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2019/08/31 第127回例会TOPIC

TOPIC 1 : A father-daughter bond, one photo at a time

Q1. Do you have a good relationship with your family?
Q2. Did your family take many pictures when you were a child?
Q3. Share in your group one of your best childhood memories.
Q4. Do you usually take pictures with your friends, partner, or family?
Q5. If you have a child, would you like to take the same photo at the same place every year? If your answer is yes, where and how would you like to take those pictures?

 

TOPIC 2 : The refugee crisis is test of our character

Q1. Do you know anything about refugees?
Q2. What kind of image do you have of refugees?
Q3. What are the four solutions for the refugee crisis? Do you agree with them all?
Q4. How long is the average length of time that people are kept in refugee status? Is it longer or shorter than you imagined?
Q5. Some countries refuse the entry of refugees. Do you think Japan should accept refugees?

 

2019/08/17 第126回例会TOPIC

TOPIC1 Inside the mind of a master procrastinator?

Q1. Are you a procrastinator or a rational decision-maker?

Q2. What is the difference between a procrastinator and a rational decision-maker?

Q3. Are you willing to do things that are harder and less pleasant? (=rational decision-maker)

Q4. If you are a procrastinator, are you not to getting actual happiness because it’s a ‘dark play ground’?

Q5. Do you have panic attacks, when you have deadlines?

Q6. The speaker says that everyone is a procrastinator, how do you cope with projects that have no deadline?

 

TOPIC2 How to see past your own perspective and find truth

Q1.Do you think a vast knowledge means deep understanding? (Please give an example.)

Q2.On which topic do you have a deep understanding? How did you come to know that so well?

Q3.What kind of topic do you want to study the most and the least now? Explain why.

Q4.Plase share your experience about changing your perspective/values. What was your feeling then and now?

 

2019/08/03 第125回例会TOPIC

TOPIC 1 : Do animals have language? – Michele Bishop

http://ed.ted.com/lessons/do-animals-have-language-michele-bishop

 

1. Do you like animals? Have you ever had any pet or do you own a pet?

2. What do you think are some of the differences between human beings and animals?

3. Why do you think human beings use languages?

4. Which is more difficult to learn as a second language, English or Japanese?

5. If it was possible, which animal would you want to be?

 

TOPIC 2 : What to do when your kids won’t listen to reason

http://time.com/4437764/what-to-do-when-your-kids-wont-listen-to-reason/

1. Were you a good kid or a bad kid? Share your memory.

2. Why do you think empathy is important when you are talking to kids?

3. Let’s practice in the role-play as follows;

 (1) In your group, choose one KID, one PARENT and several ADVISERS.

 (2) KID and PARENT are supposed to do the role-plays based on the following situations;

[ Situation A ]

At the supermarket, KID asks PARENT to buy him some candies, but PARENT refuses. KID starts to cry. PARENT gets angry and scolds KID without listening to what the KID has to say.

[ Situation B ]

KID beat his friend at school because the friend said something bad about him. However, without listening to the KID’s excuse, PARENT scolds KID.

[ Situaion C ]

KID didn’t keep his promise of doing the homework by deadline. Without asking the KID why, PARENT gets angry.

 (3) After observing the above role-plays, ADVISERS are supposed to make comments on what was bad and what to do to improve the situations.

 (4) KID and PARENT try the role-play once again. Now PARENT is supposed to show empathy to persuade KID to listen to reason.

4. How can you apply this technique in your life? At home or in your workplace? Share your opinion.

5. In addition to empathy, can you think of any other important things in communication?

2019/07/20 第124回例会TOPIC

TOPIC1 : What I learned from 100 days of rejection

Q1. Do you often praise people around you or get praise? Which points do you want to be praised the most by others?

Q2. Did you have any unforgettable lessons at school when you were a student? Please share your those memories.

Q3. What did you want to be in the future when you were a kid? Could you achieve it or not? If not, do you still have the same dream?

Q4. Have you ever searched for advice on Google to solve your problems or worries? Could you find useful advice or answers?

