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Catch “Connected’s” premiere – and discuss what it means to be human in a digital age

During Saybrook’s Fall 2011 Residential Conference, we were thrilled to be able to offer interested students a sneak peak at Tiffany Shlain’s upcoming documentary “Connected” – an examination of human life in a digital age. Student feedback was overwhelmingly positive – and now “Connected” is making its public debut for Bay Area audiences this Friday…. Read more »

Tell us your RC experience!

This week hundreds of Saybrook students, many new, will be coming to San Francisco for the fall Residential Conference – connecting with faculty, attending intensive workshops, and going to classes. The connections that get made, the community that is formed, and the experiences they have are life changing.  Here are a few we’ve been told… Read more »

Fear doesn’t build character in kids


To say that trying to get kids to do the right thing by scaring them is “common place” is like saying Christmas is a holiday.  In fact, it’s EVERYWHERE.  We try to scare kids about the dangers of drugs, about the dangers of gangs, about what will happen if htey don’t get an education, about… Read more »

Organizations repeat themselves (over and over)

Ever notice that your workplace has patterns? Of course you have – every organization does.  In fact, understanding the “systems archetypes” of an organization — common and usually reoccurring patterns of behavior — can be a key to curing organizational dysfunction. Each archetype has its own distinct storyline, and being able to change that storyline… Read more »

Why do we medicate first and ask questions later?


It’s a common assumption among medical professionals that biochemical conditions must involve biochemical treatments — you need to pop a pill for your depression and take medication for your blood pressure. But that doesn’t necesarilly follow.  High blood pressure is often best treated by diet and exercise, and depression — even assuming it is a… Read more »

Who’s in charge here?


Political leaders say they way a “systemic” fix to America’s problems – but Aimee Juarez doesn’t believe them. Writing at Rethinking Complexity, she suggests that American politicians are very good at causing system problems but not at fixing them.  The only kind of solution congress ever looks for are piecemeal solutions, with little regard to… Read more »

Is Carl Jung having an American Renaissance?


That’s the question asked by Saybrook Psychology Professor Eugene Taylor, who has recently been asked to review two books about Jung’s work for the APA’s website.   A recent upswing in positive reviews of Jung’s work, new analysis about Jung’s insights, and popular acclaim, Taylor suggests, are signs that even academic psychology – long dominated… Read more »

Why is the NFL better at compromising than congress?


This week the NFL announced it had reached an agreement with its players.  Republicans and Democrats?  Not so much.  In his recent book, On Compromise and Rotten Compromises, Avishai Margolit, professor emeritus of philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, refers to compromise as “an ambivalent concept.” On the one hand, we laud those who can… Read more »