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Seth's Blog: The merchants of average

Seth's Blog: The merchants of average | Positive futures | Scoop.it
They will push you to fit in, to dress alike, to use the same tools, to fit the format. They are the high school English teacher in love with his rubric and the book editor who needs you to fit...

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What Makes Malcolm Gladwell Fascinating

What Makes Malcolm Gladwell Fascinating | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Adam Grant in his latest blog post on LinkedIn:

 

I used to dread going to parties. I stood around struggling with small talk, waiting for an opening to debate about big ideas. That changed 13 years ago, the day I read The Tipping Point.


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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, October 7, 2013 2:35 PM

Adam takes a closer look at why people are facinated by Malcom Gladwell's books.  There a re many interesting observations to explore in his blog post. 

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 7, 2013 7:46 PM

Theories are not about right and wrong. They are about interesting.

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The 10 Stealth Economic Trends That Rule the World Today

The 10 Stealth Economic Trends That Rule the World Today | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Old trends: Soaring US carbon dioxide emissions, skyrocketing medical costs, out-of-control deficits. New trends: Tumbling emissions, creeping medical costs, falling deficits.

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13 Lessons Life Has Taught Me

13 Lessons Life Has Taught Me | Positive futures | Scoop.it
You don’t have to learn life lessons the hard way. It would be senseless to do so when there is an easier alternative: Learn other people’s lessons by truly believing that they apply to you.
We are unique but we’re not all that special.

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Should Parents Praise Their Children?

Should Parents Praise Their Children? | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Yes, children need praise. Here's why.
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Children are more likely to become praise junkies—children who seek and need constant praise—in the absence of our praise and approval.

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FutureLearn — Learning for Life

FutureLearn — Learning for Life | Positive futures | Scoop.it

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's comment, September 30, 2013 3:29 AM
Thanks for sharing David. This course looks interesting: THE MIND IS FLAT: THE SHOCKING SHALLOWNESS OF HUMAN PSYCHOLOGY.
Pájaro Chogüí's curator insight, November 26, 2013 4:47 PM

Los aprendizajes más efectivos en las enseñanzas básicas son aquellos que se enfocan a las herramientas esenciales "para la vida" en tiempo escolar y con miras a nuevas formas de aprender.

Pájaro Chogüí's curator insight, December 6, 2013 4:56 PM

Pájaro Chogüí saluda a esta bella imagen terrestre.

 

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The Biology and Psychology of Ethical Behavior - BEING HUMAN 2013

Is morality culturally determined and relative, an evolved social contract that is absolute, or something else? In this session, we examine the biology of caring

 

 


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Can You Really Improve Your Emotional Intelligence?

Can You Really Improve Your Emotional Intelligence? | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Who wouldn’t want a higher level of emotional intelligence? Studies have shown that a high emotional quotient (or EQ) boosts career success, entrepreneurial potential, leadership talent,health, relationship satisfaction, humor, and happiness.
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Yes!

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Meditation: The Science of Awakening

Meditation: The Science of Awakening | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Meditation is a science of awakening consciousness.

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Anne Egros's curator insight, September 28, 2013 4:51 PM

Meditation is the means to awaken the consciousness in order to perceive the objective truth, without the interference of the mind. 


In almost all civilizations and religions, in ancient and modern times, meditation has been used to reach serenity by silencing the mind.


Authentic leadership: Can meditation make you a better leader ?

Related articles:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/05/business-meditation-executives-meditate_n_3528731.html

 

http://www.transformleaders.tv/breathe-meditate-lead-ten-ways-mindfulness-practice-can-make-us-better-leaders/

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Will Generation Y redefine work or fall into line?

Will Generation Y redefine work or fall into line? | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Such cultural changes may foster better communication and creativity for all employees but many observers believe his approach is aimed squarely at enticing workers from Generation Y.


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I hope they don't fall into line!

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Vloasis's curator insight, September 28, 2013 2:04 AM

It's still hard for me to imagine (using) a work desk without any paper on it.

