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The Neuroscience At The Heart Of Learning and Leading

The Neuroscience At The Heart Of Learning and Leading | The 3 C's: Curiosity, Creativity, Compassion | Scoop.it
Joshua Freedman shares the science behind what’s going on inside your head. Emotional intelligence, he says, is the difference that makes the differen
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The heart of it: "To be honest, I really don't give a damn about the brain. I care about the human soul." (Marco Iacoboni, one of the pioneers in near area of neuroscience). 


"Mirror neurons are brain cells creating bridge between our thinking, feeling, and actions and those of other people .. May be neurological basis of human connectedness, which we urgently need in world today.” (Iacoboni)


Perhaps the hard data, the science of why empathy 'works"- will promulgate wider acceptance and use. Not as  'nice to have'- but a 'need to have'.

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Look for the Helpers: Fostering Activism in Our Youth Is Simpler Than You Think

Look for the Helpers: Fostering Activism in Our Youth Is Simpler Than You Think | The 3 C's: Curiosity, Creativity, Compassion | Scoop.it
How are we supposed to effect change? It is very easy to be overwhelmed, but it is also easier than you think to just jump in and give it a go....
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Fred Rogers was a pioneer in creating widespread access to 'safety' for children- on all levels. He drew you in- child or adult- b/c his message was always basic- "love they neighbor". Speaks volumes.And, that 'neighbor' can be anyone- family, friend, community. The concept of people being neighbors (there is an expression I was quite fond of at one point "Strangers are just friends you haven't met."- This is a tough one to hold on to in today's world)-- underpins Roger's belief in  collective humanity.  As stated in the article:  (Rogers:) "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'"  I still believe this to be true. And, there will always be 'helpers' where there is hope, trust and caring.

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How Many Hours Do We Need to Work to Be “Productive?” Reprise

How Many Hours Do We Need to Work to Be “Productive?” Reprise | The 3 C's: Curiosity, Creativity, Compassion | Scoop.it
“Work is no longer a place; it’s a state of mind. It’s become less about when I turn off the office lights and more about when I turn off (at least mentally) the inbox.” Christa Carone, Chief Marke...
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Beings need rest, sleep, time to relax, chill out- just 'be'. Some of our best ideas come when we're walking, letting our thoughts float around in unstructured ways - ultimately finding a path.  Basically it comes down to businesses' willingness to establish workplaces allowing people to 'work to live'- - vs. "live to work'- . These are well worn phrases. But how often do we stop to reflect, to examine which place we're coming from? Are you more productive when you're working longer, later, faster due to fear? Taking it to a basic level- would you want children to work harder, faster out of fear or from a place of motivation and enthusiasm? Do you to believe they need proper rest to perform at their best? Research shows that children's brain's are not equipped to perform optimally until at least 9am. Schools force earlier hours for the same reason people 'over work'- They/we are stuck in false thinking. Consider your own productivity- when have you been at your best? What factors support this state?

 

What's good for children is good for adults. The needs for proper self care  don't change. In fact as demands for adults multiply in life so does the need for rest, sleep, time out. Compassionate workplaces are intelligent ones, finding and supporting the right balance for healthy workplaces.The work won't suffer. According to the article, in 1914, Henry Ford changed practices of long hours and work days/per week resulting in greater productivity.

 

 

 

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A Delightful Animated Version Of George Saunders's Graduation Speech On Kindness

A Delightful Animated Version Of George Saunders's Graduation Speech On Kindness | The 3 C's: Curiosity, Creativity, Compassion | Scoop.it
What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness.
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Such simple gestures.. Many of us may be sympathetic or empathetic to such the sadness or loneliness of others.. Yet- how often do we move from feeling to action? I think the cycle of feeling - giving- receiving the joy from giving by through the experience of someone's else gratitude, perhaps shock, appreciation. In the end- don't we all really want and need in life - is to be acknowledged? ("I get you", "I see you", I understand you"). The power of compassionate connection .

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8 Ancient Beliefs Now Backed By Modern Science

8 Ancient Beliefs Now Backed By Modern Science | The 3 C's: Curiosity, Creativity, Compassion | Scoop.it
The Earth may not be flat nor is it the center of the universe, but that doesn't mean old-world intellectuals got everything wrong. In fact, in recent years, modern science has validated a number of teachings and beliefs rooted in ancient wisdom that...
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Community, love, acceptance, compassion.  Interesting to note the value science brings in establishing credibility of these age old practices/ways of being. Blood samples, 75 year old studies and notable increases in brain functioning - helps people w/o experiences to support beliefs integrate findings expanding minds and hearts.

