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Mitch Weisburgh
Instructs on techniques to move from limiting mindsets to resourceful ones
Interests: instructional design, learning theory, systems and technology, profits
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Based on scientific studies, happy lives are built on a foundation of equanimity powers. Equanimity is the capacity to be nonreactive and nonjudgmental to one’s experiences. The practice of equanimity is developing awareness of one’s state of mind, including stress,... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2024 at PILOTed
We live in a world filled with Moloch traps. That’s why so many aspects of our lives seem to be getting worse. A Moloch trap is a situation where individual self-interested behavior at scale leads to terrible outcomes for everyone.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2024 at PILOTed
I subscribe to Rachel Botsman’s Rethink with Rachel Newsletter. I find it makes me think (hmm, maybe that explains the eponymous title of the newsletter) about my own reflections on her ideas. The March 2, 2024 article was “6 steps... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2024 at PILOTed
Here is a recap of cognitive bias and cognitive dissonance from the Mindshifting: Mastering Your Resilient Brain course. How does the brain work? We've talked before that the heuristic and emotional parts of the brain are located in the limbic... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2024 at PILOTed
Here are some takeaways from the Mindshifting 3: Conflict and Collaboration course. Being aware that there are 5 styles of conflict resolution makes us much better conflict resolvers. First, when we know the benefits of each style, we can craft... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2024 at PILOTed
In modifying the material for the upcoming Mindshifting for Conflicts, Collaboration, and Opposition starting next week, I added material on stress and chronic stress, which then prompted me to research ways to ensure support for students with chronic stress or... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2024 at PILOTed
I find if you respond with empathy and compassion, and are also calm and centered, your response generally will not escalate their anger; and continued shows of empathy will often cause the anger to dissipate, although not always. People are unpredictable, though. My dad would often respond calmly to my mom when she was angry, but his response was not with empathy, it was more with derision. That definitely provoked more anger.
Toggle Commented Dec 22, 2023 on Thoughts on Negotiating at PILOTed
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Here are 5 mindsets for 2024 from 21 social entrepreneurs who are changing lives in their communities and beyond. I extracted this list from the book, America’s Path Forward Edited by Konstanze Frischen and Michael Zakaras of the Ashoka Organization.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2023 at PILOTed
Rachel Botsman’s post How to be more comfortable with negotiations opened up some questions in my own mind. Botsman said that she struggles with negotiations because she is so concerned about how other people feel. As someone whose number one... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2023 at PILOTed
What if we went into situations with the viewpoint that Whatever we try isn’t going to work the first time What we decide to try will give us valuable feedback We can learn from the feedback and eventually we will... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2023 at PILOTed
Many of us, even though we are not in the top 0.1%, can count many blessings from capitalism and cheap energy: Longer lives and fewer childhood mortalities. More leisure time. Advancements in education, entertainment, health care and home life. Increased... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2023 at PILOTed
There are four blogs/newsletters that I pay for, and Rachel Botsman’s rethink is one. A few weeks ago I responded to her post on the Power of learning to unlearn, and her current post, Cancel culture through a trust lens... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2023 at PILOTed
Today I attended Congressman Jamaal Bowman’s Healing Breakfast: Fighting Antisemitism & Hate. Here is first a little background and then what I learned. Jamaal Bowman is my congressman, and the 16th district includes parts of the Bronx and Westchester County,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2023 at PILOTed
I have been blogging here since 2006. The very first post at this location was an interview with behavioral advisor Jim Oher on Mutual Learning. Jim summarized Mutual Learning as a powerful set of techniques to avoid and resolve conflicts.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2023 at PILOTed
The power of learning to unlearn, a recent article by Rachel Botsman, caused me to think about some of the material in the Mindshifting classes. One of the observations in Mindshifting 1 is that we can’t remove a habit (or... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2023 at PILOTed
Last week, I sat down with Nola Simon to discuss issues on the intersection of work and education and we ended up having a wider ranging discussion. Here is what she wrote a that highlights: Most of the time when... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2023 at PILOTed
Here are the five big takeaways: When there is joy in school, there is deep learning, and when the main focus is standards and tests imposed by “authorities” there is neither. Companies that develop internship programs gain access to talented... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2023 at PILOTed
According to McKinsey study released just this month: nationwide, an estimated 17 million students have more than half a year of pandemic-related learning delay, 16 million students who need mental-health support are not receiving it, and 15 million students are... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2023 at PILOTed
Many of us have a big distrust of press, whether it’s Fox or MSNBC or the Washington Post. Are they reporting facts, are they balancing different viewpoints, or are they spinning information to support their points of view. Many of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2023 at PILOTed
There are two bills moving through Congress that aim to ban TikTok, although both actually end up doing a lot more than targeting the Chinese-owned popular social media company. Before we give the federal government the rights to regulate and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2023 at PILOTed
Completely agree
Toggle Commented Apr 4, 2023 on Why Teach Empathy? at PILOTed
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I hope not. Certainly not yet. But in the long run only if we protect individual human created art.
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In continuing to explore AI, I’ve had a few conversations about cheating, plagiarism, the rights of content creators, and intellectual property rights. The US Patent office does not recognize the patentability or copyrightability of material that is not produced by... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2023 at PILOTed
Dwight Eisenhower warned about the dangers of the military-industrial complex. Today, we are also talking about a government-media complex that might be suppressing free speech and promoting policies and points of view of those in power. This continues my exploration... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2023 at PILOTed
The previous blog entry asked GPT4 a series of questions about Episodic Future Thinking (EFT), and demonstrated how engines such as GPT4 could provide a research and drafting foundation for writing or describing concepts. This posting is a comparison of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2023 at PILOTed