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Systems Thinking As a Spiritual Practice

Systems Thinking As a Spiritual Practice | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Systems thinking can be seen as a spiritual practice because it involves seeing connections, making positive choices, and cultivating strengths.

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The world is a system and we but mere parts, interdependent, interconnected and needing to see the big picture into which we fit as wells as the personal agenda that often seems more urgent and important.

 

A left fioeld though but a very valuable one nonetheless...

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5 Everyday Practices to Living the Good Life

5 Everyday Practices to Living the Good Life | Positive futures | Scoop.it
  While growing up I often would ask questions about things that perplexed me and my dad often answered me with, “life doesn’t come with an instruction manual.” As a kid I would just look at him still perplexed as he would go back to reading his newspaper, as a teenager I would scowl at …

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 20, 6:16 PM

The endless practice of being and becoming who we are is ongoing. I wonder what that means in teaching and learning?

 

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An 8-Year-Old Just Left Me Speechless With His Perspective On A Tragic Situation

An 8-Year-Old Just Left Me Speechless With His Perspective On A Tragic Situation | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Words can barely begin to describe what this young boy has gone through, but he's found some super deep and powerful ones to give us an idea.

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Powerful - we can be so guilty of stereotyping in such situations, this  young man gives the lie to that!

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20 Life Lessons Everyone Can Master By The Age Of 40

20 Life Lessons Everyone Can Master By The Age Of 40 | Positive futures | Scoop.it
By age 40, you've mastered these 20 life lessons! Learn how to take these lessons and continue to thrive for years.
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I'm way over 40, but these lessons are still relevant!

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How Practicing Makes Your Brain Better

How Practicing Makes Your Brain Better | Positive futures | Scoop.it
A lot of contemporary neuroscience has focused on the importance of practice when it comes to honing your talents. In general, we all understand that practice improves our ability to play the viola, hit a golf ball, prepare tasty meals, etc.

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"The more I practise, the luckier I get!" ~ Gary Player

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OPINION: Why Modern Learners Need a New Set of Skills

OPINION: Why Modern Learners Need a New Set of Skills | Positive futures | Scoop.it

"Currently, there seems to be a gap between what our schools and universities teach and the lifelong learning skills students must learn to master on their own. And yet, the need for students to master lifelong skills has never been greater."


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The skills that will serve you throughout life don't get examined formally - but they do affect, daily, your ability to deploy the ones that do!

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Schooling the World (2010) | Watch the Full Documentary Online

Schooling the World (2010) | Watch the Full Documentary Online | Positive futures | Scoop.it
66 minutes | If you wanted to change an ancient culture in a generation, how would you do it? You would change the way it educates its children.

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Give me the child...

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6 Ways Leaders Can Earn And Keep Trust

6 Ways Leaders Can Earn And Keep Trust | Positive futures | Scoop.it
You can’t control much about others, but you can take these six steps to earn the badge of “trustworthy”—at least in most people’s eyes.
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Trust, important for leaders but also a potentially huge blocker for people who aspire to be leaders.  Good advice here! #RelationshipCapital @RobPeters

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Emotional Development. Six ways to develop emotional awareness

Emotional Development. Six ways to develop emotional awareness | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Six techniques for daily emotional development (RT @DerikMocke: Emotional Intelligence: Six ways to develop emotional awareness - http://t.co/asBaoC12es #EmotionalIntelligence #EQ)...
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6 types of learners, Which one are you?

6 types of learners, Which one are you? | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Did you know there are 6 different types of learners? Determining which type of learner you are can significantly boost your chances of performing better when it comes to exam time. Familiarizing yourself with your own best practices for study is crucial for retaining information in a particular subject.

 

Above are six brief descriptions on the 6 types of learners there are, which one are you?


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What Will the Chief Executive of 2040 Look Like? - Thinkers 50

What Will the Chief Executive of 2040 Look Like? - Thinkers 50 | Positive futures | Scoop.it

By 2040 we estimate that women will represent some 30 percent of the incoming class of the top 2,500 global CEOs. And that proportion will only increase over time.

