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Positive | Schools, students, teachers

Teacher and Student Wellbeing

Research collected by the Children’s Society found that in the U.K. at least ‘10% of children and young people (aged 5-16 years) have a clinically diagnosable mental health problem’.[1] Worryingly, ‘50% of mental health problems are established by age 14… Read more
Positive | learning, teaching

Watch One, Do One, Teach One

In 2016, Michael Beer of Harvard Business School released a paper entitled ‘The Great Training Robbery.’ Beer’s pun alluded to the fact that despite spending hundreds of billions of dollars on training and education, evidence and experience showed that corporations… Read more
Positive | learning

Social Learning: What Can We Learn From Bees?

In Social Physics, Alex Pentland outlines the major effect our patterns of interaction have on our productivity and creativity. Drawing on a wealth of sociometric data gathered from a host of organisations, Pentland identifies two processes that creativity is dependent… Read more
Positive | measurement, motivation

Using Measurement Where it Matters to Drive Motivation

Imagine that every Christmas you and your colleagues receive a bonus and, since it’s the festive season, a free turkey to boot. The turkey is positioned as a wholesome thank you from the head honchos. This year, however, the company… Read more
Positive | artificial intelligence

Wait and Die or Adapt and Thrive: AI and the Workplace

2.6 million years ago early humans were beginning to use sharp stones for cutting meat and other foods. At the dawn of 2017, we are looking forward to the development of driverless cars, uncanny augmented and virtual reality software, and… Read more
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Social Physics: Fake News and Echo Chambers

In a poll of registered U.S. voters, 14% of Donald Trump supporters believed reports that a Washington D. C. pizzeria was the HQ of a child sex ring run by Hillary Clinton. 32% of respondents were “not sure”. The remaining… Read more
Positive | psychology, stress

The Psychology of Stress

At the start of psychologist Kelly McGonigal’s TED talk, the Stanford University lecturer relays an unsettling statistic from a recent research paper: in the past year, McGonigal says, people who experienced a large amount of stress had a 43 percent… Read more
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Social Support: How Inclusion Aids our Wellbeing

Despite our relatively gangly, ponderous, and unthreatening physiques, humans successfully evolved to become dominant creatures. What was the key to that successful evolution? Obviously the answer to this question is multi-factorial, but one major aspect was our ability to work… Read more
Positive | emotions

It's Normal

October 10th marks World Mental Health day. The objective of the day, as stated by the World Health Organization, is to “raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilize efforts in support of mental health”. Psychological wellbeing… Read more