It’s just before 9 a.m. on an overcast February morning. About 60 fifth graders at a Harlem charter school have just filed into a multipurpose room to hear architect Phil Freelon talk about his career-defining work on the National Museum of African American History and Culture, or NMAAHC, in Washington, D.C., the universally celebrated newest addition to the Smithsonian Institution. But before he gets to his lesson about the design—a brilliant, bronze-hued building that alights the Mall like a shining crown—he warms up the crowd by letting them in on a secret: He once played drums in a band with his brother, Gregory Freelon, a teacher at the school. The room’s energy perks up as students whisper; Phil has instantly connected to each of them. Now it’s time for the meatier part of his talk. advertisement advertisement Eager hands shoot into the air. “Art is a subject of creativity,” a boy says. “It’s expressing … [Read more...] about America’s Humanitarian Architect
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One thousand years ago, on the stone floors of a monastery in Tibet, a monk hunches on his knees, placing rubies the size of dust motes to draw a delicate line of glowing red sand. It’s punishing but sacred work. Days into the process already, his back and joints ache, yet he has to be careful not to exhale too hard or set his hand in the wrong spot. advertisement advertisement He’s drawing an image of an enlightenment, a combination of his inner and outer world, if he could see it through perfect eyes, and it takes every bit of his focus for days, weeks, even months, placing individual grains alongside his brothers to make the vision real. When finished, this dazzling mandala will offer an initiate of the highest tantra yoga practices a focal point for reflection and contemplation—a visualization born from a blitzkrieg rush for spiritual completion, since the Buddhists who practice in this particular tantric branch believe in the radical possibility that … [Read more...] about The Ancient Origins Of Your Obsession With Coloring Books
Everyone wants a good mentor. They can help you get ahead at work, and provide an important sounding board when you’re trying to make a tough decision or deal with a tricky coworker. But finding the right person can be easier said than done. A 2019 study found that while 76% of people believe that mentoring is important, only 37% say they have such a relationship. advertisement advertisement The qualities that we look for in an emotionally intelligent mentor are self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social skills. Research on emotional intelligence and mentoring has found that the greater the EI of the mentor, the more trust the mentee has in them. So what should you look for to find someone who can help you achieve your professional dreams? These traits are critical: A high degree of self-awareness In talking to a potential mentor, you should ask about them not only about their successes but their failures, struggles, and what they learned … [Read more...] about How to find an emotionally intelligent mentor
Everyone benefits from a good night’s sleep, including presidential candidates. Yet according to a video series published by the New York Times in June 2019, many of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates admitted to not getting enough sleep in the campaign trail, or at least less than the recommended amount for American adults. advertisement advertisement According to the Academy of Sleep Medicine and Natural Sleep Foundation, American adults should aim for a minimum of seven hours in a 24-hour period. Just 16 minutes of sleep deprivation can lead to cognitive interference, distracting thoughts, and inhibit judgment. (Then there’s the potential health consequences like obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.) What do the candidates’ sleep habits mean when it comes to their cognitive capacity, physical health, and decision-making abilities? We reached out to a sleep expert to find out. Sleeping less than seven hours nightly When the New York Times … [Read more...] about We asked a sleep expert to analyze the presidential candidates’ sleep habits
From opening a bank account or buying an insurance policy to fighting cancer or even buying a pair of shoes, we are increasingly being helped or influenced by artificial intelligence (AI). In Mumbai, designers Falguni and Shane Peacock used AI to create their latest collection. In Bengaluru, a startup is using AI to improve detection of breast cancer and also make treatment cheaper. And in the Tata Motors plant in Pune, a robot is skilled enough to do 30 different tasks — that's artificial intelligence again.The world around is changing much faster than we can imagine, and this six-part series goes behind the scenes to understand how. Part I dealt with AI's impact on the auto sector, Part II on insurance segment, while Part III dealt with medical diagnostics. Today, we look at how artificial intelligence could be a threat to independent financial advisors.Robo-advisers are nothing but financial planning through artificial intelligence. … [Read more...] about AI disruption: Is robo-advisory a threat to financial planners?