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Creativity, like evolution, is merely a series of thefts

Creativity, like evolution, is merely a series of thefts | Network Leadership | Scoop.it
We can blame evolution for making us little more than the glorified karaoke singers we are. Or as Voltaire put it: "originality is nothing but judicious imitation"

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Eli Levine's curator insight, March 15, 2014 1:02 PM

It's all one built upon the other.


What I've been proposing for government is not going to alter the base goals of the political leaders.  In fact, I think it's going to improve their chances of being elected until death, if they follow it correctly, and ultimately preserve our social institutions until the eventual end of the species and, if our descendents are still around, beyond that.

 

What I'm observing, as a political and social scientist, is that through benevolently motivated, effectively sensed and executed policy for the sake of the other in the society, that governments tend to be able to last longer, be more legitimate in the eyes of the public and, ultimately, get carried on, with its members, throughout the generations.

 

Some people simply do not and will not have what it takes to act as these effective, benevolent and empirically grounded leaders, regardless of party affiliation and label.  That is how, I think, our current institutions are failing, because we've populated these political systems with people who don't care, won't care and/or don't have the sense to act for the effective sake of the other for their own sakes.  It's in our legislative systems as well as our administrative systems.  It's killing themselves as much as it's killing our people.  And it's just a brain type who doesn't get the concept of working with others, rather than over or against them.

 

Think about it.

Arjen ten Have's curator insight, March 18, 2014 9:08 AM

Basic but nice essay on how objects of use, creativity and biological evolution are all hung up on the same principles: Hey this works better, what if I combine it with that?

Costas Bouyioukos's curator insight, March 18, 2014 1:40 PM

Mark Pagel writes about our "ability" to innovate.

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Re-humanizing the Workplace through Collaboration as Leadership: A Bold Idea Coupled with a Modest Approach | LinkedIn

Re-humanizing the Workplace through Collaboration as Leadership: A Bold Idea Coupled with a Modest Approach | LinkedIn | Network Leadership | Scoop.it
The foundational premise of Collaborative Leadership is that if you give people good tools, appropriate facilitation, and adequate time, they can work together to solve even the most complex challenges. It’s a bold idea that we’ve coupled with a modest approach based on a simple tool called Collaborative Conversations. Collaborative Conversations maps out the four different kinds of conversations required for any group to define a mutually desired future and then plot a course for successfully creating that future. 
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When Failure Means Success: Music, movement, ritual and facilitation with Middle East youth and UCLA students: A Dialogue between John Wesley Days, Jr. & Sonja Arsham Kuftinec

When Failure Means Success: Music, movement, ritual and facilitation with Middle East youth and UCLA students: A Dialogue between John Wesley Days, Jr. & Sonja Arsham Kuftinec | Network Leadership | Scoop.it
(2012). When Failure Means Success: Music, movement, ritual and facilitation with Middle East youth and UCLA students: A Dialogue between John Wesley Days, Jr. & Sonja Arsham Kuftinec. Performance Research: Vol. 17, On Failure, pp. 88-96. doi: 10.1080/13528165.2012.651868
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A Beginner’s Guide to Self-Awareness

A Beginner’s Guide to Self-Awareness | Network Leadership | Scoop.it
The vast majority of people — up to 95 percent, in fact — believe they have a decent amount of self-awareness. And maybe you’re one of the lucky 10 to 15 percent who really does have an accurate view of themselves — but if we’re going by the numbers, well, the odds aren’t in your favor.

Those statistics are based on years of research from psychologist Tasha Eurich, author of the book Insight. “On a good day, 80 percent of us are lying to ourselves about whether we’re lying to ourselves,” Eurich says. Making things extra tricky is the fact that self-awareness has two components: Internal self-awareness is the ability to introspect and recognize your authentic self, whereas external self-awareness is the ability to recognize how you fit in with the rest of the world. “It’s almost like two different camera angles,” Eurich says.

The two are independent, entirely different variables, meaning you can have one without the other. For example, maybe you know someone who is a complete navel-gazer with a high level of internal self-awareness. Yet you and everyone else think this person is a selfish jerk, but because he never receives external feedback, he has no idea. Conversely, someone could have a high level of external self-awareness, a clear understanding of how they fit in with the rest of the world, without knowing what they want and what makes them happy. To be truly, fully self-aware, though, you need both components — a feat that’s difficult to pull off for pretty much anyone. But, it’s worth noting, not impossible.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, October 11, 5:00 PM
Mindfulness and being present make a difference. When we are attentive to another person, we show we care for them in more than a superficial manner. In that moment, they are the most important person.

