Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Being Busy

A friend of mine shared this at Google+, and I thought it was so funny!

Do you have time for coffee
so we can discuss how busy we are?


Sunday, April 24, 2016

Bill Nye the Science Guy

I really like the way this quote from Bill Nye combines the themes of empathy and learning: Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don't. 

You can read more about this commencement speech by Bill Nye here: Bill Nye Tells Rutgers Grads: We Are ‘Much More Alike Than Different.’




Time for Reading

No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.

I've seen this quote attributed to Confucius... but I'm doubtful. It's good advice in any case.




Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Empathy: Monica Lewsinky interview

I was really impressed by this article about Monica Lewinsky that appeared in The Guardian newspaper:

‘The shame sticks to you like tar’
Nearly 20 years ago, Monica Lewinsky found herself at the heart of a political storm. Now she’s turned that dark time into a force for good.

I was really impressed by her comments here:
She came up with her most recent endeavour after some teenagers told her how hard it can be to find the right words. They’d see their friends being bullied online and wouldn’t know what to say. “I realised,” she says, “that our brains process images faster than text, which means the fastest way you can help – the least amount of time between someone feeling alone and upset, and feeling just a tiny bit better – is with an image.” And so she pitched an idea to Vodafone. Could she design a keyboard of anti-bullying gifs and emojis for them? “And now you can get them on all carriers,” she says. “Look. Let me show you…”
And here are the emojis:


Friday, April 15, 2016

Monica Sheehan: Be Happy!

This graphic is inspired by Monica Sheehan's book, Be Happy: A Little Book to Help You Live a Happy Life. There's a video also; see below. The graphic features just some of the many pieces of advice in the book. When you watch the video, what leaps out at you? Is there something you are forgetting to do in your quest for happiness...?




From the graphic: Have a sense of wonder. ~ Stay inspired. ~ Help other. ~ Do things you're good at. ~ Read books. ~ Limit television. ~ Love your work. ~ Exercise. ~ Face your fears. ~ Believe in yourself. ~ Stay close to friends and family.  ~ Let your heart be your guide.

There are lots more suggestions in the video version:


Saturday, April 9, 2016

What do social media help us do?

I really like this quote from Arianna Huffington. I am an optimist about social media, and I very much believe in using it to bear witness. At the same time, there's a lot of distraction going on too!

The quote is from an article you can read here: Virality Uber Alles: What the Fetishization of Social Media Is Costing Us All

Social media can help us bear witness more powerfully or they can help us be distracted more obsessively.

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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Empathy: Getting Used to One Another



I am urging that we should learn about people in other places, take an interest in their civilizations, their arguments, their errors, their achievements, not because that will bring us to agreement, but because it will help us get used to one another. 
— Kwame Anthony Appiah

I found this TeamWorkArts.com graphic at Twitter. Kwame Anthony Appiah, born in London, grew up in Ghana, and is now a professor of philosophy at NYU. You can read more at Wikipedia.