parallel complex interaction between local agents.

 

Emergent systems are rule governed systems; their capacity for learning and growth and experimentation is derived from governing decentralized level local rules. Acknowledging that giving up top-down control, giving systems a margin of freedom to govern themselves bottom-up as much as possible and letting it learn from and build on their experience is essential to understand emergence in CAS. Applying this framework to case studies from informal settlements around Cairo, we identify several innovations in governance that emerged in this program and demonstrate how complex adaptive system thinking can be useful in understanding how governance can enhance resilience.

 

The complex adaptive systems approach shifts the perspective on governance from the aim to control change in resources through a rigid prescriptive sociopolitical systems that is assumed to be stable, to enhancing the capacity of social-ecological systems to learn to live with and shape change and even find ways to transform into more desirable directions. Adaptive management of environmental resources presents a challenge to traditional government, with its reliance on bureaucratic procedures, the lengthy processes of legislative deliberation, and the often arbitrary nature of judicial decision making.


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Accelerating STEM Capacity: A Complex Adaptive System Perspective

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Worthwhile reading from the Journal of Engineering Education:

 

"The educational system that produces the critical talent for the United States’ future security and prosperity is complex …It is composed of systems nested within subsystems, each operating on multiple temporal scales where observable causality is often hidden… Changes to this system emerge through evolutionary processes and are encumbered by complex physical, behavioral, and social phenomena as well as competing interests. Faced with overwhelming complexity in the learning ecosystem (including shifting economic, political, and business environments), we tend to focus primarily on issues that are relevant to the cultural boundaries within which we operate…

 

Our Santa Fe Institute and SRI Inc. research is attempting to model educational subsystem behaviors through the lens of complex adaptive systems to better conceptualize the current educational ecosystem. Therefore, we plan on identifying methods to model the larger system. A deep understanding of this structure (exponential complexity encountered as knowledge is distributed through the organization) is required in order to transcend subcultural boundaries and meld a unified framework. From this might emerge a fresh composite that values different cultural and situational perspectives."


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Happy Interior Blog: From Place To Space: Praktik Bakery Hotel In Barcelona

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Check out the wonderful Praktik Bakery Hotel in Barcelona - I'm sharing my impressions on the blog today!


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The 5 common elements of good storytelling

Everything can be a story -- you've just got to tell it.

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Anita's curator insight, October 13, 1:58 PM

If you want to persuade just about anyone, nail your story with emotions and data.

Deena's curator insight, October 24, 11:25 PM

A very powerful tool!

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30+ Mystical Bridges That Will Take You To Another World

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We’ve all used a bridge at some point but do we take the time to look at the design and mystical looks of certain bridges? Some bridges are ancient with moss that depict aother magical worlds.

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3 Insights from Artists on the Creative Process

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“Creativity is a gift, from life to us,” according to Tom Sturges in his book Every Idea is a Good Idea: How Songwriters and Other Working Artists Get It Done.

 

 


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Storyboarding & UX – part 3: storyboarding as a workshop activity | Johnny Holland

Storyboarding & UX – part 3: storyboarding as a workshop activity | Johnny Holland | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it

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Why use only talk to define an idea?  Have participants storyboard them.

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Experiential Learning in Executive Development


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Walter Ratcliff's curator insight, February 22, 2013 5:19 PM

Another overview of experiential learning applied to an organization context.

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Soul Spelunker: Jung's Ideas On Alchemy

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Alchemy, in our day, is an aspect of our European heritage which many of us view as being silly. The general consensus is that alchemy was a product of a more primitive worldview. It is somewhat puzzling as to why a twentieth-century psychologist like C.G. Jung would have such a passionate interest in the subject. In this article, I will attempt to explicate Jung's ideas concerning alchemy. Following a short critique of his views, I will add a few of my own thoughts.


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Eva Rider's curator insight, August 26, 10:12 AM
Wonderful overview on the sources of Jung's interest and subsequent study and synthesis of Alchemy
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The Consciousness of Trees

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“ Jung say in the prologue to Memories, Dreams, Reflections, “Life has always seemed to me like a plant that lives on a rhizome.” The rhizome, the rootstock, grows horizontally underground, with roots at its lower end, shoots at its upper.”


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Positive Thinking

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"Every act of positive thinking generates its dark brother and sister at the unconscious level, if one is unconscious of "the dark brother and sister" (within oneself) positive thinking then is reactive, another words a DEFENSE against the "dark brother and sister" ...W.Brugh Joy, MD


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Eva Rider's curator insight, September 1, 3:05 PM

This is an astute and wise reminder. Any polarized view triggers its opposite. It is no easy task to hold the poles in balance but it is necessary for the Transcendent Third to emerge.

Thank you for this offering.

 

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8 Whimsical Home Furnishings That Will Make You Smile

8 Whimsical Home Furnishings That Will Make You Smile | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it
Furniture is meant to be functional first and foremost, but who says it can’t be fun too?
Just like cheerful paint colors, surrounding yourself with playful furnishings can brighten your day with each glance.

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The Complexity Leadership Theory (CLT)

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The Complexity Leadership Theory (CLT) starts with the notion of Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS), which are a basic unit of analysis in complexity science.

