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Compassion

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Compassion: Is a vivid portrayal of compassionate person at just the right time. This is a very important piece to the gallery, because of it's nature and beauty so we are offering only 20 8x10 prints for 50.00, unframed. *shipping unavailable.  The story behind this picture comes from a heart of one of the most compassionate men I have ever known. Who takes in the homeless off the street, gives them a meal, or a shirt, or a coat, or maybe a place to sleep for a night or two; whose dream is to completely elimimiate homelessness in America.


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Just a lovely picture on a reall important topic for the future!

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Forget The “To-Do” List, You Need A ‘Stop Doing’ List

Forget The “To-Do” List, You Need A ‘Stop Doing’ List | Positive futures | Scoop.it
If you were given a few years to live, how would your life change? More importantly, what would you stop doing? (What do you need to *stop* doing?

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If we can't alter 24 hours in every day, we need to stop doing some stuff to make more time for important stuff!

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 11, 9:28 AM

I prefer a to be list. Who am I becoming today? That seems like a very important question.

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Be The Leader You Wish To Follow

Be The Leader You Wish To Follow | Positive futures | Scoop.it
There is nothing more valuable to a leader than to enjoy the trust of those she leads.When our employees trust us, they will do great things to achieve the goals we set with them.
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4 Steps to Shift From I Can't to I Did

4 Steps to Shift From I Can't to I Did | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Recent studies show that before we’re 17 we’re told “we can’t” 150,000 times. We’re told “we can” only 5,000 times. That’s 30:1 programming in favor of the negative. That explains why we limit our lives, our beliefs about ourselves, our goals and our human race. We weren’t born to have the fear and limitations we carry with us. We were born to believe in our potential.

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"What would you do, what could you do if you knew you were limitless?" ~ @RebelBrown

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Ivan Peter Otim's curator insight, July 9, 11:32 AM

This is a nice one!

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The Science and Psychology of Twitter: Why We Follow, Favorite and Share

The Science and Psychology of Twitter: Why We Follow, Favorite and Share | Positive futures | Scoop.it

When I choose someone new to follow, when I compose a new tweet, when I share and favorite an update, I seldom think about the why. My following sessions would probably seem haphazard to an outsider, and my favoriting technique comes and goes from one strategy to another.


Even so, the way I use Twitter is far less random than I thought. There is science and psychology behind the way we all tweet.


Researchers have discovered trends in the way that we perform every major action on Twitter—favoriting, updating, sharing, and following. And there's even an interesting bit of psychology behind what makes Twitter so attractive in the first place.


Here's a look at the psychology of Twitter: what makes us follow, favorite, share and keep coming back for more....


Via Jeff Domansky, Jocelyn Stoller, Kenneth Mikkelsen, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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From the article:

What spurs us to follow someone on Twitter? Researchers at Georgia Tech and Michigan combined to study the factors involved in following.

 

The factors they came up with boiled down to three categories: social behaviors, message content, and social network structure. Here are the individual factors for each, starting with social behaviors:

Tweet volumeBurstiness – tweets per hourInteractions – replies, mentions, and favoritesBroadcast communication – the ratio of tweets with no @-mentionTrustworthiness of the profile – How well is the bio filled out? Is there a URL in the profile? Is there a location listed?

 

The individual factors for message content:

Positive/negative sentimentInformational content – ratio of tweets containing either a URL, RT, MT, HT, or “via”Meformer content – ratio of tweets containing self-referencing pronouns like “I,” “me,” “we,” and “us”Topic focusRetweets – how often your content gets retweetedHashtag usageTReDIX – Tweet Reading Difficulty Index (based on the frequency of real English words longer than 6 letters)

 

The individual factors in social network structure:

Reciprocity – The number of people you follow who also follow youAttention-status ratio – Total followers compared to total followingNetwork overlap – How similar are the people you follow to those a follower follows

 

Does any of this resonate with how you choose who to follow?

 

#socmed

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Tweet shrink

Gonzalo Moreno's curator insight, July 10, 3:38 AM

Eternas preguntas del marketing y todas las ciencias humanas: por qué "megusta" en FB,  por qué "seguir" en Twitter, por qué "conectar" en LinkedIn... ¿¡Por qué "comprar" en el supermercado!?

