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Can Anybody Tell Me...

01/15/2014
Can Anybody Tell Me...
80 times a day, or a hundred, or more. Seemed like a million, by the end of a shift. The man with Korsakoff's syndrome repeats the same question over and over, each time forgetting whatever answer he has obtained usually within a few seconds. Can anybody tell me where I'm at and why I'm here? We try to be patient with him. Those of us with any patience left, that is. But that same question: can anybody tell me.... Minute after minute, day after day, week after week, month after month. And no ability to learn from experience, to process an answer. Sometimes we'd try to...

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Rethinking Complexity

Can we fix charities in the U.S.?

01/14/2014
Can we fix charities in the U.S.?
Dan Pallotta, is a father, activist, and fundraiser who is speaking out against the current way that nonprofits operate. In March, 2013 Pallotta presented a TED Talk that passionately discusses how to change the way we think about a charity. He identifies a double standard—where too many nonprofits are rewarded for how little they spend and not on what they get done.  There are over 1.5 million nonprofit organizations that employ 9.2% of the population in the United States. Considering the significance and impact of the American philanthropic sector, Pallotta makes three major...

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Let’s Keep Our Eye On The Ball

01/14/2014
Let’s Keep Our Eye On The Ball
It was a warm Saturday Nebraska afternoon in October, and at the ripe old age of 20, I was on a weekend retreat with about 25 of my fellow students. The purpose of the retreat was to reflect on the adjustments and changes we would all be facing as we moved from college classrooms and dorm rooms into the real world of work. However, at this particular moment, a number of us were involved in a rather competitive game of volleyball. The trash talk was flying back and forth as serves were traded, and points were scored. At one point, a member of my team delivered a crushing spike over the net...

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Beyond Scientism and Relativism: Giorgi's Commitment to Human Science

01/13/2014
Beyond Scientism and Relativism: Giorgi's Commitment to Human Science
In the field of phenomenological research, no one has done more to establish its legitimate scientific credentials than Amedeo Giorgi. In a new essay now available to the New Existentialists' library, Marc Applebaum describes how Giorgi has offered an alternative to the scientism and relativism often found in psychology and what passes for psychological research. In his inestimable career, Giorgi, in creating his phenomenological research methodology, developed an approach that yields “intersubjectively verifiable knowledge.” Applebaum explains that a solid approach must...

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Special Announcement: Task Force for the Advancement of Humanistic Research

01/10/2014
Special Announcement: Task Force for the Advancement of Humanistic Research
I am very pleased to take this opportunity to make an important announcement. As President of the Society for Humanistic Psychology—Division 32 of the American Psychological Association—I have commissioned a Task Force for the Advancement of Humanistic Research. The SHP Executive Board, at a Mid-Winter Meeting this past weekend, agreed unanimously to support the formation of this Task Force. The purpose of this Task Force is four-fold: To create a research center or clearing house for all the assessment tools and methodologies that may be used for humanistic-existential...

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The Perils of Privilege: A Culture of Misogyny

01/09/2014
The Perils of Privilege: A Culture of Misogyny
It doesn’t have an Upworthy headline, but a lot of attention is being paid to Amanda Hess’ article for the Pacific Standard explaining “Why Women Aren’t Welcome on the Internet.” Her argument is that a culture of misogyny that has built up in online forums like Twitter, where unrestricted speech and privacy are both seen as values of the highest order. The result is a kind of institutionalized harassment that renders women second class netizens subject to a constant barrage of harassment and threats. “Threats of rape, death, and stalking can overpower...

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Is the “Eco-System Economy” Ready for Prime Time?- A Review of Leading from the Emerging Future

01/08/2014
Is the “Eco-System Economy” Ready for Prime Time?-  A Review of Leading from the Emerging Future
For anyone interested in 21st century organizational effectiveness, sustainability, integral leadership, conscious evolution and/or societal transformation who has not yet delved into Otto Scharmer’s concept of “presencing” -- the practice of “sensing” future possibilities and acting from the “presence” of what wants to emerge – I invite you to prepare for a most satisfying journey via the recent publication of Leading from the Emerging Future: From Ego-System to Eco-System Economies (Scharmer & Kaufer, 2013). A senior lecturer at MIT and co...

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Scared, Yet Still…

01/08/2014
Scared, Yet Still…
That is what I woke up to: that thought, “I feel scared.” It came like a clear flash. In that moment, it was true—that was what I felt. There was no point in any denial. It was a moment of seeing that there was this field, or ground, or cloud of fear that has accompanied me in this life, and in certain moments, starkly reveals itself. Around age 50, when you go to the doctor, health care providers start to recommend various screenings and tests. I am not writing about the value or validity of these screenings, but about what has been unearthed and revealed in my own heart/...

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Mariko Sendai: August 25, 1948—December 11, 2013

01/07/2014
Mariko Sendai: August 25, 1948—December 11, 2013
I often referred to Maiko as my “Japanese sister.” When people gave me a quizzical look, I would explain that Mariko became a member of our family after my sister, Hope, spent four months as an exchange student and lived with the Susaki family in Japan in 1968. (Susaki was Mariko’s maiden name.) Mariko wrote in her journal that upon first meeting Hope on a train in Japan, she was so impressed with Hope’s self-confidence, she decided to come to the United States. Perhaps she thought if she came to the U.S., she could get some of the confidence she saw in Hope for...

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The Spiritual Heresy of Maria Von Trapp: Existential Musings on The Sound of Music, Part Two

01/06/2014
The Spiritual Heresy of Maria Von Trapp: Existential Musings on The Sound of Music, Part Two
As we pick up the story of Maria in The Sound of Music from where we left off in Part One, The Reverend Mother sends Maria against her wishes to the estate of the widower Captain Von Trapp. She is to be Governess of his seven children. Maria is hesitant. Here, she must come up against her own idea of what she thought her life was supposed to be and submit to something different. Yet, even in the face of the unknown, she sings: What will this day be like, I wonder? What will my future be, I wonder? I purposefully place emphasis on “I wonder.” Wonder has become a staple to...

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