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Microsoft’s New CEO Signals Radical Shift

02/20/2014
Microsoft’s New CEO Signals Radical Shift
Though Wall Street may not thoroughly rally around Satya Nadella to succeed Steve Ballmer as CEO at Microsoft, I believe this so-called “safe choice” is a compelling one because it signals a radical shift in management style at the company. Nadella is described as smart, persuasive and likeable. He’s also known as a great communicator and collaborator. Likeable, communicative and collaborative are not attributes used often to describe Ballmer or Bill Gates. But that doesn’t mean Nadella is a slacker when it comes to technological expertise and business acumen. He comes...

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New Existentialists

Freeze Frame

02/19/2014
Freeze Frame
I cleaned my daughter's closet tonight. She'll be 2 in December but has already outgrown her 2T and is on to bigger and better clothes. My son is not yet 4 and wears 5/6. Maybe only a parent will understand this but I think anyone who has ever realized just how FAST time goes will know what I mean when I say that I was a little embarrassed as I packed her clothes with tears in my eyes and realized that she would never again wear some of my favorite clothes. They were packed, labeled, and put into a closet and with them went her second year of life. The shirt she wore that said, "...

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Zhi Mian the Good Times

02/18/2014
Zhi Mian the Good Times
I know a few words of Chinese. I can ask for the bathroom and I can ask for a cup of coffee. Basically, if you can do those things in any given language, you are going to be all right wherever you are. But I also know the words zhi mian. These words have several interconnected meanings, two of which are given here: 1. To sit facing one another. That is, to be in full few of the other, and have the other in full view of you. This has strong supportive connotations: to not just sit with but to accept the other. 2. To face (confront) directly. Meaning, to see things as they really are,...

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Rethinking Complexity

Global Civil Society, Global Citizenship and the Rise of Non-Dualistic Consciousness

02/16/2014
Global Civil Society, Global Citizenship and the Rise of Non-Dualistic Consciousness
Last week, I joined with nearly one thousand public, private and non-profit professionals who came from all around the world, system leaders who gathered at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) along with an equal number of participants who joined via on-line web streaming technology. At the “Global Presencing Forum,” co-sponsored by the MIT CoLab, the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning, the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development and several others entities, our task over two days was to collectively engage in deep, future-oriented inquiry...

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Mind-Body Medicine

Aphrodisiac Nutrition

02/15/2014

Delahna Flagg is a professional chef and full-time student pursuing a Master’s degree in Mind-Body Medicine.  Delahna is passionate about aphrodisiac nutrition and intends to combine

Food - Love - Relationship

as a way to ignite passion and self-awareness, and elicit a higher sense of consciousness for the people that she works with.

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It Is Time We Grow Up

02/14/2014
It Is Time We Grow Up
For the past several months, political pundits and sports journalists have spent a great deal of time speculating on the impact of Russia’s strict anti-LGBT stance and laws and the impact they might have on the Olympic competitions. Against this backdrop, Michael Sam, a senior defensive lineman from the University of Missouri, announced, in an interview with ESPN, that he was gay. This revelation has generated all kinds of responses, reactions, and rejoinders concerning the impact of a self-pronounced gay player in an NFL locker room. The feedback from those associated with the NFL have...

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The Island of Love and Existential Suffering

02/13/2014
The Island of Love and Existential Suffering
It was two in the morning, and I was writing my latest poem. Not a peculiar activity for me. Poetry is the only thing that wakes me and prevents me from sleep. Or in truth, it was my head and heart brimming with words to describe emotions which I needed to release, that actually caused the insomnia. The topic was love, or the lack thereof. Words flowed and tensions eased, then I was finally able to sleep. The next morning, I was still plagued with the paradoxical feeling of emotional fullness and frailty. I went to write more and started scrolling through my poetry. I clicked on one after...

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Mystery, Uncertainty, and Death in the Ural Mountains: Part II: Uncertainty = Terror, But Mystery = Uncertainty, So...?

02/12/2014
Mystery, Uncertainty, and Death in the Ural Mountains: Part II: Uncertainty = Terror, But Mystery = Uncertainty, So...?
Uncertainty is one of our greatest imaginary foes while mystery is our idol. How can that be? On the one hand, people don’t stomach uncertainty too well—they plan their future, follow five-year plans, have career trajectories, have goals of doing some things by certain ages, whether it’s graduating from school or buying a house, etc. People act as if the future is certain and secure, as if their plans will reach fruition, often without planning for obstacles. In fact, in his well-known work, Escape from Freedom, Erich Fromm (1941) shows that people value certainty and...

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Mystery, Uncertainty, and Death in the Ural Mountains: Part I: Addicted to Mystery?

02/11/2014
Mystery, Uncertainty, and Death in the Ural Mountains: Part I: Addicted to Mystery?
Mystery is typically something that eludes our human understanding, something that cannot be fully explained. Maybe it is a bit of an enigma, getting a whiff of the forbidden fruit without getting the full taste. Mysteries fascinate and attract us: this attraction is part of the reason we have movements like science, which strive, above all, to solve mysteries just for the sake of solving them. A mystery can be as simple as a beginner-level Sudoku puzzle or it can be something as complicated as the origin of species. Regardless of the type of mystery or its simplicity-complexity, it seems to...

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Response to Responses

02/10/2014
Response to Responses
Adjunct faculty abuse is, in some small ways, like global warming. Some folks have a vested interest in denying its existence. If you see a blog or website entry on this phenomenon, watch the comments sections: there are a few comments repeated over and over that need to be addressed in a forum bigger than a comments section. One, repeated in many forms, is this one: if you don't like it, just work somewhere else. Other ways this argument is made include "adjunct faculty know what they are getting into," "this is supposed to be a part-time job," and "the college...

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