• Susan Palmer Review: Healing the Heart of Democracy

    by  • November 5, 2016 • 0 Comments

    Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit by Parker Palmer (Jossey-Bass, 2011) What are the big take-aways? In Healing the Heart of Democracy, educator and sociologist Parker Palmer (no relation) deeply investigates the powers of heartbreak and courage in American democracy, with a focus on...

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    Tragic, Sudden Passing of GoodWorks’ Samuel Cornthwaite Sends Shockwaves Through Beijing’s Expat Community

    by  • September 8, 2016 • 0 Comments

    One of Beijing’s most beloved goodwill workers – Sam Cornthwaite, co-founder of the non-profit corporation GoodWorks Coffee & Tea – died suddenly last night (Sep 6) after a short illness, sending shockwaves through the city’s expat community. Yesterday, reports began circulating that the 26-year-old had fallen seriously ill with complications from acute pancreatitis over the weekend. Almost immediately...

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    An Inside Story for Building a Future Where All Can Thrive

    by  • June 19, 2016 • 0 Comments

    Cecile G. Betit Independent researcher, USA This short essay suggests the importance of reflective/contemplative practices (discourse, journaling, meditation, mindfulness, inquiry, walking, etc.) for developing the inner life with its capacities for knowing, values, compass, multiple intelligences, consciousness, wisdom and imagination. These are seen as essential building blocks for shifts in consciousness toward compassion, empathy,...

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    MITx u.lab: Education As Activating Social Fields

    by  • January 6, 2016 • 0 Comments

    Being a part of this Mitx U.Lab experience opened fields of possibilities for me. Thank you Otto Scharmer et al.   Otto Scharmer Senior Lecturer, MIT; Co-founder, Presencing Institute  Until last year, the number of students in my classes at MIT numbered 50 or so. Less than twelve months later, I have just completed my...

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    9 Habits of Super Positive People by Angel Chernoff

    by  • November 23, 2015 • 0 Comments

    Life is full of positive experiences.  Notice them.  Notice the sun warming your skin, the small child learning to walk, and the smiling faces around you.  Smell the rain, and feel the wind.  Live your life to the fullest potential by reveling in the beauty of these experiences, and letting them inspire you to...

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    Appreciative Inquiry and the Power of Negative Thinking

    by  • October 18, 2015 • 0 Comments

    Why we need to overcome our negative bias and six ways to do it  All of you who are familiar with the Appreciative Inquiry approach to organisational, project and personal development will be aware of the following “Big Five” interlinked and overlapping principles that underpin the paradigm: The Constructionist Principle (words create worlds) – the filters...

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    Leading change: First in the subtle, then in the world.

    by  • October 9, 2015 • 0 Comments

    by ancaspari If you want to lead change – personal, organizational or societal – you have to know intimately how change works. This includes experiential clarity in knowing how to overcome – and help overcome – resistance towards change. It also includes knowing the ever so subtle, almost unnoticeable shifts in your own inner...

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    The Blind Spot: Uncovering the Grammar of the Social Field

    by  • June 8, 2015 • 0 Comments

    Otto Scharmer’s blog below deserves great consideration and discussion.   Otto Scharmer    This blog is a bit longer than usual. But if you are interested in the invisible dimension of leading profound social change — and in a blend of action science and consciousness to illuminate that blind spot — it may be worth the read....

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    3 Ways Embracing Curiosity Can Change Your Life

    by  • April 19, 2015 • 0 Comments

    EVER WONDER WHAT CURIOSITY CAN DO FOR YOU? AUTHOR WARREN BERGER LOOKS AT HOW THE TENDENCY TO WONDER IS A SECRET TO SUCCESS. WRITTEN BY Warren Berger Brian Grazer is one of the most successful producers in Hollywood, with film credits that include Splash, A Beautiful Mind, and Apollo 13, along with TV hits such as “24,” “Arrested...

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