To punctuate the rise of women leaders and to help personify the challenges CEOs will encounter by the middle of this century, we have envisioned a prototypical chief executive of 2040. We call her Melissa. She was born in the 1980s or ’90s; in 2014, she is likely in graduate school or the early stages of her career.

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What might the  path to the 2040 C-suite look like?

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Three Questions that Will Change Your Life!

Three Questions that Will Change Your Life! | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Tony Robbins, American life coach, self-help author and motivational speaker has studied several successful people all around the world and he came to a conclusion that

“Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.”

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"A great question is like a master key that can open multiple doors. A question not asked is a lost opportunity." ~ @Tal Shnall

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The Power of No: 12 Things to Say “No” To Today

Adapted from the book "The Power of No: Because One Little Word Can Bring Health, Abundance, and Happiness" by James Altucher and Claudia Azula Altucher http:/…

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Who says 'no' can't be positive?

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Project: iSEL EQ for Teachers (July-Aug 2014) | EQ.org

Project: iSEL EQ for Teachers (July-Aug 2014) | EQ.org | Positive futures | Scoop.it

What is social emotional learning, why does it matter, and how can you use it?

iSEL is a free online class with “faculty” of amazing experts including Daniel Goleman, Anabel Jensen, Roger Weissberg, Mary Helen Immordino Yang, Dan Siegel and many accomplished educators and experts from around the globe.  Participants in this project will collaborate with “pods” of teachers in the course, supporting them to go further with EQ.

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Teacher? Doing enough with essential skills? Free online class here, with qa via @eqjosh of Six Seconds.  Please pass on.

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Systems Thinking and the Future of Cities

Systems Thinking and the Future of Cities | Positive futures | Scoop.it

The idea that nothing exists in isolation−but only as part of a system−has long been embedded in folklore, religious scriptures, and common sense. Yet, systems dynamics as a science has yet to transform the way we conduct the public business. This article first briefly explores the question of why advances in systems theory have failed to transform public policy. The second part describes the ways in which our understanding of systems is growing−not so much from theorizing, but from practical applications in agriculture, building design, and medical science. The third part focuses on whether and how that knowledge and systems science can be deployed to improve urban governance in the face of rapid climate destabilization so that sustainability becomes the norm, not the occasional success story.


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In Brief

The idea that nothing exists in isolation−but only as part of a system−has long been embedded in folklore, religious scriptures, and common sense. Yet, systems dynamics as a science has yet to transform the way we conduct the public business. This article first briefly explores the question of why advances in systems theory have failed to transform public policy. The second part describes the ways in which our understanding of systems is growing−not so much from theorizing, but from practical applications in agriculture, building design, and medical science. The third part focuses on whether and how that knowledge and systems science can be deployed to improve urban governance in the face of rapid climate destabilization so that sustainability becomes the norm, not the occasional success story.


Key Concepts

Reducing wholes to parts lies at the core of the scientific worldview we inherited from Galileo, Bacon, Descartes, and their modern acolytes in the sciences of economics, efficiency, and management.The decades between 1950 and 1980 were the grand era for systems theory. However despite a great deal of talk about systems, we continue to administer, organize, analyze, manage, and govern complex ecological systems as if they were a collection of isolated parts and not an indissoluble union of energy, water, soils, land, forests, biota, and air.Much of what we have learned about managing real systems began in agriculture. One of the most important lessons being that land is an evolving organism of interrelated parts soils, hydrology, biota, wildlife, plants, animals, and people.The challenge is to transition organized urban complexity built on an industrial model and designed for automobiles, sprawl, and economic growth into coherent, civil, and durable places.A systems perspective to urban governance is a lens by which we might see more clearly through the fog of change, and potentially better manage the complex cause and effect relationships between social and ecological phenomena. The application of systems offers at least six possibilities to improve urban governance.

