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  • Adding "neuro" to a word supposedly adds credibility but often signals neurohype

    Brains On Purpose™
    StephanieWestAllen
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:19 am
    Listen to Christian Jarrett, neuroscientist turned science writer, describing the many myths about the brain covered in today's media (kuow.org). The interview of Jarrett is less than 10 minutes long and worth a few minutes of your time. Jarrett has a new book coming out in the fall titled Great Myths of the Brain. I am looking forward to the...
  • Are your conditions for success kinda arbitrary?

    Pace Smith
    Pace
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:58 am
    A conversation between Striving Pace and Enough Pace I’m so close to my goal. I’m so close to success. I’ve got to keep striving. I’ll know I’m really good at what I do when I cross that green line. I’ll prove I’m worthy. Just a little further… just a little more… Hold on a second, Striving Pace. Where did that green line come from, anyway? Why are you enough when you’re above that line and not enough when you’re below the line? What counts as “success”? That line is when I’m making more money than I’m…
  • Resolving Student Feuds

    WordPress Tag: Conflict Resolution
    Trevor Pilgrim
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:48 pm
    #171336684 / gettyimages.com   ” It’s time for us to turn to each other, not on each other. ”  – Jesse Jackson. Unfortunately, student feuds tend to be an inevitable part of school life.  They occur frequently and must be dealt with promptly because they can cause serious indiscipline, fighting, physical injury, bullying and other forms of conflict among students.  It often happens that the students carrying on the feud used to be good friends before.  The feuds are often started by malicious gossip or relational problems among students, so it is imperative…
  • Another year ….. Warning : melancholy to follow…

    Nancy Love's Weblog
    Dr. Nancy Love
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:37 am
    Last year I turned sixty. Today I am older again. Where does the time go? So much has happened in the last 12 months. Its hard for me to imagine that I would be living in St Albert full time with a beautiful cottage at the lake. I am happy to be back in northern Alberta with friends and family although there are special people that I miss in Calgary. It has been a beautiful month here in St Albert and at the Lake which is only 40 minutes away. The weather has been great and I have been very busy with the move of furniture etc from Canmore to Lac St Anne. My new writing centre is now within…
  • NCDD 2014 – Meet the Team!

    NCDD Community News
    Andy Fluke
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:10 am
    Just a sampling of the many great people involved in this year’s event! Hands down the best part of planning and running our National Conferences on Dialogue & Deliberation is working with the people, both staff and volunteers, who come together to make these events amazing.  This year’s conference in the Washington, D.C. area is no different, with almost 50 members of our community offering their precious time and knowledge to make sure we bring you the best event we possibly can. We have a page dedicated to this fantastic team, and the photo above only shows a sampling.
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    Brains On Purpose™

  • Adding "neuro" to a word supposedly adds credibility but often signals neurohype

    StephanieWestAllen
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:19 am
    Listen to Christian Jarrett, neuroscientist turned science writer, describing the many myths about the brain covered in today's media (kuow.org). The interview of Jarrett is less than 10 minutes long and worth a few minutes of your time. Jarrett has a new book coming out in the fall titled Great Myths of the Brain. I am looking forward to the...
  • Seven challenges when using the neuroscience lens to see the world

    StephanieWestAllen
    10 Jun 2014 | 9:06 am
    Over the years, I have learned that people reading this blog come from a wide range of belief systems, including atheist, agnostic, and those involved to large or small degree in various spiritual and religious practices. Although this blog post to which I am linking today is written by a Christian and part of the post is from a Christian...
  • Wish to learn more about learning? Two new books on changing the brain through learning

    StephanieWestAllen
    3 Jun 2014 | 2:11 pm
    T-shirt from this year's APS conference Does resolving conflict require learning? Typically, yes, of course. If no one in the dispute learns anything new, the conflict will probably remain unresolved. That's one of the reasons learning is often mentioned here at BonP. In May, I attended the 26th annual convention of the Association of Psychological Science; some of the presentations...
  • Neuroscientist describes darker side of meditation to the Dalai Lama and he responds

    StephanieWestAllen
    9 May 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Click to watch Dr. Willoughby Britton talk to the Dalai Lama about her research on the negative effects of meditation. He responds that problems can occur when the practice is decontextualized and is not grounded in tradition, knowledge, ethics, and morality. So often today we see people blithely stripping off the practice from its tradition and using meditation for be-here-now,...
  • Evaluating science: The good, the bad, the iffy

    StephanieWestAllen
    30 Apr 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Everyday the media report science findings and the journals churn out research articles. In addition to feeling inundated, the lay reader may also wonder what's accurate and what's suspect and what's downright bogus. Here are three articles that can remind us to be discerning. First is an interview with neuroscience researcher Dr. Willoughby Britton. Although she is addressing the science...
 
