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Buddy’s Point to Ponder

Knowledge is the one acquisition that can never be stolen or destroyed. However, it can become irrelevant or obsolete. The truest value of acquiring knowledge, therefore, is not the knowledge itself but acquiring an understanding of how to evolve through an ever-present pursuit of relevance when one attains new knowledge.

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Is there any #SafeCity ?

The United Nations General Recommendation 19 to the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women defines sexual harassment of women to include:
“such unwelcome sexually determined behaviour as physical contact and advances, sexually coloured remarks, showing pornography and sexual demands, whether by words or actions. Such conduct can be humiliating and may constitute a health and safety problem; it is discriminatory when the woman has reasonable ground to believe that her objection would disadvantage her in connection with her employment, including recruitment or promotion, or when it creates a hostile working environment.”

Even after the passing of several laws, there is still no place that can fully justify the definition of “safe”. Most of the laws are not gender neutral. Even after the implementation of laws, crimes continue to be committed. In today’s world, no person is safe even in the boundaries of their own place called home. Sexual harassment is not a crime that is limited to the office space or the roads. In many, and that means an extremely large number, of cases, the person harassing the victim is a family member or a relative. Women are harassed by their own husbands, daughters by their own fathers, sons by their own uncles. This is merely the start, the list goes on and on, and continues proving itself to get more horrific.

After the pressing of sexual harassment charges against the powerful Hollywood film producer, Harvey Weinstein, women from different parts of the world came forward to narrate their own stories of harassment. This included famous stars and normal middle-class people.

Let’s #StandUp against #SexualHarassment


#Webinar – You too? #MeToo: Workplace Power Imbalance by

Dr. Buddy Thornton

Webinar Details:
Duration: 1 hour
Date: 5th April 2018
Time: 10:30 am PST to 11:30am PST
Register till 31st March 2018 to enjoy early bird discount
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Buddy’s Point to Ponder

I was asked about how to get beyond failure. My answer was, “I never try.” I embrace failure. It teaches me to strive for perfection and avoid that pain. But, it is important to experience that pain so you know WHY you want to strive to be the best you can at all times. Anyone can say they want to be the “GOAT” (greatest of all time) but the truth is they want to compete and must hate losing enough to fight through every barrier on their way to the top. Determination and fight win more often that unchallenged skill.

I teach success is achieved by learning something and doing it right, not just once, but enough times to ensure you never get it wrong. That is when you are on top!

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The Task Is Not Impossible

The Task Is Not Impossible
By Shashank Yadav

On Formlessness
“Life is warfare and a journey far from home.”
– Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

It is assumed that man, by his very nature, attempts to impose his will upon his environment and meets a resistance at some point leading to a conflict of interests. This is where he strategises to meet his goals, negotiates his interests, compromises his advances, or tries to neutralize the opposition altogether. The modern nation-states too are like the man, and therefore Cebrowski and Garstka have rightly remarked that they make war the same way they make wealth.
In 18th century, Pierre-Joseph Bourcet had conceptualized the war machine as something which flows. This fluidity, he had remarked, was essential and directly proportional to this machine’s maneuverability.
Discussions on warfare must begin with the minds that conduct the conflict. Though there are many aspects of the mind, the psychological property which concerns us most is Intelligence, for that alone primarily concerns displaying advantageous behavior over competition. Wars are won by superior decisions, and better intelligence breeds better decisions.
It is said that intelligence evolved in the ocean when a tiny bag of saltwater known today as a neuron, sparked of electric current upon facing danger. This meta-primitive event gives a very thorough insight into the phenomenon of war for it marks the beginning of the precarious relationship between hunting, warfare and survival, also producing an insight into the perpetuity of war.
Man fought with and alongside horses and elephants, and now he fights alongside machines. Hobbes had said, it is every man against every man. That is his nature after all, that of a competitive animal – from which arises the need to cooperate, giving him his social nature. This self-competing attribute also leads to the adaptive and evolutionary nature of his intelligence.
Assuming that war is the engine which makes the state, the state deploys a system using which it can execute this “formlessness” – or rather a system of systems that allows reconnaissance, manipulation, denial and retaliation. Very much how any self-preserving and self-interested entity would function.
War making is an existential enterprise and utterly devastating to say the least, but even man’s search for meaning goes a lot into why having meaning is important, he does not simply stop himself at the threat of destruction. The ruminations of military philosophers have taught us that the more destructive a military action the less strategic it is, to the extent that it is safely hypothesized that the art-and-craft of war lies in pursuing victory while causing minimum harm.
Formlessness, as some say, is the way that causes the least harm.

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Exploring Mediation

Is going to court the best way out for any legal matter? Or, is there a better alternative? And how will the legal industry look like in the next 5 years?

Let’s find out in this special feature where Prerna Foundation and KyaBae come together, with our host, Parzaan Dastur interviewing Mr. Prathamesh D. Popat.

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Blocks to Listening

It is common, when listening to someone else speak, to be formulating a reply whilst the other person is still talking. However, this means that we are not really listening to all that is being said.

Even good listeners are often guilty of critically evaluating what is being said before fully understanding the message that the speaker is trying to communicate. The result is that assumptions are made and conclusions reached about the speaker’s meaning, that might be inaccurate. This and other types of ineffective listening lead to misunderstandings and a breakdown in communication.

There are many things that get in the way of listening and you should be aware of these barriers, many of which are bad habits, in order to become a more effective listener.

Barriers and bad habits to effective listening can include: