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Question the Answers: Using Critical Thinking to Change Workplace Dynamics

Question the Answers: Using Critical Thinking to Change Workplace Dynamics | Positively Critical | Scoop.it
“Heresy is another word for freedom of thought.” Graham Greene I often hear people say, “We need more critical thinking in the world, we should be teaching it in schools.” I don’t disagree with tho...
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"Critical thinking is essentially the ability to think about thinking. Most people don’t think about their thinking, and it’s not a skill many of us have acquired. In a results-driven culture, thinking about thinking feels passive. But developing the skills of a critical thinker is anything but passive. In its purest form, it requires the present and active involvement and engagement of the thinker in every experience.

 

In defining critical thinking many people get negatively hooked by the word – critical. The critical in the context of critical thinking doesn’t mean disapproval or judgment.  In fact, the skilled critical thinker needs to have the ability to think with great clarity and neutrality. The critical thinker is not without opinion, but has the ability to view experience from multiple perspectives".

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Seek not to become people of success, rather seek to become people of value ~ Einstein
Reflections on civil society, constructive critical thinking and how we create value.
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A Simple Question but So Hard to Answer: What Is Success? - Leading for Social Good - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

A Simple Question but So Hard to Answer: What Is Success? - Leading for Social Good - The Chronicle of Philanthropy | Positively Critical | Scoop.it

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"Half of the nonprofit consulting industry could probably pack up and go home if more nonprofits asked this question. Not for donors or reporters, but for themselves.  Ultimately it is a not just an organizational question but a deeply personal one.  Once you cut through all of the jargon about strategy, impact, metrics, etc., what exactly are you hoping to accomplish?  And how will you know when you’re done?"

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Radical new economic system will emerge from collapse of capitalism

Radical new economic system will emerge from collapse of capitalism | Positively Critical | Scoop.it
Political adviser and author Jeremy Rifkin believes that the creation of a super internet heralds new economic system that could solve society’s sustainability challenges
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"There’s an institution in our life that we all rely on every day that provides all sorts of goods and services that have nothing to do with profit or government entitlement and without it we couldn’t live and that’s the social commons. There’s millions of organisations that provide healthcare, education, ministering to the poor, culture, arts, sports, recreation, and it goes on and on.

 

This isn’t considered by economists because it creates social capital which is essential to all three of the internets, but doesn’t create market capital. But as a revenue producer, it’s huge and what’s interesting is it’s growing faster than the GDP in the private market system".

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OECD Insights - Is happiness a woman ?

OECD Insights - Is happiness a woman ? | Positively Critical | Scoop.it

"Is happiness a woman ? That is at least what Nietzsche wrote inThus spoke Zarathustra, a philosophical poem in which Zarathustra (the Persian name of Zoroaster, the founder of Zoroastrianism, an old Iranian religious philosophy) ironically says “Happiness runs after me, because I do not run after women. Happiness is the woman itself”.

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This guest post builds on the seminal research of Hofstede on cultural values and reviews recent research showing how countries elevating the masculine/vertical values (action, hierarchy, duty, power and nationalism) are much LESS happy than countries based on the feminine/horizontal (collaboration, intuition, community and egalitarianism) ideals. 

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On Noetic Science - TEDxBlackRockCity

On Noetic Science - TEDxBlackRockCity | Positively Critical | Scoop.it

"Cassandra Vieten, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist, Executive Director of Research at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Scientist at California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute, and co-president of the Institute for Spirituality and Psychology".

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There is no such thing as unscientific topics, only unscientific methods.

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Science Reveals How the Brains of Social Justice Activists Are Different From Everyone Else's

Science Reveals How the Brains of Social Justice Activists Are Different From Everyone Else's | Positively Critical | Scoop.it
What's motivating someone to chain themselves to a tree?
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"People who are more sensitive to the ideas of fairness and equity are driven by reason, not just passion, according to a recent University of Chicago study published in the Journal of Neuroscience".

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The Pitchforks Are Coming… For Us Plutocrats

The Pitchforks Are Coming… For Us Plutocrats | Positively Critical | Scoop.it
Memo: From Nick Hanauer To: My Fellow Zillionaires

You probably don’t know me, but like you I am one of those .01%ers, a proud and unapologetic capitalist. I have founded, co-founded and funded more than 30 companies across a range of industries—from itsy-bitsy ones like the night club I started in my 20s to giant ones like Amazon.com, for...

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"Some inequality is intrinsic to any high-functioning capitalist economy. The problem is that inequality is at historically high levels and getting worse every day. Our country is rapidly becoming less a capitalist society and more a feudal society. Unless our policies change dramatically, the middle class will disappear, and we will be back to late 18th-century France. Before the revolution".