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    Pace Smith

  • Are your conditions for success kinda arbitrary?

    Pace
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:58 am
    A conversation between Striving Pace and Enough Pace I’m so close to my goal. I’m so close to success. I’ve got to keep striving. I’ll know I’m really good at what I do when I cross that green line. I’ll prove I’m worthy. Just a little further… just a little more… Hold on a second, Striving Pace. Where did that green line come from, anyway? Why are you enough when you’re above that line and not enough when you’re below the line? What counts as “success”? That line is when I’m making more money than I’m…
  • Pace Explains how you can change the world

    Pace
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:24 pm
    Originally published as a guest post on Escaping Mediocrity, this video explains how one person can change the world, and why you don’t have to do it alone.
  • How 43 itty bitty tedious things completely incapacitated me and my business

    Pace
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:58 am
    A tour of my email inbox three years ago 43 new emails since yesterday. Sigh. Archive. Archive. Someone invited me to do something I don’t really want to do, but I don’t want to be rude… Archive. Yay! I’ve got a new Pathfinding client! That will be awesome. But… now I’ve got to handle all the scheduling. I hate logistics… Archive. Sigh, an unsubscribe notification. Why did he unsub from my mailing list? Am I writing too often? Not often enough? Are my subject lines not engaging enough? My open rate is pretty low… has it been going down? *checks…
  • The cure for still-not-enough disease

    Pace
    3 Jul 2014 | 5:58 am
    2009: I go to half-time at my day job. I set a financial goal for my baby business. 52 Weeks to Awesome is my first success. But it’s still not enough. 2010: The World-Changing Writing Workshop is a wild success! But it’s still not enough. 2011: The Pathfinding Program is born and begins to thrive. But it’s still not enough. 2012: I quit my day job. Now we need the business to succeed so we can pay the bills. We have a cushion of savings but it’s not enough. 2013: I move to Portland, the city of my dreams. Kyeli and I have our business breakup. Now I’m…
  • WCML 033: 6 Life Lessons From Summer Games Done Quick

    Pace and Kyeli
    26 Jun 2014 | 2:58 am
    This podcast is totally funs, And full of some horrible puns. But no! It’s benevolent, And also relevant, Despite being about speedruns. Speedrunning is the art and science of playing through video games as quickly as possible. It’s one of our more obscure and geeky hobbies, but in this podcast we’re bringing it home with 6 life lessons we’ve learned from the current speedrunning marathon, Summer Games Done Quick. Highlights: it’s not a waste of time persistence smarter not harder pick and choose ignore the critics the power of kindness meta: do what excites you…
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    WordPress Tag: Conflict Resolution

  • Resolving Student Feuds

    Trevor Pilgrim
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:48 pm
    #171336684 / gettyimages.com   ” It’s time for us to turn to each other, not on each other. ”  – Jesse Jackson. Unfortunately, student feuds tend to be an inevitable part of school life.  They occur frequently and must be dealt with promptly because they can cause serious indiscipline, fighting, physical injury, bullying and other forms of conflict among students.  It often happens that the students carrying on the feud used to be good friends before.  The feuds are often started by malicious gossip or relational problems among students, so it is imperative…
  • Conflict Resolution - Management

    bestofmvm
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:32 pm
    Watch this video to understand how the Conflict Resolution Model works. Conflict, and the resentment
  • 1914 : Aurait-on pu tenir en laisse les chiens de guerre ?

