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Five Forces Shaping the Future - Forbes

Five Forces Shaping the Future - Forbes | Positive futures | Scoop.it
By Vivek Ranadivé The 21st century didn’t start in the year 2000. It started in 2010, the same way the 20th century began in 1908 with the advent of the automobile.
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Megatrends: The World’s Aging Population

Megatrends: The World’s Aging Population | Positive futures | Scoop.it
The aging of global populations may be the least understood of profound economic changes taking place worldwide. The entire world will soon experience this demographic time bomb.

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TED Thinks These 21 Young Innovators Are Going To Change The World

TED Thinks These 21 Young Innovators Are Going To Change The World | Positive futures | Scoop.it
The 2013 TED Fellows include artists, entrepreneurs, and an astrobiologist.
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Emotional Growth in Men (and Women) - New York Times

Emotional Growth in Men (and Women) - New York Times | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Emotional Growth in Men (and Women)New York TimesThe science shows that while men do regain their emotional intelligence as they age, they, like women, start off being quite smart.
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Maya civilization's collapse linked to climate change, archaeology ...

Maya civilization's collapse linked to climate change, archaeology ... | Positive futures | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON - For a clue to the possible impact of climate change on modern society, a study suggests a look back at the end of classic Maya civilization, which disintegrated into famine, war and collapse as a long-term wet ...
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» Creative Thinking: Imagine You Are Seven Again - The Creative Mind

» Creative Thinking: Imagine You Are Seven Again - The Creative Mind | Positive futures | Scoop.it
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery declares children are much wiser and more creative than many adults. Can we regain that creative vitality?

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'Brain Power' Film and TED Book Parallel the Mindful Growth of a Child's Brain ... - Huffington Post (blog)

'Brain Power' Film and TED Book Parallel the Mindful Growth of a Child's Brain ... - Huffington Post (blog) | Positive futures | Scoop.it
'Brain Power' Film and TED Book Parallel the Mindful Growth of a Child's Brain ...Huffington Post (blog)Last year, my team at the Moxie Institute and I created Let It Ripple: Mobile Films for Global Change, a cloud filmmaking series that invites...

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Emotional Intelligence For Kids: Teach Them To Calm Themselves

Emotional Intelligence For Kids: Teach Them To Calm Themselves | Positive futures | Scoop.it

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33 Inspirational YouTube Videos Conveying Genuine Life Lessons

33 Inspirational YouTube Videos Conveying Genuine Life Lessons | Positive futures | Scoop.it

33 Inspirational YouTube Videos Conveying Genuine Life Lessons


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Study: Meditation Can Make Us More Empathetic

Study: Meditation Can Make Us More Empathetic | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Turning the inner eye outward activates the brain area responsible for empathy and improves our ability to read the facial expressions of others.
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Conversations That Matter « how to save the world

Conversations That Matter « how to save the world | Positive futures | Scoop.it

When I was younger, most of my waking life was consumed in conversations. In my work life, I learned that most learning occurs, and most decisions are made, in small group conversations, often ad hoc. I was persuaded that good conversation skills were the key to good relationships. I believed, in short, that conversation mattered.

 

Now that I’m no longer working, and rarely required to converse with anyone, I’ve come to believe that, as GB Shaw put it, “the biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place”. In retrospect, I would guess that most of the conversations I was party to over the years were incompetently conducted and largely a waste of time. The conversants, for the most part, had already decided what they believed or what needed to be done, and were just looking for reassurance. Or they were talking to hear themselves think, and not listening to anyone else. There was almost never any real exchange of information, or ideas, or perspectives, despite the earnest attempts of the conversants to convey these things. Our languages are not very good at that, and the complicity of creatures that make up what we believe to be “us”, as individuals, rarely allows our minds — their minds really — to focus more than a small bit of our attention on anything not directly relevant to the needs of the moment. And our culture does its best to obfuscate and distort the meaning of words and the events of the day, so that most of what we manage to convey is probably lies anyway.


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More Women in the Workforce Could Raise GDP by 5%

More Women in the Workforce Could Raise GDP by 5% | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Nearly one billion women are poised to enter the global economy in the coming decade. That's a hard fact. The question is whether theirs will be a story of economic empowerment or missed potential. A new study from Booz & Co., "Empowering the Third Billion: Women and the World of Work in 2012," suggests concrete steps that governments and employers can take to tilt the scales toward success.


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Study: Empathy represses analytic thought, and vice versa | ScienceBlog.com

Study: Empathy represses analytic thought, and vice versa | ScienceBlog.com | Positive futures | Scoop.it

When the brain fires up the network of neurons that allows us to empathize, it suppresses the network used for analysis, a pivotal study led by a Case Western Reserve University researcher shows.
How could a CEO be so blind to te public relations fiasco his cost-cutting decision has made?


When the analytic network is engaged, our ability to appreciate the human cost of our action is repressed....

 

This is the cognitive structure we’ve evolved,” said Anthony Jack, an assistant professor of cognitive science at Case Western Reserve and lead author of the new study. “Empathetic and analytic thinking are, at least to some extent, mutually exclusive in the brain.”

 

 

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Start Empathy: How Nurturing Babies Cultivates Empathy

Start Empathy: How Nurturing Babies Cultivates Empathy | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Sue Gerhardt, author of 'Why Love Matters', illustrates the important connection between nurturing infants and the development of empathy.

 

Why do you think empathy is important for children to develop?
 

Empathy is one of our highest human skills and holds families and societies together. Feeling connected to other people is probably the deepest satisfaction we will ever know. How terrible for children who are being brought up without that capacity – and how risky for the future of the planet. I talk about some of these bigger issues in my book The Selfish Society: How We Forgot to Love Each Other and Made Money Instead (Simon and Schuster 2010).