Q5. Have you ever tried to overcome your weak points? How did you do that?

 

TOPIC2 : Your body language may shape who you are

Q1. Are you good at predicting others’ true intentions by their body languages? Do you understand what kind of body language you use when you talk?

 

Q2. When you communicate with others online, do you use emoticons or emoji? Why or why not?

Do you think the use of emoticons influence your impression of the message?

Do you think the way we use emoticons or emoji differs by gender or generation?

 

Q3. The speaker said, we can feel happy even when we force ourselves to laugh. Do you have any experience doing some non-verbal behavior to make you feel positive or have confidence?

 

Q4. How did you get over stressful events like job hunting?

 

Q5. Do you believe jinx is effective or not? If you have some jinx, please share them.

 

2019/07/06 第123回例会TOPIC

Topic1 The life cycle of a t-shirt – Angel Chang

https://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-life-cycle-of-a-t-shirt-angel-chang

Q1 Do you have favorite T-shirt?  What is it like?

Q2 Have you ever thought how and where the average t-shirt is made?

Q3 Are you willing to pay more for your clothing if it has less impact on the environment and the people who work to create it?

Q4 What is making t-shirts environmental impact?

Q5 What are some ways to decrease the environmental impact of your fashion?

 

Topic2   What makes muscles grow? – Jeffrey Siegel

https://ed.ted.com/lessons/what-makes-muscles-grow-jeffrey-siegel

Q1 How much exercise do you do?

Q2 Do you believe in this TED’s last statement, “It is with muscles as it is with life.  Meaningful growth requires challenge and stress”?

Q3 What makes muscles grow?

Q4 On Earth, the pull of gravity creates a constant force that muscles must overcome to generate movement. Considering how muscle size relates to resistance, and how the body adapts to demands placed upon it, what would happen to our muscles if the force of gravity suddenly doubled? (Hint: consider astronauts in space)

Q5 Why do some cultures value large muscles?

 

2019/06/22 第122回例会TOPIC

Topic 1 How honest are you?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/persian/features/6-minute-english/ep-170727

Q1 How honest are you? Please share an episode about how honest you are.
Q2 Have you ever used an honesty box? Have you ever cheated when using it?
Q3 Do you think honesty boxes ensure a high recovery rate?
Q4 Philip Graves says being dishonest is part of our ‘psychological make up’. Do you agree with this?

Topic 2 Helping others makes us happier but it matters how we do it

Q1 Do you think helping others makes us happier?
Q2 Have you ever joined a volunteer activity or given money to charity? Did you feel happy?
Q3 How do you think we should help others?
Q4 Do you agree with “Spending Money on Others Promotes Happiness”?

2019/06/08 第121回例会TOPIC

Topic 1 lessons on decision-making from a poker champion

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Q1. What is your favorite card game? Why do you like it?

Q2. Do you have an experience related to Liv’s statement : “our egos love to downplay the luck factor when we’re winning”? If not, do you agree?

Q3. Do you usually think in numbers, and are you good at logical thinking? Why do you think so?

Q4. Do you tend to follow your intuition or not? Please try to give a personal example.

 

Topic2 Shopify shares soar after tech company pivots to a profit

https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/shopify-earnings-1.5117004

Q1Which do you like better, buying something you want in a shop or on the net? Why?

Q2Do you like shopping? Please share your favorite store. Why do you like that one?

Q3What is your best buy in recent years? Please tell us how wonderful it is.

Q4If you started an Ecommerce Business, what products would you want to sell? Please try to think and explain your business strategy.

2019/05/25 第120回例会TOPIC

1st TOPIC: “Why I train grandmothers to treat depression”

https://www.ted.com/talks/dixon chibanda why i train grandmothers to treat depression

1. In most low- and middle-income countries, the ratio of psychiatrists to the rest of the population is something like one for every one and a half million people. What do you think can happen under such circumstances?

* Contrastingly the ratio of psychiatrists or psychologists in Japan is one for every two thousand five hundred people.

