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September 29, 2014

Check here for a weekly list of what Brad and Irwin are reading and watching. A virtual bedside table, The Week in Wisdom offers the books, movies, articles, programs and more that shape how Brad and Irwin look at the world.

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1 The Magic of the Mute Button

Posted September 29, 2014

The Magic of the Mute Button

Have you ever dropped off a conference call without announcing in order to pretend you stayed on? What about muting and doing other work – texting, shopping online, or playing video games? If you answer yes, and I embarrassingly confess to being guilty of all of these, you are not alone. Read More

2 How Elastic is Your Narrative? A TEDxFultonStreet Talk

Posted September 29, 2014

How Elastic is Your Narrative? A TEDxFultonStreet Talk

Chrysalis — a hard shell surrounding a young moth in the process of maturation. From the greek, chrysos, meaning gold.

Chrysalis is also the name of TEDxFultonStreet’s 2014 conference, and like the name, included people with stories and ideas of how, after a bit of maturation/protection, and the willingness to break out of the shells which often surround us/our hearts/our minds, we can discover golden opportunities. Read More

3 The Battle of Ideas - The Open Letter to ISIS

Posted September 29, 2014

The Battle of Ideas - The Open Letter to ISIS

I once heard retired General and former Commander of the U.S. Central Command Tommy Ray Franks say, “We can kill every terrorist but we can’t kill terrorism.”

Terrorism is a violent ideology, which means military and counter terror operations however justified are only short-term solutions. Ultimately, you cannot bomb ideas out of existence however abhorrent we may find them. Read More

4 Forgiveness Is Like Ice Cream

Posted September 29, 2014

Forgiveness Is Like Ice Cream

Thinking a great deal about forgiveness and atonement this week – Why the former is so popular and yet the latter so rarely discussed, especially outside of classically religious settings. Perhaps it’s because when we discuss forgiveness, the conversation almost always focuses on giving it, which affirms us, not seeking it, which demands confronting our own shortcomings. Read More