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7 Essential Books on Optimism

7 Essential Books on Optimism | Positive futures | Scoop.it

What the love of honey has to do with ancient wisdom, our capacity for hope, and the future of technology.


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Reality Check - Are You Ready For Your Future?

Reality Check - Are You Ready For Your Future? | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Moving out of the endless search for the familiar past …
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Good picture of the challenges facing us -and a great question in the title.

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Three Words That Will Transform Your Career

Three Words That Will Transform Your Career | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Every time you encounter another person, think: help this person. It's not altruistic. Nothing else can so quickly supercharge your career and improve the quality of your life.When you walk into

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What you give is what you will get...

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EQRocks's curator insight, June 6, 2013 10:35 PM

Absolutely!  "Help This Person" changes everything about how you feel and how you connect with others.  Try it!

Ken Donaldson's curator insight, July 1, 2013 8:04 AM

"Help this person..." three simple words that make a world of difference.

Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, July 3, 2013 7:39 PM

"For those of us with a soul and a heart, the only real choice is to succeed by helping others.  By first thinking help this person, you will change the ways that others perceive you. There is no faster or more effective way to change your interactions and relationships. You will be viewed as a positive, constructive, helpful and dependable person. People will think you are more perceptive, attentive and understanding."

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Gallup.com - The Gallup Blog: What Works in Schools Is Real Work

Gallup.com - The Gallup Blog: What Works in Schools Is Real Work | Positive futures | Scoop.it
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John Michel's curator insight, June 6, 2013 2:38 PM

The best type of curriculum for preparing students for the workforce is one that focuses on real-world problem-solving. It sounds simple, but for the first time, we have clearly established a link between students learning 21st century skills and future work success.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 6, 2013 3:48 PM

We need to make the skills students need available before they leave school. What will it take to succeed in adult life?

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We All Want to be Young | Visual.ly

We All Want to be Young | Visual.ly | Positive futures | Scoop.it
They are on the top of the influence pyramid.
Their new languages and behaviors are inspirational to people that are both younger and older than them
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HR Magazine - Financial sector rewarding employees for "inappropriate behaviour" as trust in the City remains low, says CIPD research

HR Magazine - Financial sector rewarding employees for "inappropriate behaviour" as trust in the City remains low, says CIPD research | Positive futures | Scoop.it

More than half of employees in the financial sector believe people in their organisation are rewarded in a way that incentivises inappropriate behaviour, CIPD research published today has found.


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Is the City different - most surveys suggest money is not the top motivator.  If it is, why do we tolerate such perverse incentives?

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It takes a village to raise a consciousness!

It takes a village to raise a consciousness! | Positive futures | Scoop.it

What are the most effective ways to grow spiritual qualities like kindness, generosity, patience, forgiveness, honesty, empathy, compassion, courage, and love and create loving, conscious communities with great communication skills, values of transparency and respect for autonomy?  Absolutely essential to this growth is the courage and love it takes to give clear, constructive, clean, love based, self referenced, and, sometimes hard, honesty.  Rollo May, the great psychologist, wrote that all healing begins with empathy. Empathy, coupled with honesty, connection and trust, produces dramatic growth and shifts in consciousness.  Empathy is like the massage, but honesty is the “crack“– the chiropractic adjustment. Within my heart is a great hunger for conscious community, the urge to merge, and a longing for growth and honest self awareness.


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 1, 2013 8:20 PM

It does take a village to do many things including raising consciousness.

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Molding Future Leaders: 4 Tips for Mentoring Young Professionals

Molding Future Leaders: 4 Tips for Mentoring Young Professionals | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Established leaders have an obligation to pass the baton and help develop leadership in others. This article discusses 4 critical components to effectively mentor young professionals and inspire future leaders.

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Ten tips to be happy at work

Ten tips to be happy at work | Positive futures | Scoop.it
There are other ways to put smiles on your employees' faces besides giving them a raise.
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Nothing new here but they are all still very valid.

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Emotional Intelligence Comes of Age

Emotional Intelligence Comes of Age | Positive futures | Scoop.it
When I first began writing about emotional intelligence, there were few examples of these concepts being effectively used. Today, we're seeing the science and practice come of age as emotional

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I don't normally promote conferences, etc, but I think the work of Joshua Freedman, @eqjosh, is excellent in this field and this meeting promises to be outstanding - as Daniel Goleman is basically saying here...

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Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, May 31, 2013 5:16 AM

EI is growing up as we develop our understanding of people...

