• Are Empathy and Competition Mutually Exclusive?

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    November 14th, 2015 1 Comment Features

    Empathy programs are rolling out in educational institutions all over the globe. Organisations like Roots of Empathy and Ashoka have been working to reduce bullying, heighten learning, and increase global awareness– all through a concerted effort to understand others. And the results show. But where does that leave competition? Are we hoping it will just… Read More

  • 5 Big Things Transformational Teachers Do

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    November 11th, 2015 3 Comments Features
    What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches Karl A. Menninger

    How many teachers have truly changed the way you think about a subject, or about life in general? One? A handful? None? More important than the number of life-changing instructors you’ve had is the method by which they changed you— because ideally, with a little reflection, you can summon those same powers to make an… Read More

  • Why Visual Literacy Is More Important Than Ever & 5 Ways to Cultivate It

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    November 7th, 2015 No Comments Features
    IT'S AS IMPORTANT TO BE VISUALLY LITERATE, TO UNDERSTAND PICTURES AND HOW THEY AFFECT US, AS IT IS TO BE WORD-LITERATE

    Last year, Nick Sousanis became the first PhD student at Columbia University to complete a dissertation entirely in comic-book form. He got the idea while pursuing interdisciplinary studies at Columbia’s Teachers College. Drawing on his old habit of sketching cartoons, he pitched the idea of a “visual thesis” to the graduate commitee, explaining that he… Read More

  • How to Make Connections Like a Creative Genius

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    November 1st, 2015 No Comments Features
    a crucial trigger of creativity is the experience of unusual and unexpected events

    At the most basic level, new ideas are about making connections. Steve Jobs said, “Creativity is just connecting things,” and the inner workings of the brain confirm this: When we learn something new, the antennae-like spines on one neuron swell and reach toward the spines of another neuron, forming networks of understanding. The difference between… Read More