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Some call it the greatest speech ever made. This remix puts Charlie
Chaplin's climactic address from "The Great Dictator" (1940) into
present-day context, showing how the spirit of liberty, brotherhood, and
equality that defeated fascism seven decades ago must be urgently
reclaimed. Watch Video
A narcissist's bad behavior infects their organizational culture even after
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them
all? The answer: not the organizations led by narcissists.
Mickey Butts A new paper by Berkeley Haas School of Business professor Jennifer Chatman and
her colleagues shows not only the profound impact narcissistic leaders have on
their organizations, but also the long-lasting damage they inflict. Like
carriers of a virus, narcissistic leaders “infect” the very cultures of their
organizations, the researchers found, leading to dramatically lower levels of
collaboration and integrity at all levels—even after they are gone.
Why do people flock to a remote farm in Vermont to witness an art form that’s centuries-old? Well, perhaps it has something to do with reminding us all to reconnect to the slow, meaningful moments in life! Pause for a moment and join us for this wonder.
In a little print shop on a farm in middle-of-nowhere Vermont, something magical is afoot. One by one, tiny letters are assembled to tell a tale of tradition that in our world of inkjet printers and digital media, is often forgotten. What draws people to this remote place? It’s an epicenter of wonder and magic that’ll have you itching to go yourself.
"What does philanthropy in India look like today, and what has it
managed to do? Is it really changing the world and people's lives? Or is
it simply an extension of capitalism and an opportunity for the
super-rich to strengthen their stranglehold on economic activity as well
as development and social progress?"This article shares thoughts on
what philanthropists can do to ensure greater alignment with society's
needs. Read Article
"A young man arrives in the Big City with two hundred dollars in his
pocket, no English at all, and memories of horror so fresh that he
sometimes confuses past and present. When Deo first told me about his
beginnings in New York, I had a simple thought: "I would not have
survived." And then, two years later, he enrolls in an Ivy League
university." In his bestselling book, 'Strength in What Remains' Tracy
Kidder shares more about Deo -- who survived civil war in Burundi,
narrowly escaped genocide in Rwanda, and is now the founder and director
of a world-class, community-driven medical clinic in his native
country. Read an excerpt from Kidder's book here. Read Article
Fleeting, everyday social interactions matter for our well-being,
I love my husband and my son. But I never expected that they
would be practically my only companions for seven months in a row. Since
COVID hit, we’ve been cooped up at home together, barely going out of the
house except for groceries and exercise. I’ve not hugged another person
besides them; I’ve barely even seen other people, actually, except for a few
By Jill Suttie
Though I appreciate that I’m not living alone, as others are during this
pandemic, I’m still getting tired of the claustrophobic feeling of only
interacting with the same two people day after day. I miss freedom of movement
and the people I’d bump into—the woman who manages my office building, the
counter-person at my favorite lunch place, and even just smiling strangers I
once passed on the street. It feels like a loss—and research suggests that it
really is, for many of us.
For centuries now we have had a way of looking into—and even shaping—the future. But how is this possible? Well, some of our favorite movies and television shows are already giving us a glimpse into what life may look like in tomorrow’s tomorrow! Ready to take a peek?
Did you know that since the 19th century, we’ve had a way of predicting the future!? This popular innovation has predicted the walk on the moon, cell phones, and even Alexa. So, how is this all possible? And can you and I harness it?
"It's a fundamental fact of human life that we want our lives to be
under control -- we develop plans, goals, routines, systems, tools,
schedules, structure to our lives. But while developing some structure
is a very helpful thing for most of us ... the truth is, there's so much
that we don't control. Life is chaotic, out of control, shaky. It's
what Pema Chodron calls "groundlessness" -- the feeling of no solid
ground under our feet." Leo Babauta shares more in this post.
In 1926 Vladimir Vernadsky's pioneering book The Biosphere showed for
the first time that the biosphere of the earth was an integral dynamic
system controlled by life itself. The biosphere "receives from every
part of celestial space an infinite number of other radiations... We
have hardly begun to realize their fundamental importance in surrounding
processes, an importance scarcely perceptible to our minds so
accustomed to other pictures of the universe. These rays are being
incessantly propagated around us, within us, everywhere..." As Jacob
Needleman writes, "Why did these words of Vernadsky now, as before, send
a chill down my spine?"He further pondered, "What was the sensibility
of this pioneering Russian scientist that enabled him to offer
straightforward information in a way that opened the heart even as it
informed the mind? The text was touching something entirely different in
me--and not only in me, but also in each one of the men an…
A journey through expressions of gratitude during the pandemic reveals how we're helping each other through it.
In many places around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic means perpetually living under the gun. When we walk out of our doors, we can’t let our guard down. Even grocery shopping can feel fraught with danger. Moreover, many people fear for their jobs and futures. This has also been a period of intense political conflict in the United States and of fires up and down the West Coast. Seeing threats everywhere triggers stress and anxiety.
What if everything we need to solve many of our most vexing problems is growing, silently, all around us? Mushrooms are an unexplored powerhouse that could very well save the world!
Could one readily available ancient organism treat PTSD, reduce methane gas, create stylish clothes, produce tasty food, and cut down on the harmful chemicals leaching into the environment? Well, this is not a pipe dream: researchers are finding that mushrooms can help us live better lives in so many ways. Here’s what you need to know!
"I'd like to explore the essential place of compassion in our lives in a very
simple way. As human beings we have a conscious awareness that is open to what
is. Our very nature is openness. On a feeling level this openness shows up as
sensitivity, tenderness, rawness, as an exquisite receptivity and
responsiveness. As a consequence of this delicacy, we are also easily hurt.
Its like the softness of our skin--which is easily bruised, yet allows us to
experience a wide range of subtle textures and temperatures." John Welwood
shares more in this short essay on self compassion.
SELF-COMPASSION I’d like to explore the essential place of
compassion in our lives in a very simple way. As human beings we have
a conscious awareness that is open to what is. Our very nature is
openness. On a feeling level this openness shows up as sensitivity,
tenderness, rawness, as an exquisite receptivity and responsiveness. As
a consequence of this delicacy, we are also …
"How many of you know how to watch television?" I asked my class one
day. After a few bewildered and silent moments, slowly, one by one,
everyone haltingly raised their hands. We soon acknowledged that we were
all 'experts,' as Harold Garfinkle would say, in the practice of
'watching television.'This short excerpt by Bernard McGrane provides a
profound thought experiment that can help us "wake up" to what might be
really going on when we turn on the television. Read Article