Thursday's News & Ideas - 6/8/2017

  • Rise of multiracial & multiethnic babies
  • UMC appoints transgender deacon
  • Reimagining “The Creation of Adam”
  • Want to change work culture?
  • The broken news cycle
  • Empathy & visual perception

The rise of multiracial and multiethnic babies in the U.S.
Pew Research Center: One-in-seven U.S. infants (14%) were multiracial or multiethnic in 2015, nearly triple the share in 1980, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of Census Bureau data. This increase comes nearly a half century after the landmark Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia legalized interracial marriage.

The United Methodist Church has appointed a transgender deacon
The Washington Post: M Barclay, a transgender person who identifies as neither male nor female and thus uses the pronoun “they,” was commissioned on Sunday as the first openly non-binary member of the clergy in the United Methodist Church.

Afro-Latina artist reimagines Michelangelo's "The Creation of Adam"
America Magazine: At first encounter, Harmonia Rosales’s “The Creation of God” is striking. It is beautiful and familiar. Like Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam,” Rosales’s painting portrays the creation of humankind. However, the skin tones, gender and story being depicted by the artist are strikingly different.

Want to change work culture? ‘You can’t just write it on a memo and think that everybody gets it.’
Poynter.org: The editor in chief of The San Francisco Chronicle says, “People understand that culture is important and sometimes people say, ‘Oh change is really exciting, I really like helping organizations go through change.’ But anyone who’s been through a culture change knows it’s hard, and it can be really miserable.”

Leaving social media taught me how broken the news cycle is
FiveThirtyEight: It dawned on me that I’d mostly stopped visiting websites directly and instead had been following the recommendations in my feeds to wherever they might lead me, the author writes. My reading was no longer deliberate but curated by external forces that may or may not have aligned with my interests. I’d ceded control of my most valuable currency: my attention.

The Spark

How to grow your empathy through better visual perception
The simple act of noticing someone's eye color can build your empathy, explains actor Alan Alda. In his interactions, he began trying to figure out what others were feeling and naming their emotional state. This inspired a study on empathy and visual perception and a new book that details the benefits of paying more attention to the people you encounter each day. Annoying people become easier to tolerate, discussions become more productive, you feel more relaxed -- you can even become a better conversationalist and writer.

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