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Planning is a tool, not a mandate

Planning is a tool, not a mandate | Positive futures | Scoop.it
The reality is that we work in teams where some members are completely disillusioned that plans are the Holy Grail. There is no flexibility built into the planning. When groundbreaking opportunitie...
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Appreciative Inquiry: Identifying Your Library’s Existing Strengths

Appreciative Inquiry: Identifying Your Library’s Existing Strengths | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is an approach to organizational change developed by David Cooperrider, Fairmount Minerals Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at Case Western Reserve University’s Weathe...

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5 Unique Ways to Forgive and Let Go

5 Unique Ways to Forgive and Let Go | Positive futures | Scoop.it

The past has no power over the present moment. Eckhart Tolle

 

There is great value in every act of forgiveness.  You can forgive yourself, you can forgive others, and you can forgive even when you don’t know exactly who to forgive, because forgiveness is not about who is to blame or who is at fault.  It is about letting go, completely and permanently within yourself.


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Ivo Nový's curator insight, July 10, 2013 2:46 AM

great article from http://www.marcandangel.com

Tony Kent's curator insight, July 10, 2013 11:17 PM

Whatever way to helps you forgive and move on...use it. Forgiveness is one of the 7 secrets of Making a Magical Life!

 

"Forgiveness refreshingly cleans the slate and enables you to step forward.  Here are five unique ways to make this step possible:" http://buff.ly/15xyJYQ

 

www.MakeYourLifeMagical.com/Discover

Nebiyu Hailemichael's curator insight, July 11, 2013 6:51 AM

Forgiveness is the key to cure and restore our inner peace. Through forgiveness we can get rid of any wrong doing and get the wisdom to love others. Forgiveness helps us to maintain good relationship with people around us. Without forgiveness we never be loved by people and our creature. 

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Empathy: The Missing Link to Solving the World's Most Pressing Problems

Empathy: The Missing Link to Solving the World's Most Pressing Problems | Positive futures | Scoop.it

But never has empathy been so important. We live in an unprecedented era of accelerated and unpredictable change. I completely agree with Rifkin that "the empathic evolution of the human race and the profound ways it has shaped our development... will likely decide our fate as a species."

 

I wonder whether I can single out the development of empathy as the most important issue that underscores all other issues in the World Economic Forum's Survey on the Global Agenda? I would love to hear global leaders discuss that topic! And now, how to reframe my assignment to my Columbia MBAs?

Pamela Hartigan

Director of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Saїd Business School, University of Oxford


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Profound and though provoking!

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Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, July 11, 2013 1:47 PM

Underestimated.

ThinDifference's curator insight, July 12, 2013 9:25 AM

"Empathy conjures up active engagement -- the willingness of an observer to become part of another's experience, to share the feeling of that experience."

God Is.'s curator insight, July 13, 2013 11:16 AM

What would Jesus do?

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Key to happiness - and it's not money! - Irish Examiner

Key to happiness - and it's not money! - Irish Examiner | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Key to happiness - and it's not money! Irish Examiner However, in their new book, Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending, psychologists Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton argue a different case, stating that after a fairly low threshold, more...
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Social Banker v2.0

Social Banker v2.0 | Positive futures | Scoop.it
This year, the Social Banker v2.0 will go further by shining a spotlight on some of the new approaches that are emerging from the social sphere - gamification, virtual currencies, crowd-funding and more.

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A Lame Duck Is Walking Again Thanks to a 3D Printed Foot | Gizmodo

A Lame Duck Is Walking Again Thanks to a 3D Printed Foot | Gizmodo | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Buttercup the duck was born with his left foot turned backwards, making it nearly impossible and extremely painful to walk. But now he's waddling again with a 3D-printed foot.

 

3D modeling company, NovaCopy, 3D printed Buttercup a brand new webbed foot, based on photos of Buttercup's sister Minnie's left foot....

 

...Every time you think of a stupid, dinky 3D-printed toy you don't give a crap about, just remember that there is an adorable duck out there walking thanks to the very same process.

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Better curing lame ducks than adding to the guns in the world.

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Kevin Honeycutt, "Our kids will spend the rest of their lives in the future. Are we getting them ready?"

