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ARTICLES


Why We Are Wired To Connect

Gareth Cook / Scientific America

When we experience social pain — a snub, a cruel word — the feeling is as real as physical pain. That finding is among those in a new book, Social, and it is part of scientist Matthew Lieberman’s case that our need to connect is as fundamental as our need for food and water… full article.


FILMS/DOCUMENTARIES


I Am

The Tom Shadyak documentary about an awakening is in his life of the importance of connection.

Official Website

I AM


What The Bleep Do We Know

A close look at our reality and our connection through the science of quantum in this documentary.

What The Bleep Do We Know?!


LITERATURE


Connected

Revelations of how much we truly influence one another are revealed in the studies of Drs. Christakis and Fowler.
Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives


Flow

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)


Out of Eden

Stephen Oppenheimer


Social

Matthew D. Leiberman


The Wisdom of the Crowd

James Surowiecki
The Wisdom of Crowds


 


METHODS


Improvisation

Theater Games, which are today associated with improvisational theatre training and performance, were originally developed by Viola Spolin as a means for bringing immigrant children in Chicago’s East Side (whom had no common language or culture by which to relate) into common connection, communication and appreciation for performance. The games she developed were adopted by her son Paul Sills in the 1950’s and taken to Chicago University’s Theater Department as a means for getting actors to work more closely together in ensemble casts. They proved very popular and today many of the most famous North American actors/comedians have come from improvisational backgrounds. However, the point and purpose of the games are more relevant today than ever before because they train in listening, reacting and working together.


Non-Violent Communication

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) (also known as Compassionate or Collaborative Communication) is a method developed by Marshall Rosenberg and based on the concept that all human beings have the capacity for compassion and only resort to violence or behavior that harms themselves and others when they do not recognize more effective strategies for meeting needs. Habits of thinking and speaking that lead to the use of violence (social, psychological and physical) are learned through culture. NVC theory supposes all human behavior stems from attempts to meet universal human needs and that these needs are never in conflict. Rather, conflict arises when strategies for meeting needs clash.

Nexus Article


Trauma Informed Care

TIC is an intervention and organizational approach that focuses on how trauma may affect an individual’s life and his or her response to behavioral health services from prevention through treatment. There are many definitions of TIC and various models for incorporating it across organizations, but a “trauma-informed approach incorporates three key elements: (1) realizing the prevalence of trauma; (2) recognizing how trauma affects all individuals involved with the program, organization, or system, including its own workforce; and (3) responding by putting this knowledge into practice”


ORGANIZATIONS


Roots of Empathy

www.rootsofempathy.org


Stanford University Center For Compassion and Altruism Research and Education

Website


PERSONS


Dan Ariely

Behavioral Economisist

Official Website


Malcolm Gladwell

Connectors and The Tipping Point


Mary Gordon

Roots of Empathy


Steve Kerr

General Manager of the US basketball team “The Golden State Warriors”, Steve has often been commended for his ability to put together a team that makes good chemistry between them. In the NBA, Kerr says it’s crucial to get the right people in the right place, because even the most talented athletes won’t thrive or contribute to good team chemistry if their values and behaviors are not aligned with team culture.

Article


Matthew Leiberman Phd


Dr. Gabor Mate

Official Website


Kenneth Robinson

Official Website


Carl Rogers

Carl Rogers (1902-1987) was a humanistic psychologist who agreed with the main assumptions of Abraham Maslow, but added that for a person to “grow”, they need an environment that provides them with genuineness (openness and self-disclosure), acceptance (being seen with unconditional positive regard), and empathy (being listened to and understood).

Marshall Rosenberg


Viola Spolin

Mother or (Improvisational) Theater Games and an educational philosophy which has nurtured and transformed, not only theater and entertainment but educational practices worldwide.

Official Website

Intuitive Learning Systems

Rodrigue Tremblay

Humanist


THEORY & RESEARCH


Companionate Love

A 2014 Harvard University study by Sigal Barsade and Olivia A. O’Neill regarding “love” in the workplace.


Bhutan’s Gross Domestic Happiness – GDH

The term “gross national happiness” was coined by the fourth king of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, in the 1970s. GNH is distinguishable by for example valuing collective happiness as the goal of governance, and by emphasizing harmony with nature and traditional values.

Article

Wikipedia


Emergence

In philosophy, systems theory, science, and art, emergence occurs when “the whole is greater than the sum of the parts,” meaning the whole has properties its parts do not have. Groups of human beings, left free to each regulate themselves, tend to produce spontaneous order, rather than the meaningless chaos often feared. This has been observed in society at least since Chuang Tzu in ancient China. A classic traffic roundabout is a good example, with cars moving in and out with such effective organization that some modern cities have begun replacing stoplights at problem intersections with traffic circles and getting better results.


Rat Park Experiment