    Association of World Citizens
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:14 pm
    1914 : AURAIT-ON PU TENIR EN LAISSE LES CHIENS DE GUERRE ? Par René Wadlow   Depuis 1890, l’éventualité d’une guerre flottait dans l’air, lorsqu’Otto von Bismarck fut remplacé au poste de Chancelier de Prusse. Il avait su faire preuve de fermeté au milieu du complexe d’alliances formé entre les puissances européennes et tenté de garder la Prusse hors d’aventures coloniales en Afrique qui n’auraient fait qu’accroître encore les rivalités avec la France et la Grande-Bretagne. Mais le jeune Kaiser, Guillaume II, le destitua en mars 1890. Le Kaiser ne fut pas long…
  • Russian warning to Ukraine after Ukrainian shell falls in Russia and kills Russian man

    Tim Foxley
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:26 am
    Summary: difficult to verify Russian accusation that Ukrainian gunfire lands in Russia.  Russian warning of “irreversible consequences”. Whether a genuine incident or a manufactured one (the aim of this “game” for many of the players on both sides is to ensure that reality remains a very opaque concept), this is exactly the sort of incident that might indicate/trigger further Russian military actions… (Reuters) Russia threatened Ukraine on Sunday with “irreversible consequences” after a Russian man was killed by a shell fired across the border, while…
  • Is This Editorial Cartoon Funny?

    Donald Ellis
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    People enjoy political cartoons. They make for fast iconic processing and cut to the quick of a point. This cartoon by Steve Bell is clearly cynical and anti-Israel. Its essential point is clear enough – that Israel values its own lives greater than that of the Palestinians. An even deeper and more cynical and insensitive interpretation would be that “only” three lives are considered more significant than all of the Palestinians. But the cartoon does represent the mindset that characterizes the perception of Israel. On the one hand, any culture disproportionally prefers its own people…
 
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    Nancy Love's Weblog

  • Another year ….. Warning : melancholy to follow…

    Dr. Nancy Love
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:37 am
    Last year I turned sixty. Today I am older again. Where does the time go? So much has happened in the last 12 months. Its hard for me to imagine that I would be living in St Albert full time with a beautiful cottage at the lake. I am happy to be back in northern Alberta with friends and family although there are special people that I miss in Calgary. It has been a beautiful month here in St Albert and at the Lake which is only 40 minutes away. The weather has been great and I have been very busy with the move of furniture etc from Canmore to Lac St Anne. My new writing centre is now within…
  • New Digs = New Perspective

    Dr. Nancy Love
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:11 am
    I bought a cottage at Lac St Anne. I have been here for one week. I love it. Moving is always stressful and busy but you know when a move is right. I have been so very relaxed since I got here that I don’t really know how to explain it. At the moment I am sitting at my breakfast bar watching a family of geese float by on the lake. It is quiet except for the birds and the breeze in the poplars. WOW. For the past couple of mornings I have been working on the new book on the deck. It is so great to have a place to do that and the energy and motivation to work. The work is somehow easier to…
  • Keep Moving – The secret to youthfulness

    Dr. Nancy Love
    26 Jun 2014 | 8:29 am
    I attended a concert last night.  Cyndi Lauper opened for Cher.  Cyndi is 60 and still having fun and entertaining others.  Cher is an icon.  She looks Fabulous at 68.  These ladies love what they do.  Cyndi had a lot to say to the old folks who remembered the things she was talking about and to the young ones in the crowd she said “Look it up.”  in her delightful Queens’ NY accent.  It was a great evening. What keeps them so youthful?  I think it has a lot to do with attitude.  They are very different people.  If I were to observe for direction and orientation,…
  • Six years of Blogging

    Dr. Nancy Love
    12 Jun 2014 | 8:52 am
    I have been blogging now for six years. That is hard to believe. I do want to apologize for the inconsistent nature in the timing. Like most people I resolve to blog once a week but …. I find the ideas come in waves and when I am riding one I can blog. When I am not it is better to keep my thoughts in a journal. I have to admit that it has been a difficult 6 months for me. I lost my mum and I still have waves of sadness every day. And somehow I feel as if I have lost myself. I am relocating to St Albert on a more permanent bases and I have purchased a Lake Property near the shores of…
  • Listening to, for, with and on behalf of ….

    Dr. Nancy Love
    5 Jun 2014 | 6:35 am
    Listening is a skill.  You need to practice a skill if you hope to improve it.  That was the premise behind the POWER listening webinar I delivered yesterday. http://pulseinstitute.adobeconnect.com/p97u0vgopq7/  You can watch the unedited version by following the link. Listening is so important as one of the main ways that we gather information from our world.  We use all of our senses for sure. In listening though we seem to be part of all of the aspects.  What I mean is that we are sender, medium and receiver.  What we pay attention to while we are listening changes the other…
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    NCDD Community News

  • NCDD 2014 – Meet the Team!

