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How to Transform your Limitations

In art school, Phil Hansen developed an unruly tremor in his hand that kept him from creating the pointillist drawings he loved. Hansen was devastated, floating without a sense of purpose. Until a neurologist made a simple suggestion: embrace this limitation ... and transcend it.

 

See on YouTube: http://youtu.be/YrZTho_o_is


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In Phil Hansen's case it was a physical affliction, but we are all confronted at times by inner gremlins that can debilitate us. Embracing them might just be a pretty good strategy.

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A Futurist Looks at the Future of Marketing

A Futurist Looks at the Future of Marketing | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Insights from Gerd Leonhard on the marketing trends you should be paying attention to now.

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What Good is Gratitude When the World is Tearing Apart?

What Good is Gratitude When the World is Tearing Apart? | Positive futures | Scoop.it

'I think gratitude might be the place where pain and peace meet. Because when our gratitude propels us into a torn-suffering world, we will be immersed in something other than ourselves.

And that, I think, is the definition of peace.'

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In the week of horrific events in Moore and Woolwich (to name but two), a profound read on why we should be grateful for what we have.

 

Must read from Kelly Flanagan.

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Is Happiness a Choice?

Is Happiness a Choice? | Positive futures | Scoop.it

"You don’t have to look far to see a world forming where people believe happiness is something we can all achieve, even when crappy things are happening around them. From The Happiness Project to thehappy documentary on Netflix and iTunes, people are striving for happiness. Hell, even J.K. Rowling has a famous happiness-related quote from Harry Potter."

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Of course it is - the one thing we can always choose is our attitude!

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Summer Reading for 21st century learning: A dozen 2013 Suggestions

Summer Reading for 21st century learning: A dozen 2013 Suggestions | Positive futures | Scoop.it
I get asked this question often every spring, so I'd thought I'd offer a few thoughts here on the blog. This list sticks to the (relatively) current, the books I've read or encountered since last M...

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The Biology of Kindness: How It Makes Us Happier and Healthier | TIME.com

The Biology of Kindness: How It Makes Us Happier and Healthier | TIME.com | Positive futures | Scoop.it

There’s a reason why being kind to others is good for you — and it can now be traced to a specific nerve.

 

When it comes to staying healthy, both physically and mentally, studies consistently show that strong relationships are at least as important as avoiding smoking and obesity. But how does social support translate into physical benefits such as lower blood pressure, healthier weights and other physiological measures of sound health? A new study published in Psychological Science suggests that the link may follow the twisting path of the vagus nerve, which connects social contact to the positive emotions that can flow from interactions.

 

By Maia Szalavitz


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Marilyne Kubath's curator insight, May 24, 2013 7:59 AM

I think this is true if you do something nice and decent you do feel a bit better about, but if do something a bit mean you feel a lot worse.

Abigail McNeely's comment, June 3, 2013 2:21 PM
I find it so interesting that we in the West need physical evidence to really start believing in something. Not that it's wrong to want evidence, after all that's what critical thinking is about. Thank goodness technology is now helping us catch up with folk wisdom.
Marilyne Kubath's comment, June 3, 2013 2:32 PM
I agree all governments need to relearn this.
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David Foster Wallace’s Timeless Graduation Speech on the Meaning of Life, Adapted in a Short Film

David Foster Wallace’s Timeless Graduation Speech on the Meaning of Life, Adapted in a Short Film | Positive futures | Scoop.it

by Maria Popova

 

"On May 21, 2005, David Foster Wallace got up before the graduating class of Kenyon college and delivered one of history’s most memorable commencement addresses. It wasn’t until Wallace’s death in 2008 that the speech took on a life of its own under the title This Is Water, and was even adapted into a short book. Now, the fine folks of The Glossary have remixed an abridged version of Wallace’s original audio with a sequence of aptly chosen images to give one pause:"

 

Wallace: “The real value of a real education … has almost nothing to do with knowledge and everything to do with simple awareness.”


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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, May 17, 2013 4:22 PM

Self-Awareness and Mindfulness.  Two pillars to smart decisions about what environments you invest in (education, knowledge), choose now and for the near future.  ~  Deb

Becky Poisson's curator insight, May 20, 2013 12:07 PM

Not banal at all.  Always good to get a different perspective.

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In the Programmable World, All Our Objects Will Act as One | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

In the Programmable World, All Our Objects Will Act as One | Gadget Lab | Wired.com | Positive futures | Scoop.it
We are surrounded by tiny, intelligent devices that capture data about how we live and what we do. Soon we'll be able to choreograph them to respond to our needs, solve our problems, and even save our lives.

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Five Ways Living Mindfully Can Help You Reach Your Goals

Five Ways Living Mindfully Can Help You Reach Your Goals | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Overcome negative thinking and emotional barriers to life success
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LET PEOPLE COME INTO YOUR HEART: It’s not who you know, it’s who knows you | Wisdom for Future Leaders

LET PEOPLE COME INTO YOUR HEART: It’s not who you know, it’s who knows you | Wisdom for Future Leaders | Positive futures | Scoop.it
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6 Ways to Enjoy Your Life More

6 Ways to Enjoy Your Life More | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Some of our biggest inside battles involve changing habits to create a more meaningful, congenial life with others. Try six research-based tips for turning the page to the next chapter of the adventure story we are truly meant to live.
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Some nice messages here.

