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Empathy and Disgust Do Battle in the Brain: Scientific American

Empathy and Disgust Do Battle in the Brain: Scientific American | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
An injured rat helps us understand the struggle between empathy and disgust
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This is such an interesting article I don't know where to begin!  Given we have so many school programs related to social and emotional wellbeing (e.g. CASEL, Kindness is Contagious, etc), with empathy being a very prominent player, this article helps us understand varying emotional reactions and think about the differences between urban dwellers, who are much, much less connected to nature, and everyone else.

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Linda Alexander's curator insight, June 18, 2013 3:14 PM

This is such an interesting article I don't know where to begin!  Given we have so many school programs related to social and emotional wellbeing (e.g. CASEL, Kindness is Contagious, etc), with empathy being a very prominent player, this article helps us understand varying emotional reactions and think about the differences between urban dwellers, who are much, much less connected to nature, and everyone else.

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The best tech keynote I've ever seen: Elon Musk's Appreciative Intelligence

I've watched a lot of handsomely paid CEOs get on stages for keynote presentations over the past decade, and none were as good as the one I saw Elon Musk give Thursday night in California as he...

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Tesla's Elon Musk...

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David Cooperrider & Chris Johnston's curator insight, May 2, 4:52 PM

How do you cultivate appreciative intelligence? You learn from people who see the future in the tiniest successes, progress moments, and strengths of today. For example Xerox could have been Apple. However it could not see what was precious right in front of them. Remember what Steve Jobs said in 1978 when he visited the Xerox research labs to look at what everyone else called a very flawed new computer interface. He looked at it, this ugly and very flawed display, and said something like, "“I thought it was the best thing I’d ever seen in my life…it was very flawed…still, the germ of the idea was there and within, you know ten minutes, it was obvious to me that all computers would work like this some day.” 


The other night, in Hawthorne, California, Elon Musk unveiled “the missing piece” in the transition over to clean energy. The Tesla Powerwall, a large household battery (with industrial applications as well), was that piece.

 

"Our goal is to fundamentally change the way the world uses energy," Musk told a press conference at the Tesla Design Center on Thursday night.

 

"It sounds crazy, but we want to change the entire energy infrastructure of the world to zero carbon." 

 

In Musk’s mind, we orbit the key to weening the world off of fossil fuels. “We have this handy fusion reactor in the sky called the Sun,” he said to the crowd as his keynote. Solar energy then, relying on commercially available solar panels, is the first step in the weening process.

 

We’ve long heard the promise of solar power, but the public hasn’t viewed it as a real competitor to fossil fuels (at least the American public). However, the math is all there. Musk referred to a striking graph to make his point (shown in the video). The blue square is the total amount of surface area that would need to be covered by solar panels to take the US off the grid—and the area is miniscule—like placing a dot on a basketball—a very small dot, from the tip of a felt pen.

 

Why is it so hard to think like an Elon Musk-- someone seeing so much possibility for world transformation in just a tiny battery and the ability to harness the best in business to create value and build a better world? I think, in Tojo Thatchenkery's words its an ability to "see the mighty oak in the acorn"--an appreciative intelligence that comes from disciplined inquiry (look up Tojo's book Appreciative Intelligence.)

 

Leadership = affirmation: its the ability to see the future in the tiniest signs of what works, what's best, and what's possible-- and then to unite all of that with a businessworthy purpose. Appreciative inquiry, together with meaning and purpose, is such a powerful combination.  Changing the entire fossil fuel basis of our economy is bold, for sure, and it's not often you hear CEO's give speeches like this. But its certainly a precious glimpse into appreciative intelligence. You deserve to take a look:

 

http://www.theverge.com/2015/5/1/8527543/elon-musk-tesla-battery-feels

 

But beware its not this leader's flawless oratory skills that make this so powerful: its the authenticity of his vision. Leadership is about seeing; its about the appreciative knowing and the ability to read the world for its intimations of something more.  

