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Here is the starting point (as far as we can define one when looking at wholes): The way in which we do things (in life, in organizations, at work…) rests on assumptions, ideas, theories, and worldviews. As a supporting theoretical perspective on this stance, I have found Argyris/Schoen’s distinctions between espoused theories (what we say we do and why) and theories-in-use (what is really guiding our actual behavior)  a very helpful distinction. Contemporary research in the cognitive and biological sciences provides much additional insight as to why it is appropriate to be skeptical of our own statements regarding what we say our motivations for decisions are.
Posted on 20 Jan | 4 comments How would you describe finding meaning in the work you do? Would you say that work is most meaningful when you are developing yourself?
About The Film Occupy Love will be a moving, transformative feature documentary that asks the question: how are the economic and ecological crises we are facing today a great love story? A profound shift is taking place all over the world.
Before I launch my series on how, in my view, mindfulness is a very powerful tool for closing what the RSA calls the ‘social aspiration gap’, I want to bring some perspective. I want to list the main reasons why mindfulness – if it is actually as great as I will argue it is – is not so popular yet: It can be difficult , especially initially. It draws you out of your comfort zone. It is terribly boring . – Again initially, and especially for people who are accustomed to constant stimulation. It requires discipline , which eventually will be attained through getting established in the practice, so it’s a bit of a ‘catch 22’ situation.
I find the metaphor of an elephant and a rider, which has been used by psychologist Jonathan Haidt and embraced by Mathew Taylor , to be especially useful in thinking about the mind. This is how J. Haidt describes it: The mind is divided in many ways, but the division that really matters is between conscious/reasoned processes and automatic/implicit processes. These two parts are like a rider on the back of an elephant. The rider’s inability to control the elephant by force explains many puzzles about our mental life, particularly why we have such trouble with weakness of will.
Becoming Namaste These days, nearly everyone knows what namaste means ... the Divine in me sees the Divine in you. But how many really live, breathe, practice and become namaste ?
Design Within Reach? The cool sterility of 2001: A Space Odyssey is just one example of how pop culture expresses an anxiety that's seemingly about technology, but may be as old as time. When Hollywood imagines the future, from Logan's Run to Avatar, it tends to picture living spaces as sterile and characterless, without any cultural clues to the person who lives there. No record library, no DVDs, no Hemingway on bookshelves ... often no bookshelves. And here we are, catching up to that vision of the future. Sales of physical books dropped 30 percent last year, while e-book sales more than doubled.
Protesters at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, during a demonstration to oppose the governor's bill to eliminate collective bargaining rights for many state workers. (AP Photo/Andy Manis) This essay is adapted from John Nichols’s Uprising: How Wisconsin Renewed the Politics of Protest, From Madison to Wall Street , published in February by Nation Books. The uprising of February 2011 made a single word, “Wisconsin,” not just the name of a state but the reference point for a renewal of labor militancy, mass protest and radical politics. But it did something else. It signaled that a new generation of young Americans would not just reject the lie of austerity.
Occupy Wall Street is similar to many movements in contending that its opponent—for Occupy, the 1 percent—is maintaining a system whose structural, systematic violence far exceeds any violence exhibited by the movement itself. For example, movements will say that class oppression or sexism or racism hurt people in the daily course of life, pointing to statistics like each percentage point of unemployment resulting in increased suicide, homicide and domestic abuse. However, especially when the movement is still young and only beginning to get its message out, the powers that be in politics and the media will often succeed in dismissing such charges and in blaming every appearance of violence on the campaigners.
In December 2001, 110 of 112 revelers at a wedding died , thanks to a B-52 and two B-1B bombers using precision-guided weapons to essentially wipe out a village in Eastern Afghanistan (and then, in a second strike, to take out Afghans digging in the rubble). The incident got next to no attention here. It wasn’t, after all, a case of American “violence,” but a regrettable error. No one thought to suggest that the invasion of Afghanistan should be shut down because of it, nor was it discredited due to that mass killing. It had been a mistake. As would be the case with those other weddings obliterated by U.S. air power in Iraq and Afghanistan in the years to come.
<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-9896" title="1950s children" alt="" src="http://content.artofmanliness.com/uploads//2010/04/kids.jpg" width="353" height="375" /> This is the final part in a series designed to help you boost your resiliency. For the previous entries, see Part I, Part II , Part III , Part IV , Part V, and Part VI.
Amory Lovins 2/21/12 The early bioneer Bill McLarney was stirring a vat of algae in his Costa Rica research center when a brassy North American lady strode in. What, she demanded, was he doing stirring a vat of green goo when what the world really needs is love?
The expansion and extension of play is, then, the essence of wealth. John Ruskin pointed this out more than a hundred years ago in discussing the etymology of value : “Valor, from valere, to be well or strong; –strong, life (if a man), or valiant; strong, for life (if a thing), or valuable. To be ‘valuable,’ therefore, is to ‘avail toward life.’ ... For wealth, instead of depending merely on a ‘have,’ is thus seen to depend on a ‘can.’ ...
An interview with the activist who made headlines when he was arrested while meditating at Occupy Oakland.
If wealth was the inevitable result of hard work and enterprise, every woman in Africa would be a millionaire. The claims that the ultra-rich 1 per cent make for themselves – that they are possessed of unique intelligence or creativity or drive – are examples of the self-attribution fallacy. This means crediting yourself with outcomes for which you weren’t responsible. Many of those who are rich today got there because they were able to capture certain jobs. This capture owes less to talent and intelligence than to a combination of the ruthless exploitation of others and accidents of birth, as such jobs are taken disproportionately by people born in certain places and into certain classes. The findings of the psychologist Daniel Kahneman, winner of a Nobel economics prize, are devastating to the beliefs that financial high-fliers entertain about themselves.