Transformative Resilience

When past mass shootings occurred, I wrote about the resilient nature of how people handled these tragedies. After the Charleston hate murders, President Obama sang Amazing Grace. When the gunfire settled down following the Orlando Pulse slaughter, the Gay Men’s Choir of Washington sang “We Shall Overcome” at the White House. After the machine guns were quieted in Las Vegas, people launched paper lanterns up into the desert sky. Seems a little different this time, doesn’t it? Most people think that resilience is just about bouncing back, returning to a previous state of balance from whence they came. It is far better to think about resilience as being the quality that helps us grow from our adversities and tragedies. Up Read More

Consumptive Learning

I was doing a workshop at one of our local colleges last week and talked about the idea that every educator’s goal would be to have students who are fully engaged in their learning. I called it consumptive learning and the President of the College came up to me later and told me that she had been looking for a phrase that described the kind of culture that she wanted her faculty to create for the students. When my wife taught at the University her students would come up to her after the first class asking for clarification on her expectations for the year. They would inevitably ask, “Dr. Collins, what exactly do you want from us?” Her response was Read More

Preventive Action

An article from the Center for World Indigenous Studies tells of the work of Mahan Chandra who is in a race to preserve Indian native rice seed before the effects of climate change threatens to destroy these varieties. Chandra travels to villages across Northern India, meeting with elders of the communities to create his “seed-saving” library that has now grown from 2 to 250 different kinds of rice. Seed preservation libraries are not new with the most famous one being the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway that preserves the world’s crops and plants in case of some type of global disaster. No one wants to think about or consider doomsday scenarios, yet each of us spend many minutes of Read More

Be a Scaffold of Support

One of those amazing pieces of research shows that having friends and supporters who you can really count on, in tough times, creates a significant impact on everything from longevity to success at work (duh!) Most of us think that means that we should reach out to others when we need them. By creating a network of friends, old and new, fun and serious, we create a scaffold of support that surrounds us in good and bad. What if we turn that idea around on its head a bit and instead look for ways that we can support others when they need it or even when they don’t. One of my clients coaches a HS girl’s basketball team. This past Read More