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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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There's More to Life Than Being Happy

There's More to Life Than Being Happy | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it
Meaning comes from the pursuit of more complex things than happiness
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In a new study to be published this year, psychological scientists asked nearly 400 Americans aged 18 to 78 whether they thought their lives were meaningful and/or happy. Examining their self-reported attitudes toward meaning, happiness, and many other variables -- like stress levels, spending patterns, and having children -- over a month-long period, the researchers found that a meaningful life and happy life overlap in certain ways, but are ultimately very different. Leading a happy life, the psychologists found, is associated with being a "taker" while leading a meaningful life corresponds with being a "giver."

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Culture of Peace and Non-Violence | UNESCO

Culture of Peace and Non-Violence | UNESCO | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it
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In its essence, the culture of peace and non-violence is a commitment to peace-building, mediation, conflict prevention and resolution, peace education, education for non-violence, tolerance, acceptance, mutual respect, intercultural and interfaith dialogue and reconciliation. It is a conceptual as well as a normative framework envisaged to inspire thoughts and actions of everyone. Therefore, it requires cognitive as well as the emotional abilities to grapple with our own situation in a rapidly changing world as well as with the emerging world society. This aim entails not just more factual knowledge, but also the broadening of our consciousness and the willingness to develop a new awareness, a new way of being in this world, a new “mental mapping”.

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Israel and Iran: A love story

When war between Israel and Iran seemed imminent, Israeli graphic designer Ronny Edry shared a poster on Facebook of himself and his daughter with a bold message: "Iranians ... we [heart] you." Other Israelis quickly created their own posters with the same message -- and Iranians responded in kind. The simple act of communication inspired surprising Facebook communities like "Israel loves Iran," "Iran loves Israel" and even "Palestine loves Israel."

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Centro para la Comunicación No Violenta:| The Center for Nonviolent Communication

CNVC is a steward of the integrity of the NVC process and a nexus point of NVC-related information and resources, including training, conflict resolution, and organizational consulting services.
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La Comunicación NoViolenta (CNV) está basada en principios de no violencia -- el estado natural de compasión cuando no hay violencia presente en el corazón.

NVC empieza asumiendo que todos sentimos compasión por naturaleza y que las estrategias violentas -- ya sean éstas físicas o verbales -- son conductas aprendidas que la cultura prevaleciente enseña y sostiene. CNV también asume que todos compartimos las mismas necesidades humanas básicas, y que cada una de nuestras acciones son estrategias para satisfacer dichas necesidades.

Las personas que practican la Comunicación NoViolenta han encontrado mayor autenticidad en su comunicación, mayor entendimiento, conexiones más profundas y resolución de conflictos.

La comunidad CNV está activa en más de 65 países alrededor del mundo. Averigue más sobre cómo CNV está cambiando el mundo, y como usted puede participar.

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Gratitude As An Antidote To Aggression

Gratitude As An Antidote To Aggression | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it

Grateful people aren't just kinder people, according to UK College of Arts & Sciences psychology Professor Nathan DeWall. They are also less aggressive.DeWall proves his point with five studies on gratitude as a trait and as a fleeting mood, discovering that giving thanks lowers daily aggression, hurt feelings and overall sensitivity.

"If you count your blessings, you're more likely to empathize with other people," said the researcher who is more well-known for studying factors that increased aggression. "More empathic people are less aggressive."

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Are humans predators by nature?

Are humans predators by nature? | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it
Are humans predators by nature? Or do our instinctual responses tell another story about our true nature?

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Scaffolding for Deep Understanding

Scaffolding for Deep Understanding | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it

That learning takes place in a social context is a significant issue. This is why collaboration or ‘cooperative learning’ has become so popular – but it has to be more than social collaboration. Cognitive collaboration needs to be encouraged. As students communicate their ideas, they learn to clarify, refine, and consolidate their thinking. Schoenfeld has said that, ‘Groups are not just a convenient way to accumulate the individual knowledge of their members. They give rise synergistically to insights and solutions that would not come about without them.’


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How Culture Drove Human Evolution

How Culture Drove Human Evolution | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it

We've begun to pursue this idea called the cultural brain hypothesis—the idea that the real driver in the expansion of human brains was this growing cumulative body of cultural information.

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Webinar: Building a World Federation - An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Webinar: Building a World Federation - An Idea Whose Time Has Come | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it

A recording of this webinar is available.

 

A century ago, during His epoch-making visit to North America, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá advised a high official in the federal government that he could best serve the interests of his country and of humanity by exporting to the rest of the world the principle of federalism underlying the American system of government. The wisdom of this advice and the key it offers to solving the gravest global challenges of our time is strikingly evident. We will explore why its application is now imperative.

 

Sovaida Ma'ani Ewing is an international lawyer turned independent scholar who writes and lectures in the area of collective security. She is the author of three books including her latest entitled "Collective Security Within Reach" (2008) with a foreword written by an Under-Secretary General of the United Nations. It offers concrete recommendations for action by world leaders, national and international, to solve some of the pressing global problems of our time.