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Bolster Your Resilience: 5 Ways To Build Psychological Teflon Forbes Researchers have found that when people accept their situation for what it is, they are less prone to suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after a crisis, are better...
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Otto Scharmer's Blog

Otto Scharmer's Blog | Positive futures | Scoop.it

We live in an age of profound disruption. Global crises, such as finance, food, fuel, water, resource scarcity and poverty challenge just about every aspect of society. Yet, this disruption also brings the possibility of profound personal, societal and global renewal. We need to stop and ask: Why do we collectively create results nobody wants? What keeps us locked into the old ways of operating? And what can we do to transform these root issues that keep us trapped in the patterns of the past?

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Radical thinking for a better future...

 

What does it take to put economy and society 4.0 onto its feet? It takes a threefold revolution: an individual, a relational, and an institutional inversion.  Each inversion is a U-type of process as indicated in figure 2. It is a process where some deeper or dormant capacities are opening up or awakening. Inversion means turning inside-out and outside-in.

Individual inversion means to open up thinking (open mind), feeling (open heart), and will (open will) in order to learn to act as an instrument for the future that is wanting to emerge.

Relational inversion means to open up communicative relationships from downloading (conforming) and debate (defending) to dialogue (reflective inquiry) and collective creativity (flow) in order to tune as groups into the field of the future.

Institutional inversion means to open traditional institutional geometries of power from 1.0 and 2.0 forms of coordinating and organizing — centralized hierarchy and decentralized competition — to 3.0 and 4.0 forms of coordinating around co-creative stakeholder relationships in eco-systems that generate well-being for all.

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Personality Junkie: Type Tests, Profiles, Careers, & Relationships

Personality Junkie: Type Tests, Profiles, Careers, & Relationships | Positive futures | Scoop.it

The purpose of this site is both practical and theoretical. Theoretically, it is focused on deepening and clarifying type theory. This includes exploring the nature of the “functional stack,” the inferior function, the Jungian/cognitive functions, and the 16 personality types. Although we initially focused on the Intuitive Introverts (i.e., INFJ, INFP, INTJ, INTP), we have now expanded our scope to include information and personality profiles for all the types.

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Very informatve site if you're into personality tests and specifically MBTI.

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Know When to Coach and When to Teach - Management Tip of the Day - October 08, 2013

Know When to Coach and When to Teach  - Management Tip of the Day - October 08, 2013 | Positive futures | Scoop.it
To develop your employees’ skills, evaluate the situation before choosing an approach. Are you working with someone who’s inexperienced or a colleague who requires immediate...
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"Emotional Intelligence" Gains Traction | New Haven Independent

"Emotional Intelligence" Gains Traction  |  New Haven Independent | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Yale has launched a new Center for Emotional Intelligence with a goal to help 300,000 kids in Connecticut -- including, after years of working with children around the globe, some...

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Ken Donaldson's curator insight, October 4, 2013 6:02 AM

RULER stands for:

• Recognizing emotions in oneself and others.
• Understanding the causes and consequences of emotions.
• Labeling the full range of emotions using a rich vocabulary.
• Expressing emotions appropriately in different contexts.
• Regulating emotions effectively to foster healthy relationships and achieve goals.”

Melanie Greenberg's curator insight, October 6, 2013 2:16 AM

Yale has a new Center for Emotional Intelligence - glad they're recognizing how teaching EQ skills early can make kids resilient.

TOLLEC Bernard's curator insight, October 7, 2013 5:17 PM

Pourquoi pas imaginer cela dans le monde de l'entreprise ? un baromètre à l'entrée des bureaux ?

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Mapping the Glum Inequality of Happiness in the World

Mapping the Glum Inequality of Happiness in the World | Positive futures | Scoop.it
The happiest countries on Earth are rich and European; the most miserable are located in impoverished Sub-Saharan Africa.

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We need to keep trying to do something about this!

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We Weren't Born Selfish

We Weren't Born Selfish | Positive futures | Scoop.it

= Forget everything you have been taught, because Matthieu Ricard is here to teach you a new way of interpreting the human being. A French Buddhist monk and a disciple of Dalai Lama, Matthieu Ricard is the author of Plaidoyer pour l’altruisme (Advocacy For Altruism), in bookstores since September 19. It is a non-religious book similar to an encyclopedia, and its content is very relevant for these times of economic crisis.

