The Illusion of Choice It seems like in today’s world there are fewer and fewer people making choices for the greater good. What I mean to say is that everything in our world seems to be able to be consolidated. The media of course is no exception to this trend with only 6 major companies dictating about 90% of the media we have access to. In less than 30 years the number of companies providing us with our media has dropped from 50 to just 6. The six companies consisting of GE, New-corp, Disney, Viacom, Time Warner, and CBS. If your wondering who owns the major networks its CBS of course, GE owns NBC, News-corp owns fox, and Disney owns ABC. A reason for concern is the gross misrepresentation have so few companies controlling so much causes. If the free market had truly decided who was the winner and loser I would have no problem with there just being six companies running our media. Click to enlarge Share This Infographic Get Free Infographics Delivered to your Inbox
Back to School Ira talks with Paul Tough, author of the new book How Children Succeed, about the traditional ways we measure ability and intelligence in American schools. They talk about the focus on cognitive abilities, conventional "book smarts." They discuss the current emphasis on these kinds of skills in American education, and the emphasis standardized testing, and then turn our attention to a growing body of research that suggests we may be on the verge of a new approach to some of the biggest challenges facing American schools today. Doctor Nadine Burke Harris weighs in to discuss studies that show how poverty-related stress can affect brain development, and inhibit the development of non-cognitive skills. We then turn to the question of what can schools can offer to kids like Kewauna, and whether non-cognitive skills are something that can be taught.
Stop Judging Everyone So Much (Especially Yourself!) The layers upon layers of judgments we hail at people all day. At ourselves. Morning and night. I can’t believe you would do that. I would never do that if I were them. My family wouldn’t do it that way. What are you wearing? She is a good person. I am ugly. I am not smart enough. Maybe you don’t do it. I do. As I click clack my boots down the sidewalk in a hurry. There are many parts to me. We know this. Funny how most things can be at least two things at once isn’t it? We all have opinions. You might change your mind. The past few months, I feel myself sliding down The River of Judgment without so much as a raft. All of us have movable parts; this is the beauty of it. I know it sounds cliché to call it “The Path,” but for lack of a better word, I will call it The Path. Why shouldn’t my Highest Self and Best Version of Me operate more of the time? I would like to have the parts of me meet, maybe in a bar, probably best in a coffee shop. The writerly one says F*ck Balance. Writer: I don’t know.
Passionate Reason the blog of author L.E. Henderson: How I Lost My Guilt and Became Addicted to Writing Since early childhood, I wanted to be a writer. I wrote exuberant stories about vampires, hidden treasure, and animals. Over the years, teachers, friends, and relatives read my stories, smiled, and encouraged me. They told me I wrote well, and so I should write more. By adolescence, writing was not just something I wanted to do. It was a sacred calling. It became even more serious after high school graduation. With the intensity of a pilgrim, I marshaled my energies and earnestly began to plan. However, with all my ambitious planning, I had a big problem: I rarely ever wrote. I did have scattered episodes of exhilarating inspiration, and I would hurry to my notebook and scribble down my thoughts. Writing felt too important, too sacred, to even begin. At the same time, I was uncomfortably conscious of the monstrous gap between my plans and actions. When this strategy failed to make me prolific, I was led to an unsettling conclusion: I must have poor character. These efforts never worked.
21 Emotions For Which There Are No English Words [Infographic] Few of us use all--or even most--of the 3,000 English-language words available to us for describing our emotions, but even if we did, most of us would still experience feelings for which there are, apparently, no words. In some cases, though, words do exist to describe those nameless emotions--they're just not English words. Which is a shame, because--as today's infographic by design student Pei-Ying Lin demonstrates, they often define a feeling entirely familiar to us. Lin solicited the list of "unspeakable" words from colleagues at London's Royal College of Art, and found that their definitions in English usually came down to something like, "it is a kind of (emotion A), close to (emotion B), and somehow between (emotion C) and (emotion D)." A couple of other good ones that didn't make this map [via So Bad So Good]: Litost (Czech): a state of torment created by the sudden sight of one's own misery Pena ajena (Mexican Spanish): The embarrassment you feel watching someone else's humiliation
Fra Natur og ungdom til oljeindustrien | Sånn er det bare Silje Lundberg har skrevet denne teksten. Hun er leder i Natur og Ungdom. Her intervjuer hun Tore Killingland i Norsk olje og gass. Før du leser Lundbergs tekst, sjekk disse lenkene: Regjeringen har en egen nettside for olje og gass. Fra Natur og ungdom til oljeindustrien Som leder i Natur og Ungdom kunne Tore Killingland ikke forestille seg at han skulle jobbe i oljeindustrien. – Har du endra syn på hvilke miljøsaker som er viktigst? – Nei, egentlig ikke. Hvor god er egentlig god? Da Tore Killingland var generalsekretær i Naturvernforbundet, vurderte regjeringen om de skulle åpne havområdene utenfor Lofoten og i Barentshavet for oljeutvinning. – Mener du fortsatt at det ikke haster med oljeutvinning i disse områdene? – Det er klart at alle slike utsagn er tidsbestemt. Selv om Killingland mener utviklinga har vært god, skjer det likevel nestenulykker på norsk sokkel. – Synes du utviklinga har vært god nok til å åpne havområdene utenfor Lofoten? – Ja. Ubehagelige tall Den vanskelige gassen
Learning to Find Peace in the Confusion and Uncertainty 2013 has certainly been an interesting ride for me so far. Coming into the beginning of the year, I was riding a big high! My first book had just been published by Hay House, my business was flourishing, opportunities to empower youth and parents were abundantly flowing into my life, I had absolute clarity on my life purpose (or so I thought), and I was in the most heart-opening and love-filled relationship I had ever been in. I felt like I had finally “made it” and was truly content in all areas of my life! And just as I started to get comfortable, everything began unraveling before my eyes. It started with my relationship ending the first week of the year, and before I could even take the time to heal, my business slowed down to a halt. I decided that the universe was clearly creating space for me to do some deep healing and growing. All throughout my childhood, my biggest fear was change and uncertainty. The reality is, without questions there can be no answers.