    Andy Fluke
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:10 am
    Just a sampling of the many great people involved in this year’s event! Hands down the best part of planning and running our National Conferences on Dialogue & Deliberation is working with the people, both staff and volunteers, who come together to make these events amazing.  This year’s conference in the Washington, D.C. area is no different, with almost 50 members of our community offering their precious time and knowledge to make sure we bring you the best event we possibly can. We have a page dedicated to this fantastic team, and the photo above only shows a sampling.
  • Jefferson Center Hosts Rural Climate Dialogues

    Roshan Bliss
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:59 am
    Our NCDD organizational members at the Jefferson Center recently shared a write up on a series of deliberations on climate issues in rural Minnesota. The project produced positive results and a detailed report with recommendations for moving forward. We hope you will read their write up below or find the original version by clicking here. Way back in March, we talked about our plans to engage citizens in rural communities in Minnesota to discuss climate and extreme weather. Our first conversation, the Morris Area Climate Dialogue, took place at the beginning of June. Fifteen Morris Area…
  • Audio of our July Confab call on “event closings”

    Andy Fluke
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:10 am
    Yesterday, 50 NCDDers joined us for our July 2014 Confab call on “Event Closings” featuring four all-star practitioners: Lisa Heft, Adrian Segar, Tim Merry and Susanna Haas Lyons. Update RequiredTo play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. On this Confab, we tackled a very practical challenge that many of you face, and that NCDD itself faces every time we plan a national conference: how to plan and execute effective closings at participatory events. All four of our featured guests have extensive…
  • Public Agenda Convenes Scientists, Evangelical Pastors for Dialogue

    Roshan Bliss
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:59 am
    Public Agenda, an NCDD organization member, recently shared the piece below on their blog that we wanted to share with you. It is part of a series of pieces from the PA team reflecting on the experience of facilitating dialogue sessions between scientists and evangelical Christian pastors, and it’s fascinating. You can read the piece below or find the original here. When I told people that I was headed to LA to facilitate a conversation between evangelical pastors and scientists, most reactions fell somewhere between surprise and cynicism. “Why bother,” asked a friend,…
  • Two New Issue Guides from NIF

    Roshan Bliss
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Our partners at the National Issues Forums Institute – an NCDD organizational member – have just released two new issue guides for helping facilitate dialogue and public deliberation around two important issues: mental health and alcohol abuse. As always, NIFI’s discussion guides present three different approaches to addressing the problem at hand for participants to weigh. In the mental health guide, “Mental Illness in America: How Do We Address a Growing Problem?“, the three options presented are as follows: Option One: “Put Safety First” - This…
 
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    Impact Games | Socially Responsible Gaming

  • PeaceMaker Mobile and More…

    Eric W Brown
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:21 am
    Asi Burak’s recent interviews have renewed interest in PeaceMaker and prompted a bunch of inquiries into whether the game is being updated or if there is a mobile version currently available or in the works. The simple answer is yes. Broadening our impact through wider distribution as well as updating the engine to be more stable on new computer environments is something we have always viewed as important and we have been working on a port for some time now. We have undertaken the process of rebuilding the game using the Unity Game Engine to make it available on a range of platforms.
  • Asi Burak Reflects on Designing PeaceMaker Amid Current Events

    Eric W Brown
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Asi Burak was asked to write an article for Kotaku reflecting on his role in designing Peacemaker given current events. I will just link over to it for you so you can read directly his words. Kotaku Article I also thought I would link to a post by Tim Sweeney a long time ago regarding our design assumptions related to the game as it seems relevant to the article. Design Assumptions
  • PeaceMaker Free to Everyone!

    Eric W Brown
    4 Nov 2013 | 11:34 am
    Dear All, Thank you all for your support over the years. We are pleased to announce that we are finally making PeaceMaker free to the public. Our newest build doesn’t require any serial number activation and can be freely downloaded from the site. We hope this will allow the game to find an even larger audience in schools, community centers, and the general public. If you have any technical issues with the game please refer to this post first to look for answers to the issues you may be facing: Having Technical Issues? Read this first! Enjoy and check back for news on future projects…
  • Play The Election: Overview

    Eric W Brown
    3 Jun 2013 | 6:53 am
    The live site is no longer being hosted by Rand McNally so I thought I would post a slideshare showcasing the project since we are very proud of our efforts and the outcome. First let me thank the fine folks over at Rand McNally for giving us this amazing opportunity. It had been since our partnership with the University of Missouri Journalism School that we had the opportunity to have an active community and it is always exciting to see people engaging with our platform. It is always difficult to stand out in the sea of election education materials that pop up around a Presidential Election…
  • PeaceMaker Free to Beta Testers!

