Showing posts from February 26, 2017

Inspirational Quote – March 04, 2017

“Having a soft heart in a cruel world is courage, not weakness.”

Anybody who knows me will tell you I am a big softy. A sad movie, a heart-wrenching story, being unable to offer help or support to someone in need, it’s reach for the tissues time. I used to think this was a sign of weakness and needed to “woman up” as it were but, you know what, I’ve changed my mind. Perhaps my tears are because I feel another’s pain and suffering but that doesn’t mean I’m weak, it just means that I am brave enough to open my heart to another’s pain and suffering. Weakness would be closing the doors of my heart to it and, thank goodness, that’s just not me. Will you be brave too?

Let Them Be: Reclaiming Childhood for Our Children

"Play used to be the way we discovered ourselves and explored the world around us. Perhaps it was at a sandlot, where -- glove in hand --we argued with friends, drew lots, and fanned out to immerse ourselves in a pickup baseball game. Or maybe it was flashlight tag: we chased each other at dusk, laughing and tumbling, bumping and bumbling around. But we connected with each other: with parents, siblings, and friends. Life was physical and immediate. Interaction was direct. We talked, fought, and resolved our conflicts face-to-face. Modern technology changed all that. We Facebook and text. Watch Vimeo and videos gone viral. Life experiences and learning filter through to us via digital devices. Nowadays, kids are plugged in, often before they can even walk." Author Luis Fernando Llosa explores how today's climate of technology immersion, competitive youth sports, and little time for unstructured play may be sabotaging today's youth.…

Why Your Creative Ideas Get Ignored

ByJill Suttie

A new book explains why leaders can be so dismissive of creative ideas—and how to change this mindset.

Many of us bemoan the fact that creativity seems to be in decline in America.Research by KH Kimfinds that the ability to think creatively is down among children and adults, which suggests they may be less able to come up with creative solutions to problems. This trend worries those in the business sector and beyond, who fear it could spell disaster for the future of innovation. But what if the biggest block to creativity isn’t the inability to come up with new ideas and solutions to problems, but our inability toaccept and recognizethem? This idea is at the heart of Jennifer Mueller’s new book,Creative Change: Why We Resist It . . . How We Can Embrace It. Mueller, a former Wharton School management professor, uncovers the way our minds react to uncertainty and how that can get in the way of embracing creativity. Her book aims to give us the tools we need to be more open to …

Inspirational Quote – March 03, 2017

“Life will knock you down. The real learning starts when you have to get back up.”

Like me, I expect life has knocked you down more than a few times if you’ve been fortunate and a great many times if not. Sometimes, when we feel we’ve had enough, we may be tempted to just stay down there and asking why we should bother to pick ourselves up just to risk being knocked down again? However, here we are up and willing to give it another go. That’s because when we’re “down there” hopefully we’d rather be “up there” again and that’s our good ole survival instinct kicking in. Every time we continue to grit our teeth and do this we’re learning the lesson of being optimistic and hopeful that things will get better, so good for us eh?

Esther the Wonder Pig

"She has a popularity rating most teenagers can only dream of. Her main Facebook page has more than 160,000 likes. Her musings about life with her two dads in Ontario, Canada, draw thousands of comments. And while she can't take selfies, her photos get forwarded around the world. Meet Esther the Wonder Pig who does more than make people laugh: evidence of what her human guardians call the "Esther Effect" appears throughout her social media sites." This is the story of a 625 pound pig who stole the hearts of the couple who adopted her and is now an endearing accidental activist, raising the world's consciousness around factory farming and inspiring dietary shifts.

Can Social-Emotional Learning Help Disadvantaged Students?

ByMeredith Kolodner

New York City's experience with community schools illustrates the possibilities and pitfalls of a new educational model.

The zone for Public School 67 was drawn exclusively around the sprawling Ingersoll public housing complex, but as children trudge into the building, they can see the tips of the gleaming glass luxury towers that are reshaping the skyline around them in downtown Brooklyn. No children from those luxury condos have enrolled in P.S. 67. It has roughly 225 students; 99 percent are low-income. The school has struggled to stem sliding enrollment and to address poor safety ratings by parents and test scores that were among the worst in the city. Fourth-graders at P.S. 67 often work in groups. They are asked to write several drafts of essays to get used to revising their work.Tal Bar-Zemer In 2012, city officials became convinced that the school could not improve andbegan the processof shutting it down. But community members rallied to keep it open, in part…

Inspirational Quote – March 02, 2017

“Be generous with your blessings. A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.”

Probably most, if not all, of us have been on the receiving end of a kindness from another person when we’ve most needed it. I know I have, many times. Not all of us can help those in financial need with a gift of cash, or those without a home a place to lay their head, etc. However, the one thing can we are all more than capable of giving is a kind word, a loving gesture, or our support. Often, this is just what is needed to reassure and comfort, the mere fact that someone cares enough to reach out to them.

This Woman's Novel Approach to Poverty Is A Game Changer

Compass Working Capital's mission is to help struggling families build the savings and the skills they need to climb out of poverty. Compass programs combine financial education and coaching, with incentives for saving. The asset-based approach works: 60 percent of families in the flagship program have increased their incomes by an average of $11,000 a year, and 81 percent have seen their savings rise to an average of $2,500. In a country where 62 percent of people count less than $1,000 in savings, that's an impressive achievement.

What Happens When We Reconnect with Nature

ByKristophe Green,Dacher Keltner

Research is discovering all the different ways that nature benefits our well-being, health, and relationships.

Humans have long intuited that being in nature is good for the mind and body. From indigenous adolescents completing rites of passage in the wild, to modern East Asian cultures taking “forest baths,” many have looked to nature as a place for healing and personal growth. Why nature? No one knows for sure; but one hypothesis derived from evolutionary biologist E. O. Wilson’s “biophilia” theory suggests that there are evolutionary reasons people seek out nature experiences. We may have preferences to be in beautiful, natural spaces because they are resource-rich environments—ones that provide optimal food, shelter, and comfort. These evolutionary needsmay explainwhy children are drawn to natural environments andwhy we prefer natureto be part of our architecture. Now, a large body of research is documenting the positive impacts of nature on human flou…