The Research Design Associates Blog


Tibetan Ancient Wisdom Challenges Modern Science

As part of his October visit to Atlanta as an Emory University Presidential Distinguished Professor, His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama participated in a panel discussion of research scientists who presented results of their studies exploring the effects of meditation on physical and mental health. Through the perspectives of evolutionary biology, neuroscience, and educational research, a compelling rationale for the integration of modern science and Buddhist tradition emerged. A summary of the research presented follows including some of the work of one of my Emory research teams.

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Quantum Theory Meets the Karmic Cycle

His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama recently completed his third visit to Atlanta as an Emory University Presidential Distinguished Professor. The Dali Lama, the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, participated in events in October on the Emory campus and at the Gwinnett County Center that explored collaborations that draw from the best of Tibetan and Western traditions through science, religion, and mind/body medicine. At the turn of the century, the Dalai Lama challenged Western researchers to scientifically study contemplative traditions and since then Emory has been a leader in developing programs that draw on the strengths of Tibetan and Western traditions.

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Budgeting Your Vision

Visioning is the cornerstone of every successful company. Your vision is the framework upon which you build a successful business.Creating a meaningful vision is essential to how you focus in the coming year. Your vision for your company is the process of putting a pricetag on what you want your company to be in the comming year.

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The 7 Pitfalls to Avoid When Delegating Unless You’re Going For The “Tony Soprano”

If you have been in a supervisory role or a management role, you’ve probably heard this a million times, “In today’s busy world, one of the best ways to get more time for those top-priority projects is by delegating some of the lower-priority work to someone else.” Sounds fairly simple as a management theory….until you have to actually deal with real people.

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Teamwork 101

Recently, on a trip to Masai Mara, I had the opportunity to watch lionesses of a pride go on a kill and take down a zebra. Yes, like what you might see on the Discovery channel except it was happening live; very much live. What struck me most was the exceptional teamwork and coordination involved in the process.  I couldn’t help thinking how well these creatures of the wild work as a team and how we, the superior species could really relearn some lessons in cooperation from them. Here were the top 7 refresher lessons on teamwork for me:

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Knowing Candidate Antidaote to False Accusations

While on a national election is it harder to have that personal connection with voters that actual know the integrity of the candidate.  On the local level where a candidate has met or been seen many times by the voters, it is harder to prove the lack of integrity without true validation and providing a broader context to the issues. 

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Code for America: Making Government Data Accessible

Making a difference in local government. What happens when you unleash geek-level talent to tackle data-driven real-world problems in local government? Ask the 8 cities where Code for America Fellows and their city partners developed more than 25 applications to meet specific goals in 2012.

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Niche Businesses Survive the Recession

So much changed during the recession–many small businesses closed and never re-opened. But some hung on and are coming back stronger than ever. Two examples show how perseverance and strong business acumen helped two fledgling enterprises to profitability. Both are niche service providers who would normally have the odds against them: a concierge service and a food delivery service.

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Inmate Reentry

There is no silver lining to the US clouds of over incarceration and the failure to create a meaningful mental health services system. Politicians have been astoundingly silent about the inevitable result of reducing prison expenditures on the mentally ill individuals that make up a majority of that population.

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