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The Power of Listening - An Ancient Practice for Our Future: Leon Berg

Leon Berg is a founding member of the Ojai Foundation, an educational sanctuary in the Upper Ojai Valley of Southern California. He is a Senior Trainer of the Ojai Foundation's Center for Council Practice, and has been facilitating Council groups in the U.S. and abroad for over 20 years. 


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Charo Encinas Bayán's comment, September 23, 2013 4:32 AM
Practice, practice and practice... don't you think? it's not easy. Only in that way will become natural...
Don Cloud's comment, September 23, 2013 8:17 AM
Thanks Charo ... I agree--more practice and more effort listening is what it take ... and less talking.
Charo Encinas Bayán's comment, September 23, 2013 8:27 AM
Totally agree!
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Research Uncovers How And Where Imagination Occurs In The Brain - Huffington Post

Research Uncovers How And Where Imagination Occurs In The Brain - Huffington Post | Positive futures | Scoop.it


... 2011 study in the journal Neuropsychology. HealthDay reported on the study of 70 people ages 60 to 83, with varying levels of music experience.

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Leadership and the power of being positive - The Globe and Mail

Leadership and the power of being positive - The Globe and Mail | Positive futures | Scoop.it
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Includes a positivity self test.  Thanks @GautierJohann, the most positive person I know!

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Photoshopping The Future: Take A Look At The World That Awaits Us In 2050

Photoshopping The Future: Take A Look At The World That Awaits Us In 2050 | Positive futures | Scoop.it

British environmentalist Jonathan Porritt offers a photo-realistic vision of life on Earth in the year 2050. Spoiler alert: the future does not exatly go smoothly....


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What do you think - dream or dystopia?

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The Case for Workplace Optimism

The Case for Workplace Optimism | Positive futures | Scoop.it

 

You certainly don’t need to be reminded of the trouble our organizations are in these days. Let’s instead shift our focus to what managers can do to counter the dark cloud hanging around too many workplaces.

 

 

It’s time managers take matters into their own hands and bring optimism to the work environment influencing their teams’ performance. But what is workplace optimism? Is it happiness? Is it viewing the world through the proverbial rose-tinted glasses? I suppose for some it could be. However, that is not what I’m advocating.

 

 

Workplace optimism is a dimension of the company or team’s culture. For this post, we’ll focus on workplace optimism at the team level. Using Dov Seidman’s “Five How’s of Culture” framework, workplace optimism is a cultural dimension of “How we relate” to one another and our work


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More evidence that positivity works!

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5 Ways To Teach Children Mindfulness

5 Ways To Teach Children Mindfulness | Positive futures | Scoop.it
This is the final post of Stress-Less Parenting Club's workshop on mindful parenting. This week, our leader Carla Naumburg explains how we can teach our kids mindfulness.

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2013 seems to be the year of mindfulness - let's make sure it's not just this year's fad!

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Local Heroes Change Lives : What Will Your Impact Be ?

Local Heroes Change Lives :  What Will Your Impact Be ? | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Each and everyone of us has an impact on this world.
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And what we give tends to be what we get back...!

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Top 5 Regrets Of The Dying

Top 5 Regrets Of The Dying | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Use these as a north star to help guide your actions in the days that follow toward an even more fulfilling life. Although we can veer off the path, when we notice the star, we can always come back to it.

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Powerful and worth reading -  or re-reading if you have seen it before!

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John Michel's curator insight, September 11, 2013 11:20 PM

Take a moment to look back once again at these five regrets people have had and see where you can begin integrating these more into your life starting today.

Ziggi Ivan Santini's curator insight, September 17, 2013 5:19 PM

It's actually quite helpful to know in advance what sorts of regrets to avoid in the future, when it is too late to do anything about it.

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Looking Beyond the 'Neuro' Revolution in Psychological Science ...

Looking Beyond the 'Neuro' Revolution in Psychological Science ... | Positive futures | Scoop.it
There are generations of scientists in every discipline that share similar sensibilities. Much like there are Baby Boomers, Gen X'ers, and Millennials who are shaped by the cultural trends and societal opportunities that helped ...
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Hope, The Motivation of Learning - The John Maxwell Company

Hope, The Motivation of Learning - The John Maxwell Company | Positive futures | Scoop.it

By John C. Maxwell.
August 30, 2013

Not long ago I was signing books after speaking to a large crowd at a convention center. Whenever I speak, I try to make myself available to sign books, shake hands, and chat with people. This particular day the line was long, and I was signing as quickly as I could to try to get to everyone waiting.

A lady stepped up and handed me a book to sign, and she said, “For the last eight years I have been reading your books and listening to your teaching. You have given to me a wonderful gift, and I am grateful.”

I stopped writing and for a moment I wondered what that gift might be. Was it the simplicity of my teaching? Practicality? Humor? I was curious, so I asked, “What is the wonderful gift I have given you?”

“Hope.” She continued, “Whenever I read your books or listen to you, I leave with hope. Thank you.”

 


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Embrace hope? Absolutely! Provide hope - I hope so!

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donhornsby's curator insight, September 11, 2013 1:17 PM

Hope is a beautiful thing. It shines brightest when the hour is darkest. Hope sings when all melodies are gone. It believes when the evidence is limited. Hope gives to us even when we have little or nothing left. It is one of the most precious things we have in life.

 

Hope is inspiring. It gives us the motivation for living and learning. I say that for several reasons:

John Michel's curator insight, September 11, 2013 4:15 PM

Hope is a beautiful thing. It shines brightest when the hour is darkest. Hope sings when all melodies are gone. It believes when the evidence is limited. Hope gives to us even when we have little or nothing left. It is one of the most precious things we have in life.

AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, September 11, 2013 5:52 PM

Fantastic post Amy.  I could not agree more with all the great comments and the article.  

 

I would add that hope is a great weapon when battling the demons of self-doubt! 

 

 

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Reliving 9/11, With Tears: Out of the Clear Blue Sky, Reviewed

Reliving 9/11, With Tears: Out of the Clear Blue Sky, Reviewed | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Every single Cantor Fitzgerald employee who reported for work on floors 101 through 105 of the North Tower died on September 11, 2001. Lloyd Grove reviews the documentary ‘Out of the Clear Blue Sky.’
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Let's resolve, as we cast our minds back to that horrible day and it's indelible memories, to build a world where this can never happpen to ANY country or society, ever again.

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Reading for pleasure 'boosts pupils' results in maths' - Telegraph

Reading for pleasure 'boosts pupils' results in maths' - Telegraph | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Children who read for pleasure in their spare time perform significantly better at school than other pupils, according to a major study.

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Makes sense to me...

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48 Variables That Make the Biggest Difference in Your Life - Self Stairway

48 Variables That Make the Biggest Difference in Your Life - Self Stairway | Positive futures | Scoop.it
48 practical actions you can experiment with to improve yourself. From building confidence to learning how to socialize.
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5 Reasons for Hope From a Gathering of Nonprofit Leaders - Huffington Post

5 Reasons for Hope From a Gathering of Nonprofit Leaders - Huffington Post | Positive futures | Scoop.it


Research shows that compassion and social connectedness lead to faster recovery from illness, greater happiness and even longer lifespans.

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Three Unconventional Lessons for Business School Students - Inspiring better leaders for a better world

Three Unconventional Lessons for Business School Students - Inspiring better leaders for a better world | Positive futures | Scoop.it
By Online Editor (4 Posts)Inspiring and connecting better leaders for a better world, through media and global events.It’s unusual when a successful entrepreneur opens a presentation to a room full of business school students with a photograph of...
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Re-Train Your Brain to Overcome "Microwave Mentality"

Re-Train Your Brain to Overcome "Microwave Mentality" | Positive futures | Scoop.it
If you're looking for results in your business or personal life and feeling frustrated that it's taking too long, perhaps you need to drop the microwave mentality. Remember: anything that's worth something takes time.

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John Michel's curator insight, September 16, 2013 6:06 PM

Have you fallen prey to the "microwave mentality?" 

Ken Donaldson's curator insight, September 17, 2013 8:51 AM

This is classic...re-train your brain to be more sane....really!

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 17, 2013 11:47 AM

A microwave mentality is a good way of putting it.

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Imagine... John Lennon

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This one speaks for itself!

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Make Love Not War

Make Love Not War | Positive futures | Scoop.it
People all over the world are filled with wisdom and knowledge. We each get to choose whether to use it in love or in war.
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Namaste!  Read the article for why...

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9 Characteristics Of 21st Century Learning

9 Characteristics Of 21st Century Learning | Positive futures | Scoop.it

The label of “21st Century learning” is vague, and is an idea that we here at TeachThought like to take a swing at as often as possible, including:

 

– Weighing the magic of technology with its incredible cost and complexity

– Underscoring the potential for well thought-out instructional design

– Considering the considerable potential of social media platforms against its apparent divergence from academic learning


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How to Think Like a Wise Person

How to Think Like a Wise Person | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Wisdom is the ability to make sound judgments and choices based on experience. It’s a virtue according to every great philosophical and religious tradition, from Aristotle to Confucius and Christianity to Judaism, Islam to Buddhism, and Taoism to Hinduism. According to the bookFrom Smart to Wise, wisdom distinguishes great leaders from the rest of the pack. So what does it take to cultivate wisdom?

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Key point - the people with the highest wisdom scores are just as likely to be 30 as 60!

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Can Emotional Intelligence Be Taught?

Can Emotional Intelligence Be Taught? | Positive futures | Scoop.it
If everybody knows that test scores and grades aren’t the keys to success, how do we teach, and measure, the things that are? (Can Emotional Intelligence Be Taught?: If everybody knows that test scores and grades aren’t...
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Embrace Disruption in Higher Education: Gavin Newsom

Embrace Disruption in Higher Education: Gavin Newsom | Positive futures | Scoop.it
SAN FRANCISCO – Gavin Newsom’s staff didn’t want him to give this talk.How would it look, they feared, if California’s lieutenant governor – someone who sits on the

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Laura Goodrich's curator insight, September 11, 2013 2:04 PM

"It reminds me a bit of Kodak," Newsom said on stage. "You have to wake up before the world that you've created is competing against you."


Gave Newsom

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How Awkward People Can Start Non-Awkward Conversations

How Awkward People Can Start Non-Awkward Conversations | Positive futures | Scoop.it
You're not going to die if you talk to a new person. Really you won't. Especially if you follow these rules.
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I wish I'd thought of some of thes 30 years ago...

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6 Simple Mindfulness Practices To Reframe Your Perspective

6 Simple Mindfulness Practices To Reframe Your Perspective | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Get familiar with the Holstee Manifesto and join the fast track to a better understanding--and appreciation--of your work your life and the world...

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I'd never heard of this, I must admit - but glad I have now!

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10 Skills That Will Land You a Top Job in 2013

10 Skills That Will Land You a Top Job in 2013 | Positive futures | Scoop.it
The jobs market is looking up, particularly in the US and UK where unemployment figures are progressing to an all time low since the 2008 economic...
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John Michel's curator insight, September 11, 2013 3:08 AM

These top 10 skills are said to be the most in-demand by top recruiters in 2013. Whilst some of them involve technical ability, the most important from this list are skills that anyone can acquire with practice i.e. decision making, listening and critical thinking.