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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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Why Americans Are the Weirdest People in the World

Why Americans Are the Weirdest People in the World | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it
Joe Henrich, Steven Heine and Ara Norenzayan are shaking up psychology and economics with their view of how culture shapes human thought and behavior.
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A readable narration of how an understanding of cultural difference is beginning to replace assumptions regarding human nature in science.

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The Fourth Estate Summit

The Fourth Estate Leadership Summit will take place August 8-11, 2013 in Los Angeles, CA. Young activists and educators from all over the world will gather to interact with experts and innovators in the fields of film, business, journalism, economics, and international justice. We're bringing together organizations and leaders who believe that basic human rights should be a priority for us all, and that the best and brightest minds should be activated in that endeavor. 

Deadline to apply is May 1st.

To Apply:
http://spr.ly/4E_main5

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Krista Tippett: Reconnecting with compassion

The term "compassion" -- typically reserved for the saintly or the sappy -- has fallen out of touch with reality. At a special TEDPrize@UN, journalist Krista Tippett deconstructs the meaning of compassion through several moving stories, and proposes a new, more attainable definition for the word.

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Speaks to the day-to-day power of compassion and tenderness to transform and build.

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The Economics Of Trust

Trust is about more than whether you can leave your house unlocked. It's responsible for the difference between rich and poor. If you take a broad enough definition of trust, then it would explain basically all the difference between the per capita income of the United States and Somalia," ventures Steve Knack, a senior economist at the World Bank who has been studying the economics of trust for over a decade. That suggests that trust is worth $12.4 trillion dollars a year to the U.S., which, in case you are wondering, is 99.5% of this country's income (2006 figures). If you make $40,000 a year, then $200 is down to hard work and $39,800 is down to trust.

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One world. One language?

“It might be inevitable that we have to confront the idea that our destiny is to be one world with one language.”


Biologist Mark Pagel shares an intriguing theory about why humans evolved our complex system of language. He suggests that language is a piece of "social technology" that allowed early human tribes to access a powerful new tool: cooperation.

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Wow! You don't often hear such a coherent argument in favor of linguistic harmonization, since Baha'u'llah first raised the call for a universal auxiliary language some 160 ago!

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The Emergence of Niceness | Synthesis

The Emergence of Niceness | Synthesis | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it

"“People in our model do not behave irrationally,” explains Grund, but while the “homo economicus” optimizes its utility independently, the “homo socialis” puts himself or herself into the shoes of others to consider their interests as well.” Helbing adds: “This establishes something like “networked minds”. Everyone’s decisions depend on the preferences of others.” This becomes even more important in our networked world."


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Howard Rheingold's curator insight, April 6, 2013 4:28 AM

The woman in the picture is the late Elinor Ostrom, whose research is cited, but who did not contribute to the evolutionary modeling research that provides evidence for mechanisms whereby cooperative behavior can spread in socieities dominated by selfishness. Sociality is the key -- pewople who get to know each other can be stimulated by ordinarily disadvantaged cooperative actors into mutual cooperation, which then becomes self-reinforcing through mutual payoffs. The social web is certainly a hotbed of ill-will. It is also an environment in which those who are inclined to cooperate -- people with diseases or caregivers, gamers, makers, educators, and just friendly, civil people -- can find each other and cluster. It is that clustering that promotes payoffs and spreads cooperation, and which online social networks can promote.

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A participatory kind of economy


How will this change our economy? Today, many customers doubt that they get the best service by people who are driven by their own profits and bonuses. “Our theory predicts that the level of other-regarding preferences is distributed broadly, from selfish to altruistic. Academic education in economics has largely promoted the selfish type. Perhaps, our economic thinking needs to fundamentally change, and our economy should be run by different kinds of people,” suggests Grund. “The true capitalist has other-regarding preferences,” adds Helbing, “as the “homo socialis” earns much more payoff.” This is, because the “homo socialis” manages to overcome the downwards spiral that tends to drive the “homo economicus” towards tragedies of the commons. The breakdown of trust and cooperation in the financial markets back in 2008 might be a good example.

 

“Social media will promote a new kind of participatory economy, in which competition goes hand in hand with cooperation,” believes Helbing. Indeed, the digital economy’s paradigm of the “prosumer” states that the Internet, social platforms, 3D printers and other developments will enable the co-producing consumer. “It will be hard to tell who is consumer and who is producer”, says Christian Waloszek. “You might be both at the same time, and this creates a much more cooperative perspective.”

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RSA Animate - 21st Century Enlightenment

The RSA's Chief Executive Matthew Taylor explores the meaning of the RSA's strapline '21st Century Enlightenment'. How might this idea might help us meet the challenges the world faces today, and what role can be played by organisations such as the RSA? 

The RSA is a charity dedicated to finding innovative, practical solutions to today's social challenges. Through its ideas, research and 27,000-strong Fellowship it seeks to understand and enhance human capability so we can close the gap between today's reality and people's hopes for a better world.

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An interesting approach to why it is so urgent to redefine our assumptions of human nature and how it limits or empowers us to build a new society.

