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'Evolution will punish you if you're selfish and mean'

'Evolution will punish you if you're selfish and mean' | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it
Two Michigan State University evolutionary biologists offer new evidence that evolution doesn't favor the selfish, disproving a theory popularized in 2012. "We found evolution will punish you if yo...

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Science is debunking the myth that the need for competition to survive has genetically programmed selfish, aggressive competitive propensities through evolution. The only way we or any other species survived was through both inter- and intra-species cooperation. The present-day structuring of society in terms of win-lose games needs to change if we are to continue surviving. 

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Long-term Success: Are you willing to forgo your selfishness and meanness?

Human Nature and Culture of Peace
Why and how our inherent traits enable us to replace today's culture of violence and adversarialism with a new culture of peace and mutualism
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Beyond the Culture of Contest: Michael Karlberg - Subtítulos en Español

TEDxInnsbruck - Michael Karlberg - Beyond the Culture of Contest: A Critical Juncture of Human History. Es profesor de comunicaciones en la Western Washington University, EE.UU. En sus investigaciones examina la lucha por generar un orden social más justo y sostenible en una era de creciente interdependencia mundial.

 

Véase la versión con títulos y subtítulos en español del video original en http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=J0ZCAbYrQ7Q.

 

Véase el libreto completo en español en
http://www.cultura-de-paz.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=444:vea-primero-esta-charla-en-ted-talks&catid=27:inicio-esp&Itemid=27

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The freedom found in restorative justice: The John Lash story

The freedom found in restorative justice: The John Lash story | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it

"Two things contributed to John Lash’s purpose in life as a counselor: his time in prison and restorative justice."

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 “We empower people to take responsibility for themselves and their conflicts by connecting with their own power of choice and responsibility for their well-being,” said Lash. We also offer support to those in conflict that isn't aimed at ‘fixing’ anyone, but instead seeks to bolster their inherent ability to express and understand meaning in the least intrusive way.”

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Which country does the most good for the world?

Which country does the most good for the world? | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it
It's an unexpected side effect of globalization: problems that once would have stayed local—say, a bank lending out too much money—now have consequences worldwide. But still, countries operate independently, as if alone on the planet. Policy advisor Simon Anholt has dreamed up an unusual scale to get governments thinking outwardly: The Good Country Index. In a riveting and funny talk, he answers the question, "Which country does the most good?" The answer may surprise you (especially if you live in the US or China).
Peter C. Newton-Evans's insight:

Competitiveness is not about competition (win-lose relationships) but cooperation (win-win relationships). That simple. That seemingly difficult for the governments and corporations that currently run the world to grasp. For another scientific approach to whether being "good" is possible or even advisable, see "The Evolution of Cooperation" by Robert Axelrod.

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Liderazgo para una Cultura de Paz

Liderazgo para una Cultura de Paz | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it
El Programa de Cultura de Paz se complace en anunciar su curso virtual “Liderazgo para una Cultura de Paz”, dictado por la profesora Juanita de Hernández, coautora del texto Transformative Leadership.
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Curso Virtual: Liderazgo para una Cultura de Paz

Curso Virtual: Liderazgo para una Cultura de Paz | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it

“La realidad del hombre es su pensamiento.”  Lo que habitualmente pensamos se manifiesta en nuestras acciones. Al trabajar para una cultura de paz, liderando una transformación de la sociedad, ante todo tenemos que creer que la paz realmente es posible. Por eso, el primer paso en prepararnos para ejercer este liderazgo implica un análisis crítico de nuestras propias convicciones en esta época crucial en que tenemos el privilegio de vivir.


Educapaz: Formación para una cultura de paz en ambientes virtuales


Regístrese ahora en www.educacionparalapaz.org


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¡Una excelente oportunidad para los hispanohablantes, de formarse como gestores de cambio social para una cultura de paz! La instructora es la autora de un excelente texto de liderazgo transformador que ha evolucionado durante unos 20 años como manual de trabajo en el campo.

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Why good leaders make you feel safe

Why good leaders make you feel safe | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it
What makes a great leader? Management theorist Simon Sinek suggests, it’s someone who makes their employees feel secure, who draws staffers into a circle of trust. But creating trust and safety — especially in an uneven economy — means taking on big responsibility.
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We evolved within communities of loving, caring, compassion, empathy, cooperation, mutual trust and support, and self-sacrifice for each other, which kept us safe from the dangers outside. Let us now tap into that innate human capacity, to create a new world of loving, caring, compassion, empathy, cooperation, mutual trust and support, and self-sacrifice for each other.

