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The Philanthropist’s Curse (Ravi’s Story)

Dear Readers,

I have a feeling that like me, you too sometimes think about the philanthropists of the world, and wonder about what makes them tick.

The cognitive psychology fueled storyteller in me finds it hard to believe that on one fine random morning, a billionaire wakes up feeling all gooey and mushy for humanity in general, and writes an altruistic check with enough zeroes to make my eyes pop.

Maslow probably thought the same and came up with his five-level (later revised to seven-level) hierarchy of needs…but you already know all about Maslow’s hierarchy of needs…or you did once and it’s now a bit dusty and rusty.

This is why I invite you to listen to Ravi’s story 🙂

Thank you!

 

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Stereotype – but do it the Right Way!

“Women just can’t drive!”
“Bosses are a P-i-A!”
“Artists are careless dressers.”
“Professors are absent-minded.”
“Women don’t code.”

All of the above statements have something in common. They are generalizations of characteristics for a particular group, and they may not apply to a small or large part of the group. When we make such generalizations, we stereotype. Unfortunately, negative stereotypes often cause pain – and yet, the human mind is programmed to generalize. In fact, generalization is an important part of the learning process.

I’ll be talking about Kolb’s Cycle in my Instructional Design Podcast Learning Lights, either tomorrow or the coming week, and the third stage in Kolb’s Cycle of Experiential Learning is “Abstract Conceptualization,” which comprises making generalizations, which are tested by the learner in the fourth stage.

That’s all for now. Don’t forget to tune into the Learning Lights podcast for tomorrow’s learning module.

 

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