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10 Scientific Ideas That Scientists Wish You Would Stop Misusing

10 Scientific Ideas That Scientists Wish You Would Stop Misusing | Positively Critical | Scoop.it
Many ideas have left the world of science and made their way into everyday language -- and unfortunately, they are almost always used incorrectly. We asked a group of scientists to tell us which scientific terms they believe are the most widely misunderstood. Here are ten of them.
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Important concepts for understanding scientific terminology.

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Watch: The 5 biggest scientific mysteries, according to Neil deGrasse Tyson

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“My great fear is that we’ve in fact been visited by intelligent aliens,” he told Hayes. “But they chose not to make contact, on the conclusion that there’s no sign of intelligent life on Earth.”Tyson chats astrophysics and alien intelligence with Chris Hayes VIDEO

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“My great fear is that we’ve in fact been visited by intelligent aliens,” he told Hayes. “But they chose not to make contact, on the conclusion that there’s no sign of intelligent life on Earth.”

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Chip Conley - Cultural Curiosity - NetImpact13 Keynote

"2013 Net Impact Conference Closing Keynote Session: Change Starts with an Idea featuring Chip Conley, Founder of Joie de Vivre Hotels & Head of Global Hospitality of Airbnb".

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William Rees // Part 1 of 3 // Why Degrowth?

Part 1 of 3 from the April 16th, 2014 Vancouver Degrowth Event Titled: Why degrowth? Dialogue on a pathways towards a smaller economy Video of William Rees' ...

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Beyond IQ: 5 Ways To Reframe Success And Smarts | FastCo Create

Beyond IQ: 5 Ways To Reframe Success And Smarts | FastCo Create | Positively Critical | Scoop.it

"Some of the most successful people were "ungifted," according to traditional measures of intelligence. Here, insight from Scott Barry Kaufman and his book,Ungifted, on reevaluating your intellectual strengths and weaknesses and assumptions".

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It's the end of the world as we know it... What now? CBC The Current March 31, 2014

It's the end of the world as we know it... What now? CBC The Current March 31, 2014 | Positively Critical | Scoop.it

Some who say we're doomed and others say we need to work faster on how we'll adapt to climate change. Our panel muses about our resilience, our ability to adapt and our ancestral track record as we ask: If it's the end of the world as we know it … What Now?

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What’s Your Learning Disposition? How to Foster Students’ Mindsets

What’s Your Learning Disposition? How to Foster Students’ Mindsets | Positively Critical | Scoop.it
Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck’s work on growth mindsets has dominated much of the attention around how students can influence their own learning. But there are other ways to help students tap into their own motivation, too. Here are a few other important mindsets to consider.
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"Influencing how students view themselves as learners is challenging work. Students often won’t respond if a teacher just tells them how they should think — that creates defensiveness. Instead, a good tactic is to teach them some of the neuroscience around learning, including that the brain is malleable".

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Co-Founder of Avaaz & Purpose, Jeremy Heimans: What new power looks like

"We can see the power of distributed, crowd-sourced business models every day — witness Uber, Kickstarter, Airbnb. But veteran online activist Jeremy Heimans asks: When does that kind of "new power" start to work in politics? His surprising answer: Sooner than you think. It’s a bold argument about the future of politics and power"

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“It shocks people, but it’s important”: Lawrence Lessig on the “radical” shift in American politics

“It shocks people, but it’s important”: Lawrence Lessig on the “radical” shift in American politics | Positively Critical | Scoop.it
The Harvard Law professor tells Salon how the goal of his anti-corruption activism is often misunderstood
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White Privilege: Racism, White Denial & The Cost of Inequality

White Privilege: Racism, White Denial & The Cost of Inequality | Positively Critical | Scoop.it
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For years, acclaimed author and speaker Tim Wise has been electrifying audiences on the college lecture circuit with his deeply personal take on whiteness and white privilege. In this...
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Why Right-Wingers Think the Way They Do: The Fascinating Psychological Origins of Political Ideology

Why Right-Wingers Think the Way They Do: The Fascinating Psychological Origins of Political Ideology | Positively Critical | Scoop.it
Are left and right a feature (or bug) of evolution?
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The Baloney Detection Kit: Carl Sagan’s Rules for Bullshit-Busting and Critical Thinking

The Baloney Detection Kit: Carl Sagan’s Rules for Bullshit-Busting and Critical Thinking | Positively Critical | Scoop.it
Necessary cognitive fortification against propaganda, pseudoscience, and general falsehood.

Carl Sagan was many things -- a cosmic sage,
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Do We Need a Social Innovation Taxonomy?

Do We Need a Social Innovation Taxonomy? | Positively Critical | Scoop.it
  As social innovation grows in popularity the inevitable questions about what we mean when we use the term crop up. How we define, categorize and utilize the language of social innovation may...
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Big and Not-Big Social Innovation

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Russell Brand - Awakened Man

This video is not about Russell Brand at all - it is about the message and that message has never been more simple, it's LOVE. Trimmed from hours of Russel's inspiring, loving and pure truth interviews and talks....

