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Jul 18th, 2013

Urban Explorers: Hidden Cities – A Memoir of Urban Exploration

Inspiration

Our species' curiosity leads us to explore nature and the wilderness, searching to see and experience something new. History books and documentaries are chock full of stories of the places humans have gone to discover and experience that which they could not in their ordinary lives. Why do we only ...

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Jul 15th, 2013

Design is a Hotspot of Creativity: Brooklyn-Based Situ Studio’s Heart Walk From Hurricane Sandy

The world of design is a hotspot of creativity, and provides great opportunities to learn about the ways that people make and practice possibility. I am spending some time looking through the lenses of some great designers these days, and some of them are New York's own. The creators of one of ...

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Jul 15th, 2013

The Buildings in New York: That I’ve Drawn So Far (or creativity can be the cure for what overwhelmes you)

Inspiration

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the mass of buildings that is New York City?  If you  think about it, it is amazing that the mass of buildings (and people) sit on this proportionally tiny island, so close together, and almost everywhere you look.  It can all seem so impersonal and monolithic. ...

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Jun 26th, 2013

Father’s Day Everyday–Helping Men Become Better Men

Human Interaction Therapy

Holidays are a mixed bag. On the one hand, they provide opportunities to celebrate, and express love and appreciation for the people and events that are the subject of them. On the other, they project a one-sided and often distorted picture, compel us to ignore the parts that are harder to ...

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Jun 20th, 2013

Mapping Manhattan: Do You Have a Love-Hate Relationship With New York City?

Inspiration

Do you have a love-hate relationship with New York?  You are not alone. So many people who live here say that they never thought they would, and dislike as much as they love about it. With all the things there are to dislike about New York, one thing to love, or at least appreciate, is that there ...

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Jun 10th, 2013

You Can’t Always do What you Want

Human Interaction Inspiration

I grew up in the suburbs of New Jersey in the 1970’s. There are many things that are emblematic of that time. For me, two big ones are The Rolling Stones, and mosquitos. The Stones released six albums during that decade. We were big fans. People went to concerts whenever they toured; one friend ...

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May 20th, 2013

Designing Possibility, Designing Environments, Designing for Life

Do you ever look at something  - a gadget, a house, a room, a play or a musical performance - with a sense of awe, of amazement at the creativity and innovation that it took to produce it? I do. All the time.  I am  blown away at the things that we humans create, and often experience a kind of ...

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Apr 10th, 2013

How to Get Things Done When You Feel Powerless: Karen Steinberg Interviewed by Heather Stagl

Inspiration work relationships

On March 19, I was a guest on "The Change Agent's Dilemma: How to influence change without authority," a blog-talk radio show hosted by Heather Stagl of Enclaria LLC. The show explores the different ways to influence organizational change, from the point of view of someone who is not calling the ...

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Mar 14th, 2013

Showing Emotions at Work–The Possibility Practice in The New York Times Career Couch

Human Interaction professional development work relationships

In September of 2012, I contributed to a New York Times article in Eilene Zimmerman’s Career Couch column. The article, “Finding the Roots of Your Office Anger” poses many questions about how to deal with emotions in the workplace. One question the article poses is, "How does suppressing ...

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Mar 13th, 2013

Rejection Therapy -The Possibility Practice in Bloomberg Businessweek

Human Interaction News work relationships

Do you fear rejection? Become a nervous wreck when the possibility arises, or try to avoid it all together? Think there is nothing else to do? Check this out: A man named Jia Jiang decided to be rejected once a day for 100 days - that's right, intentionally rejected for 100 days straight. His ...

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Mar 1st, 2013

NYC Street Photographer Makes Possibility

Inspiration News

This week something remarkable happened demonstrating the exponential possibilities we can create when human beings act in connection with one another. Brandon Stanton, a street photographer in New York City and founder of Humans of New York (HONY), was approached several months ago by a ...

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Feb 19th, 2013

One Billion Rising: Creating New Possibilities for What It Means to Be a Man

ONE IN THREE WOMEN ON THE PLANET WILL BE RAPED OR BEATEN IN HER LIFETIME. That means one out of every three women you know, and one out of every three women you don't - one billion women. Unfathomable?  Fact. On V-Day’s 15th Anniversary, 14 February 2013, V-Day Founder, Eve Ensler, ...

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Feb 8th, 2013

What If You Could Change The Way You See?

Possibility Manifesto

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Jan 21st, 2013

Great Principles, Issues, Causes: Martin Luther King on Fear and the Death of the Spirit

Individuals Inspiration

“You may be 38 years old, as I happen to be. And one day, some great opportunity stands before you and calls you to stand up for some great principle, some great issue, some great cause. And you refuse to do it because you are afraid…. You refuse to do it because you want to live longer…. ...

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Jan 21st, 2013

Martin Luther King, Jr. on Creative Maladjustment

Inspiration Therapy

Dr. Martin Luther King's speech at Western Michigan University (Dec 18th, 1963) is excerpted above. The full transcript of the speech is below. In it, Dr. King addresses modern psychology and introduces the idea of creative maladjustment: Modern psychology has a word that is probably used ...

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Jan 21st, 2013

Martin Luther King, Jr.: Therapist for us all

Inspiration

Martin Luther King Jr. provides brilliant therapeutic insight and leadership in his sermon "A Tough Mind and a Tender Heart" - Here are some experts from it, from the book Strength to Love: "...life at its best is a creative synthesis of opposites in fruitful harmony. We must combine the ...

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Jan 17th, 2013

Thanks Mom, for giving me a certain (progressive) frame of reference.

Inspiration

Like many folks who live in the US, Thanksgiving is a conflicting holiday for me. On the one hand, it can be a time of fellowship, of connecting with friends and family over home cooked food, lovingly prepared as an offering to each other, and a way to express gratitude for being in each others ...

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Jan 2nd, 2013

What I love about being a psychotherapist

Therapy

I love helping people to transform their lives into something of their own making, and beyond what they thought possible. People often come for help feeling powerless, in pain, and unable to impact their circumstances. It is an incredible privilege to help people to learn how to take what ...

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Jan 2nd, 2013

Happy New Year: Best Wishes from The Possibility Practice

Possibility Manifesto

Fill your 2013 with more possibility.

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Dec 16th, 2012

Imagine All the People Living Life in Peace

Inspiration

Imagine there's no heaven It's easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky Imagine all the people living for today Imagine there's no countries It isn't hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion too Imagine all the people living life in peace You, you may say ...

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