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From Otto Scharmer: Instead of fueling the vicious cycle of violence, why not try to confront the root cause of the conflict? That root cause is not only the catastrophic conditions that the people of Syria and Iraq are suffering, and the personal frustrations and grievances of young Muslims around the world who, like the Paris attackers, are volunteering for ISIS in ever-higher numbers; but also the quality of thought, the mindset, that is being used to address these problems from all sides.
From TED: How do we respect someone’s religious beliefs, while also holding religion accountable for the damage those beliefs may cause? Chelsea Shields has a bold answer to this question. “Religions can liberate or subjugate, they can empower or exploit, they can comfort or destroy,” she says. “What is taught on the Sabbath leaks into our politics, our health policy, violence around the world.”
From TED: On a reporting trip, journalist Jean-Paul Mari had a face-to-face encounter with a senseless, random death, beginning his acquaintance with a phantom that has haunted us since ancient times: post-traumatic stress. “What is this thing that can kill you without leaving any visible scars?” Mari asks. In this probing talk, he searches for answers in the aftermath of horror and trauma — and comes to a very human conclusion: we must talk.
From Fast Company: Following the terrorist attacks on Paris Friday, one graphic designer’s raw reaction becomes a global symbol of peace and solidarity.
From Adam Grant: As we muddle through our days, the quest for happiness looms large. In the U.S., citizens are granted three inalienable rights: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The kingdom of Bhutan created a national index to measure happiness. But what if searching for happiness actually prevents us from finding it? There’s reason to believe that the quest for happiness might be a recipe for misery.
From 99u: As you sink into the couch, or slide onto the barstool, at the end of an exhausting workday, it’s hard not to experience the warm glow of self-congratulation. After all, you put in the hours, cranked through the to-do list; you invested the effort, and got things done. Surely you’re entitled to a little smugness?
From Campaign Monitor: In this guide, we’ll teach you how to write a high-performing email campaign that your subscribers will open and click, and will subsequently drive sales and revenue for your business.
According to researchers, who surveyed 2000 participants and studied the brain activity of 112 others, the average human attention span has fallen from 12 seconds in 2000, around the time the mobile revolution began, to eight seconds today.
A goldfish is estimated to have a 9 second attention span.