“Our life has to be our message.” — Thích Nhất Hạnh
Thích Nhất Hạnh reminds us that each of us is a writer — with our life’s message as our greatest story.
As a child, I collected Lake Superior agates that I found in an open field behind my home. A pack of us roamed the Central Minnesota fields in the summertime, building forts, dipping our toes in puddles, and shooing the cows away from our mothers’ dinner gardens.
The agates were a special part of those summer afternoons.
The lines were embedded in them to remind us that time…
“What does the fox say?” Remember that song?
But, there’s one sound that no one knows. . .
‘What does the fox say?’”
The song is funny because we don’t know what it says. What does the fox say?
Its wits and smarts show up in picture book stories, but somehow we never hear its voice.
And maybe it’s because we hear so many other things in our modern world that we can easily forget those things that just don’t…
By Melanie Garson Ph.D. & Shannon Mullen O’Keefe M.A.L.D.
Algorithms underpin our digital lives.
These recipes guide our computers and apps and are the inconspicuous super currents behind much of what shows up on our screens.
Algorithms have the power to know us intimately. They suggest what to buy, friends to know, news to read, and people to date or marry.
But there are questions about the decision-making ethics behind them. Whose ethics are they? Are they riddled with bias? Whose biases are these?
The truth is that while we can point out all the flaws in the algorithms, the…
Whispered sweet nothings make our hearts beat faster.
They just do.
It’s that feeling Tom Waits portrays in his song about falling in love: Hope that I don’t fall in love with you.
The refrain: “I hope I don’t fall in love with you…”
And then later. . . “The chair next to yours is free. . . and I hope that you don’t fall in love with me.”
Love boasts many great moments — and falling in love is among the greatest. We feel a current. A force that speeds up our hearts and our imagination.
The scientists and…
By Shannon Mullen O’Keefe M.A.L.D. & Lakshmi Karan Ph.D.
We are again on the cusp of a giant leap forward in possibilities for humanity.
But, consider this.
Now there are people aiming to do a lot more than that in space and those who dominate space will probably hold a great deal of power for years to come.
So, it will matter to future generations of humans…
Efficiency can be beautiful.
It means waste is minimized, energy is maximized, and we achieve things.
Everything has a time and a place, everyone knows where to be, there isn’t extra — there’s just enough.
Things are right-sized.
And things clip along perfectly.
When the Pict woman (pictured above) lived — probably during the late Iron Age — people were excited about advances in efficiency. Back then, it was new iron tools that helped to streamline human life.
As humans, we’re rightfully proud of the gains we’ve made in efficiency, from iron tools to Roomba vacuums.
But, as the saying…
What do words mean to you? At the recent Great Wave event, the ethical philosopher Françoise Baylis helped call to mind the power in words when she used this example:
“What if we had a different understanding of what it meant to be wealthy?” she asked. “What if ‘wealth,’ were defined by how much you could give away — constantly gifting — rather than keeping?”
If we sit with her questions for a minute, we realize that a different definition of wealth might make a “ripple.” Her question was a pebble tossed into still water.
When “there is no pebble…
Orangutans — the great apes whose babies are cuter than The Mandalorian’s green sidekick — are on the endangered list.
The world wildlife organization reports that ‘a century ago there were probably more than 230,000 orangutans in total, but the Bornean orangutan is now estimated at about 104,700 (endangered) and 7,500 (critically endangered.)’
These orangutans, whose name literally means ‘man of the forest,’ in the Malay language are endangered because their natural forest habitat is threatened.
by Melanie Garson Ph.D. and Shannon Mullen O’Keefe M.A.L.D.
In a world in which everything is growing exponentially around us — faster than we can comprehend — a world in which by next year 20 billion devices could be interconnected globally, where are the leaders that show us a vision to navigate this future?
A leadership thinking that is beyond November 3rd, 2020, or even November 3rd, 2024.
A leadership that offers a vision beyond the tit-for-tat spiral of election rhetoric. Something greater than “I’m not him!”
What do we want from our leadership? …