2. Would you like to get evidence-based talk therapy from an elderly woman trained under the friendship bench program if you suffered from depression? Why or why not?

3. The results of the clinical trial showed that grandmothers were more effective at treating depression than doctors. Why do you think grandmothers worked so effectively?

4. Do you have any concerns about the expansion of this friendship bench program?

5. According to WHO, a leading cause of death is suicide when you look at the age group between 15 to 29. What can we do to prevent youth suicide?

For your information, in Japan, suicide is the top cause of death among 15-39 years-old (data from 2018).

2nd TOPIC: “9 Happy Habits That Will Change Your Outlook and Your Life”

https://www.lifehack.org/801737/happy-habits

1. How many of the 9 happy habits do you have? Have you ever felt that getting enough sunlight and hearing nature sounds intervenes in negative thinking?

2. Which of the 9 habits would you like to try? Which habit seems useless in making your mind calm?

3. Other than the above-mentioned 9 habits, what kind of happy habits do you have? How do those habits affect your life?

4. Are there any bad habits you wish to break?

5. Please share your ideas, if any, to make a good habit or kick a bad one.

2019/05/11 第119回例会TOPIC

TOPIC 1: 8 lessons on building a company people enjoy working for

TEDはこちらから

  1. Do you enjoy your job?
  2. Do you feel the team you belong to works well as a team?
  3. Is there anyone who you respect at your work place? How about your boss? Do you respect him or her?
  4. Does your company have “Premium Friday”? Does it still exist? If your company doesn’t have “Premium Friday” would you like to have it? Do you think the “Premium Friday system” can motivate you to work well?
  5. Did any of your company guidelines or system had changed due to “Work style reforms”?

 

TOPIC2: The “dementia village” that’s redefining elder care

TEDはこちらから

  1. What kind of image do you have when you think of a nursing home?
  2. If you have to move in to a nursing home in the future, what kind of nursing home would you like to live in? A traditional nursing home, a nursing home like a village, or you will never move in to a nursing home etc…
  3. Do you think creating a “dementia village” in Japan is possible?
  4. Recently, we hear many problems about care for the elderly in Japan. What is the problem? Do you think Japan can deal with this problem?
  5. Do you think our average lifespan will extend further in the future?

 

2019/04/20 第118回例会TOPIC

1st Topic:A bath without water

http://www.ted.com/talks/abathwithoutwater

  1. Have you ever thought that you don’t want to take a bath? If your answer is yes, why and when did you think so?
  2. Would you like to use DryBath?
  3. When/how can we use DryBath in Japan?
  4. According to Ludwicks speech why is DryBath packed in a little sachets?
  5. Did you know that there are more than 2.5 billion people in the world today that do not have proper access to water and sanitation? What do you think about this situation? Is there anything that you can do for them?

2nd Topic:Salman Khan, MIT 2012 Commencement Address

https://youtu.be/Pn24jP0YbTI2分頃からスピーチが始まります。

Transcript) http://tech.mit.edu/V132/N28/commencement.html

  1. What was your graduation day like?  Do you still remember something from that day?  Have a lot of your classmates married each other like MIT students?
  2. When you have an argument or quarrel with someone whom you respect, or you care deeply about, what would you do?  Are you able to control your ego and pride?  Once you have had trouble with very important people. How do you fix the relationship?
  3.  Salman thinks money is not important compared with your health and relationships. Do you agree with this statement?  What is the most important thing in your life?
  4. When you’re stressed out what do you do? Do you have any method or techniques to relieve your stress?  What do you think of Salman’s advice?
  5. How do you deal with people you don’t like or hate?  Do you ignore, dismiss or fight with them?  Or do you try to empathize with them?  What would you do if you need their cooperation?
  6. If you are able to go back to the past, how many years ago do you want to go back? Then, what would you do or change there?

Reference)MIT=マサチューセッツ工科大学) https://collegino.jp/app/media/89

Khan Academy) https://www.khanacademy.org/