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Rethinking Complexity

Operation Tomodachi and the Japanese Spirit

06/11/2012
Operation Tomodachi and the Japanese Spirit
An incredibly powerful earthquake and resulting tsunami struck the West Coast of Japan’s Honshu Island last year. Honshu is the largest of more than 6,000 islands of the state of Nippon-Koku, or what we in the Western world often call "The Land of the Rising Sun." The loss of life and devastation to natural and man-made resources is incalculable: It is likely the greatest disaster of the modern world. As we now know, these natural disasters were compounded by the total collapse and compromise of the reactors of the Fukushima nuclear power plant with ensuing radiation,...

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Rethinking Complexity

Teams & Technology

06/08/2012
Teams & Technology
In our organizations, people are working virtually more and more often. Despite distances, team members need to work together effectively and productively, sharing and combining their insights and knowledge. Everyone needs to be clear about who knows what so they can rely on each other and work together effectively. Sharing and integrating knowledge is essential for creating innovative products and services. To be effective, teams need to use collaborative technology AND they need to communicate clearly and often, interacting in ways that develop relationships and attain results. At the...

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Mind-Body Medicine

MBM Doctoral Student Beth Haggett Sheers Sheep and Participates in Master Class for Psychotherapists in France

06/08/2012

 

[Linda Finlay, PhD, is a British scholar in reflexive and hermeneutical phenomenological research method. She is serving as a dissertation coach for Beth Haggett’s doctoral dissertation.]
 
Here is a photo of my day sheep-shearing in Normandy, France, with my mentor/research coach Linda Finlay. Had a blast shearing and worming the 70 plus sheep. The farmhouse was built in the year 1600. I am here for a Master Class of Psychotherapists from France, Brazil, Italy, Denmark and the UK. It was a Gestalt training/supervision/theory course, intensive and experiential lead by Dr. Ken and Joanna Evans. I did an experiential "Parent Interview" and was picked up and held by this wonderful group of brothers and sisters from across the world, who showed me such great love and acceptance! 
 

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New Existentialists

Shattered

06/08/2012
Shattered
It happens so quickly. One minute, your life is going along smooth and easy and the next, you are looking around at the wreckage of what used to be your life. In an instant, your life has radically changed and you're left with a pile of rubble, trying to pick through what's left and salvage the little bit you can. Shattered. The shattering event can be any number of things; an unfaithful spouse, sudden death of a parent, job loss, sick child or an illness. No matter the event, your life as you used to know it is over. Gone. Over. Finished. Shattered. In our society, being shattered is viewed...

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New Existentialists

Faded Chinese Ballroom

06/07/2012
Faded Chinese Ballroom
I am just returning from the tour that surrounds the International Conference on Existential Psychology in China. We began our visit this year in Shanghai. Most went home from there, with some moving on through other cities. I did some training in Wuhan for pastoral counselors and met up with the rest of the travelers in Shenzhen; we went through Hong Kong together. Our policy is to try to stay in low-rent places, because Western money can be very destructive. In places like Shanghai, local people cannot afford to live, as Dollars and Pounds and Euros inflate the housing market. There is too...

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Rethinking Complexity

I Get Fired Up When Donald Trump Says, "You’re Fired"

06/07/2012
I Get Fired Up When Donald Trump Says, "You’re Fired"
OK, I'll admit it: I’m addicted to Donald Trump's The Apprentice. Watching the show on TV a few weeks ago, I was struck by how its premise runs completely counter to the ideals of collective intelligence. Even though we’re watching teams compete, the show isn't about teamwork—it's about 18 individuals trying to take credit and deflect blame as they vie for Trump's recognition at everyone else's expense. Each episode culminates in a tense scene where Trump "fires" one member of the team that lost the most recent challenge. By the way, how can...

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New Existentialists

Sad Songs

06/06/2012
Sad Songs
If you get depressed when you turn on the radio, it could be the news--or it could be the music. According to new research, pop music has gotten significantly sadder over the last half-century. That’s measured in terms of tempo (it’s gotten slower), key (minor keys have come to predominate), and subject matter (songs are more “self-focused and negative”) … all combining into a serious case of the blues. Indeed, the proportion of songs in a minor key reaching the top of the pop charts has doubled in the past 50 years, reaching almost 60 percent by the second half of the last decade. Could...

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Mind-Body Medicine

College of MBM Instructor is Passionate about the Power of Nutrition to Transform Health: Introducing Liz Lipski, PhD, CCN, CHN

06/06/2012

 

Liz Lipski is passionate about the power of nutrition to transform health. Her interest in nutrition began with herbal medicine.  Although she enjoyed teaching about the medicinal value of herbs, including how to make herbal tinctures, it occurred to her that although herbs can be used to restore and maintain health, food and nutrition are the foundation for health.  This realization led her to pursue a PhD in nutrition from the Union Institute.

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Rethinking Complexity

Why Economic Growth is the Wrong Focus for Africa (Part 2)

06/06/2012
Why Economic Growth is the Wrong Focus for Africa (Part 2)
In my previous post, I noted Martha Nussbaum’s argument that "our dominant theories of development have given us policies that ignore our basic human needs for dignity and self-respect." There was also a high-level insight into her proposition for an "alternative model to assess human development: the capabilities approach," which begins by asking simple questions, such as: What is each person actually able to do and to be? What real opportunities are available to them? I also noted that economic growth alone is not an effective indicator of progress in human...

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New Existentialists

Relating Existentialism to Dharma to Help Traumatic Stress

06/05/2012
Relating Existentialism to Dharma to Help Traumatic Stress
If we accept an existential perspective, we probably also accept the premise that reality is subjective--that everything we perceive comes through the lenses of our experiences and senses, rather than as some ideal Platonic forms.   In a new essay now available to the New Existentialists' library, Daniel B. Pitchford and Jeannine A. Davies show how existential themes come together with what they call "relational Dharma filters" to help deal with trauma resolution.   According to the authors, "Within the context of Relational Dharma, filters refer to the gradient degrees through the...

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