5 Tips for Writing Kick-Ass Characters Bryan Cranston as Walter White Characters make the story. They are the most difficult aspect of any work in progress, and the most crucial to its success. There are so many elements to be considered when dealing with characters, especially when your cast is many. And let’s face it; your characters are in need of some tender loving care. Have no fear! 1. What was the last book you read, film you watched, or game you played where you were rooting for the main character, wishing you were by her side to help in the struggle? Now ask yourself why you felt this way about that character. Relatable characters are the ones that you can identify with, the ones you want to see succeed, and the ones who make your throat tighten when they are in jeopardy. That level of emotion is what you want your audience to experience during the trials and tribulations of your characters. 2. So, where do you begin? Start with a role that needs to be filled, and then work around that. 3. 4. 5. See Also: Codey Amprim
Rethinking the Concept of “Outliers”: Why Non-Experts are Better at Disruptive Innovation This post written by entrepreneur and philanthropist Naveen Jain. He is the founder of World Innovation Institute, Moon Express, iNome and Infospace. Naveen is a trustee of Singularity University and X Prize foundation. Follow Naveen Jain on Twitter: @Naveen_Jain_CEO Naveen Jain - Trustee at Singularity University Bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell says it takes 10,000 hours to become expert at something, whether it’s playing the guitar, charting the stars or writing software code. That’s an interesting thesis on the part of Gladwell, and perhaps true in yesteryear, but in today’s world of growing exponential technologies, I beg to differ. I believe that people who will come up with creative solutions to solve the world’s biggest problems — ecological devastation, global warming, the global debt crisis and distribution of dwindling natural resources, to name a few — will NOT be experts in their fields. Myopic Thinking Innovation and Information in Abundance What do you think?
The Growth Wagon and the Three Runaway Horses | Earth Citizen Blog A picture can convey more information than many thousand words, and this is something you can take advantage of in communication about climate change. During the climate conference in Copenhagen in 2009, the cartoon which I call The Big Hoax, which was made by Joel Pett for USA Today just before the conference, was used to express that there is no risk associated with reducing greenhouse gas emissions. What we risk is to “create a better world for nothing”. The cartoon has since reached all corners of the globe. The Big Hoax. Inspired by The Big Hoax I asked the artist Jakki Moore to create a picture to me. The three runaway horses are named Coal, Oil and Gas, and they are pulling a wagon filled with earthlings towards the fossil cliff. The Growth Wagon and the Three Runaway Horses. To be continued… Like this: Like Loading...
Control Less, Feel More The need to control sucks out the joy that is freely available in every moment. Lately i’ve experienced something I never did before to this extent: The lure to control. All while feeling completely out of control. Control of self, control of experience, control of others, control of emotions, control of outcomes… regardless of how I knew everything my mind tried to control would slip out of my fingers as soon as i’d try to reach out. I know the “clarity”, I know the wisdom of “letting go” and “letting be”, but I haven’t experienced the full extent of where the ego mind can lead you, and therefore haven’t put myself in a situation to transcend my biggest fears and emotional blocks. What a ride. When big changes, sudden endings and quick turns show up in your life after a period of stagnancy, it’s easy to hold your breath in and tense up. The process is what makes you go to greater depths of self-discovery and let go of what you don’t need to carry anymore.
Escapist fiction Escapist fiction is fiction which provides a psychological escape from thoughts of everyday life by immersing the reader in exotic situations or activities. The term is not used favorably, though the condemnation contained in it may be slight. Those who defend works described as escapist from the charge either assert that they are not escapist—such as, a science fiction novel's satiric aspects address real life—or defend the notion of "escape" as such, not "escapism"—as in J. Genres which can include elements of escapist fiction include:
Ikea as Rat-Maze - Ideas Market By Christopher Shea It’s a cliché that casinos are designed to prevent people from recognizing how much time has passed (no windows) and to steer people away from exit routes and back to the tables. But much more salient, to me at least, is the infuriating design of Ikea stores. Invariably, my wife and I separate at some point and then, once I’m done browsing, I end up spending 20 minutes walking in circles trying to find the route back to children’s furniture (or some other designated meeting spot). I wind up passing the same mock studio apartment half a dozen times, blood pressure rising with each new sighting. This confusion is carefully planned and orchestrated by Ikea, explained Alan Penn, a professor of architectural computing at University College London, in a recent lecture, in which he makes use of some very cool maps and digitized models of customer flow. This guy videotaped his confusing encounter with Ikea. Via Gary Hustwit and Curiosity Counts