Our kids will spend the rest of their lives in the future Are we getting them ready? Kevin Honeycutt (@kevinhoneycutt) - Hutchinson, Kansas

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Camela Giraud's curator insight, April 26, 2013 5:20 AM

Fantastic video about our opportunity and responsibility in the technology age. Love it. 

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"What are our kids doing now that they couldn't do before?" We think that this is really the main focus that we should attach to technology and what we need to implement in our schools.
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Use It Or Lose It: Mental Activity In Childhood And Adulthood Thwarts Dementia

Use It Or Lose It: Mental Activity In Childhood And Adulthood Thwarts Dementia | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Keeping your brain stimulated whether you're a kid or an adult may help reduce your risk of Alzheimer's disease.

In the study, the team asked 294 people above the age of 55 how often they engaged in mental activities over the course of their lives, from childhood through the present. They also gave them cognitive tests to assess their brain function throughout the average six years of follow-up, along with neurologic tests. After the participants died, all of their brains were autopsied, for evidence of tangles, plaques, Lewy bodies, and infarcts or lesions.

What they found was cognitive decline was about 15% slower for the mentally active than for people who were less so. Interestingly, both mental activity in one’s later years and in the childhood years seemed to offer some protection against cognitive decline, suggesting that what we do as kids can contribute to whatever it is that fortifies the brain against aging and Alzheimer’s.

 Read more at: http://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2013/07/05/use-it-or-lose-it-mental-activity-in-childhood-and-adulthood-thwarts-dementia/


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Five Lessons on Leadership From FDR

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Five leadership lessons we can learn from President Franklin D. Roosevelt. 


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10 Ways to Lighten Your Emotional Baggage

10 Ways to Lighten Your Emotional Baggage | Positive futures | Scoop.it

1) Release any shame you carry, for shame is the heaviest burden. 2) Let go of any guilt that is unneccessary and free yourself to lead the life you want. 3) Forgive those with whom you are angry or harbor resentment, including yourself.


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Psychology Influences Markets

Psychology Influences Markets | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Economists argue that markets usually reflect rational behavior—that is, the dominant players in a market, such as the hedge-fund managers who make billions of dollars’ worth of trades, almost always make well-informed and objective decisions. Psychologists, on the other hand, say that markets are not immune from human irrationality, whether that irrationality is due to optimism, fear, greed, or other forces.

Now, a new analysis published the week of July 1 in the online issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) supports the latter case, showing that markets are indeed susceptible to psychological phenomena. “There’s this tug-of-war between economics and psychology, and in this round, psychology wins,” says Colin Camerer, the Robert Kirby Professor of Behavioral Economics at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and the corresponding author of the paper.

 

Read more at http://scienceblog.com/64351/psychology-influences-markets/#pKvV7wAvjcQpWiHu.99


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The Myth of Average: Todd Rose at TEDxSonomaCounty

High school dropout turned Harvard faculty talks about how a simple new way of thinking helps nurture individual potential. L. Todd Rose is co-founder and pr...

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Dr Gutierrez's curator insight, November 17, 2013 6:36 PM

Great talk...4% of High school dropouts are said to be intellectually gifted. 

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The 6 Rules Of Life

The 6 Rules Of Life | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Over the weekend, I found myself with a little “girl” time, no one in the house for an entire evening but the two cats and myself. The remote control was all mine!I poured myself a glass

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Can You Really Improve Your Emotional Intelligence?

Can You Really Improve Your Emotional Intelligence? | Positive futures | Scoop.it
It's a noble quest, but a tough one.

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YES!

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Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, July 13, 2013 7:13 AM

A really, really excellent article... yes, you need dedication, time and it's not for everybody... and some other good points...

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The Wisdom of Uncertainty

The Wisdom of Uncertainty | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Alan Watts, the British-born philosopher, has pointed out the sense, which we all seem to share, that we live in a time of unusual uncertainty. He accredits this feeling to all the new technologies and science that we are bombarded with.
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The future is truly uncertain - embrace it!  Great post from @LollyDaskal!

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Empathy's Non-Verbal Language

Empathy's Non-Verbal Language | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Six tips on how to reach children through our actions.