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How Does Writing Affect Your Brain?

How Does Writing Affect Your Brain? | Positive futures | Scoop.it
According to today’s infographic, writing can serve as a calming, meditative tool. Stream of conscious writing exercises, in particular, have been identified as helpful stress coping methods. Keeping a journal, for example, or trying out free-writing exercises, can drastically reduce your levels of stress.

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Eugene Fernandez's curator insight, July 22, 2013 4:21 AM

The act of writing is in of itself a reflective and creative journey.

Cathy Ternent Dyer's curator insight, August 7, 2013 7:22 PM

Great information! Thanks to Elvira for telling me about it. :)
I've always said that keeping a journal is cheap therapy! 

Ann Kenady's curator insight, February 5, 8:24 PM

Massage your brain....

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12 disruptive multi-trillion dollar technologies that may transform our daily lives in the near future

12 disruptive multi-trillion dollar technologies that may transform our daily lives in the near future | Positive futures | Scoop.it

1. Mobile Internet $3.7-10.5 trillion
2. Automation of knowledge work $5.2-6.7 trillion
3. Internet of things $2.7-6.2 trillion
4. Cloud $1.7-6.2 trillion
5. Advanced robotics $1.7-4.5 trillion
6. Autonomous or near-autonomous cars $0.2-1.9 trillion
7. Next generation genomics $0.7-1.6 trillion


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DNA of a 21st Century Educator Simplified!

During your lifetime you have probably experienced inspirational educators, or witnessed inspiring lectures. But, what about you? Are you such an educator? If n

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Jane Sowter-Maranion's curator insight, May 27, 2013 5:04 PM

ICT is an essential part of 21st Century classrooms. Teachers are facilitators of learning, not the source of learning.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 27, 2013 5:06 PM

We should have relinquished being the source of learning long ago. We still need mindful practices in the use and implementation of technology.

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Teaching Kids Peacemaking Skills

Teaching Kids Peacemaking Skills | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Peace First is working to create a kinder, gentler tomorrow by teaching our kids right today.
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John Michel's curator insight, June 7, 2013 12:54 PM

From dance lessons to SAT prep, we think about everything our kids need in their toolboxes for success. Let's make a similar commitment to instilling and modeling the basic building blocks of peacemaking. There's nothing simpler—and nothing more important.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 7, 2013 4:41 PM

The four points are spot on. What we need are opportunities to authentically bring them to life.

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Ode to empathy

Ode to empathy | Positive futures | Scoop.it
With the emergence of a global civilization, we need to move beyond the “us and them” mentality that lends itself to so much conflict, violence, and self-destruction. An absolutely essential ingredient for this is empathy.

 

Here are just a few more extremely interesting ideas that are changing the way we think about our species:

Roman Krznaric’s concept of Outrospection, the act of learning more about ourselves and our world by empathizing with others, and “The Six Habits of Highly Empathic People”;Charles Eisenstein’s ideas about an expanded sense of self explained in his books, Ascent of Humanity and Sacred Economics;Non-Violent Communication, developed by Marshall Rosenberg (we even have a newly-formed local Non-Violent Communication team here in Athens, Greece); andScilla Elworthy’s powerful Ted Talk about fighting with non-violence.

Also, more and more organizations centered around empathy, compassion, altruism and generosity are popping up all the time. Here are just a few: Greater Good, Roots of Empathy, Center for Building a Culture of Empathy, Random Acts of Kindness, Charter for Compassion, The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (not to mention all of the talk and action around sharing and gift economies, like the Post Growth Institute’s Free Money Day.)  by Jen Hinton,


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EarthHack: Crowdsourcing the solution to climate change

EarthHack: Crowdsourcing the solution to climate change | Positive futures | Scoop.it
EarthHack launched by Marblar and The Climate Group, with support from IKEA and Philips (Philips, IKEA, @ClimateGroup & @Play_Marblar are looking for inventors to re-imagine tech for sustainable homes: http://t.co/XOd1qegljf)...
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Can You Overdo People Skills?

Can You Overdo People Skills? | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Lessons from one revered American president who might have been too soft.
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Useful question - maybe we all need a coach...

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Amy Melendez's curator insight, June 6, 2013 10:39 AM

Very interesting perspective.

 

From the article: "The first hazard is that caring leaders tend not to be direct, especially when there's a conflict. They might avoid talking with the other person altogether; or soft-pedal the message to the point where the person walks out of the room blissfully unaware of the seriousness of the problem. The hazard is augmented when leaders rationalize, usually by telling themselves, "I don't want to make anyone upset." They'd like to believe they are being protective of the other person, when in fact they're protecting themselves."

