Author Archives: cecilebetit

Changing on the Job Developing Leaders for a Complex World by Jennifer Garvey Berger

Book Review in the Harvard Educational Review Developing professionals, especially leaders, who can understand and effectively navigate the complexities of twenty-first-century organizational life—a central aim of many adult educators, school administrators, professional coachevars, and organizational consultants—is a daunting and critical … Continue reading

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Deep Collaboration Requires Three Kinds of Listening, Twice by Jim Ritchie-Dunham

Sometimes we find that no matter how hard we work at something, we are not capable of achieving our goals.  Our own experience and efforts are insufficient to the task.  We realize that we need others.  Other perspectives, other experiences, … Continue reading

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2 Reasons Why We Tend to Choose Separation and Outcomes Now, When We Prefer Uniting and Greater Overall Value

James Ritchie Dunham December 26, 2016 We tend to choose to be with people who think and look like us.  We also tend to choose outcomes that benefit us now.  These tendencies lead us to focus on activities that separate us … Continue reading

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Susan Palmer Review: Healing the Heart of Democracy

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 … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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An Inside Story for Building a Future Where All Can Thrive

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. … Continue reading

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MITx u.lab: Education As Activating Social Fields

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 … Continue reading

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9 Habits of Super Positive People by Angel Chernoff

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 … Continue reading

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Appreciative Inquiry and the Power of Negative Thinking

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 … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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