Delivery drones will mean the end of ownership | Verge 2021

Astro Teller's (the lead for Google X) take on an ownership vs. access society, drones, resilience, and not predicting the future. I think a more realistic, and hopeful, analysis of our ever changing culture and world. 

TV-Akjsonen 2016 & 25m2 of Syria | POL

Because we need more of this in our complex, beautiful, messy, and too often terrifying, world. To provoke action, thought, empathy, and an unshakeable, haunting awareness that, in our modern context, parents console wailing children as bombs rattle cinder block. Communities witness their hospitals and doctors intentionally destroyed. War and genocide propel children across desolate mountain plateaus. That those realities matter, deeply, and deserve our attention and action, regardless of race, creed, gender, or any other rationale by which we justify labeling another as "other", looking away, or becoming so busy with our day to day we forget to look in the first place. 

25m2 SYRIA from POL on Vimeo.

For two weeks the installation was an initiative to promote Norway’s annual fundraising event “TV-aksjonen”. This year all donations went to the Red Cross, and people living in war and conflict. IKEA partnered with the Red Cross to promote the cause.

25 m2 of Syria is an apartment at IKEA Slependen (flagship store in Norway). But it is not one of the "picture perfect" homes that are usually on display. The apartment is built as a replica of the real home of Rana and her family of 9 in Damascus, Syria.

The iconic IKEA-posters and price tags told the story of how people live. Lacking food, medicines and access to clean water. Caught in the crossfire of Syria’s civil war. But most importantly: On every little tag we let the public know just how they could help.

The New Untouchables | The New York Times

I have referenced Thomas Friedman's October 2009 piece countless times while teaching, facilitating PD, working one on one with students and business developers alike. The implications span sector and time. It seemed timely to dig it out of the archives. 


Ketchup sandwiches and other things stupid poor people eat | Think Progress

That this timely, straightforward article would give us all pause and deepen empathy.

"When looking at a spider’s web can you point to the 8th spun web, or the 108th? There are those who claim this astounding ability — those who take full credit for crafting, spin by spin, a better life than ours, a life without aid. If you had help paying for college, if someone bought you your first car, if you had health insurance growing up, if your mom never cried over $17, you were lucky. The Hail Mary toss of birth landed you in a family that could put you on a soccer team and buy cleats as your foot grew. And someone was home to help you with your math and give you a gummy vitamin each morning. That’s called aid, by the way. And not all kids get it, but all kids should."

Burned: Poor planning and tactical errors fueled a wildfire catastrophe | The Oregonian

I have an admittedly odd fascination of forest fires. Each spring and summer includes consistent discussion of the increase of fires in the PNW a la a retired firefighter for a father, an Eastern Oregon location near to my heart, and an inescapable notion that we can design a better solution. The Canyon Creek disaster is just one example of why a new take on this issue cannot come soon enough.  

Honoring Designs That Make Life More Comfortable For Kids Living With Autism | Core77

Having supported pre-verbal littles navigating the Autism spectrum, I especially love the Compress Pack. More here

Ethan Zuckerman: Solving Other People's Problems With Technology | The Atlantic

Zuckerman speaks to the perils of forgetting empathy and humanity when designing potential solutions.

The Developed World Is Missing the Point About Modern Slavery | TIME

Complex issues need questions not wide brush strokes, a reality well represented by this article.

Caitlin Moran on being a 21st Century woman – and Kim K’s buttocks |

Per usual, Caitlin Moran's take on cultural events and assumptions will induce laughter and thought.