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The Future Of Work Through The Eyes Of A Millennial

The Future Of Work Through The Eyes Of A Millennial | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Technology and social connectivity play a major role in the everyday lifestyle of millennials. What does this mean for them in today's workforce?
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Our Dire EQ Gap

Our Dire EQ Gap | Positive futures | Scoop.it

The news media regularly reports on yet another famous individual caught out in inappropriate, injudicious behavior. This includes leaders in industry and government as well as ‘stars’ in entertainment and sports. These individuals, despite their brilliance, talent, wealth and power, are shown to have feet of clay. This metaphor is from the Book of Daniel, written over 2000 years ago. Clearly we’ve known about our self-destructive capacity for a very long time. These dramatic instances of poor behaviour are both fodder for tabloids and for great enduring literature. Today we ascribe this self-defeating behaviour as a lack of social and emotional intelligence.

 

EQ, also known as Emotional Intelligence, has four broad dimensions – self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management. It’s a natural complement to Cognitive Intelligence, or IQ (Intellectual Quotient). Like IQ, EQ is also needed at all life stages. EQ has four broad dimensions – self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management.

 

Our collective “EQ Gap” plays out in our own lives at school, work, and the community. While it usually doesn’t become a news story, the consequences are just as dramatic and destructive….


Via HBEsbin, Frank J. Klein, Shonda Brisco, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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Say No Without Burning Bridges

Say No Without Burning Bridges | Positive futures | Scoop.it

A neutral no is steady, uninflected, and clear. It is mostly notable for what it is not: harsh, combative, apologetic, reluctant, or overly nice.


Saying no neutrally doesn’t necessarily come naturally. To get better at it, practice ahead of time with someone who will push back. Eventually, it’ll become easier to say yes to saying no – without destroying important relationships.

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10 Words People Who Are Not Confident Always Use

10 Words People Who Are Not Confident Always Use | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Listen to your habitual self-talk for these self-defeating words of people who are not confident. Then, simply turn the words around to become an optimist.

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Reverse that tape that plays in your head, but listen to it carefully first for keywords to reframe! Here are some hints...

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The Evolutionary Biology of Altruism

The Evolutionary Biology of Altruism | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Compassion, cooperation, and community are key to our survival.

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Learning with Joy & Imagination: LEGO-Ashoka Challenge

Learning with Joy & Imagination: LEGO-Ashoka Challenge | Positive futures | Scoop.it

In a recent keynote, Anabel Jensen, Six Seconds’ President, asked participants to imagine Rip Van Winkle — what if he fell asleep in 1914 and awakened in 2014.  The world would seem dramatically different… until he walked into a classroom.  There he’d most likely see children sitting quietly in rows, directed by the teacher, preparing for a test.  In today’s world, is that still the right model?

In the face of critical and complex challenges, we believe that children and young people need to better develop creativity, imaginative problem-solving, teamwork, empathy, and inspiration so they can step into leadership roles in pursuit of purpose.  Here’s an amazing project to fuel this kind of joyful+powerful learning: The LEGO/Ashoka Play2Learn challenge.

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Imagination and play are central to innovation, #play to learn, via @eqjosh.

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The best marketing insight I've received in the past 5 years!

The best marketing insight I've received in the past 5 years! | Positive futures | Scoop.it
It is simple yet profound and the best marketing advice I have received in years


Ultimately people will buy from who they know, who they trust. That isn’t going to come from the best backlinks or the most optimized content. I think the most human content and the most human companies will win in this competitive world. 

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"Will the most human companies win? Will the most human blogs win? Will the most human humans win? I think so. I think that is really the killer app for an era of Content Shock. " ~ Mark Schaefer

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Eight Must-Have Competencies for Future Leaders

Eight Must-Have Competencies for Future Leaders | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Leaders tomorrow will succeed with a different skill set than that of today’s best. Smart leaders will spot the mid-career folks with greatest potential to become those outstanding future executives.

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donhornsby's curator insight, July 2, 6:42 AM

(From the article): But those are not enough. While leaders tomorrow will need these capacities to adapt to a turbulent world, the fundamentals of leadership will not change. The reason: leadership relies on mobilizing human skills. Always has. Always will.

Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, July 2, 5:55 PM

You can easily translate this corporate advice to the realm of education. 

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Freedom Is Something YOU Make | The Story of Telling

Freedom Is Something YOU Make | The Story of Telling | Positive futures | Scoop.it
You decide what kind of company you want to build, how you want to lead and what legacy you want to leave. And then you create it—actively and intentionally.
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Don't wait for permission to live the life you want!

