We’re all interested in body language. Body language is non verbal communication and social scientists have spent a lot of time looking at the effects of our body language, or other people’s body language, on judgements. We make sweeping judgements and inferences from body language. And those judgements can predict really meaningful life outcomes like who we hire or promote, who we ask out on a date. For example, Nalini Ambady, a researcher at Tufts University, shows that when people watch 30-second soundless clips of real physician-patient interactions, their judgements of the physician’s niceness predict whether or not that physician will be sued [Read more…]
Dan Pallotta: The Way We Think About Charity Is Dead Wrong
The things we’ve been taught to think about charity and the nonprofit sector are actually undermining the causes we love and our profound yearning to change the world.
If we really want a world that works for everyone, with no one and nothing left out, then the nonprofit sector has to be a serious part of this. However, what the nonprofit sector is doing doesn’t seem to be working; poverty and homelessness still exist and cures for cancer haven’t been found. This is because these social problems are massive in scale and our organisations are tiny up against them, and we have a belief system that keeps them tiny. We have a different set of rules for the nonprofit sector than for the rest of the economic world [Read more…]
We all somehow whether it’s consciously or not, directly or indirectly, in the short or the long term, in whatever we do, whatever we hope, whatever we dream, have a deep down desire for happiness and well-being.
If you observe the literature, of East and West, you can find incredible diversity in the definition of happiness. Some people say, I only believe in remembering the past, imagining the future, never the present. Some people say happiness is right now; it’s the quality of the freshness of the present moment [Read more…]
I didn’t always make my living from music. After graduating from an upstanding liberal arts university my day job was being a self-employed living statue called the 8-Foot Bride. I painted myself white one day, stood on a box, put a hat or a can at my feet and when someone came by and dropped in money I handed them a flower and some intense eye contact. If they didn’t take the flower, I threw them a gesture of sadness and longing as they walked away [Read more…]
I have a big interest in education, and I think we all do. We have a huge vested interest in it, partly because it’s education that’s meant to take us into this future that we can’t grasp. If you think of it, children starting school this year will be retiring in 2065. Nobody has a clue what the world will look like in five years’ time, yet we’re meant to educate them for it. Children have extraordinary capacities for innovation and all kids have tremendous talents but we squander them, pretty ruthlessly. I believe that creativity now is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status [Read more…]
After years of working in the advertising business it’s only just come to me that what we create (intangible value or perceived value) gets a bad rap. If we want to live in a world in the future with fewer material goods there are are two choices: to live in a poorer world or to live in a world where intangible value constitutes a greater part of overall value as a substitute for using up labour or limited resources in the creation of things [Read more…]