Message from Robert Bacal About The Leadership Development Resource Center For over twenty years, I've had the honor of working with organizations, managers and employees on a number of development endeavors, in consulting, training design and delivery, and keynote speaking, and had the privilege of speaking my mind on various topics through my many books and websites. One area that has fascinated me is the topic of leadership in organizations. It's one of the most talked about subjects in both business,politics and even sports, and it's an area where there is very little consensus about what effective leadership involves, or even what effective leadership IS. There are dozens of models and different perspectives, and often conflicting ones that lead to conflicting advice for both new and established leaders.
Smile! It’s Good for Your Heart Feeling good makes us smile, right? Sure, although a new study suggests the reverse may also be true: Smiles might be good for our health. In the study, to be published in an upcoming issue of Psychological Science, researchers at the University of Kansas found that the act of smiling has a positive effect on our happiness and physical health, helping the heart recover more quickly after stressful events.
Teaching Compassion: Changing the World Through Empathy and Education - ParentMap Children are often told in a tone of reprimand by parents and teachers: “How would you feel if they did that to you?” It is essentially the photo negative of the Golden Rule (“do unto others …”). What if that message evolved into a positive set of values, then fused into lesson plans, group activities and a school ethos? It’s happening all over the world, thanks in part to the efforts of the Charter for Compassion and its partners. The Charter for Compassion is a call to restore the Golden Rule to the center of religious, moral and civic life through listening, understanding and treating all others as we wish to be treated ourselves. Not simply a statement of principle, the charter is a summons to take creative, practical and sustained action to create a just economy and a peaceful world.
Second Life beats real life for collaboration Stale doughnuts and doodling on notepaper can't compete with giant squirrels and hesitant text-speak, if a new study by Penn State University on the effectiveness of group work can be believed. Researchers found that groups worked together better in online world Second Life than in face-to-face meetings and teleconferences. Psychology student Nathan McNeese created an experiment in which teams were asked to solve a complex problem, using different meeting styles: 10 teams worked face-to-face, 10 teams worked through teleconferencing, and 12 teams worked as groups of avatars in Second Life. Facing the truth The face-to-face teams felt most confident of their performance, yet the Second Life teams provided the most accurate answers in the task. "Overall, Second Life is a viable option for group work," McNeese said.
Starting a revolution with technology The Internet played a key role in the political revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia Now, developers are improving the ways that protesters can unite online Activists in Egypt, Tunisia and Bahrain identified 5 tools to get around government firewalls One entrepreneur is hoping that "mesh technology" can help create oases of freedom CNN's "iRevolution: Online Warriors of the Arab Spring," premieres Sunday, June 19, 8 p.m. ET & PT.
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Program - Empathy and Compassion in Society 10.00 am Welcome Can We Live a Compassionate Life? About Us — IPSL IPSL programs combine credit-bearing, academic coursework and volunteer service abroad to give students a deeper, more meaningful study abroad experience. Originally known as "The International Partnership for Service-Learning™ and Leadership" - IPSL, founded in 1982, is an educational organization serving students, colleges, universities, service agencies, and related organizations around the world by fostering programs that link volunteer service to the community and academic study. Today, IPSL, a B-Corporation, offers a fully accredited graduate program and credit-bearing, undergraduate service-learning™ programs in nations across the globe—programs in which nearly 4,000 students from more than 400 universities or colleges in the U.S. and 25 other nations have participated. Learning from theory and putting into practice principles that create sustainable change grounded in service leadership and social justice.
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