Global Communication and Spirituality

New Yorker’s never skip a beat — the minute the alarm sounds off, and before you know it, running starts the day whether going to work, school or merely taking care of household responsibilities. Every waking moment begins with a new agenda and no relaxation in sight. Phew, this scenario reminds me of the energizer bunny that continuously keeps going without a pause button to stop when necessary. If mentally aware of what needs to be done throughout the day, a good start focuses on prioritizing your workload. However, mindful of the endless task at hand, it is necessary to engage in a thought process, perhaps spirituality?

Take your pick, whether the mode of spirituality is devotion, meditation, prayer or religion, spiritual knowledge for global communication transcends to achieve maximum results in greater numbers. The slide share by Silvia Purpuri and Retsam Zhang shows a model of interconnectivity that streams energy with another individual which in turn enhances communication in a pervasive online environment.

What does spiritual knowledge entail in a world where global communication is prominent? Personally, interpreting the significance of a spiritual being means to have the ability to communicate freely across a wide array of platforms and a multitude of tools to choose from. The criterion for a successful communicative endeavor depends on the model of spiritual knowledge that one must follow for a successful outcome, which means that peevishness does not fit the equation.

Observe – a perfect example illustrates the inception of MOOCs that enriches this nonlinear learning experience. Upon registering for Creativity & Multicultural Communication, the very essence of delving into this environment means to explore, familiarize and take part of the randomness to generate ideas that will ultimately lead to unexpected thought process.

Discover – The learner welcomes anything of interest by sharing ideas through a plethora of platforms and tools for social-working strategies.

Balance – Establishing order and self-acknowledgement which ensures equilibrium and adaptability within a global sphere.

In the end, spirituality begins with one’s self. Whether the spiritual realm connects to God, it is the ability to respond with happiness upon achieving self-realization in order to move forward and share positive interaction with others. The global culture of communication adheres to the rules of the game to interconnect with various platforms and tools with a common ground.


Creativity: Enriching The Imagination

As a child, your creative juices are heightened and flow by demonstrating no inhibitions, and acting out every whim at any given time.  The innocence and the ability to express every thought or emotion depict how sincere children are generally.  Most of the time, these outbursts develop into ideas that result in creativity that emerges unexpectedly.  Existing arguments about whether creativity is lost by the time that child reaches adulthood remains to be explored.  Many studies suggest that creativity diminishes around middle school years and beyond.  Personally, I believe creativity stays tucked away within your inner self until realization strikes (at some point) that makes it possible to rekindle ideas at a business level or through personal goals.   Please keep in mind that exploring avenues by forward thinking produces original concepts and enhances existing ideas.  

Specifically, life often throws a curve ball which alters one’s existence and purpose – ultimately losing sight of what really matters and hindering thoughts and ideas for progression or personal growth.  In 1991, a film entitled Hook aired in theatres everywhere.  It is a story about Peter Pan and how as an adult he lost his ability to be creative losing his imagination, and meeting the responsibilities as an adult – his profession dealt with high-end clientele as a merger and acquisitions lawyer.  He had to recapture his youth in Never Land to rescue his kidnapped children from Captain Hook – Steven Spielberg had an agenda when he directed this movie, does creativity and imagination ring a bell? 

Recently, I read an article asking a very crucial question, can creativity be taught?  It is not about how we can teach creativity but rather focusing on the developmental journey coupled with information gathering research that is vital within the creative process.  Moreover, after reading “Old-Fashioned Play Builds Serious Skills,” it takes us to the fundamentals of child’s play, which involves the imagination as the rudimentary element for creativity. Since the beginning of time, society places emphasis on creativity, now you be the judge:


MOOC Networking

Upon registering for Creativity and Multicultural Communication independent study course, I had just a snippet of information of what to expect in this non-linear way of study. The mere concept of partaking in a MOOC environment seemed quite daunting to say the least. In order to jumpstart in this endeavor, reading the course materials, getting acquainted with the logistics of independent learning, and more importantly the technical challenges faced in order to get involved in platforms such as Google + Hangout turned out extremely cumbersome. However, the desire to succeed and create a meaningful learning experience depends on connectivity and online collaboration ─ my heartfelt apologies for the technical difficulties and not being able to take the plunge sooner.

While perusing and reading some of the articles at CMC11, it occurred to me that special emphasis is required for a successful MOOC networking experience. Have you ever heard of that phrase stick to what you know? Well, self-knowledge enhances the learning experience in an open online community. It is important to think about how online collaboration and communication plays a role in your life or how mass communication you encounter affect the people that you know.

Suffice it to say, the consensus agrees that mass communication surrounds us in every aspect of one’s daily life. Recently, I posted an infographic design of the history of the internet on Facebook. The importance of learning the history of mass media affords us a better understanding and how this positive change can help us now and in the future. Today, people need to spend some time in social interactions in addition to work, school, and running a household. Time is the essence of including and scheduling our daily routine in order to fulfill the leisure and entertainment aspects of one’s life, which promotes a creative and multicultural approach through online collaboration.

An Insight to the Power of the Imaginative Mind

Sir Ken Robinson on the Power of the Imaginative Mind – Part One, discusses the analysis of creativity, the power of the imaginative mind, and linear study in the early developmental stages of children. He talks about the 21st century and how new technology has us engaged globally revolutionizing the way we teach with no historical precedents. I agree with his viewpoint, “not to reform, but to transform it”, based on how we process children through a grade system according to age otherwise known as the linear model.

Let’s take the linear study as example of the systematic approach to learning in America. Where does it state that everyone must follow this educational process? Is it actually helping or is it a hindrance for our kids? Upon viewing the video, I had no idea about the studies performed on children at such an early stage which determined intelligence before reaching kindergarten. Truth be told, the statistical data which demonstrated the decline in creativity/intelligence overwhelmed me.

Research and testing demonstrates the steady decline in children’s intellectual imagination and creativity based on each grading system – first through eighth grade and so forth. The question that lingers show how the educational model stifle children’s progression in my opinion. Evidently, we must act now to create a supporting environment and provide further research to meet the needs of children in early education through adulthood.

Moreover, the scale tips towards an uneven divide with regard to education and the economy. According to Sir Ken Robinson, 9 billion dollars spent on State prison system in comparison to the 3.5 billion dollars for State Universities reveals that the resources available requires extensive evaluation to meet the needs of education as opposed to other areas that do not need plenty of funds. Evaluating each program to apply the funds appropriately would make a difference where it counts.

In the end, we must change the face of the educational system to stimulate the imagination and create an environment conducive to enhancing creativity by sharing ideas and collaborating with others. Hence, teaching children how to dip into their imagination and nurturing them to become smart independent thinkers ensures a new beginning.