Dan Pink – always good value – a stunning advocate for Whole Mind-edness. How do incentives impact performance? Well, it depends on the kind of work. Do you want speed or innovation? Lou Russell
Here are nine ways to show your gratitude this Thanksgiving: Tweet your thanks Epic Thanks is a global celebration that aims to change the world through the power of gratitude. Originally founded with the name TweetsGiving in 2008, in its first year, the event built a classroom out of gratitude in Arusha, Tanzania, and became the #1 trending topic on Twitter as grateful tweets from across the globe filled the stream. This year they are focusing on building a secondary school for students who are now in 7th grade. http://epicthanks.org/ Feed families for just a few dollars Since 1972, organizers and volunteers with the annual Mozel Sanders Thanksgiving Day Dinner have made sure families in Indianapolis can at least enjoy the holiday without wondering where their meal will come from. Not only do they get physical nourishment, but also the love that goes into preparing each dinner. Any donation amount is appreciated. http://www.mozelsanders.org/ Send a care package to a soldier abroad Our service men and women who are out of the country during Thanksgiving often long for the comforts of home. By sending a care package through Operation Shoebox you can show them your gratitude for their duty and make them feel loved. http://www.operationshoebox.com/ Deliver a Thanksgiving meal to housebound neighbors Don't forget seniors or the seriously ill during this holiday. By volunteering with a local Meals on Wheels Program to bring a hot dinner to those who may not be able to join family or friends. They'll appreciate the food and, more importantly, the time you share with them at their homes. http://www.mealsonwheelsindy.org/ Sign the Charter for Compassion In February 2008, former nun Karen Armstrong won the TED Prize and asked for the help of others to create, launch and promote an international Charter for Compassion . Thousands of people contributed to the creation of the multilateral Charter to promote compassion across cultural and religious boundaries. By signing the online document, you agree to live by and encourage the "golden rule" by treating everyone in this world with compassion and respect. http://charterforcompassion.org/site/ Run a "Turkey Trot" The Drumstick Dash is a 4.5 mile run/walk that takes place on Thanksgiving day morning in Broad Ripple. The event also features a 2.3 mile fun run course for those not up to the longer distance. This event benefits Wheeler Mission Ministries. Come move your feet so others can eat! http://wheelermission.org/news/drumstick-dash.asp Pledge to Give 29 Things Away Thanksgiving is a perfect time to sign up for the 29-Day Giving Challenge , a commitment to give something away each day for 29 days. It can be a tangible object or something as simple as a compliment. The goal is to make giving a habit and share your stories with others who might be inspired. Each month, 29Gifts features a different cause , so if you get stuck one day there are plenty of ideas ready to go. http://www.29gifts.org/ Serve Thanksgiving Dinner at a Homeless Shelter All the donated food that is raised during Thanksgiving time has to have willing hands to help cook it. Lend yours by volunteering this thanksgiving at a homeless shelter to prepare and dish up a meal with all the trimmings for those who don't have a home to go to this Holiday. Visit www.IndyHelpers.com for a listing of places in need of volunteers. Start a Gratitude Journal Three Blessings / Gratitude Journal Exercise - Each night before bed, write down at least three things that went well today. By putting your gratitude into words, you increase appreciation and memory of your blessings. If your list starts becoming repetitive, break benefits down into multiple components and reflect on each separately. Mentally label your benefits with the word “gift.” When this exercise becomes habitual, it tends to increase happiness and lower depression. MEASURE YOUR LEVEL OF GRATITUDE: Online, no-charge access to measurements of gratitude as a separate factor and as a Values-in-Action (VIA) signature strength: www.authentichappiness.org Excerpts: The Huffington Post Authentic Happiness; (Dr. Martin Seligman) I am thankful for the Indiana Mental Health Association who shared this list with us. I am also thankful for you - thanks for being part of our community!
Much has been said about how the Internet is changing our brains and what this new culture of learning means for the future of education. While much of the dialogue has been doused in techno-dystopian alarmism, from Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock, narrated by Orson Welles in the 1970s, to Nicholas Carr’s reductionist claims about attention in today’ digital age. But the truth about attention, as it relates to the intersection of technology and education, seems to be a lot more layered and complex — and, if Cathy Davidson, founder of Duke University’s Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, is right, a lot less worrisome. That’s precisely what Davidson illustrates in her new book, Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn — a fascinating meditation on how “attention blindness,” the peculiar phenomenon illustrated by Harvard’s famous invisible gorilla experiment, has produced one of our culture’s greatest disconnects, the inability to reconcile the remarkable changes induced by the digital age with the conventions of yesteryear’s schools and workplaces. As long as we focus on the object we know, we will miss the new one we need to see. The process of unlearning in order to relearn demands a new concept of knowledge not as thing but as a process, not as a noun but as a verb.” ~ Cathy Davidson In another famous experiment, Davidson, then provost at Duke, gave the entire 2003 freshman class iPods as part of their academic curriculum. Though the pilot project was at first widely derided, it quickly silenced the critics as students found intelligent and innovative ways to employ their iPods in the classroom and the lab in everything from collaborating on group project to podcasting a conference on Shakespeare around the world. Davidson uses the insights from these experiments as a lens through which to examine the nature and evolution of attention, noting that the educational system is driven by very rigid expectations of what “attention” is and how it reflects “intelligence,” a system in which students who fail to meet these expectations and pay attention differently are pigeonholed somehow deficient of aberrant, square pegs in round holes. Yet neuroscience is increasingly indicating that our minds pay attention in a myriad different ways, often non-linear and simultaneous, which means that the academy and the workplace will have to evolve in parallel and transcend the 20th-century linear assembly-line model for eduction and work. (The assembly and the factory are in fact a familiar metaphor from Sir Ken Robinson’s insightful thoughts on changing educational paradigms.) Refreshingly constructive and glimmering with much-needed optimism about the future of education in the digital age, Now You See It makes a fine new addition to these 7 essential books on education and offers a well-argued antidote to the media’s incessant clamor about the deadly erosion of our attention.
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In our monthly business peer meeting yesterday, we spent some time talking about how depressed everyone seems to be around us. I noticed that people that are my peers are fixated on all the health, family and world issues that are bombarding them. These things are important but if that's all you think about, your mind depresses (with the rest of you) making it pretty tough to have a healthy enough brain to move effectively from where you are to where you want to go. It's tough times right now, no doubt. There are scary things. But there have always been tough times and scary things. My grandmother was put on a boat from Ireland to NY at the age of 18. For the two or so week journey, she had her small bag and as our family legend says "a smoked duck". The story goes that she landed in NY and no one greeted her. Some Irish folks there helping new immigrants got her to the transportation to Boston, where she found her relatives and job. My life looks pretty tame compared to that. I've learned a couple of ways to pull myself out of the cave when I start 'awfulizing' as my group calls it. I work hard to keep my kids from diving deep. My husband and I help each other get back to reality when we're all woe is me. The challenge is how do you influence people at work, peers, boss or others when they have fallen into the dysfunction of this thought process? Here's a perfect example of how we muck up our own lives and relationships with negative creativity: Sesame Street -Was Bert Abducted by Monsters? Watch it... it will make you smile. Love to know what you think!