 

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Act of compassion violates school dress code policy

Act of compassion violates school dress code policy | The 3 C's: Curiosity, Creativity, Compassion | Scoop.it
What started out as a simple gesture is turning into a battle over whether hair matters in school.
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Of the many deficits in the current educational system-- would hate to think that lack of compassion is one of them. What hope do children have for developing social/personal responsibility if schools cannot support- never mind model- empathy??

 

Poor editorial choice of comment by news station as well- why lead with 'whether hair matters in school?"- The point is missed until one reads the story.

 

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International Day of Happiness - 20 March

International Day of Happiness - 20 March | The 3 C's: Curiosity, Creativity, Compassion | Scoop.it
RT @WeCanEndPoverty: "Happiness is neither a frivolity nor a luxury." See Ban Ki-moon's full #HappyDay message: http://t.co/dAtjtQ6vka htt…
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"The pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal"- from UN Int'l Day of Happiness.

Wondering what daily life would be like if people entered into each day 'living into' this statement.

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Portals beckoning beyond boundaries

Portals beckoning beyond boundaries | The 3 C's: Curiosity, Creativity, Compassion | Scoop.it

In search of some meaningful quotes on change today-- found the following from Milton Berle - Love it!

 

“If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door”

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During a trip to Greece a few years back- my curiosity was inspired by views of doorways, doors and portals. For me - what resonates- is probably common to many: The unknown- change/risk/opportunity/potential- many words come to mind. I love this particular photo as the door is free standing- open to the world beyond- not limited by structures around or behind it.  The expanse of the ocean heightens this perspective.

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Special Message to the Congress: The American Promise [on the Voting Rights Act], 3/15/65. MP506. - YouTube

President Johnson's Special Message to the Congress, The American Promise. March 15, 1965. Index terms: Speeches; Congress; LBJ Library video MP506 donated b...
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This 'share' comes under the C of "Compassion". We're an impatient society as a whole today- so 48 minutes might seem interminable.. It's not. But if you get the urge to move on- watch from 20:00"-30:00" . For those of you too  young to remember or not yet born- this horrific tragedy of lives lost to gain the freedom of humanity- should not be a distant fact of history. Still much to be done. Johnson said "'color is not our problem- we have an American problem". The 3 he named: Poverty, Education and Illness are not close to elimination or equally fulfilled (Education).

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The Secret to Learning Anything: Albert Einstein’s Advice to His Son

The Secret to Learning Anything: Albert Einstein’s Advice to His Son | The 3 C's: Curiosity, Creativity, Compassion | Scoop.it
"That is the way to learn the most, that when you are doing something with such enjoyment that you don’t notice that the time passes."
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Following a curious thread on Einstein's beliefs of connection between science and spirituality, led to the letter he answered of a young school child in 1936 who asked "Do scientist's pray?" (another thread to follow- Einstein's papers on the subject)... Led to the learning of "Einstein's Letters to Children", including his own. Each letter shares knowledge and encourages learning and curiosity. A teacher and a learner. To me, the hallmarks of good educators. Meeting students where they 'are', learning together, collective sharing of knowledge and curious about the next important question.

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Who Cares the Film

Who Cares the Film | The 3 C's: Curiosity, Creativity, Compassion | Scoop.it

Via The Ashoka Community
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Film quote ( 2 minute trailer to full film):  "Don't asks what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive. For what the world needs is more people to come alive".  Probably one of the most powerful questions one can ask- What makes you come alive- where/when do you feel energized. (the reverse is revealing of what needs to be left behind... "Where/when do you lose your energy?" )

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Relax, Being Anxious Makes You A Good Leader - Fast Company

Relax, Being Anxious Makes You A Good Leader - Fast Company | The 3 C's: Curiosity, Creativity, Compassion | Scoop.it
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Akin to why a little 'stress' is good for you. If you're a 'little' stressed and/or anxious- you're attentive- chances are you're learning- you are at what has been called on the edge of your 'learning zone-'- between comfort and the 'fear and terror' zone. Too much and you're off the deep end, too little, and you're a 'couch potato' - complacent and/or insulated. Ask any great performer if they still get 'stage jitters'...

