Non-violent Communication

by Sean Aubin at University of Tokyo

People are an unavoidable part of life. Humans have a natural tendency to want to be with other people and we often need help to pursue the things we value. So you’d think we would have developed a better way of working together that didn’t usually end up with people getting angry and hurt, or worse never being able to feel connected to anyone you’re around at all.

Marshall Rosenberg tried to fix our ability to understand each other. He developed this system called Non-Violent Communication (NVC), which he used in a ton of different conflict situations, ranging from couples therapy to negotiating peace between warring states. There are a bunch of ways to approach and describe NVC, but today I’m going to talk about it like a system or a strategy that you can use and adapt as part of your “emotional toolbox”. So the next time you’re in a situation where there’s a lot of strong emotions, like “anger” or “sadness”, you can think about NVC and maybe it will help you.

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Currency Trading

by Yi Zhang at Christina’s House

Currency trading is the largest money market in the world. The market opens 24/5 and accommodates trillions of dollars of decentralized transactions per day. The speaker presents the basic framework and nomenclature in foreign exchange: bid, ask, spread, leverage. The types of orders that can be placed in a forex market includes: market order, exit order (take profit, stop loss, trailing stop), and entry order. Due to the relatively low fluctuations in currency, most forex traders hold a specific currency for a long time before trading.

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Graphs Graphs Graphs

by Jack Gao at Christina’s House

A talk based on Edward Tufte’s book “The Visual Display of Quantitative Information”. In the history of graphs, some are exceptionally good at representing their information, others use trickery to mislead readers. Graphs should include a certain degree of context to fairly represent the big picture. You’ll be surprised at the range of information that graphs can effectively represent! (Train schedules, Napoleon army’s size and how it correlates to the temperature and the army’s proximity to Russia)

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