It’s time to shop!

25 Nov

If you’re planning to be anywhere but a store today, allow me to bring the shopping to you (you can thank me later :))

This year you can give the gift of learning to yourself or someone else!

OK, that didn’t sound as cool as I’d hoped, but here goes, anyway…

The Greater Good Science Center is offering a free webinar Power, Compassion, and Equality in a Changing World with UC Berkeley psychology professor Dacher Keltner on Fri, 12/16/11 from noon-1pm. Professor Keltner “will detail the latest discoveries on compassion–its neuroscience and practice–and explain how broader social conditions, such as social class and the distribution of power, make for more or less compassionate societies.” For more info:

Note: This webinar is for members of the Greater Good Science Center only. You can join GGSC at:

Facebook is hosting a free daylong conference on Wed 12/7/11 from 8:30am-4pm to explore “how people perceive, relate, and engage with each other… Facebook is hosting researchers and practitioners who work to improve our understanding of the driving forces and benefits of compassion.” Speakers will include:

  • Professor Keltner on “viral compassion,”
  • Marc Brackett from Yale’s Health, Emotion & Behavior Lab on “five key emotion skills,” and
  • others, including me: I’ll be speaking on a panel with teachers from Prospect Sierra School about working with kids and educators to create compassionate communities.

The event (Facebook Building 2, 1050 Page Mill Rd., Palo Alto) is open to the public, and a video will be available on-line afterwards. For more info:

Note: You need a Facebook account to access this link, so if, like me, you don’t Facebook, e-mail me, and I’ll send you a screenshot of the schedule.

Finally, Blink is offering Say What? Standing up to Injustice, a workshop for educators and parents, on Sat 2/4/12 from 9am-12pm at Presidio Hill School in San Francisco, CA. Co-facilitated with my esteemed colleague Anthony Witte from Head Royce School, this workshop begins with the premise that while we may be surprised by an unjust action or attitude, we can also be prepared. Whether we’re confronted by a complaint about students “getting special accommodations” or the persistently casual use of homophobic slurs, we can stand up. Participants are invited to bring their own “say what?” scenarios for discussion. For more info:

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