Early Conferences and Presentations

These are notes taken at various times, organized strangely below…

Howard Gardener

Fall 2014

To be successful need 3 things in common sense answer:
1. wit – intelligence
2. grit
3. flow

be smart. work hard. feel good.


IQ tests – doubt the measure the whole range of intellect

The Good Work Project – in the 90s. At Harvard they call it the Good Project

interviewed 1200 people in 9 different professions

technically excellent
personally engaging
carried out in an ethical way

Good Work Toolkit

non-cognitive skills
– social
– emotional (EQ)
– empathetic
– reflecting/wondering
– the slowly emerging emotions

read: The Smartest Guys in the Room
read: The Best and the Brightest

John Gardner
Wendy Kopp: Teach for America
Yo-Yo Ma

Marty Seilgman

Fall 2014

The Big Data Revolution

How to build PERMA (pos emotions, engagement (flow), relationships, meaning, accomplishments (grit)

flourishing – perma – the elements of well-being

Ed Diener calls happiness – subjective well-being

each element of PERMA is measurable and teachable

Big Data

Google Zeitgeist

45,000 words and phrases to describe pos. emotions
– looking at the lexicons

word clouds – men v. women

correlation = .67 predicted by Twitter. better indicator than top 10

word cloud: bored, boyfriend, fucking, hate

low: great, folks, office, afternoon, thanks, our, week, discovered

authentichappiness.org has 20 leading questionnaires of PERMA

P – 3 Good Things: write down before you go to bed. six months later after 1 week of this less depression, higher life satisfaction. people keep doing it.

E – people go into flow when they use their highest strengths. think of something you have to do once/day or more that you don’t like doing. now think of a way to do this using your highest strength

Peterson tool – jobs and signature strengths

R – Marital Therapy (lying to you, lying to each other). Asked not how people fight but how they celebrate

M – belonging to and serving something bigger than self. altruism vs. pleasure

A – Angela Duckworth leads in accomplishment research (self-discipline and grit). this is twice as important as IQ

Bhutan: 18 schools (8,000 students) randomly assigned GNH curriculum or control. very significant difference on well-being and how kids to on standardized test later.

what should we do with our wealth?
– Florence 200 years ago invested in beauty and gave us the Renaissance

Templeton Foundation – neuroscience work now

Barbara Fredrickson – peaceful data. face distinction by race. when you increase positive feelings increases differentiation in the faces.

Antonella Delle Fave

Fall 2014

flow stuff:
– I don’t see myself as separate from what I am doing

high challenges and high skills
– intrinsic motivation
– involvement
– clear goals

measuring flow:
– ESM (experiential sampling method)
– Flow questionnaire (mixed method approach)

Optimal Experience is a positive and balanced state, not a peak experience

Privette and Bundrick (1991) developed a scale to study peak experience, to compare to flow

In flow we control the experience, in peak experience we are controlled by it

cross-culture differences in the meaning of challenge in the activity

Cultural Minorities and Subcultures: Soni-Sinha (2011), Prentice (2012), and Portisch (2009)

TS Elliot quote:

Optimal experience: the complex outcome of bio-psycho-social determinants

Maritza Salizar

Fall 2015 at Org Talks

Team Performance

– no more than 10 people (3, 4, 5 = sweet spot)

7 Features that Create Challenges in Teams:
1. high diversity of membership
2. deep knowledge integration

Multidisciplinary Expertise: Enhancing Leader Integrative Capability and Member Goal Commitment.

