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Today's Big Idea: The Human Ecosystem

The Big Idea for Friday, July 20, 2012

A core principle of ancient Buddhist philosophy is that all living and inanimate things are interconnected and interdependent. In recent decades, physics has gone a long way toward substantiating this claim. Philosophy aside, it is undeniably the case that we live in human ecosystems – our personal and professional actions causing ripple effects within and beyond the communities we inhabit. 

Leaders in a wide range of fields agree that success doesn't happen in isolation, and that this is increasingly the case as our 21st century challenges become ever more complex. What's needed now is collective awareness and action built upon empathy as opposed to narcissism. 

Perspectives

  1. 1 Actor Jonathan Pryce on Stage Fright as Selfishness
    Jason Gots Think Tank
  2. 2 How to Improve Children's Social Skills
    Sandra Aamodt How to Build Your Child's Self-Control
  3. 3 Reducing Empathy Through Choice: How Too Much Choice Can Backfire
    Maria Konnikova Artful Choice
  4. 4 Four Principles for Successful "Conscious Capitalism"
    John Mackey
 

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