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The Potential Of Data And Human Capital To Change The World

The Potential Of Data And Human Capital To Change The World | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Editor’s NoteThe power of Silicon Valley is evident in almost everything we do. But is the drastic change that technology has wrought on modern life having an effect on the world of social entrepreneurship?

Find Those Right Minds:

When you build your team, act as if the world is your oyster. Find the right person who has the talent, network, and passion to help you succeed. Talent has become a focus in Silicon Valley and cited as the primary differentiator between competitors. As business author Jim Collins says, "the Who” is what matters most. One of the reasons that talent matters most is the network that the talent represents. When you hire someone, you are also getting access to the resources they represent in their network. Silicon Valley entrepreneurs are masters at this. Reid Hoffman recognized this and founded LinkedIn on this very premise.

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Inspiring the Next Generation of Thinkers - Edudemic

Inspiring the Next Generation of Thinkers - Edudemic | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Teaching kids goes beyond textbooks and classroom lessons. It has to include teaching them to open their minds and how to think for themselves.

This is how we will encourage them to reach their full potential.

One of the most important things we can teach kids is to believe in themselves. As adults we have an obligation to younger generations to help them gain confidence. We should also help them explore their ability to be creative.

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Leadership Series: Changing the World Begins With Women at the Table

Leadership Series: Changing the World Begins With Women at the Table | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Last week, Melinda and I posted on Facebook that this election marked a great step forward for women in the United States. Starting in January, twenty female Senators and 79 female Representatives will take their place in the 113th Congress.

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Theory U -> Leading from the Future

Dr. C. Otto Scharmer is a Senior Lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and founding chair of the Presencing Institute. Scharmer chairs the MIT IDEAS program and helps groups of diverse stakeholders ...

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The Empathy Formula

The Empathy Formula | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Instead of offering disconnected but well-intentioned efforts to help children think, feel or act, would adults start to help children think, feel and act?

 

For over a year now, I've been working with a remarkable group of people at Ashoka who believe empathy is the foundational skill we need in order to become effective changemakers in modern society -- and who are bold/quixotic enough to envision a world in which one day, every child learns to master it as readily as s/he masters the ability to read and write.

 

As it turns out, there's a formula we can use to explain how people master empathy, even if no one's ever described it that way before. And best of all, it's got a familiar ring to it:

E = EC⊃2;.

 

by Sam Chaltain


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Wiring the Brain: The genetics of stupidity

Wiring the Brain: The genetics of stupidity | Positive futures | Scoop.it

What if we’ve been thinking about the genetics of intelligence from completely the wrong angle?


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BRAIN POWER: From Neurons to Networks

BRAIN POWER: From Neurons to Networks is a 10-minute film and accompanying TED Book (ted.com/tedbooks) from award-winning Director Tiffany Shlain and her team at The Moxie Institute. Based on new research on how to best nurture children's brains from Harvard University's Center on the Developing Child and University of Washington's I-LABS, the film explores the parallels between a child's brain development and the development of the global brain of Internet, offering insights into the best ways to shape both. Made through a new crowd-sourcing creativity process the Moxie team calls "Cloud Filmmaking," Brain Power was created by putting into action the very ideas that the film is exploring: the connections between neurons, networks, and people around the world.


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10 steps to lifelong happiness

10 steps to lifelong happiness | Positive futures | Scoop.it
WHY does happiness come so easily to some people? Here’s how to join them.

 

Ten steps to happiness. It's easier down under.


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The Shaping of Leaders to Come | Dr. Bill Donahue

The Shaping of Leaders to Come | Dr. Bill Donahue | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Spent the weekend with about 30 emerging leaders in my program at TIU, focused on the shaping of leaders. I came away with a few leadership development nuggets.


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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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The importance of developing creativity in children

The importance of developing creativity in children | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Most parents would be proud if their child was the one who discovered the cure for cancer.


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Creativity: How to live the best creative life possible

Creativity: How to live the best creative life possible | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Creativity is important to living a fulfilled life. Here's 7 simple points to maximize your unique creativity and live your best creative life possible.

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Bono: 9 Talks That Give Me Hope

Bono: 9 Talks That Give Me Hope | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Bono picks nine TEDTalks that express powerful ideas -- and shares exactly why each needs to be spread far and wide.

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A New Pedagogy is Emerging…And Online Learning is a Key ...

A New Pedagogy is Emerging…And Online Learning is a Key ... | Positive futures | Scoop.it
From the early days of online learning, there has been an emphasis on enabling learners to construct knowledge through questioning, discussion, the analysis of resources from multiple sources, and instructor feedback.

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Are You Poisoning Your Marriage or Intimate Relationships And Don’t Even Know it?

Are You Poisoning Your Marriage or Intimate Relationships And Don’t Even Know it? | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Detoxify your intimate relationships with these five, simple tips..

[And these tips will work in your work relationships and elsewhere too.]


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Why You Should Pay Children To Be Emotionally Intelligent » Six Seconds

Why You Should Pay Children To Be Emotionally Intelligent » Six Seconds | Positive futures | Scoop.it

What a child wants most of all is attention. That is his currency. So when we want her to be thoughtful of others, empathic and kind, we need to give her lots of attention when we see it happening.

And one way to do that successfully, over time, in our busy world is through tokens of our appreciation. Yes, that’s right, we have to pay them.


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Harvard Wants to Know: How Does the Act of Making Shape Kids’ Brains?

Harvard Wants to Know: How Does the Act of Making Shape Kids’ Brains? | Positive futures | Scoop.it
A group of Harvard researchers is teaming up with schools in Oakland, Calif. to explore how kids learn through making. Through an initiative called Project Ze (Harvard wants to know: how does the act of making shape kids brains?

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The Politics of Empathy and Inclusivity Played Key Role at the Ballot Box

The Politics of Empathy and Inclusivity Played Key Role at the Ballot Box | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Presidential exit polls indicate that a majority of voters thought the economy was the most important issue and that Mitt Romney would be best able to handle the economy and the federal budget deficit. Yet a majority of these same voters elected President Obama. But, among those who cared most about their presidential candidate understanding and caring about their needs, 81 percent voted for Obama and 18 percent voted for Romney.

 

Emily Ekins|


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7 Productive Pieces of Unconventional Wisdom

7 Productive Pieces of Unconventional Wisdom | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Practical Tips for Productive Living...


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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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