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7200 Kites Flying for Peace and Dignity

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September 30, 2015

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7200 Kites Flying for Peace and Dignity

Freedom is the kite’s response to the wind.

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7200 Kites Flying for Peace and Dignity

This short excerpt from the feature documentary film, Flying Paper, is an uplifting story of Palestinian children in Gaza engaged in the age-old tradition of kite making and flying. The driving narrative of the film centers on a remarkable quest, but showcases the determination and artistic expression of the youth that come together to achieve a shared goal. This quest is a beautiful form of creative resistance and resilience in the face of the daily difficulties endured by the children of Gaza. { read more }

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Homes for the Homeless

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September 29, 2015

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Homes for the Homeless

We’re all just walking each other home.’

– Ram Dass –

Homes for the Homeless

Homelessness is a fluid state. While the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development counted 578,424 homeless in January 2014, some advocacy groups say more than 3 million Americans experience an episode of homelessness each year: a night, a week or a month in a motel, in a recreation vehicle or on a friend’s couch…but a few organizations like Housing First are trying to change the odds. { read more }

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Awakin Weekly: Compassion: an Objective Form of Empathy

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Compassion: an Objective Form of Empathy
by Jeff Weiner

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2113.jpgAs the Dalai Lama explains, if you are walking along a trail and come along a person who is being crushed by a boulder, an empathetic reaction would result in you feeling the same sense of crushing suffocation and render you unable to help. The compassionate reaction would put you in the sufferer’s shoes, thinking this person must be experiencing horrible pain so you’re going to do everything in your power to remove the boulder and alleviate their suffering. Put another way, compassion is a more objective form of empathy. This idea of seeing things clearly through another person’s perspective can be invaluable when it comes to relating with others, particularly in tense work situations.

For example, when strongly disagreeing with another, most of us have a tendency to see things solely through our own world view. In those situations, some will immediately assume that the other person is ignorant and/or has nefarious intentions. Your mind immediately turns to the thought, "How could they possibly not agree with me?"

In these circumstances, it can be constructive to take a minute to understand why the other person has reached the conclusion that they have. For instance, what in their background has led them to take that position? Do they have the appropriate experience to be making optimal decisions? Are they fearful of a particular outcome that may not be obvious at surface level? Asking yourself these questions, and more importantly, asking the other person these questions, can take what would otherwise be a challenging situation and transform it into a coachable moment and truly collaborative experience.

About the Author: Jeff Weiner is the CEO of Linked In. This is an excerpt from his article on ‘Compassionate Management‘.

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How do you relate to the notion of compassion being an objective form of empathy? Can you share a personal story of a time you were able to transform a challenging situation into a coachable moment? What practice helps you to get out of your world view and see other perspectives?
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The Science of Stress

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September 28, 2015

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The Science of Stress

The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.

– William James –

The Science of Stress

Maria Popova explores her own experience of stress and PTSD, pointing out that long before scientists began shedding light on how our minds and bodies actually affect one another, an intuitive understanding of this dialogue between the body and the emotions, or feelings permeated our very language. Ancient Greek, Roman, and Indian Ayurvedic physicians all enlisted the theory of the four humors — blood, yellow bile, black bile, and phlegm — in their healing practices. { read more }

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Understanding The People We Serve

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September 27, 2015

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Understanding The People We Serve

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Understanding The People We Serve

While there is a huge appetite in development agencies for quantitative data on objective things like health, wealth and education, data on what people actually think lags far behind. And when the United Nations and the Overseas Development Institute finally asked 7.5 million people around the world about their priorities for themselves and their families., more than 80 per cent felt that what happened to them in the future depended on their own efforts. { read more }

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Still Minds, Full Hearts

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Nicholas Kristof’s Path to More Effective Giving

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Nicholas Kristof's Path to More Effective Giving

For it is in giving that we receive.

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Nicholas Kristof’s Path to More Effective Giving

When deciding how to use your time and money to address the worlds problems, you may struggle with how to use those resources for the greater good. Exploring that challenge is the subject of the book A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity, written by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and his wife Sheryl WuDunn. This thoughtful interview with Kristof shares more. { read more }

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Stretching Identity: A Conversation with Gabriel Meyer

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September 25, 2015

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Stretching Identity: A Conversation with Gabriel Meyer

Enemies were teachers in disguise.

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Stretching Identity: A Conversation with Gabriel Meyer

“The first time I met a Palestinian Sufi Sheikh, I went to his house. The person who introduced me, my friend, he said, Listen, this is the third Israeli he meets, so be careful. You know, go slowly. So I sat; we were all very formal, Salaam. We sat down, it was very serious, and all of a sudden, I just took out my drum and starting singing, Allahu, Allahu, Allahu. His son came out from the kitchen with food. He got up and hugged us and said, You’re staying the night. In this interview, Gabriel Meyer shares some remarkable stories of breaking through barriers of distrust and enmity. { read more }

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Where Has the Human Connection Gone?

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Where Has the Human Connection Gone?

Life can feel like a whirlwind of activity moving at a rapid and sometimes overwhelming pace. A simple social experiment, conducted in a public space, challenges this characteristic of our modern world by asking that people stop to share one minute of eye contact with a stranger. It had a profound effect on the people who participated and also on those who observed. In capturing those reactions, this film will continue to resonate throughout the global community. "We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep." ~ William James.
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All the World’s a Stage

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September 24, 2015

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All the World's a Stage

Well, humor is the great thing, the saving thing, after all.

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All the World’s a Stage

As the old saying goes, âlaughter is the best medicine.â And for Grant Snider, who practices orthodontics by day, and webcomics by night, hereâs proof that he believes in that very notion. Take a moment to enjoy these fanciful, thought-provoking and sometimes whimsical comics about daily life from the mind of Mr. Snider. { read more }

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