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Reinventing Education for Change Leaders: Head + Heart + Hands - Six Seconds

Reinventing Education for Change Leaders: Head + Heart + Hands - Six Seconds | Positive futures | Scoop.it
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Making Mistakes : NPR

Making Mistakes : NPR | Positive futures | Scoop.it
We try so hard to be perfect, to never make mistakes and to avoid failure at all costs. But mistakes happen — and when they do — how do we deal with being wrong?

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, May 11, 2013 9:32 PM

""When we start losing our tolerance for vulnerability, uncertainty, for risk — we move away from the things we need and crave the most like joy and love and belonging, trust, empathy, creativity." — Brené Brown"


Most of the greatest successes in medicine are borne out of mistakes.


SHAME is the fear of disconnection.  WOW .  We MUST be allowed to be seen.  Really seen.  Vulnerability is key.  The "wholehearted" walk into vulnerability.  


Vulnerability is NOT weakness.  It is our most accurate measurement of courage.  


I'm not sure we can BE creative if we aren't courageous and vulnerable.  Te be human is to be vulnerability.  


Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.  

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 13, 2013 6:48 PM

We need to help children develop resiliency and find out mistakes are OK. We will make them.

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Transforming Society: Why Leadership of The Future Starts With Silence

Transforming Society: Why Leadership of The Future Starts With Silence | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Leaders are people who understand who they really are, aspire towards greatness and inspire greatness in others. They become teachers, taking time to assist and empower others to lead themselves.

(Peter Senge)


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Each and every one of us plays our part in leadership of the future by helping others to co-create towards positive outcomes.

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The Teacher of Tomorrow – What makes a 21st Century Educator?

The Teacher of Tomorrow – What makes a 21st Century Educator? | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Technology makes the tools, but what are the general characteristics that make an effective educator a 21st century educator?

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, May 24, 2013 10:12 PM

Administrators ALSO need to embrace this thinking.  They model and lead. They set the pace.  They must be "on board" first.  

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 25, 2013 11:28 AM

Should we not describe the teacher of today? We are almost 15% of the way through the Century. What makes us hold on to this thinking?

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Unlocking the potential of the '80 percent'

Unlocking the potential of the '80 percent' | Positive futures | Scoop.it

"If a student fits in the top 20 percent of his/her class today, does it guarantee the best education and best life? Are the remaining 80 percent likely doomed to an inferior, less-productive life?"

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Recognizing Generational Differences - THAT is the Problem

Recognizing Generational Differences - THAT is the Problem | Positive futures | Scoop.it

"Today, I offer my two cents on this seemingly ever-so-pressing issue and how it may be managed effectively—not solely for Generation Y, but for all generations in the workplace."

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Treat people as individuals and stop generalising - great message!

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User Generated Education

User Generated Education | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Education as it should be - passion-based.

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What Value Creation Will Look Like in the Future

What Value Creation Will Look Like in the Future | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Organizations have nearly perfected implementing the industrial model of managing work — the effort applied toward completing a task. For individuals, this model ensures that we know what we're supposed to do each day.

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How To Make Happiness Last

How To Make Happiness Last | Positive futures | Scoop.it
The good news: You can train your mind to think about what's going right (as opposed to what's going wrong) and in so doing, create a lasting habit that will boost your positive emotions.

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John Michel's curator insight, May 17, 2013 11:34 PM

To increase the frequency of positive emotions, you need to train your brain to focus on them, rather than succumb to habitual negativity hunting. And like any muscle, you've got to use it -- or lose it.

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Charting Technology’s New Directions

Charting Technology’s New Directions | Positive futures | Scoop.it

A leading expert explores the new relationship between man and machine and the challenges that emerge when innovation is decoupled from growth in jobs and incomes. 


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Information Is Beautiful

Information Is Beautiful | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Dedicated to distilling the world’s data, information and knowledge into beautiful, interesting and, above all, useful visualizations, infographics and diagrams.
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I do love a nice infographic!  Here is a site with some excellent ones.

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The Missing Piece -- How Social and Emotional Learning Can Empower Children and Transform Schools

The Missing Piece -- How Social and Emotional Learning Can Empower Children and Transform Schools | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Arithmetic and higher math skills are embedded in school goals, but not necessarily persistence and grit. As a result, an "either/or" dynamic has been established that prioritizes academic skills, at the expense of "social and emotional" learning.

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Michio Kaku: What does the future look like?

Dr. Michio Kaku, Professor of Theoretical Physics at City University of New York shares his vision of mankind's future as part of The Sheikha Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Forum for New Ideas.


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Tom Hood's curator insight, June 23, 2013 6:59 PM

Saw Dr. Kaku at the DigitalNow conference this past April. He had some mindblowing predictions about the future...

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GOOD Video: How One Small Business Lights the Way for Sustainability | Business on GOOD

GOOD Video: How One Small Business Lights the Way for Sustainability | Business on GOOD | Positive futures | Scoop.it
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Idx4qQcu8jc&feature=youtu.be[/youtube] This post is brought to you by GOOD, with support from UPS.

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