 

At what point do you think children who have been nurtured at a

young age are able to behave with a spirit of empathy?

 


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Why Generation-Y Can’t Read Nonverbal Cues

Why Generation-Y Can’t Read Nonverbal Cues | Positive futures | Scoop.it

   Nearly all of the Gen-Y communication tools involve the exchange of written words alone. At least phones allow the transmission of tone of voice, pauses and the like. But even these clues are absent in the text-dependent world. Users insert smiley-faces into emails, but they don't see each others' actual faces. They read comments on Facebook, but they don't "read" each others' posture, hand gestures, eye movements, shifts in personal space and other nonverbal—and expressive—behaviors.

 

   In Silicon Valley itself, some companies have installed the "topless" meeting—in which laptops, iPhones and other tools are banned—to combat a new problem: "continuous partial attention." With a device close by, attendees at workplace meetings simply cannot keep their focus on the speaker. It's too easy to check email, stock quotes and Facebook. While a quick log-on may seem, to the user, a harmless break, others in the room receive it as a silent dismissal. It announces: "I'm not interested." So the tools must now remain at the door.

 


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What Does it Mean to Flourish? March 31, 2011

Julia Annas University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Center Distinguished Speaker Series (What Does it Mean to Flourish?

 

Long but useful YouTube clip for people interested in making the most of themselves.

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How Technology Has Impacted Education [Infographic]

How Technology Has Impacted Education [Infographic] | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Technology has made tremendous inroads into education over the past couple of years. It's been ramping up to a fever pitch and you can't swing a mouse without hitting a classroom.

 

Read more, a MUST:

http://edudemic.com/2012/11/how-technology-has-impacted-education/

 


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Creating Social Change Leaders

Creating Social Change Leaders | Positive futures | Scoop.it
The social sector invests heavily in the tools of social change. But tools don’t build or fix things. People do. Specifically, it’s social change leaders with vision — shaped by l...
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Beyond Victimhood: Are You a Surthriver?

Beyond Victimhood: Are You a Surthriver? | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Do you find when the going gets rough that you are simply enduring? Are you focused solely on getting through, just waiting for the end of the current trials? Or do you manage to thrive under less than ideal circumstances? Do you find a way to see the silver lining in every cloud, garner wisdom from every heartache, and recognize that you had a choice in your attitude all along?


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Our Similarities. Outweigh our Differences! Jesse Lyn Stoner ~ Seapoint Center

Our Similarities. Outweigh our Differences! Jesse Lyn Stoner ~ Seapoint Center | Positive futures | Scoop.it
"It is up to each of us to rise above the negativity and reconnect with what we care about for our shared future. To think intelligently about the issues at hand, not reactively. And to remember that our similarities outweigh our difference."
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The Future Is Open | Think Quarterly by Google

The Future Is Open | Think Quarterly by Google | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Three years ago, Jonathan Rosenberg outlined Google’s commitment to open. What does he make of it today?
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Trickle-down anxiety: Study examines parental behaviors that create anxious children

Trickle-down anxiety: Study examines parental behaviors that create anxious children | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Parents with social anxiety disorder are more likely than parents with other forms of anxiety to engage in behaviors that put their children at high risk for developing angst of their own, according to a small study of parent-child pairs.

 

Anxiety is the result of a complex interplay between genes and environment, the researchers say, and while there's not much to be done about one's genetic makeup, controlling external factors can go a long way toward mitigating or preventing anxiety in the offspring of anxious parents.


"Children with an inherited propensity to anxiety do not just become anxious because of their genes, so what we need are ways to prevent the environmental catalysts -- in this case, parental behaviors -- from unlocking the underlying genetic mechanisms responsible for the disease," Ginsburg says.


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Hilary J.'s curator insight, February 13, 11:39 PM

The debate regarding whether nurture or nature plays a larger role in mental illness has been ongoing for sometime. Recent research though, has identified that these two factors work with each other and not against each other like previously thought. In regards to anxiety and the development of an anxiety disorder, the researchers of this article note a significant amount of research has found that the children of those with anxiety disorders may have a higher genetic predisposition for developing their own anxiety disorder than the children of those without an anxiety disorder. An additional component that was researched though, was the attitudes and behavioral habits of those parents with anxiety disorders; essentially, the effect that the environment these parents created for their children who already had higher predispositions to developing an anxiety disorder was closely examined. Using factors of parental warmth and affection, this research found that parents diagnosed with an anxiety disorder showed less warmth and affection towards their children, criticized them more often and expressed doubts about their child's ability to perform a task. Learning about genetic and environmental components and the implications they may have on the prevention of anxiety, particularly in childhood, is of utmost importance. Anxiety disorders often go unrecognized in childhood. Because of the likely delays in diagnosis and treatment, the child may be at higher risk for depression and poor academic performance not only in childhood, but into their adult years as well. 

Loran Northey's curator insight, March 9, 1:35 PM

Children model behaviour and if the behaviour they continually witness is worry, fear and anxiety then that unfortunately is what they will learn to do to. 

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The disruption of education: How technology is helping students teach themselves

The disruption of education: How technology is helping students teach themselves | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Mobile technology and social networks aren't just disruptive to existing industries like communications and media, they are also helping the change the way that students learn and how education is delivered both in North America and around the world.
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The Science Behind Mindfulness

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Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) have proposed a new model that shifts how we think about mindfulness. Rather than describing mindfulness as a single dimension of cognition, the researchers demonstrate that mindfulness actually involves a broad framework of complex mechanisms in the brain.


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10 Ways Your Office Will Be Different in 5 Years

10 Ways Your Office Will Be Different in 5 Years | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Fax machines and Rolodex’s are just a few of the items that could be a distant memory in five years.

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