||| In cultures where fathers are highly invested in the care of their children, both men and women respond more negatively to the idea of infidelity, a cross-cultural study led by UCLA professor of anthropology Brooke Scelza found. Jealousy is a well-examined human phenomenon that women and men often experience differently, but the study published this week in Nature Human Behavior also examined cultural differences in the experience of jealousy, by surveying 1,048 men and women from 11 societies on five continents. – UCLA © | http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/new-study-led-by-ucla-anthropologist-suggests-that-in-societies-where-dads-are-more-involved-with-their-kids-responses-to-infidelity-are-more-severe


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TOXIC LEADERSHIP | a few days ago, while visiting with some colleagues in the humanities we had an interesting exchange of views about leadership – of various kinds, styles and levels within our respective professional|social worlds. The topic seems recurring and of concern to many. I took a moment to look for something that could illuminate such complex issue & found the following two pieces most helpful and educational. Have a read; let me know what you think|feel about this challenging topic.  

  • TOXIC LEADERSHIP Exhibit A | Toxic leaders breed toxic cultures. Toxic cultures develop more toxic leaders – and you don’t want to be one of them, really. You need to be aware of the impact toxic leaders can have on you and your development|growth because you will be shaped in some fashion by this type of behaviour. According to Padilla, Hogan and Kaiser, there are six characteristics of the toxic leader. Let’s have a look at them: https://www.leadershipforces.com/six-characteristics-toxic-leaders/
  • TOXIC LEADERSHIP Exhibit B | A toxic leader is a person who has responsibility over a group of people or an organization, and who abuses the leader-follower relationship by leaving the group or organization in a worse condition than when they first found them. The phrase was coined by Marcia Whicker in 1996 and is linked with a number of dysfunctional leadership styles. Their leadership style is both self-destructive and ultimately corporately harmful as they subvert|destroy internal capacity, staff moral|engagement and organizational structures. | https://lnkd.in/dzjR_P7


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TIME to CHANGE: Time for Cooperatives.

TIME to CHANGE | Cooperatives work together for the good of all members and the communities where they are based. Their values and beliefs are very different than the ones from big corporations or large transnationals. This short video tells you a brief story about what cooperatives are and were cooperatives & social enterprises intersect. Produced by Cooperatives for a Better World © | https://youtu.be/Xty1NcnYT4Q … |||

cooperative (a.k.a. co-operativeco-op, or coop) is “an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs|aspirations through a jointly-owned & democratically-controlled enterprise“. Cooperatives may include: Businesses owned and managed by the people who use their services (a consumer cooperative); Organizations managed by the people who work there (worker cooperative); a Multi-stakeholder or hybrid cooperatives that share ownership between different stakeholder groups. For example, Care Cooperatives where ownership is shared between both care-givers and receivers. Stakeholders might also include non-profits or investors; Second- and Third-tier cooperatives whose members are other cooperatives, and; Platform Cooperatives that use a cooperatively- owned and governed website, mobile app or a protocol to facilitate the sale of goods and services. –

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Marketing & Promotions for Small Business & Entrepreneurs with Glen Ronald | May 24, 2019 (R.S.V.P.) Thanks!

TALK SERIES | “Promotions & Networking for Small & Medium Size Enterprises” with Glen Ronald – Friday May 24, 2019 | 10:00am to 12:00 noon @ The Business Link, Suite #500, 10150-100 St. – Suggested donation: $10.00 (thanks!). About: A visual artist and sharp business entrepreneur, Glen Ronald operates Spark: The Branding Shop, a business branding & promotional product company he pioneered 20 years ago. We are thrilled to have him sharing his expertise around brand awareness, promoting particular products|services + techniques he has successfully developed over the years. ||| PS. Parking downtown can be challenging; if you can manage park & ride, we recommend it. – RSVP by May 23, 2019 to: 780.474.6058 | Or by email: leocamposa@gmail.com | SPONSORED by: Wayfinders Business Cooperative ©

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CO-OPS | A Growing Model of Enterprise.

WAYFINDERS LOGO 2019COOPERATIVES | There are seven general principles that all cooperatives follow.

  1. Voluntary & Open Ownership: Open to all without gender, social, racial, political, or religious discrimination.
  1. Democratic Member Control: Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members—those who buy the goods or use the services of the cooperative—who actively participate in setting policies and making decisions.
  1. Members’ Economic Participation: Members contribute equally to, and democratically control, the capital of the cooperative. This benefits members in proportion to the business they conduct with the cooperative rather than on the capital invested.
  1. Autonomy and Independence: Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members. Any agreements with other organizations or external sources of capital ensure democratic control by the members and maintain the cooperative’s autonomy.
  1. Education, Training and Information: Cooperatives provide education and training for members, elected representatives, managers and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their cooperative, and inform the public about the nature and benefits of cooperatives.
  1. Cooperation among Cooperatives: Cooperatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.
  1. Concern for Community: While focusing on member needs, cooperatives work for the sustainable development of communities through policies and programs accepted by the members.

Source: The International Cooperative Alliance ©

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HANDS - APRIL 11, 2019INTERCULTURAL INSIGHTS | A study from the University of Alberta found that the amount of hand gesturing when speaking is more connected to what a person is saying rather than their cultural identity. In a study released on March 25, Elena Nicoladis, a psychology professor at the U of A, had bilingual speakers of French, Spanish, Mandarin, and Hindi watch a Pink Panther cartoon. Participants then had to verbally summarize the story in both English and their native language while the researchers examined how frequently each participant made hand gestures. Nicoladis decided to pursue this research to explore whether cultural differences are responsible for variations in the amount of gesturing during conversations. – The Gateway © | https://www.thegatewayonline.ca/2019/04/frequency-of-hand-gestures-not-linked-to-specific-cultures-says-u-of-a-study/

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ALBERTA ELECTION 2019 | Rachel Notley.

VOTE YOUR VISION & VALUES 2019WHY RACHEL NOTLEY remains my choice for PREMIER? Because she has established a refreshing new ethics in government and by extension on the social democratic political family to which I belong. But to me it is bigger than that – she has moved us all to a new civic life of respect, empathy, diversity and inclusion in several fronts, from fostering welcoming communities to newcomers to serious economic diversification endeavours, to a new praxis of fiscal responsibility with the sensibilities of a woman that shows daily how deeply she cares for her fellow citizen, all her fellow citizens.

Civic life has risen since 2015, so has the political discourse from our Premier and many of her ministers – she act and so do her followers and supporters in ways that demonstrate the well-being of others and particularly the most vulnerable in society matters. That is at its core the ethics of a social democrat – people are at the centre of her calling to serve; indeed, compassion and smart, fair, decent policy choices. And when she has been confronted with errors, or mischief, she has dealt with the matter in the public square, thinking in terms of “teaching moments” as well, usually taking the high road, and showing us the pathway to be better people.

So if compassion, ethics in government, social justice, empathy, fiscal sensibilities, strong public services to serve Albertans, if lifting people up, eliminating poverty, honouring indigenous peoples, rebuilding infrastructure, investing in massive public transit projects, strengthening our public health care services, greening our cities and transforming, expanding and modernizing our economy for a new century matters to you, then she is your choice too.

Come April 16, 2019 I know exactly for whom my vote will be cast, and frankly, what an honour it will be. New ethics in leadership, in governance, in our public life; a vision of civility, balance & equilibrium with a strong dose of empathy and forward-looking leadership. Indeed; 4 more years of a “people first” agenda. The choice is clear | LCA

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