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Cartographies of Time

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Cartographies of Time

There is more to life than merely increasing its speed.

– -M.K. Gandhi- –

Cartographies of Time

Industrialization, and now globalisation, continues to promote the importance of strict clock-based routines. Think about it, how would we be able to interact on an international basis without a shared understanding and agreement on how we measure time? And yet all over the world there are fascinating, often enchanting stories from cultures that still measure time in more traditional ways, and in each and every place there are unique sayings or phrases that have come to represent different amounts of time in a much more human way than the mechanical ticking hand of a clock. { read more }

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A School In The Cloud

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June 22, 2014

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A School In The Cloud

Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes –

A School In The Cloud

Five years ago, Shahrukh Khan, an Indian schoolboy struck up an unlikely friendship with a retired teacher in London — and with her help he is now studying to be a doctor. Even though they live thousands of miles apart and have never met, they can’t imagine life without each other. Khan is just one of many children who’ve benefitted from the work of academic Sugata Mitra. Mitra gave children in a Delhi slum free access to a computer and let them use it however they wished. He called the experiment the “Hole in the Wall.” Now he’s moving onto the next phase of his dream — a project called the “School in the Cloud.” { read more }

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Leaders Open Doors

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Leaders Open Doors

Effective leadership isn’t about having power over people, it’s about doing good for people.

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Leaders Open Doors

“I got to open doors for people!” These are the words spoken by author Bill Treasurer’s five-year-old son, and these are the words which helped him to formulate perhaps his greatest insight into the characteristics of a successful leader. That is to say, leadership isn’t so much about the leader, rather it’s more so about those being led. In his most recent book, Leaders Open Doors, author Bill Treasurer contends that “leadership is about noticing, identifying, and creating opportunities for those being led.” Discover how this radically simple approach is helping to redefine what leadership really means. { read more }

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Taking Back The Time

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June 20, 2014

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Taking Back The Time

We can no longer prosper by increasing human productivity. The more we try to do, the more poverty we will create.

– Paul Hawken –

Taking Back The Time

“As a species, we humans possess some unique capacities. We can stand apart from what’s going on, think about it, question it, imagine things being different. We are also curious. We want to know “why?” We figure out “how.” We think about what’s past’ we dream forward to the future. We create what we want rather than just accept what is. So far, we’re the only species we know that does this. But as the world speeds up, we’re forfeiting these wonderful human capacities…Do you equate productivity with speed? Margaret Wheatley explains how slowing down just might be the difference between ideas and action.” { read more }

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I Talk To Strangers

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Robbie Stokes sold all he had, packed a couple of bags and embarked on a journey that took him to countries all over the world. “My mama said, don’t talk to strangers. What if she is wrong?” Robbie’s mission has started a movement – “I Talk To Strangers” – that is connecting people worldwide, one relationship at a time, through conversation.
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Joyce Carol Oates On the Art of Beholding Beauty

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Joyce Carol Oates On the Art of Beholding Beauty

How lovely this world is, really: one simply has to look.

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Joyce Carol Oates On the Art of Beholding Beauty

Perhaps counterintuitively, the diaries of celebrated artists, writers, and scientists, private as they are, are often reminders not only of their humanity but of our own, brimming with deeply and widely resonant insights on our shared struggles and yearnings. Such is the case of The Journal of Joyce Carol Oates — a chronicle of Oates’s characteristically self-reflexive, sometimes self-conscious, but always intensely intelligent and perceptive meditations on literature and life. { read more }

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Joyce Carol Oates muses that nature, before it had eyes, had evolved beauty that only the eye might behold–anticipating a higher evolution from the start. With one small thought or action today, move a step closer toward your “highest evolution.”

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The Fourth Wall of Empathy

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The Fourth Wall of Empathy

You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.

– Harper Lee –

The Fourth Wall of Empathy

Rick Raemisch, Colorado’s new Chief of Corrections, asked to spend time in solitary confinement in an effort to ignite a larger discussion about the overuse of solitary confinement. He knew he needed to walk the walk in order to talk the talk. Read about how his empathetic experience garnered national headlines and encouraged prison administration and policymakers to question the frequency of this extreme measure of punishment. { read more }

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Make the immersive empathy experiment this week by walking in someone else’s shoes to experience life from their point of view.

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Frijot Capra On Life & Leadership

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Frijot Capra On Life & Leadership

Life is much less a competitive struggle for survival than a triumph of cooperation and creativity.

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Frijot Capra On Life & Leadership

Sustainability is not an individual property, but is a property of an entire web of relationships. It is a community practice. This is the profound lesson we need to learn from nature. The way to sustain life is to build and nurture community. Because of the close connection between sustainability and community, basic principles of ecology can also be understood as principles of community. In particular, they can be guiding principles for building and nurturing sustainable learning communities. They are extremely relevant to taking leadership positions and bringing about systemic change within our schools. { read more }

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Awakin Weekly: Stay With The Breath

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Stay With The Breath
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992.jpgPut aside your old ways of using your eyes and ears and nose, tongue, body, and mind to focus on issues outside there in the world, to get your knowledge about the world, to figure out how to gain what you want out of the world — and of course getting complacent and careless when you get what you want, and upset when you don’t, and trying to find new ways of getting it. Now we want to use our eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, and mind for other purposes, just to see the processes of the senses as they happen, in and of themselves. Look at them in a way that highlights the movements of the mind, how the mind makes a choice, and how it enforces that choice, how it justifies that choice to itself.

All these processes are going on all the time, but we usually don’t look at them because our attention is focused somewhere else far away. So stay right here at the breath, because this is a great place to observe all these other things. The Buddha makes a comparison to six kinds of animals. If you tie them all to leashes and tie the leashes together, the animals will all pull in their various directions to feed. The crocodile will want to go down to feed in the river, the monkey will want to go climb up to feed in the tree, the hyena will want to go to feed in a charnel ground, and so on. Depending on which animal is the strongest, the others get dragged along.

But if you tie them all to an immovable post, then no matter how hard they pull, they all end up staying right there at the post. The post here is mindfulness immersed in the body. The prime way of immersing mindfulness in the body is to be mindful of the breath. When you stay with the breath, you can detect the pull that goes out the eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, or mind to past and future, to your likes and dislikes. But you don’t have to give in to that pull because you’ve got a place where you can stay grounded and secure. […]

These things are all here to be observed. They’re all happening all the time. But to see them we have to change our focus. To change our focus requires a change of heart, telling ourselves that this really is important, much more important than things outside. That’s what conviction is all about. Appropriate attention is the change of focus; conviction, the change of heart. You make up your mind — and your heart — that this is an important issue that’s got to be resolved, and this is the way to do it.

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