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The Haven Learning Center
Special Events & Programs
- The Haven Learning Center is dedicated to helping all ages of people enjoy ecstatic and expansive learning. We practice an integrative (mind body spirit), well-being approach to learning and learning differences based on Humberto Maturana's work in the biology of love, and Claudia's thirty years in transformational learning. The Center is located in Berkeley, California.
Participate in Haven's small group Learning Conversations, presentations and workshops. Sign up for our events email announcement list and we'll keep you informed of events in the future.
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Learning & Creativity
- Francisco Varela, Evan Thompson, Eleanor Rosch, The Embodied Mind -- The authors present their sense of common ground between mind in science and mind in experience, offering a wholistic understanding of cognition...they develop a powerful dialogue between cognitive science and Buddhist meditative psychology and situate it in relation to other traditions such as phenomenology and psychoanalysis.
- Ellen J. Langer, The Power of Mindful Learning -- Ellen Langer presents thought-provoking learning stories. Very worth reading is her unique perspective on ADHD as a creative learning solution to boredom. Here's an excerpt.
- Joseph D. Novak, Cornell University, "The Theory Underlying Concept Maps and How To Construct Them"
- The Observer Web - archive and tutorials on the work of Francisco Varela and Humberto Maturana
- Radical Constructivism - archive with a wide range of articles on a constructivist approach to learning
- Meta-Learning Lab -- The Meta-Learning Lab is dedicated to increasing people's capacity to learn, improving the performance of individuals and organizations. Learning Conversations coach Claudia L'Amoreaux is one of the co-founders and fellow of the Meta-Learning Lab.
- IHMC Concept Mapping Software -- empowers users to construct, navigate, share, and criticize knowledge models represented as Concept Maps. The toolkit is platform independent and network enabled, allowing the users to build, and collaborate during the construction of concept maps with colleagues anywhere on the network, as well as, share and navigate through others' models distributed on servers throughout Internet.
Learning & Conversations
- Laurie Thomas and Sheila Harrie-Augstein, Learning Conversations -- this extraordinary book on meta-learning is out-of-print. Try your local university library.
- David Bohm, On Dialogue -- a classic little pamphlet on the critical distinction between discussion and dialogue, and the creative possibilities of dialogue for organizational and community-wide learning
- Margaret Wheatley, Turning to One Another: Simple Conversations to Restore Hope to the Future
- Alan Stewart, Time to Converse - At the Heart of Human Warmth -- a new book by a conversational consultant. Alan has facilitated conversations for corporations and communities like Adelaide where he makes his home in Australia.
- Alan Stewart's article, "The Conversing Company"
Cybernetics & Whole Systems Thinking
- Pangaro.com -- the website of cybernetician Paul Pangaro offering links to papers on a humane, conversational approach to business and computing
- The American Society of Cybernetics -- full of evocative ideas, images and the work of the ASC members - people intrigued and interested in everything from knot theory to the biology of love, conversation theory to environmental risk, and more...
- Patterns -- the newsletter of the Systems Thinking/Chaos Theory network for educators, edited by Barbara Vogl
- The Observer Web-archives and tutorials on the work of Humberto Maturana and Francisco Varela
- "Cybernetic Modeling" -- A 2-DVD set that presents a series of video clips that introduce cybernetics as a way of looking - at interactions, at conversations, at agreements, at any kind of system that includes intention or moving toward a goal. Based on a university course, the DVDs contain lectures, classroom interactions with students, commentary outside the classroom, and clips of some of the most influential giants in the field
- William McDonough, Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things -- Begin a tour of designer Bill McDonough's contribution to sustainable business
- John D. Adams, Thinking Today as if Tomorrow Mattered: The Rise of a Sustainable
Consciousness -- John's widely acclaimed earlier books, Transforming Work and Transforming Leadership, defined organizational transformation and encouraged the creation of visions to guide business in today's complex marketplace. His Understanding and Managing Stress series of books were among the first to define the challenges of "Work-Life Balance." His new book offers tools for change and for the cultivation of sustainable consciousness, the necessary foundation for creating sustainable business.
- Howard Gardner, Mihaly Csikzentmihalyi and the GoodWork Project -- The GoodWork Project is a large-scale research study co-directed by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi of the Claremont Graduate University, William Damon of Stanford University, and Howard Gardner of Harvard University. The ultimate goal of the project is to identify and to promote ways in which individuals at the cutting-edge of their professions can carry out work that is ethical and socially responsible. See their index of published papers from the GoodWork Project
- The Natural Step - http://www.naturalstep.org - The Natural Step is an international organization that uses a science-based, systems framework to help organizations, individuals and communities take steps towards sustainability. It originated in Sweden. Natural Step systems principles have been adopted by organizations like IKEA, Starbucks and Nike. This website is worth a deep read. Pay special attention to their intro to sustainability and the Natural Step Framework.
- Interview by Michael Toms with Dr. Karl-Henrik Robert, founder of the Natural Step
- Zero Emissions Research and Initiatives -- ZERI seeks to create a new paradigm of sustainable industry by targeting zero gaseous, liquid and solid emissions, and by making Zero Emissions a world-wide industry standard.
- The GoodWork Project website
Life Balance & Design
- Carol Lloyd, Creating a Life Worth Living -- workbook-style support for people trying to develop their dream business, find jobs aligned with their creative interests and pursue artistic and career ambitions.
Spirit & Work
- The Soul of Business -- interviews by Michael Toms with Charles Garfield, Lynne Twist, David Whyte, Matthew Fox, Carol Orsborn, Keshavan Nair, Willis Harman, Barry Schieber, Margaret Wheatley, Myron Kellner-Rogers
- Richard Barrett, The New Spirit of Work, reviewed in Fast Company
- World Prayers Project -- The World Prayers Project has the mission of improving human relations by celebrating the many forms of prayer and honoring the benefits of spiritual and cultural diversity.
Highly Sensitive People
- Elaine N. Aron, Ph.D., The Highly Sensitive Person: How To Thrive When The World Overwhelms You -- author Elaine Aron defines a distinct personality trait that affects as many as one out of every five people. According to Dr. Aron's definition, the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) has a sensitive nervous system, is aware of subtleties in his/her surroundings, and is more easily overwhelmed when in a highly stimulating environment. In this book, she offers counsel to help highly sensitive people appreciate their sensitivities as a gift. Her book supports sensitive people in thriving in a culture that usually undervalues such sensitivity.
Also see her most recent book, The Highly Sensitive Child, for support in understanding, appreciating and raising highly sensitive children.