This week Awesome Stories brings you coral art, social capital, and sharing stories.
French artist Mlle Hipolyte has created a stunning 3D paper sculpture representing a coral reef. The sculpture, called Coralium, highlights the variety of colors, sizes, and shapes of the ocean’s coral in one vibrant piece. It also gives a dramatic sense of the diversity and delicate nature of ocean coral. Currently, the ocean’s coral are in decline due to pollution, CO2, acidification, overfishing and more. If you click through to the article, you will see the stunning level of detail. Enjoy!
Building Social Capital
The true value of our social capital may lie less in what we gain personally and more in what it allows us to build and create in collaboration with others. ~ Juliana Breines
Admittedly, this is a challenging area for me. I enjoy people but have never been great at building strong personal relationships. This has accelerated in the last few years, as I’ve turned inward more and reached out to people less, especially in person. Thankfully, I still maintain a few friendships and many online connections as with this blog. Thank you for being a big part of my social ties and hopefully, social capital. You can read Juliana’s article on social ties to better understand the many nuances of relationships. It’s not as simple as saying in-person connections are better or we have to pick one or the other. As the author Juliana Breines sums up, we each have to blend our in-person and online social ties in ways that best serve us. The real key is to keep nurturing our relationships and finding ways to connect, collaborate, and serve others.
Respectful relationships are a prior condition for persuasion—a point that is lost in much current political campaigning. ~ Simon Hodges
This is a great article on sharing stories as a way to build rapport and unity. As Simon Hodges reminds us, the emotional limbic system serves as a gatekeeper to process information and won’t allow new information in unless we have a connection first. This means most of us are going about things backward in our conversations and pleas to bring about social change (whether in politics, business, or relationship). In our desire to be heard, make our point, and persuade others, we forget that we must first show respect and build an emotional connection. Another challenge is that we see our worldview as truth rather than our perspective. It’s clear that in our divisive and polarized world, we need better ways of communicating. We must learn to be open, listen, and share respectful dialog if we have any chance of repairing our broken and fragmented culture. Open dialog and storytelling might just be the magic keys for building new inclusive stories that unite rather than divide us.
May your week be full of beauty, nurturing relationships, and inclusive stories.