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February Spotlight

Happiness Calendar for Educators for February 2024

This month, learn how to bridge differences in schools and classrooms.

Our monthly Happiness Calendar for Educators is a day-by-day guide to building kinder, happier schools where everyone belongs. This month, find ideas on how to bridge differences and feel and foster a sense of common humanity each day in February.

To open the clickable calendar, click on the image below.

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Meditation in Troubled Times

BY Norman Fischer

There’s an old Zen saying: “The world is topsy-turvy.”

Who is not aware of this today? The state of the world is painful to everyone. The world careens onward in its topsy-turvy course, causing a pervasive sense of inward dread many of us can’t afford to entertain.

No wonder so many of us are in denial, whether subscribing to fanaticism, lunatic politics, addictions, or simply unplugging from the disturbing news of ecological crisis or economic woes. Deep down we all know the fix we’re in, but we can’t afford to face it. It’s just too much.

Is there a way we can digest, hold, and live with the scale of our current problems?

Meditation practice makes denial impossible and truth sustainable.

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Grandma Ach

Grandma Ach

In two science classes on March 20, 2023 at the wonderful Rainbow Community School in Asheville, NC, I taught some thirty plus seventh and eight graders a lesson on the chemistry of bread, then we made my Grandma’s famous ‘crisps’ – fried pizza dough that you dip in powdered sugar.

Refelections…

Generosity, Cynicism, and the Future of Doing Good

 

Making Sense Podcast with Sam Harris

A Conversation with Chris Anderson

Chris Anderson is the curator of TED. Trained as a journalist after graduating Oxford University, he launched more than 100 magazines and websites before acquiring TED through his nonprofit foundation in 2001.

Sam Harris speaks with Chris Anderson about generosity in the age of the Internet. They talk about the new spirit of cynicism in tech and finance, the problems with DEI, the Coleman Hughes controversy at TED, the norm of color blindness, the science of generosity, the leverage of the Internet, the false opposition between selfishness and selflessness, mixed motives in giving, results vs reward, the importance of intentions, looking for the good in people, digital business models, the economics of TED, TEDx, wealth inequality, the ethics of billionaires, philanthropy at scale, the power of pledges, the arguments of Peter Singer, the Sam Bankman-Fried scandal, problems with Effective Altruism, how to improve our digital lives, and other topics.

 

News, Topics & Events

February Spotlight

Happiness Calendar for Educators for February 2024

This month, learn how to bridge differences in schools and classrooms.

Our monthly Happiness Calendar for Educators is a day-by-day guide to building kinder, happier schools where everyone belongs. This month, find ideas on how to bridge differences and feel and foster a sense of common humanity each day in February.

To open the clickable calendar, click on the image below.

 

Around the Globe

Meditation in Troubled Times

BY Norman Fischer

There’s an old Zen saying: “The world is topsy-turvy.”

Who is not aware of this today? The state of the world is painful to everyone. The world careens onward in its topsy-turvy course, causing a pervasive sense of inward dread many of us can’t afford to entertain.

No wonder so many of us are in denial, whether subscribing to fanaticism, lunatic politics, addictions, or simply unplugging from the disturbing news of ecological crisis or economic woes. Deep down we all know the fix we’re in, but we can’t afford to face it. It’s just too much.

Is there a way we can digest, hold, and live with the scale of our current problems?

Meditation practice makes denial impossible and truth sustainable.

Reflections

Generosity, Cynicism, and the Future of Doing Good

 

Making Sense Podcast with Sam Harris

A Conversation with Chris Anderson

Chris Anderson is the curator of TED. Trained as a journalist after graduating Oxford University, he launched more than 100 magazines and websites before acquiring TED through his nonprofit foundation in 2001.

Sam Harris speaks with Chris Anderson about generosity in the age of the Internet. They talk about the new spirit of cynicism in tech and finance, the problems with DEI, the Coleman Hughes controversy at TED, the norm of color blindness, the science of generosity, the leverage of the Internet, the false opposition between selfishness and selflessness, mixed motives in giving, results vs reward, the importance of intentions, looking for the good in people, digital business models, the economics of TED, TEDx, wealth inequality, the ethics of billionaires, philanthropy at scale, the power of pledges, the arguments of Peter Singer, the Sam Bankman-Fried scandal, problems with Effective Altruism, how to improve our digital lives, and other topics.