What to do when your government collapses Last week, forty Syrians took the risk of leaving their homes and crossing the border into Turkey. Unlike many who cross, though, these Syrians planned to return. Their goal in Turkey: an intensive week-long workshop on how to rebuild their society. Leaders in their communities, they came from Aleppo, Damascus, Idlib, Homs, Hama and Dara’a to talk with a group of conflict-resolution experts in Istanbul, including me, about the toughest leadership challenge of our time — helping people not only survive day to day in the midst of civil war but create a vision for the future in the face of government collapse and unbelievable human suffering. Syria’s population before the civil war was about 18 million. Today, more than 8 million people have been displaced within Syria or are refugees outside the country.
Beautiful and sad GIFs that show what’s happening to the ocean Scientist Sylvia Earle (TED Talk: My wish: Protect our oceans) has spent the past five decades exploring the seas. During that time, she’s witnessed a steep decline in ocean wildlife numbers — and a sharp incline in the number of ocean deadzones and oil drilling sites. An original documentary about Earle’s life and work premieres today on Netflix. Watch it here. Criteria Criteria for Selection into the Schwab Foundation Network 1. Transformative Social Change The social enterprise achieves transformative social and/or environmental change through the application of innovative and practical approaches to benefit society in general, with an emphasis on underserved populations. The innovation can take the form of: A new product or service;A new production or distribution method;A new labour supply;The reformulation of an existing product for an underserved population; and/orNew organizational structures or funding models.
How sugar affects the brain - Nicole Avena Dr. Avena’s website has links to new research and articles about the effects of sugar on the brain and behavior, and how this can influence body weight.Want to learn more about the adverse effects of sugar? Read Food Junkie, Dr. Avena’s blog on Psychology Today. Here is one post that is particularly relevant: Sugar Cravings: How sugar cravings sabotage your health, hormone balance & weight loss, by Dr.
Clint Smith: The danger of silence Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,in a 1968 speech where he reflects upon the Civil Rights Movement,states, "In the end,we will remember not the words of our enemiesbut the silence of our friends." As a teacher, I've internalized this message.Every day, all around us,we see the consequences of silencemanifest themselves in the form of discrimination,violence, genocide and war.In the classroom, I challenge my studentsto explore the silences in their own livesthrough poetry.We work together to fill those spaces,to recognize them, to name them,to understand that they don't have to be sources of shame.In an effort to create a culture within my classroomwhere students feel safe sharing the intimaciesof their own silences,I have four core principles posted on the boardthat sits in the front of my class,which every student signs at the beginning of the year:read critically, write consciously,speak clearly, tell your truth.
Remembering Robin Williams Robin Williams hijacks the TED2008 stage before the BBC World Debate. Photo: Andrew Heavens It’s 2008, moments before a BBC broadcast live from the stage at TED. But something’s gone wrong. Is Revitalizing A Neighborhood What’s most striking when you enter the brick bunker formerly known as Stock House No. 3 is the green, says Fred Haberman, a cofounder and partner in Urban Organics, a futuristic farm housed inside a long-vacant structure on the former site of Hamm’s Brewery in East St. Paul. "It’s mind-boggling to come into this old building and see so much greenery," he says. "The colors are almost electric. What does inequality do to our bodies? To our minds? What do a disease-fighting epidemiologist (retired) and an up-and-coming social psychologist have in common? They’re both fascinated by the unseen social problems hidden behind the word “inequality.” Beyond the lack of access to money and power — what does inequality do to us as human beings? Epidemiologist Richard Wilkinson (TED Talk: How economic inequality harms societies) spent his career studying chronic health problems — with the growing realization that most health issues are caused, or worsened, by poverty and inequality. This awareness led him to co-found the Equality Trust and co-write the book The Spirit Level: Why Equality Is Better for Everyone). Meanwhile, social psychologist Paul Piff (TED Talk: Does money make you mean?)