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Gray Wisdom

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Gray Wisdom is the relational core of CityVP, It accompanies an offline learning journey with my Toastmasters Club at a local college. Thus gray wisdom covers relational communication and public communication skills as well as matters related to research and the learning ecosystem.
  1. ProducerSusan Rooks

    Susan Rooks

    Thursday's Thought: 4.2 seconds or 4 minutes -- What Are YOU Missing?
    Thursday's Thought: 4.2 seconds or 4 minutes -- What Are YOU Missing?Before you read this, please watch the short video below. A fast-moving montage or a moment-by-moment experience: Which is more powerful?There is clearly energy in the incredibly fast-moving 4.2 seconds of scenes first shown above. I was pulled...


    John White, MBA
    08/12/2016 #1 John White, MBA
    Great article, @Susan Rooks! I shared it into three additional hives.
  2. CityVP Manjit

    CityVP Manjit

    The Audacity of Media is written on LinkedIn, it is a play on the book "Audacity of Hope" by Barack Obama. It is my way of recording for my own personal posterity the events surrounding the US Elections. Brexit I did record, but this particular event is out there, this is the best way I could. From here I move on with my life - because whether I am here or at BeBee - the online space is my learning laboratory. Nothing more, nothing less. I can learn to whine or whine on about learning - finally realizing the learning organization is the future. For now I view BeBee as my primary learning organization.
    CityVP Manjit
    The Audacity of Media
    www.linkedin.com At the beginning of the rise of Obama, the great orator was acknowledged, here was a President that will make a mark on history. Turns out after eight years, the largest mark is still the colour...
  3. ProducerJuanma Romero

    Juanma Romero

    Vaya metedura de pata
    Vaya metedura de pataFoto de sevillartc.comBasta que lleves años haciendo algo y creas que lo dominas, para que se produzca cualquier imprevisto y te des cuenta de que eso del dominio era pura ilusión. Un baño de humildad no viene nunca mal.Voy a contarte algo que me...


    Oscar Gomez Amento
    04/12/2016 #7 Oscar Gomez Amento
    Creo que a todos los que hacemos oratoria nos ha pasado algo...yo olvide el texto que debia poner en un atril y he tenido que improvisar e inventarme cosas....jajaja gajes del oficio.
    Maria Oslara
    04/12/2016 #6 Maria Oslara
    Me he reido un rato con la historia, lo siento. 😀 Gracias por compartir esa experiencia con nosotros. De todo se aprende.
    José Ramón López
    04/12/2016 #5 José Ramón López
    Gracias por compartir tu experiencia @Juanma Romero.
    Mamen Delgado
    04/12/2016 #4 Mamen Delgado
    No dejamos de aprender @Juanma Romero!! Gracias por compartir tu experiencia.
    Pedro Gómez
    04/12/2016 #3 Pedro Gómez
    Como bien dices, lo importante es que aprendiste la lección a pesar de tu experiencia y tu trayectoria...la humildad de reconocerlo dice mucho y bueno de ti. Un saludo.
    CityVP Manjit
    04/12/2016 #2 CityVP Manjit
    The great part of sharing wisdom about presenting is being aware of these things that we would never have considered otherwise. In Visihow a tip says "Excessive salt, oranges, lemons, grapes and pineapple are acidic and can dry out your throat" so that accords with the observation of salt is loctite to the throat. At the same time salt water gargling is mentioned in preparation tips other speakers have given online http://sayitwithpower.ca/power/protect-your-public-speaking-voice/

    Now the speaker in "Say it with Power" does state that he googled remedies for dry throat remedies, so the lesson here is to be wise about what it is we read, which makes personal anecdotes that much more interesting. In tips for singers, Kristina Seleshanko http://voicestudio.kristinaseleshanko.com/ThingsThatAffectYourVoice.htm provides a surprising tip to avoid excessive weightlifting because that can put a strain on one's vocal cords. Again the proof is in the practice and if practice includes rehearsal, the time to find out what does not work is in the learning lab rather than in front of a live audience.

    In the course of reading about self-help for vocal health I learned about the medical practice of Otolaryngology, it turns out that Otolaryngologists deal with disorders of the ear, nose and throat - so in google-world this PDF http://ent.vcu.edu/docs/selfhelp.pdf is something I am willing to give a higher trust rating.

    In the world of public speaking, humility is indeed a great teacher and so I value insights that accompany personal experience, as much as audiences value speakers who bring their personal experiences to add relevance to a delivered message.
    Javier beBee
    04/12/2016 #1 Javier beBee
    Vaya historia @Juanma Romero !
  4. ProducerXander Schofield
    The Why Behind Millennials Learning Through Hands-on Projects
    The Why Behind Millennials Learning Through Hands-on ProjectsThe millennial generation refers the newest group of people to enter the global workforce. People who were born between 1982 and 2000 belong to this generation. While some educators still cling to the traditional formal and intermittent talent...


    CityVP Manjit
    01/12/2016 #1 CityVP Manjit
    Xander, I do see this kind of pattern among the college students I work with. It is not the stereotype of the millennial that I focus on, but that there is a distinct difference in the worldview of this particular generation, and the newest generation has its own traits that come from their exposure to the world of mobile. I already see my grandson bottle fed on a smartphone - and these environmental and social differences do permeate into an overall generational worldview. I still look upon people as one-to-one because the best students I work with do break the mould - and they need to be respected for who they are, rather than as a "millennial" label.
  5. Juanma Romero

    Juanma Romero

    Este pasado lunes grabamos dos programazos de Emprende con @emprendeTVE @LuisOlivanTV @jromero_tv @slealm @EmprendeEuropa @RTVE_Com @slealm @Finnovaregio @begortega @crisalvap
    Podrás ver Emprende el jueves a las 16,00h en Canal 24 Horas de RTVE  y el sábado a las 7,30h en La 1 de RTVE, y Emprende Digital el viernes a las 22,00h y domingo 14,30h en Canal 24 Horas de RTVE.
    ¡Os espero!
    Juanma Romero


    Juanma Romero
    01/12/2016 #2 Juanma Romero
    #1 Thank you @CityVP Manjit.
    CityVP Manjit
    30/11/2016 #1 CityVP Manjit
    I read through an English bio from Startup Olé here :

    From this it led me to think about the difference between charisma and personal magnetism. I have previously considered them to be the same thing.

    I took a look at an overview of Charisma from businessballs.com
    http://www.businessballs.com/charisma.htm and to my surprise charisma was discussed at much more finite level than I had considered http://www.businessballs.com/charisma.htm

    The idea of gravitas is something I did come across and this is via an English presenter who wrote a book about that and this is Carolyn Goyder http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/10679066/Anyone-can-speak-with-gravitas.html and she has impressed me a lot.

    I also took a look at personal magnetism as it is described by the Art of Maniless website http://www.artofmanliness.com/2016/07/12/5-ways-to-build-your-personal-magnetism/

    So plenty for me to think about. Glad to have made a beBee connection with you Juanma and I look forward to translating future posts from you. My main purpose online is to use it for my own personal learning and development.
  6. ProducerSusan Rooks

    Susan Rooks

    Tuesday Tricksters, Leave -- Lesson
    Tuesday Tricksters, Leave -- LessonIt's (Its) time (thyme) again for Tuesday Tricksters! It's a quick peek (peak/pique) at some (sum) words that sound the same but (butt/butte) are not (knot/naught) the same! They have different meanings and different spellings.Smart writers remember...


    Lisa Gallagher
    01/12/2016 #10 Lisa Gallagher
    #9 haha @Susan Rooks, I just re-read my comment and my sentence wasn't structured properly. It was supposed to read, "I always type Neice wrong." I usually type Niece. Ok, why isn't grammarly telling me I typed it wrong? It underlined grammarly because I didn't capitalize the word. Now, I'm confused.. neice or niece? And I have been known to type "I have an an apple I need to eat, " well not really the apple part LOL! Occasionally I get things right. I almost missed the typo you shared ;-)
    Susan Rooks
    30/11/2016 #9 Susan Rooks
    #8 @Lisa Gallagher, I cannot for the life of me type occassionally right -- oh, snap. There I go again! To me, it looks fine with either two c's or two s's. And there's no spellcheck here to help me. Ocassionally? Occasionally? Yeah, the second one, I think.
    Lisa Gallagher
    30/11/2016 #8 Lisa Gallagher
    Great one's @Susan Rooks! I don't get those confused but one that comes to mind and I know better... I mix up effect and affect if I'm typing too fast. And, I know this has nothing to do with your post but one word I ALWAYS type wrong, Neice! I swear I'm dyslexic at times.
    Susan Rooks
    30/11/2016 #6 Susan Rooks
    #3 It's my pleasure, @Elizabeth Bailey!
    Susan Rooks
    30/11/2016 #5 Susan Rooks
    #4 Thanks for letting me know that, @David B. Grinberg! I cannot figure out how to see exactly who has shared my posts unless they tell me. And I do like to say thanks, but if I don't know who . . . how? Anyway, thanks for your continued support, here and on LI!
    David B. Grinberg
    30/11/2016 #4 David B. Grinberg
    Exemplary advice, as always, Susan. I have shared on three hives. Keep buzzing!
    Elizabeth Bailey
    29/11/2016 #3 Elizabeth Bailey
    Such great words and good reminders @Susan Rooks thank you for sharing.
    Susan Rooks
    29/11/2016 #2 Susan Rooks
    #1 Neither was I, @Franci Eugenia Hoffman! And I can't imagine ever using them, except maybe in a crossword puzzle. But since they do exist, definitions and all, I felt I should include them.
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    29/11/2016 #1 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    There are a couple of these that I am not familiar, Susan - lieve and levin. Thank you for sharing.
  7. ProducerCamille Mari

    Camille Mari

    Softwares for writing (review)
    Softwares for writing (review)There is a lot of writing softwares, and I tried a few, so I'm sharing my experiences and thoughts about them. Maybe you know a few more not on the list, or maybe you know all of them. This post is more focus on people writing with Word/Open office...


