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Plastic Reefs | The Scientist Magazine®

Plastic Reefs | The Scientist Magazine® | Heal the world | Scoop.it
Plastic fragments are changing the ecology of the oceans by providing havens for bugs and bacteria.
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Human brains are hardwired for empathy, friendship

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 Perhaps one of the most defining features of humanity is our capacity for empathy -- the ability to put ourselves in others' shoes. A new University of Virginia study strongly suggests that we are hardwired to empathize because we closely associate people who are close to us -- friends, spouses, lovers -- with our very selves...

 

Dr Coan said in the study, which was published in the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, this is probably the source of empathy and part of the evolutionary process.

 

He explained a threat to ourselves is also a threat to our resources needed to survive. 'Threats can take things away from us. But when we develop friendships, people we can trust and rely on who in essence become we, then our resources are expanded, we gain. 

 

'Your goal becomes my goal. It's a part of our survivability,' he added.



 


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"The finding shows the brain's remarkable capacity to model self to others; that people close to us become a part of ourselves, and that is not just metaphor or poetry, it's very real. 

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Where do ideas come from? | TED Playlists | TED

Where do ideas come from? | TED Playlists | TED | Heal the world | Scoop.it
How does the metaphorical lightbulb go off? Is it a flash of genius? The power of crowds? These heady talks explore the nature of ideas themselves: Where they come from, how they evolve, and how each of us can nurture them.

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What Burning Man Can Teach Us About Reinventing Society | Play on GOOD

What Burning Man Can Teach Us About Reinventing Society | Play on GOOD | Heal the world | Scoop.it
The world is currently on the cusp of a creative renaissance fueled by technology and human ingenuity. Increasingly, we see new opportunities for personal expression driven by urban planning: spaces for citizen action, the arts, and entrepreneurship.

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The Burning Man culture helps people see themselves and their communities differently and, through art and self-expression, come together and manifest transformative experiences. The Burning Man Project is committed to catalyzing positive change and nurturing the growth of the global creative community—but we can’t do it alone. We encourage you to join us in facilitating and celebrating the amazing things that happen when creative people work together.

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Doctors sound alarm on child fitness and health - The Guardian

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Conversation with a Remarkable Mind: Why We Allow Bad Medicine and Bad Science - Part 1

Elisabet Sahtouris, Ph.D, Evolutionary Biologist, Professor, Author, Speaker and Consultant on Living Systems Design, talks to Dr. Gary Null about why we all...

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Study: The Rich Really Are More Selfish | TIME.com

Study: The Rich Really Are More Selfish | TIME.com | Heal the world | Scoop.it
"Lower-class" individuals—i.e., folks without much money or education—demonstrate more compassion and empathy than their wealthy counterparts, according to a series of psychological studies.

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Show You Care: Four must-have strategies to build feedback channels in your organization

Show You Care: Four must-have strategies to build feedback channels in your organization | Heal the world | Scoop.it
Great leadership and employee engagement: Four must-have strategies to build feedback channels in your organization

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Claudia DeSalvo's curator insight, August 16, 2013 2:55 PM

Communication is key, especially when it comes to giving feedback. Talking at people isn't as effective as taking the time to build a structure for relationships.

 

Understanding is a must, especially when it comes to building trust and engagement. Do your employees know what they need to do to be successful? Giving them adequate resources is a crucial part in ensuring top quality results from them. The article gives a good question to ask yourself:


“What is the most important thing these employees want to know, what is the best way to encourage dialogue and how would they be most comfortable sharing input?”

 

After taking the employees into consideration, think of good ways to get them to share their ideas. This will be an opening for formal[printed] and informal[a quick convo] feedback. The feedback should be respected by both parties, and should be responded to in a timely manner. This makes it so that the employee feels valued. After exchanging feedback, you should continue regularly sharing ideas. Communication is best when its two-way.

AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, August 19, 2013 6:40 AM

Great scoop Claudia.  The only thing I would add to the article is that the supervisor should ensure to request additional feedback from her/his direct reports, in addition to getting feedback from established organiazation channels like suggestion boxes, etc.  

 

The reason this is so important is becuase direct report have great specific insight that can help the supervisor learn even more from the feedback.  

 

Frrom the article:

 

Act on feedback – Highly engaged employees are enthused about their organization and believe they can positively influence its success. Acting on employee feedback and highlighting the impact employees make is a strong engagement builder. Be sure that all employees know how their colleagues’ suggestions or ideas are being implemented.