Being self-aware and present made a difference in my teaching.

Self-awareness is being aware of how we are reacting and responding to the world, animate and inanimate.
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This Is The Mind-Set You’ll Need In Order To Thrive In The Future Of Work

This Is The Mind-Set You’ll Need In Order To Thrive In The Future Of Work | Network Leadership | Scoop.it
Dealing with unpredictability requires what one Harvard psychologist has called a “self-transforming mind.” Here’s how to develop one.
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David Stapleton's curator insight, October 17, 10:58 AM
Have you thought about your future
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The Center Releases Case Study on Detroit's Grand Bargain and Bold Philanthropic Leadership - Center on Philanthropy & Public Policy

The Center Releases Case Study on Detroit's Grand Bargain and Bold Philanthropic Leadership - Center on Philanthropy & Public Policy | Network Leadership | Scoop.it
First, adaptive and distributed leadership are critical for philanthropy to solve complex and ever-changing community problems. In this case, a cross section of philanthropic leaders worked without a script, hashing out a final agreement that ended the bankruptcy and set a new course for the city.

Second, relationships and networks must be leveraged for collective action to occur. In Detroit, old and new relationships within and across sectors allowed leaders to move quickly to the different tasks at-hand – whether it was getting consensus in the boardrooms or working to hammer out the details of how to structure funding and implement reforms to assist Detroit as it emerged from bankruptcy.
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Conferences can lead to both knowledge exchange and impact - we just have to do them differently | Fast Track Impact

Those who know me well don’t bother asking me to go to conferences any more, because they know the answer. I dislike conferences for one reason: they are
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The Difference Between Open-Minded and Close-Minded People

The Difference Between Open-Minded and Close-Minded People | Network Leadership | Scoop.it
The rate at which you learn and progress in the world depends on how willing you are to weigh the merit of new ideas, even if you don’t instinctively like them. Perhaps especially if you don’t like them.

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Abel Linares's curator insight, October 7, 11:53 AM
The ability to change your mind is a superpower.
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Staying open-minded won’t happen by accident.
Pascale Hotterbeex's curator insight, October 8, 1:59 PM
"Closed-minded people focus much more on being understood than on understanding others..." - tout est dit!
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HEINEKEN, Vital Voices Aim to Brew a Better World by Empowering Women Entrepreneurs | Sustainable Brands

HEINEKEN, Vital Voices Aim to Brew a Better World by Empowering Women Entrepreneurs | Sustainable Brands | Network Leadership | Scoop.it
Creating a sustainable, inclusive future requires helping a diverse range of individuals realize their fullest potential — particularly women. On September 30, HEINEKEN USA led a workshop in Washington, D.C. at Vital Voices’ Global Freedom Exchange Program, a two-week dynamic educational and mentoring opportunity for emerging women leaders. HEINEKEN’s workshop focused on developing and honing purpose-driven leadership skills for a group of women from 18 countries around the world.
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(8) Open the gates and tear down the walls; moving from "need to know" to "need to share" | LinkedIn

(8) Open the gates and tear down the walls; moving from "need to know" to "need to share" | LinkedIn | Network Leadership | Scoop.it
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Listen Actively and Empathically | Beyond Intractability

Listen Actively and Empathically | Beyond Intractability | Network Leadership | Scoop.it
Empathic listening builds mutual understanding and trust.

Even when the conflict is not resolved, empathic listening can have a profound impact on the parties, improving relationships and generating mutual respect.

 

How: The former ombudsman at the University of Colorado, Tom Sebok, used to give a lecture in my conflict skills class every semester on active listening.  He said it involved three actions:

  • 1) attending to the speaker,
  • 2) paraphrasing what the speaker said and
  • 3) summarizing the key points.

