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The power of music with Richard Gill OAM

The power of music with Richard Gill OAM

Written by on April 2, 2016 in Happiness, Learning with 0 Comments

“Something that make me very happy is the idea of music, and what music can do for us,” Richard Gill OAM says. He talks about the ability of music to completely turn someone into a different person. He gives the example of people with Alzheimer’s, who have been nonverbal for a long time – after […]

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Thinking outside the square with David Astle

Thinking outside the square with David Astle

Written by on April 2, 2016 in Happiness, Learning with 1 Comment

David Astle tells us to look at the word ‘happiness’: “There in the middle is the word ‘pin’, stabbed through the heart of happiness.” Also in the middle there is ‘pine’: “We haven’t yet seen the wood for the feel good.” “The longest word in happiness apart from happiness is ‘happen.’” David says they share […]

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The value of music education

The value of music education

Written by on December 14, 2015 in Learning, Young People with 0 Comments

Have you ever noticed how much really young children love to sing? Quite naturally and unselfconsciously, and without any prompting, they’ll just break out in a tune, either some rhyming ditty they’ve learnt at kindy or a melody they’ve made up. I see this in my own Godchildren, aged four and two, whose warbling duets […]

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Edward de Bono in conversation with Richard Aedy

Edward de Bono in conversation with Richard Aedy

Written by on October 29, 2015 in Learning with 1 Comment

“Very few people have thought more about thinking than Edward de Bono,” Richard Aedy says. RA: Why is thinking important? EdB: Without thinking, there’s not much you can do but repeat, repeat and follow instructions. RA: What are some of the errors in our thinking? EdB: For 2,400 years, we have loved argument. Why? Because […]

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Collaboration and creativity with Susan Mackie

Collaboration and creativity with Susan Mackie

Written by on October 28, 2015 in Learning with 0 Comments

Susan Mackie wants to reflect on the career and life of Edward de Bono. They met when thousands of platinum mine workers were striking in South Africa. Susan called Edward for help as he happened to be in South Africa, and he came down. 16,000 illiterate mine workers were taught these thinking skills, which led […]

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The neuroscience of habit with Dr Jeffrey Schwartz

The neuroscience of habit with Dr Jeffrey Schwartz

Written by on October 28, 2015 in Happiness, Learning, Work with 0 Comments

“I define the mind as the choices and decisions we make about the stream of information the brain sends us,” Jeffrey M Schwartz says. “The nature of habit and the way it’s wired into the brain detaches it from choices and decisions. It takes an extra effort to bring the mind into habit,” he says. […]

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Improve your learning – what does the science say? with Jared Cooney Horvath

Improve your learning – what does the science say? with Jared Cooney Horvath

Written by on October 27, 2015 in Learning with 0 Comments

“Teach the why, not the what,” Jared Cooney Horvath says. Today he’s here to teach us the ‘why’ of brain-training programmes. “The research has been incredibly clear: brain-training games work really, really well… for about 48 hours,” Jared says. Jared says there are two ways we experience the world: bottom up and top down. Bottom […]

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The luck factor with Toni Noble

The luck factor with Toni Noble

Written by on October 27, 2015 in Happiness, Learning with 0 Comments

“Can you change your luck, and what are the factors that contribute to you being lucky or unlucky?” Toni Noble asks. Toni tells us about several unlucky experiences. The first was when she was in a plane crash in Botswana. The second was when she was caught in a rip in dangerous surf on an […]

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Access your creative genius with Amantha Imber

Access your creative genius with Amantha Imber

Written by on October 26, 2015 in Happiness, Learning, Work with 0 Comments

Amantha tells us about a book she illustrated as an 8-year-old girl: a book her mother wrote about helping children overcome phobias. “It’s all about who you know.” “I’m a massive science geek,” she says. “But today I want to focus on creativity, and how we as individuals can improve our creativity.” One of the […]

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Make the most of your mind with Tony Buzan

Make the most of your mind with Tony Buzan

Written by on October 26, 2015 in Happiness, Learning with 0 Comments

“We’re going to discuss the potential of the human brain. What you have is one of the most extraordinary things. You’re carrying around a miracle,” says Tony Buzan. “Every child mindmaps naturally,” he says. The colours and flowing, non-linear nature of mindmaps appeal to young minds. However, most people, as school-aged children, avoided doing their […]

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In their words: Jared Cooney Horvath & Does brain-training work?

In their words: Jared Cooney Horvath & Does brain-training work?

Written by on September 7, 2015 in Learning with 0 Comments

Brain-training products such as Luminsoty and CogMed represent a billion dollar industry. Accordingly, determining whether or not these programs work as advertised is of tremendous importance. Interestingly, although developers and marketers are convinced that these tools can enhance learning, memory, and wellbeing, scientists are a bit more reserved. Recently, the Stanford Center for Longevity released […]

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Can we teach gratitude to kids?

Can we teach gratitude to kids?

Written by on August 18, 2015 in Learning, Young People with 3 Comments

A friend lamented to me recently the heart sink she felt on the morning of her 11 year-old-daughter Lucy’s birthday. Even though Lucy had a stack of presents to open, she seemed disappointed there weren’t more of them. She barely glanced at each gift after unwrapping it before she was reaching for the next one […]

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In their words: Dr Amantha Imber & The power of mental contrasting

In their words: Dr Amantha Imber & The power of mental contrasting

Written by on August 12, 2015 in Learning with 0 Comments

There has been so much written about the ‘power of positive thinking’ in the last few years, with motivation gurus telling us to visualise or imagine success, and by doing this, it will become ours. However, the latest scientific research suggests that it may not be this simple, especially when it comes to creativity. Gabriele […]

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Two words that will change your life

Two words that will change your life

Written by on July 29, 2015 in Learning with 0 Comments

How many reckon their memory is getting worse as they get older? Who thinks they were more imaginative when they were little kids? Whose ability to fantasise has slowly but surely diminished with the passing of time? Posing these and other questions is Tony Buzan, presenting at Mind & Its Potential 2011. Buzan, who we’re […]

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