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8 Ways Using Humor Will Make You a Better Leader

8 Ways Using Humor Will Make You a Better Leader | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it
Looking for a powerful tool to improve your leadership skills? Headlining comedian George Wallace shares how to help people laugh you all the way to the top. (Looking for another powerful tool for your #changemaker toolkit?

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Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, December 20, 2013 6:38 PM

A merry heart doeth good like medicine...learn to have fun at your own expense!

Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, December 24, 2013 1:45 AM

:"We don't stop laughing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop laughing."

Training in Business's curator insight, December 31, 2013 7:07 AM

8 Ways Using Humor Will Make You a Better Leader

 

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What Do Facilitators Do

We are SO Excited to share this illustrated video that uses simple language and charming illustrations to explain just what we facilitators do! In only 4 min...

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Carol Sherriff's curator insight, September 7, 2013 11:03 AM

Interesting use of metaphor to explain role of faciltators

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Co-Facilitation | Experiential Tools

Co-Facilitation | Experiential Tools | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it
Those whose work requires that they lead groups with other people often share that co-facilitation is one of the most challenging aspects of their jobs, but also the most beneficial and rewarding.

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Ariana Amorim's curator insight, January 9, 2013 8:19 AM

I've just found this blog and I really like it.

Carol Sherriff's curator insight, September 16, 2013 2:59 PM

A neglected area of advice - co-facilitation

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Is tacit knowledge the Grail of facilitators ?

Is tacit knowledge the Grail of facilitators ? | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it

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Philippe Schoen's curator insight, February 17, 2014 2:50 AM

In their article "Leading at the Edge : How Leaders influence Complex Systems", ( http://www.thesoulatwork.com/pubs/emerge.html ) Birute Regine and Roger Lewin point out the importance of relationship and communication between all elements of the organization :

 

"In a nonlinear, dynamic world, everything exists only in relationship to everything else, and the interactions among agents in the system lead to complex, unpredictable outcomes." ... "Relationships are the most important thing in a complex system. If you don’t have strong relationships, none of this works."

 

The authors describe 5 levels of relationships :

1. to one’s work

2. between individuals

3. to the shared purpose and values

4. to other complex systems such as other companies in the business environment and in their economic web, and to the community in which they lived

5. to the natural environment.

 

For each of these levels, what kind of communication skill or knowledge is needed to adapt effectively in a complex, unpredictable and transforming environment ?

 

Michael Polanyi's "tacit knowledge" could be piece of the puzzle :

 

"With tacit knowledge, people are not often aware of the knowledge they possess or how it can be valuable to others. Effective transfer of tacit knowledge generally requires extensive personal contact, regular interaction and trust. This kind of knowledge can only be revealed through practice in a particular context and transmitted through social networks. To some extent it is "captured" when the knowledge holder joins a network or a community of practice."

(Wikipedia)


Tacit knowledge is kind of a bridge between expert knowledge and practice, which allows real adaption and change :


"Often we employ knowledge experts, subject matter experts and have a diversity of specialists collaborating as they are surprisingly as individuals, often unaware, often unable to articulate, communicate and describe what they know; it often requires others around them to bring it out. The important point is they know but often cannot articulate it without prompting or drawing out what they know in a ‘given’ context to make clearer meaning of it, moving it from tacit to explicit."

( http://paul4innovating.com/2011/11/11/tacit-knowledge-rich-in-its-innovation-implications )


the way to spread and share tacit knowledge seems to be bringing group together and facilitating conversations.


Facilitators familiar with the art of hosting could find here the theoretical backgrounds of their practice :

- complex systems

- tacit knowledge


This could lead to a better understanding of our practice of designing new effective processes to facilitate transformation, cooperation, innovation.

Carole Maurage's curator insight, February 27, 2014 3:25 AM

La connaissance tacite est la connaissance des collaborateurs qui n'est pas transmise à d'autres membres de l'organisation souvent par manque "d'intimité" relationnelle entre les personnes. Cette connaissance représente une grande richesse dans les organisations. Sa transmission ne peut souvent pas se faire seule et un facilitateur peut alors devenir un levier pour permettre le passage du tacite à l'explicite. 

Carol Sherriff's curator insight, July 23, 2014 11:11 AM

Great to see tacit knowledge considered in relation to facilitation. As tacit knowledge is embedded in people's minds, bodies and relationships you cannot order people to share it, only facilitate them to do so.

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Complex systems and networks


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gregg gullickson's curator insight, August 2, 2013 9:11 AM

"Complexity - A Guided Tour" by Melanie Mitchell: Exploring new science of networks and how it is discovering deep commonalities among systems as disparate as social communities, the Internet, epidemics, and metabolic systems in organisms. 

