reading list: global past, global futures and personal…whatever

The Skoll Global Threats Fund just released a new report on the major climate change threats to international security. I’m positive it’s important and useful, and I am pretty sure [ read more brave ]

Child walking down a tunnel toward light.

self-coaching: daydreams

High-performing people can actually lose the ability to daydream. You can be so focused on converting every idea into a plan that you forgot how to think about really big [ read more brave ]

Myth vs Science – psychopath kids

First, we have a totally engrossing Atlantic article about kids who are born psychopaths. It’s a kind of horror story for everyone who has a baby, or wants one. And [ read more brave ]

Image that says "cash rebuilds, clothes do not"

Things I’d write about if I had time

I received press releases about these two initiatives, and they both sound genuinely intriguing. If I wasn’t so busy right now, I’d follow up to find our more. First, we [ read more brave ]

Quick hits from TED

Attending TED always makes me feel like I’m drowning in ideas and information. It can take months of thinking and reviewing my notes to identify what I actually learned. I’m [ read more brave ]

Seeing from another angle

Five years ago, in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, I wanted to dye Easter eggs with my kids. It was a couple days before the holiday. I had the food coloring and the [ read more brave ]

photo of a man in Southern Kyrgyzstan carrying a baby

Self-coaching: when do we want kids?

So, Russians are weird. When the USSR dissolved and the Russians got poorer individually and as a nation, they did something no other population does. They had fewer children. Most [ read more brave ]

Stuff I’m not getting paid to read

“Ten striking facts about agricultural input use in Sub-Saharan Africa,” Food Policy Volume 67, February 2017, Pages 12–25. A serious, research-grounded look at actual agriculture in SSA. “Inside the Hunt for [ read more brave ]

Suffering does not make you special

Some people – disaster response personnel and Peace Corps volunteers in particular – come home to the US and can’t re-adjust. Fat, sedentary Americans and their trivial concerns strike them [ read more brave ]

What does the nation-state do for us, anyway?

Syria has dissolved into a nightmare we are nearly powerless to help, and the US elected a racist, rapist, reality-star in an effort to return to an imaginary past. The [ read more brave ]