Can you figure this image out?
For this drawing, there is not a wrong or right guess, (even though most people guess duck first) it is rather a question of the ability to quickly switch from one perception to the other.
All of these features count when determining if you are a highly or average creative person. According to the research Richard Wiseman did with a group of fellow psychologists at the University of Edinburgh, creative people actually perceive the world differently, as they are more able to see things from many different angles.
Using the duck-rabbit drawing, the participants had to answer questions not much different from the ones above. Additionally, they were asked to list as many unusual usages for given every-day objects in a short amount of time. The results were clear: people who could effortlessly switch from one perception to another, also did much better in assigning new purpose to known objects.
It is a much known trait of creative people to easily think of alternative ways and to find connection between two apparently unrelated concepts. Their brains are just that much faster when working on interpreting different aspects of a concept. Therefore, the results prove that there is a difference to how highly creative people perceive the world as opposed to average creative ones.
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A Partnership for Change Dinner and Panel Discussion on March 18, 2017 @ 6:30pm
Dialogue is important, it allows us to see the perspective of our neighbors and thus makes our communities whole. When we make a direct intention to show up and consider conversations on topics such as race relations, community, healing, revolution, and politics—people are educated, enlightened, and activated. With this event it is our intention to spar people into action or to even take ownership of their role in their communities.
In this space, we will dare to share dialogue that may make us uncomfortable with the truth on both a personal and collective level, which could extend from our homes out into their communities. We all have role to accelerate change and to dig deeper, in an effort to expand ourselves which in turn, pushes change out into the spaces we move in and out of.
On March 18, 2017, we will engage each other in meaningful conversation. We will push aside our differences, find common ground, build meaning and purpose, we will set out to disturb the peace that is found inaction.
Where: Suitland, MD (Private venue)
Time: 6:30pm – 9pm
Cost: $20 (Due by 3/11/17)
*Seating is limited
A couple of weeks ago, while driving to work, I was listening to WPFW and I was on fire by the time I reached the office. As the host encouraged callers to donate to the station she talked about the plight that the station endured to remain on the air all these years. How they suffer through vandalism by the KKK which put the station off the air twice in the 70’s. She briefly talked about the Dakota Pipeline situation. She offered listeners the opportunity to call in and make a donation in exchange will receive a flash-drive with black historical audio.
As I pulled into the garage of the building, I felt an urgency to do something that would inspire change. Something that would help me in my ignorance regarding issues of topics that I only learn about by listening to WPFW. I wanted in that moment to talk to people that I knew about the topics that were discussed, but I was left feeling empty because I knew that they were unaware of these topics. I wanted to have a conversation with somebody to exchange information and to get their perspective. I wanted to be educated and empowered. So in all my want for this conversation, I reached out to a couple of great people that inspire me and asked them to partner with me on organizing A Partnership for Change Dinner and Panel Discussion.
I figured in the end, that I will not sit on my hands and complain about it. I decided to push forward and organize. I envisioned having dinner enjoined by like-minded people who can contribute and intelligent exchange of conversation. People who are great listeners, teachers, and with respect for others perspective. People who aim for creating a space where we can have fluid conversations on topics of black culture, community, healing and much more.
Please get the word out and help me make this event a success.
A Partnership for Change Dinner & Panel Discussion
March 18, 2016 @ 6:30
Private Venue in Suitland, Maryland
Cost: $20 (Due by Mar. 4)
(Seating is limited to 10 guests.)
This event dares to create a space where conversations around revolutionary change, healing within our black communities and our commitment to being active participants, and so many other urgent matters that need to be approached in an effort to transform minds.
WHAT LABELS DO YOU EMBRACE?
“I am who I am.” I’ve heard this line from patients countless times. “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is another version. Regardless of the form it takes, these statements are based on the same flawed belief that our ability, skill, and character are set in stone.
The fixation of this mindset begins early. Society labels us, and we label ourselves. A child is told he is a good or a bad listener. A high school student thinks of herself as good or bad at math. These labels become even more entrenched in adulthood.
“If you want to be happy, be.” ~Leo Tolstoy
We’ve all hit a low motivational point in our lives at one time or another. I am completely aware of that feeling of having nothing to fight for. In those reoccurring periods of despondency, I couldn’t find a reason to get myself out of bed.
It’s funny that I got the life-changing question at a job interview. It was a stressful situation, and the hiring manager made it even more overwhelming when he looked at me straight in the eyes and asked: “What motivates you in life?”
I can’t remember what I answered, but I do remember the devastation I felt from the true answer I found in me: “Nothing, nothing motivates me.”
That was the turning point. Lots and lots of meditations later, I realized where all that frustration was coming from: I didn’t have a single thing that made me happy.
Why was I so incomplete? I couldn’t get a job that made me feel useful, and all my friendships were superficial. I’ll spare you from the details of my reasoning process. I didn’t read, I didn’t write, I wasn’t trying to learn anything, I didn’t have a special someone in my life, and I didn’t have a hobby.
A HOBBY! The sole thought of it made me burst in laughter. I’d never had a hobby. I basically had nothing to lose, so I decided I would give this idea a try. Picking a hobby was all I needed to do, and that’s how I ended up making endless reading lists.
Ever dreamed of quitting your corporate desk job to pursue your passions and your love of travel? You’re not alone. According to a recent Harris Poll for Airbnb, 64 percent of U.S. workers say they would leave their current job for one that allowed them to be more involved in things they are passionate about.
Airbnb set up its new Experiences platform to respond to just those people: Would-be entrepreneurs who want to leave the corporate world behind and follow their dreams. And in turn, these Airbnb Experience Hosts help travelers get to know a destination at a deeper level by allowing them to connect with a local.
Here are four women who have successfully made the leap.
Things Do Fall Apart
by Tiffany Hair
It happened many years ago that I loss my baby brother Aaron. During this time writing helped me in my grieving process and turned those dark days into lighter spaces. Sometimes it takes losing someone, in my case, my brother to realize that nothing is completely gone even in death. I learned that in death things are born and for me that was the gift of writing. Today would have marked his 39th birthday.
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