EQ Life

Hello Neighbor!

 The pic pretty much speaks for itself? Students from ten middle schools across Portland and Central Oregon are participating in Caldera’s Hello Neighbor project. Along with photographer Julie Keefe, the students have begun to identify, interview and photograph diverse people of all ages in their neighborhoods. From their work, the Caldera students will create photo-and-word portraits […]

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Oneness Project

 The Global Oneness Project is a wonderful web-based video initiative exploring how the simple notion of oneness can be lived in our increasingly complex world.They are traveling the globe interviewing creative and courageous people who base their lives and work on the fundamental understanding that we are all connected and thus bear great responsibility for each other […]

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Human Rights Posters

Human Rights Posters  This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights, and Designmatters is commemorating with a public education exhibition at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris as part of the annual UN Department of Public Information/Non-Governmental Organization Conference.The posters were designed by a hand-picked team of students at the Art Center College of Design […]

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Randy Pausch has died

Very, very sadly Randy Pausch succumbed to pancreatic cancer on Friday at home in Virginia. Randy’s bravery during his illness captured the admiration of thousands of people. The personal wisdom that he conveyed in his Last Lecture, which has been watched by 4.5 million people, is inspiring. The book of the same name is available […]

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RSA Design Directions

 A couple of the winners of the RSA Design Direction caught my eye, although all the winners and entrant’s work seems amazing.Alex Ostrowski approached The Frenchay Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre in Bristol to see how he might use design to help in some way. It emerged that all patients suffer from post-traumatic amnesia and experience confusion […]

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Development, Freedom and Happiness

           One of the most difficult things these days is to establish some truths about the state of the world. What really is happening? I read so many research papers, books and news stories simply in an effort to keep up and try to get a proper, realistic view…. an in-depth, informed perspective.Research is so complex, […]

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Beautiful art for Peace

A wonderful art installation wishing for peace on the Korean peninsular, at Imjingak, near the demilitarised zone which separates the two Koreas in Paju, about 55km north of Seoul, on Friday.

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Adaptive Emotions, Anger and Getting a Message Across

I feel that emotions are adaptive, and so, that means all emotions. Anger, for example, rises from a sense of injustice, or from a goal being blocked. Anger can be quite adaptive, such as when it fuels people to seek change. The problem is that this message is sometimes heard in a way that allows people […]

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Pulse: an emotions organism

Pulse  is a live visualisation of the recent emotional expressions written on the private weblogs of blogger.com. These emotional expressions are parsed according to a list of synonyms and transform a physical shapeshifting object, which was created analogous to Robert Plutchik’s psychoevolutionary theory of emotion.  You can see this extraordinary piece in action on the Pulse sight […]

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Cognitive Disenhancement

New drugs may help to enhance people’s mental powers . But a study carried out by Pamela Smith, of Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands, and her colleagues suggests a less pharmacological approach can be taken, too. Their work, just published in Psychological Science, argues that simply putting someone into a weak social position impairs […]

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