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The Power of Words

Wonderful and highly inspirational video. Reminds us all to strive for authentic and purposful communication. So chose your words wisely. They are extremely powerful.

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Finland's School System - Infographic

Finland's School System - Infographic | Positive futures | Scoop.it

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AnnC's curator insight, April 11, 2013 10:56 PM

What keeps us from learning from those who have better results?

Jordi Castells's curator insight, April 28, 2013 2:43 PM

Christal clear ! They're ahead !

Julia_Ryu's curator insight, May 15, 2013 5:10 AM

Finland has a good school system! I want to share this information with you if you interesting about education or Finland look more seriously.

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New Lens Scenarios - Shell Global

New Lens Scenarios - Shell Global | Positive futures | Scoop.it

"With the world’s population headed toward 9 billion at mid-century and millions of people climbing out of poverty, global energy demand could increase by as much as 80% by 2050. That’s according to Shell’s latest scenarios, which look at trends in the economy, politics and energy in considering developments over the next half a century."


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Willy De Backer's curator insight, March 9, 2013 3:35 AM

In its latest New Lens scenarios, Shell recognises the existence of "ecological limits" to growth and confirms 2 degrees warming target is unreachable.

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Executive Coaching from Prince Hal

Executive Coaching from Prince Hal | Positive futures | Scoop.it

An increasing number of executives are turning to Shakespeare for advice on how to run their businesses. Nigel Roberts reflects on the Bard’s stories, myths & archetypes.


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Positive Psychology Archives - the 1 BIG thing

Positive Psychology Archives - the 1 BIG thing | Positive futures | Scoop.it

In the past 15 years Psychologists have turned their attention to what makes us happy in life. The research is loud and clear, your thinking has a huge impact on this. This post looks at what the research shows is ‘good’ thinking, what is not and shows an easy way to change how you think.

 

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Can leadership be inspired by nature?

Can leadership be inspired by nature? | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Shouldn’t it be natural to share the burden of leading a business? While watching geese drafting in V formation, we will observe the flock rotate leaders. Like drafting geese, businesses which rota...


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Ten Steps to Sustainable Business in 2013 - Ivey Business Journal

Ten Steps to Sustainable Business in 2013 - Ivey Business Journal | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Most businesses hope to become sustainable, but for many, reaching that goal is problematic. The road to the finish is filled with obstacles such as
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Create smart, integrated public policy.Engage value chain members, including industry and NGO partners.Build a national dialogue on responsible consumption.Create organizational structures that support sustainability.Embed sustainability in corporate culture.Provide clear and equitable directives regarding Aboriginal rights and entitlements.Create conditions that support sustainability-related innovation.Incorporate a social license to operate into business strategy.Prepare organizations and society to mitigate and adapt to climate change.Lessen the burden of sustainability reporting.
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Infrastructure for the sake of jobs?

Infrastructure for the sake of jobs? | Positive futures | Scoop.it

"Jobs and economic growth are the results of productive systems, not the other way around. Until we reconfigure our towns and change our growth patterns, our communities are likely to continue to be starved for jobs and growth. Building pieces of infrastructure with the primary purpose of creating jobs with little consideration to context is a recipe for disaster."


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Is this the city of the future?

Is this the city of the future? | Positive futures | Scoop.it
A century ago, we imagined futuristic cities full of hulking, steel buildings, their towers surrounded by a lace of elevated roads. But today, the future of architecture is biology.

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Do you dare to dream?

Since our childhood we all know how to dream. Asleep and awake. Thanks to the power of our imagination we believe we are capable of achieving anything we can dream of. However, as we grow older we lose this wonderful ability we'll later need to be creative, to innovate, to change our lives and to transform our organizations. We invite you to dare to dream again, to challenge your comfort zone, and to enjoy the pleasure of turning your dreams into reality.
Do you dare to dream?


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Our Education System is Obsolete

Our Education System is Obsolete | Positive futures | Scoop.it
We need a curriculum of big questions, examinations where children can talk, share and use the Internet, and new, peer assessment systems. In the networked age, we need schools, not structured like factories, but like clouds.