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Happiness May Be Different For Each Person. But There Is A Science Behind It We Can't Deny

Happiness May Be Different For Each Person. But There Is A Science Behind It We Can't Deny | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it

While true happiness may have a different definition to each of us, science can give us a glimpse at the underlying biological factors behind happiness. (The Science of Happiness. RT @verkoren: Happiness May Be Different For Each Person.


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Brian Martin's curator insight, February 3, 2014 8:27 AM

Some great insight into how to create and sustain an overall sense of wellbeing.

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How To Trick Your Brain To Hold On To Positive Habit Changes

How To Trick Your Brain To Hold On To Positive Habit Changes | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it
You start strong, with great intentions, but soon that new habit falls to the wayside. Here's how to cement it into your daily life.

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Brian Martin's curator insight, September 5, 2014 7:16 PM

Great read that includes the latest research on changing habits.

 

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Business as Agent for World Benefit?

Business as Agent for World Benefit? | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it
With a world providing daily reminders of what is not working, the concept behind "business as an agent of world benefit" is suggesting we should shift our attention to what IS working, what IS good and valuable, and build on those positive elements, behaviors and procedures.

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David Cooperrider & Chris Johnston's curator insight, November 4, 2014 6:55 AM

Over 650 people attended our Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit and it was electric, from the talks of people such as Naveen Jain and Nobel Prize Winner Martti Ahtisaari, to CEOs of companies such as Vitamix and top corporate citizen in America Fairmount Santrol. This Huffington Post article show how inspired participants were and how this "unconference" leads not to just good talks but to collective action.  

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Creative Flow: There is Magic in Asking Yourself The Right Questions

Creative Flow: There is Magic in Asking Yourself The Right Questions | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it
The wrong questions will destroy your power to create, but the right questions will fill you with inspiration, encouragement and motivation!

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The questions that are Empowering and insightful ...

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David Cooperrider & Chris Johnston's curator insight, May 6, 2015 11:08 AM
“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” ~ Howard Thurman

Think with your senses; feel curious with your mind. Talk less, sense more. Create your Life. Risk being seen in all of your glory.

--Jim Carrey


These two quotes set the stage for this blog post for writers--and the kinds of questions to be asking--questions that inspire, empower,


Successful people ask better questions!

 
kalexandera's curator insight, June 7, 2015 2:10 AM

Ah, yet another way in which we create our world - for better or worse....

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A Teacher Tells His Class About His Hero—and Then Gets Interrupted by Someone Special

A Teacher Tells His Class About His Hero—and Then Gets Interrupted by Someone Special | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it
A teacher is stunned when his idol and inspiration walks through the door.

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Change happens as soon as an inquiry is launched ? So what is your question and that is fatal .

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David Cooperrider & Chris Johnston's curator insight, May 27, 2015 9:59 AM

Somehow inquiry and change are a simultaneous moment. In an appreciative inquiry process, for example, people tell stories of the true, the good, the better and the possible--and when they do, things happen. For example synchronicity is a common experience. Amazement draws out amazing occurrences. Here is one example

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Short story vending machines press French commuters' buttons

Short story vending machines press French commuters' buttons | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it

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The Digital Rocking Chair's curator insight, November 15, 2015 4:52 AM


The Guardian:  "A publisher is doing brisk business dispensing free fiction from machines in Grenoble, to help readers make the most of ‘dead time’ on their journeys" ,,,

Karen B Wehner's curator insight, November 16, 2015 11:18 AM

Brilliant!

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Be Curious. Teach Curious.

Be Curious. Teach Curious. | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it
To some it may seem strange to be advocating curiosity when everyone else is suggesting we all learn coding,

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David Cooperrider & Chris Johnston's curator insight, November 7, 2015 8:20 AM

This law teacher is advocating that we educate for curiosity and not coding. She draws lessons from her relentless four year old: "These days my four year old is like those pitching machines used to help improve batting, but instead of balls, it is a fast pace bombardment of why, how, when, and the worst one of all, but you said. Everything to him is novel and potentially engrossing and amazing.? 


A curious mind is flexible. It takes risks, but nothing for granted.  If the recent economic downturn has taught us anything, it is has taught us that the future will require a broad set of skills to be successful and the composition of those skills will alter and necessitate updating at a more frequent pace than in the past. Business leaders taught the importance of innovations. I think we should take one step back. Curiosity is the precursor to innovation. The continual desire to know and to learn helps to prevent obsolescence.