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Connected Leadership is Not the Status Quo

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As organizations, markets, and society become networked, complexity in all human endeavors increases. There are more variables as a result of more connections. In complex adaptive systems, the relationship between cause and effect can only be known after the fact. This makes traditional planning and control obsolete. Connected organizations must learn how to deal with ambiguity and complexity.


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Are You Ready to Lose Control?

Are You Ready to Lose Control? | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it

Control: It’s the essence of management. We’re trained to measure inputs, throughputs, and outputs in hopes of increasing efficiency and producing desired results. In a world of linear processes, such as in the factories of the Industrial Age, that made sense. But in today’s knowledge economy, where enterprises are complex, adaptive systems, it’s counterproductive.

 

The real problem is confusion between control and order. Control implies centralized control and hierarchical relationships. The person with control tells others what to do and whether they are successful or not. Order, on the other hand, emerges from self-organization. There may not be anyone telling others what to do, yet things get done—often with great efficiency and effectiveness. People know what is expected of them and what they can expect of others.

 

But how can this be true? Mustn’t an orchestra have a conductor? A dance troupe, a choreographer? A company, a CEO?

 

Not necessarily. Nature abounds with examples of what is known as swarm intelligence. Termites build intricate dwellings without the benefit of set of plans or engineers with advanced degrees. Birds migrate thousands of miles in formations where the lead position rotates to optimize their collective capacity. There are no marching orders or hierarchies dictating who leads. Massive flocks of starlings engage in intricate maneuvers known as murmuration with neither collisions nor confusion. There is order without overarching control. Indeed, our obsession with control helps explain why human-designed organizations fail to achieve such beautiful synchronicity.

 


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Steve Bax's comment, April 23, 4:42 AM
This ties with the Belasco and Stayer thinking. Humans tend to seek control. Feeling out of control of ourselves and our lives can cause physiological effects. So passing it to others is tough.
Steve Bax's curator insight, April 23, 4:43 AM

Another stimulating scoop from Kenneth. This ties with the Buffalo and Geese theory from Belasco and Stayer. Passing control to others is not always easy. 

Tony Brugman (Bright & Company)'s curator insight, June 5, 5:12 AM

Good blog on the difference between 'control' and 'order' (and what we can learn from swarms)

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Country Stars Featured on The Best of Me Soundtrack

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A number of country stars are featured on the soundtrack for the new Nicholas Sparks film, The Best of Me.

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Art of Science Learning sparks innovation with the arts

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For the past year, Harvey Seifter has set up a kind of laboratory in Balboa Park where dozens of community volunteers have spent hundreds of hours in an experiment where art meets science.

Seifter’s “Art of Science Learning,” funded by a $2.6 million National Science Foundation grant and administered by the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, has trained its participants in opportunity identification, idea generation, core skill communication, design and numerous other skills tied to creativity and driven by an arts-based approach.


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Richard Branson Is Right: Time Is the New Money

Richard Branson Is Right: Time Is the New Money | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it
In the Participation Age, a New Form of Payment Is Emerging: Time.

Richard Branson just announced he would be giving Virgin employees unlimited vacation. He's either nuts or knows something others have yet to discover: You'll make more money if you give people their time back.


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David Hain's curator insight, October 6, 3:01 AM

Time is our most precious gift, and can never be an excuse.  It's about choices, HT Branson for increasing choice for staff.

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Learning for Change

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It's been almost 10 years since Peter Senge, 51, published "The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of the Learning Organization". The book was more than a business best-seller; it was a breakthrough.


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The Trainer of the Future


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Walter Ratcliff's curator insight, February 22, 2013 4:31 PM

Nice summary of alternatives to the traditional didactic approach.  And no, they don't include "social learning."

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Ecopsychology 101: James Hillman and the pain of community loss

Ecopsychology 101: James Hillman and the pain of community loss | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it

Ecopsychology, as propounded by James Hillman, a therapist based in northeast Connecticut, seeks to redefine the goals of psychology by paying heed to the health of one's environment just as one would the pathology of one's family. "Psychology, so dedicated to awakening human consciousness, needs to wake itself up to one of the most ancient human truths: we cannot be studied or cured apart from the planet."

 

"When a farm is subdeveloped, acres of trees go down or there's an oil spill in town, you feel it deeply and it goes on in you for so long, every time you walk past that place," said Hillman, who has successfully fought road extensions and subdevelopments in his town. "That never comes into consciousness. It is never talked about on the community level. People all know this inside their bodies. That's the horror. It hurts. When I see old healthy trees go down it hurts."


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Eva Rider's curator insight, August 25, 3:36 PM

More and more relevant moment by moment in our time

 

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Carl Jung Depth Psychology: Carl Jung: The union of opposites is a trans-conscious process and, in principle, not amenable to scientific explanation.

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Eva Rider's curator insight, August 28, 10:44 PM

The Union of the Opposites and the alchemical wedding - where the unconscious and the conscious meet - Are we swallowed into the unconscious or do we bring the unconscious into consciousness via the spark of life...

Interesting...C.G. Jung and his own process of understanding that which is inconceivable; there is an awe before the mystery of the feminine.

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The World Is Like a Divine Language

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… symbolism seems to us to be quite specially adapted to the needs of human nature, which is not exclusively intellectual but which needs a sensory basis from which to rise to higher levels.

 

 


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Eva Rider's curator insight, August 30, 10:45 PM

symbol as metaphor - the transformer between spirit and matter