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Global Citizen - Timeline Photos | Facebook

Global Citizen - Timeline Photos | Facebook | The 3 C's: Curiosity, Creativity, Compassion | Scoop.it
Yes.
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http://www.globalcitizen.org/Content/Content.aspx?id=e7a1bf8c-f2b9-44bf-95f8-5f5ac4c21aec  "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." –Margaret Mead


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Well | Want to Be More Creative? Take a Walk - New York Times (blog)

Well | Want to Be More Creative? Take a Walk - New York Times (blog) | The 3 C's: Curiosity, Creativity, Compassion | Scoop.it
New York Times (blog)
Well | Want to Be More Creative? Take a Walk
New York Times (blog)
If you are unable to think of a catchy, creative way to present sales data or begin a newspaper column, take a walk.
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Health, mood and brain activity are beneficiaries of exercise- and- specifically walking. We have multiple 'channels' of our intelligences. Limiting the transfer of idea creation to one channel (focused problem solving while sitting, working)- is akin to leaving our channels of communication limited to the 'landline' today. Ok to have as a fall back- but limiting.  When you're idea 'well' goes dry- change the channel - take a walk, experience nature, use your body in a variety of ways. As a 'curious' self observer- what do you notice? How does your creative mind expand? Experiment: focus on generating new ideas sitting at a desk - attempting to brainstorm- time yourself. Note results. Try the same- while walking- same time - allowing mind to wander with the ideas in the background. Results?

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Social Listening Definition - at TrackMaven.com

Social Listening Definition - at TrackMaven.com | The 3 C's: Curiosity, Creativity, Compassion | Scoop.it
Social listening is the process of monitoring digital media channels to devise a strategy that will better influence consumers.
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"Social Listening"- hadn't heard the term. "Ooh, what does that mean? Listening deeply to people? Finding a way to make meaning that values the common good?" ... (Turns out I knew what it meant after all- but never called 'it' that).  Every link searched described social listening as a form of media marketing strategy- replete with tools. I was hoping for something beyond "lets marketers know what their competition is up to". Oh, it is about people - their interests, needs, dislikes and likes--- but all driven towards marketing and gaining a healthy share of the biz pie. Disappointed. Where's the real 'social' (people!) in 'social listening"? What are we missing by looking at big data trends focused on consumerism? Hoping soon to find links on trending data related to social concerns and paths of meaningful action. Consider the exponential value of that! Wow.

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To Guide Difficult Conversations, Try Using Compassion

To Guide Difficult Conversations, Try Using Compassion | The 3 C's: Curiosity, Creativity, Compassion | Scoop.it
Kindness is rarely inappropriate.
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Perhaps it's the Social Worker in me- but while I'm always pleased to see articles in business promoting the value of emotional intelligence,  collaboration, and here compassion, I'm also dumbfounded. Why is this a unique idea to consider the reasons for someone 'behaving badly' in the workplace - and to wonder... perhaps they are hurting? If we do this in life children- family- friends-- what on earth would stop us from bringing the same rationality (from the heart) to work?  I applaud the article- and still- I wonder why these ideas show up as 'new strategies'. I often tell clients "you don't leave your body in the parking lot when you come to work-- bring your 'whole self' in- '- that means, hopefully, your compassionate, aware self.  ....

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35 Moments Of Violence That Brought Out Incredible Human Compassion

35 Moments Of Violence That Brought Out Incredible Human Compassion | The 3 C's: Curiosity, Creativity, Compassion | Scoop.it
The greatest warriors are the ones that stand for peace.
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Such moving images. Heartbreaking and heart 'opening'.

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Bill Clinton on Lifelong Learning

Don't miss new Big Think videos! Subscribe by clicking here: http://goo.gl/CPTsV5 President Bill Clinton answers the question "What is the most important th...
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Years back the phrase "If we stop learning we better 'hang it up"... we stop growing", came to mind. President Clinton comments on the enormity of opportunity to stretch our brains well into later years.  "Stay Hungry", he says.. When clients are stumped as to their next career direction, I often ask: "What do you want to learn next?" Our brain's capacity is always there.. ready for filling and expanding.

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SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR SPOTLIGHT: Why "World Savvy" Education Will Better Prepare Students And Make The U.S. More Competitive

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR SPOTLIGHT: Why "World Savvy" Education Will Better Prepare Students And Make The U.S. More Competitive | The 3 C's: Curiosity, Creativity, Compassion | Scoop.it

"The pace at which information is created and the degree to which it is easily accessible has changed the role of the teacher from being a provider of information to teaching students how to navigate the overwhelming quantity of information that is available at their fingertips, and helping them develop an increased capacity for analysis, evaluation, and discernment."


