1.) "The Global Revolution" by Laura Tyson: Click here to read: "As countries around the world struggle to lay the foundations for stronger sustainable growth in the future, they would do well to focus on policies that encourage innovation. Empirical studies across time and countries confirm that innovation is the primary source of technological change and productivity growth.
1.) "Slowing Down in Order to Kickstart Creativity" by Margarita Tartakovsky: Click here to read: "There are many ways to slow down and spark creativity. We spoke with several artists and authors to get their thoughts on developing creativity by decelerating."
Large fortified bases and vast armies are being replaces with drones – and it’s changing the very nature of warfare.
That’s the conclusion of Dr. Marc Pilisuk, an award winning peace scholar and faculty member in Saybrook University’s Social Transformation program. Writing in the new 2013 issue of “The Peace Chronicle,” the newsletter of the Peace and Justice Studies Association, Pilisuk’s article “The New Face of War,” raises questions about what the rise of drones means for both the battlefield and the home front.
1.) "The Kiss' Seen Around the World: Syrian Klimt Street Art Sendup Goes Viral" by Yasha Wallin: Click here to read: "In Syria, more than 50,000 people have been killed since protests against President Bashar al-Assad's regime erupted in March 2011.
"A Home for Creativity Researchers" by Keith Sawyer: Click here to read: "Creativity researchers don't really have a place we can call home. It's because the study of creativity is interdisciplinary. That's the key take-home message of my 2012 book Explaining Creativity: The Science of Human Innovation.
1.) "50 Most Innovative Countries" by Bloomberg.com: Click here to read: "When you think about the most innovative countries, the U.S. and South Korea often come to mind. But what about Iceland or Iran? How do they compare? Bloomberg Rankings recently examined more than 200 countries and sovereign regions to determine their innovation quotient. The final universe was narrowed down to 96. What follows is the top 50."
Saybrook University announces a fully accredited PhD program in Integrative Mental Health – the only program of its kind in the country.02/19/2013
The new program for mental health professionals provides evidence-based training in techniques that hospitals and the public are demanding.
The public increasingly wants to know about all of its mental health care options: not just therapy and drugs, but hypnosis, biofeedback, spiritual practices, nutrition, and more.
Hospitals and clinics are increasingly advertising for mental health professionals who have these skills – but aren’t finding them. There simply isn’t an opportunity for practitioners to get these skills in a way that is rigorous, evidence-based, and accredited.
Saybrook, a fully accredited university which for forty years has had faculty in the vanguard of developing complementary medicine and integrative health care, is meeting this demand with the announcement of its new PhD program in Integrative Mental Health – the only program of its kind.
LIOS excels at designing curriculum that supports students in applying learning and leadership competencies toward solving real life problems. As part of the second year curriculum in the Leadership and Organization Development program, for example, students form a Benefit Corporation within which much of the curriculum is delivered. Students are challenged to model the type of leadership we want to bring to the world as future practitioners, while at the same time working within the context of the company to deliver products and services.
The Gnosis Project, the Benefit Corporation formed by the Fall 2013 student group, is conducting market research in order to identify meaningful trainings for the LIOS community, including alumni and current students. We are exploring how to expand perceptions of the skills and competencies that are required to be career ready when leaving LIOS.
Students enrolled in the Saybrook University’s School of Mind Body Medicine often tell stories of how they found their way to Saybrook. Many describe their path as a calling, or as an answer to their quest for finding a new way of working with people, one that addresses the many dimensions of human experience. Helen’s story is about meeting a fellow Saybrook student, Beth Haggett, who is also the first student to receive a PhD from Saybrook University School of Mind Body Medicine. While attending a conference facilitated by the Berkana Institute, Helen met Beth, and was moved by Beth’s inspiration to make a difference in the world via her experiences and knowledge gained at Saybrook. During the three days they spent together, Beth generously guided some of the conference participants in Qi gong and a shaking exercise. Experiencing these new methods to bring greater mind-body connection as well as hearing about the degree-program at Saybrook planted a seed in Helen’s head, which held fast even as Helen returned home to work and her personal and community commitments.
There’s a problem, says Dr. Eric Willmarth, when patients get their expectations for recovery set by “a Xanax commercial.”
