things & stuff

a place to fulfil my intellectual hoarder - plenty of clutter with the occasional glimmer of gold (naturally i can't tell the difference)

30/10/2020 Review: Digital social transformation & democracy; my-side bias; value investing 2.0 #15

How do we respond to change? Evolving the architecture through which democracy operates, the evolutionary basis for reason, musings on division, gamers safe from depression(?), Louise Glück: crossroads

17/07/2020 Review: Realism; empathic listening; creative practices; race & identity; empathy based guilt #14

How do we respond to change? Knotty topics including empathy based guilt; race and identity; 'I am' by John Clare; creating pockets of time for ourselves to be present and attentive to our selves. 

03/07/2020 Review: Sexual personae; cultural trauma; designer ethics; non-thinking #13

How do we respond to change? Designer ethics and universal morality; impact of cultural trauma on collective; developing being mind; Camille Paglia on sexuality and dialogue; Rodrigo - Fantasía para un gentilhombre.

19/06/2020 Review: Transparency; deep forgiveness; narcissism & humility; empathic listening #12

How do we respond to change? Deepfakes: seeing is not believing; transcending echo chambers with empathic listening; practices for self-compassion; Oh De Laval's expression; Bashō: cry of the cicadas.

05/06/2020 Review: Division; fudoshin; nationalistic identity; acceptance; just enough

booze #11

How do we respond to change? As nationalistic sensationalisation spreads, Amin Maalouf explores constituents of identity, and the dangers of associating with just one aspect of self. National Ambassadors recommend culturally sensitive reading; practice of Zazen. 

22/05/2020 Review: Value alignment in AI development; morality; meditating on strong emotions; sleep #10 

How do we respond to change? The King Midas problem in developing values in AI/ML; evolutionary roots of morality; meditating on strong emotions; sleep tips. 

08/05/2020 Review: Lacan on jouissance; intuition & subconscious mind; eye massage;  the weighing; critical open-mindedness #9

How do we respond to change? Lacan on drive; free writing practice for developmental enquiry; critical open-mindedness and how to practice; tension release; poem by Jane Hirshfield and a provocative dance production. 

24/04/2020 Review: Behavioural reactions to stimuli; -40$ oil; anti-fragile; connection in adversity; space to breathe #8

How do we respond to change? Why do we fail to prepare well for disasters? Oil price crushed and the future of oil producing nations. Nassim Taleb on Antifragility. Austin Powers on the importance of perspective shifting. Trust and community in physical isolation. Humility and the lung meridian.

10/04/2020 Review: Group complexity; sitting with fear; zen for sanity; from "I" to "It" and back; toward systems thinking #7

How do we respond to change? Species-wide disruption revealing our systemic nature; Thich Nhat Hanh on daily practices for groundedness; bringing awareness back to body; David Kessler on grief; compassionate yoga and David Whyte - start close in. 

27/03/2020 Review: Shadow work; home; finding firm ground; traders on uncertainty #6

How do we respond to change? Fear: biological, psychological? Something in between... Mark Douglas on how traders face uncertainty. Finding ground and compassion in chaos. Leaning into fear and the shadow. Gaston Bachelard on poetics of space.

13/03/2020 Review: Non-violent communication' gestalt cycle of experience; fake smiles; the happiness curve #5

How do we respond to change? The universal happiness curve. Making sense of subtle signs and observations. Authenticity vs radical honesty. Fake smiles and integrity. How do founders choose which advice to listen to?

28/02/2020 Review: Safe & unsafe certainty; supply chains under threat; equality; authentic communication #4

How do we respond to change? Safe and unsafe certainty in a world of uncertainty. The markets respond to COVID-19. What do we mean by equality? Getting good sleep. The importance of authentic communication in leadership and some stretches for back pain. 

14/02/2020 Review: Future of work; somatic memory; boundaries; joy in darkness; old school poetry #3

How do we respond to change? Pwc outlook on workforce of 2030, David Rooke and William Torbert on leadership; how the body holds onto trauma with Bessel Van Der Kolk. Why the darkness is nothing to fear. Boundaries: what they are and how to develop them. 

31/01/2020 Review: Diaphragmatic breathing; Ray Dalio economic outlook; death and endings; surveillance tech #2

How do we respond to change? Ray Dalio on the next paradigm shift. Thoughts on endings and continuity from other cultures. Explore the moral implication of compassion vs rational benevolence. Learning to breath well.

17/01/2020 Review: Development; Kolb learning cycle; brain lateralisation; being and doing #1

How do we respond to change? Esko Kilpi writes on human development in the 21st Century. We explore a conversation between Iain McGilchrist and Jonathon Rowson on brain lateralisation and 'trueness' of perception. Mary Oliver reads Wild Geese for us.