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The High Price of Materialism

The High Price of Materialism

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Activities that Teach Values Summary:These activities help students identify and evaluate their personal values. Main Curriculum Tie: FACS ExplorationStandard 4 Objective 2Discuss values, goals, decision-making and personal responsibility. Career Connections:

Facebook pays 10-year-old Finnish genius $10,000 for exposing flaw in Instagram Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg (Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images) A hacker in Finland has become the youngest person to receive a reward from Facebook’s Bug Bounty program — but he’ll have to wait three years before he’s old enough to humblebrag about it on the social media platform. Ten-year-old Jani, whose last name isn’t being shared at the request of his parents, uncovered a way to delete any given comment on Instagram, the photo-sharing company that Facebook bought for $1 billion in 2012 — and which Jani, so to speak, pwned. Emotional Economics: Measuring What Matters Since the economy came crashing down on us in 2008, there’s been a growing consensus that our economic system as we know it is not sustainable. What we’ve since learned is that money is fiction and the security we think we’ve been building all these years is a myth. Other than its dysfunction, nothing in the conventional economy seems real. So what does the new economy that everyone’s talking about look like?

Collegiality is dead in the new corporatised university The collaborative spirit once embraced by universities in the pursuit of community service is giving way to confidentiality and secrecy as top-down managerialism takes hold, a conference on higher education has heard. In the new, corporatised version of the university, collegiality and consultation are seen as counterproductive, said Professor Margaret Thornton, from the Australian National University College of Law. “Collegiality, a concept inherited from Oxbridge, involves academics making decisions collectively. Imperfect though it might have been … collegiality contrasts sharply with the top-down managerialism associated with the corporatised university. “More insidiously, collegiality is believed to tolerate and even foster dissent; docility is therefore favoured on the part of academics as the new managed class.”

Value Cards Activity This is a very fun, engaging and introspective activity that can be used for almost any group and is ideal for students age 13 through 100! INSTRUCTIONS: (Click HERE for printable version of these instructions) Following the discussion simply hand each student a packet containing the 40 value cards. Instruct them to clear their desks and lay the cards out in front of them face up so they can see each of them. 11 of humanity's worst ever inventions Nuclear weapons, reality television and Donald Trump are things that we can probably all agree should never have set foot on planet Earth. But what about some of the more tragic human inventions? The good people over at Reddit decided to compile a list of some of humanity's less-than-stellar inventing moments. Here are some of the best/worst...

Flourishing as a Goal of International Policy The discipline of positive psychology studies what free people choose when they are not oppressed. I call these desiderata the elements of “well-being,” and when an individual or nation has them in abundance I say it is “flourishing.” Governments continue to organize their politics and economics around the relief of suffering, and I cannot confidently predict that the planet’s future will be bright with nonoppressed peoples freely choosing the elements of well-being. But if there is to be a “positive human future,” and not just a “nonnegative human future,” it is necessary to discover what the elements of well-being are and how to build them. Well-being has five measurable elements that count toward it:

Value at risk VaR redirects here. For the statistical technique VAR, see Vector autoregression. For the statistic denoted Var or var, see Variance. The 5% Value at Risk of a hypothetical profit-and-loss probability density function For example, if a portfolio of stocks has a one-day 5% VaR of $1 million, there is a 0.05 probability that the portfolio will fall in value by more than $1 million over a one day period if there is no trading. Informally, a loss of $1 million or more on this portfolio is expected on 1 day out of 20 days (because of 5% probability).

Please Mind the Gap I am normally wary of statements such as this changes everything. But there is something distinctly attractive about the Occupy Wall Street movement - especially if it is seen as a single thread in a tapestry of increasing social and civic unrest aimed at systematically deconstructing and challenging the more damaging aspects of our civilisational world-system. The ground swell of civil upheaval we are witnessing around the world (admittedly for a variety of differing reasons) seems to offer the potential for a profound global awakening to the human condition that is probably unprecedented in modern times. Before Occupy Wall Street any serious conversation about the negative aspects (misdirected power, corruption and discrimination) locked into the global financial system occurred rarely, and only then at private gatherings of cognoscenti or during off-the-grid brainstorming conclaves within left-leaning think-tanks. 1.

978 European Matters face a problem We are facing kind of a big problem. When we are facing a problem that means we have a problem we need to take care of. Notice the following: The world is facing the big problem of global warming. Inventions that changed our world « Chestnut ESL/EFL WORKSHEET: Best Inventions of the past 100 years (SOURCE: ONLINE ACTIVITY: Inventors: Thomas Edison Watch the video and do online activity (SOURCE: In pictures: The household gadgets of yesterday AUDIO TEXTS: Listen to stories about inventors (SOURCE: VIDEO

Max-Neef Model of Human-Scale Development Kath Fisher: "Manfred Max-Neef is a Chilean economist who has worked for many years with the problem of development in the Third World, articulating the inappropriateness of conventional models of development, that have lead to increasing poverty, massive debt and ecological disaster for many Third World communities. He works for the Centre for Development Alternatives in Chile, an organisation dedicated to the reorientation of development which stimulates local needs. It researches new tools, strategies and evaluative techniques to support such development, and Max-Neef's publication Human Scale Development: an Option for the Future (1987) outlines the results of the Centre’s researches and experiences Max-Neef and his colleagues have developed a taxonomy of human needs and a process by which communities can identify their "wealths" and "poverties" according to how these needs are satisfied. Graphic with 36 cell matrix at

Blaming Capitalism for Corporatism - Edmund S. Phelps and Saifedean Ammous Exit from comment view mode. Click to hide this space NEW YORK – The future of capitalism is again a question. Will it survive the ongoing crisis in its current form? If not, will it transform itself or will government take the lead? The term “capitalism” used to mean an economic system in which capital was privately owned and traded; owners of capital got to judge how best to use it, and could draw on the foresight and creative ideas of entrepreneurs and innovative thinkers. 1084 Eco Tips Rachel: You were talking about Earth Hour and that's switching the lights off is one way to save electricity and protect the environment. What other things do you do in your life to save for example water? Steven: Well, as for me, I recycle all my waste. I also, as for water, before brushing teeth, I have a cup.

“Chaque jour, les Américains sont bombardés de centaines de messages qui suggèrent qu’une vie bonne s’obtient en achetant des biens matériels…” Dans une vidéo, l’organisation The Center for a New American Dream explique que l’accumulation de possessions ne conduit pas bonheur. Au contraire. Les recherches scientifiques démontreraient que plus les personnes valorisent les valeurs matérielles, moins elles sont heureuses et satisfaites de leur vie. Elles seraient même davantage sujettes à la dépression et à l’anxiété… by miamiwa Mar 24

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