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RSA Animate - The Power of Networks

In this new RSA Animate, Manuel Lima, senior UX design lead at Microsoft Bing, explores the power of network visualisation to help navigate our complex modern world. Taken from a lecture given by Manuel Lima as part of the RSA's free public events programme.

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From trees to networks as symbols of our unity in diversity!

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This Is Your Brain on Metaphors

This Is Your Brain on Metaphors | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it
Our brains are wired to confuse the real and the symbolic. And the implications can be as serious as war and peace.

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Jim Manske's curator insight, March 22, 2013 4:19 AM

A long read...I enjoyed the ride! ;)

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Discourse in Society - Teun A. van Dijk

Discourse in Society - Teun A. van Dijk | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it

Teun's work in critical discourse studies may best be described as "Discourse in Society". One of its important functions is dissent, also one of the aims of critical discourse studies. This site provides information about various resources for research in critical discourse studies (CDS). Many articles can be downloaded, and more (also books) will be added later. Teun is also developing a special pedagogical instrument (traditionally called Teach Yourself CDS) for those who want to engage in critical research.

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This site was recommended as a good source by Michael Karlberg, PhD, one of the leading figures in discourse analysis and intervention for social change.

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"The Age of Empathy" excerpt - part 1

A short excerpt from the audiobook "The Age of Empathy: Nature's Lessons For a Kinder Society" by Frans de Waal (read by Alan Sklar; 2009; disc 3, tracks 3-6) on the topic of social synchronicity and imitation among primates as well as humans.

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BOGOTÁ: Taller de Certificación "Educando padres a la manera de Disciplina Positiva"

BOGOTÁ: Taller de Certificación "Educando padres a la manera de Disciplina Positiva" | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it
Positive Discipline Association promotes and encourages the development of life skills and respectful relationships in families, schools, businesses and communities.
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Días:  Sábado y Domingo  16 y 17  de Marzo a partir de las  8:00 am - 5:00 pm  

 

Los participantes finalizado el entrenamiento podrán: •   Ofrecer clases para padres, empleando el modelo de la serie de 7 semanas o consolidar en 1 o 2 días del programa.  •   Podrán organizar seminarios o presentaciones de introducción de Disciplina Positiva.•   Integrar Disciplina Positiva a su práctica profesional. 
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The Collaborative Framework: From Social Contest to Social Body

The Collaborative Framework: From Social Contest to Social Body | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it

The last century has witnessed an unprecedented expansion of economic activity. Yet the material prosperity generated by this activity is enjoyed by only a small portion of the Earth’s population, and extremes of wealth and poverty are growing. The prevailing approach to economic expansion is also beginning to undermine the local and global ecosystems that human health and well-being depend on.

 

Furthermore, the social and ecological problems facing humanity are becoming so complex that they cannot be addressed by individuals or organizations acting in self-interested and competitive ways. Therefore, at this critical juncture in history, it is becoming an evolutionary imperative to move from self-interested competition to collaboration for the common good.

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This is an important initiative that it would be good to keep a close eye on.

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'World Peace Game' Teaches Kids Cooperation, Compassion

'World Peace Game' Teaches Kids Cooperation, Compassion | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it

Learning to save the world

 

John Hunter has been playing the World Peace Game for more than three decades: at his school, in summer camps, and with students in Norway. And in all the years he's played, he's never seen students lose. Not once. "Sometimes it's a very dire situation where it doesn't seem possible, but they've always managed to win the game," he says.

 

Part of it, he says, is how his students collaborate. But another part is how he behaves. He doesn't butt in to the game, or tell his students what to do and what not to do. Instead, he treats these CFOs and prime ministers and secretaries of state as peers. Equals. "So together, we become co-teachers," he says.

 

"And they, in this safe place, can say, 'well, we'll just try and if it doesn't work, we'll try something else. And if it doesn't work, we'll try something else.' We get better and better trying. And eventually they win. "They save the world every time. And they're going to grow up and hopefully be able to do that for real."

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The United Nations wants to hear from you.

The United Nations wants to hear from you. | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it
I have just told them my priorities for creating a better world. Join me and vote!
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Under "Suggest a priority", I wrote: "The establishment of a world-wide, democratic federation of nations, with legislative, executive and judicial powers, in order to free up the massive resources wasted on today's arms race for 'deterrence' purposes, put an end the world dictatorship of multinational corporations, and make major global issues finally tractable beyond the merely national level."

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Gregg Braden: From Competition to Cooperation - An Emerging World Order

The "Greater Good" is the new bottom line. An new paradigm of cooperation is emerging that mimics nature - while this flies in the face of Darwinian science, emerging discoveries support a new way of viewing our TRUE nature.

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Good arguments in favor of re-engineering our social institutions upon new foundations of cooperation (win-win) instead of its current foundations of competiton (win-lose)

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12 Principles of Collaboration

12 Principles of Collaboration | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it

Twelve collaboration principles that successful organizations follow.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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It is heartening to see how cooperation and collaboration are gaining importance in the workplace and business in general. Here is just another example.

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Paul Thoresen's curator insight, April 21, 2013 10:03 AM

Simple concepts often overlooked. From WIIFM to putting strategy before tech.

