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Rethinking Complexity

Saybrook in Japan: An International Collaboration for Innovation in Applied Systems Science

03/11/2014
Saybrook in Japan: An International Collaboration for Innovation in Applied Systems Science
I just returned from another trip to Japan, this time including a first visit to Osaka.  The first few days were spent in Tokyo, at the seventh workshop and symposium about service systems science, hosted by Prof. Kyoichi (Jim) Kijima from the Tokyo Institute of Technology.  The purpose of the event was “to describe visions of the society in ten years time, and to develop real ICT-based devices/products/services/networks to cope with challenges in an aging society to lead to a smart and sustainable society by co-creating new social value. In particular, Japan should be the...

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Rethinking Complexity

Saybrook in Japan: An International Collaboration for Innovation in Applied Systems Science

03/11/2014
Saybrook in Japan: An International Collaboration for Innovation in Applied Systems Science
I just returned from another trip to Japan, this time including a first visit to Osaka.  The first few days were spent in Tokyo, at the seventh workshop and symposium about service systems science, hosted by Prof. Kyoichi (Jim) Kijima from the Tokyo Institute of Technology.  The purpose of the event was “to describe visions of the society in ten years time, and to develop real ICT-based devices/products/services/networks to cope with challenges in an aging society to lead to a smart and sustainable society by co-creating new social value. In particular, Japan should be the...

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New Existentialists

Love and a Hockey Game

03/11/2014
Love and a Hockey Game
We were ten rows up from the ice, sitting almost directly behind the goalie. There were 18,000-plus people sitting around us screaming and yelling for the home team, but I was most focused on the young woman sitting next to me. I have known her since she was three; we have been part of the same family since she was ten. It has been a rough 30-plus year relationship, but one I wouldn’t give up for the world. The one common bond my stepdaughter and I have always shared is the love of sports. When she was growing up, she was always willing to go to a sporting event with me. Most of the...

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New Existentialists

Why Can’t “Dead Poets Society” Get Any Love?

03/10/2014
Why Can’t “Dead Poets Society” Get Any Love?
The legendary movie about the conflict between rote learning and passionate engagement with the humanities at a boys prep school in the 1950s recently celebrated its 20th anniversary—and came in for a resounding barrage of criticism. Kevin Dettmar, an English professor at Pomona College, penned a piece for The Atlantic entitled “Dead Poets Society Is a Terrible Defense of the Humanities,” in which he accused the movie of shorting serious scholarship for “a fan’s relationship to the humanities.” “Dead Poets Society,” he writes, “finally...

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Rethinking Complexity

Saybrook in Japan: Co-Creating New Social Value Through Applied Systems Science

03/10/2014
Saybrook in Japan: Co-Creating New Social Value Through Applied Systems Science
I just returned from another trip to Japan, this time including a first visit to Osaka. The first few days were spent in Tokyo, at the seventh workshop and symposium about service systems science, hosted by Prof. Kyoichi (Jim) Kijima from the Tokyo Institute of Technology. The purpose of the event was to describe visions of the society in ten year’s time, and to develop real [information and communications technology]-based devices/products/services/networks to cope with challenges in an aging society to lead to a smart and sustainable society by co-creating new...

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Mind-Body Medicine

The Future of Integrative and Functional Nutrition and the New Saybrook University MS Degree in Nutrition -- Videoconference: April 9, 2014 | 5:30 - 6:30 PM PDT

03/07/2014
Whole Foods and your Health

 

How can a health professional acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies for the emerging fields of integrative and functional nutrition? We are excited to announce that Saybrook University, already a leader in the field of Mind-Body Medicine and Integrative Health, is offering a unique new Master's Degree program in Integrative and Functional Nutrition to prepare students to successfully practice in this emerging area of healthcare. The degree will enroll its first cohort in August 2014, pending WASC approval. 

The curriculum has been designed to immerse students in the best of mainstream nutritional science and evidence-based approaches to integrative healthcare. Courses include health coaching, mindfulness and meditation, whole foods and culinary nutrition, dietary supplements and herbal medicine, laboratory assessment in functional nutrition, and clinical nutritional therapeutics based on integrative and functional medicine models. 

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New Existentialists

Existential Roundup

03/07/2014
Existential Roundup
Welcome to the Existential Roundup, where we bring you links to some articles currently trending that may be of interest to those in the existential-humanistic psychology community. The limitations of our existence are, of course, our human birth and death, but sometimes we pay less attention to the Dasein of childhood than we do to that of adulthood. If your young daughters are anything like I was at the age of five or six, then perhaps you already have more Barbie Dolls in your house than you know what to do with. However, the Pacific Standard reports about a new study that says that girls...

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New Existentialists

Dostoyevsky Out Of Context

03/06/2014
Dostoyevsky Out Of Context
Kazimir Malevich was punished by Stalin’s regime for creating bourgeois art. Stalin expected that all art reflect Communist beliefs: it was expected to be realist and populist. Malevich’s cubist works attempted to reduce scenes to their most basic visual elements, culminating in the infamous “black square.” His works were seized, some burned, and he was banned from producing art. After some reeducation, Kazimir was allowed to return to the art world, where he produced pictures of Russian people. Each contained elements of cubism but were essentially cubist. As a...

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We Are All Oppressors

03/05/2014
We Are All Oppressors
The most detrimental forms of microaggressions are usually delivered by well-intentioned individuals who are unaware that they have engaged in harmful conduct toward a socially devalued group. (Sue, 2010, p. 3) “Of course, I don’t mean you. You’re just like us,” my friend says. I feel my chest tighten as I hold my breath. Yet again, an unintentionally hurtful comment heavy with microaggression has come my way. Yet again, I am faced with that dilemma: speak up and risk creating a rupture in my friendship or stay silent and attempt to turn a blind eye while knowing that...

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Rethinking Complexity

Myths About Leadership

03/05/2014
Myths About Leadership
In 2010 IBM published a study identifying complexity as the primary challenge for leaders.  Intuitively, we can relate to this study’s premise.  However, we may have different understandings of complexity ranging from mere complication to total chaos. Complexity can be defined as a state of intricacy, complication, variety and involvement in the interconnected parts of a system.  The key word in this definition is interaction.  A system, any system, is made out of interconnected parts.  In the case of a social system, the interconnected parts are humans like the...

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