Big Data Conference

Patrick Mason (at CGU)
– since the 1980s: data storage doubles every 4? months
– 72 hours of YouTube content uploaded every minute



The quantified self movement
– self knowledge through self tracking

Aljazeera America: Living with Data
– Sara Watson

Sentiment Analysis

Collect social media
EC2 (virtual servers)
Big data platform
(missed things…)

From Google, Barbara Usher

When Google hires, they look for computational thinking:
– deal with complexity
– persistence in working through complex problems
– tolerance for ambiguity
– can deal with open-ended problems
– ability to communicate and work with others

Key concepts:
– open source
– agile
– UX
– automated testing
– cloud computing
– machine learning

Problem solving/Decision making with big data:
– don’t say “I think…” instead say “Let me show you…”

Disruptive Shifts in the Workplace 2020
– extreme longevity (living longer)
– rise of smart machines (getting rid of repetitive human tasks)
– computational world (everything converted to big data)
– new media ecology (texting, facebook, twitter)
– superstructured orgs (social technology – structure outside trad boundaries)
– globally connected (mobile)

Vijay Gupta

Street Symphony: brings music to homeless and those living in prison

2011 TED Senior Fellow

his talk: The Medicine of Music

movie rec: The Soloist

Godfried Schlau: from Oliver Sack’s book: Musicophelia

fMRI: musicians had the most fascinating brains. corpus collosum is more developed. stroke victims that were aphasic – gave them singing lessons for 80 hours then weening people off music (Schlaug)

a shamen said that people with mental illness are not seen as less than; they’re seen as more than. their membrane with the other side is more permeable, so when they have a psychotic episode, people around them soak them in.

dopamine: released when the hair stands up on your neck. music is very personal. what he likes isn’t what I like.

Mozart Effect: debunked. Listening does not make you smarter.

Schuman: schizophrenic, died in an asylum

Sophie Janicke

Positive Media – Pos Friday on a Monday in Oct 2015

Hedonistic entertainment: action movies/comedies
Eudaimonic entertainment: touching – lump in your throat
Engaging/Meaningful entertainment: like Selma
– cognitively/affectively challenging

consequences for a meaningful film:
– become a better person
– do good things for others
– seek what really matters in life
– search for truth, meaning, purpose
—self-transcendent emotions (admiration, compassion, gratitude, awe, elevation)

elevation: from loving kindness, moral virtue; associated with helping others, feeling connectedness to all humanity, stereotype reduction. in-group and out-group.

awe: from seeing something vast that we can’t really comprehend. feeling small and insignificant in the presence of something large. associated with: greater helping and sacrificing for others, greater wonder and curiosity, feeling as if you have more time, lack of wanting material goods

gratitude: greater SWL, helping behavior, willingness to forgive, humility, strengthening of social bonds.

elevation (most studied emotion in media – but in the short term)

Eudaimonia vs. Hedonia?
– People who are older tend to prefer eudiamonic. Tend to have higher need for cognition, search for meaning, intellectualism — ties into transcendence. appreciation of beauty, gratitude, hope, humor, spirituality. inspire and rewire.

155 million people play video games regularly

digital detox
mind full or mindful?

Jane Dutton

Friday, Oct 30, 2015

Positive Identity Infusions

How does meaning matter?
– issue meaning (opportunity construction)
– job meaning (job crafting)
– organizational meaning
– self meaning (positive identities)

How do work organizations shape the meaning we can and do make for ourselves and for others?

Five Starting Assumptions

1. picture of a cat seeing himself in the mirror as a lion

2. As leaders, employees, parents, firiends, students we are under increasing pressure to do more with less, to be innovative, resilient, and strong

3. We can unlock resources from within (self-strengthen)

Positive Identity: identity that is beneficial to the person: energy, optimism, confidence, self-compassion

4. Different contexts call forth different identities for ourselves and others

5. Any person is better off if they can tap into multiple forms of positive identity (she’s trying to prove this assumption now) – metaphor: positive identities are like a reservoir people can tap into)

What forms of positive identities are there?

GIVE Model
– my growing self
– my integrated self: different selves are complimentary and fit together
– my virtuous self: self-defines with character strengths/virtuous qualities
– my esteemed self: someone who self-defines as a person of worth and value

Candice Billups (on youtube) – janitor at UM cancer center