Leap of Reason Update: August 2014 In response to the dark story we featured in our July update, our dear friend Lou Salza encouraged us to read an inspiring one that “brought tears to [his] eyes and joy to [his] heart”: The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown, about the University of Washington ...
Can a folk-singing, irreverent, telegenic firebrand save the nation’s largest labor union?
Linda Alexander's insight:
She likes the Common Core (agree), thinks politicians need to leave teaching to the professionals (so agree), and hates standardized testing (agree w/ exceptions). I am not sure where she stands on teacher seniority systems & other protections (where unions have frequently protected teachers at the expense children). Her honesty about her personal life and statements about suicide were likely bold at the time, but right on the mark and timely today.
Newspapers seem to focus more on a woman's personal life, family & life journey than professional abilities and job-related opinions. I still have questions about her stance on various issues that were not covered in the article. So, it begs the question, "Would the Washington Post write such a mixed personal/professional journey piece had a man been appointed to the job"? I tend to think not. It's not to say that a fuller picture of the individual isn't informative. It really is...
Looking for resources for teaching about the environment, examples of environmental action projects, or ways to take learning outside? Explore our list of curated resources for these green approaches to integrated studies.
Fifteen out of twenty-nine sitting Republican governors deny climate science despite the overwhelming level of scientific consensus. None of the country’s Democratic governors have made public statements denying climate change.
Linda Alexander's insight:
Urban Mayors seem to be a lot smarter than most of our governors....
“A new study released today profiles 100 leading sustainability innovations - we showcase the top 10, featuring carbon-neutral plastic, recycling kiosks and an ethical smartphone (10 leading sustainability innovations - The Guardian”
For those adults working on, writing about, or generally pondering the fate of our education system, “teachers” are thought of as a stakeholder group, a fulcrum for change. But most of us are likewise bought into the idea of lifelong learning—that is, formal schooling may end, but we continue to be students of life. As such, who are your teachers? When you encounter a thorny problem, where do you turn?
Conservationists are using drones, remote sensors and new mapping software to monitor deforestation and illegal poaching in real time. But in the wrong hands, some of these new technologies tools could have devastating effects on wildlife. A discussion on how new technology is transforming conservation efforts.
Linda Alexander's insight:
This NPR show is heart wrenching. Elephants are likely the most intelligent animals on earth, and their ivory, mostly heading to China, is devastating the population. And it's a painful death. Google tracking may help...also flagging elephants as they heading toward major population centers.
““Flourishing Enterprise” is written by Chris Laszlo and Judy Brown, with John Ehrenfeld, Mary Gorham, Ilma Barros-Pose, Linda Robson, Roger Saillant, Dave Sherman, and Paul Werder. (foreword Peter Senge and afterword by David Cooperrider).... A new book out this week advances the conversation about...”
This is all from D. Cooperrider's scoop: “Flourishing Enterprise” is written by Chris Laszlo and Judy Brown, with John Ehrenfeld, Mary Gorham, Ilma Barros-Pose, Linda Robson, Roger Saillant, Dave Sherman, and Paul Werder. (foreword Peter Senge and afterword by David Cooperrider).... A new book out this week advances the conversation about...”
David Cooperrider's insight:
The notion of responsible business has infiltrated our markets, and ‘going green’ is now a part of our mindset. But, sustainability as we know it is not enough. Flourishing—the aspiration that humans and life in general will thrive on the planet forever—should be a key goal for every business today. This is a bold concept, like sustainability was a decade ago. Just as sustainability has become a matter of course, so too will flourishing become a cornerstone of business tomorrow. This book has inspired a whole conference...sign up now....and bring your team of managers, young leaders, change agents, etc.
Have you heard of the Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit? It’s all about the positive role of business in society and the world—and how companies are turning every social and global issue into industry leading business opportunities. The Global Forum is really an unconference—way beyond great speakers and workshops—especially the worldshaping AI design studios where you become a designer!
The groundbreaking conference is t Oct 15th-17. Here is the quick link:
--100s of companies—Fairmount Minerals, Go Jo, sharing their stories of the business and society benefits of going beyond sustainability to “flourishing enterprise;
Unveiling of the book that inspired the conference: The Flourishing Enterprise—The New ‘Spirit of Business with authors Chris Laszlo, Judy Brown, John Ehernfeld and others;
--Leading CEOs (Jodi Berg CEO of Vitamix) and the former head of Royal Dutch Shell Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, and social entrepreneurs such as Naveen JainNobel Prize winners and other leaders shaping societyAmazing speakers such as Raj Sisodia, Peter Senge (MIT), Jane Nelson (Harvard) and workshops with business tools with Andrew Winston (Green to Gold) and others
--And partners: the Academy of Management; UN Global Compact; the Business Alliance for the Future; the European GRLI; AACSB….
--Last but not least: part of the unconference will feature high engagement Appreciative Inquiry Design Studio techniques—advancing a world of 100% renewable energy; advancing a Nobel like prizing process for the new story of business; and helping design the process for a new Grand Strategy for America (see:http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/01/09/a_new_US_grand_strategy)
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — States where hydraulic fracturing is taking place have seen a surge in earthquake activity, raising suspicions that the unconventional drilling method could be to blame, especially the wells where the industry disposes ...
"With seven billion people now living on Earth, the ever growing demand is putting unprecedented pressure on global resources—especially forests, water, and food. How can Earth’s resources be managed best to support so many people? One key is tracking the sum of what is available, and perhaps nothing is better suited to that task than satellites."
Treasury secretaries dating to the Nixon years backed a new report predicting a heavy loss of coastal properties, a shift of farming northward, and dangerous outdoor conditions because of climate change.
Speaking at the University of California, Irvine, President Obama likened those who deny climate change to people who would have told John F. Kennedy, at the dawn of the space program, that the moon “was made of cheese.”
“The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and ICLEI, the largest worldwide association of local governments, released a study last week showing how climate change has become a priority for cities across the globe, entitled the “Urban Climate Change...”
Two widely used neonicotinoids — a class of insecticide — appear to significantly harm honeybee colonies over the winter, particularly during colder winters, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health.