    Camille Mari
    27/11/2016 #15 Camille Mari
    #14 You're welcome. Ommwriter is simple to use and will get it very fast (maybe it could be a great start). Scrivener has more features. I hope you find the time to do what you like.
    CityVP Manjit
    27/11/2016 #14 CityVP Manjit
    Great! As I mentioned in a later buzz of yours - all of this software is blue ocean to me. Downside is that this requires me to make some time to study all of this and the irony of this is that I must reduce professional work time in order to increase personal learn time - where learning is a flow rather than a sacrifice. In the New Year I look forward to see how I accommodate this exploration.
    Camille Mari
    26/11/2016 #13 Camille Mari
    #4 Thanks for the shares :)
    Camille Mari
    26/11/2016 #12 Camille Mari
    #6 You're welcome, Ommwriter is very nice and cheap. :)
    Camille Mari
    26/11/2016 #11 Camille Mari
    #8 I understand what you mean :)
    Camille Mari
    26/11/2016 #10 Camille Mari
    #5 I never used it but I'm sure you can. The best would be to ask to the Software support if it works with.
    Emily Forget (Newbee!)
    26/11/2016 #9 Emily Forget (Newbee!)
    Interesting and useful, thank you for buzzing.
    Ben Pinto
    26/11/2016 #8 Ben Pinto
    Very useful. Thank you. There seems to be a higher percentage of writers here on beBee in the English speaking version per capita of general membership in the same area, versus other languages. Wow that was a sentence I should try to edit. LOL
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    26/11/2016 #7 Mohammed A. Jawad
    Interesting info. Thanks.
    Lisa Gallagher
    26/11/2016 #6 Lisa Gallagher
    Thanks @Camille Mari, I love what you share, it will always benefit someone for sure! Ommwriter looks interesting, may check it out!
    Erroll -EL- Warner
    26/11/2016 #5 Erroll -EL- Warner
    What's the importance of Naturally Speaking word recognition software? Can Naturally Speaking be used to write novels also?
    David B. Grinberg
    26/11/2016 #4 David B. Grinberg
    Nice buzz, Camille. I've shared on three hives for writers, publishers and bloggers. Keep up the buzz!
    Camille Mari
    25/11/2016 #2 Camille Mari
    #1 You're welcome. :)
  8. ProducerCamille Mari

    Camille Mari

    The writer in me
    The writer in me Today's reflectionI never saw myself as a writer. I mean, I write stuff but am I a writer ? I suppose. Writing in English is a huge challenge for me (I'll blog about that someday), but I'm writing every single day in order to improve my writing...


    Pamela L. Williams
    04/12/2016 #22 Pamela L. Williams
    Camille, you sound like a writer! In fact you sound like me, questioning everything. I can't imagine using an unfamiliar language so you are one better than I. Just keep writing, if only for yourself, but I hope you'll share your work here on beBee.
    Camille Mari
    28/11/2016 #21 Camille Mari
    #19 #20 Thank you Gloria. Renée, regarding what you wrote. Sometimes you only write for you too and you can't share it.
    Renée Cormier
    28/11/2016 #20 Renée Cormier
    Keep writing, Camille. I came to your post looking for inspiration. I started to write a post about my sister who committed suicide, and deleted the whole thing because it was too depressing and too personal. Sometimes that's the writing process. We start, hate it, start again, look for inspiration, write something else, edit, post it, etc. It is highly commendable that you try to write in English. I used to teach English as a Second Language and I can tell you that writing is the most difficult skill to acquire. You're doing great. Good for you!
    Gloria Ochoa
    28/11/2016 #19 Anonymous
    Love this...I know a writer that did his first 2 books in word, Im going to send him this info...and I have a writer in me, trying to get out...the paper cuts my inner writer are giving me are starting to get my attention! LOL Thanks for the post Camille !
    Camille Mari
    27/11/2016 #18 Camille Mari
    #17 I made a blog post on bebee about different writing softwares, maybe you can find what you are looking for. https://www.bebee.com/producer/@camille-mari/softwares-for-writing-review & thanks for the share.
    CityVP Manjit
    27/11/2016 #17 CityVP Manjit
    #15 I have done very little writing with a pen and paper - so whatever I write is simply a flow of my thinking at the time I write. My interest is the mediums on either side of how I engage my own thinking. On the one hand I actually want to get back to writing by hand but that demands a time consuming physical reality, but I also want to explore what dimension technologies add, because the very use of technologies changes how we relate to writing. In this regard it is fascinating about both sides of writing with pen and writing with an app. That is the personal awareness that has opened up to me here which adds to what I call my gray wisdom.
    Camille Mari
    27/11/2016 #16 Camille Mari
    #14 I agree. Thank you for your comment Ken. I don't write with labels and rules, as a principe I write for myself, and then If I can I try to share. :)
    Camille Mari
    27/11/2016 #15 Camille Mari
    #13 I'm speaking about writing softwares to edit what you write of course, a pen and paper work pretty good too. :)
    Ken Boddie
    27/11/2016 #14 Ken Boddie
    My advice, for what it's worth, Camille, is to forget labels and rules and get the words out there. Mix it up and experiment. Find who you are and not what the world thinks. There are those who write but shouldn't and there are those who don't but should. If you can and should, then your passion will tell you and will remind you repeatedly.
    CityVP Manjit
    27/11/2016 #13 CityVP Manjit
    Until I read this, I never considered writing software as a necessary thing. I always assumed that if one develops a natural flow for writing that this is a sufficient baseline. The chief reason I have ignored this developing market for writing technologies is that I have not considered entering the realm of professional writing. Having looked at one review site http://authorunlimited.com/best-writing-software/ at Author Unlimited, I can see how technology helps industrialize a writer. I can see how it helps the technical construct of writing a novel, never mind the stupendous motivation/dedication/sacrifice required to write a book.

    "Flow" is still the principle reason I write but not as a writer but as a learner. Learner here becomes a euphemism for explorer or wanderer and that leads to this experience called flow, which is simply engaging an experience for the experience of it, rather than engage in effort that has some other goal orientated end. The question this buzz posed in my head is how I would do things differently if I was driven by a professional end-point.

    I am far from making writing a professional contribution but it is still an option for me. It is not necessary for me to brand myself as anything including the word "writer" - but at some point I want to begin exploring these writing technologies simply out of curiousity. It is interesting that one writing technology is called "Hemingway" but the writer Hemingway's principle technology seemed to be alcohol and raw emotion - his brilliance was that he was born a literary genius - I have no illusion that using Hemingway technology can turn anyone into a Hemingway (author). It is however a whole new marketing meme to explore.
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    27/11/2016 #12 Mohammed A. Jawad
    Well all sounds like a good start! Simply, keep unfolding ideas and jotting words randomly. And, with ease and peace, it's so simple to pen down stories. Good wishes ahead!
    Camille Mari
    27/11/2016 #11 Camille Mari
    #6 Thank you Franci.
    Camille Mari
    27/11/2016 #10 Camille Mari
    #9 Thank you, Phil :)
    Phil Friedman
    27/11/2016 #9 Phil Friedman
    #6 Camille and Franci -

    Camille, I have written a fair amount, both for pay and for self-satisfaction -- yet never felt fully comfortable calling myself a "writer". To my mind, I am a bundle of ideas and thoughts seeking expression, whereas, rightly or wrongly, I see a writer as a bundle of expression seeking ideas to write about.

    I would not place too much emphasis on "writing" software, as that would be to confuse the tools with the artisan. I've never, for example, known a set of chisels and a group of saws to be able, in the hands of a mechanical dolt, to produce a fine cabinet. Yet, I have seen the crudest of tools, in the hands of a true craftsman, produce beautiful cabinetry.

    Before writing comes thinking. I believe the fact that you read a lot and enjoy the writing of others is a big step toward being a writer -- if that is truly what you want to be.

    Franci, thank you for the call-out and for your very kind words. My best to both of you. And cheers!
    Chas Wyatt
    27/11/2016 #8 Chas Wyatt
    @Camille Mari, "I may sound like a crazy person but anyway, I'm a bit of a writer and a bit crazy too."~ You are definitely a writer. ;-)
    Chas Wyatt
    27/11/2016 #7 Chas Wyatt
    #3 @Dean Owen, I would like to know more about iBooks Author; what can you tell me? Thanks.
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    27/11/2016 #6 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    I use Microsoft Word. I’ve used it for years and feel confident in the way it functions.

    I don’t consider myself a writer like @Pascal Derrien 🐝, @Dean Owen, @Jim Murray, @Phil Friedman @Renée Cormier @Donna-Luisa Eversley and many of the others that have that special gift of communication. I think of myself as a producer, an entertainer, and a promoter.

    The thing is what I write comes from the heart and if I make a difference, then I have accomplished my mission.

    So don't give up and keep writing and take time to read some of the work from those I mentioned. You will learn from the best. 😉
    27/11/2016 #5 RONALD FAIR
    #3 I use WriteWay. then double check with Ginger. They are very easy to use.
    Camille Mari
    24/11/2016 #4 Camille Mari
    @Pascal Derrien 🐝 if you write, you are a writer ! Thank you for your comment. @Dean Owen I'll write something then, but feel free to pm me, my favorite it's Scrivener, but Ommwriter can be nice too (it's distraction free).
    Dean Owen
    24/11/2016 #3 Dean Owen
    I'd be interested in knowing about the different software. I use Word because I don't know any better. It seems fine, but I might be missing out on something. I am using iBooks Author for a novel I am writing. Your English writing seems perfectly fine and a lot better than my French, which, as a Brit, we study for 10 years of so.
  9. ProducerJoel Anderson

    Joel Anderson

    Lines in the Sand
    Lines in the Sand“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world...would do this, it would change the earth.” ― William Faulkner I saw this photo and for...