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Any of these clips viewed separately can sound like tangential rants, but edit them together and it becomes a truly powerful 11-minute stream of consciousness and awakening.

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Putting the Freeze on Global Warming | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com

Putting the Freeze on Global Warming | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com | Positively Critical | Scoop.it
Two leaders of the climate change divestment campaign are urging institutions to break ties with the fossil fuel industry.
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Bill talks with two leaders who helped inspire the new fossil fuel divestment movement that Tutu is encouraging. Ellen Dorsey is executive director of the Wallace Global Fund and a catalyst in the coalition of 17 foundations known as Divest-Invest Philanthropy. Thomas Van Dyck is Senior Vice President – Financial Advisor at RBC Wealth Management, and founder of As You Sow, a shareholder advocacy foundation.

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The Sharing Economy: It's more than we think | Vanessa Timmer | One Earth

The Sharing Economy: It's more than we think | Vanessa Timmer | One Earth | Positively Critical | Scoop.it
The sharing economy has the potential to transform society by reducing environmental impacts, and enhancing community resilience and economic opportunities.
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"Though the Sharing Economy holds much promise for creating social innovations, it’s important to consider who is benefitting from these new models of sharing. The successful growth of sharing businesses like Airbnb and Lyft clearly indicate the economic value of the movement. What is less understood is the social benefits that are created by the Sharing Economy for vulnerable populations. One of the greatest aspirations of the Collaborative Economy is to form a more inclusive society. Monitoring the impacts of sharing on low-income groups can help realize this vision".

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Beyond Monocultures of the Mind - Vandana Shiva - Sages and Scientists 2013

Monocultures of the mind make us blind to biological and cultural diversity. They create scarcity while laying claim to increased productivity. They create conflict while laying claim to peace.

For ending hunger and poverty, violence and conflicts, we need to go beyond monocultures of the mind. We need to cultivate diversity, on the earth and in our mind. 

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Stop Accumulating Stuff And Start Accumulating Experiences

Stop Accumulating Stuff And Start Accumulating Experiences | Positively Critical | Scoop.it
Could you spend a month and have bought nothing physical by the end of it?
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"For a new value system to replace materialism, and be the answer to the problem of Stuffocation, it will have to solve all the problems that come with it--like pollution, overconsumption, and status anxiety. It should also take advantage of all the opportunities it contains--like the technologies that give us the benefits of access without the downsides of physical ownership.

 

It will have to appeal to everyone you would call a captain of consciousness in the 21st century – businesses, governments, you and me. It will have to provide profit for businesses, and jobs for people. It will need to produce taxable income, and a useful benchmark for governments. It should also satisfy our innate desires for happiness, meaning, and status".

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The Great Barrier Reef: an obituary

The Great Barrier Reef: an obituary | Positively Critical | Scoop.it
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is gathering in Yokohama, Japan, to explore the array of impacts climate change is having on the natural world. For one of Earth's natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef, the situation is stark – emissions must be cut radically, and quickly, if the ecosystem is to survive
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The Culture of Permaculture

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Urban gardeners. Native seed-saving collectives. Ecovillage developments. What is the connection between these seemingly disparate groups? The ecological design system of permaculture is the common thread that weaves them into a powerful, potentially revolutionary—and evolutionary–movement.

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Permaculture is a philosophy based on common ethics of sustainable cultures throughout history that have designed settlements according to nature’s patterns and lived within its bounds. It is taking form as a growing network of sites developed with the intention of regenerating local ecologies and economies. Permaculture strategies can be used by individuals, groups or nations to address basic human needs such as food, water, energy, and housing, and the movement has been building momentum exponentially for the past 40 years. As a species, humans are being called forth to evolve, using our collective intelligence to meet the challenges of the future. Yet if we are to survive our collective planetary crisis, we need to revisit history, integrating successful systems from sustainable cultures. To boldly confront our position on the brink of the earth’s carrying capacity and make change that incorporates the wisdom of the past can be truly [r]evolutionary.


Sustainable [R]evolution features the work of a worldwide network of visionaries, including journalists, activists, indigenous leaders and permaculturists such as David Holmgren, Vandana Shiva, Charles Eisenstein, Starhawk, Erik Assadourian, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Albert Bates, and Geoff Lawton. This beautifully photographed collection of profiles, interviews, and essays features 60 innovative community-based projects in diverse climates across the planet.

 

Edited by anthropologist Juliana Birnbaum and award-winning activist filmmaker Louis Fox, it can be read as an informal ethnography of an international culture that is modeling solutions on the cutting edge of social and environmental change. The research presented in the book frames the permaculture movement as significant ally to marginalized groups, such as the urban poor and indigenous groups resisting the pressures of globalization. Sustainable Revolution uplifts and inspires with its catalog of dynamic cultural pioneers stewarding vibrant communities and bringing regenerative design strategies to the mainstream.

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