    Eric W Brown
    22 Apr 2013 | 2:32 pm
    We have been working on and off to try to create a DRM (activation code) free version of PeaceMaker for some time now.  In the process of doing this we are attempting to update some of our media players and other know issues that have resulted over the years.  We have been giving this version out to select individuals for testing purposes and have had some success with only very rare technical issues. Our hope has been to get this version stable enough to update our store and implement a pay what you want system.  The funds people decide to give would go to other extensions to this product…
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    Waging Nonviolence

  • ‘If not now, when?’ — Jewish-American peace activists organize to oppose war on Gaza

    Mariam Elba
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:18 am
    by Mariam Elba   If Not Now, When? demonstrators gathered in New York to honor Palestinian resilience. (#IfNotNow Facebook) Over the past few weeks as the Israeli offensive in Gaza brings more and more tragic consequences for Palestinians, there have also been large solidarity demonstrations throughout the world calling for an end to the occupation of Palestine. Among the youngest and most remarkable of these groups protesting against the destruction in Gaza is If Not Now, When? After only making its debut on social media last Wednesday, the group marked the beginning of Tisha B’Av,…
  • Jewish Voice for Peace occupies Friends of the IDF

    Anna Lekas Miller
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:59 am
    by Anna Lekas Miller Jewish Voice for Peace members unfurl a banner at the Friends of IDF office in New York City. (Facebook) On Tuesday, a group of activists organized by Jewish Voice For Peace, a grassroots organization of Jewish-Americans against the Israeli occupation of Palestine, filed into the Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces offices in New York City’s Times Square. “We would like to talk about donations,” one of them said to the woman working the front desk. “Oh, great — with all of these people!” she replied, immediately ushering them inside of…
  • Until education is free for all, organize elites too

    Kate Aronoff
    26 Jul 2014 | 1:57 pm
    by Kate Aronoff Organizing on private school campuses was a vital force in the anti-apartheid struggle (Flickr / Duke University Archives) There are more than a few reasons not to attend an elite college. Between the Ivy Leagues and well-ranked liberal arts colleges, ambitious applicants now have 50 institutions to choose from that all charge more than $60,000 a year. William Deresiewicz this week warned parents not to send their kids to Ivy League schools, arguing that higher education’s obsession with flashy qualifications leaves graduates fixated on success but with few passions.
  • 21 arrested in Utah Tar Sands fight

    Kate Aronoff
    26 Jul 2014 | 1:50 pm
    by Kate Aronoff   Activists blockade the Tar Sands construction in Utah (Flickr / 350) On Tuesday, authorities in PR Springs — about an hour outside of Moab, Utah — arrested 21 people for blockading building equipment at a construction site on indigenous Ute land. The machinery in question belongs to U.S. Oil Sands, which recently began the preparatory work for what could become the first tar sands mine in the United States. Should the project reach completion, the 213-acre property stands to produce 184 billion barrels of bitumen — a tough, sticky fuel at extraction that needs to…
  • Six Californias, one free-market paradise

    Kate Aronoff
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:49 am
    by Kate Aronoff (JD Lasica/Flickr) As a New Jersey native, I’ve fantasized many times about splitting the state in two. No longer having to specify that I’m from southern New Jersey — land of gorgeous beaches, the Pine Barrens and the blueberry capital of the world — would save me the trouble of having to differentiate my home from the land of Tony Soprano and industrial waste that is northern New Jersey. Of course, this is pure fantasy. Much as I hate to admit it, both ends of the state play important roles and are crucial to each other’s existence. Splitting New Jersey into…
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    Crisis Management by us

  • Anthrax Scare Blemishes CDC’s Crisis Management Track Record by Jonathan & Erik Bernstein

    Jonathan & Erik Bernstein
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    Series of potentially deadly failures raises major questions Over the past couple of years we’ve frequently mentioned the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as paving the way for government agencies when it comes to effective crisis communications. The agency has set a fantastic example, making use of information sharing and the latest technologies to keep the public informed regarding dangerous situations. Unfortunately, the CDC dropped the ball big time in late June when internal failures led to more than 80 lab workers being exposed to live anthrax. Yes, you read that…
  • You Can Boost Your Online Reputation by Jonathan & Erik Bernstein

