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Listening Links

January, 2017 A recent article in The Times January 9th 2017 is entitled ‘Let Me Tell You a Story – why the A-List Want to do Audiobooks http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/let-me-tell-you-a-story-why-all-the-stars-want-to-do-an-audiobook-jk7g0rb7f

It says “Listening to stories hasn’t been so in vogue since Homer. In America, sales of audiobooks at the start of 2016 were almost 40% higher than at the start of 2015. Membership of Audible the audiobooks arm of Amazon has risen by 40% year on year for years. In Sweden, audiobooks account for 25% of the fiction market. Some predict that within a few years it will be 50%. Audio is big business.”

The world is waking up to Listening!

December, 2016 The Empathy Museum. This is a great short video which describes a project called A Mile in my Shoes - you go into the museum, get fitted with someone else’s shoes (eg you see a man teetering in high heel shoes) and listen through headphones to a story about their life. This is a short film explaining it is all about listening to other people’s stories. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60em6n_j8Io

December, 2016 Fish grow faster when they listen to music. Dr Jonathan Balcombe, director of animal sentience at the Human Society Institute for Science and Policy in Washington DC claims that fish are much brighter than is generally thought. In his book ‘What a Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins, published this week, he maintains that carp can differentiate between different genres of music. Researchers at Harvard trained three koi carp to press a button when they heard either Bach’s oboe concertos, or the blues of John Lee Hooker, and biologists in Athens have found that carp grew faster when they had been listening to Mozart.http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/not-so-cold-friendly-fish-have-feelings-too-6tm73p7z2

November, 2016 Check out the new listening textbook Listening across Lives  with chapters by ILA members Andrew Wolvin, Laura Janusik, Margarete Imhof,  Chris Bond, Rick Bommelje and Kay Lindahl. It is co-edited by another ILA Member Molly Stoltz. The book is published by Kendall-Hunt and will be available as an e-book as well as a bound book.

October, 2016 Have you seen the reviews of a documentary made by Patrick Shen ‘In Pursuit of Silence’? In a Japanese forest, scientists show that listening to the sound of wind in the greenery increases happiness – and, more tangibly, lowers the heart rate and boosts the immune system. A review in The Times ends with these words: ‘Taking a pause to breathe – and perhaps to “listen” to John Cage’s seminal silent symphony, 4’33” – is a cure we could all use.'  The Times October 21st 2016 p8  http://www.pursuitofsilence.com/

October, 2016 Check out ILA member Avinash Choudhari ‘s blog on Listening with Your Heart
http://avinash2611.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/listening-with-your-heart.html

September, 2016 Prof. Dr Margarete Imhof recommends a Paper published by the National Academy of Sciences in the US on Education for Life and Work. Active Listening is at the top of a list of transferable knowledge and skills  required for life and work in the 21st Century:  https://www.nap.edu/catalog/13398/education-for-life-and-work-developing-transferable-knowledge-and-skills

September, 2016 Check out ILA member Avi Kluger’s TEDtalk Listening and Its Enemies https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0w6syW5qIT8  (Professor Kluger switches to English after the introduction.)

September, 2016 Check out Corine Jansen's TEDtalk, What I Learned From My Mother https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCltKrgj5qI

September, 2016 ILA member, Justin McKeown, recommends an article about the role of listening in building trust in business and in person. www.deseretnews.com/article/865660606/Listening-helps-show-compassion-build-trust-Hank-Smith-shares-during-BYU-Education-Week.html

September, 2016 Listening in Sport An article in The Times Friday September 2 2016 is entitled ‘Murray eases through but he couldn’t hear the ball’. The US Open Tennis Championships are currently being played in New York. Yesterday, the players were unable to hear the ball being hit as torrential rain hammered down loudly on the new roof of the Arthur Ashe stadium. Wimbledon Champion, Andy Murray explained that players use their ears when they play – not only to hear how hard someone is hitting, but also the speed of the ball and the spin on it! Who knew that Listening is so important in sport!

August, 2016 Unions: Is anyone listening? Employee councils and social media are opening up new routes for staff to get their voices heard. But is anyone listening? http://www.cipd.co.uk/pm/peoplemanagement/b/weblog/archive/2016/08/24/unions-is-anyone-listening.aspx?utm_medium=email&utm_source=cipd&utm_campaign=cipdupdate&utm_term=60051&utm_content=310816-6901-15136-20160831193242-Read%20People%20Management%20%27s%20report

August, 2016 Check out 10 ways to have a better conversation 
https://www.ted.com/talks/celeste_headlee_10_ways_to_have_a_better_conversation?language=en

August, 2016 Amusing article about how politicians say they are listening when they are not: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/19/labour-are-listening-unless-you-want-to-talk-about-immigration/

August, 2016 Check out this post by International Listening Association’s Jennie Grau on making conferences places where listening happens: Listen: Don’t just hear https://aaronwolowiec.com/2016/08/23/listen-dont-just-hear/

August, 2016 Have you seen this article about Ruby Wax’s Frazzled Caf├ęs underlining the importance of Listening for mental health? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/health/ruby-wax-how-coffee-shops-are-key-to-fighting-mental-illness/ or http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/ruby-wax/ruby-wax-frazzled-cafes_b_9867832.html

August, 2016 Did you see this amusing article about how politicians say they are listening when they are not: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/19/labour-are-listening-unless-you-want-to-talk-about-immigration/

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