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Understanding The Effects Of Hierarchy In Society

Professor Robert Sapolsky’s baboon studies offer insight into the negative effects of hierarchy in society:

 

“So what do baboons teach the average person, don’t bite somebody because your having a bad day, don’t displace on them in any sort of manner, social affiliation is a remarkably powerful thing and that’s said by somebody who lives in a world where ambition and drive and type-A-ness and all of that sort of thing dominates, those things are real important, and one of the greatest forms of sociality is giving rather than receiving and all those things make for a better world.


If they (baboons) are able to, in one generation transform what are supposed to be textbook social systems sort of engraved in stone, we don’t have any excuse when we say that there are certain inevitabilities about human social systems.”

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The finding that animal behavior is also at least partially influenced by a group's "culture" seems to be opening the door to a new understanding of what we, as human beings, are also capable of.

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The End of War - Bioethics Seminar

"War is a fact of human nature. As long as we exist, it exists. That's how the argument goes. But longtime Scientific American writer John Horgan disagrees. Applying the scientific method to war leads Horgan to a radical conclusion: biologically-speaking, we are just as likely to be peaceful as violent. War is not preordained, and furthermore, it should be thought of as a solvable, scientific problem—like curing cancer."

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A more in-depth analysis of the last topic posted.

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Beyond Right and Wrong

Beyond Right and Wrong | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it

"In the stillness after conflict, after the blood dries and the screams fade, the memory of violence transforms survivors into prisoners of their own pain. How do whole societies recover from devastating conflict?

 

"Can survivors live-converse, smile, and even laugh-beside someone who blinded them, killed their parents, or murdered their children? Can victims and perpetrators work together to rebuild their lives? This life-changing documentary explores the intersections of justice and forgiveness as survivors heal from these tragedies."

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A powerful film on loss and recovery, pain and forgiveness, to watch, experience, share, discuss, digest, learn from...

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Formación de Gestores de Cambio Social para una Cultura de Paz | Facebook

Formación de Gestores de Cambio Social para una Cultura de Paz | Facebook | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it

Curso en la Universidad Técnica de Ambato

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Two weeks of intensive work, including evening classes, radio interviews and talks to diverse groups. 

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Después del Rey de la Colina

Después del Rey de la Colina | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it

"Más allá de la cultura de la contienda se encuentra otro tipo de democracia: más gentil, justa e... inevitable.

Después del Rey de la Colina es un breve documental sobre la evolución y el futuro de la gobernanza democrática.

Incluye Gordon Brown, Nelson Mandela y entrevistas con: Iraj Abedian, Nick Binedell, Gregory Dahl, Adam Habib, Michael Karlberg y Xolela Mangcu."

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¡Es un video fabuloso! Es vital para todo gestor de transformación sociocultural hacia una cultura de paz.

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The Social Change Model of Leadership Development - YouTube

Dr. Susan R. Komives of the University of Maryland discusses The Social Change Model of Leadership Development, one of the most widely used models in higher ...
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An interesting resource for developing leadership skills for social change towards a culture of peace.

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Complexity Theory | Nicolas Perony

"Animal behavior isn't complicated, but it is complex. Nicolas Perony studies how individual animals -- be they Scottish Terriers, bats or meerkats -- follow simple rules that, collectively, create larger patterns of behavior. And how this complexity born of simplicity can help them adapt to new circumstances, as they arise. 

Nicolas Perony models the movement of animal groups to understand: what is the individual behavior that guides the behavior of the larger society?"

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My thought:

According to complexity theory, then, if you change a few small parts of a system, you change the entire system by disturbing its homeostasis, forcing it to seek a new homeostasis. The more parts of the system you change, and the more drastic the change, the more you break down and change the homeostasis of the system itself, because "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts". 

This relates to systems theory, in that the old system (homeostasis) goes into crisis (the turning point) and the mainstream seeks a new path. Which new path it chooses can be influenced by many small changes made in the desired direction BEFORE the turning point comes.

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Living Room Conversations

Living Room Conversations | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it

"I have seen the dysfunction of partisan behaviors and believe we must and can do better. I have faith in the good will, intelligence and power of citizens.