 

So, what are the most effective ways of showing empathy through our gestures? The non-verbal interaction between adults and children is actually not much different than that between adults alone. The point is that it is necessary to communicate effectively with children now if we are to teach them empathy on a non-verbal platform. That being said, here are a few tips on how to make children feel important, trusting and understood:

Put yourself on their level

Adults are larger in stature than children, so they often look down at children. And adults can seem intimidating as a result. Simply kneeling down alongside a child’s desk creates a sense of equality between adult and child because they are at the same level. This creates trust, and it makes children more likely to share their concerns.

 

By Megan Noack


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Depression and suicide: Football's secret uncovered

Depression and suicide: Football's secret uncovered | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Why do some footballers with the world at their feet try to take their own lives? PFA chairman Clarke Carlisle investigates

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I watched this programme and it was excellent.  One in four people in the UK will suffer from mental illness - we all need to make it a topic of conversation!

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Angela Forshee's curator insight, July 10, 2013 6:43 PM

Part of script analysis is understanding why people do what they do. Though this article pertains to the themes of depression and suicide found in Death of a Salesman, it also give the reader a view of how suicide can affect a family, friends, and other loved ones. As students read more about the psychology of human behavior, they will begin to understand the behavior as it relates to characters in a play, allowing them to begin creating 3D characters instead of stock characters.

 

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The Kaleidoscope Fishbowl: Explaining The 6 Stages of Moral Development in the Classroom

The Kaleidoscope Fishbowl: Explaining The 6 Stages of Moral Development in the Classroom | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Rafe Esquith's 6 Stages of Moral Development in the Classroom http://t.co/Z7dQ6KmL6R #edchat
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Great thinking that all adults should read about when seeking to inspire our future generations.

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RSA Insight - Where can technology take us?

In this new RSA Insights video, Matthew Taylor explores how new technologies are enabling us to create, collaborate and share as never before. Supported by S...

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How to teach ... mindfulness

How to teach ... mindfulness | Positive futures | Scoop.it
The Guardian Teacher Network has resources to help introduce the concept of mindfulness to pupils, to help them be calm, focused and creative

 

All teachers want their students to be calm, focused, alert, aware and creative, which is essentially what mindfulness is all about, so it's no wonder the term has become a bit of a buzzword, even in mainstream education.

 

The Guardian Teacher Network has resources to help introduce mindfulness to young people at school (and at home) and to help them develop some essential life skills.

 

 

Emily Drabble


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Pilar Bermejo Gonzalez's curator insight, July 15, 2013 4:25 AM

Muy intersante Mildfunes y trabajo con la atención en el centro escolar

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How is your emotional intelligence doing? Interview from Época Negócios - Six Seconds

How is your emotional intelligence doing? Interview from Época Negócios - Six Seconds | Positive futures | Scoop.it
What's new in emotional intelligence for business? How do these concepts work to shape culture and performance? Interview from Brazil's top business paper, translated into English.
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Change, Change Management and Transformation

Change, Change Management and Transformation | Positive futures | Scoop.it

I love this post on Change Management: Change is endemic in the education sector. The pressures for change come from all sides: globalisation, government initiatives, doing more with less...


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Should We Fear the Future of Work?

Should We Fear the Future of Work? | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Extremely relevant and interesting report. This article and video will provide you with comprehensive overview and valuable insight into the future of work. 


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John Lasschuit ®™'s comment, July 4, 2013 1:40 PM
Good piece!
Ricard Lloria's comment, July 5, 2013 12:59 AM
Great!!! TYSM David
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The Lost Maps of Reality - Leading Questions

The Lost Maps of Reality - Leading Questions | Positive futures | Scoop.it

History carries a deeper resonance than simply my story or your story. It is even more than our story. It is the story that illuminates the present so that we understand why life is the way it is, how we got here, and where we might go in the - See more at: http://edbrenegar.typepad.com/leading_questions/2013/07/the-lost-maps-of-reality.html#sthash.d7xZODqb.dpuf

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Really powerful piece form Ed Brenagar on the importance of history to our present.  Well worth reading!

"From the Civil War on through to the current war on terror, what we learned is that if we apply enough technology, enough young creative minds and bodies to the battle, that we can defeat any foe. At least that is what we tell ourselves. In other words, we learned not humility, but hubris." - See more at: http://edbrenegar.typepad.com/leading_questions/2013/07/the-lost-maps-of-reality.html#sthash.d7xZODqb.dpuf

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