    Joel Anderson
    17/11/2016 #18 Joel Anderson
    #17 @Sara Jacobovici Indeed. Thank you.
    Sara Jacobovici
    17/11/2016 #17 Sara Jacobovici
    #14 #15 @Joel Anderson and @Deb Helfrich, your returning to DANCE reminds me of the fact that where there is life, there is movement.
    Joel Anderson
    16/11/2016 #16 Joel Anderson
    #15 Thank you @Deb Helfrich Not that I am fixated on the topic of lines but your comment reminded me of a moment in time when my daughter and I were having a conversation about early childhood development. The discussion reminded me of a poignant experience in my life. Every once in awhile, my schedule would allow me to engage with my kids in their classrooms. On one occasion, I found myself sitting down with one of my daughters and a group of youngsters in a small classroom filled with a lot of these little future contributors. It was coloring time. One of the kids was getting frustrated and would color, stop, color, stop, look exasperated. I came over to see what the issue was and why the tears were welling up during an activity that was just supposed to be fun. I looked at this youngster, and then at the very clearly defined lines of a picture that were supposed to be colored within. In this particular case, the lines and marks of the crayons were all over the place. I just looked at the picture and this young child and said, "this is one of the most beautiful pictures I have ever seen." In an instant, the tears subsided, a smile arrived and the coloring went on with a renewed passion and sense of purpose. And it didn't hurt that I was handed a crayon to help color my own lines. My initial inclination was to color within the lines but was told with emphasis--"Its Ok to color outside of the lines." It is all about perspective. :)
    Deb Helfrich
    16/11/2016 #15 Deb Helfrich
    #14 This is perhaps one of the best responses I have ever gotten, @Joel Anderson. And I have pondered a little more about leaving footprints and lines in the sand. Because it is important to take the difficult stands and draw the crucial lines.

    I think that it is not the marks themselves that matter, it is the ability to make them again and again and again when life gives us the moments that matter. And to be willing to make the marks so often - DANCE! - that we become known as people who will make the footprints and lines.
    Joel Anderson
    16/11/2016 #14 Joel Anderson
    @Deb Helfrich I have thought a lot about your comment and have gone back to the picture multiple times since I posted this piece. As I thought about the messiness of it all, I was reminded of a quote attributed to Alan Watts "The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance." Which then led me to think about a few lines from Lee Ann Womack's "I hope you Dance" "And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance. I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance, Never settle for the path of least resistance, Livin' might mean takin' chances but they're worth takin'." You and the others like you are the ones who inspire me to just want to dance despite the fuzzy lines and messiness of it all.
    Joel Anderson
    15/11/2016 #13 Joel Anderson
    #1 Thank you @Savvy Raj Keep making a difference.
    Joel Anderson
    15/11/2016 #12 Joel Anderson
    #7 Thanks @CityVP Manjit
    Joel Anderson
    15/11/2016 #11 Joel Anderson
    #8 Thanks @Deb Helfrich and thanks for the link to Andres Amador--very nice. Don't stop making those lines.
    Joel Anderson
    15/11/2016 #10 Joel Anderson
    #9 Thanks @Pascal Derrien 🐝 All the best to you.
    Pascal Derrien 🐝
    15/11/2016 #9 Pascal Derrien 🐝
    Was thinking about lines and ... borders this morning when I bumped on your article. An encouraging comment and invitation on your last sentence :-)
    Deb Helfrich
    15/11/2016 #8 Deb Helfrich
    I have been mesmerized for hours over that photo, @Joel Anderson. I can't remember if you have been around when the playa paintings of Andres Amador have been shared - I simply never tire of his work: http://www.andresamadorarts.com/

    I have always celebrated that my own lines are swirling and complicated and situational - I refuse to trace from anyone else's lines. And to offer a slightly different perspective, if I am not attached to my lines, if I can be at peace with the thought that they can disappear with the wind or the tide, then I am available to shift into what is occurring rather than relying on the belief of lines that may have evaporated with a changing world.

    We are aligned in the necessity of making lines as part of fixing what is broken and moving the world forward into a more sustainable future for the planet and all its ecosystems.
    CityVP Manjit
    14/11/2016 #7 CityVP Manjit
    What a beautiful picture. Privacy is one of the lines I like and another is mental and emotional bandwidth. As Clint Eastwood said in a far different contest "a man's gotta know his limitations". Once I have established a firm foundation which is akin to what is said in Matthew 7:24 - "to build your house on rock and not sand" - then the world opens up to me as a change agent.

    I don't make it a raison detre to change the world, nor want to change a single thing about Joel Anderson or any other person. The transformations that incur in me, occur because of sound values, learning from my mistakes, appreciating my strengths, valuing the love that is around me, count the blessings of a wonderful life and have the humility to learn and develop.

    As each one of us become a light, we add one more unit of brightness into the world. Then I can deal with the lines that imprison us, the lines that do not make sense yet continue to persist and as I engage all these kind of lines, get back to the picture of the lines in the sand and acknowledge the wonder of it all. What a precious thing life is and even more precious when it is priceless.
    Joel Anderson
    14/11/2016 #6 Joel Anderson
    #5 Thank you @Sara Jacobovici
    Sara Jacobovici
    14/11/2016 #5 Sara Jacobovici
    @Joel Anderson writes: "I want to leave footprints and lines in the sand that will make a difference and help make the world a better place. I hope that you do too."
    Sara Jacobovici
    14/11/2016 #4 Sara Jacobovici
    @Joel Anderson, this buzz proves that you're walking the talk; you're leaving footprints. The beautiful image you offer is non-linear reflecting, from my perspective, that our movement in time is non-linear. Seems that everything related to time occurs more in patterns like those in the sand. The word "before" has a double meaning; either of something that came from the past or is placed ahead of us. More like moving around in circles ;-)
    Joel Anderson
    14/11/2016 #3 Joel Anderson
    #2 thanks Harvey. In some respects it reflects a conscientious decision to either stay at no, or do something different and get to Yes.
    Harvey Lloyd
    14/11/2016 #2 Harvey Lloyd
    The symmetrical lines are captivating. Seeing the chart and the timeline certainly does give one pause to consider are current status and how it may impact our future. The quote is appropriate and would add that the definitions of honesty and truth have been blurred. I believe that your growth chart demonstrates why.

    Technology has globalized our reach and we can share experiences and find confidence on our personal truth/honesty that comes with no performance requirements. Before technology your truth was tested and formed within a community's survival, everyday.
    Savvy Raj
    14/11/2016 #1 Savvy Raj
    Yes indeed Joel Savage . Great message in these lovely lines! The choice we make is, was and always will be in our hands . The need of the hour is to choose wisely.
  10. ProducerKevin Pashuk

    Kevin Pashuk

    Between Mysticism and Reality – The Realm of Imagination
    Between Mysticism and Reality – The Realm of ImaginationThis post was inspired by three disconnected, yet in my fertile mind, related things. The first was a recent post by Phil Friedman on Mysticism vs. Rationality (On Forcing Perception to fit Preconception). The second was a quote from a...


    Lisa Gallagher
    13/11/2016 #55 Lisa Gallagher
    #54 @Praveen Raj Gullepalli, if you write a buzz about this please tag me, I love your stories! This was great.
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    13/11/2016 #54 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    #53 Dear Phil, I would not take offence no matter what you would say for my incredulity too knew no bounds; and each time i met such folks it only increased my bewilderment and instilled a sense of acceptance of waves and frequencies (that is the word some used) which were simply beyond my ken. I spent quality time poking, provoking, testing, cross-checking and talking to them at length. I actually wanted to do a small book on my experiences with these amazing people, but had trouble deploying reason on their prowess. Barring their reticence, they allowed me to frisk them, remove all gadgets etc from their person...but they would just close their eyes, meditate and tell it like it is! One person would talk to a small stick, keeping it to his ear as if he was on long distance call and ask someone at some other wooden end! Did i feel like a fool! Were they laughing at me! One even offered to teach me, but backed off when i said I was married :) (what was that about?)...these are my experiences and not just claims Phil. Some of these folks are still around. But I no longer mess around with them. But I sure will write about some of the encounters and share them just for the interest factor. Thank you for your response.
    Phil Friedman
    13/11/2016 #53 Phil Friedman
    #51 Praveen, with all due respect, I am incredulous, particularly because you claim involves your having personally encountered "many mystics" with such powers. It is such a controversial subject that, if you had personal encounters with a great number of such Mystics with such powers, I would have expected a full blown scientific study of the encounters, for documentation of circumstances and repeatability. And what a marvelous thing it would be to establish the truth of such claims once and for all,
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    13/11/2016 #51 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    #12 Dear Phil, Intuition has also been defined as 'the direct perception of knowledge'' without tools of reason or empiricism aiding that perception. I have personally encountered mystics (many) who have been able to read the thoughts of a total stranger (who I knew well) 1500 kilometers away, just upon being provided the person's full name. I even called that person after this meeting with the mystic to verify the same. While the thought of the stranger itself was unusual the fact that someone so remote could access that exact thought was simply stupefying! Am as puzzled about it today as I was then. When i asked how he could do such a thing, that rustic mystic just smiled and said practice and mentioned some process that involved investing firstly belief, and a lot of sustained effort. I assume there must be some higher science to it involving physics, near-instantaneous travel, and so on! ;)
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    13/11/2016 #50 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    Great thoughts dear Kev. Questioning, reasoning, wondering, dreaming, postulating etc., is everyone's prerogative. It is forcing perception to fit pre-conception (in a recent instance some folks mistakenly forced their perceptions and assumed a bee was building a cult - when it was not so - and started a long thread that was based on a wrong assumption! We were light-years away from a breakthrough there actually ;). It really hurt a lot of enthusiastic, curious and wondering minds who were developing a wonderful rapport with each other. Things could have been reasonably resolved in an offline mode as most of it was technical and beyond the Ken of even perhaps a Boddie! ;) (No offence meant to our dear Wandering Aengus there :). It was a kind of in-hive inter-group talk that was rudely intruded upon sort of :) However, that threat revealed the limits of Reason in a nutshell. Reason is beautiful. Imagination is wonderful. Out of wonder and imagination sprang all seeds of enquiry and thought. We must never forget that. Of course Dreaming should be followed by Doing, once the vision is laid out to a plan. The patterns, the forms, the fractals (more like units of similarity, recurring abundantly)...they have messages to convey am sure! We can't just say that they are just there and that's that can we? Ignorance is not bliss for all! Seeking answers can be / is a tortuous path to self-realisation. The cold comfort of Reason may not suffice for all. The cult of Reason is equally abhorrent to many. The sage and tolerant accept, acknowledge and respect all for their respective worth and seek Reason and Imagination for answers and inspiration.
    Mark Anthony
    12/11/2016 #49 Mark Anthony
    Well @Kevin Pashuk, rationally thinking this makes complete sense . I always remember snippets of info that stick with me ,of the top of my head from my studying days . One of those was " When we're born we bring something with us and as time goes on we lose that something " . I also feel a sense of anger and resentment towards social norms when I read posts like yours . Thankyou
    Irene Hackett
    12/11/2016 #48 Anonymous
    "When you adopt the standards and the values of someone else ...you surrender your own integrity and become ...less of a human being." ~Eleanor Roosevelt
    Irene Hackett
    12/11/2016 #47 Anonymous
    Thank you dear @Milos Djukic for tagging me in Kevin's inspiring buzz.I would first like to respectfully point out that Robert Kennedy was actually quoting George Bernard Shaw in thay famous line. I am very interested in a 'holistic' approach to education, allowing for more organic expansion and growth, meaning the student learns according to his/her natural instincts. But that is my dream 😀 The challenge with education is that it tends to be a closed system of indoctrination within our cultural conditioning - a form of Reductionism, where certain aspects of the person are disregarded. Viktor Frankl talks about these issues as causing great emotional disturbances in college students - "the existential vacuum". Perhaps as we encourage the student to experience art, for example, we help them to open their capacity to create, to invent, to dream big! A lot of love and personal attention may be the best inspiration to fuel the geniuses we all are - these are the teachers who change lives and do not necessarily teach in a school room. Glad you wrote this Kevin; the message is very important.
    Mohammed Sultan
    12/11/2016 #46 Mohammed Sultan
    @Kevin Pashuk .The post is not only interesting but also beneficial.Each of us posses a nearly limitless creative strands of thoughts,the challenge is to uncover them and develop them.Changing of learning contexts generates new energy as well as creativity and imagination ,but you can't change contexts without having the patience to learn something new.We should teach students how to free themselves from fear when facing challenging tasks or uncertain situations.Fear sometimes force us to get satisfied with the status quo and to any obvious first solution.Innovative thinking also emerges from ensuring a healthy level of personal balance.Teachers should teach students how to approach new challenges and break the traditional patterns of their brains with sharpened inquisitiveness.
    Chas Wyatt
    12/11/2016 #45 Chas Wyatt
    @Kevin Pashuk, I am sure you are familiar with this Ted Talk by Sir Ken Robinson, "Do Schools Kill Creativity?"; it is one of my favs, as is the quote you used by Robert Kennedy~
    "A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral." ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Flight to Arras, 1942.
    Kevin Pashuk
    11/11/2016 #44 Kevin Pashuk
    #43 Conscious Excavations?? Sounds a bit painful to me, but thanks for sharing it there Charles.
    Charles David Upchurch
    11/11/2016 #43 Charles David Upchurch
    Thanks for tagging me in on this, @Milos Djukic.

