Category Archives: culture

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011, a Tribute to the Crazy Ones

Below is the first video, though it was never broadcast, in the Apple ad campaign, ‘Think Different’.  Steve Jobs himself does the voice-over and unquestionably now belongs among the greats who are featured.       Truly amazing: Steve Jobs narrates … Continue reading

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A Send-Up of the Royal Wedding

If this video spoof of the forthcoming wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton is good enough for Brian Galbraith’s blog Ontario Family Law Blog, it’s certainly good enough for mine!

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Walking from No to Yes

From an elegant, simple (but not easy) way to create agreement in even the most difficult situations — from family conflict to, perhaps, the Middle East. Please watch this 18 minute video of William Ury, co-author of “Getting to … Continue reading

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Empathy and Humankind

According to its website, For over 250 years the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) has been a cradle of enlightenment thinking and a force for social progress.  Our approach is multi-disciplinary, politically independent and combines cutting … Continue reading

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Web Clip: Jonathan Haidt on “The New Science of Morality”

Web Clip: “The New Science of Morality”, from “Behavioral scientists routinely publish broad claims about human psychology and behavior based on samples drawn entirely from Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich and Democratic societies.”  The acronym there being WEIRD. “Our findings … Continue reading

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Happy July 4th, 2010

Listen to Walt Whitman’s voice on July 4th weekend: This is a 36-second wax cylinder recording of what is thought to be Whitman’s voice reading four lines from the poem “America.” For more information on this recording, see Ed Folsom, … Continue reading

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Aung San Suu Kyi Turns 65 June 18th

As Myanmar prepares for its upcoming elections, a sense of concern and tension is in the air. Many fear that there will once again be political unrest, resulting in widespread arrests from election-related crackdowns. Moreover, contributing to the anxiety is … Continue reading

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We’re All Visitors

The Moment The moment when, after many years of hard work and a long voyage you stand in the centre of your room, house, half-acre, square mile, island, country, knowing at last how you got there, and say, I own … Continue reading

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Conversations with Ourselves

One of  the telling phrases that sums up the practice of transformative mediation is ‘turning conflict into conversation’.  We believe that conflict is essentially a crisis in interaction, that the crisis can be addressed through interaction, specifically conversation, with the … Continue reading

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“Hyper Parents & Coddled Kids”

Here’s a program note: Tonight at 9:00 p.m. (Eastern Time), CBC-TV airs the documentary, Hyper Parents & Coddled Kids.  As the title suggests, it’s about one of the current styles of parenting: the film  looks at the cultural pressures on … Continue reading

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