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Margaret Heffernan: Dare to disagree

Margaret Heffernan: Dare to disagree
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Let’s play Mexican Kitchen Worker After a long career as a game designer, Brenda Romero became an educator — teaching the next generation of artists, coders and mechanics how to create the world’s most popular media form. A game is the tool she uses to think about problems, to explain, to put concepts into form. As she says: “This is all I’ve ever done. I’ve been a game designer since I was 15 and this is my natural way of seeing things.” In 2008, she began a design exercise that expanded into a series called “The Mechanic Is the Message” — analog (not video) games that use game mechanics, boards, pieces, and rules to help a player think through hard problems. In her TEDxPhoenix talk, given in 2011, Romero mentioned a new game, an intriguing protoype called “Mexican Kitchen Workers.” What was the genesis of Mexican Kitchen Workers? “I was meeting with a client in Columbus, Ohio, and he was a restaurant owner. It was such an odd phrase that meant so much. How the game works A game about the complex economy of a slum

50 PELÍCULAS PARA ABRIR LA CONCIENCIA | Carmelo Urso Al final hay un enlace para bajar a su pc un programa recomendado para poder descargar los videos de YouTube, si quieren evaluar otros programas pueden hacerlo en: 1] 2012 LA NUEVA CONSCIENCIA. Dr.Oscoy [película documental con audio en español – 91 minutos] ¿Que va a suceder en el 2012?… ¿realmente se va acabar el mundo? En este documental el Dr. 2] CONVERSACIONES CON DIOS. 3] LAS 7 LEYES ESPIRITUALES DEL ÉXITO. 4] HIM: MÁS ALLÁ DE LA LUZ. 6] ¿Y TU QUE SABES? Extensión de la película documental ¿Y tu que sabe? 7] REVOLUCIÓN CUÁNTICA [película documental con audio en español – 52 minutos] ¿Sabrías decir cuál es el objeto de estudio de la física cuántica o a qué es un cuanto? Posiblemente no, pero seguro que sí que conoces el láser, la resonancia magnética, o utilizas CD y DVD en tu vida cotidiana. 8] TU PUEDES SANAR TU VIDA. En esta pelicula Louise L. 9] COMO CREAR ABUNDANCIA. Dr. 10] LA PELÍCULA DEL CAMBIO. 11] CREAR EL DÍA. 12] HOME. 16] EL PODER DE LA INTENCIÓN. 19] EL ÚLTIMO VIAJE.

Conflict Strategies for Nice People Do you value friendly relations with your colleagues? Are you proud of being a nice person who would never pick a fight? Unfortunately, you might be just as responsible for group dysfunction as your more combative team members. That’s because it’s a problem when you shy away from open, healthy conflict about the issues. If you think you’re “taking one for the team” by not rocking the boat, you’re deluding yourself. Teams need conflict to function effectively. Still, I meet people every day who admit that they aren’t comfortable with conflict. Sure, pulling your punches might help you maintain your self-image as a nice person, but you do so at the cost of getting your alternative perspective on the table; at the cost of challenging faulty assumptions; and at the cost of highlighting hidden risks. To overcome these problems, we need a new definition of nice. The secret of having healthy conflict and maintaining your self-image as a nice person is all in the mindset and the delivery. 1. 2.

A new view of slavery, via a letter from my great great grandfather White Americans aren’t the only ones who don’t like to remember slavery and its history. According to the Office of Minority Health, in 2012 there were 43.1 million people who identify as African-American. I could lay money that, next year, fewer than 1 percent will publicly celebrate the 150th anniversary of June 19th, or what we call “Juneteenth” — also known as Freedom Day and Emancipation Day — even though the holiday is recognized in 43 of our so-called United States. It was on this day in 1865 that, two years after Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, the state of Texas freed the last enslaved Africans in America. Many African-Americans don’t have detailed stories about our enslaved ancestors or their escape. We were property, not human beings whose culture and nationality was stripped with every stroke of a slavemaster’s whip. Here is the letter, unedited and in full: BOSTON, MASS., Feb. 15th, 1855. No. 2, Change Avenue. Photo: Library of Congress.

Nerdome | For Smart People… How to Criticize with Kindness: Philosopher Daniel Dennett on the Four Steps to Arguing Intelligently By Maria Popova / brainpickings.org “Just how charitable are you supposed to be when criticizing the views of an opponent?” “In disputes upon moral or scientific points,” Arthur Martine counseled in his magnificent 1866 guide to the art of conversation, “let your aim be to come at truth, not to conquer your opponent. So you never shall be at a loss in losing the argument, and gaining a new discovery.” Daniel Dennett (b. In Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking (public library) — the same fantastic volume that gave us Dennett on the dignity and art-science of making mistakes — he offers what he calls “the best antidote [for the] tendency to caricature one’s opponent”: a list of rules formulated decades ago by the legendary social psychologist and game theorist Anatol Rapoport, best-known for originating the famous tit-of-tat strategy of game theory. If only the same code of conduct could be applied to critical commentary online, particularly to the indelible inferno of comments.

How to thrive in a world where change is constant On a trip to the Bahamas in 2012, I got the chance to feed a group of grey reef sharks. Now, feeding sharks is not an activity to be taken lightly. It’s a complex challenge that essentially requires you to coordinate a group of wild animals; you want them excited enough that they stick around. But you can’t just dump lots of food in the water, because that will whip them into a frenzy, with potentially disastrous consequences. You spend a lot of time training for a dive like this. And the most important thing is for all of that training to be second nature. Such intuition is a factor in daily life, too. Only, linear thinking is becoming less useful as a model than complex, intuitive thinking. Just try it. as told to Kate Torgovnick May. Featured image: iStock.

160 Textos para ampliar nuestra consciencia Hoy quiero compartir contigo una selección personal de 160 textos de los muchos que he ido recopilando estos últimos meses, escritos cortos que, dada su extensión, he pensado compartir de esta manera, de modo similar al de las postales emocionales que ya publiqué hace algunos meses en este mismo blog. Son estos, unos textos que he ido seleccionando entre muchos de los que fui encontrando por internet y, sobre todo, en los libros que sobre estos temas tengo la posibilidad de leer; son frases o párrafos que marqué durante mis lecturas y que posteriormente transcribí a estas “tablillas” o “postales”. En esta recopilación no pretende otra cosa que poder serte de ayuda, un faro, en tu camino personal. Tenéis mi permiso (digo esto por si alguien tuviera reparos al respecto) para distribuirlos y compartirlos tanto como gustéis, me haríais un gran favor si, en ese caso, citáis mi blog como el lugar desde donde los descargasteis. Espero que os gusten y os sean de provecho.

Make the Other Side Negotiate Against Themselves to Strike Good Deals The art — and science — of sharing a secret You keep secrets from each other; you keep secrets from yourselves. Secrets bond you; secrets drive you apart. Keeping a secret can be a burden, or it can delight you. Sharing secrets can be a relief, whether it’s with your old friend or new therapist. For children, learning to keep secrets is a vital developmental milestone. For adults, this is expected behavior. Yet across ages and cultures, multiple studies show the personal health benefits of sharing your private hopes and fears with trusted confidantes — and the corresponding detriment of keeping some secrets entirely to yourself. Which secrets should you not be entirely alone with? If no trusted confidante comes to mind, then it may be appropriate to share that “shameful” secret with someone new. A decade ago, Frank Warren (TED Talk: Half a million secrets) founded an ongoing community art project that transformed his own secrets, in addition to many others. Featured image: Flickr commons.

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