Next time work makes you feel less than human, should you gently speak truth to power, or should you use mindfulness to self-regulate and maintain function in an oppressive system?
What if We’re All Coming Back?
by Michelle Alexander – A thought experiment about how if we knew that we would be reborn might change our take on climate change
Who among us would fail to question capitalism or to demand a political system free from corporate cash if we knew that we’d likely live our next life as a person of color, earning less than $2.50 a day, in some part of the world ravaged by climate change while private corporations earn billions building prisons, detention centers and border walls for profit?
This Is How We Radicalized The World
by Ryan Broderick – Broderick has been around the world for Buzzfeed, covering radical movements. This is his dark take on where the world is right now.
The worst part of all of this is that, in retrospect, there’s no real big secret about how we got here. […]
In most countries, reliable publications are going behind paywalls
. More services like Amazon Prime and Netflix are locking premium entertainment behind subscriptions. Which means all of this — the trolls, the abuse, the fake news, the conspiracy videos, the data leaks, the propaganda — will eventually stop being a problem for people who can afford it.
Which will most likely leave the poor, the old, and the young to fall into an information divide. This is already happening.
The trouble with privileging the role of the designer, or even a small circle of designers, in this way is that it radically narrows the potential for innovation. […]
The political dimensions of design thinking are problematic enough on their own, but the method is particularly ill-suited to problems in rapidly changing areas or with lots of uncertainty, since once a design is complete the space that the method opens for ambiguity and new alternatives is shut down.
The genius of The Power is that it conveys how entirely the world is built on male power and male privilege, to the extent that societal structures topple as soon as women are given the advantage.
I’ve finally picked up The Power recently after hearing Rebecca Traister recommend it
and finished in within 36 hours.
Years from now, we will look back in horror at the counterproductive ways we addressed the obesity epidemic and the barbaric ways we treated fat people—long after we knew there was a better path.
I love this idea of marginalia as a way to turn a book into a medium for conversation — a kind of literary note-passing.
This article has changed the way I read. I used to just highlight a lot. Now, I write much more in the margins. The idea of having a conversation with the author stuck with me. It also lead to this