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Don't Sideline Your Personal Goals

Don't Sideline Your Personal Goals | Positive futures | Scoop.it

To feel successful in the workplace, it is critical to consider what we personally hope to learn or achieve. Yet, after we settle into a role, we barely broach the topic. 

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Never too late to identify targets and evaluate progress, says Maria Gottschalk.

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5 Things Happen When You Show Up - KSMLifeCoaching

5 Things Happen When You Show Up - KSMLifeCoaching | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Whether you're the leader of an organization or the leader of a home, when you show up, it's a game changer. Show up to show someone they're important, show up
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Great advice from Kaylene Mathews on how you can make friends an influence people!

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What we learn before we're born

What we learn before we're born | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Pop quiz: When does learning begin? Answer: Before we are born. Science writer Annie Murphy Paul talks through new research that shows how much we learn in the womb -- from the lilt of our native language to our soon-to-be-favorite foods.

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Learning is hard-wired into us from conception.

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The Future Is about People

The Future Is about People | Positive futures | Scoop.it

We are in the midst of a complex, rapidly changing and uncertain landscape where we must consider how society, the economy, and the environment will collide in unexpected ways to shape the future.


Ultimately, the future will differ greatly from today with shifts in society, advancements in technology, and the creation of new forms of government. The one thing that will remain the same is the central role of people in defining the landscape of the future. Whether it is through enabling exploration through a mindset of abundance, enhancing robotics for interpersonal relationships, or connecting virtual and physical worlds for better sense making, any useful vision of the future must be human centric.



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Future uncertain, but people will define it!

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, July 7, 8:39 PM

A fine white paper from The Futurist in advance of the author's session at WorldFuture 2014.

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Mindfulness is a Whole Body Experience ~Reprise

Mindfulness is a Whole Body Experience ~Reprise | Positive futures | Scoop.it

You Can’t Control Your Emotions 

Some may bristle at this statement. Isn’t that what emotional intelligence is all about? True, one of the bedrock emotional competencies is emotional self-management, but it’s important to make the distinction between management and control.  You can, however, learn to be with your emotions, living in more peaceful co-existence with them. You can learn to be less reactive to emotions (mentally and behavioral). You can learn to transmute your emotions by releasing them.  And most important, you can learn to extract the value of the message your emotions send you, if you practice becoming more mindful of them.

David Hain's insight:

“Emotions like grief, fear and despair are as much a part of the human condition as love, awe and joy. Each of these emotions is purposeful and useful-if we know how to listen to them.”     Miriam Greenspan  , via @intentionalcomm

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7 Reasons For Social Innovation Optimism

7 Reasons For Social Innovation Optimism | Positive futures | Scoop.it
The ability of organizations to create real impact--through things like data, smarter growth, and empowering of constituents--is growing every day.

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These 5 Books Predict The Future Of Workplace Leadership | Lead from the Heart

These 5 Books Predict The Future Of Workplace Leadership | Lead from the Heart | Positive futures | Scoop.it

As these 5 paradigm-breaking books clearly illustrate, the best way to inspiring and motivating the highest levels of engagement in 21C workers is through their hearts.

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Some leadership reading suggestions.

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Musings of a (New) Education Insurgent | I hereby declare myself an education rebel

Musings of a (New) Education Insurgent | I hereby declare myself an education rebel | Positive futures | Scoop.it
SHIFT PARADIGM | by Mark E. Weston The system of schooling to which I have dedicated my life seems incapable of educating all students to high levels of learning


Taking those lessons to heart, I hereby declare myself an education rebel who will no longer work to save the educational system for which I’ve long toiled.


Further, I vow to work to create, nurture, and give voice to an educational alternative that employs proven educational practices—real and individualized differentiated instruction, real and serious engagement of parents, ubiquitous access to information for all, and consistent and relevant feedback about performance—that will produce aptitude-defying-levels of learning among all students. I will work for new paradigm schools and technological tools.


I make this declaration knowing full well that being a rebel will be lots of work because lots of vested interests will work just as hard to maintain the dysfunctional status quo.


Join me in this space for regular updates about the education revolution. Your comments, suggestions, feedback and constructive criticism are welcome!