Regularly sharing results and requesting additional feedback creates predictable, consistent two-way communication that encourages employees to take ownership and understand their ideas are valued by the organization. 

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What strategies would you add? 

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Australian boffins brew up a hydrating beer

Australian boffins brew up a hydrating beer | Heal the world | Scoop.it
Quenching a hard earned thirst with a big cold beer just got better for you - thanks to the work of some clever Queensland scientists.
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Can Love Change the World?

Can Love Change the World? | Heal the world | Scoop.it
Is there any scientific basis for believing that love can be a force for change in politics and economics? A Q&A with Barbara Fredrickson, author of Love 2.0.

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Giving Preschoolers Choice Increases Sharing Behavior

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Allowing children to make a choice to sacrifice by sharing their own toys with someone else makes them share more in the future.

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Junk food may lead to mental health problems in children

Junk food may lead to mental health problems in children | Heal the world | Scoop.it
(Medical Xpress)—New research suggests that mums with unhealthy diets during pregnancy are more likely to have children with behavioural problems.
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Scientists discover protein that helps trigger allergic asthma - The Independent

Scientists discover protein that helps trigger allergic asthma - The Independent | Heal the world | Scoop.it
The Independent Scientists discover protein that helps trigger allergic asthma The Independent This also occurred in mice lacking TLR4, suggesting that both proteins are part of a protective biological chain of events in some people, but not...
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Can Kids Feel Your Pain?

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Research has shown that when adults see someone else getting hurt, their brain responds as if they themselves are suffering—compelling evidence for the deep roots of human empathy. Now, a new study indicates that children’s brains react in much the same way, suggesting that the roots of empathy may even be innate.

 


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When these boys watched videos of a person hurting someone else, their brains showed activity in areas associated with reward processing, suggesting that they may actually enjoy seeing other people being hurt. According to Decety, such insights into empathic and bullying behavior may help identify strategies for treating children with aggressive tendencies.

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The roots of empathy?

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There Is No Energy Crisis, There is a Crisis of Ignorance

Visit http://www.geni.org for more information. A sustainable global energy strategy, first proposed by Buckminster Fuller in 1969, to interconnect the abund...

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Some Credible Scientists Believe Humanity Is Irreparably Close to Destruction | VICE Canada

Some Credible Scientists Believe Humanity Is Irreparably Close to Destruction | VICE Canada | Heal the world | Scoop.it
Unfortunately, they make a pretty convincing argument for why we're all bound to burn up into a gross puddle of nothingness in less time than you might imagine.
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Sir Ken Robinson - How to Change Education from The Ground Up

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Collectively, We Are More Productive

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People world-wide, at home and in the office, use collective intelligence every day.  Each time you log into the Internet, you are searching for information.  Much of the time you are searching for...

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The light inventor who is poor but proud

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Brazilian mechanic Alfredo Moser has developed an ingenious way of lighting up homes without using electricity. And his idea is spreading around the world.

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Without Saying a Word This 6 Minute Short Film Will Leave You Speechless

Without Saying a Word This 6 Minute Short Film Will Leave You Speechless | Heal the world | Scoop.it
Nothing but the straight up truth. This will leave you speechless. Check out: http://www.filmsforaction.org/watch/without_saying_a_word_this_6_minute_short_film_will_make_you_speechless/
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The egoism of the human race is about to explode

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Teaching citizenship in primary schools: a how-to guide

Teaching citizenship in primary schools: a how-to guide | Heal the world | Scoop.it
Teaching complex citizenship issues at primary level can be challenging. Nick Morrison explores how to broach the subject and integrate it into school life – as well as the curriculum

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What International Community? by Richard N. Haass - Project Syndicate

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Whenever something bad happens – Iran moving closer to acquiring nuclear weapons, North Korea firing another missile, civilian deaths reaching another grim milestone in Syria’s civil war, satellites revealing an alarming rate of polar-ice melt –...

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Good Education

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“Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school.” (Albert Einstein).

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Double Up On Happiness And Meaning With Others

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Create a path to the specific kind of success that can bring you happiness and meaning with others, using a well-researched approach used in the popular “Success Course” taught by Wharton professor G.

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Science Confirms Turmeric As Effective As 14 Drugs

Science Confirms Turmeric As Effective As 14 Drugs | Heal the world | Scoop.it
Turmeric is one the most thoroughly researched plants in existence today. Its medicinal properties and components (primarily curcumin) have been the subject of over 5600 peer-reviewed and published biomedical studies.
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