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How poverty influences a child's brain development

How poverty influences a child's brain development | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Science is figuring out exactly how the damage is done and what steps can be taken to halt and then heal it

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Reminded me of stories of the Romanian orphans from years ago and the power of a hug.

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Deborah McNelis's curator insight, January 28, 2013 2:36 PM

This is so important to so many aspects of our society! ~ As I continue to say, "We ALL benefit when ALL children have well developed brains!"

Audrey's comment, January 29, 2013 2:20 AM
There is is the possibility that poverty may prevent the stimulation needed for children to develop their curiosity which leads to learning. Poverty could be confining in terms of not sufficient nutrients in order to help develop the neural network. Also poverty seems to isolate children from social interactions which is critical for development; audrey@homeschoolsource.co.uk.
Mercor's curator insight, February 12, 2013 9:23 AM

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The post-job economy | Harold Jarche

The post-job economy | Harold Jarche | Positive futures | Scoop.it

"Many MOOC’s are based on an educational model that has a curriculum from a body of knowledge that, so the logic goes, when mastered will prepare someone for meaningful work. Improving one’s education to get a job is often a primary motivator for participation. It’s the way the system has worked for decades. The “job” was the way we redistributed wealth, making capitalists pay for the means of production and in return creating a middle class that could pay for mass produced goods. That period is almost over. America has hit peak jobs TechCrunch informs us. The New York Times calls it  the rise of the permanent temp economy. The recession, combined with technology, is killing middle class jobs, reports the Associated Press.

 

"We will not find a rebalance between jobs and people having them."


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 26, 2013 4:26 PM

Jon Kabat-Zinn recently said humans need a Job. This is similar to the thinking of Thomas Merton and Parker Palmer. Meaningful work gives meaning to life, makes us complete, and is a calling or vocation. It is not doing someone else's work. The latter is oppressive and demeaning. Victor Frankl proposed life has transcendant elements and our calling should do that.

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, February 26, 2013 5:20 PM

Detroit may easily be a harbinger of what's to come.  An economy of independents may be the new class.  The middle class may go away with the Model-T big auto company ideals that came with it. ~  D

Brent MacKinnon's curator insight, August 23, 5:45 AM

These posts are the foundation for creating new approaches and strategies for working/preparing youth for the post job economy.

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Watch "The Journey to Predict the Future: Dr Kira Radinsky at TEDxHiriya" Video at TEDxTalks

Watch "The Journey to Predict the Future: Dr Kira Radinsky at TEDxHiriya" Video at TEDxTalks | Positive futures | Scoop.it

@KiraRadinskyIn the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TED...


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The Neuroscience of Fairness and Injustice

The Neuroscience of Fairness and Injustice | Positive futures | Scoop.it

How Our Brains Are Wired to Resist Unfair Treatment


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Melanie Greenberg's curator insight, August 22, 9:35 PM

Why fair treatment makes our brains happy and unfair treatment disgusts us.

Melanie Greenberg's curator insight, August 22, 9:36 PM

How our brains work to warn us about unfair treatment.

Melanie Greenberg's curator insight, August 22, 9:37 PM

We are wired to like fair treatment and dislike exploitation.

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Comforting letters to unknown recipients spread in Finland

Comforting letters to unknown recipients spread in Finland | Positive futures | Scoop.it
The Letter for a Stranger campaign, begun in Helsinki last spring, will be on display during the Helsinki Festival at the KoeHelsinki Trash Pavilion. The anonymous letters are meant to comfort people experiencing stress, depression or loneliness.

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Interesting experiment in paying it forward!

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, August 21, 10:32 PM

Just like 'Pay It Forward', the 'Letter to Stranger ' looks like a cool application of positive psychology principles to bring about needed changes in people's attitude and feelings of connectedness.

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What Kids' Drawings Say About Their Intelligence

What Kids' Drawings Say About Their Intelligence | Positive futures | Scoop.it
The number of features a child draws into their sketch of a person may say a little something about their intelligence

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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, 3:16 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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How technology can enhance government performance by strengthening efforts to reduce corruption and bureaucracy and enhance political representation, service delivery, trust, leadership, security a...


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Top 10 USA Business Future Trends 2015

How will the waves of the future impact your business?



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What a Peruvian School Designed by IDEO Looks Like (EdSurge News)

What a Peruvian School Designed by IDEO Looks Like (EdSurge News) | Positive futures | Scoop.it

by Christina Quattrocchi


"Innova Schools aspires to be more than just an example of how first world ideas about blended learning and design thinking can be adapted in a developing country. It is trying to transform its country by closing the academic achievement gap, building Peru’s next generation of leaders, and making a profit while doing so."


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The school of the future?

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Antonia Rudenstine's curator insight, August 23, 10:20 AM

Nice to see a new school model from IDEO.

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The Personal Brand in Driving Success

The Personal Brand in Driving Success | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Defining your proposition and message, and living up to it, will contribute powerfully to your career progression. And when you get to the top, don’t think you need to change your approach.  Brands exist in the hearts and minds of the people who use them, and if you suddenly try to change them, you alienate the customer, which doesn’t do you an awful lot of good.


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Nice model of the personal brand we all have (whether we like it or not) - make it intentional!

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Six Channels of Influence: How to Navigate Them Effectively

Six Channels of Influence: How to Navigate Them Effectively | Positive futures | Scoop.it

The question is how do we discern what different patterns of influence are in an organization to better prepare ourselves to negotiate and make an impact? In their recent book The Art of Woo* authors G. Richard Shell and Mario Moussa state there are 6 Channels of Influence in any organization.


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To get on in organisations, you need to navigate the political channels, whether you like it or not.  Don't diss it as beneath you, but do it honourably. #RelationshipCapital, @Rob Peters

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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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Erika Harrison's curator insight, August 15, 4:49 PM

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, 10:45 AM

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 19, 11:08 PM

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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Edgar Mata's curator insight, August 21, 8:50 PM

Here are 40 maps that will help you better understand the internet

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, August 22, 10:00 AM
Here's why the Internet works, "... because open standards allow every network to connect to every other network.  (So far...)   This is what makes it possible for anyone to create content, offer services, and sell products without requiring permission from a central authority.

It levels the playing field for everyone and it’s the reason why we have a rich diversity of applications and services that many of us enjoy today.

Source:  Internetsociety.org    ~  D 

Well Connected Mom's curator insight, August 22, 5:04 PM

Curious how the Internet started?  These maps of servers show the progression.

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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 17, 9:10 PM
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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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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