 

 

John Michel's curator insight, June 6, 2013 12:37 PM

How do you prevent your valuable people skills from turning into a liability? For one, wake up to the fact that that very aptitude puts you at risk of misapplying it. Realize too that the more heavily you rely on those skills and the more deeply you believe in them, the graver the risk. Second, wake up to the value of the antithesis of a strong people orientation — tough-mindedness about people. Finally, be able to imagine that the height of people skill is to combine these seeming polar opposites — to take needed tough actions in a constructive, respectful way.

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12 Most Emboldened Questions to Live Life on Purpose

12 Most Emboldened Questions to Live Life on Purpose | Positive futures | Scoop.it

"Forget about foreplay. Let’s go straight to it: why are you here? Here in this world.  To help you see clearly or refine your already-known purpose, I offer these 12 questions to support your pursuit of living life on purpose.

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Delivering Happiness

Delivering Happiness | Positive futures | Scoop.it
I recently finished reading "Delivering Happiness" by Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos. Simply put, it's inspirational and enlightening. I highly recommend it for everyone in business, but it's certainly ...

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Whatever it is, it clearly hasn't done Tony any harm!

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 6, 2013 6:30 AM

Happiness is a relational and collaborative process

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Distinguishing Brain From Mind

Distinguishing Brain From Mind | Positive futures | Scoop.it

In coming years, neuroscience will answer questions we don't even yet know to ask. Sometimes, though, focus on the brain is misleading....What we know about many criminals is that they did not control themselves. That is very different from being unable to do so. To date, brain science cannot allow us to distinguish between these alternatives. What's more, even abnormal-looking brains, have owners who are otherwise quite normal."


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luiy's curator insight, May 31, 2013 2:53 AM

Understanding the brain is of course essential to developing treatments for devastating illnesses like schizophrenia and Parkinson's. More abstract but no less compelling, the functioning of the brain is intimately tied to our sense of self, our identity, our memories and aspirations. But the excitement to explore the brain has spawned a new fixation that my colleague Scott Lilienfeld and I call neurocentrism -- the view that human behavior can be best explained by looking solely or primarily at the brain.

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How Do We Measure a Good Life?

How Do We Measure a Good Life? | Positive futures | Scoop.it
In the same way that we tend to over-emphasize the importance of power and money when thinking about success, we also over-inflate the value of self-sacrifice.
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One of the key takeaways from Positive Psychology is that relationships with other people matter most. In fact, a Harvard study that followed 268 sophomores from the late 1930s and early 1940s over the course of their adult lives showed that the single most important predictor of successful aging, defined by physical and mental health and satisfaction with life at age 75, wasn't cholesterol level, treadmill endurance or intelligence. It was having close relationships. Based on the extensive data collected over seven decades, the author concluded: "The only things that matter in life are your relations to other people."

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Those Who CAN Do, Teach

Those Who CAN Do, Teach | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Two years ago, I left the for-profit sector to teach business full-time at a university. Since making that shift, I’ve heard a certain cliché more times than I can remember: “those who can’t do, teach.”

This phrase puzzles me every time I hear it. I think that on some level, it’s puzzled society ever since George Bernard Shaw penned it in 1903. (Shaw’s actual quote was, “He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.”)

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So does doing have more value than teaching? We need both, and the phrase shouldn't imply mutual exclusivity anyway...

 

But I'm happy to promote the value of teaching and teachers.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 30, 2013 7:16 AM

We do need integration of doing and teaching. Learning happens when we have people who can do and people who can teach. They are not mutually exclusive. Although when we apply the correct or incorrect quote to education, many teachers need to leave.

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RSA Animate - Changing Education Paradigms

This RSA Animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA's Benj...

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Great presentation - funny and on the money!

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Kat Haber's curator insight, May 28, 2013 3:13 PM

Flipping animated TED Ed.

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Shareable: From College to Reality: A Radical Transition

Shareable: From College to Reality: A Radical Transition | Positive futures | Scoop.it
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For graduates and parents of graduates entering a difficult world!

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Ken Robinson: How to escape education's death valley | Video

Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish -- and how current education culture works against them.

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, May 28, 2013 7:40 AM

Fantastic post Susan!  I love the following line:

 

Whoever thought of the title "no child left behind" gets irony!