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What a great talk.  I will be showing it to my kids.

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, February 28, 2013 7:39 PM

amazing video that won the 2013 TED prize.  Very surprising:  the hole in the wall experiment shows that we don't really need to TEACH so many things!  

 

" Groups of street children learned to use computers and the Internet by themselves, with little or no knowledge of English and never having seen a computer before. Then they started instinctually teaching one another. In the next five years, through many experiments, I learned just how powerful adults can be when they give small groups of children the tools and the agency to guide their own learning and then get out of the way."


It's about LETTING learning happen!  Self-organized learning : broadband,  collaboration, and encouragement.  We need a curriculum of BIG questions; not little details.  BIG questions.  

Gust MEES's comment, March 1, 2013 6:27 PM
Give the kids the direction and let them develop, that's coaching! And THAT is THE Change as I say it since long as I gave courses for +/- 9 years by using it, the coaching together with group collaboration and freedom to learn... It works ;)
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The Grateful Lead

The Grateful Lead | Positive futures | Scoop.it

The grateful lead.

 

This is what it means to Lead From Within.

Be the kind of leader who embraces gratitude and extends appreciation to others. The grateful lead with heart.

 

Day One of the In ternational leadership Blogathon kicks off with a powerful post from the fabulous Lolly Daskal!


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David Hain's curator insight, March 1, 2013 6:08 AM

Great blog from Lolly, great initiative from Todd, great writers to come every day for the mext month.

 

A must read for anyone interested in improving leadership across the world!

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The Underground New York Library by Miami Ad School students

The Underground New York Library by Miami Ad School students | Positive futures | Scoop.it
The Underground Library project encourages subway passengers to read New York Public Library books on their phones.
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Great idea for promoting books and library use!

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Will it ever be possible to compute the human brain?

Will it ever be possible to compute the human brain? | Positive futures | Scoop.it
With much fanfare, eminent brain scientist Miguel Nicolelis recently declared that the brain is not computable. What does it really mean to ask if the brain is computable, and why do we care?

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Find your flow | Strengths based approaches - Appreciative inquiry

Find your flow | Strengths based approaches - Appreciative inquiry | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Where we want to be on the Yerkes-Dodson arc is the zone of optimal performance, known as “flow” in the research of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi at the University of Chicago.

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Empathy, the real measure of a doctor

Empathy, the real measure of a doctor | Positive futures | Scoop.it

SCHOOLED IN EMPATHY

 

Can empathy be taught then? In one recent study, doctors were randomly put through three 60-minute empathy modules.

 

The empathy training group showed greater changes in “empathy” scores compared to the control group, and showed greater changes in knowledge of the scientific basis of empathy and in the ability to decode facial expressions of emotion. Three hours was all it took.

 

The authors hypothesised that “the quality of care in medicine could be improved by integrating the neuroscience of empathy into medical education”.

 

BY JEREMY LIM

 


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What is the Environment Worth

What is the Environment Worth | Positive futures | Scoop.it

...the environment is the bedrock upon which we build our civilization and our economy. Without it, we cannot survive and prosper. As Gaylord Nelson, the late Wis­consin senator and genius behind Earth Day, liked to say, “The economy is a wholly owned subsidiary of the environment.

 

So it’s curious—and deeply disturbing— that we don’t value the environment in our current economic and financial systems.


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Larry Glover's curator insight, March 7, 2013 6:55 PM

Always nice to see folks, even or perhaps especially scientists, comming around to a realization that the economy is ultimately entirely dependent upon the environment.

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The human body will be the next computer interface

The human body will be the next computer interface | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Humans have been interfacing with machines for thousands of years. You have probably heard a lot about wearables, living services, the Internet of Things, and smart materials by now.

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Scary but compelling...

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Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, March 8, 2013 2:13 AM

To see the future, first we must understand the past. Humans have been interfacing with machines for thousands of years. We seem to be intrinsically built to desire this communion with the made world.


Click the headline to read this fascinating Article.