    Jonathan & Erik Bernstein
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:23 am
    Some simple daily steps to protect this valuable asset Establishing and maintaining a positive online reputation is not only beneficial to your bottom line, but also an incredible aid to crisis management when the need arises. While sticky situations or special circumstances certainly call for professional assistance, there’s no reason you can’t be doing some basic, day-to-day online reputation management of your own right now. We like to share primers on just how to do this when we come across them, and recently spotted a nice infographic from the blog of social media expert Andy…
  • How to Dodge a Customer Service Crisis on Social Media by Jonathan & Erik Bernstein

    Jonathan & Erik Bernstein
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:02 am
    [Editor's note: The following is a guest post from Justin Belmont, founder of Prose Media. With so many customers flocking to social media to have their problems resolved, it's absolutely critical that you're prepared to meet them there.] Are you missing out on opportunities to stop crises before they start on social media? Maybe you’ve been neglecting your company’s Twitter and Facebook pages, and it has suddenly hit you that that your business isn’t doing so great. Coincidence?  Maybe not. The days of waiting on hold for the next available representative are coming to an end, and…
  • Bridgegate Part Deux by Jonathan & Erik Bernstein

    Jonathan & Erik Bernstein
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:02 am
    Chris Christie caught in another bridge-related tangle Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. That’s precisely the attitude held by many after revelations that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was (allegedly) part of not only the now-infamous “Bridgegate” closures, but also some less-than-honest dealings regarding the Pulaski Skyway, a bridge connecting Newark and Jersey City. Late last month, just as a nationwide PR blitz was beginning to stabilize Christie’s reputation, The New York Times’ Matt Flegenheimer, William Rashbaum and Kate Zerninke…
  • Social Media Customer Service as Crisis Management Tool by Jonathan & Erik Bernstein

    Jonathan & Erik Bernstein
    12 Jul 2014 | 12:06 pm
    If you’re not using social media for customer service, you’re asking for crises Without a doubt, upset customers are one of the leading, and most preventable, causes of crisis. While social media should be enabling organizations large and small to communicate on a personal level with the people who hand them their hard-earned money, too often it’s used purely as a marketing vehicle, if at all. Today, a customer tweet that gets no response is as bad as someone calling your office number and getting no response. Oh, except there are no “office hours” for social…
 
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    Peace and Justice from YES! magazine

  • Indigenous Seed Savers Gather in the Andes, Agree to Fight Climate Change with Biodiversity

    Erin Sagen
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Indigenous people from Asia and South America gather potato seed at the Parque de la Papa. Photo by Adam Kerby / IIED. On top of a rugged Andean mountain situated high in Peru’s Cusco region, on 30,000 acres of conserved land known as Parque de la Papa (Spanish for “Potato Park”), indigenous farmers met in late April to discuss conditions they feared were threatening their ancestral lands. They came from as far as Bhutan and China, and from as near as the mountain itself. They discovered that their cultures were more similar than they had expected, and that one concern had been…
  • With 6 Family Members Lost in Gaza, This Young Man Keeps Telling Their Stories

    Democracy Now!
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:40 pm
    This video originally appeared at DemocracyNow.org. On July 18, YES! published this article by Jen Marlowe about the Palestinian student Amer Shurrab, who had just learned he'd lost a third family member in Gaza. On July 28, Democracy Now! interviewed him about the loss of even more family members in the recent weeks. Click on the video above to hear Shurrab speak about the family members he lost, the political context, and the role of the United States in the current conflict. This video originally appeared at DemocracyNow.org. Read more: Why Are Immigrant Children Flooding Across the…
  • Study Finds Indigenous Land Management Highly Effective in Combating Climate Change

    David Kaimowitz
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:30 pm
    This article originally appeared at Equals Change, the staff blog of the Ford Foundation. The author is the director of sustainable development at the Ford Foundation. A forest managed by the Mayangna people in Nicaragua. Photo by Alam Ramírez Zelaya / Flickr. The first time I heard about Charlie Taylor was the day he died. A friend rang to say that ranchers had attacked a group of Mayangna Indians in a forest near Musawas in Nicaragua, killing one of the Indians and injuring several others. Charlie—a 40-year old father of seven who farmed locally and panned for gold in nearby rivers—was…
  • Worried About Online Surveillance? Your Librarian Can Help

