Tag Archives: communication

Why Is This Bench Melting?

Jeppe Hein's bench, one of the many pieces that show social interaction in art

It is said that art should disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed. Danish artist Jeppe Hein, while not disturbed, is certainly doing the former—literally. This artist has installed art pieces around the world that turn the placid, boring public bench into something completely new. This once-quiet resting place now engenders a hub of activity. Some of Hein’s benches are ... Read More »

DANNA BEAL, WORKPLACE CULTURE: Blame and Self-Rightousness – 2 Sides of the Same Coin

Self-righteousness is a tactic used in the workplace and the world. It appears to be the opposite of blame and projection. But self-righteousness and blame are two sides of the same coin. Self-righteousness asserts that oneself is good while the other person is evil. It is a false accusation that claims innocence while holding another responsible for your pain and ... Read More »

DANNA BEAL, WORKPLACE CULTURE: Renew, Restore, and Rebuild

Gallup’s 2013 Report on the State of the American Workplace is Revealing Spring is a wonderful time of the year to renew, restore, and rebuild in all areas of your life, including your workplace.If you are not fulfilled or are feeling stress from your workplace, you are not alone. Gallup’s 2013 State of the American Workplace survey showed that of the ... Read More »

LAURA SIMMS: The Space Between Is Where Peace Happens

ASSUMPTIONS create havoc. They destroy relationships. They ignore the space between speaking and hearing , where everything travels and is alive with energy and feeling. Inquiry before accusation opens territory for dialogue and deeper relationships. It is a pause button of invaluable kindness. Acting on assumptions, hearsay or events out of context are the cause for harm. The few minutes ... Read More »

Book Review: The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida

Book Cover to the Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida literature on autism

This is an extraordinary book! When I try to describe it to people I get goose bumps and my eyes well up with tears. I cry almost every time I pick it up. The Reason I Jump has power, which comes from its authenticity as the first of its kind. The author, Naoki Higashida of Japan, is only thirteen years old. ... Read More »

Datsyukian Deke and the Unifying Language of Culture

Red Wing's Datsyuk skates pass Chicago Blackhawk's Handzus

There is a small percentage of folks that know what a Datsyukian reference is. Maybe there are a few hundred thousand of us world wide. It could be more, I don’t know. It’s an obscure colloquialism in a small but growing culture. We don’t brag about it. We relish in it. When Datsyukian things happen, we spread the Datsyuk. Our ... Read More »

Communication ≠ Conversation

technology and communication cartoon

With the ever-growing presence of technology in our lives, it is becoming increasingly harder to have a conversation with a person without some electronic information exchange involved. In an article in The Atlantic, Megan Garber shares her interaction with Sherry Turkle, a psychologist and a professor at MIT. Turkle talks about the difference between communication and information exchange and having ... Read More »

Doing Good with Data

girl with barcode tattoo that says slave

The more I learn about the directions technology is taking us, the more I wonder about the consequences of turning more and more of our life over to tools that only a few of us understand well enough to control. Technology is a tool, of course, and thus neither evil nor virtuous. And our most intimately experienced technology is our ... Read More »