Emily Bowsher's curator insight, March 8, 2013 5:51 AM

interesting 

Selena Mini's comment, March 9, 2013 4:46 AM
Great!
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2013 Global 100: The Definitive Corporate Sustainability Benchmark

2013 Global 100: The Definitive Corporate Sustainability Benchmark | Positive futures | Scoop.it
The Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World is an annual project initiated by Corporate Knights, the magazine for clean capitalism.
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A very interesting global interactive map of where it's at on sustainability practice

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The Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World is an annual project initiated by Corporate Knights, the magazine for clean capitalism.

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Imagination: Creating the Future of Education and Work

Imagination: Creating the Future of Education and Work | Positive futures | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Americans are currently faced with a shortage of jobs, but by 2018 the nation will be faced with a shortage of educated workers. This project began in Louisiana, where 100,000 skilled labor jobs are currently unfilled. If the future workforce continues to be trained for the past, particularly as other countries look ahead, Americans will no longer be globally competitive as the domestic economy and infrastructure continue to collapse.

 

"Can that be prevented, and if so, how? With the industrial era crumbling behind us and technological developments rapidly accelerating toward a hybrid reality that still hasn’t fully manifested, the co-directors of this project, Rita J. King and Joshua Fouts, call this fleeting period between the two longer eras the “Imagination Age,” a time during which humanity must imagine and then create, together, the systems of the new global economy and culture.

 

"Since 2007, the directors of this project have been collaborating on the development of imagination as the driving force behind this shift. The research and field work covered in this project began in January 2009. Rather than publishing results as a book or white paper, both of which are one-sided approaches to a subject that demands a conversation, an interactive site was chosen as the format.

 

"This site doesn’t just present theories and ideas, but rather actionable solutions that can be immediately and easily implemented in service of a relevant education for American students who need to gain proficiency if not mastery of core subject areas while at the same time being prepared for the reality of future work. Imagination is a broad topic, encompassing everything the mind can conjure, so the findings in this report are focused on those that overlap with the changing world of work."


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Jim Lerman's curator insight, March 5, 2013 12:18 AM

This site is a remarkable piece of work. The authors, King and Fouts, have assembled a series of essays and resources about the medium range future and how we can make it better.

Amy Cross's comment, March 5, 2013 7:34 AM
Love this! Thanks for sharing.
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Can Complexity Thinking Fix Capitalism?

Can Complexity Thinking Fix Capitalism? | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Can complexity thinking advance management and help fix capitalism? The answer is that it can, although not in the way that most complexity scientists expect.

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Jackie Modeste's curator insight, March 3, 2013 6:55 PM

Learning the "jazz" of business means acquiring the skills of: listening, agility, and resilience -- for starters. 

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Ken Robinson: Changing education paradigms | Video on TED.com

In this talk from RSA Animate, Sir Ken Robinson lays out the link between 3 troubling trends: rising drop-out rates, schools' dwindling stake in the arts, and ADHD. An important, timely talk for parents and teachers.

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Great video, witty, sensible and engaging presentation.

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LISTEN GENUINELY WHAT YOUR CHILDREN HAVE TO TELL YOU ...

LISTEN GENUINELY WHAT YOUR CHILDREN HAVE TO TELL YOU ... | Positive futures | Scoop.it


If you don't listen to the little stories they tell you when they are little, 
they won't tell you the real big problems when they are big.

EDUCATING CHILDREN MEANS HAVING A HEART FOR THEIR PROBLEMS!

CHILDREN WANT TO BE PERCEIVED AND UNDERSTOOD!

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So true, so simple, so profound and so easy to forget!

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Karin Sebelin's comment, March 1, 2013 12:57 PM
Thank you :-)
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David Hain´s "So true, so simple, so profound and so easy to forget!"

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6 Traits of Potential Leaders | workplace MOJO

6 Traits of Potential Leaders | workplace MOJO | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Develop young leaders.

 

Develop your leadership pipeline.

 

Invest in the next generation of leaders.

 

Wind up the whippersnappers.

 

OK. So I made that last one up, but the first three are phrases you’ve undoubtedly heard before. I don’t disagree with any of them; the more difficult task is making those things happen.


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