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Disruptor Digest

May 6, 2020

Hello Disruptors,

As we continue to live in a disrupted world, the concept of compassion keeps swirling in my head. For me, it goes on the list of words that people use all of the time, but don't really know what it means.

In short, compassion means putting empathy or sympathy into action. (Click here to dig into a fantastic article written by Sara Schairer, Founder and Executive Director of Compassion It.)  

What's the intersection between disruption and compassion you ask?

In the disruption process, we have to be focused on our consumers. Typically, we focus on empathy for our consumers in the design process, but what if we started framing our eventual product or service through the lens of compassion? In the end, we're putting our empathy into action by creating and launching big, game-changing ideas into the world.

Also, an interesting take for me in this conversation is the concept of self-compassion. Let's be honest, the disruption process isn't easy. The institutional sludge plus typically having an uphill battle with our risk-averse co-workers can often take the wind out of our sails. Practicing self-compassion is one strategy for navigating the more challenging aspects of our work.

As the pandemic continues and our patience thins, let's unite to examine how compassion can affect the world of disruption!

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Your Fellow Disruptor,

Shawn Nason 
Exploring the Concept of Self-Compassion


By Dr. Kristin Neff
How to Cultivate More Self-Compassion
By Allison Abrams, LCSW-R
Nic Darke from Turbo Zen Talking about Self-Compassion.
Click Here or Email Nic ( to Learn More.
The Top Three Articles of the Week

The Evolution of Educational Technology

By Floyd Colon
  • Technology has changed over the years. The evolution of technology in the education sector dates back 2,500 years. Technology has transformed learning in classrooms, with teachers keen to emulate new learning techniques with the help of technology.
  • Even with all of the technological advances throughout history, some techniques will never die.

How Can You Use Gamification to Boost Innovation?

                      By Philippe Delespesse
  • Companies are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of gamification. It promotes disinhibition, reduces prejudice, encourages cross-disciplinary teamwork and co-creation, helps groups with very different profiles to speak the same language, and achieves a level of engagement that drives participants to go one step further.
  • These benefits are particularly important when it comes to ensuring success in creative thinking and innovation.
                By Paul Sloane
  • The ability to kill off the weaker projects.
  • It's crucial to remove the losers as soon as possible so as to release vital resources for the potential winners.
 What Is Generosity?
Why Do People Appear to be More Generous during a Time of Crisis?
What Prevents Generosity from Being the Default?

Biologists call generosity "prosocial behavior," and they say it's ubiquitous across the animal kingdom:
  • The strongest incidence is among some super organisms like ant colonies and beehives where individuals sacrifice their individual ability to reproduce for the good of the group.
Generosity means giving:
  • Giving relative to what you have have
  • Giving not what is due to another, but what is of your own
  • Giving without the need to receive anything in return, importantly thanks or gratitude
Generosity is exploitation (and that's not a bad thing):
  • Generosity is correlated with positive physical, mental, financial, and social health benefits.
  • Human males have a positive sexual selection preference towards generosity. They will compete with one another to be perceived of as more generous, will donate more to a potential mate they find attractive (hot guy or gal, depending on orientation).
  • Human females (limited by the study) are more likely to go on a date with a male they perceive as more generous.
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