Storytelling in Sapiens

Late to the party… Still, I thought I’d share this bit from the book that “everyone” was reading last year, seeing as it relates to my work in the world: How did Homo sapiens manage to cross this critical threshold [150 individuals], eventually founding cities comprising tens of thousands of inhabitants and empires ruling hundreds […]

No More Heroes

When you’re accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression.     There you have it, the best quote from Jordan Flaherty’s book about the Savior Complex, No More Heroes.    

David Graeber’s Debt

What are you reading now? they ask me. I’m reading the most wonderful book! I tell them. What’s it about? You won’t believe it, but: debt. How could a book this massive on a topic this unlovable be so captivating? Here we come to the central question of this book: What, precisely, does it mean […]

Human Suffering vs. Political Suffering

Peter Block’s lamely-titled book Community won me over, finally, about halfway through. Among the many, many wise and elegant passages, there’s this: Human suffering is the pain that is inherent in being alive: isolation, loneliness, illness, abandonment, loss of meaning, sadness, death. These are unavoidable; they are going to happen to each of us, and […]

The Carers Speak

“I bring love and greetings from domestic workers, home care workers and family caregivers around the world who are marching today. We are the unsung heroines who help care for the most precious parts of our lives — our children, our aging loved ones, our loved ones with disabilities, and our homes. Many of us are immigrants […]

Of Serpents, Myths & Margins

The Dark Mountain Project is always worth another visit, like for these reflections on the state we’re in and the role of we who write and we who are not quite in the thick of things, from this post by Paul Kingsnorth, excerpted here: Anyone who has tried to talk to someone with different opinions […]

The Great Splintering Sound of November 9, 2016

From the Emergent Thinking of Jordan Greenhall, here in full: During liminal periods of all kinds, social hierarchies may be reversed or temporarily dissolved, continuity of tradition may become uncertain, and future outcomes once taken for granted may be thrown into doubt. The dissolution of order during liminality creates a fluid, malleable situation that enables […]

False Idols

Alongside the church of the “start-up”–a term I recall used only in connection with lawnmowers, once upon a time not so long ago– another sect I’m totally over are the acolytes of “productivity,” with their tomato timer rituals and delusions of control. Productivity is not the measure of our self-worth, people. Meanwhile, by Living like […]

A new baby: Free to Make

I met Dale Dougherty at the very first OuiShare Fest back in May 2013, where his heartfelt way of talking about the human aspects of making moved me to tears. Fast forward three years, when this baby arrives on the scene. The book is packed with stories of the quirky, playful world of makers. It’s […]

One I Watch: Alanna Krause Irving

I met Alanna at POC21 (Proof of Concept 21, about which I wrote here), where her clear, accessible and passionate way of talking about technology immediately set her apart. Alanna was presenting Loomio, a platform that enables collaboration and decision-making among large numbers of people who may or may not be in the same space.  […]