In much of medicine, it really is “mind over matter.” The trouble is most doctors and hospitals don’t practice that way.
That’s why Dr. Donald Moss, chair of Saybrook’s School of Mind-Body Medicine, told the Washington Times a story about a patient who had a heart attack, and whose “ejection faction” (a measure of how well the heart was pumping) was at 60%. His doctor told him “Your ejection fraction is 60%,” and left.
The patient assumed this meant his heart was functioning at 60% of capacity, and suffered a pronounced decline in his physical health.
1. ) "Do Orchestras Really Need Conductors" by Shankar Vedantam: Click here to read/listen: "Have you ever wondered whether music conductors actually influence their orchestras? They seem important. After all, they're standing in the middle of the stage and waving their hands. But the musicians all have scores before them that tell them what to play. If you took the conductor away, could the orchestra manage on its own?"
Chip Conley, Saybrook’s Scholar-Practitioner in Residence, launches new website looking at world festivals in the 21st century02/11/2013
Did you know that in one of the coldest spots on earth, the people of Habin, China, create an ice and snow festival?
Or that every 12 years there the most prominent gurus and spiritual pilgrims of India gather on the banks of the Ganges river?
The world is full of hyper-local festivals thriving in a hyper-connected world. Chip Conley, Saybrook University’s Scholar-Practitioner in Residence, thinks they have a lot to tell us about what we value, how we play, and what it means to be human in the 21st century.
1.) 10th Biennial International Conference Expressive Arts in the Winds of Change/ Las Artes Expresivas en los Aires de Cambio will take place on March 14-17, 2013 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Berkeley, California, U.S.A. It will be c o-hosted by John F. Kennedy University (JFKU), California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), and Sofia University (formerly Institute of Transpersonal Psychology).
1.) “What Entrepreneurs Can Learn from Artists” by Tim Leberecht: Click here to read: "Andy Warhol knew it all along: "Good business is the best art." And lately, a number of business thinkers and leaders have begun to embrace the arts, not as an escapist notion, a parallel world after office hours, or a creative asset, but as an integral part of business -- from the management team to operations to customer service."
1.) "The Benefits of Poetry for Professionals" by John Coleman: Click here to read: "Wallace Stevens was one of America's greatest poets. The author of 'The Emperor of Ice-Cream' and 'The Idea of Order at Key West' was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1955 and offered a prestigious faculty position at Harvard University. Stevens turned it down.
School of Mind-Body Medicine Students Explore Authentic Leadership and Research in January, 2013 San Diego Residential Programs02/06/2013
Residential Conferences are an integral part of the Saybrook University School of Mind-Body Medicine experiential learning model. The RC’s are a meaningful place for students to connect with the Mind-Body Medicine community and dive deeper into their coursework. The January 2013 RC in San Diego included two courses, Intermediate Hypnosis MBM 5625 and Coaching for Health and Wellness MBM 5630, and two optional programs, Authentic Leadership: Leading from Within and a Research Seminar.
Terri Goslin-Jones PhD, a mentor at Saybrook, facilitated the Authentic Leadership seminar. During this seminar the participants used creativity, appreciative inquiry, and “witnessing” to create a leadership vision for themselves. Each participant created a poster or small cards by using magazine photos, yarn, color, and anything that was meaningful for them to represent their exploration towards leading from within. In addition, the group explored Appreciative Inquiry, which uses powerful questions and focused listening to gain a deeper understanding of oneself and another person. Below are some reflections from students who attended the seminar.
Existential psychology, which focuses on the choices people make and the meaning they find in their lives, is enjoying a renaissance in China and parts of Europe, while an increasing number of studies show that its techniques and approaches are often as or more effective than drug treatments.
Now The New Existentialists, a leading movement in existential psychology out of Saybrook University, is introducing a series of articles looking to the future of existential theory and practice. The articles, which examine how therapies that focus on personal insight can make their mark in a culture that values quick fixes, will be written by established existential scholars as well as students and early career professionals. Louis Hoffman, PhD, chair of Saybrook’s Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology specialization and president of the American Psychological Association’s division for humanistic psychology, wrote the inaugural post of the series.