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The powerful conspire to keep others weak

From The Bulletin | June 17, 2016

Nearly everyone afforded power misunderstands or forgets the behaviors that fueled their rise.

 
  

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Mindfullness is the New Buzzword, But What Exactly is it?

From Verily Magazine | June 16, 2016

Learn what mindfulness is really about and what it can do for you.

 

How Do Humans Gain Power? By Sharing it.

From PBS NewsHour | June 9, 2016

In the past, violence was the quickest route to establishing dominance. But today, people gain influence by advancing the welfare of others, according to Dacher Keltner. The more power people derive from helping others, however, the more likely they are to prioritize selfishness over altruism -- leading to what Keltner calls a ‘power paradox.’ Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.

 

The Secret to Being a Better Leader: See and Hear Others

From New York Magazine | June 6, 2016

In order to be a better leader, listen to others.

 

Good leaders tell stories that make people trust them with power

From Quartz | May 17, 2016

"People who tell more coherent stories about their lives, with clear plot lines, characters, and themes, find greater purpose later in life."

 

UC Berkeley’s Dacher Keltner on ‘How We Gain and Lose Influence’

From KQED Radio | May 25, 2016

Dacher Keltner claims that a person’s ability to empathize is what helps him or her reach a position of authority.

 

Being Mindful About Mindfulness

From Slate | June 2, 2016

Should we push meditation in schools?

 

Do Nice Guys Finish First?

From Financial Times | May 26, 2016

A new theory suggests being nice can gain us influence, but at a cost.

 

Can Negative Thinking Make Us Ill?

From Huffington Post Living | May 26, 2016

Negative thoughts and emotions could cause health problems.

 

5 Science-Backed Ways to Be Happier at Work

From Entrepreneur | May 26, 2016

How to be happier at work.

 

Find Your Power…in a Book

From Elle Magazine | May 16, 2016

'The Power Paradox' illuminates ways women can hone their innate advantages—and avoid the pitfalls—on all the playing fields.

 

Tips for Getting Power, and Keeping it

From WNYC | May 19, 2016

GGSC Director and Berkeley Psychology Professor Dacher Keltner explains how we gain, use, abuse, and lose power in an interview with radio's "The Takeaway."

 

The Power Paradox

From A2A | May 19, 2016

Dacher Keltner talks about his new book, The Power Paradox, with The A2A Alliance.

 

How to win friends and influence people? Be kind

From Berkeley News | May 17, 2016

Dacher Keltner posits that our influence is based not on veiled or naked power grabs, but on virtues such as empathy, generosity and cooperation.

 

How Modern Power Works: Less Game of Thrones, More Black Lives Matter

From The Guardian | May 10, 2016

Social psychologist Dacher Keltner, author of The Power Paradox, says the key to success is changing. The Machiavellian rule of the Lannisters is less effective than ground-up collaboration

 

Does Power Really Corrupt?

From The Economist | May 3, 2016

An argument about whether powerful people behave better or worse than others is shaking the world of experimental psychology. Matthew Sweet investigates

 

Next Level Living Episode 8: The Science Of Gratitude

From Huffington Post | March 8, 2016

GGSC's Jason Marsh and Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas explain the science of gratitude.

 

City Visions: The Mindfulness Revolution - Inspiring Corporate America?

From | February 29, 2016

On February 29, 2016 host Joseph Pace and guests explore the ways Bay Area companies are incorporating mindfulness into the workplace

 

As Twitter Blows the Whistle on Trolls, A Cal Scholar’s Celebrity Makes Her a Target

From California Magazine | February 25, 2016

GGSC's Dacher Keltner uses the science of cooperation and compassion to empower Twitter users to engage in more productive free speech.

 

Facebook Reactions, the Totally Redesigned Like Button, Is Here

From Wired | February 24, 2016

How GGSC's Dacher Keltner helped conceive and design Facebook's new reaction buttons.

 

Should Schools Teach Emotional Skills?

From Berkeley Wellness | February 23, 2016

An interview with GGSC's education director, Vicki Zakrzewski

 

Study shows virtues, not vices, lead to more effective political leadership

From UC Berkeley News | February 16, 2016

GGSC director Dacher Keltner is co-author of a new research paper showing that stable virtuous traits enhance the ability to convert power into influence, at least when it comes to the 151 members of the U.S. Senate who served between January 1989 and December 1998.

 

Dacher Keltner tapped to foster a kinder Twittersphere

From UC Berkeley News | February 12, 2016

GGSC director and UC Berkeley psychology professor Dacher Keltner has been appointed to Twitter’s new “Trust & Safety Council,” an advisory panel tasked with helping to combat trolls, abuse and harassment on the 10-year-old microblogging site.

 

Children’s Books Embedded With Racism As A Teaching Opportunity

From NPR | January 24, 2016

Should parents pass up a good story because reading it to their child means wrestling with outdated racial stereotypes? NPR's Rachel Martin asks Greater Good web editor Jeremy Adam Smith.

 

We Are Built to Be Kind

From UC Berkeley | 2015

Human nature is often portrayed as selfish and power hungry, but research by Dacher Keltner finds that we are hard-wired to be kind.

 

BetterWorldians Radio Gratitude Series

From BetterWorldians Radio | December 14, 2015

For the final episode of BetterWorldians Radio’s Gratitude Series, the team talked with the Greater Good Science Center about its Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude project. Science Director Dr. Emiliana Simon-Thomas discussed the fascinating research being done about the benefits of gratitude and how it’s improving lives and relationships.

 

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