I'm uncomfortable with the false equivalency that the "let's all just share our feelings at a diner with Oprah" frame sets up. I want us to all understand each other better, I do. Do I love Trump supporters? I do. Do I wish them ill? I do not. But let's be clear: They are in the wrong. Period. Do they have very human reasons that may not consciously involve bigotry for voting for the man? I'm sure many of them do. But they are morally in the wrong and the onus is on them to wake up to what's happening and begin acting to protect their fellow Americans' freedoms and our safety. We need to be very, very clear about that.
Even when things are awful, they can be wonderful, too — if we know how to receive the goodness.
Earlier this week I had the opportunity to lead a workshop for students at Harvard's Kennedy School called Telling Your Story Online: How to Use Digital Media to Deliver a Message That Matters (view my slides). Here are a few highlights...
It is time to align how we spend our daylight hours with creating the positive change we seek.
I want there to be an official record, beyond the ephemera of social media, that I wholeheartedly agree with and echo everything in writer John Pavlovitz's blog post/ moral protest, titled Let the record show.
I throw off the sweaty blanket. My temples throb. I dream that I'm explaining to my husband why I need to leave for work early. I'm not sure if I'm awake or asleep. I might as well get up. Into the bathroom. Wash my face. Apply my warpaint. I need it lately, to feel strong. … Continue reading That time I put on all my makeup at 4:30am
We need to show our kids what real superheroes look like.
New touch pads on Macbooks — whee! I can use an emoji more easily on my laptop! My phone gets slimmer; it can store more photos, music, stuff. For too long, innovation in communication has meant faster, shinier toys. What about better connection between humans? The future of our democracy hinges on our ability to get this right.
"The experience of being alive right now feels like the disorientation stage of brainwashing. Not actually joking." - Erin Kissane
The dominant narrative among my friends these days is one of horror, anger, cynicism and despondency. Never one to accept the story that's handed to me, I want to offer a counter-narrative — not to put a falsely bright face on a horrible situation, but to identify a true opportunity that I see emerging from the darkness.