    @Kevin Pashuk I could not tell if this was already shared to the Conscious Excavations hive, so sharing it to there now.
    Lisa Gallagher
    11/11/2016 #42 Lisa Gallagher
    #37 I agree Kevin and the wonderful thing, it passes on to the next generation!! My mom used to say "Anything is possible, just don't give up or lose faith in yourself," we remember even 'words' like that. Those words translated into meaning!
    Kevin Pashuk
    11/11/2016 #41 Kevin Pashuk
    #31 Thanks Rami. Divergent thinking is just that... divergent.
    Kevin Pashuk
    11/11/2016 #40 Kevin Pashuk
    #30 Thanks for your comment Joris. There's a huge difference between the number of people who want change for their nation, and the number of people willing to change if it would benefit the nation (or organization). The education model common in North America and Europe has its roots in the industrial revolution, where people were moving from an agriculture economy to a manufacturing economy. The factories needed workers who could do repetitive tasks and take instruction without questioning. There has to be be a widespread desire (and voice) for a nation to realize this model doesn't support our current needs. Finland was an exception. It took drastic measures to reform their educational system, and while nothing is a panacea, the results are promising.
    Kevin Pashuk
    11/11/2016 #39 Kevin Pashuk
    #29 Love Shel Silverstein's work Robert... but I like your quote better.

    "We don't send explorers out into the world. We send out duplicates. That's such a shame."

    Well said my friend.
    Kevin Pashuk
    11/11/2016 #38 Kevin Pashuk
    #28 You would think we would get smarter in our old age Ken when it comes to politician promising change. It reminds me of the fresh new politician campaigning and in his speech mentions all the corruption and gravy train perks given to Senators. When asked if he was going to change it, he (honestly replied) "Heck no!! I want to get in on it!" It was probably his last election.
    Kevin Pashuk
    11/11/2016 #37 Kevin Pashuk
    #27 Thanks Lisa. I've often told my kids, "In your imagination, anything is possible. You can fly, you can be invisible, you can be a hero. The real magic, is when you translate those dreams into reality. THAT is innovation."
    Kevin Pashuk
    11/11/2016 #36 Kevin Pashuk
    #26 Thanks for the link to your post on Creativity Sara. Great read.

    'Creativity' by itself is indeed hard to measure. It's like the Supreme Court Judge, when asked how he defined 'pornography' said "I may not how know how to define pornography, but I know it when I see it."

    That's the challenge of schools trying to introduce 'creative thinking' and 'lateral thinking' into the curriculum. It's generally difficult to build into a rubric. You can see evidence of this kind of thinking in the output...

    At our school, I asked the academic leadership to describe an 'exceptional learning experience'. They went away for two weeks and came back with stories of what it would look like, the behaviours they would see in students, the metrics they would use to measure success, and the learning environment that would support this type of learning, which included collaboration, self discovery, solving problems that have no 'right' answer, etc.

    The school (and this is critical) committed to supporting the development of this type of educational experience.

    We are an independent school, so we do not have the challenges that public school boards face, but it is my core belief that every student globally needs to have an exceptional learning experience.
    Kevin Pashuk
    11/11/2016 #35 Kevin Pashuk
    #24 There's a great Japanese proverb. Substitute 'Dream' for 'Vision'.

    "Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare."
  11. CityVP Manjit

    CityVP Manjit

    Through a @Claire Cardwell 🐝 buzz, I came across the "The Wisconsin Idea" where the University of Winconsin viewed the whole state as a classroom. In my college I call this a college ecology, but this is the first time I have come across this perspective as an example I can point to. I also noted the Taliesin spirit of "Learning by Doing" and the connection to Frank Lloyd Wright and the vision he sought to inspire at the Taliesin Studio - If ever there was an affinity with profession and educational vision, this account I learned about today is simply amazing.
    The History of the Taliesin Fellows « Taliesin Fellows
  12. Kohei Kurihara

    Kohei Kurihara

    Check. Why Women Working in Advertising Need to Stop Apologizing All the Time #marketing #business
    Kohei Kurihara
    Why Women Working in Advertising Need to Stop Apologizing All the Time
    adweek.it Women tend to apologize more than they need to for even the smallest of things, like bumping into someone on the street or asking for a minute of the boss'...


    CityVP Manjit
    06/11/2016 #1 CityVP Manjit
    If it is prevalent in advertising for women, I was born into a culture in England where we learned to say sorry even when we actually had not done anything. I classify it as a part of improving our communication skills to become less knee-jerk apologetic.
  13. ProducerAurorasa Sima

    Aurorasa Sima

    The Art Of Self Conquest
    The Art Of Self ConquestI have the uttermost respect for people who leave their comfort zone in pursuit of a higher goal. Individuals who do things that are hard for them to reach this higher goal. As people, we make a choice. We can say: I am who I am, and I do not...


    Aurorasa Sima
    25/10/2016 #45 Aurorasa Sima
    #39 Thank you very much for taking the time to read and share your thoughts about the cage. I´m glad the Albatross attracted you. Have a wonderful day!
    Aurorasa Sima
    25/10/2016 #44 Aurorasa Sima
    #37 You have kindly commented on the "Do you want to search or find" post as well. That´s the point. Even if know things. Do we live them? Why do top athletes have trainers that could not run half as fast? It can help us to be asked questions even if know the answer. It´s easier if you don´t walk alone.

    Thank you for comment and the following discussion with Harvey was interesting to read too. My pragmatic approach to the Bourbon analogy would be to pour it in a glass (:
    Aurorasa Sima
    25/10/2016 #43 Aurorasa Sima
    #36 As always, very thoughtful and engaging comment, dear @Harvey Lloyd. Several factors are part of the cage. Our upbringing, society, fears, painful experiences.
    Deb Helfrich
    24/10/2016 #42 Deb Helfrich
    #41 I am so far towards Introvert - that it really isn't a stretch to call me a hermit, yet I am not a bit shy....and when I ignite it draws a lot of attention! Right @Charles David Upchurch View more
    #41 I am so far towards Introvert - that it really isn't a stretch to call me a hermit, yet I am not a bit shy....and when I ignite it draws a lot of attention! Right @Charles David Upchurch? But I always know which recipes call for Maker's Mark - the occasional Manhattan is necessary in a well-lived life. Close
    Harvey Lloyd
    24/10/2016 #41 Harvey Lloyd
    #40 @Deb Helfrich I would surmise then that you are probably an I with the myers briggs personality quest of understanding. Also i would add, be cautious when bringing the heat up, the extra bourbon you put into marinate may flash to quickly.
    Deb Helfrich
    24/10/2016 #40 Deb Helfrich
    #38 Ah, yes, 4 days on the right question! I am known to call it marinating. I do try to wait to do (and communicate) until I have the seasoning optimally suffused.... then the cooking is but a few minutes on high heat.
    Tausif Mundrawala
    24/10/2016 #39 Tausif Mundrawala
    Our nerves becomes the cage for ourselves because we have programmed ourselves that way. Once we free our nerves saying that we are capable of scaling heights which we never thought about it before than we can achieve the unthinkable. The flying albatross caught my attention and I could not resist myself reading this wonderful post and commenting on it. Thanks for sharing this post with us.
    Harvey Lloyd
    24/10/2016 #38 Harvey Lloyd
    #37 Without the reflection of others such as @Aurorasa Sima then i am merely on a deserted island with no stimulation to even demand a different question. Thank you for your compliment @Deb Helfrich. So many times in my crazy existence in small business i have chased the wrong question.

