The Power of Community – Positive Psychology News

The Power of Community – Positive Psychology News
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The mission of the MAPP Magazine is first to keep University of Pennsylvania Master of Applied Positive Psychology Program (MAPP) alumni connected, and second to share the wide range of our applications of positive psychology with a broader audience to inspire collaboration and growth in the field .

In December 2021, the MAPP Magazine looked at how MAPP Alumni have felt called to address Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion issues.

In January 2022, we were nudged to “Do One Thing” to support our Alumni Association, and an advocate of Mastermind groups described their many benefits, not least of which is accelerated progress toward business goals. Indeed, these articles demonstrate how communities of like-minded individuals can create synergy, with gratifying results.

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The second part of this conversation (the first appeared here) discusses the outer work, perspective-taking, and COVID-19’s impact on companies. Margaret H. Greenberg and Gina Greenlee share insights from their book The Business of Race about how to create and maintain an antiracist workplace. As Greenberg and Greenlee point out, “Productive race work begins with self-awareness but it does not end there. What organizations haven’t devoted equal attention to is how to change the system of work—business policies and practices—to create a racially diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace.”

More than 60 MAPP Alumni have co-created a book club around Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Henry Edwards shares the accomplishments of the club, and how to join. Each sub-group has selected its own materials (including books, articles, podcasts, and movies) and meeting schedule for review and discussion. In their desire to create positive change in the world, book club members take guidance from vulnerability researcher Brené Brown, who says, “We’re not here to be right; we’re here to get it right.”

Simon Leow and Sherman Ho, co-founders of Happiness Initiative, a social enterprise that focuses on promoting the science of happiness and well-being in Singapore, decided to make their 2021 Happiness Film Festival about inclusivity. Their choices of films and the panel discussions that followed focused on the most vulnerable and marginalized groups in Singapore society. Learn how Leow and Ho curated the festival and how audience members responded.

The term Mastermind was coined by author Napoleon Hill in his 1925 book The Law of Success. Like now, Mastermind groups were originally developed to help members receive advice from other group members. Today, members of the UPenn MAPP Community use Mastermind groups to learn and grow both personally and professionally. These groups can be established to help anyone in the form of knowledge, resources, and spiritual energy. In this article, Elaine O’Brien, Ph.D., shares her personal experiences with MAPP Mastermind groups and provides recommendations for starting a Mastermind group of your own.

Katie Snyder, President of the MAPP Alumni Association Board of Directors, looks forward to an exciting year of new programs and opportunities that speak to the many passions of our 600+ alumni around the world. She challenges each MAPP graduate to commit to using their strengths and interests to support our thriving alumni community, and to create high-quality connections among ourselves and with those we serve. In what way will you “Do One Thing” for your community in 2022?

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Book Reference

Greenberg, M. & Greenlee, G. (2021). The Business of Race: How to Create and Sustain an Antiracist Workplace―And Why it’s Actually Good for Business. McGraw Hill.

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