James Komosinski's curator insight, November 9, 2015 6:17 PM

The difference between "stem" and "steam" is curiosity and knowledge  is driven by the necessity of creating greater human potential..

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What is the one question that will explode your business? An interesting approach to story

What is the one question that will explode your business? An interesting approach to story | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it

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Lianne Picot's curator insight, November 5, 2015 9:36 AM

“What would we have to do to give this story such a happy ending that you will happily go and tell that story to everyone you know?” An interesting approach to sales, hearing customer stories and customer service actually. If we always had the customer's 'happy ending' in mind and determined that jointly it would make for a much more interesting journey together! Also like Simon Aranowitz's use of story to get us interested. Some really great tips here!


This review was written by Lianne Picot for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it. Join Lianne to talk story at www.storypowered.institute

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The Palace of a Thousand Rainbows: - a Novel eBook: Bilol Bose: Amazon.in: Kindle Store

The Palace of a Thousand Rainbows: - a Novel eBook: Bilol Bose: Amazon.in: Kindle Store | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it
The Palace of a Thousand Rainbows: - a Novel eBook: Bilol Bose: Amazon.in: Kindle Store
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A  novel to be read . Story of a man told in an interesting , bold and raw fashion . Metaphors  woven in the language  creates vivid images . A must read . 

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Four Emotional Drivers for Employee Engagement

Four Emotional Drivers for Employee Engagement | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it

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Carol Sherriff's curator insight, September 7, 2013 11:36 AM

I like the simplicity of the model suggested - prompts thought - but on reflection it is to simplistic. People are differently motivated within each of the four headings. I tend to use Archetypes or NLP frames of reference when working with a group on motivation/

Bryce Wettstein's curator insight, September 9, 2013 12:08 AM

"Management is the opportunity to help people become better people. Practiced that way, it's a magnificent profession." - Professor Clay Christensen

 

I think this quote is an excellent supplement to the article. The article talks about four different emotional drivers that motivate employees, and how their morale affects their overall performance. If a manager is able to satisfy these emotional drivers, it develops positive employee engagement in the workplace.

 

This is a great example of the behavioral approach to management, which stresses group dynamic and leadership, social needs as primary motivating factors, and focuses more on the human side of an organization.

Terence R. Egan's curator insight, July 5, 2014 9:32 PM


Now, how can the principles of Behavioral Economics be employed in the workplace in order to optimize the attainment of the four emotional drivers?

 

For example, studies have shown that sharing unique, or even risky activities can considerably enhance bonding and teamwork. This has been shown to be true whether between lovers (or prospective lovers), colleagues, or both (although that last one is purely my own speculation!).

 

How can Behavioral Economics inform us on the attainment of the other three emotional drivers?   

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The Influence Landscape: The Evolving Power of Shapers & Influencers

The Influence Landscape: The Evolving Power of Shapers & Influencers | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it

Even as recently as twenty or thirty years ago, the people with influence were relatively easy to spot: the President or Prime Minister of a nation, religious leaders, CEOs, and probably your parents.

 

Their influence was based on a combination of position, experience, knowledge, wealth – and most importantly control of the channels of communication to the “people,” for to have power influence must be spread.

 

No longer – the influence landscape has already shifted dramatically and will continue to evolve.


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Annemarijs's curator insight, October 18, 2013 11:06 AM

Wie heeft de macht in deze groeiende netwerksamenleving? Zij die de meeste invloed uitoefenen, maar zijn dat nog dezelfde die dat vanuit hun functie of geboorterecht altijd gehad hebben?

Alex Watson's curator insight, October 18, 2013 11:39 AM

Interesting read.

Tom Hood's curator insight, October 19, 2013 11:29 AM

Great visual of the modern leader and to quote Jim Collins,m"we are moving from organizations well managed to networks well led." Essentially, the leaders of today will be more like association executives than command and control CEOs of the past. What do you think about this?

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Why we must model.

Slides for my presentation on civic modeling for the Oceanus Conference October 2015 in the Sacramento Delta aboard the Aurora.

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Lorien Pratt's curator insight, October 31, 2015 5:55 PM

One of the best decks I've seen explaining the imperative for modeling for the planet and all wicked problems.  From @anselm hook at the @oceanus conference last week. 

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The Flight From Conversation: Is Sherry Turkle Right That Technology Is Eroding Empathy?

The Flight From Conversation: Is Sherry Turkle Right That Technology Is Eroding Empathy? | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it

The psychologist Sherry Turkle argues that replacing face-to-face communication with smartphones is diminishing people’s capacity for empathy.

 

Davis: You use the word “empathy” a lot to describe what’s being lost in these situations. How do you define empathy?

