Learning from a hole in the wall

Check out the video below about the TED hole in the wall educational experiment (forward to 7:15 min).  It’s the work of  Dr. Sugata Mitra, of India. His office butted up against a slum and one day he punched a hole in his wall and stuck a computer in it.  A computer that faced out, […]

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Kindness doesn’t have to be huge, hairy and hard to reach (or teach)

Some things are complicated.  Some things are complex.  Some things though are simple.  Deceptively simple. Like kindness. I love Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s Thought Bubble – Kindness video for that reason.  It’s not huge and hairy and hard to reach.  Rather it’s simple, soft and within our grasp.  It’s also easy to teach.  Kindness is the […]

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Heaven doesn’t need harmonica players

Andy Mackie, a retired horse trainer, had 9 heart surgeries.  The resulting 15 prescriptions caused more problems than they were worth so he stopped taking them.  That’s a lot of dough for a lot of drugs.  So what did he do with the money he saved? He figured he’d live for only about a month […]

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Viagra, sex tapes, clarithromycin – 6 reasons why spam works (unfortunately)

“Viagra, sex tapes, lesbian dating in cleveland complaints against adult dating sites. Clarithromycin is a macrolide antibiotic. It is cast-off to regale multifarious kinds of infections.” Say what?  If you blog you’ll no doubt recognize these as spam comments. Before I got a spam filter I was getting up to 80 spam comments a day […]

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Cultural intelligence and the UN Rio World Urban Forum

What’s your CQ?  You may be familiar with IQ, social intelligence and emotional intelligence but the new kid on the block is cultural intelligence. I’m in Rio de Janiero, Brazil at the United Nations World Urban Forum.  I’ve just finished doing a workshop on cultural intelligence, which is a combination of meta-cognition, skills and knowledge, […]

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A sneak peak of the Olympic Opening Ceremonies

I was lucky enough to take part in the dress rehearsal of the 21st Vancouver Winter Olympic Opening Ceremonies. The same ceremonies that will be viewed by some 3 billion (with a b) eyeballs later today. I spent most of the time with tears coursing down my face.  If you were there and if you […]

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A sneak peak of the Olympic Opening Ceremonies

I was lucky enough to take part in the dress rehearsal of the 21st Vancouver Winter Olympic Opening Ceremonies. The same ceremonies that will be viewed by some 3 billion (with a b) eyeballs later today. I spent most of the time with tears coursing down my face.  If you were there and if you […]

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Are you using all your strength?

You can be sure the people in Haiti are.  Using all their strengths that is. Sometimes we are oblivious to our most obvious strengths. A little girl was having difficulty lifting a heavy stone. Her mother came along just then. Noting the girl’s failure, she asked, “Are you using all your strength?” “Yes, I am,” […]

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Destination passion

On this first day of 2010 I’m thinking about destinations. Specifically where we’re headed with hard work.  Where our passion’s home port is.  Where the fuel that fires us up leads us towards. With a bit of luck, a lot of hard work  we get to find our passion, our element as Sir Ken Robinson […]

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I believe in hope

Tomorrow I leave Nairobi for home.  As I get ready for the 24 hour marathon journey a pause to think about my time here……. I believe that hope has a home.  It lives in small places, fanned by the winds of change. I believe that hope is our compass.  Without it we’re lost in the […]

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