 

A system is an interconnected set of elements that is coherently organized in a way that achieves something . . . . [it] must consist of three kinds of things: elements, interconnections, and a function or purpose.
—Donella Meadows, Thinking in Systems1

 

A system [is] (a) a set of units or elements interconnected so that changes in some elements or their relations produce changes in other parts of the system, and (b) the entire system exhibits properties and behaviors that are different from those of the parts.
—Robert Jervis, Systems Effects 2

 

One of the most important ideas in modern science is the idea of a system; and it is almost impossible to define.
—Garrett Hardin, The Cybernetics of Competition3

Tobias Beckwith's curator insight, August 16, 1:45 PM

One of the things that gives real wizards their "powers," is the ability to see the world as systems within systems within systems... and then finding the leverage points, where a small action in one part of the system might cause a very large response elsewhere...

 

This post and article discuss that whole idea in a bit more depth. I found it to be a good read.

Gary Bamford's curator insight, August 20, 2:08 AM

Non-linear futures.

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40 Maps That Explain The Internet

40 Maps That Explain The Internet | Positive futures | Scoop.it

The internet increasingly pervades our lives, delivering information to us no matter where we are. It takes a complex system of cables, servers, towers, and other infrastructure, developed over decades, to allow us to stay in touch with our friends and family so effortlessly. Here are 40 maps that will help you better understand the internet — where it came from, how it works, and how it's used by people around the world.


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Very useful information in the social era in which we live!

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Aris P. Louvris's curator insight, August 19, 6:56 AM

Το Διαδίκτυο μέσα από 40 ... χάρτες (ξεκινώντας από το 1969 με το ARPANET)


Villubicae's curator insight, August 19, 8:43 AM
Interestant OF course and for any reasons
Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, August 19, 9:38 AM

Cuarenta Mapas que explican Internet.

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The Beginner's Guide To The Internet Of Things - Edudemic

The Beginner's Guide To The Internet Of Things - Edudemic | Positive futures | Scoop.it

What does ‘the internet of things’ mean, anyway?


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It's going to affect us all, whether we like it or not...

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Fiona Harvey's curator insight, August 18, 12:10 AM
Nice info graphic and explaination
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The Future of Work – A journey to 2022

The Future of Work – A journey to 2022 | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Tremendous forces are radically reshaping the world of work as we know it. Disruptive innovations are creating new industries and business models and destroying old ones. New technologies, data analytics and social networks are having a huge impact on how we communicate, collaborate and work. Many of the roles and job titles of tomorrow will be ones we’ve not even thought of yet.

This report takes you on a journey to 2022 and explores how the changing business landscape will impact your people management strategy. What path will you take?

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What will the future of work look like for businesses, workforces and HR? How will you make sure you are not swept along into 2022?

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The Countries Where Youth Are Doing The Best And The Worst

The Countries Where Youth Are Doing The Best And The Worst | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Which countries are the best for people under 25--who now make up half the world's population?

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You can either see this as places to move to or challenges to solve where you live!

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The Classroom of the Future

Keynote for the Bucks Lehigh Edu Summit in Bucks County, PA. August 12, 2014
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Very interesting!

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Cool It With Cunning – It’s Emotional Intelligence That Drives Good Leaders

Cool It With Cunning – It’s Emotional Intelligence That Drives Good Leaders | Positive futures | Scoop.it
I used to work with a woman I am honest-to-God convinced is evil. I know that some people are uncomfortable with words like “good,” “bad,” “wrong,” and “evil,” but this … (Miss this?
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How to get motivated, according to science

How to get motivated, according to science | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Research says to stop being so rational. Get those emotions going instead.

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Self motivation - now you know..!

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donhornsby's curator insight, July 17, 9:09 PM

(From the article)" Surround yourself with people you want to be and it's far less taxing to do what you should be doing.