 

http://www.theverge.com/2015/5/1/8527543/elon-musk-tesla-battery-feels

 

 

 

 

 

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Living Schoolyards - the 21st Century Way

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As I shared in my previous post on 21st Century Facilities, the first consideration when creating a 21st century learning environment is the Physical Environment. This has two components - the facilities and the schoolyard.I would like to introduce the concept of the Living Schoolyard, a phrase coined by Sharon Danks, CEO of Green Schoolyards America.  I have also been a long time fan of The Edible Schoolyard project, and Sharon's work has taken my knowledge and understanding of 21st century schoolyards to a whole new level.Not only do Living Schoolyards boost academic achievement, they
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Why birds don’t crash

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A new study shows that birds use two highly stereotyped postures to avoid obstacles in flight. The study could open the door to new ways to program drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles to avoid similar obstacles.
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Biomimicry at its best...or worst (depending on how you feel about drones)

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Earth Day Quotes | TheQuotes.Net - Motivational Quotes

Earth Day Quotes | TheQuotes.Net - Motivational Quotes | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Collection of Earth Day Quotes. Quotes about our Earth and Nature.
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On April 20 classrooms can connect with Dr. Jane Goodall

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"On April 20, TIME for Kids (TFK) is hosting a unique opportunity for teachers and students from around the world to hear from famous primatologist and United Nations Messenger of Peace, Dr. Jane Goodall, through a live, interactive webinar presentation ..."


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The suburbs are dead — and that’s not a good thing

The suburbs are dead — and that’s not a good thing | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
The resurgence of cities has been awful on the 'burbs: More crime, poverty, burned-out malls and foreclosed homes
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In some areas they're not dead, they're demolished.  A return to the cities....

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Water Cutbacks Now Mandatory In California For First Time Ever

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Conserving water in California isn't just a suggestion anymore.

On Wednesday, Gov. Jerry Brown announced there will be mandatory water cutbacks in the drought-stricken state for the first time in history.

"Today we are standing on dry gr...
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Will Arizona be next...?

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Eileen Fisher Pledges to Reach 100% Sustainability by 2020 - Sourcing Journal Online

Eileen Fisher Pledges to Reach 100% Sustainability by 2020 - Sourcing Journal Online | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
No excuses — that’s the message from the folks behind the understated fashion empire Eileen Fisher.
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10 Flowers To Grow With Vegetables

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Companion Planting: How To Deter Pests and Encourage Beneficial Insects Flowers among the vegetables are more than just a colourful addition.
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School & home gardens.  Edible flowers.  

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You Have No Idea How Much Your Diet Impacts Climate Change | VICE News

You Have No Idea How Much Your Diet Impacts Climate Change | VICE News | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
But, when people understand the link between human activities and global warming, they are — by and large — willing to change their dietary habits.
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Sobering news....but not surprising. 

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Looking Into the Future: 2015 Restaurant Trends

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It’s hard to believe that the end of 2014 is rapidly approaching, and 2015 will be here before we know it. That being said, many foodservice experts are already predicting what will be “in” for the industry next year. From being more social with your food to all about Asian cuisine, 2015 restaurant trends look enticing!
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GRRReat....a new trend is "clockless eating".  Just what I need.

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Why Kids Love Art - YouTube

Listen to what students say about why art is important to them. From pizza cats to Chinese dragons, to dogs made from the number nine anything is possible in...
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If I could increase the time spent during the average school day in any area, I would infused the arts into as many core disciplines as possible.  STEAM rather than STEM....and art for art's sake.

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Earth System Science | Classroom Resources | PBS Learning Media

Earth System Science | Classroom Resources | PBS Learning Media | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Use a space-based vision of our planet to explore the web of connections that sustain life on Earth.

 


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Gust MEES's curator insight, October 12, 2014 9:40 AM

Use a space-based vision of our planet to explore the web of connections that sustain life on Earth.

