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If students designed their own schools...

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"The best small town in America experiments with self-directed learning at its public high school. A group of students gets to create their own school-within-a-school and they learn only what they want to learn. Does it work? Charles Tsai finds out by spending a week with the Independent Project."


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12 Things That Successful Leaders Never Tolerate

12 Things That Successful Leaders Never Tolerate | Positive futures | Scoop.it
By and large, tolerance is a good trait. The differences we encounter enrich our lives and organizations. But to attain a successful life and meaningful leadership, we must refuse to tolerate the things that deplete, and ultimately destroy, us.

Via Anne Leong, Roy Sheneman, PhD, Roger Francis
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Fair list. I'd add 'hypocrisy', especially from self!

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Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, April 17, 1:04 PM

Interesting list to consider...nice.

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Three Worlds for the Future of Work

Three Worlds for the Future of Work | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Recently PwC released a 30 page report called "The Future of Work - A Journey to 2022," which is actually quite fascinating. In fact, I did a podcast with Toni Cusumano who helped create the report....
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So what's your favourite colour - green, blue or orange? It's quite important, apparently!

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Jaro Berce's curator insight, April 17, 7:41 AM

I agree too that Blue and Orange should prevail ...

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5 Clues It's Time To Leave Your Company

5 Clues It's Time To Leave Your Company | Positive futures | Scoop.it

The idea that one employee will remain at a business for a large chunk of their life is archaic. According to Forbes, most individuals remain at a work place for an average of 4.4 years before seeking employment elsewhere. Even if you’re only a couple of years in, and generally satisfied, chances are you might have a job change on the horizon.

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Careers these days are gigs.  Monitor the signals that it might be time to go on tour!

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Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, April 3, 8:50 AM

Theoretically we more or less knowing this already... about the others... us, that's another thing... it's a new culture/mindset which is just around us and should/will win over... better to be used to it...

 

It's a fact that we will have averagely 8 to 10 (or more) posts,  jobs, something to earn money. in our working life-time... how to prepare ourselves, our kids for that? That is the question...

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Six Characteristics Define 21st Century Leadership

Six Characteristics Define 21st Century Leadership | Positive futures | Scoop.it
As President for the Americas and European Union Region, Odilon Almeida is responsible for Western Union’s business across 98 countries, encompassing all the companies’ products and services in three macro regions: North America, Latin America and Caribbean and the European Union. Like many who have found success in leadership positions, he embodies the six characteristics that define what it means to be a 21st century leader.
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Good article on 21C #leadership attitude. 

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16 Ways Your Brain Is Sabotaging Your Effort To Learn

16 Ways Your Brain Is Sabotaging Your Effort To Learn | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Our own brains regularly deceive us in order to make sense of the world we live in. Most of the time, it’s nothing more than an innocent effort to save face. Our brain will tell us we’re smarter and better looking than everyone else, and that any fault brought to our attention should probably be blamed on someone else. It will advocate for our convictions, pointing out any evidence that supports them and politely ignoring any that doesn’t. And it will even spare us from the mental strain of thinking beyond the stereotypes it has so conveniently crafted for us. The human brain is our best friend, and our worst enemy, and unless we keep one eye peeled, it can hijack our learning completely.



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Understand your brain (and others) to develop real leverage in 21C jobs.

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, February 12, 11:51 PM

In this article Saga Briggs examines some of the “traps” the brain sets for us during the course of our careers, and what we can do to avoid them. Psychologists have already done the hard work of realising there’s any hijacking going on at all; what’s left for us to do is pay attention. 



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7 Ways Meditation Can Actually Change The Brain

7 Ways Meditation Can Actually Change The Brain | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Science is showing that meditation is very deserving of its newfound fame.

Via Nicole S. Bakhazi, Lynnette Van Dyke, Luciana Viter
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It may be the coolest fad on the block, but this really has sustainability!

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Pacific Cove's curator insight, February 14, 9:21 PM

...mindfulness meditation decreases activity in the default mode network (DMN), the brain network responsible for mind-wandering and self-referential thoughts – a.k.a., “monkey mind.”  #Seniors #SeniorCare #HealthCare #Caregiving #Caregivers

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Fast Forward 2030

Fast Forward 2030 | Positive futures | Scoop.it

The ideas, trends, and behaviors that will shape work and workplace in 2030 are already perceptible today. Some are clearly evident whilst others are emerging quietly around us. In this study, 220 experts, business leaders and young people from Asia, Europe, and North America shared their views on how these trends will impact business, evolve work practices and continue to revolutionize how, when, and where work happens. 

In 2030, the many places where we work and live will be diverse and entwined: humanity, creativity, culture, and community will be integral. The research demonstrates that significant changes are happening – across the world. Not only is business changing, but people are reflecting on the very meaning of work in their lives and how to be a part of vibrant virtual and physical communities that bring joy and high quality of experience to their lives.


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2030 sounds good! Trends predicted here.

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, January 29, 10:59 AM

Are you ready? At 68 years old some consider me over the hill and out of touch but I totally agree with this assessment of the future workplace. I embrace these changes coming and recommend that you reflect on them. Yes, there will be deviations but many of these have already started. Would love to discuss them with you if you have any doubts.

Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, January 29, 6:06 PM

In 2030, the many places where we work and live will be diverse and entwined: humanity, creativity, culture, and community will be integral. The research demonstrates that significant changes are happening – across the world. Not only is business changing, but people are reflecting on the very meaning of work in their lives and how to be a part of vibrant virtual and physical communities that bring joy and high quality of experience to their lives.

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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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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, January 29, 6:12 PM

In this collection, leading thinkers in fields from art to transportation offer their vision for what the decades ahead will look like.


  • Christopher Nolan, director of "Dark Knight" and "Inception," shares why he thinks movie theaters will survive
  • Lawrence Summers, former Treasury secretary, discusses the future challenges facing job creation
  • Alice Waters, renowned chef and author, outlines her vision for the future of food
  • Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and founder of Facebook, discusses bringing the internet to everyone globally
  • Linda Fried, Columbia dean and professor, shares her vision for the future of retirement in the U.S.
  • Taylor Swift, singer and songwriter, discusses the future of the music industry 


Download of the publication requires a WSJ+ membership from The Wall Street Journal


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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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Dorote Lucci's curator insight, February 5, 1:06 PM

Rewiring the brain to change the way we relate to the world and ourselves explained in terms of interpersonal neurobiology.

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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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10 Ways to be a Mature Leader Even if  You’re Young

10 Ways to be a Mature Leader Even if  You’re Young | Positive futures | Scoop.it

I just got home from a conversation about maturity with some really smart college students. This post is inspired by our conversation. 10 expressions of immaturity.

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Maturity and age are very different concepts!

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Developing the Conviction to Do Meaningful Work

Developing the Conviction to Do Meaningful Work | Positive futures | Scoop.it

The common denominator of those who “do something” is conviction borne of a higher purpose that fuels the courage necessary to act. ~ Susan Cramm, for Strategy & Business

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How happy are you with your story?  You can rewrite it!

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A Journey Toward Peace - Hoda Maalouf

A Journey Toward Peace - Hoda Maalouf | Positive futures | Scoop.it
"We simply want to live, to live freely and in dignity!"


How many times have I repeated this sentence? Countless times! I do so whenever violence erupts in my country and elsewhere.


While peace is a widely used theme by some people to celebrate joy and freedom, it is considered by others as a dream or a mirage. Peace for them is an unreachable and impossible dream.


When I decided to concentrate on the topic of peace, it was natural for me to choose Leo Tolstoy's quotes as he lavishly covered this topic in his writing. And, when thinking about love and freedom, Henri Matisse ranks as my first choice as an artist. So it seems appropriate to combine a series of quotes by Tolstoy with some of Matisse’s artworks.


Please ponder and enjoy them.

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Powerful combination of genius in pant and prose, curated beautifully by @Hoda Maalouf

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The Science Behind How Boredom Benefits Creative Thought

The Science Behind How Boredom Benefits Creative Thought | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Recent studies show that a little boredom in your day opens up the potential for more creative thinking.

Via Anne Leong
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Interesting angle on being bored - it could help you be more  creative!

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Lim Jia Yi's curator insight, February 14, 9:34 AM

When we have nothing to do, we always complain that we are bored. We only think about the negative side of being bored. However, we never ever realise that being bored actually helps us. For example, based on the article, being bored improves our creativity. I think it is important to have creativity because it can enable us to do things more successfully. If you are wondering how can creativity help us in our academics, i can assure that it will definitely help. Because if we are creative, we will definitely be able to have different studying methods which may help us improve. So if you are afraid that when u daydream, you are wasting time, why not look at the good side of things? And that is that if we are daydreaming, we will be able to boost creativity level! 

 

I think the bigger picture of this article is that we need to learn to look at both sides. The negative and positive side. Daydreaming and feeling bored might be a negative thought for you but in fact it actually can help you in one way or another. So if you are feeling down, or you are passing through many different obstacles that made you really depress, you should stop looking at the bad side of things but instead the good side of things that will actually make you happy and encouraging! 

 

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9 Things You Need To Stop Doing If You Want To Be Successful

9 Things You Need To Stop Doing If You Want To Be Successful | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Earl Nightingale, American motivational speaker, once said, "We become what we think about." Having the right mindset is a key to becoming successful.

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, February 12, 11:21 AM

Good list of items that we can all learn from, if we take the time and invest in ourselves.

Christhild HORRENBERGER's curator insight, February 13, 5:21 PM

What really matters...if you want to be sucessfull !

Don Sturgill's curator insight, February 16, 10:15 AM

Food for thought by Emina Dedic (@thelibertybeast).

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The Three Breakthroughs That Have Finally Unleashed AI on the World | WIRED

The Three Breakthroughs That Have Finally Unleashed AI on the World | WIRED | Positive futures | Scoop.it
The AI on the horizon looks more like Amazon Web Services—cheap, reliable, industrial-grade digital smartness running behind everything, and almost invisible except when it blinks off. This is a big deal, and now it's here.
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3 breakthroughs that make Artificial Intelligence a meaningful proposition.

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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.

Via jean lievens
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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, 2014 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, 2014 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, 2014 6:32 AM

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

Comunicologos.com's curator insight, December 20, 2014 10:27 AM

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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