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Dr. C. Otto Scharmer is a Senior Lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and founding chair of the Presencing Institute. Scharmer chairs the MIT IDEAS program and helps groups of diverse stakeholders ...

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MBAs Predict The Future: Sharing Economy Drives Freelance Consulting

MBAs Predict The Future: Sharing Economy Drives Freelance Consulting | Positive futures | Scoop.it
We are in the age of the sharing economy. Disruptive companies are shaking up established businesses in travel, accommodation and services and are uprooting the traditional employment market.

Companies are using digital platforms to give customers access to, rather than ownership of, assets and these increasingly take the form of business services. PwC predicts that the sharing economy could be worth £9 billion by 2025 in the UK alone.

Competitors at the forefront of this economy – including peer-to-peer lenders and car sharing groups – are disrupting traditional industries and recruitment is the newest sector caught in its crosshairs. Advances in technology and mass social change have created nations within nations of self-employed workers.

Self-employment in the UK is higher than at any point in past 40 years, according to the Office for National Statistics. The Freelancers Union, a New York-based group, estimates that 53 million people carry out freelance work in the US – a third of the workforce.

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Future of work is a series of gigs rather than a lifetime in one place. Work on that freelance skillset and mindset now!

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Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, December 24, 2:54 AM

Yeahhh... the old Industrial Age job security has died, welcome to the new Age of Freelance consulting... It's better to accommodate to that than sing the nostalgia tune...:-)))

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4 Discoveries In Neuroscience That Redefine Happiness

4 Discoveries In Neuroscience That Redefine Happiness | Positive futures | Scoop.it
It's commonly believed that you should be able to just think your way out of negative feelings, yet this isn't actually how the brain is wired. Once you're frustrated or stressed, you can't effectively tell yourself not to be. This belief has caused a society where people would rather think than feel, be in their heads instead of their hearts, or talk rather than tune inside and listen. This won't lead to lasting happiness.

Consequently, the most important, yet most avoided step toward lasting happiness is emotional intelligence.

The challenge is that most people would rather get a root canal than deal with their feelings. It's as if feeling is perceived as a personal weakness, or would somehow sink them into a black hole, never to return to land of the happy living.
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People who routinely relax have "improved expression of genes that calm down stress reactions, making them more resilient."

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, December 22, 2:44 AM

Use the power of habits like mindfulness meditation to be calm and happy no matter what!

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13 Inventions and Innovations Creating a Better Future for Women

Women make up half the population. When they're held back, half the world's potential goes unrealized. But when women and girls are empowered, we're not just better by half. 

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7 Predictions for 2015: How Design Will Impact Your Life

Today’s landscape of design and technology is impressive, to say the least. 2015 will be a hallmark year as more companies adopt the cloud.


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Get ready for immersive storytelling!

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donhornsby's curator insight, December 20, 6:32 AM

A great conversation starter about changes for next year. Are you ready for immersive storytelling? 

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Diseño y Comunicación

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The Face Is An Entryway to The Self - Scientific American

The Face Is An Entryway to The Self - Scientific American | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Because recognizing a face is so vital to our social lives, it comes as no surprise that a lot of real estate in the cerebral cortex—the highly convoluted region that makes up the bulk of our brain—is devoted to a task crucial to processing faces and their identity. We note whether someone looks our way or not. We discern emotional expressions, whether they register joy, fear or anger. Indeed, functional brain imaging has identified a set of adjacent regions, referred to as the fusiform face area (FFA), that are situated on the left and the right sides of the brain, at the bottom of the temporal lobe of the cerebral cortex. The FFA turns up its activity when subjects look at portraits or close-ups of faces or even when they just think about these images.


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What happens in the brain when you see—really “see”—a friend's smile or scowl

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10 predictions for 2015 | Nesta

10 predictions for 2015 | Nesta | Positive futures | Scoop.it
This year, we’re predicting that a new online political party will emerge in the UK, there will be new ways to interact with our national museums and galleries, and there will be a surge in young people expressing their creativity using new digital tools.

We hope you enjoy this year’s list.  

Alongside our predictions series we're looking at the process of prediction itself, with a focus on prediction markets and tournaments. Read more about our work exploring the re-emergence of prediction as sport.