    I forgot who said the likes of this quote. If i have five days to solve the puzzle then i will spend four looking for the right questions and the fifth solving. (I butchered it, but hopefully the concept came through.)
    Deb Helfrich
    24/10/2016 #37 Deb Helfrich
    #36 @Harvey Lloyd - you have a great skill in generating better questions! I admire it.

    The Art of Self-Conquest requires a lot of skillful questions. And I do believe that taking the journey with someone like @Aurorasa Sima who can demonstrate her abilities via interacting on beBee makes the journey a lot easier. Sometimes, when left to our own devices, we will do everything we can to avoid answering the one question that will unlock our cage.
    Harvey Lloyd
    24/10/2016 #36 Harvey Lloyd
    @Aurorasa Sima I liked the bird cage analagy and would like to reduce the cage to a series of parts. The bottom being our fundamental beliefs, the bars being the emotional concepts that are caging, the roof our belief that we are protected by the entirety of the cage system. What if we took the person and the cage within this metaphor and stuck them on the deserted island. Based on self preservation i would think that the roof would collapse as soon as the bars were recognized as being counter productive to survival.

    If the above is true, then we would have to consider why did we build the cage in the first place, within our social setting? This style of comparison usually helps me better retain the right question rather than the right answer. A more challenging question would be who built the cage? myself? or someone else? To answer this one we usually have to inspect what the cages intended purpose was/is. In this we can find our way out.

    As usual your posts are stimulating and challenge folks to think.
    Aurorasa Sima
    24/10/2016 #35 Aurorasa Sima
    #28 Hello, Monica,
    It´s so nice to meet you! Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment. Limitations are in our mind, in our brain. We need to convince our brain to change itself, which explains why it´s not as easy as 1-2-3
    Aurorasa Sima
    24/10/2016 #33 Aurorasa Sima
    #27 I have nothing to add to this great comment, dear Prav, besides: Thank you!
    Irene Hackett
    24/10/2016 #32 Anonymous
    #22 Thanks @Deb Helfrich for the link, this is a subject of much interest, indeed!
    Aurorasa Sima
    24/10/2016 #31 Aurorasa Sima
    #26 @Pascal Derrien 🐝, you are absolutely right. The art of asking just the right amount from yourself - indeed an interesting topic. Thanks for commenting, I feel I did not read you in a long time.
    Aurorasa Sima
    24/10/2016 #30 Aurorasa Sima
    #29 You don´t know the philosopher, creator, and lyricist Matt Hardy? Oh ... my dear friend, @Irene Hackett I nearly fell for it.
    Irene Hackett
    24/10/2016 #29 Anonymous
    #19 I am sorry to admit this my friend @Aurorasa Sima - but I have no idea who Matt Hardy is! By the way, I did not find out until several years ago that the meaning of my name is PEACE. :-)
    Monica Chetal
    24/10/2016 #28 Monica Chetal
    Limitations are all in the mind. So well said! Thanks for sharing
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    24/10/2016 #27 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    The belief in oneself grows with the little self-conquests Aura. Encouragement, appreciation, acknowledgement are the things that breed positive thinking and infuse courage to take that step or two.
    Pascal Derrien 🐝
    24/10/2016 #26 Pascal Derrien 🐝
    I think knowing your limits or should I say not ignoring them can also be a powerful engine insofar they are the starting point of acknowledgement of self as an individual then you can grow........ I suppose interesting topic :-)
  14. ProducerTony Rossi

    Tony Rossi

    A World of Uncharted Waters
    A World of Uncharted WatersAll waters are uncharted territory.Just because we have a map, it doesn't mean that we've been there before.  Someone else's experience may serve as a guide, or plan for us, but is no guarantee of our experience or success.Just because we recall...


    Tony Rossi
    21/10/2016 #6 Tony Rossi
    #5 will do, @CityVP Manjit! Thanks
    CityVP Manjit
    21/10/2016 #5 CityVP Manjit
    Do check out E.F. Schumacher's Guide for the Perplexed. My copy is starting to get old but it is one of those books one can reference over time rather than read cover to cover. Schumacher provides a great map metaphor.
    Aurorasa Sima
    21/10/2016 #4 Aurorasa Sima
    Shared to "Empowerment" - an awesome hive btw. I happen to know the owner. Or do I?
    Lisa Gallagher
    19/10/2016 #3 Lisa Gallagher
    #2 Thanks @Tony Rossi, likewise! Nice to meet you!
    Tony Rossi
    19/10/2016 #2 Tony Rossi
    #1 thanks for reading and your comment, @Lisa Gallagher! Glad to be in such great new company! :-)
    Lisa Gallagher
    18/10/2016 #1 Lisa Gallagher
    "Just because we have a map doesn't mean we've been there before." Ah, so true @Tony Rossi! Every experience is unique to each individual and how we choose to get from one destination to another, well many times we have to take detours along the way or the path is unknown until we've arrived. Nice buzz and Congrats to you for being named an Ambassador!
  15. ProducerMichael D. Davis
    Photographic Freedom
    Photographic FreedomAs a professional photographer and studio owner for over twenty years I'm used to the daily grind of carrying several pounds of gear to assignments. I like my gear. I don't love it or worship it as many people do. To me it's simply the tools...


    Irene Hackett
    24/09/2016 #8 Anonymous
    Exciting - looking forward to more on this @Michael D. Davis !
    Tony Brandstetter
    24/09/2016 #7 Tony Brandstetter
    Itz all about image capture, it doesn't matter what device you use, itz the creativity that lies behind your eyes -
    Michael D. Davis
    24/09/2016 #6 Michael D. Davis
    #4 That's the Marketer's for you @Tony Brandstetter. They like to perpetrate the myth that money can buy you two things; happiness and creativity. Neither come without time spent gaining knowledge on how to properly achieve them. Without the necessary educational understanding you're not going to be very happy with the results that expensive paperweight will produce.

    A wonderful exercise for anyone wishing to understand the principles of photography, whether digital or film, is to use their camera in manual mode until they are comfortable using this very accurate and complex scientific measurement tool. Until a person grasps what is being measured and how it must be controlled in order to achieve the results they desire it's all just luck and pre-programmed algorithms. I teach this stuff by the way in case you are wondering.
    Tony Brandstetter
    24/09/2016 #5 Tony Brandstetter
    As I always say, it is not the arrows but the Indian (which is now a politically incorrect term)
    Tony Brandstetter
    24/09/2016 #4 Tony Brandstetter
    A friend of mine asked me to recommend a camera, he balked when I told him, he wanted to take outstanding images and thought the more expensive the camera was the way to achieve that.
    CityVP Manjit
    24/09/2016 #3 CityVP Manjit
    #2 It is a very important subject that you have touched upon Michael, because the 21st Century is about the movement to visual images and there is great skill involved in any form of photography. There is also an emerging body of knowledge to new pathways such as iphoneography. That I am limited in my own technology capacity at present is what blocks my progress in this area, but my learning journey must eventually embrace this visual intelligence. That visuals are used for entertainment simply is a function of what we as a society have been conditioned to, through 20th Century broadcast mentality. I will stay in tune with what you have to say not because it is entertaining, but because it is important.
    Michael D. Davis
    23/09/2016 #2 Michael D. Davis
    #1 In the meantime I hope to keep you entertained with my musings & iPhotos Manjit
    CityVP Manjit
    23/09/2016 #1 CityVP Manjit
    The iPhonegraphy I have seen to date is quite impressive and as each few years pass, we are going to see Moore's Law operate at the visual technology development level, the way it has operated in terms of computing power. I am not presently partaking any technology upgrades for several years because I have chosen austerity as my present path. I no longer have a cell phone, my computer still says IBM, and in technology terms, I am symbolic of that Seinfeld episode where Kramer wants to see how far they can travel on an empty tank of gas. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuEdU_lrtZk . . . but I digress, I look forward to the day that I too will participate in this age of visual images.
  16. ProducerFranci Eugenia Hoffman
    Let's Laugh
    Let's LaughWhat if you met the author, August Wilson, and he said “All you need in the world is love and laughter. That's all anybody needs. To have love in one hand and laughter in the other.” I feel his inspiring quote gives reason to appreciate...