It is time to rebuild respectful civil discourse while embracing our core shared values. Adversarial solutions will not create the solutions to the big challenges we face this century. We must learn to engage in collaborative problem solving - holding the tension of our differences while working together with respect and an open heart I believe we can create solutions that are better than any group alone could devise." ~ Joan Blades

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Moral behavior in animals - Frans de Waal

Moral behavior in animals - Frans de Waal | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it
Empathy, cooperation, fairness and reciprocity -- caring about the well-being of others seems like a very human trait. But Frans de Waal shares some surprising videos of behavioral tests, on primates and other mammals, that show how many of these moral traits all of us share.
(Filmed at TEDxPeachtree.)
Peter C. Newton-Evans's insight:

How much more scientific evidence debunking the myths that humans are inherently selfish, greedy, competitive, aggressive, and violent will be needed before we decide to stop trying to hide behind these myths to justify our collective mistakes and start building new economic, political and other social structures?

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How To Save The World With Empathy

How To Save The World With Empathy | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it

"The idea of empathy has sparked a lot of interest in recent years, especially with the discovery that humans are neurologically wired to feel it. It is one thing to be aware of the concept of empathy and quite another to understand the importance of it in bringing about positive changes – not just on an individual level. Empathy isn’t just about “being nice”; it has the potential to change human interaction on a mass, collective scale."

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"While extending our sense of compassion from the close circle of our friends and family to the rest of humanity is certainly an achievement, it is inevitably impossible to empathise with strangers to the same extent as those who you regularly interact with. The point is to cultivate the notion that even if we cannot completely empathise with people on the other side of the world, their lives are just as valuable as the lives of our loved ones. Rationality isn’t enough – after all, psychopaths can recognise what decisions society would deem as “morally correct”; they simply have no incentive to choose that option. Ultimately it is empathy which ignites a sense of concern for others other than ourselves that is crucial to bringing about action that will lead to humanity’s progress, for the better."

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Curso virtual de Educapaz: Liderazgo para la Paz

Curso virtual de Educapaz: Liderazgo para la Paz | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it

Se examina la necesidad de transformar nuestra forma de pensar acerca de la naturaleza del ser humano, la sociedad, y especialmente el liderazgo, con el fin de fomentar una cultura de paz. Se presenta un nuevo marco conceptual de liderazgo orientado al servicio y enfocado a la transformación personal y social.

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Es una excelente oportunidad, que se ofrece gratuitamente por ser un piloto de nuestra nueva plataforma de educación virtual con la combinación Moodle-Joomdle-Joomla. ¡Aproveche!

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Why veterans miss war

Why veterans miss war | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it
Civilians don’t miss war. But soldiers often do. Journalist Sebastian Junger shares his experience embedded with American soldiers at Restrepo, an outpost in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley that saw heavy combat. Giving a look at the "altered state of mind" that comes with war, he shows how combat gives soldiers an intense experience of connection. In the end, could it actually be "the opposite of war" that soldiers miss? 
Peter C. Newton-Evans's insight:

Soldiers do not love war because of the violence, aggression and fighting. They love it because of the comradeship, the sense of belonging, the willingness to sacrifice oneself for others, and the knowing that they would do the same. THAT is our true human nature. We need to think about how we can create that situation in other areas of our collective life.

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Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano - Cultura de Paz

Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano - Cultura de Paz | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it
FFLA ha desarrollado un proceso de formación para actores sociales como promotores de cultura de paz en zonas con altos índices de violencia para contribuir a consolidar tejidos sociales y promover una cultura de paz con tomadores de decisiones y sociedad civil, prioritariamente en zonas fronterizas de América Latina. Uno de los elementos centrales de esta formación es la lucha contra la violencia, que ha generado que las relaciones personales se deterioren y el tejido social se debilite. La propuesta que FFLA plantea va en estos dos sentidos: por un lado, recuperar los vínculos entre los individuos, y en segundo lugar, fortalecer el tejido social desde la mirada y el enfoque de la no violencia, los derechos y la cultura de paz.