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II Feria de Iniciativas No Violentas

II Feria de Iniciativas No Violentas | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it

Información acerca de la Feria de Iniciativas No Violentas y de las diversas actividades de no violencia activa que, diferentes organizaciones, llevamos adelante de manera sostenida. La Feria fue organizada por Pressenza, La Comunidad para el desarrollo humano y el Centro de Estudios Humanistas QuituQuinde. Contamos con el apoyo del Municipio de Quito, la Administración Eloy Alfaro, UNESCO, Red de Escuelas Asociadas, Imago y VSFoto.

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Betterverse: Social Issues in the Virtual World

Betterverse: Social Issues in the Virtual World | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it

How are virtual worlds helping improve lives and support the public good? Betterverse.org is a chronicle of the evolving and innovative efforts to use virtual worlds to promote various real world causes and improve the lives of people all around the globe. 

 

Machinima (digital films created using a game engine or virtual world) are a powerful and accessible medium for storytelling and artistic expression. And despite its game-based roots, there is ample evidence that machinima can be used to engage people on serious issues and ideas.

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Egoismo, generosidad y la naturaleza humana | Catalina Aguirre

Egoismo, generosidad y la naturaleza humana | Catalina Aguirre | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it

El siguiente es un interesante análisis sobre uno de los temas que actualmente está de moda: los comportamientos prosociales. A través de los años han existido diversos debates, investigaciones y enfoques que argumentan y cuestionan sobre la naturaleza de la conducta humana en relación a temas de egoismo vs generosidad. Les dejo el escrito de Peter Newton-Evans M.A, distinguido activista a favor de una cultura de paz. Graduado de la Universidad de California, Davis y con más de 30 años de experiencia como psicoeducador, Peter ha conseguido dedicar su vida a construir un mundo mejor. Especializado en desarrollo social y Antropología y además miembro activo de la comunidad global Baha’i. Actualmente es investigador principal en el programa: CULTURA DE PAZ.

 

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Does Evolution Favor Competition or Cooperation?

Does Evolution Favor Competition or Cooperation? | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it

"Darwin’s publication of On the Origin of Species sparked major battles. The most famous may have been between science and religion, but there were disputes within science as well. One of the most heated was whether natural selection favored cooperative or competitive behaviors, a battle that still rages today. For almost 100 years, no single person did more to promote the study of the evolution of cooperation than Peter Kropotkin.
Kropotkin traveled the world talking about the evolution of cooperation, which he called “mutual aid,” in both animals and humans."


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International Essay Contest for Young People

International Essay Contest for Young People | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it
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As today's young people are crucial for the shaping of our future, it is imperative that they are enabled to develop to their full potential. UNESCO's objective is to help empower young people, reaching out to them, responding to their expectations and ideas, and fostering useful and long-lasting skills.


This annual essay contest is organized in an effort to harness the energy, imagination and initiative of the world's youth in promoting a culture of peace and sustainable development. It also aims to inspire society to learn from the young minds and to think about how each of us can make a difference in the world.

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Build a culture of peace by changing the purpose of education

Build a culture of peace by changing the purpose of education | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it

The slaughter of 20 precious little children and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut is horrible evidence that we live in a culture of violence in our country. Other recent murders in Seattle, Colorado, Virginia and 29 violent deaths in Utah during 2012 all attest to how widespread violence is. Unfortunately, there are other examples of violence that are accepted and even rewarded in our society. 

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Marshall Rosenberg - Nonviolent Communication - Online Training Course - CNVC.org

DESCRIPTION: http://CNVC.org - Marshall Rosenberg - Nonviolent Communication - Online Training Course ORIGINAL VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iVmJvmgrNo
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5 Prehistoric People Who Prove Our Ancestors Took Care of the Disabled

5 Prehistoric People Who Prove Our Ancestors Took Care of the Disabled | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it
Examination of skeletons from past millennia reveals that, at least in some cases, prehistoric humans cared for the sick and with disabilities.
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One more proof that "survival of the fittest" did not necessarily apply to individuals in human societies. If this is the case, then the competition and aggression that assumedly characterized much of human evolution did not necessarily take place. Therefore, the assumption is also false that competition and aggression were genetically programmed into us through natural selection. Let's let go of our myths and let the science speak, folks!

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5 simple ways to teach your child empathy

5 simple ways to teach your child empathy | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it

Chances are you, or your parents, were brought up as part of a generation that was told “If you’re going to cry, you can go outside”. Today’s society is far more understanding of emotions – both our own and other people’s. But this kind of ‘emotional intelligence’ doesn’t come naturally to all of us. While some seem to be born with a natural affinity for caring and understanding other people, others find matters of the heart awkward, preferring to keep a lid on the whole messy business.

 

No matter our natural disposition, empathy is one skill that can be learned and as parents, we play an important role in teaching our children.

 

So where do we begin?

 

Name the feeling...

It’s good to talk about feelings...

Praise your child when they show empathy...

Talk about feelings as actions..

Encourage your child to think of others..