    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    20/09/2016 #29 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    #28 Thank you Donna-Luisa. You are very kind.
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    20/09/2016 #28 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    All you need is love, love, love, that's all you really need - I think that's the way a very old song goes. We need love and light, and you share that always @Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    19/09/2016 #27 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    #17 Gerald, we all have those days where things just aren't quite what we hope for. I find music jogs my memory into a happy mode, and it is usually music from the past.
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    19/09/2016 #26 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    #19 🙃
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    19/09/2016 #25 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    #16 Laughter is good for us! Positive vibes. Thank you Lisa.
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    19/09/2016 #24 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    #15 Thank you for enjoying it, Gert.
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    19/09/2016 #23 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    #14 You're quite welcome @Aurorasa Sima.
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    19/09/2016 #22 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    #13 I am so glad you enjoyed it @debasish majumder. Thank you for reading my post.
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    19/09/2016 #21 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    #12 @Lada 🏡 Prkic, I make a true attempt at laughing and believing in happiness. It's better than the alternative. I've had my share of unwanted events in my life and persistent in moving on. Thank you for commenting.
    Lisa Gallagher
    19/09/2016 #20 Lisa Gallagher
    #19 giggles with a Buwaaahaha @Randy Keho
    Randy Keho
    19/09/2016 #19 Randy Keho
    Bah, Humbug
    Lisa Gallagher
    19/09/2016 #18 Lisa Gallagher
    #17 @Gerald Hecht, I was on the phone w/my daughter today and I kept hearing a beeping noise. I told her to hang on because the phone was beeping and I thought I had a call coming through. It happened two more times and I said, hmm my call waiting must not be working and she broke out laughing and telling me- that was ME making that noise, I made the noise to the baby first and just went with it when you thought it was your call waiting. She was cracking herself up and I couldn't stop laughing after that. Something so simple, yet it induced laughter!
    Gerald Hecht
    19/09/2016 #17 Gerald Hecht
    @Franci Eugenia Hoffman Thank you for this; I needed this very much today, it took a little bit; I had to go out and search; but I came upon an old picture; sometimes a crazy, funny memory can be captured and transported from the past 📸
    Lisa Gallagher
    19/09/2016 #16 Lisa Gallagher
    Great message @Franci Eugenia Hoffman and couldn't agree more. Laughter is healthy for our physical bodies too!! Thanks for sharing this.
    Gert Scholtz
    19/09/2016 #15 Gert Scholtz
    @Franci Eugenia Hoffman Wonderfully and beautifully written Franci. I am smiling just by reading this upbeat message. Thank you.
    Aurorasa Sima
    19/09/2016 #14 Aurorasa Sima
    Thanks for making me laugh (:
    debasish majumder
    19/09/2016 #13 debasish majumder
    Beautiful post madam @Franci Eugenia Hoffman! enjoyed read. thank you very much for sharing the post.
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    19/09/2016 #12 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    "A day without laughter is a wasted day." It is one of the best mottoes to live by. Dear Franci, your smile on the photo tells me that you also live by this motto. :)
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    19/09/2016 #11 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    Thank you for the share @Milos Djukic
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    19/09/2016 #10 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    #8 I'm beginning to understand how you utilize your hives. I am very fond of this idea because it lends new meaning to the intent of hives. Thinking of them as energy gives them energy, rather than just a place for storage. Now I think of hives as learning tools. I like your ideas because they are "energy", meaning always in motion rather than stagnant and forgotten. I love your comment.
  17. ProducerEmilia M. Ludovino
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    Emilia M. Ludovino
    17/09/2016 #2 Emilia M. Ludovino
    #1 So very true Deb Lange. I agree with you that we can learn and should learn how to uncover our blind spots. Thanks for your insights. have a b;blessed​ day!
    Deb Lange
    17/09/2016 #1 Deb Lange
    Often we are blind to these underlying needs. However, the good thing is we can learn to uncover out blind spots. It takes curiosity and a willingness to be very open and exploratory. Once we learn how to do it we can free ourselves from The limitations we inadvertently place on ourselves.
  18. Emilia M. Ludovino
    “Play is the highest form of research.” – Albert Einstein
    Make playing the main goal of your day - play is our brain's favorite way of learning and almost all creativity involves purposeful play. In the words of Emerson, “It's a happy talent to know how to play!”
    Emilia M. Ludovino
  19. Emilia M. Ludovino
    To have an idea what genuine human compassion is like, look at children.
    Naturally open and honest, they don't care about other children’s background, what their religion or their nationalities are, so long as they smile and play together. It’s as we grow older that the trouble begins—we only smile to get what we want.
    But when we see other human beings as being like us and show concern - that's genuine compassion
    Emilia M. Ludovino


    Emilia M. Ludovino
    22/08/2016 #15 Emilia M. Ludovino
    #9 Thank you @Irene Hackett. I just love this artwork. It tell so much about ourselves. and the importance of our inner child. Have a blessed day!
    Emilia M. Ludovino
    22/08/2016 #14 Emilia M. Ludovino
    #7 Dear @Charles David Upchurch I'd love to share with you more info about this picture but unfortunately I don't have it.. Thank you for sharing it to other hives. Looking forward to read you.
    Emilia M. Ludovino
    22/08/2016 #13 Emilia M. Ludovino
    #6 I totally agree with you dear @Deb Helfrich :). Have a blessed day!
    Emilia M. Ludovino
    22/08/2016 #12 Emilia M. Ludovino
    #5 You're most welcomed dear Fatima. Have a blessed day!
    Emilia M. Ludovino
    22/08/2016 #11 Emilia M. Ludovino
    #4 Thank you dear "Rumi" @Ali Anani :).
    Emilia M. Ludovino
    22/08/2016 #10 Emilia M. Ludovino
    #2 You're most welcome dear @Anees Zaidi, my pleasure. Thank you for sharing into other hives. Have a blessed day!
    Irene Hackett
    22/08/2016 #9 Anonymous
    This is one of the best visual representation of unconditional love and forgiveness - simply beautiful! Thank you @Emilia M. Ludovino
    Charles David Upchurch
    19/08/2016 #8 Charles David Upchurch
    Charles David Upchurch
    19/08/2016 #7 Charles David Upchurch
    @Emilia M. Ludovino, would you please share any information you have about this image and text? I would like source and copyright information, so that I can use it with one of my own posts.
    Deb Helfrich
    19/08/2016 #6 Deb Helfrich
    #1 Showing up in a desolate stretch of desert and building a community from scratch is such a powerful way to understand how our habits inhibit our opportunities to play.
    Fatima Williams
    19/08/2016 #5 Fatima Williams
    Letting go of pride , ego and resentment will make the inner child in us not only happy but contentl. Thanks @Anees Zaidi & @Emilia M. Ludovino
    Ali Anani
    19/08/2016 #4 Ali Anani
    Excellent post dear @Emilia M. Ludovino and the idea of your buzz is superb. I thank dear ANees @Anees Zaidi for the tag. I may add that on the surface we might observe repellency, but inside we may have the stabilizing effects of the child in us bringing us together. What we see from the outside should not blind us from searching the balancing force. In fact, dear @Anees Zaidi wrote recently how his competition with his brother for the fruits (repelling forces) increased the two brothers' love. A worthy post to read
    Anees Zaidi
    19/08/2016 #2 Anees Zaidi
    Excellent thoughts @Emilia M. Ludovino everyone carries a child inside that is purest, most innocent and most biased. A great art piece indeed. Thanks for sharing.
    Zack Thorn
    19/08/2016 #1 Zack Thorn
    The Burning Man gatherings have produced some great conceptual art over the years. But that really is what it's all about isn't it ? To lift and inspire, to be inspired by others.
  20. ProducerFranci Eugenia Hoffman
    Feeling Colors
    Feeling ColorsHis straw hat served him well over the years. There was only a small hole in the brim, but it kept a tiny ray of sun peeking through as he made his way down the avenue. When he finally reached his destination at the Summer Art Festival,...


    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    20/09/2016 #14 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    I pray that love is a color every one can see... thanks for this @Karen Anne Kramer ~ CNN Women Leaders 2015.. !
    Lisa Gallagher
    15/09/2016 #10 Lisa Gallagher
    Reposted an tweeted!
    Lisa Gallagher
    15/09/2016 #9 Lisa Gallagher
    What a touching story. When you mentioned Red Rocks, I thought of Colorado and the beauty of Red Rocks. "Love it the only color the blind see." Wow, very powerful! Thanks @Karen Anne Kramer ~ CNN Women Leaders 2015, great story, you're very creative and intuitive.
    Chas Wyatt
    15/09/2016 #8 Chas Wyatt
    By @Karen Anne Kramer ~ CNN Women Leaders 2015
    Chas Wyatt
    15/09/2016 #7 Chas Wyatt
    @Karen Anne Kramer ~ CNN Women Leaders 2015, I am awestruck by this story. It touches me in many different places on many different levels. Thank you for your presence on beBee.
    CityVP Manjit
    15/09/2016 #6 CityVP Manjit
    #4 Though in the way I classify things for my own learning, the nature of the work we do is classified Indigo, or an intellectual review or a hi-brow art discussion would be yellow, the way I classify Karen's story is gray. For what I take out of Karen's story is the relational - i.e. the actual art of storytelling. I placed Karen's piece in the Gray hive because there is much about the construction of her story that teach me the skills of a good storyteller. This is a skill I have not indulged but still appreciate, because the human story from the dawn of civilization draws the skill of great storytellers. So I can either make meaning from this story which is why I place things in the yellow hive, or I find learning in a piece which is about both communication skills and more importantly a story capturing essentials of human relationship - then that has great learning potential. Given the two i.e. the story and the storyteller, I find the storyteller more fascinating. Take the art of Picasso, he is loved by so many people for his art but I also draw a note of caution from Susan Sontag who brings us back to the storyteller when she talks about interpretation. When I get to the artist himself which is Picasso - my starting value is understanding his ego and his personal dominating character, and that is what actually gets me interested in Henri Matisse - now what is revealed is a humble man, a good man and now I can elevate Matisse in my mind and see his art as an extension of his virtue. These things do not interest most people, but for me they are essential aspects of learning, of deeper wisdom and ultimately relationship. In Karen I see a Matisse rather than a Picasso.
    Aurorasa Sima
    15/09/2016 #4 Aurorasa Sima
    Another beautiful story with several facets, messages, and ideas. Thank you! @CityVP Manjit owns several extremely interesting hives, he has classified them with the help of colors. I am sure a few would be of interest to you. You can find them via his profile or in the latest buzzes (hive talk) of @Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    15/09/2016 #2 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    Your story reminds me of the upcoming fall season where art fests are in abundance. I've been to many fests in my lifetime and enjoy them immensely. I can picture this scene as you describe and feel like I'm there. Your piece sends a memorable message.
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    15/09/2016 #1 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    Sharing in beBee in English
  21. ProducerFranci Eugenia Hoffman
    Hive Talk Special-Featuring the Wisdom Hives created by CityVPManjit
    Hive Talk Special-Featuring the Wisdom Hives created by CityVPManjitHive Talk Special is intended to feature hives with special instructions and/or the length of the description warrants special attention. This Hive Talk Special is dedicated to a group of hives with a common denominator and all are under the same...


