A decline in pollinating insects in India is resulting in reduced vegetable yields and could limit people's access to a nutritional diet, a study warns. Indian researchers said there was a "clear indication" that pollinator abundance was linked to productivity.They added that the loss of the natural service could have a long-term impact on the farming sector, which accounts for almost a fifth of the nation's GDP.Globally, pollination is estimated to be worth £141bn $224bn each year. via Link: BBC News - 'Pollination crisis' hitting India's vegetable farmers.
Link: YouTube - How To Be Alone. A beautiful poem about being alone. In a social order that does everything in its power to stop you from being alone with its commercial and manufactured entertainment, we forget that it is ok to be alone. That it is important to learn to be alone. Alone is a way of being, a practiced art. Learn it. Embrace it. Be at peace with it.
What you think you know about fostering creativity is wrong. A look at what really works. Brainstorming in a group became popular in 1953 with the publication of a business book, Applied Imagination. But it’s been proven not to work since 1958, when Yale researchers found that the technique actually reduced a team’s creative output: the same number of people generate more and better ideas separately than together. In fact, according to University of Oklahoma professor Michael Mumford, half of the commonly used techniques intended to spur creativity don’t work, or
The necessity of human ingenuity is undisputed. A recent IBM poll of 1,500 CEOs identified creativity as the No. 1 “leadership competency” of the future. Yet it’s not just about sustaining our nation’s economic growth. All around us are matters of national and international importance that are crying out for creative solutions, from saving the Gulf of Mexico to bringing peace to Afghanistan to delivering health care. Such solutions emerge from a healthy marketplace of ideas, sustained by a populace constantly contributing original ideas and receptive to the ideas of
A 10-year experiment that started with Indian slum children being given access to computers has produced a new concept for education. Professor Sugata Mitra has watched the children teach themselves - and others - how to use the machines and gather information. Follow up experiments suggest children around the world can learn complex tasks quickly with little supervision. via Link: BBC News - Using computers to teach children with no teachers.
Jonah Lehrer makes an intriguing argument that in high pressure situations, rather than exerting every last ounce of energy on concentrating, people should take breaks and focus on something else. This is one of several arguments I've seen in the last week or so suggesting that some aspect of how we structure our work lives--from creating high stakes incentives to managing multiple streams of information at once--is fundamentally at odds with how our brains actually work. Which is to say, we've designed our work lives based on theories about human
There's no denying the wave of horror that washes over you at the moment you finally connect the dots and realize that there's a crisis looming — and no one is listening. Case in point: the plight of the humble honeybee. It's no secret that colony collapse disorder, viruses and even exceptionally hard winters are clipping the wings of hives worldwide. Nobody's quite sure what's behind such a catastrophic decline; a new USDA bee survey hopes to uncover the cause. "It's all very well to be worried about the fuzzy little
Almost 200 years ago, Thomas Newcomen built the world’s first commercially successful steam engine in order to pump water out of deep coal mines. In the process, he handed humanity the keys to the Earth’s fossil-fuel resources, an event which, in turn, helped fuel the Industrial Revolution. Ever since that moment, the natural world has been in retreat, equally undervalued by economists, accountants, engineers and politicians. Now, however, a new revolution is under way. Once again, it is ignited by resource constraints, but this time a small group of innovative
The Secret Powers of Time, a fascinating talk exploring the ways different people look at the future, with thought-provoking observations about the ways technology is changing our relationships to time. If the world can rally $18 trillion in new investments by 2030, we could supply 95% of the energy needed globally with renewables by 2050, says a coalition of groups led by Greenpeace in a new report Energy [R]evolution: A Sustainable World Energy Outlook. Lots of challenging assumptions in the report, but also lots of great information on best practices and
“The force multiplier throughout history,” write Gallup research veterans Bruce J. Avolio and Fred Luthans, “has often been attributed to the leader's ability to generate hope." Leaders are purveyors of hope. With the unease caused by the Great Recession, it is easy to spiral into a negative state of mind and ignore the promising signs that the worst of the panic is past. via Link: Hope: Don’t Leave Home Without It : The World :: American Express OPEN Forum.
This is going to be the last blog post I ever write. That’s it. After this one you won’t be reading any more articles by me online. In fact, the only reason I’m writing this is because I promised Tina I would and I don’t want to let her down. If I promise someone something I try to follow through, so even though I’ve decided to knock blogging on the head and give up writing for good I wanted to finish with this one post for Think Simply Now first. via Link:
http://awakeningspace.net/ I was privileged to meet and see Thomas at the Authentic Leadership In Action conference in Halifax Nova Scotia. A wonderful man and a beautiful performer. Check out his site. Thomas Arthur plays in landscapes of wonder and awe, seeking to experience, embody and express a vibrant sense of aliveness. He is a poet of motion: a visual artist, filmmaker, storyteller, master juggler and teacher of movement awareness. With a light touch and playful reverence, Thomas makes visible the hidden forces, subtle energies and animating spirit rising through our bodies,