Rudolph Steiner on Loyalty

“Gain for yourself a new, strong-willed attitude towards loyalty;

what people ordinarily call loyalty evaporates so quickly.

Make this your loyalty:

You will experience in another person moments,
rapidly passing away,
in which he [ or she ] will appear to you filled,
aglow with the ageless image of his [ her ] spirit.

Then, to be sure, there

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Developing Leaders: Dynamics and Dilemmas

A Taste of College:
Youth Leadership Development Retreat

Amherst MA

Whenever I work in teams, I always mention the significance of following. It is rare, however, to be able to carry that conversation forward. I hope this time is different. Following is something all good leaders do: they understand when to follow someone else’s idea – in other words, … Read more...

Dental Update (life lessons, part two)

Carefully cultivating the working culture of the office promotes not only high morale among employees, but extends its reach into the community at large. Through rituals of review, investigation, teasing, and expressions of curiosity and concern the combined efforts of dentist, hygienists, receptionist, x-ray tech and administrators changed me. The changes are significant at two levels: in terms of behavior and attitude.
Carefully cultivating the working culture of the office promotes not only high morale among employees, but extends its reach into the community at large. Through rituals of review, investigation, teasing, and expressions of curiosity and concern the combined efforts of dentist, hygienists, receptionist, x-ray tech and administrators changed me. The changes are significant at two levels: in terms of behavior and attitude.

Why Millennials Need DayGlow

In "DayGlow Makes Us Normal," students blend a sharp knowledge of context with an unapologetic stance in support of 'the blue pill' - meaning an uncritical embrace of technology, particularly in terms of how it can be used to serve the needs of the self. These young people show us that they are doing their best to deal with everything; however surviving means sometimes choosing not to know in order to have the 'escape' that recharges them to be able to carry on....The other video is less ambiguous, showing more of the Red Pill approach through some critical juxtapositions that seem to ask "Do We Have to Be This Way?"
In "DayGlow Makes Us Normal," students blend a sharp knowledge of context with an unapologetic stance in support of 'the blue pill' - meaning an uncritical embrace of technology, particularly in terms of how it can be used to serve the needs of the self. These young people show us that they are doing their best to deal with everything; however surviving means sometimes choosing not to know in order to have the 'escape' that recharges them to be able to carry on....The other video is less ambiguous, showing more of the Red Pill approach through some critical juxtapositions that seem to ask "Do We Have to Be This Way?"

Suicide and Response

The stereotype scenario became more complicated when we asked how these students at Renaissance High School think they are viewed by others. It depends upon where those other high school students are located. There's one view from outside of Springfield that lumps all Springfield High Schools together: "ghetto thugs, everyone wearing do-rags, swearing, using guns, smoking dope and selling drugs - both at the same time." This list was generated with the dull verbal tone of routine and placed in context: "This is what is shown in the media."
The stereotype scenario became more complicated when we asked how these students at Renaissance High School think they are viewed by others. It depends upon where those other high school students are located. There's one view from outside of Springfield that lumps all Springfield High Schools together: "ghetto thugs, everyone wearing do-rags, swearing, using guns, smoking dope and selling drugs - both at the same time." This list was generated with the dull verbal tone of routine and placed in context: "This is what is shown in the media."

Boop! (So you wanna be a nerd…)

The challenge of education today is only partly with the content. There is a lot more information to sort through in today's time than for previous generations. In the academic discipline of "Communication," the effects of constant exposure to media are explored in relation to the development of an individual's consciousness, showing links between psychological awareness and societal customs.
The challenge of education today is only partly with the content. There is a lot more information to sort through in today's time than for previous generations. In the academic discipline of "Communication," the effects of constant exposure to media are explored in relation to the development of an individual's consciousness, showing links between psychological awareness and societal customs.

What’s your name got to do with it?

The diversity of names in this small group led us to ethnic and racial differences. The facilitators were curious how much these differences lead to cliques in school. For these young people, hanging out with people of similar appearance is something that happened up until about 9th grade, and they think most of that was because of location. Who they went to school with before was who they hung out with, at least until they got to know each other. It is a deeper question to wonder if the clustering of certain groups in particular areas is simply coincidence. Where did you go to elementary school? What section? Which house? Were you in 16 Acres? There was a hint of class difference....
The diversity of names in this small group led us to ethnic and racial differences. The facilitators were curious how much these differences lead to cliques in school. For these young people, hanging out with people of similar appearance is something that happened up until about 9th grade, and they think most of that was because of location. Who they went to school with before was who they hung out with, at least until they got to know each other. It is a deeper question to wonder if the clustering of certain groups in particular areas is simply coincidence. Where did you go to elementary school? What section? Which house? Were you in 16 Acres? There was a hint of class difference....

tweaking the turns: resilience is systemic

Resilience requires, among other things, "distinguish[ing] between those catastrophes we can repair and those that require us to face a new reality" (p.35). I'm interested that "resilience" is typically invoked as a counterpart to crisis, as if it only emerges spontaneously in the face of a sudden unexpected event rather than persisting as a durable property of a system. Resilience is also most commonly described as a characteristic of individuals rather than groups. How we comport ourselves when wounded, however, is a matter of relationship that is fundamentally inseparable from the co-occurring internal psychological struggle.
Resilience requires, among other things, "distinguish[ing] between those catastrophes we can repair and those that require us to face a new reality" (p.35). I'm interested that "resilience" is typically invoked as a counterpart to crisis, as if it only emerges spontaneously in the face of a sudden unexpected event rather than persisting as a durable property of a system. Resilience is also most commonly described as a characteristic of individuals rather than groups. How we comport ourselves when wounded, however, is a matter of relationship that is fundamentally inseparable from the co-occurring internal psychological struggle.

Laughter is Important

United in Hope:
Celebrating Literacy through a Community Voice

Springfield, MA
14 November 2010

Wally Lamb emphasized the significance of humor responding to a question from an audience member about his new book, Wishin’ and Hopin.’ The United in Hope community event promoting literacy sparkled with humor, inspiration and poignancy. The program was anchored by the words of women … Read more...