 

There is evidence that we aren’t selfish human beings driven only by our own interests. Moreover, today’s society is not more violent than it was in the past. Yes, we can change the way we are and, therefore, cooperate more, not only on an individual level, but on a community level, too.


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Ricard Lloria's comment, October 1, 2013 6:21 AM
Yes He is David!
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Shirzad Chamine: How to Defeat Your Internal Saboteurs | Stanford Graduate School of Business

Shirzad Chamine: How to Defeat Your Internal Saboteurs | Stanford Graduate School of Business | Positive futures | Scoop.it

“One of the biggest lies is that success leads to happiness,” Chamine says, rather than the other way around. “The biggest insight is that the happy brain is a more capable, more creative, more resourceful brain.”

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Introducing PQ - the Positivity Quotient.  Tackle those saboteurs in your brain for a happier, more successful life.

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Flow, The Paradox of Intention, And The 4 States of Mind

From Engage Today 2010, Vishen Lakhiani discusses the 2 key ingredients to achieving flow and in doing so accomplishing BIG goals while remaining balanced an...

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We all need to find our flow somewhere - or challenge ourselves when we can't...

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Dave Phillipson's comment, September 29, 2013 4:47 PM
Except for Falsely crediting Tony Robbins for something Earl Nightingale said, this is fairly good stuff.

I exceptionally like how he mentions "The Secret" and Lisa Nichols, both from the world-famous, CEO Space. When he talks of Richard Branson, he mentions Greg who is Greg Reid of CEO Space. He is speaking from the stage of Secret Knock.
DavidBoon's curator insight, September 30, 2013 7:34 AM

Inspiring topic for entrepreneurs!

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Guest Post: Writing your Way to a Mindful Existence

Guest Post: Writing your Way to a Mindful Existence | Positive futures | Scoop.it
thanks to Jenna Mayhew, and Caroline Macory, for submiting this wonderful guest post. Writing your way to a mindful existence Do you find yourself overwhelmed by the pressures of modern living? For...

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Lessons from a MacArthur Genius: Psychologist Angela Duckworth on Why Grit, Not IQ, Predicts Success

Lessons from a MacArthur Genius: Psychologist Angela Duckworth on Why Grit, Not IQ, Predicts Success | Positive futures | Scoop.it
“Character is at least as important as intellect.”
Creative history brims with embodied examples of why the secret of genius is doggedness rather than “god”-given talent, from the case of young Mozart’s upbringing to E.

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, September 29, 2013 1:03 AM

success is due to both ability as well as hard work.

 

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Predicting the Growth of Crowdsourcing

Predicting the Growth of Crowdsourcing | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Crowdsourcing has potential to fundamentally change the way work gets done, and who does the work.
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Stanford’s Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT)

Stanford’s Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Stanford’s Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) is an 8-week course designed to develop the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and others. The course, developed by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers at Stanford University, combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion. The training includes: - See more at: http://ccare.stanford.edu/cct-details#sthash.G8SvmocX.dpuf


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Peter C. Newton-Evans's curator insight, September 27, 2013 3:36 PM

Once again, it is only when we accept that compassion, empathy and kindness are part of human nature that we can start to cultivate it. Where there are no seeds, no amount of cultivation will make a crop grow.

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How the science of behaviour change can help with sustainability

How the science of behaviour change can help with sustainability | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Les Robinson shares his tips on how the science of behaviour change can help to make sustainability initiatives more effective

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Harry Cannon's curator insight, August 18, 2013 4:54 PM

In a nutshell - less lecturing and more listening.

John Michel's curator insight, September 22, 2013 8:02 AM

It's a delusion we can change peoples' behaviours. Instead, people change their own behaviours. Our role is to create an enabling environment and provide opportunities for people to become inspired by what their peers have achieved. When we offer people a chance to take a step closer to the lives, businesses or farms they dream about (and we make that change feel safe) then they'll do the changing for us.