Tony Brugman (Bright & Company)'s curator insight, April 22, 2013 5:54 AM

Simple, easy to read, colorful inforgraphic on the 'Principles of Collaboration'. Nice!

Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, May 6, 2013 11:31 AM

How are you collaborating?

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Profits Just Hit Another All-Time High, Wages Just Hit Another All-Time Low

Profits Just Hit Another All-Time High, Wages Just Hit Another All-Time Low | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it

In case you need more confirmation that the US economy is out of balance, here are three charts for you.Our priorities are seriously screwed up.


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Khannea Suntzu's curator insight, April 11, 2013 5:20 PM

We are in a Nerw World order. The international pendulum of divisions of powers has swing in the court of the corporate sector. Investors, bankers, monopolists - as well as they enablers in governments and the lobbyist sector - are currently at their peak. Let's call this "the disparity bubble" and let's work to burst this bubble. How can we vector and weaponize dissent? How can we agitate in favor of a more return to rationality and societal equilibrium? Our current hurdle is apathy. We must chart a path through this hurdle of popular apathy, dolor and collaboratism. As soon as we are able to convince the masses that they will be next in line for austerity-based hairtrims (or scalpings) the sooner we can turn tables on the gangsters and psychopaths than have been thatcherizing the world in the bum.

My motto? I call this the last twitches of The Cold War, The cold war ended in 1990, and the pendulum swing towards anglosaxon social darwinist value systems. My proposal - lets finished this in a hegelian manner and move through a synthesis of cutthroat socialism and cutthroat capitalism. And let's start this movement back in the next ten years.

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Left brain, right brain, and the political and policy debate

In this early RSA Animate Matthew Taylor explores how brain and behaviour research is increasingly being incorporated into political and policy debate. 
Watch the full lecture here: http://www.thersa.org/events/video/ar...

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Interesting thoughts on how revisiting human nature can help revisit democracy and politics as a whole.

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The Paradox of Choice (how it prevents social change)

In this new RSA Animate, Professor Renata Salecl explores the paralysing anxiety and dissatisfaction surrounding limitless choice. Does the freedom to be the architects of our own lives actually hinder rather than help us? Does our preoccupation with choosing and consuming actually obstruct social change?

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A great analysis of how the capitalistic ideology of consumer choice is actually preventing us from becoming agents of social change. Worth watching more than once and reflecting on carefully.

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David Hain's curator insight, April 6, 2013 4:18 AM

Another great addition to these lively animations.

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RSA Animate - The Power of Outrospection

Introspection is out, and outrospection is in. Philosopher and author Roman Krznaric explains how we can help drive social change by stepping outside ourselves.

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Presents the neolocutin "outrospection", which is basically about various types or manifestations of empathy.

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Guns,Germs and Steel (Full Documentary)


Via Khannea Suntzu
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Rather watch a 1.5 hour documentary film than read a thick book? Here is the solution for this great work!

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I cannot see the video! I can only see the squares with the next documentaries! It looks as if the movie is playing behind it, I can hear the sound track.
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Forming a Culture of Peace: Reframing Narratives of Intergroup Relations, Equity, and Justice

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Forming a Culture of Peace addresses the formation of the culture of peace by challenging the discourses, narrative frames, and systems of values and beliefs that support and promote violence and conflict, defining new comprehensive approaches to human security. Korostelina provides the conceptual frameworks and methods for enhancing the processes of communicating peace in international relations, intra-national conflicts, peace education, and peacebuilding. This book concentrates on the positive experiences and challenges of redefinition of conflict-based discourses and moral frames, re-humanization of former enemies, reframing narratives of intergroup relations, equity, and justice and offers valuable information as to the role of peace culture in conflict and post-conflict societies.

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Statement explores a new concept of empowerment

Statement explores a new concept of empowerment | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it

Concepts of empowerment that pit one group against another should be discarded in favor of a new vision where social transformation is approached as a collective enterprise in which all people are able to participate.

 

The impulse to rectify social inequalities is unquestionably noble, but us/them dichotomies only perpetuate and reinforce existing divisions," said the statement, which was titled "Empowerment as a Mechanism for Social Transformation.

 

Careful thought needs to be given to ways in which empowerment can be approached as a universal and shared enterprise and not something the 'haves' bestow on the 'have nots.'" One way to avoid such extremes is to understand humanity as a single social organism, suggested the statement.

 

Implicit in such a conception are characteristics such as the interdependence of the parts and the whole, the indispensability of collaboration, reciprocity and mutual aid, the need to differentiate but also harmonize roles, the need for institutional arrangements that enable rather than oppress, and the existence of a collective purpose above that of any constituent element.

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Home | Random Hacks of Kindness

Home | Random Hacks of Kindness | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it
A rapidly growing global initiative encompassing a community of over 5,500 innovators in over 30 countries making the world a better place by developing practical, open source technology solutions to respond to some of the most complex challenges facing humanity. This is done by defining problems, organizing hackathons, and ensuring projects are effectively deployed. Join us on December 1st and 2nd for the next series of global hackathons.
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