A judge in Texas recently set off a firestorm when she sentenced a teenager to 10 years probation for killing four people in a drunk-driving crash. His defense that his judgment was impaired because of his privileged upbringing, or the "affluenza" defense. Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, President of CLAL and co-Founder and Executive Editor of TheWisdomDaily.com asks "Could we create a culture that combined fewer excuses and more compassion, greater accountability and more genuine understanding?"
You are invited to join the Disrupting the Status Quo, One-on-One Web Chat on Thursday, February 27th from 1:00-1:45 pm EST. The third in this exclusive series of conversations with Tribeca Film Festival founder Craig Hatkoff joined by Judith Glaser, author of Conversational Intelligence, will center Disrupting the Status Quo, One-on-One: Courage, Empathy and Conversational Intelligence: The Personal Challenge of Disruptive Innovation, Decreasing Stress and Fear, Collaborating Better, The Role of Conversational Intelligence in Co-Creation and Creating the Space to Disrupt.
"It takes just a few hours to read "Tiger Mom" Amy Chua and her husband, fellow Yale law professor, Jed Rubenfeld's new book, The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America. And it takes even less time to realize the wisdom in this book isn't in its ideas but in understanding why such ideas resonate and the harm they do to us personally and collectively...."
"Is it possible that some babies are more moral than others? That babies are born with an innate moral inclination? That morality is biologically encoded and not learned over time?
The short answers are: yes, apparently so, and let's not get carried away. The new study which addresses these specific questions should interest anyone with kids, or anyone interested in how we help create a more decent world. After all, the future of our world depends largely on how humane and moral we are or can be. In fact, the study and the questions it addresses are actually the next chapter in a long and ongoing debate often referred to as "nature versus nurture". And like most such dichotomies, this one is largely false...."
"There is new and exciting research about the scientific study of religion. Instead of asking theological or philosophical questions, these scholars are looking at religion from sociological, psychological and behavioral perspectives. Authors like Jonathan Haidt in his book The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion or Robert Wright in The Evolution of God are using science to give much more nuance to what religion truly is — and what it could be.
"...It is the diversity of Jewish expression that enables so many to find their place within such a deep and rich spiritual wisdom tradition. Today we find ourselves, quite possibly, at another of those crossroads that, in past generations, led to some of these new expressions taking root.
"...People will not remain Jewish just because their parents were Jewish. We have to understand how Judaism works in people’s lives, and then articulate clearly, proudly, how it can work in everyone’s life. The time has come to ask different questions in these surveys. The language and research methods used in positive psychology are a good starting point for developing new questionnaires...."
Hear the audio from DISRUPTING DISRUPTIVE INNOVATION THEORY Web Chat on February 13, 2014. The second in an exclusive series of conversations with Tribeca Film Festival founder Craig Hatkoff and Rabbi Irwin Kula, it centers on The Cathedral and the Bazaar: How Next-gen Disruptive Innovation will Encourage Cathedrals (incumbents) to Learn How to Dance with the Bazaars (two guys in a garage), and Invite More Disruptions of Consequence.
Hear the audio from DISRUPTING DISRUPTIVE INNOVATION THEORY Web Chat on January 30, 2014. The first in an exclusive series of conversations with Tribeca Film Festival founder Craig Hatkoff and Rabbi Irwin Kula, it centers on Lessons from the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards — Changing the Way We Think About Change Using the New Calculus of Pop Culture.
"Americans will exchange close to 20 billion dollars worth of flowers, jewelry, candy, stuffed-animals and cards this Valentine's Day as an expression of romance and love. But Valentine's Day is actually a double-edged sword. On the surface, we celebrate how committed, secure and passionately in love we are. But, the very fact of this holiday and that we feel so much pressure to be romantic and passionate reveals a deeper more challenging truth. Our love for each other is always far more unstable, unpredictable, and fragile than we are ready to admit. (For instance, four out of ten couples break up between Jan. 1 and Feb. 14.) On Valentine's Day we often hear talk about having found our soul mate. But contrary to popular culture, we don't find our soul mate - we co-create our soul mate..."