    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    14/09/2016 #14 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    #13 Thank you and I am glad my featuring your hives is to your liking. I am checking out the link you provided.
    CityVP Manjit
    14/09/2016 #13 CityVP Manjit
    #12 Dear Franci, I think you did a great job in term of providing a sampling. The chief takeaway I would like to give is that there are hives which you want people to converge, the kind of professional affinity that beBee talk about, but there are also hives which are personal and where one can store buzzes that were personally meaningful. As a personal collection, the chief skillset is curation. To understand what it means curating, in my case I curate my learning journey. @Franci Eugenia Hoffman check out this article on curation: http://www.learningsolutionsmag.com/articles/1037/is-content-curation-in-your-skill-set-it-should-be
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    14/09/2016 #12 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    #8 #9 #11 I hope I didn't omit any of them (I refer to them as Wisdom Hives), because I thought grouping them in one feature would add a better understanding of their intent. Thank you all for reading and commenting.
    Milos Djukic
    14/09/2016 #11 Anonymous
    @CityVP Manjit Wisdom !
    CityVP Manjit
    13/09/2016 #10 CityVP Manjit
    #9 Dear Gert I think that the spirit of learning and wonder is alive and thriving in everyone who has commented here, with you and others that is my affinity.
    Gert Scholtz
    13/09/2016 #9 Gert Scholtz
    @Franci Eugenia Hoffman Thank you for the post collating the hives of @CityVP Manjit whose hives and contributions to posts and to beBee are invaluable. Thank you Manjit.
    CityVP Manjit
    13/09/2016 #8 CityVP Manjit
    Dear @Franci Eugenia Hoffman @David B. Grinberg and @Aurorasa Sima thank you for contributions to this buzz. The structure I have specifically gone for is personal learning hives. While "Orange" happens to be an actual company, it is no loss because I cover my social media learning through the Naranja hive (which is Spanish for Orange) and my "Oranges" hive is "The Orange Bee" which is social media specifically related to beBee https://www.bebee.com/group/oranges I also have three toastmasters hives related to my club involvement and then hobby/special interest hives like Tottenham and Ashoka. I don't participate much on professional or subject matter hives because the subject matter is organized around the colours and that means I can move the subjects around. How the structure of those colours evolves is through a learning instrument I have created for myself here https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CsQ7CxnXEAAqige.png:large The luxury I have online is that I am predicated or focused on generating traffic, it is a part of what I call m "learning journey". Originally that journey was through Twitter, now it is here.
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    13/09/2016 #7 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    #5 Mine too. I created my hives as the ideas popped in my head so they are in different directions.
    David B. Grinberg
    13/09/2016 #6 David B. Grinberg
    Thanks Franci and @CityVP Manjit. That's a lot of wisdom to go around!
    Aurorasa Sima
    13/09/2016 #5 Aurorasa Sima
    #4 Yeah, my hives are jealous of the structure of his hives.
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    13/09/2016 #4 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    #3 Aurorasa, I love the way he organized his hives.
    Aurorasa Sima
    13/09/2016 #3 Aurorasa Sima
    Will join some colors
  22. ProducerGert Scholtz

    Gert Scholtz

    The Oxy of Moron
    The Oxy of MoronI sat in class staring out the window. Grammar bored me. As for English language rules – to me you just listen and read and pick it up that way. My rebellious reverie was broken when I heard the last part of the teacher’s sentence “…and that was...


    Joanna Hofman
    15/09/2016 #25 Joanna Hofman
    A great read ---
    Neil Smith
    15/09/2016 #24 Neil Smith
    Nice article @Gert Scholtz. It is always fun to read pieces by people who enjoy playing and having fun with language.
    Gert Scholtz
    10/09/2016 #23 Gert Scholtz
    @CityVP Manjit @Mohammad Azam Khan @Lisa Gallagher @Dean Owen @David B. Grinberg @Ben Pinto Thank you for sharing the post. In the vein of oxymoron - I am terribly pleased that you read it!
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    09/09/2016 #22 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    #20 Lol thankee @Gert Scholtz! Hey I thought you ran on horsepower ;)
    Gert Scholtz
    09/09/2016 #21 Gert Scholtz
    #12 @Dean Owen I think one discovers them when you are intensely relaxed and scattering in focus. Thanks Dean-san for commenting and reading. Always good to see you commenting.
    Gert Scholtz
    09/09/2016 #20 Gert Scholtz
    #18 @Praveen Raj Gullepalli And here is Groucho: "The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made." I hope the reference to Ox is to my strength and not anything else :) Thanks Praveen for your enthusiasm!
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    09/09/2016 #19 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    #9 That momentary suspension of belief dear @Charles David Upchurch...is supposed to be a Zen moment by many Zen practitioners...opening the gates of new perception ;) confounding and suspending all thought and belief for a split second there...and for a student prepared enough it is said to open floodgates to new perception. So we Ox Gert to keep the Morons comin! :)
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    09/09/2016 #18 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    LOL @Gert Scholtz! Away from grammar, one is on dangerously safe ground! ;) (Confession: My wife is much better at grammar than me! I forgot to remember everything i didn't read somewhere back there!) Yes oh yes, lotsa chuckles there, you betcha. Esp with: Polish writer Stanislaw Lee: “Even his ignorance is encyclopedic”....Everett Dirksen: “I am a man of unbending principles; the first is to be flexible at all times”. Now where did Groucho go? :)
    Mohammad Azam Khan
    09/09/2016 #17 Mohammad Azam Khan
    What other wonders shall the day unfold! That was a grand definition on your exam that failed. Thank-you @Gert Scholtz. Unleashed quite a vibrant waggle from the bees.
    Ben Pinto
    09/09/2016 #16 Ben Pinto
    I will share to hives; LOL and Quotes. Lots of fun to read and play around with - thanks.
    Lauren Juzl
    09/09/2016 #15 Lauren Juzl
    Thank you for this article @Gert Scholtz having just finished my literature degree I can say that I was just as obsessed with oxymorons, it was unusual for me to leave an exam without squeezing in something about the oxymorons, or at a stretch oxymoronic imagery, within the text I was studying, glad to know I'm not the only one.
    Ken Boddie
    09/09/2016 #14 Ken Boddie
    Very entertaining, Gert! I must make a point in future of emphasising the sharper side of my dullness.
    Lisa Gallagher
    09/09/2016 #13 Lisa Gallagher
    I never thought it possible to enjoy reading about the term oxymoron, I not only enjoyed this @Gert Scholtz, but chuckled too!
    Dean Owen
    09/09/2016 #12 Dean Owen
    What a treasure of an article! Gert Schultz-san, do you often unwittingly produce an oxymoron during speech? I can't recall that I ever have. Is it with intent that people create them or typically discover them upon reflection?
    Gert Scholtz
    09/09/2016 #11 Gert Scholtz
    #5 @Aurorasa Sima Just love your example of the German poster! Thanks Aurorasa.
    Gert Scholtz
    09/09/2016 #10 Gert Scholtz
    #9 @Charles David Upchurch The quotes and the history of the word comes with reference to the book. Thank you for reading and for enriching the buzz with your comments David.
    Charles David Upchurch
    09/09/2016 #9 Charles David Upchurch
    Very interesting trivia. That was my attempt at an oxymoron. Seriously, an interesting article. I don't know if it was on purpose or by accident, but you stumbled into something very deep with this sentence: "It momentarily suspends belief and suddenly illuminates a new truth." Initially I thought to 'correct' that by suggesting the cliched 'suspension of disbelief' (as in an audience reading a book or watching a movie or a live performance of a story), then I realized that "suspension of belief" (not disbelief) is not only more profound, it may be the key to science, art, and world peace. Very cool.

    One question...what parts of this were sourced from "Dr M Grothe. Oxymoronica. Harper Collins. Glasgow. 2008"? Thanks for mentioning that source, by the way.
    David Navarro López
    09/09/2016 #8 Anonymous
    What a wonderful buzz @Gert Scholtz I like the "spicy" part of oxymorons, the irony involved. My favorite is "Military Intelligence"
    Gerald Hecht
    09/09/2016 #7 Gerald Hecht
    #5 @Aurorasa Sima 🎯
    David B. Grinberg
    09/09/2016 #6 David B. Grinberg
    Very interesting @Gert Scholtz. I must tag @Susan Rooks "The Grammar Goddess" for anything she may have to add. Nice buzz!
  23. CityVP Manjit

    CityVP Manjit

    Once we know that Empaths are more likely want to be followers and narcissists are more likely want to become leaders, does that not change our view of the typical leader-follower meme? Sun Gazing provide a quiz to determine where we fall in the ratio between empath and narcissist
    CityVP Manjit
    QUIZ: Are You More Of An Empath Or A Narcissist?
    www.sun-gazing.com ... or do you fall somewhere in between...? Let's take the quiz and find...
  24. ProducerLauren Juzl

    Lauren Juzl

    Academic Snobbery: Producing Test Takers Instead of Thinkers
    Academic Snobbery: Producing Test Takers Instead of Thinkers I studied English Literature and Creative Writing at university. I have always been excited by literature. Since I could pick up a book I have spent my life searching for people to discuss literature with, whether in book clubs or with friends and...