 

 


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The Critical 21st Century Skills Every Learner Needs and Why

The Critical 21st Century Skills Every Learner Needs and Why | Network Leadership | Scoop.it
Preparing a child for the world that doesn’t yet exist is not an easy task for any teacher. Step back and look at that picture from a broad perspective. What are the critical 21st-century skills…
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preparing for perpetual beta

preparing for perpetual beta | Network Leadership | Scoop.it
Networked individuals are the new engaged citizens, and we have to connect with our professional communities, finding them where we can, often aided by social media. These awareness networks can keep us connected to the real world, through wide and diverse human relationships. We cannot rely on our ‘algorithmic overlords’ to tell us how to understand our environment. Building these networks is everyone’s responsibility.
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Library of facilitation methods

Library of facilitation methods | Network Leadership | Scoop.it
The best and most dynamic library of facilitation content. Find energizers to start your workshops,
methods for generating ideas, resolvin
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Why Become a Connective Leader in Our Complex World

Why Become a Connective Leader in Our Complex World | Network Leadership | Scoop.it
“Diversity trumps ability” as a sufficiently diverse, large group of non-experts often outperforms a small group of experts,” found Future Perfect author Steven Johnson.  In our increasingly comple…
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Self-Care: Appreciative Inquiry

Self-Care: Appreciative Inquiry | Network Leadership | Scoop.it
Appreciative Inquiry is a positivity-focused planning process that allows teams to build on the best of their past to dream of the best future. This strategy can be helpful in organizational problem-solving.  You start with a goal (rather than a problem, as in problem-based learning or design thinking), and then you go through five steps:…

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Deepening the Art of Facilitating Consent | Circle Forward

Deepening the Art of Facilitating Consent | Circle Forward | Network Leadership | Scoop.it

Next call: Oct 19, 2017
Topic: What Do You Think About the Power of Great Questions?
“Usually people think a question is something to get an answer for, and that’s what we do. You have a question, so you find the answer….But the most powerful questions don’t move us towards a point. They open us up into a space….The more powerful a question is, the more it leads us in directions where we discover new understandings and new possibilities.  It draws your attention into a place where you actually might make a breakthrough.”  From the Powerful Questions Pattern, Tom Atlee, Wise Democracy Pattern Language  

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Connecting with People, Connected for Impact By Clare Nolan | Leadership Learning Community

Connecting with People, Connected for Impact By Clare Nolan | Leadership Learning Community | Network Leadership | Scoop.it
By Clare Nolan, Engage R+DMy name is Matt Bond and I am Director of Network Strategy for the DentaQuest Foundation. About five years ago, in a crowded room at the National Oral Health Conference, I met a guy named Gary Harbison. As a foundation employee, I’m accustomed to having lots of funding conversations.
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Download Leadership & Large-Scale Change: How to Accelerate Learning and Deepen Impact | Leadership Learning Community

Download Leadership & Large-Scale Change: How to Accelerate Learning and Deepen Impact | Leadership Learning Community | Network Leadership | Scoop.it
This report was funded to answer the following questions using a series of interviews, resea
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LISTENING is a Super Power - ImprovTalk

LISTENING is a Super Power - ImprovTalk | Network Leadership | Scoop.it
“Most conversations are monologues in the presence of witnesses.”   Mark Twain  Listening is a Super Power!  Another dreaded networking event.  You are talking to someone.  You see them sneaking looks around the room when they think you won’t notice (but you do).  Or, maybe you feel like you are participating in a “who’s the most …

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David Stapleton's curator insight, September 28, 1:03 PM
Saving the best for last I do not think so
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What “Facilitation” Really Means And Why It’s Key To The Future Of Work

What “Facilitation” Really Means And Why It’s Key To The Future Of Work | Network Leadership | Scoop.it
Being a good facilitator isn’t the same as knowing how to manage people or run a meeting. It all comes down to understanding the tools–and structure–that help people collaborate.

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Running Effective Virtual #Nonprofit Meetings: 9 Best Practices for Facilitating Engagement

Running Effective Virtual #Nonprofit Meetings: 9 Best Practices for Facilitating Engagement | Network Leadership | Scoop.it
In many of the workshops I've been facilitating based on the Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout, many nonprofits are recognizing
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Michelle Ward: Collective Care Interview Series - Christy Tending Healing Arts

Michelle Ward: Collective Care Interview Series - Christy Tending Healing Arts | Network Leadership | Scoop.it
Collective Care is a written interview series with people who are changing the world. Most often, these folks are working at the intersection of creative, healing, and/or activist work. I’m in love with the idea of amplifying the work (and self-care practices) of people who are building a more compassionate world. In this series, I get …
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