Turkle: The empathy that I’m talking about is a psychological capacity to put yourself in the place of another person and imagine what they are going through. It has neurological underpinnings—we know that we’re “wired” to do it, because when you put young people in a summer camp where there are no devices, within five days their capacity to watch a scene, and then successfully identify what the people in the scene might be feeling, begins to go back up again from being depressed when they first arrived, armed with their devices.

 

We suppress this capacity by putting ourselves in environments where we’re not looking at each other in the eye, not sticking with the other person long enough or hard enough to follow what they’re feeling.

 

 ...Over-reliance on devices, she argues, is harming our ability to have valuable face-to-face conversations, “the most human thing we do,” by splitting our attention and diminishing our capacity for empathy.


...Abandon the myth of multitasking for good—it is neither efficient nor conducive to empathy, she says—and instead embrace “unitasking,” one thing at a time. 


...” You need to suppress your empathy “gene” in order to participate fully in the mobile revolution.


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Transitioning the winds of change - Change Factory

Transitioning the winds of change - Change Factory | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it
Not everyone love change, but change is inevitable. When you transition through the winds of change, you might just find something very beautiful.

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Brian Martin's curator insight, March 24, 2014 3:42 PM

Change is never easy.  This model can be applied at a personal or organization level. 

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Busy Is A Sickness

Busy Is A Sickness | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it
So my prayer today is this. That I stop defining myself by my doing, and start defining myself by my being. That I stop measuring time by the clock on the wall, and start measuring it by the experiences I share with those around me. And that I stop s...

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Brian Martin's curator insight, March 1, 2015 9:52 AM

Is there joy in your busy?  Reading this article brought a new awareness to my state of "busy".  Most of the "busy" in our lives we create, and yet how much of it brings real joy?   Fast forward to the end of my life ... will I be saying "I wish I would have been busier?"  I doubt it .. I'm confident I'll reflect back and say "I wish I could have experienced more moments of joy and brought more joyful moments to others".  If your busy isn't bringing joy .. change the busy.

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Einstein's "Holy Curiosity" and 3 Ways Amazement Can Change Your Life and Leadership Ability

Einstein's "Holy Curiosity" and 3 Ways Amazement Can Change Your Life and Leadership Ability | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it

Warren Berger's, A More Beautiful Question, draws a direct connection between curious inquiry and many of today’s most innovative entrepreneurs and designers. Design breakthroughs such as the Square credit card reader, Pandora internet radio, the Nest thermostat, and the business model for Airbnb all began with curious people wondering why a particular problem or human need existed—and how it might best be addressed. In today’s Silicon Valley, coming up with the right curious question can ultimately yield a payoff in the billions.


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David Cooperrider & Chris Johnston's curator insight, April 19, 2015 1:59 PM

Warren Berger's "A More Beautiful Question" and this summarizing Fast Company article is required reading for leaders in our Deep Dive program--in our senior leadership deep dive into cultivating the capacity for Appreciative Inquiry into things that work, and give life, and inspire the future.

 

Who knew a little curiosity could accomplish so much?

Well, lots of people, actually. Decades ago, Einstein urged us to "never lose a holy curiosity," while Walt Disney proclaimed that curiosity was a key to his company’s success ("We keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.")

 

More recently, there’s been a fresh wave of champions extolling the virtues of curiosity. New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman has theorized that innovation is fueled, in part, by the "curiosity quotient" of innovators. The psychologist Todd Kashdan asserts that curiosity has all kinds of life-enhancing benefits, such as improving personal relationships. Author Ian Leslie’s recent book Curious contends that curiosity may be the "most valuable asset" of any society that aspires to progress and creativity.

kalexandera's curator insight, June 7, 2015 2:16 AM

Don't squelch your kids incessant questioning!!!!!!!

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A CEO’s guide to gender equality | McKinsey & Company

A CEO’s guide to gender equality | McKinsey & Company | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it
The case for gender equality is strong. Why is progress so slow? A McKinsey Quarterly article.

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Curiosity versus Certainty: This is the Key to Conflict in a Creative Mode

Curiosity versus Certainty: This is the Key to Conflict in a Creative Mode | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it
Conflict Is a Matter of the Heart
There is nothing more common, or more insidious, than unresolved conflict. Here’s an example that could have happened in any office in the corporate world: A supervisor — let’s call him Alex — became aware of after-hours behavior that was negatively affecting the workplace. He approached his direct report, whom we’ll call Brian, and told him that the behavior needed to stop because it was detrimental to both Brian and his coworkers. Brian thanked Alex for his advice, changed his behavior, and they collaborated happily ever after.