    Chas Wyatt
    02/09/2016 #14 Chas Wyatt
    @Lauren Juzl, I can only speak to the educational system in the U.S., as that is what I have experienced. It is big business designed to turn a profit with the aid of the U.S. government. It has a mass marketing machine designed to entice each new generation with the false promise of a better future. This only works if you decide to become a doctor, attorney, or tenured professor. Textbooks are a side business for professors that have a shelf life of 2-3 years at which time students are forced to buy the new editions penned by the professors. As long as Universities are focused on money instead of learning nothing will change and they will remain diploma mills churning out the next generation of degreed Baristas.
    Irene Hackett
    02/09/2016 #13 Anonymous
    #6 @Deb Helfrich - your comment is so well written and rich, I love the word 'hegemony' - had to google that one! There is nothing for me to add because you have said it, and much better than I could!
    Aleta Curry
    02/09/2016 #12 Aleta Curry
    @Laren Juzi - it's a wonderful post. My sorrow is that the issues are not new ones. I'm guessing that I'm about a hundred years older than you are, and the matter of education being reduced to memorising facts and figures - or the hypothesis from the prof's latest book - and then erasing the tape as soon as the test was over was being lamented over when I was a girl. Even worse, students in the US were being trained to fill in circles in standardised tests, as a measure of how fit they were to continue on to post-graduate education. I think the problem starts even earlier - back in primary school, actually. As I used to say to my sisters and my girl cousins (I'm older than all of them): we are forced to make decisions that will affect the rest of our lives at an age where we have not yet developed the tools, wisdom or experience to make those decisions. It's a sad state of affairs.
    Vincent Andrew
    02/09/2016 #11 Vincent Andrew
    What a great idea @Donna-Luisa Eversley! Maybe we can arrange something ... #10
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    02/09/2016 #10 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    #9 great @Vincent Andrew .if ever you need a Skype guest, I'd be happy to talk to your students 😊
    Vincent Andrew
    02/09/2016 #9 Vincent Andrew
    It's a program that I would like to continue with my next cohort of students @Donna-Luisa Eversley 😃#8
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    02/09/2016 #8 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    #3 Hey @Vincent Andrew I saw your response after I tagged you. You sure got it right. I was also a part of the Junior Achievement group in school... Great learning opportunities.
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    01/09/2016 #7 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    I really like this post because I feel the educational system in the US is archaic. and as @Donna-Luisa Eversley stated, rigid. Outdated textbooks that need to be edited, as well as containing information not necessarily useful in real life. Educating our children has become another process that shoves people into categories relating to their learning abilities. I got through school with a little above average grades because I have a photographic memory. I also learn quickly by using association. That doesn't mean I absorbed what I learned. Learn it, pass the test, forget what you learned.

    However, when I started working, I took several courses (mostly insurance related), and found I was absorbing what I learned. Perhaps, it's because I was in a different environment, different state of mind, etc. I like hands on learning and know that is applicable to my current position in life.

    Great post @Lauren Juzl - Bravo!
    Deb Helfrich
    01/09/2016 #6 Deb Helfrich
    #1 I think that @Irene Hackett led with the fundamental problem in America, if you want to sit in a corporate cubicle, the entry requirement is more often than not, a bachelor's degree. Except that rather a lot of those successful corps were started by people who realized how little college was teaching them in the realm of real life. It is a complete conundrum. I'd prefer to live in a society where the ability to earn a living wasn't constrained by the whims of corporations. The hegemony of corporations over people in America has produced a society that is truly unsustainable.

    @Lauren Juzl - I agree with everything you've said about the detriment of test taking as any sort of useful measure of producing thinkers. It necessarily focuses learning on small chunks of stuff and discourages any sort of broad learning and furthermore it inherently relies on use of language as the arbiter of those that will succeed. But we need buildings and roads and sewers much more than we need any sort of book.

    What if our curriculum started including courses in the 'future' right alongside the current courses in history? Courses about how to decide what one will do for a living in the future and which type of education would lead to that outcome. More focus on learning as a team sport. A little more creativity encouraged and integrated into the overall picture of each kids academic achievement. Self-directed learning opportunities allowing kids to try out all kinds of stuff while they are young.

    I love the ideas about apprenticeships and traineeships being viable options right along with internships.
    debasish majumder
    01/09/2016 #5 debasish majumder
    lovely insight madam Lauren Juzl. i do agree with your views about the traditional education system which seldom have any positive impact comparing to the external world they are confronting with after passing out. but, replacing University education system with the alternative pedagogy unless being initiated in an available society, we have to adapt with it to garner knowledge. however, lovely post. enjoyed read. thank you very much for sharing the post.
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    01/09/2016 #4 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    @Lauren Juzl, I'll give you a standing ovation... You have raised many key points in your observations. I will look at 2 points, the first is the rigidness of education systems really has to go! The world has been evolving and education systems and grading remains the same. You learn at one level and un-learn or re-learn at another, and that is counter productive and demoralizing in my book! The second point is the ingrained perceptions in children that getting a good grade means you are 'bright' and will get the best out of your life. That's a fallacy and the biggest lie a child learns. Growing up I was not good at exams. I would freeze and forget the things I remembered out of an exam. I discovered on my own that I learn best from practical, and applied examples, thus, I was not the 'deadbeat dumbo' at academics I thought I was, just I learn differently! Thankfully I always had the confidence and ego of a million stars in the skies, so I would brave a 'good bluff' for a long time. I'm quite passionate about this topic, and have always done remarkably well in English, history, art , etc. Thanks for raising this relevant topic.
    Friends, check this out... @Deb Helfrich @debasish majumder @Vincent Andrew @Milos Djukic @Lisa Gallagher David @David B. Grinberg @Aura Alex @Pamela L. Williams @Dean Owen @Franci Eugenia Hoffman @Michael Hillebrand
    Vincent Andrew
    01/09/2016 #3 Vincent Andrew
    I've been teaching for more than two decades @Lauren Juzl. Your observations are right. For far too long there is this belief that the syllabus and the exam is everything in life. That's just not true. Real life skills are just as important. Example, communication and problem solving skills which books do not necessarily teach you. I teach Business A-level and I have made it a point to focus on authentic learning that is based on practical real-world issues. Just today the class discussed issues related to diversity and equality in the workplace and why that is important. I get them to be part of the Junior Achievement Programme - not in the syllabus - but according to the students it has taught them real skills such as handling conflicts and accounting. Great buzz!
    Irene Hackett
    01/09/2016 #1 Anonymous
    @Lauren Juzl - this is a not only a superbly written buzz, it is also a very important topic that seems to be 'on the table' at election time and then 'off the table' as other issues rise and grab more of 'mainstream' attention. I agree that not everyone is a 'fit' for the world of academia and that should be 'ok' - and I agree that our youth needs to be presented with more real-world viable paths to financial independence. If, however, options lead to a Corporate job, a College degree will be required - a vicious cycle. Academia has become a political machine not unlike the auto & insurance industries and it will require herculean movement of thought and action on the part of many interest groups to make the positive changes that are so desperately needed. However, even on person can get this change started. I admire your spirit @Lauren Juzl - great buzz!
  25. ProducerMichael D. Davis
    The Life Squared Challenge
    The Life Squared ChallengeIn last week’s extended Friday edition of The Daily Chalkboard I wrote about how cool it is to be square. I’m sure the title was enough to raise an eyebrow or two among some of you as you began reading, given the connotation of “being...


    Michael D. Davis
    28/08/2016 #10 Michael D. Davis
    What IS original about it though @CityVP Manjit is it is melding of different ideas that I have gleaned over the years. The words are mine, but the original ideas that have been floating around in my noggin for these many years are from various ideas, methods and systems for taking a disciplined approach to one's journey through life. The idea of Life Squared is one derived from developing equally those facets of a person's life so one is not, let's say, overly Physical to the detriment of the development of the Social, Mental and Spiritual facets of their life. It can be viewed as a holistic approach to helping a person achieve life balance if you will.
    Michael D. Davis
    28/08/2016 #9 Michael D. Davis
    Hi @CityVP Manjit and thanks for your comments. Actually that "R" originally stood for "Religious" in the form that I adopted it from. Personally I prefer "Spiritual", which is totally different in my mind from "Religious". You could definitely say that it IS relational as it does relate to one's beliefs when it comes to matters that are not necessarily tangible in the physical sense. My intended purpose with the Life Squared Challenge series is to help those people who find it difficult to stay focused and disciplined in their path to personal accomplishment and happiness. It's not original and many people have devised similar systems for helping people succeed. I just happen to have had this one on my mind for years and felt it was time to share it with those who might find it useful.
    CityVP Manjit
    28/08/2016 #8 CityVP Manjit
    Dear Michael, I take it that the chalkboard denoting P, S, M, equates with physical, spiritual and mental, because the only R that comes to mind on the social is relational. I am assuming that this is what all the letters on the chalkboard refer to.

    The symbol of the square reminds me of the hours that are equated with Malcolm Gladwell's 10,000 hours of practice rule http://www.wisdomgroup.com/blog/10000-hours-of-practice/ This is why I am wary of the spoon-fed answer and more interested in metaphor found in the movie Matrix "There is no Spoon" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAXtO5dMqEI

    Social media tends to make most things a novelty act rather than a medium of lifetime learning. The ulterior motive of social media is entertainment as a means of popularity, otherwise why put so much emphasis on the economic and psychological value of being a follower and then engineer in the LIKE button on top of that. I do not want to become paranoid with ulterior motive, I never found suspicion to be helpful when reflection is what one is seeking, but I do have high regard for due diligence.

    What do we make of David Bowie's "It's not one of your best" https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/jan/20/how-david-bowie-turned-down-coldplay-its-not-a-very-good-song-is-it or a feature of creative people like contradiction http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2010/12/08/5607578-john-lennon-a-man-of-absolute-contradictions I don't make anything out of it other than this is who they were. The difference is that they lived in the world of fame, but I am happy in being square.
    Michael D. Davis
    13/08/2016 #7 Michael D. Davis
    Thank you for sharing my post @Charles David Upchurch
    I sincerely apprecite it! I am a member of the Bee Inspired Hive by the way. I hope you enjoy the series.
    Charles David Upchurch
    12/08/2016 #6 Charles David Upchurch
    Need to read the whole series, here, by @Michael D. Davis !

    Mr. Davis, PLEASE join the Bee Inspired hive, where I am sure your articles will be well received!
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    05/08/2016 #5 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    I like your idea and find this an interesting challenge. I am looking forward to see what's next.
    Graham Edwards 🐝
    31/07/2016 #4 Graham Edwards 🐝
    Nice buzz @Michael D. Davis. I look forward to your next buzz on the Life Squared Challenge.
    Javier beBee
    31/07/2016 #3 Javier beBee
    Thanks for sharing it ! @Michael D. Davis welcome to beBee !
    Brian McKenzie
    30/07/2016 #2 Brian McKenzie
    What is the wealth in a smile? This will be an interesting trip, thanks for the challenge.
    debasish majumder
    29/07/2016 #1 debasish majumder
    nice insight Michael D.Davis. enjoyed read. thanks for sharing it.
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