June 19, 2023 783 words
Spirit, Heart, Head, Hands

Approaching the world in the right order might be a key to rethinking our relationships and building a healthier society.

May 13, 2023 1550 words
No more blank pages

Some will see that declaration as a rubicon of achievement in the arrival of generative AI and be elated. But what might we be giving up?

Feb 11, 2023 984 words
A familiar breathlessness

What the last decade wrestling with the potential and effects of social media might teach us about how we greet ChatGPT.

Jan 21, 2023 1796 words
We were all environmentalists once

Our estrangement from nature might just be both older and less permanent that we think.

Dec 31, 2022 1213 words
Beginnings and Transformation

Is there a modern equivalent of the 95 Theses? Does it matter? Perhaps we don't need the permission of history to begin.

Dec 04, 2022 1088 words
Our Private Public Sphere

What the Twitter upheaval might teach us about private public goods.

Nov 11, 2022 4725 words
A little bit, right now, everywhere, every day

The 2022-ness of what we're living through started well before this cycle, and we need to embrace both a longer horizon and new everyday, always-on approach to our civic life to find a new path.

Aug 28, 2022 2749 words
What did you do on your Summer vacation?

A COVID short story that might tell us something about how we might think differently about managing this phase of the pandemic.

May 31, 2022 2749 words
They cannot be shamed

History, culture, suffering, and how we might begin to find our way to a safer, freer future.

May 15, 2022 798 words
Performance, not perfection, the enemy of the good

The failure of our leaders to understand their roles and govern is making us less safe and less free.

May 08, 2022 961 words
Augmentation over replacement

If we continue to talk about the future only in the darkest, most post-apocalyptic terms, no one is going to want to go there. And we may miss an opportunity to make it amazing.

Apr 24, 2022 823 words
Blaiming the tower, forgetting about the architects

What Jonathan Haidt's "Tower of Babel" essay on the last decade in America oversimplifies and where it might could invite us to go.

Apr 18, 2022 1624 words
Populism, disinformation, and the Democrats

We're missing something (and an opportunity) at the heart of current populist rumblings on both sides of the aisle -- and it isn't disinformation.

Mar 27, 2022 846 words
Is web3 picking up where (neo)liberalism left off?

The debates we are having about the future of the internet aren't really about technology: they are most-importantly conversations about the kind of future we want and how we support it.

Mar 13, 2022 1274 words
Places, not maps

Modern life is full of abstractions -- many of which expand our lives in meaningful ways. But finding opportunities to experience "places" directly helps us embrace and expand our humanity.

Mar 11, 2022 194 words
People before (not instead of) profits

Why it matters to give the first-mover advantage in retail cannabis to people who've been crushed by our decades-long war on drugs.

Feb 04, 2022 656 words
Are people "pro-democracy"?

In the battle to defend/reform/ reinvigorate/stabilize/resilient-ize American democracy, we may be relying on a narrative that only resonates with the folks doing the work.

JAN 21, 2022 447 words
The Biden Administration Year 2

In this moment of "all the things" it's easy to forget that President Biden should just be getting started.

JAN 13, 2022 847 words
Habit is not the same as tradition

We need to talk about what we're really talking about when we talk about the filibuster: our desperate need for our leaders to govern.

JAN 01, 2022 chat 273 words
Our questions matter

Maybe the uncertainty of 2021 (and 2020) is not pointing to clear answers, but perhaps is giving us something else we need: room to ask questions.

DEC 17, 2021 704 words
Winning is not a moral good

What do we do when "winning" is no longer correlated with progress?

NOV 19, 2021 1138 words
Why we should care about polarization

Other than the fact that our national civic dialog feels like an elementary school food fight, does the increased intensity of political polarization matter? Yes -- profoundly.

OCT 15, 2021 624 words
Work, exploitation, and wealth

We need a real conversation about the opportunity The Great Pause has given us and why people are working differently.

JUL 04, 2021 786 words
What we need to be free

If we focus on ensuring and investing in everyone's freedom, we might find real freedom the cure to our futurelessnesss.

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