For those keen to find out how well we did with our 2014 predictions, here are few highlights from last year’s forecasts.
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What to expect next year according to NESTA, Uk's innovation institute.

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6 Simple Tips to be Happier!

6 Simple Tips to be Happier! | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Want to be happier? I have good news and bad news. First, the bad news: Research shows that approximately 33-50% of your level of happiness is hereditary. Your genes dictate your “happiness set point.” [here's one article that talks about this]

Now, the good news. According to psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky, 10% of your happiness is due to life circumstances and 40% is the result of your own choices and personal outlook: your career, your relationships, your friends, your activities, your level of health and fitness…

So even if you have a relatively low happiness set point, you still have significant control over how happy you feel. The key is to exercise that control by making choices and developing habits that make you happier.
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Live your values and speak out: Anthony Seldon

Live your values and speak out: Anthony Seldon | Positive futures | Scoop.it

The education system is failing to bring out the latent talents in all our young people, says Sir Anthony Seldon, master at Wellington College. But what can you, as a business leader, do to help? Exemplify good character traits and lobby government on how it measures schools’ success, he urges.

According to Seldon, the government lacks trust in schools, pinning them down to one metric only – exam success. Although he acknowledges that exams are probably a necessary ingredient, he argues that they are not a sufficient condition for a good education.

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'Education means ‘drawing out’ – yet most schools don’t draw people out in a process that should continue for life. Instead, schools narrow people down to a finishing point that is GCSE or A-level grades." ~ Sir Anthony Seldon

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Infographic: 15 digital trends for 2015 | The Wall Blog

Infographic: 15 digital trends for 2015 | The Wall Blog | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Research by digital consultancy Bell Pottinger Digital has revealed the 15 top digital trends that are set to change the way brands communicate in 2

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20 Google Tools for Every Student's Digital Toolkit

20 Google Tools for Every Student's Digital Toolkit | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Here are 20 Google tools that every 21st-century digital learning teacher should share with students.

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The Future Of Education: 10 Trends To Watch

The Future Of Education: 10 Trends To Watch | Positive futures | Scoop.it
It is that time of the year when we tend to pause and reflect. What have we achieved this year? What are the highlights of culture, business, technology, and trends that we have observed around us?

For me, the most exciting and positive movement at present is in the domain of technology impacting education. And it is an impact that is coming from many different directions.

Let’s explore them in further detail.
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Good Career Advice!

Good Career Advice! | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Every day we are faced with choices in our careers that will affect us over the long term. Should I volunteer for that new project? Should I ask for a raise? Should I take a sabbatical? Should I say yes to overtime?

But sometimes we miss the biggest choices that will cause us to look back on our careers 20 years from now with pride and contentment — or regret.

Here are some of the career choices we often make but will regret deeply in 20 years’ time:
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Wise career and life advice from Bernard Marr!

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Getting to the heart of Mindfulness

A recent article in the Spectator, based on attending a 1-day mindfulness course, said that mindfulness is just an excuse for inaction. This is a perfect example of missing the point. One of the beauties of mindfulness is the ability it gives you to be able to see clearly around daily situations and the decisions we need to make – noticing all of the information available and connecting objectively to how we feel and think about it. Far from creating inaction, this allows us to take action and make decisions from a more balanced, aware and holistic perspective – a skill that is fundamental to strong leadership.

However, this still misses the point. At the heart of mindfulness is the desire to be connected to yourself – your thoughts, your emotions, and what drives you at your core. It is the ability to really connect to what is happening around you and the people you meet. It’s the skill to be a truly self-aware and conscious leader. It’s the desire to wake up, stop sleep running through your life, and to really appreciate what is in front and within you.
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In praise and defence of mindfulness...

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Download “The Future of Everything,” with Essays from WSJ

Download “The Future of Everything,” with Essays from WSJ | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Read 50 experts discuss their visions for the future of everything from technology to the music industry
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10 Best Books On Positive Psychology You Need To Read For Authentic Change | High Existence

10 Best Books On Positive Psychology You Need To Read For Authentic Change | High Existence | Positive futures | Scoop.it

These obstacle courses for the mind will give you a balanced and highly effective reading curriculum in personal development. Everything from philosophy and cutting-edge neuroscience, to brain hacks and ancient wisdom is covered.