    Melissa Morrone
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:35 pm
    This article originally appeared at WagingNonviolence.org. Photo courtesy of Super Furry Librarian / Flickr. A woman was trying to apply for a job at a major retailer. She had to fill out an online form that prompted her to create a username and password, and then enter personal information down to the last four digits of her Social Security number. Knowing how to use the Internet safely is an ever more important skill. “How do you know if it’s real?” she asked me, already agitated because her computer session was about to time out. The last time she tried to do something like this, she…
  • This Transgender Widow's Struggle for Benefits Will Touch Your Heart

    James Trimarco
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Flying Solo: A Transgender Widow Fights Discrimination from Lambda Legal on Vimeo. It's sweet, it's surprising, and—best of all—it's a success story. This short film tells the story of Robina Asti, a 92-year-old former pilot and transgender woman. After the death of her beloved husband Norwood Patton in 2012, Robina applied to the Social Security Administration for survivor benefits, but was denied because the SSA claimed she was "legally male" at the time of her marriage. Here's what Asti had to say about the incident: I am so insulted that the Social Security Administration refused to…
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    Judy Ringer's Ki Moments Blog

  • The Manager as Mediator--Step 4: Build and Teach Conflict and Communication Skills (Part 1)

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I’ve seen in my work the difficulty leaders and managers have dealing with personality conflicts between employees. In workshops and coaching, leaders most often tell me they want to: help employees get along better. skillfully address disagreements between coworkers. model the conflict skills they want for their team. Recently, Ki Moments began a series, The Manager as Mediator, designed to help leaders address organizational and personality conflict involving coworkers, management, and leadership teams. As a coaching intervention, the 5-step model offers a…
  • The Manager as Mediator--Step 3: Meet Individually First

    7 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    You manage two individuals who are at odds with each other. They are each valuable to the organization, technically savvy and, for the most part, get along with everyone but each other. You've tried the pep talk: Come on, now, you can do this. Rise above it. The appeal to compassion and empathy: Try not to take things so personally; see things from their perspective. The common sense approach: Your work is suffering. Something has to change. You don't have to be best friends, but you do have to work together and get the job done. You've also tried avoiding, ignoring, and wishing…
  • The Manager as Mediator--Step 2: Measure and Gain Commitment

    23 Jun 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Have you ever tried to resolve conflict when there was no motivation? Although we often see the other person as the problem, maybe you were resistant, too. Regardless, without any desire to change, it's a lot harder to work things out. When you're helping others resolve conflict, is it any easier? In May, Ki Moments began a series of posts about The Manager as Mediator, designed to help managers and leaders address organizational and personality conflict involving coworkers, management, and leadership teams. Designed as a coaching intervention, the 5-step model offers a…
  • The Manager as Mediator--Step 1: First Manage You

    9 Jun 2014 | 10:00 pm
    In May, Ki Moments began a series of posts about The Manager as Mediator, designed to help managers and leaders address organizational and personality conflict involving coworkers, management, and leadership teams. Designed as a coaching intervention, the 5-step model offers a step-by-step process for developing skills in yourself and the people you support. We started in May with an introduction to the 5 steps. Today, we focus on Step #1: First Manage YouRead more...
  • The Manager as Mediator: 5 Tips for Managing Conflict Between Co-Workers

    26 May 2014 | 10:00 pm
    How do I manage conflict between employees? ​ What should I do when coworkers don't get along? In 20 years of teaching and coaching, I have seen managers and leaders struggle most with these questions. Why? Because conflict among coworkers saps time and energy and limits creativity, not to mention keeping managers up at night. I see otherwise skilled and technically savvy managers and chief executives wondering what to do. Should I intervene? Bring them together? Work individually? What do I say? Read more...
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  • The Impotence of Negotiators

    31 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    As I write, in Israel and Gaza the conflict continues, and two thousand miles away the aggression between those Ukrainians who want their country to face East, and those who want it to face West also continues. The collateral damage in both cases is tragic; men, women and children who have nothing to do with any political or ideological movement are killed and injured by rockets and tank shells which are aimed indiscriminately at population centres, or which shoot a commercial plane out of the sky...>
  • Argument Dilution - Auckland Transport Way

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    The media has discovered that Council controlled Auckland Transport is using special shuttles to move staff around Auckland – apparently because it’s faster than the public transport they provide for the rest of us. When challenged Auckland Transport shot themselves in the foot and provided us with a beautiful example of argument dilution. Initially, Auckland Transport highlighted the benefits of the shuttles as – being able to cut down the size of its car fleet and improve “business efficiency”. A good sound reason for trialling the shuttle businesses. >
  • What's It Worth