Via The Ashoka Community
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The article and World Savvy's site articulate the compelling need for Global Competence across K-12 education. Their short term research illustrates changes in perspective not visible 5 years ago in mainstream education. World Savvy's site offers multiple ways to add value as a volunteer beyond donations- worth exploration: http://worldsavvy.org/ ; .

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While a select few schools and districts in the United States have made a conscious effort to reform their curriculum to reflect our globalized world, Ashoka Fellow Dana Mortenson would like to see this international perspective brought into every classroom. Her organization, World Savvy, recently launched a Global Competence Certificate for educators in order to help them understand how to teach global competence. Read more about the themes and thoughts behind the certificate and improving K-12 education in this interview with Ms. Mortenson.

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Jane Goodall on Science and Spirit: The Iconic Primatologist Talks to Bill Moyers and Reads Her Poem “The Old Wisdom”

Jane Goodall on Science and Spirit: The Iconic Primatologist Talks to Bill Moyers and Reads Her Poem “The Old Wisdom” | The 3 C's: Curiosity, Creativity, Compassion | Scoop.it
"As human beings, we can encompass a vague feeling of what the universe is, and all in this funny little brain here -- so there has to be so
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" so there has to be something more than just brain, it has to be something to do with spirit as well.”


Follow the link to watch Bill Moyers conversation with Goodall about the evolution of her beliefs- the wholeness of Science and Spirituality- and how she views her life experiences through this large lens.

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Fun design: How to make people take the stairs instead of the escalator

”Take the stairs instead of the escalator or elevator and feel better” is something we often hear or read in the Sunday papers. Few people actually follow that advice. How do we change people's behavior and convince them to take the stairs instead of the escalator? Watch this video and see how creative designs and a bit of fun can make wonders!

 

Quick fact: 66% more people than normal chose the piano stairs over the escalator!

 

Do you want to have more fun? People at www.thefuntheory.com believe that the easiest way to change people's behavior for the better is by making things fun to do. 

 

Im on a mission to spread creativity. Share your insights, follow me on Twitter @hubertvalentino. I'd love to hear from you.


Via Hubert Cosico
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Loved finding this. Fun fun fun. People not only want to have fun - we need it!. I'm heading for the link above.. .. .  Our child self is our best self. Always. Firm believer in the values of Peter Pan.

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LIVING IS LIFE's curator insight, March 6, 2013 5:28 AM

Com' è possibile modificare abitudini consolidate nella vita delle persone?  Secondo The fun theory, attraverso il divertimento si può indurre la gente ad adottare un comportamento diverso....guardare per credere!

 

Fun can obviously change behaviour for the better

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The Greater Good Science Center

The Greater Good Science Center | The 3 C's: Curiosity, Creativity, Compassion | Scoop.it

Compassion is a fundamental human trait, with deep psychological and evolutionary roots. By creating environments that foster cooperation and altruism, we help nurture the positive side of human nature.

The Greater Good Science Center studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society.

Based at the University of California, Berkeley, the GGSC is unique in its commitment to both science and practice: not only do we sponsor groundbreaking scientific research into social and emotional well-being, we help people apply this research to their personal and professional lives.


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I'm repeatedly inspired by the GGSC's work- sub titled: The Science of a Meaningful Life. The whole concept of studying and making evident and available in many formats- the value goodness plays in the totality of our lives and culture.  Highly encourage a visit to the site- you'll be drawn into topics that touch you. Two I'll read in a few minutes: "When Empathy Fails" and "Is a Happy Life Different than a Meaningful One?"-  a 'juicy' question as a friend would say.

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20 Ways Sitting in Silence Can Completely Transform Your Life

20 Ways Sitting in Silence Can Completely Transform Your Life | The 3 C's: Curiosity, Creativity, Compassion | Scoop.it
I've grown to appreciate silence. It's become my friend and my teacher. Here are 20 ways sitting in silence can completely transform your life.

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(Curated from Christi Krug's 'Artful and Mindful' Scoop.it page and blog - 'A Fire by Night'- love that.) . I still 'practice' practicing. My self-talk reminds me of some of Pema Chodron's talks where she effortlessly reveals her 'flaws'-. As is said of the practice- there is no 'right or wrong'. So I shall open the door and let any judgment step in- inviting it to 'sit' with me. For me, this is compassion at it's best.

 

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Christi Krug's curator insight, December 20, 2013 1:00 PM

Silence through meditational prayer has connected me with an inner strength, creativity, and stability I never knew in the 35 years before I started my practice. Absolutely life-changing.