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Some suggestions for your positive psychology book wish list this Christmas!

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NPR: Just A Little Nicer: TED speakers explore compassion, its roots, its meaning and its future.

NPR: Just A Little Nicer: TED speakers explore compassion, its roots, its meaning and its future. | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Compassion is a universal virtue, but is it innate or taught? Have we lost touch with it? Can we be better at it? In this hour, TED speakers explore compassion, its roots, its meaning and its future.

 

Sally Kohn: Is It Enough To Be Politically Correct? 
Krista Tippett: Has The Word 'Compassion' Lost Its Meaning? 
Robert Wright: Are We Wired To Be Compassionate? 
Karen Armstrong: How Can We Make The World More Compassionate 
Daniel Goleman: Why Aren't We More Compassionate

 


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A plea for compassion this Christmas and in 2015.  Here's how, courtesy of TED!

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The scientific evidence against spanking, timeouts, and sleep training

The scientific evidence against spanking, timeouts, and sleep training | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Since that time, hundreds if not thousands of articles have been published on mirror neurons. They have been credited with generating empathy in humans, fostering love between people, and providing new hope in the research on autism. Yet, the term and the idea of “mirror neurons” continue to prompt considerable controversy.


Some researchers argue that empirical evidence for the existence of any neurons that function as “mirrors” is scant, while others suggest that neuroscience has yet to fully grasp the implications of neurons behaving in this way.


Regardless of the final direction of these debates, the discussion about mirror neurons has pressed neuroscience into new frontiers, and it has suggested new avenues of inquiry for not only scientists, but doctors and psychologists.


Among those avenues is a relatively recent field of study called interpersonal neurobiology.


While mirror neurons are not the explicit foundation of the new field, the growth of it is virtually unimaginable without the discoveries by Rizzolatti and his Parma team.


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'Let It Move You' From the Inside Out: Zumba Provides Tips to Tap Into Your Inner Happy

'Let It Move You' From the Inside Out: Zumba Provides Tips to Tap Into Your Inner Happy | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Every year, millions of Americans commit to challenging New Year's resolutions, but research has shown only 8 percent actually stick to them. While it may be grueling to set ambitious goals of weight loss or exercise, starting from within and achieving happiness may be the key to long-term success. To help people find their happy place, Zumba, the global fitness brand known for bringing joy into millions of lives, has teamed up with positive psychology, life coaching and nutrition experts Tal Ben-Shahar, Marci Shimoff, and Dr. Mark Hyman, to create a happiness movement that will enhance satisfaction in all areas of one's life. 
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Zumba teams with happiness experts to create a happiness movement!

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Good News You May Have Missed in 2014

Good News You May Have Missed in 2014 | Positive futures | Scoop.it
I ended 2013 by compiling something slightly unusual: a list of some of the good news you might have missed. I thought it was a pretty good note to end the year on, and people seemed to like reading about some of the ways the world is becoming a better place. This year, I thought I’d do it again.

Of course, we can’t ignore the fact that it’s been a turbulent year, in the United States and many other countries. But it’s worth taking a moment to celebrate some of the good news too. More children are surviving than ever before. We’re making progress against some of the world’s deadliest diseases. These are some of the most fundamental ways to measure the world’s progress—and by that measure, 2014 was definitely another good year.
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The world has more 5th birthdays than ever! Some perspective from Bill Gates in troubled times.

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Mindfulness

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Anderson Cooper puts down the mobile devices to meditate and report on what it’s like to try to achieve “mindfulness,” a self-awareness scientists say is very healthy, but rarely achieved in today’s world of digital distractions.

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The Future of Work is Already Here!

The Future of Work is Already Here! | Positive futures | Scoop.it
The future of work is already here — that is one thing I've realized with great certainty. Whether we meet this form effectively, and with grace, is unfolding as we speak. We'll all play our role to meet that future — whether we are CEOs, recruiters, mentors or managers.

Steven Denning aptly borrowed a quote from Churchill that describes where organizations are at this very moment: It is "the end of the beginning".

Connectivity has changed our view of work and workplaces, thanks to the lightning speed of information sharing and an increasing level of transparency that none of us anticipated. In terms of talent and organizations — this brings us to the edge of a great canyon, looking beyond. Whether we traverse the topography with ease, or with great stress, depends on our commitment to that new world of work. Work environments need to evolve with the times (now multi-generational), and organizations must keep pace.
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Time for a new psychological contract?