    17 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    As the summer political season approaches, we can expect to be bombarded from both sides of the pond with statements, postures and photo opportunities, all designed to gain some kind of political advantage. In the US the mid-term elections are being held in November; in May next year the General Election beckons and one of the key players in the British election is looking stateside for as much help as he can get. Ed Miliband has already employed David Axelrod. Axelrod, who helped President Obama to two victories, will join Labour’s general election campaign team as a senior strategic…
  • Size Matters

    10 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    Size matters. But so do lots of other things. It’s all in the detail, and we all know that. So, why are so many problems only discovered after the ink has long dried? The temptation as we approach the end game of a long and difficult negotiation is to heave a great sigh of relief and run to the pub to celebrate a job well done over a glass of our favourite tipple... >
  • Going off the Rails

    3 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    I honestly do not know how many cities have trams. I know that in the UK, there are a fair few and some of the networks are extensive. Manchester and Sheffield, to name but two, have lines going all over the place and I am aware that Sheffield’s network is so well-used that a major upgrade programme has just been announced. Edinburgh now proudly joins these and, of course, many other European cities in having its very own tram – I was going to use the word “network” there again, but that’s not strictly true; “line” might be a better word. I can tell you without a moment of…
 
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  • 50,000 Page Views for the Red Velvet Lawyer

    17 Jul 2014 | 4:33 pm
    50,000 Page ViewsFriends, family, and colleagues:Another milestone reached! 50,000 page views!My blogging experience started in March 2013. Like everything, success relates directly to the attention and energy invested in the project.As I blogged more frequently, built my relationship with other bloggers, got more posts shared by my FB friends, and continued to create content I hoped you would like, page views grew exponentially.Here is a summary of my experience:5,000 page views on August 2013.10,000 page views on November 7, 2013.15,000 page views on November 27, 2013.20,000 page views…
  • Buying a New Car: Negotiating the Best Deal

    17 Jul 2014 | 5:27 am
    Web Tools That Make the Negotiation EasierAfter graduating from law school and joining the largest law firm in Oklahoma, I bought my first new car.  It was a Toyota Camry.  Beforehand, I thoroughly read and applied the advice found in a book on buying a new car.  Today, the web puts you a few clicks away from very good advice on the subject.  This morning, I found this site offered by CNN Money on Tips for Buying a New Car.  It offered advice on a number of topics:Buying the right carDetermining your car budgetBuying a new or used carShould you buy or lease…
  • Buying a New Car: More About My Family's Car Buying Mindset

    16 Jul 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Reason for My Preference for Used SUVs?Last week, as I pondered where this series was headed, I asked my Dad to describe all the cars he had owned in his life.  The three things that his description made clear was this.  First, the cars were often used. Second, they were always very utilitarian. They hauled people and things.  Third, my parents drove them into the ground before they bought something new (or newer). So, here's my Dad's narrative. Photos show model and style, but not necessarily the color of his cars. The Single Guy's CarOkay, before I was married, I had a…
  • Buying a New Car: Mindset Limitations - Our VW Bug

    13 Jul 2014 | 5:26 am
    The Beloved BugWhich brings me to the mindset limitations I've had to face about cars.  My parents started married life driving a new VW bug.  It may have been one of the first imports to the U.S., which seem to have started in about 1956, two years after my birth.  It was beige with a beige interior.  I drove it as a teenager.  The battery sat on the floor on the driver's side.  Eventually, the floor rusted out. One day, as I was driving the bug to high school, the battery fell out on the street. Undaunted, my Dad cut a piece of shelving board long and wide…
  • Shopping for a Car: Identifying Interests and Needs

    8 Jul 2014 | 6:11 am
    You Betcha!  Not so Much.On the morning of July 4th, I headed to the Tri-Cities Mazda dealership. Shelly Fair, "Sales Consultant," saw me in the lot, walked out of the building, and greeted me with a warm smile and handshake.  She established rapport quickly, but gently, asking about my interests and needs.  Which car did I find attractive? Why?  What needs was I trying to meet?Interest and NeedsMost cars today are well-built, well-designed, high-functioning pieces of technology. Even the more poorly rated vehicles would be just fine to own and drive. So, choosing a car…
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