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Gust MEES's curator insight, July 4, 3:21 AM

I will work for new paradigm schools and technological tools. I make this declaration knowing full well that being a rebel will be lots of work because lots of vested interests will work just as hard to maintain the dysfunctional status quo. Join me in this space for regular updates about the education revolution. Your comments, suggestions, feedback and constructive criticism are welcome!


Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 4, 9:53 AM

We should not work to save a School system which is always in need of repair and reconstructing. We should work in reconstructing rather than reorganizing deck chairs on a sinking ship.

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Teach the Key Ingredients for Leadership Success

Teach the Key Ingredients for Leadership Success | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Claudio Fernández-Aráoz, a world expert on hiring, did a study of C-level leaders who were fired. The conclusion: they were hired for their intelligence and business expertise, but fired for weakness in emotional intelligence – usually the social variety.


When I looked at competence studies done by companies to identify the skill sets of their outstanding performers – what sets top leaders apart from average – the vast majority fell in the emotional intelligence category.


With a fresh crop of college grads heading into a tight job market, I wish they had had help in developing their emotional intelligence skills during their studies. But with a very few exceptions colleges ignore this crucial skill set for success. Students acquire these abilities on their own time, and rather randomly, depending on happenstance.


Via Anne Leong, Wise Leader™, Roger Francis
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With such a focus today on teaching for exams, maybe we need an exam in leadership to get this kind of learning embedded?

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Tom Hood's curator insight, July 4, 5:54 AM

Having just finished our fifth class of Leadership Academy for our emerging CPA leaders, this article resonated  with me. While the notion of EQ as a critical leadership quality is on point, I think it must be in the context of how leadership is changing in this hyper-connected, rapidly changing world. When we asked our emerging leaders to compare and contrast leadership across the ages, they identified the common traits we all know - vision, communication, passion, and authority. Yet when looking at the current state, they added words like collaborative, transparent, more communication,.

 

These skills include the ability to engage and inspire followers to a shared vision and action. The other critical piece is to 'know themselves' in a way they can be that authentic leader with their own unique style rather than trying to fit some standard leadership model that forces them to change. We do this with Strengths-Finders and Values to help them become self-aware.

 

Thus I see the idea of EQ to include specific group dynamics, collaboration, listening, and making your thinking visible to others. These skills can be taught and developed and we are seeing emerging leaders  able to apply these as they grow into the kind of future leaders we will need.

Robin Martin's curator insight, July 4, 10:51 AM

Absolutely...however, students need to have the "grit'" and tenacity to survive as well as to thrive in this world. Some, if not most, of us Boomers learned this during our lifetimes, most likely the "hard way," so to speak.

 

Just being able to focus in the digital world for younger people (mainly younger children) has to be a challenge in itself! While the digital age is perfect for them to learn as quickly as their brains are moving, somewhere there has to be a delicate "balance" to keep them grounded. 

 

Yes, we do need to align the skill sets needed to survive and become great leaders with what we're teaching young children. I predict an education overhaul in the very near future! 

Marisol Araya Fonseca's curator insight, July 5, 9:28 AM

Bring the real life to the classroom to shorten the gab between the classroom and their future lives outside the classroom.

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Learning to lead: Lloyds' Sarah Hardman on ditching managing for leading #NxtGen

Learning to lead: Lloyds' Sarah Hardman on ditching managing for leading #NxtGen | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Learning to lead: Lloyds' Sarah Hardman on ditching managing for leading #NxtGen, Marketing reveals its list of 10 Nxt Gen marketers. Here, Lloyd's Baking Group's Sarah Hardman and her mentor discuss how she is scrapping management and learning to lead. | Marketing Magazine
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Basic Smartphones Now Cheap Enough to Replace Feature Phones Worldwide

Basic Smartphones Now Cheap Enough to Replace Feature Phones Worldwide | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Earlier this year, Mozilla announced their project to build and sell a $25 smartphone. The firm, maker of the Firefox web browser and mobile

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Major opportunity to collaborate facilitated by lower technology prices.

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The Future of the Workplace

The Future of the Workplace | Positive futures | Scoop.it

MIT professor Thomas Malone riffs on the future of the workplace. It’s an interesting take. Here are a few highlights: 

 

We’ll see an increase in human freedom in organizations, changing the way businesses are run. This is fueled, impart, by new technologies.
 With new technologies driving down the cost of communications, decision making will become more decentralized due to the ease and access to large amounts of information
 Newer organizational structures will emerge


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The future of organisations is up for grabs and here are some of the trends that will shape it.

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