Fog Catchers "If we can help generate alternative sustainable economic activities, we will be increasing the community’s chances for a viable livelihood in the face of climate change." Juan José RodríguezThe Nature Conservancy’s Coasts and Deserts coordinator by Marcela Torres Vea también en español Have you ever seen a desert turn into a lush green valley bursting with life?
Deadly conformity is killing our creativity. Let's mess about more I began to notice the creativity of the manager of the Pret a Manger coffee shop, close to where I live, after he showed extraordinary kindness to a woman with Down's syndrome in her 20s. Well, maybe it wasn't that remarkable, but it was certainly natural and spontaneous and beautifully done. Having been asked by her carer, the woman cleared their tray and tipped the rubbish into the bin. Then she spotted a chocolate energy bar and gave a pleading look to her carer, who shook her head gravely – probably the right decision because she was a little overweight.
Pitfalls of Gamification By Adi Gaskell on September 20, 2013 in Gamification Gamification is undoubtedly big business, with the market set to be worth over $5 billion within the next five years. Despite it’s increasing popularity however, many gamification efforts fail to achieve the results expected of them. Here are some of the main gamification traps you can fall into. Treating gamification as an afterthought
The Book of Symbols: Carl Jung’s Catalog of the Unconscious by Kirstin Butler Why Sarah Palin identifies with the grizzly bear, or what the unconscious knows but doesn’t reveal. A primary method for making sense of the world is by interpreting its symbols. We decode meaning through images and, often without realizing, are swayed by the power of their attendant associations. A central proponent of this theory, iconic Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Gustaf Jung, made an academic case for it in the now-classic Man and His Symbols, and a much more personal case in The Red Book. The Gamification of Life On last week’s edition of Spark, my new favorite podcast, the topic was games and the first segment was a very interesting discussion with Jesse Schell, a game designer who also teaches at the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University. His thesis is that, while games of one kind or another have always been with us, the ability to store and access huge quantities of data in the 21st century is bringing about the “gamification” of life. The whole discussion is worth listening to (an extended version is also on the show site) but there were two pieces that stood out for me. First, is Schell’s view of school as gaming.
Clarity on Spirit Science (A MUST SEE!) There have been a lot of questions recently about Spirit Science and it’s evolution. What are we up to, where are we going. Some people had made up some ideas as well about Spirit Science becoming Cult-Like and a new Religion, which Jordan and I thought was ridiculous. So we decided to put together this video to shine some Clarity on the matter. We both apologize for creating any confusion that we may have, and we thank you loving beings for staying loving and kind no matter what video is posted. As for everyone who has been so mean and nasty recently, perhaps this video can help clear up some things about how you have been feeling… and perhaps this can also be a reminder not to be so mean.
Random acts of kindness should be incorporated in startups. It's good for business! Ole Kassow knows that using words like "love" and "kindness" in the boardroom will probably get you kicked out. Nevertheless, he's on a mission to persuade young startups and established businesses alike that they should persist; that it's these two things that will make their companies a successful, exhilarating, happy place to work, where employee and customer alike are incentivised to stay faithful. Speaking at The Happy School's Summer Camp, the man behind Danish company Purpose Makers explained he first realised how powerful the cyclical nature of kindness could be, and how rapidly the happiness it brings can spread, when he spontaneously decided to give nursing home residents a lift on his rickshaw.
Transition to a world without oil: Rob Hopkins on TED Global Issues X marks the spot: This week’s TEDx Talks The paradox of finding peace in a war zone, and a way to make aid more effective — by decentralizing it and thus speeding it up.