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Tesla Ventures Into Solar Power Storage for Home and Business

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Tesla Motors says it is making a foray into the challenge of how to use the sun’s energy when it isn’t shining, with a fleet of battery systems for homeowners, businesses and utilities.
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The Water Tank Project, NY: Stories To Listen To

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Jump on a guided tour and hear the stories behind street art, with Google Art Project #streetartproject
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The Water Tank Project is part art and part an awareness campaign on the global water crisis...

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Dear Future Generations: We Can't Eat Money

Dear Future Generations,

Sorry.
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Great video in celebration of Earth Day.  We really should be sorry.  

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Is it Gluten Intolerance or are We Being Poisoned?

Is it Gluten Intolerance or are We Being Poisoned? | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Is Celiac Disease something our bodies just suddenly all made up at once?
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Ask4More ~ Levo League (#ask4more) Articles, Mentors & Advice

Ask4More ~ Levo League (#ask4more) Articles, Mentors & Advice | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
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Levo League is a portal for women where you can upload your profile, ask for advice, find mentors or read timely article.  Please join and follow the hashtag given this week's Equal Pay Act:  #ask4more. 

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Over population, over consumption - in pictures

Over population, over consumption - in pictures | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
How do you raise awareness about population explosion? One group thought that the simplest way would be to show people
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Bobbi Dunham's curator insight, April 3, 9:22 PM

not easy to look at...

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9 school lunches from around the world

9 school lunches from around the world | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Children in France are feasting on steak, brie and carrots; in Finland schools serve beetroot salad and pea soup; in Italy: fish, pasta and two types of salad; in South Korea: broccoli, peppers, fried rice and tofu.
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It isn't difficult to identify the American school lunch even if the name of the country could be hidden. Ugh. 

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brian c. hart's curator insight, March 31, 8:00 PM

Wow. So telling. One could do a great critical thinking analysis assignment using these slides: what does a nation's lunch tell us about their culture, national identity, economic conditions, and values? 

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What happens if all the bees die? [video] - Holy Kaw!

What happens if all the bees die? [video] - Holy Kaw! | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
You've heard the buzz about Colony Collapse Disorder and its threat to the world's bee population, and you might have wondered what would happen if we did, in fact, lose a species so vital to our food production.
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This Tree-Covered Apartment Building Cleans A Polluted City Block

This Tree-Covered Apartment Building Cleans A Polluted City Block | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
The five-story building in Turin, Italy is a mini-forest, suspended in the air.
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Clean building!

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Aligning the Head Heart and Wallet

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How Millenials and Women are Driving Impact Investment
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Women will control a large share of the world's wealth in the not-too-distant future...and their issues will be the issues that get supported.

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The Last PTA Meeting I Will Ever Attend

The Last PTA Meeting I Will Ever Attend | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Imagine my utter delight when I learned that at the next PTA meeting, someone would be speaking about the anti-bullying laws in place to protect LGBT and gender creative kids. Although I’m a card-c...
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It would be my last meeting as well...

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, November 13, 2014 7:11 PM

Several years ago, a parent commented to me that she was happy the new teacher was not gay. It caught me totally off guard. I always hope the new teacher is a kind, caring, and compassionate human and sexuality is a non-issue in that.

 

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Huffington Post Article re: Business as Agent for World Benefit. CWRU.

Huffington Post Article re: Business as Agent for World Benefit.  CWRU. | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | 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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Congratulations, David, on Huff Post piece: "Business as an agent of world benefit (BAWB) is a brainchild of Prof. David Cooperrider, author of the Appreciative Inquiry (AI) methodology that has provided help and hope to groups and organizations around the world as they seek to improve their organizational effectiveness. Appreciative Inquiry is based on the belief that we can make more progress to improve effectiveness if we focus on what is going well, on the strengths and assets of an individual and the group, rather than concentrating solely on analyzing the problems and challenges we face.

 
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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.