Despair is among our greatest barriers to change. And yet, it can be incredibly challenging to get out of this mindset given the daily barrage of negative media.
One of my key strategies for coping with despair is zooming out. We can always broaden our perspective, either temporally or spatially, and see things differently. Worried about politics in America? Well, elsewhere in the world we’ve seen dramatic gains in democracy. Worried about the fate of the planet under climate change? Well, the planet will be totally fine eons in the future when we are gone. Worried that the Sun will one day blow up and consume the planet? Well, life will go on, in a beautiful new way, somewhere else in the universe.
- The mayors of Los Angeles, Oakland, Atlanta, Georgia, Tacoma, Newark, Saint Paul, Jackson, Compton, Shreveport, and Stockton have joined Mayors For A Guaranteed Income, a coalition advocating for UBI policies, or the idea of giving out recurring cash payments to all individuals without any strings attached. Read More »
- We are often taught to be "professional" or "if you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all." In short, we learn to conceal rather than reveal our true feelings. Radical candor is the practice of revealing our whole selves to others - engaging authentically, directly, and with vulnerability. Read More »
- Ben & Jerry’s, The Coca-Cola Company, Eddie Bauer, The Hershey Company, Levi Strauss & Co., Magnolia Pictures, The North Face, Patagonia, REI, Unilever, Verizon, and more have boycotted Facebook advertisements as the company declined to take action against misinformation from President Trump — the same ones that Twitter flagged as … Read More »
- If we want to truly change minds, our calls for “reason” cannot be about imposing our idea of what is reasonable onto others. This just breeds defensiveness and resentment. It does not work. Read More »
- Human-centered design is a project design approach that emphasizes designing for people over design for problems. It helps ensure that our solutions reflect audiences' needs and experiences, rather than developers' assumptions. Read More »