In his excellent book The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, Charles Duhigg says: "When people join groups where change seems possible, the potential for that change to occur becomes more real."

The Longevity Project, which studied over 1000 people from youth to death had this to say:

The groups you associate with often determine the type of person you become. For people who want improved health, association with other healthy people is usually the strongest and most direct path of change. [The Longevity Project]

And the research on friendship confirms this. From my interview with Carlin Flora, author ofFriendfluence:

Research shows over time, you develop the eating habits, health habits, and even career aspirations of those around you. If you're in a group of people who have really high goals for themselves you'll take on that same sense of seriousness.

Gloria Miele, Ph.D.'s curator insight, July 18, 10:58 AM

Get excited!! 

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Must Read Report: The Internet’s Latest Disruption – #Knowledge

Must Read Report: The Internet’s Latest Disruption – #Knowledge | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Know or die: risk and opportunity of Knowledge 2.0


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Required reading for those interested in making a better world for self and others!

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, July 19, 3:47 PM

Scoop.it co-founder Marc Rougier shares the company's research report and his valuable insight into the risks and opportunities of Knowledge 2.0 for organizations.


The implications are particularly important for internal communications and employee engagement. Recommended reading 9/10

Jordi Carrió Jamilà's curator insight, July 20, 2:34 AM

Conocer o morir: riesgos y oportunidades del Conocimiento 2.0

Margaret Driscoll, Learning Organization Librarian's curator insight, July 22, 11:08 AM
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"Content curation is about sharing knowledge. By carefully selecting the right content and placing it in the right context, content curators transform information into knowledge. 

 

@Marc Rougier's post comes back on the results of our extensive survey on the status of knowledge sharing in the enterprise which measured how knowledge became a strategic asset for the enterprise - yet one that is largely underserved in terms of tools or platforms to manage its dissemination properly. 


"While there is consensus on the importance of sharing knowledge within organizations, current systems have not adapted to third-party content."


Here's how you can prepare your company to Knowledge 2.0."

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Young Professionals: Six Keys to Building Your Career

Young Professionals:  Six Keys to Building Your Career | Positive futures | Scoop.it

This week two new studies (one by The Economist and one by Quantum Workplace) highlight how rapidly young professionals' view of their careers have changed. While startups continue to be exciting and people desperately want to work for pre-IPO companies, research shows that most Millennials (under the age of 30) are starting to really mature in their career thinking.  


Josh Bersin offers 6 keys to a great career.

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People in their 20s rate "professional development" as their #1 issue in selecting a great place to work ~ Quantum Workplace research

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A Comprehensive Checklist of The 21st Century Learning and Work Skills

A Comprehensive Checklist of The 21st Century Learning and Work Skills | Positive futures | Scoop.it

A Comprehensive Checklist of The 21st Century Learning and Work Skills.





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Useful 21C skills dictionary, even tho' it needs refinement and context to be fully useful.

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Alfredo Corell's curator insight, July 18, 4:57 AM

The University of Toledo have developed this exhaustive checklist about skills of our century (some importants like digital citizienship are also missing)


Have a look and also in this link and also finde some explanations about 9 selected skills

Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, July 19, 9:14 AM

¿Le habrán echado una mirada en el MED (MINEDU) a ésto ...? Si no, es el momento.

Philippe-Didier Gauthier's curator insight, July 20, 12:55 AM

#Compétences pour le XXIe siècle.  Très exhaustif, mais peu contestable. Le nouveau référentiel sur les compétences de base est toute même plus simple et facile à appréhender. Sans doute faudra -t il passer un jour des compétences à des concepts plus évolués de  "conscience" ...

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Understanding Global Millennials: Summary of Findings from Expanded Global Study

Learn more about how this impacts marketing at www.sdl.com/five-truths Millennials are an interesting generation, and with a buying power in the trillions, it… (RT @Bob_Thompson: Understanding Global Millennials: Summary of Findings from Expanded ...


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