Mindmaps for Averting Mental Meltdown

Forgive the prolonged online absence. Time seems to have speeded up since the World Fellows retreat at the end of October, and as we draw into the closing 3 weeks of the program the tempo is increasing yet further towards terminal velocity. The good news is that the threads of this semester seem to be drawing together into a coherent picture, and even (dare I … Continued

The Joy of Journaling

I promised you a blog on journaling. And I am a woman of my word. This blog will be a summary of the workshop that I gave during the recent World Fellows retreat at Race Brook Lodge in Massachusetts. Throughout history, many great leaders and other prominent figures have kept journals – a blessing to biographers. Oscar Wilde, one of history’s more colourful diarists, wrote: … Continued

What Does The World Expect From The Next US President?

Yesterday four of the World Fellows held a panel discussion here at Yale as part of our Hot Coffee, Hot Issues series. This one was entitled: What does the world expect from the next US President? (Throughout this blog I will refer to the “next US President”, although of course the “next” one could be the same guy as the present one.) Martin was moderating … Continued

Yale Tales No.8: Double Retreat Treats

With just six weeks to go, I give an update from the Yale World Fellows Program. I’ve just been to two back-to-back retreats, one with the World Fellows, and one with the Pleiades Network for environmentally-minded women in leadership. Show Notes: Hurricane Sandy about to hit New Haven. At least my apartment building won’t capsize! Race Brook Lodge retreat with World Fellows: Myers Briggs – I … Continued

Help Needed With Homework

I am sure homework didn’t used to be this hard. I have to describe my message in 3 phrases of no more than 15 words. The phrases should be comprehensive (cover everything I want to say) and mutually exclusive (no overlap in meaning). Sounds simple, but very difficult. You try it and let me know how you get on. Meanwhile, I’d appreciate a vote. I’ve … Continued

Thinking: A Beginner’s Guide (Part 2)

Here continues the summary of my psychology course in Thinking. Week 1 (Causality) was covered last Tuesday. Week 2: Confirmation Bias I’m sure you’ll recognise this one: we make up our mind about something – whether we like somebody, whether climate change is caused by humans, whether or not we are attractive – and then filter out any input that contradicts what we have already … Continued

Thinking: A Beginner’s Guide (Part 1)

I am now halfway through my one semester at Yale, and for a while I’ve been promising some of my World Fellow colleagues a summary of my psychology class, called Thinking. Here is the first part. Part 2, which will appear on Friday, will summarise Weeks 2 and 3. I was going to include them all in this blog, but that made it far too … Continued

Which is Worse? Having a Crisis, or NOT Having a Crisis?

Recently Professor Robert Shiller, famous for having predicted the current global financial crisis, came to speak to the World Fellows. He casually mentioned in the course of his presentation that he had been asked to contribute an essay to a book that would attempt to describe the state of the world in 2113. This sparked off some thoughts of my own on what 2113 might look … Continued


While I am away in Monterey at the Blue Ocean Film Festival, I thought I would post some thoughts that I wrote in response to a request from our Personal and Professional Development guru, Professor David Berg. He asked that each of the World Fellows jot down some reflections, on a subject of our choice. So far most of them have centered on that all … Continued