La metodología propuesta se basa en la pedagogía para la cultura de paz, la cual tiene tres momentos: sentir, pensar y actuar. Esta pedagogía apunta a cambiar las actitudes de las personas para modificar las estructuras de injusticia y violencia. Se parte del sentir, tomando en cuenta que las personas tienen actitudes y comportamientos que les llevan actuar de manera violenta. Frente a esto, se tendrá que pensar-analizar por qué se producen esas situaciones, y cuál es la realidad que vivimos que hace que la sociedad sea violenta. Analizada la realidad y nuestros sentires, asumimos compromisos para actuar y cambiar esa situación.
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A Shared Purpose Drives Collaboration

A Shared Purpose Drives Collaboration | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it

Purpose is collaboration’s most unacknowledged determinant.  While it can be taken for granted within families, that’s not true of most organizations. “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work but rather, teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea,” pointed out Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the French writer and aviator, who wrote The Little Prince. 

 

Yet, companies and executives spend endless amounts of time and money trying to foster collaboration through technology, training, and memos instead of quickly defining the problem, framing the challenges, and inspiring people to come together and tackle it.


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To build a culture of peace, we need a shared vision of the world we want. But how often we have heard that exercise put down as Utopian. As Carl Sandburg put it, "Nothing happens unless first a dream."

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Growth on a significant scale is very often the result of alignment at a more profound level, a systems-level. This is typically resisted when approached from the collaboration framework of normal operations, which are designed for efficiency.

But systems-level changes require tweaks in the rules of the status-quo, the as-is, which can't be solved within the paradigm. hence, the interface for collaboration means something different at this scale. This requires a different approach ...

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Are Peaceful Societies Normal? - YouTube

"John Horgan, Center for Science Writings joins Thom Hartmann. New research suggests it doesn't have to be part of human nature at all. Modern history will teach you that war is an inevitable part of American culture - after all - we've been involved in over a dozen wars or conflicts over the last century. But is modern history the exception - and not the rule? Could it be that the true nature of humans is to be peaceful?"

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Are the right people paying attention?

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How Your Youth Go....

This special 2 part episode collects stories from around the globe on what the junior youth empowerment program is and why it is so important. In every count...
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This is an extremely useful, powerful initiative for sociocultural change, which agents of sociocultural change will want to examine very closely and consider participating in.

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The Collective Evolution III: The Shift

"The Collective Evolution III is a powerful documentary that explores a revolutionary shift affecting every aspect of our planet. As the shift hits the fan, people are becoming more aware of the control structures that prevent us from experiencing our full potential. CE3 uses a different level of consciousness and scientific facts to bring clarity about the shift while dispelling myths about our true nature. It offers practical steps that we can implement right now to transition out of survival mode and into our more natural state of peace and co-operation. CE3 includes fascinating interviews with revolutionary speakers and people who are already opting out of the current socioeconomic system. The film examines hidden technologies and exciting alternatives for a bright limitless future. This is the most exciting time in the history of our world."

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As an old civilization crumbles, a new civilization is born. Let us be done with the old and dedicate our energies and lives to the building of the new!

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Beyond King of the Mountain

"Beyond our culture of contest lies a different kind of democracy: gentle, just and... inevitable.

Beyond King of the Mountain is a documentary short about the evolution and future of democratic governance.

It features Gordon Brown, Nelson Mandela and interviews with: Iraj Abedian, Nick Binedell, Gregory Dahl, Adam Habib, Michael Karlberg and Xolela Mangcu."

Peter C. Newton-Evans's insight:

This is a fantastic video! A must for all agents of social transformation towards a culture of peace.

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Leyla Haidarian - Beyond King of the Mountain - TedxVienna

Leyla Tavernaro-Haidarian is a filmmaker and social activist. She began as a broadcast and print journalist in Los Angeles and Vienna for such companies as Warner Brother/ Tribune Media, the American Radio Network and Diva Magazine. More recently she has been writing and producing documentaries and television programs in South Africa for a variety of global outlets, including a documentary on the evolution and future of democratic governance and an edutainment based television soap opera for Iranian audiences. Her passion is exploring mutualistic paradigms, particularly through art and media, but also in politics and business.
http://www.doubletake.tv/
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Great summary of the background and main concepts of the video. I highly recommend getting, viewing and sharing the full video from the above link.

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How Innovative Companies Collaborate

How Innovative Companies Collaborate | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it
For highly innovative group collaborations, do what the big tech firms do: Cycle through collaborations with different pairs and take the long view. By Jason P.
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Collaboration in business is one more example of how essential a culture of mutualism is for a healthy world.

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