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Thursday
Apr222010

Momasphere's Vokle Voyage and The Global Village

By Ellen Bari

Last week a cloud of volcanic ash over Europe precluded thousands of travelers from getting home, reminding us just how big the world really is without air travel. At the other end of the spectrum, here in New York, my partner Melissa Lopata and I, experienced the power of the global village and found ourselves inviting total strangers into our homes. Virtually, that is, and I might add quite unexpectedly.

It all started with a test, not of the ’emergency broadcasting system’ but of Vokle, a new web-based interactive conferencing technology that we were pioneering for our first live video event.  We learned by default, that the system is public. That is, once you start an event, anyone can join from anywhere as long as they have an internet connection. As we were struggling with what seemed to be a bad connection with our conference leader and host, Cathy Greenberg PhD, happiness expert extraordinaire, we were a little concerned that our lack of mastery of the technology was testing Cathy’s happiness nerves.

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Thursday
Apr222010

This Earth Day Think Outside The Box Of The Green Movement

In my search for the perfect article for Earth Day (April 22, 2010), I came across the usual fair, articles like "4 Ideas for Maximum Impact at the Office, in School, and in Your Community" . There is no dearth of helpful and informative articles like these all over the internet these days.  They remind us how the small actions of many can lower our collective carbon footprint and rehabilitate our precious planet. Whether it’s about recycling, starting a community garden, eating vegetarian, or buying fair trade, the messages in these articles are relevant, and important-, but today I was on a mission to unearth some new truths about the green movement. I finally found what I was looking for in an article written by John Tierney, in the New York Times this week called For Earth Day, 7 New Rules to Live By. His article is based on Stewart Brand's book “Whole Earth Discipline,” in which Mr. Brand urges greens to “question convenient fables.” Mr. Tierney wonders if the middle-aged green movement (on it's 40th anniversary of Earth Day) is ready to be revived by young iconoclasts, and suggests that some of the ‘truths’ about the green movement need to be revisited. Read More at For Earth Day, 7 New Rules to Live By.

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Thursday
Apr222010

Mom Entrepreneurs Get Advice on How To Start Her Up

By Ellen Bari

If an alien landed in New York and wanted to learn about entrepreneurship, it would have no trouble finding events all day, every day. Starting

with early morning Business Network International (BNI) meetings, to evening events like Start Her Up, organized by In Good Company (IGC), BabyBites and KiddyBites for mompreneurs, and daytime conferences like last week’s New York Entrepreneur Week (NYEW ), there is no lack of programs for aspiring entrepreneurs. I think our alien would surmise two things: 1. entrepreneurship is very popular, 2. entrepreneurs are the most generous people in the world.  In fact the number of times I’ve  heard the words sharing, helping and generous in the last week has only been rivaled by my experience with the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators(SCBWI), whose participants are consistently encouraged to openly share information, resources and contacts. Frankly, I had chucked that up to the fact that 95% of the SCBWI members are women, and that children’s book authors might have a slightly more generous nature.  But it seems that in the entrepreneurial world, a dedication to sharing cuts across genders and markets.

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Wednesday
Apr142010

Momasphere Interviews Cathy Greenberg, Acclaimed Author, Speaker and Happiness Expert

Recently, Momasphere had a chance to talk to the inspiring Cathy L. Greenberg, PhD, co-author of a best-selling book series and internationally acclaimed executive coach and happiness expert, about what inspired her to focus on happiness in her work, and some of the lessons she has learned while conducting her extensive research for her newest book that focuses on working mothers. In Momasphere's first Live Video Event: What Happy Working Mothers Know: New Science of Happiness, Sun. 4/18 Cathy will be sharing insights from her book What Happy Working Mothers Know based on years of research. The video event will give participants a chance to interact with Cathy while she lays the groundwork for an understanding of the science of happiness as well as ‘happiness tips and traps’ that we can all learn from. To register for the video event: http://bit.ly/c3bBIH

 Q.  Among the numerous accolades and rave reviews for your book What Happy Working Mothers Know, there is a quote from Steve Bonner, CEO of Cancer Treatment Centers of America, which encapsulates a concept you hit on over and over in the book. “…that happiness drives success more than the other way around.”  Most of us are programmed to think otherwise. Did you have an AHA moment about this? If so, can you tell us a little about that?

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Tuesday
Apr132010

Esther Perel Explores Mating in Captivity

Ellen Bari

Everybody’s talking about happiness these days. Books like What Happy Working Mothers Know, and the Happiness Project  have captured the country’s imagination and lots of media attention. But Esther Perel, psychologist /sex therapist and best-selling author of Mating in Captivity told a crowded group at In Good Company Workplaces in New York City the other night that the notion of happiness within the context of marriage is quite new. Historically, passion and marriage rarely had anything to do with one another. Marriage offered companionship, children, financial support, etc., but the expectation for happiness within that union is fairly recent. And the difficulty, Ms. Perel maintains, is that the needs addressed through marriage- reliability, predictability, dependability, grounding, etc. are diametrically opposed to the needs passion embodies: excitement, mystery, timelessness, unpredictability. According to Ms. Perel, no amount of aphrodisiac candles or lingerie from Victoria’s Secret will fix that.  “What eroticism thrives on, family life fights against,” claims the Belgian-born , multi-lingual therapist.

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