Only in our dreams. In reality, Brian reacted defensively and refused to engage further with Alex on the topic. Both of them felt disrespected, and spent the days that followed obsessively thinking about how they each had been wronged and enlisting the support of anybody who would listen. Each of them crafted a victim-villain story that painted his own behavior in the most favorable light and criticized the motives and character of the other: Alex believed Brian was immature and undisciplined, while Brian convinced himself that Alex was an uncaring control freak.

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David Cooperrider & Chris Johnston's curator insight, August 11, 2015 3:39 PM

Approaching difficult conversations with humility requires embracing curiosity and letting go of conviction--of certainty. And letting go of our certainties is one of the hardest things to do until we turn our our curiosity velocity. This article is short but compelling. Curiosity and amazement are powerful in more ways than we can count.

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AIM2FLOURISH by Roberta Baskin

AIM2FLOURISH by Roberta Baskin | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it
Epiphany is defined as a “sudden and striking realization.” But it doesn’t work that way with me. My epiphanies sometimes simmer gently for years, particularly one that emerged in the aftermath of a class I took on Appreciative Inquiry, taught by its guru, Professor David Cooperrider. Because I was a journalist long outraged by the corporate malfeasance I exposed as a network correspondent, David invited me to learn about asking questions from a new perspective. This caused me to shift my view. But I was a journalist, after all, and stubborn. The process was a slow conversion, indeed.

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David Cooperrider & Chris Johnston's curator insight, November 3, 2015 3:08 PM

Robert Baskin, a former 20-20 reporter and award winning journalist, is showing the way to a new kind of journalism that is mindful and focused not just on bad news, but stories of images and voices of hope. She discusses, in her recent article, how we’re living in a time where all around us there’s a global shift in consciousness toward optimism. The world is wearying of the worn-out narrative thread about everything that is wrong. There’s an energy coalescing around a solution-driven, energetic, we’re-in-this-together framework. You can find it popping up in online news sites that are devoted to good news. In a sign of the times, the Huffington Post started a section called Good News,1 as well as an even newer one called Impact: What’s Working.2 One of the earliest adopters, the Good News Network3 is all about providing good news to its one and a half million unique visitors a month. The Solutions Journalism Network4 is a project co-founded by two New York Times columnists who are training newsrooms to do solutions-driven reporting about social problems. Roberta and the whole team from the Weatherhead School of Management--from the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit--have added to this movement with an amazing website called www.AIM2Flourish.com ....check it out.  And participate. If you could spotlight any organization that is innovating in some way to create full spectrum flourishing--innovations that are not doing just less harm but radically creating net-positive good for the world and the business--what innovation would you want to spotlight? On the website simply add your spotlight to the section called "sightings" and soon young people and others interested in advancing "business as an agent of world benefit" will pick up the sighting and will do more extensive interviews.

 

As the great Joseph Campbell once remarked about cultural transformation: "awe is what moves us forward."  

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Autistic Boy With Higher IQ Than Einstein Discovers His Gift After People Stopped Diagnosing Him and Instead Searched For What Inspired Him

Autistic Boy With Higher IQ Than Einstein Discovers His Gift After People Stopped Diagnosing Him and Instead Searched For What Inspired Him | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it
a teenage boy who was diagnosed with autism at a young age has risen to stellar heights after quitting the special ed system with the help of his concerned mother.

State therapy specialists claimed Jacob Barnett would never tie his shoes, read or function normally in society. But the boy’s mother realized when Jacob was not in therapy, he was doing “spectacular things” completely on his own.

She decided to trust her instinct and disregard the advice of the professionals. Instead of following a standardized special needs educational protocol, she surrounded Jacob with all the things that inspired passion for him – and was astonished at the transformation that took place.

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Motivation: The Well Within

Motivation: The Well Within | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it
Motivation is not something that you make a date with, nor is it one size fits all. Sure, you may get stirred up and roused to action, until you return home, to your daily life, without that super successful motivated person there to spur you on. Then what?

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Anita's curator insight, November 4, 2015 7:13 PM

Progress - one BabyStep at a time - can be a great motivator.

Zeta Yarwood's curator insight, November 4, 2015 11:24 PM

Tips on how to stay motivated and stick to your life and career goals.

Mike Allen's curator insight, November 7, 2015 9:21 AM

The Bible states "as a man thinks, so he is" and Cognitive Behaviour therapy concurs. The way we think affects us at every level and our motivation is a complexity that is unfathomable, All we can see is the result and make inferences about motivation. Therefore this b log is worth reading so that we remember that motivation is not done TO us but we can touch the motivations within by what we promote, so the key is to know what "turns on" your target audience.