 

 by Karen Charlton 


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'Tis better to give than to receive? Life scientists find that giving support offers health benefits -- to the giver

'Tis better to give than to receive? Life scientists find that giving support offers health benefits -- to the giver | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it

Providing support to a loved one offers benefits, to the giver, not just the recipient, a new neuroimaging study reveals. "When people talk about the ways in which social support is good for our health, they typically assume that the benefits of social support come from the support we receive from others, but it now seems likely that some of the health benefits of social support actually come from the support we provide to others," said Naomi Eisenberger, a UCLA assistant professor of psychology and the senior author of the study, published in the online edition ofPsychosomatic Medicine, a peer-reviewed health psychology journal.

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El error de Holmberg y la prevalencia de modelos mentales equivocados

El error de Holmberg y la prevalencia de modelos mentales equivocados | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it

El error de Holmberg es descrito por Charles Mann (2006) en "1491: una nueva historia de las américas antes de Colón", un libro que debiera ser de texto para todos los americanos (me refiero a los habitantes del continente americano, sí, el que comprende del Yukón a la Patagonia).

 

El modelo mental creado por Holmberg sobre los pueblos originarios de América persite con la ayuda tanto de Hollywood como de la antropología. Y es que el modelo ha resultado muy conveniente para justificar la depredación de las comunidades originarias, lo mismo en Canadá (donde aún en el siglo XXI hay historias de explotación y acallamiento de los pueblos indígenas) que en la Sierra de Guerrero en México o en Bolivia y Brasil.

 

Desde la óptica de la sociedad occidental seguimos diciendo que los pueblos indígenas están atrasados y que debemos salvarlos de su pobreza. Curiosamente es justo lo contrario. Nuestra cultura depredadora y de consumo está acabando con nuestra civilización y con el planeta. Necesitamos voltear a ver a los pueblos originarios de la tierra, ya que son ellos con sus aprendizajes ancestrales quienes tienen lecciones importantes para salvarnos a todos. La vida de la "comida rápida" debe reencontrar el ritmo de los ciclos naturales de la naturaleza. ¿Estaremos ya listos para ir más allá de nuestra arrogancia obtusa?

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Ethical Democracy: A Democratic Alternative to Liberal Democracy?

Ethical Democracy: A Democratic Alternative to Liberal Democracy? | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it

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Liberal egalitarians typically justify democracy by claiming that political institutions must respect the inherent freedom and equality of each person subjected to political power. I argue, however, that a full justification of democracy demands that political institutions also respect the inherent nobility of persons – their capacity to exercise their ethical and moral powers and to cultivate virtues of character. Since political institutions fail to respect the nobility of persons when they provide systematic incentives for individuals to debase themselves in order to succeed, this requirement challenges the widely held view that democracy requires multiparty competitive elections.

 

Arash Abizadeh teaches political philosophy at McGill University. He received his MPhil from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and his PhD from Harvard University.

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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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שני פנים לסיפור - Two sided Story - للقصة وجهان

This documentary follows the exciting and unique process experienced both by Israelis and Palestinians, while learning and acknowledging the personal and national narrative of the other, as part of the "History through the Human Eye" Project.

 

Directed by TOR BEN MAYOR Produced by "FAMILIES FORUM"; The Israeli Production Company 2SHOT; And The Palestinian News Agency 'MAAN'

 

For more information please contact: office@theparentscircle.org.

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8-Step Process for Leading Change

8-Step Process for Leading Change | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it
To successfully react to windows of opportunity, regardless of the focus — innovation, growth, culture, cost structure, technology — a new methodology of change leadership is required.

 

Thirty years of research by leadership guru Dr. John Kotter have proven that 70% of all major change efforts in organizations fail. Why do they fail? Because organizations often do not take the holistic approach required to see the change through.

 

However, by following the 8-Step Process outlined by Dr. Kotter, organizations can avoid failure and become adept at change. By improving their ability to change, organizations can increase their chances of success, both today and in the future. Without this ability to adapt continuously, organizations cannot thrive.

 

Dr. Kotter has proven over his years of research that following The 8-Step Process for Leading Change will help organizations succeed in an ever-changing world.

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Teaching Kids about Empathy | Kid World Citizen

Teaching Kids about Empathy | Kid World Citizen | Human Nature and Culture of Peace | Scoop.it

How else can parents teach a child to be empathetic and compassionate towards others?


Children who have grown up in loving environments have some inherent compassion, because they been nurtured and have had their needs met. Our environments, and especially our parents’ actions shape young children and build the foundation of their personality. Children develop empathy as they witness kindness towards others, respect for other cultures and races, and examples of how to stand up for what’s right in the face of discrimination. As parents and caretakers model compassion and empathy towards their partners, children, friends, and even strangers, we demonstrate how to put our feelings into an action that helps the person suffering and alleviates their situation.

 

Our children observe our empathy when we assist someone who just dropped their groceries, return a phone left behind, stop a joke based on stereotypes, bring dinner to a new mom, or stick up for kids who are getting picked on. We are the model from which are children learn.

 

by Becky Morales


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