This week Awesome Stories brings you better communication, updated nuclear, future tires, and teaching with heart.
If you’ve followed my blog for a while, then you know that better communication is one of my hot buttons. I believe better communication could dramatically improve human relationships for couples, parents, teachers, politicians, and the general population. It concerns me how divisive our public discourse has become. Social media and online communication make it far too easy to comment, judge and criticize without any effort or attempt at understanding each other. Better communication starts with a desire to understand and connect. Read 10 Tips for Effective Communication for a great foundation. Then practice with friends and easy situations first so that when you encounter a challenging situation, you’ll have better skills for communication. Here’s another post I wrote called Conscious Communication that explores tools and techniques for better communication.
Elysium Industries Limited aims to help end energy scarcity by producing clean power at lower costs. Industry research suggests that updated nuclear designs could reduce energy costs by 40% versus current nuclear plants. Elysium specializes in the development of advanced reactor technology based on the molten chloride salt fast reactor technology of the 1960s. They’ve updated proven technology to use spent nuclear fuel and weapons waste, simplify construction, reduce costs, and solve safety concerns with passive safety features. And nuclear is the only current technology that can provide on demand clean energy that helps reduce climate change.
Michelin is working on new tires that they hope will transform the tire business. Their prototype “Vision” tires are part of a larger vision for sustainable mobility. The core idea is that we need more sustainable materials and production in many areas of transportation. The rubber compounds will be made from organic materials like vegetable orange peels, hay, paper, and molasses. The tires are a blue spider web of integrated wheel and tire, airless, retreadable, and recyclable. And the Vision tire can be retreaded using a 3D printer and can collect driver data. Watch out future, here we come!
Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu explores various aspects of mindfulness as a way to better teach and engage students. I particularly like the opening story of how he spoke Japanese to his students as a way to disrupt their patterns and expectations to help them become more present and mindful. Stephen shares various stories and antidotes from his teaching at Standford. I like his term “heartfulness” better than mindful. It suggests the heart energy of integration and includes mindfulness, compassion, and responsibility. Stephen also talks about integrating mind and heart, East and West, mind, body and spirit. And his teaching philosophy emphasizes relationships, inclusion, vulnerability, beginner’s mind and more. We need more teachers who bring this much care and consciousness into the classroom.
May your week be full of learning, listening, and understanding. Peace out!