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How Much Practice is Too Much?

How Much Practice is Too Much? | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Decades of research have shown that superior performance requires practicing beyond the point of mastery. The perfect execution of a piano sonata or a tennis serve doesn’t mark the end of practice; it signals that the crucial part of the session is just getting underway.

New evidence of why this is so was provided by a study published in the Journal of Neuroscienceearlier this month. Assistant professor Alaa Ahmed and two of her colleagues in the integrative physiology department at the University of Colorado-Boulder asked study subjects to move a cursor on a screen by manipulating a robotic arm. As they did so, the researchers measured the participants’ energy expenditure by analyzing how much oxygen they inhaled and how much carbon dioxide they breathed out. When the subjects first tackled the exercise, they used up a lot of metabolic power, but this decreased as their skill improved. By the end of the learning process, the amount of effort they expended to carry out the task had declined about 20 percent from when they started.


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Keep on practicing, even after it seems the task has been learned. ~ Neuroscience study.

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This has been the argument for practicing technical skills as one becomes an artist.
Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 16, 9:44 PM

Once we think we have mastered something, the enjoyment of practice and performing continues to help develop the skill.

 

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The Neuroscience of Altruism

The Neuroscience of Altruism | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Humans’ propensity for altruism can be used for good, or it can be used for evil. The road to genocide can be paved with mirror neurons!


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In The Altruistic Brain, neurobiologist Donald Pfaff makes the case that humans are hard-wired for good. Not sure I agree, nor does the writer.

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The #1 Belief Destroying Your Career

The #1 Belief Destroying Your Career | Positive futures | Scoop.it
“It’s someone else’s fault,” draws a line in the sand and creates a me vs. you scenario. We’re on a team here. You should not position the world around you or worse your teammates at work against you.
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If you think or say “It’s not my fault,” you are hurting yourself and setting up win:lose situations. ` Brian de Haaff

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20 reminders to experience life as a process

20 reminders to experience life as a process | Positive futures | Scoop.it

"1. I'm imperfect, like everyone else, and that's OK. My self worth is not dependent on an accomplishment, number, or status.

2. Life is filled with sadness, pain, illness, death, and loss. These are universal human experiences.

3. Pain is out of my control. Self-compassion is in my control.

4. I am constantly changing; my world is constantly changing; everything I experience (physical, mental, and emotional) will come and go.

5. Being perfect is not what connects people. Vulnerability brings us closer together.

6. If I knew I only had a week to live, I should ask, "what would be important?"

7. There are no "bad" feelings; however, there are unhelpful reactions to difficult feelings. Experiencing uncomfortable feelings doesn't make something wrong with me, it makes me human.

8. Playing is not irresponsible; in fact it's the opposite. Fun is necessary for happiness.

9. The longest relationship I'll have in my life is the one with myself. Other people will come and go, but I'll be with myself from birth until death. The sooner I decide to start being kind to myself, the longer I have to live life supporting rather than undermining myself.

10. Whatever it is that I'm going through, chances are there are thousands of others going through a similar experience. We're all in this together.

11. To ask for help is not a sign of weakness; on the contrary, it's actually a sign of strength and courage

12. What's the worst that can happen? Consider that question. Then ask: "What do I need to survive that?"

13. Things come together and fall apart, and come together and fall apart again. This is what life is.

14. There are no objective truths. How I perceive myself and my world is flexible and can change.

15. Acceptance is not about liking, wanting, or condoning. Acceptance can liberate us.

16. Humans are resilient beings. I am programmed to heal.

17. We have the ability to find meaning in our suffering. Sometimes it just takes creativity.

18. What serves another person might not serve me, and vice versa.

19. Realistic expectations mitigate unnecessary pain, disappointment, and frustration, and my energy changes from moment to moment. I put 80% in everything I do, sometimes more and sometimes less.

20. I don't have to "reach my potential" but I will do my best not to sleepwalk through my life."



[By Megan Bruneau on MindBodyGreen. Original title: "Affirmations Don't Work for Me. Here Are 20 Reminders That Do". Click on the title to access the full article.] 


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