“If we truly want gender equality, we need to challenge the assumption that more is always better, and the assumption that men don’t suffer as much as women when they’re exhausted and have no time for family or fun. And we need to challenge those assumptions wherever we find them, both in the workplace and in the family.”—Rosa Brooks, in Foreign Policy, on “Why ‘leaning in’ is killing us.” I don’t hate Sheryl Sandberg, but Brooks’ perspective is refreshing, and in citing the fact that we’ve begun to value ubiquity above all, she suggests something I’ve been thinking about a lot: can we be honest that “flexibility” is really just a coping mechanism for working too much, NOT the end-state we should desire. Who’s going to be our generation’s Henry Ford in an era of Sheryl Sandberg?
“…while I often preach the importance of online authenticity, I’m left questioning what the digital age can and cannot capture, and what we are even trying to capture in the first place.”—digital diva @cschweitz having a change of heart? in @timemagazine Digital Love, Loss and Oversharing | TIME.com
“Make for yourself a teacher, acquire for yourself a friend.”— Studying this quote from Pirkei Avot/Ethics of the Fathers marked the beginning of an experience that forever changed my life. The visionary and benefactor behind that experience, Edgar M. Bronfman, died this weekend. While I did not know him well, I will be forever grateful for his legacy. May his memory be a blessing.
Hey I just wanna thank you for the"Help the Philippines thing". I would like to thank your support in helping us out in our current situation. Even the smallest mentions are really appreciated and having people aware of the disaster here is very much heart warming. Thank you so much in helping. I hope good things happen to you people :) "Salamat sa inyo! Mahal ka namin!"
I hope you and your loved ones are ok! Of course we at Tumblr wanted to help in some small way, but can only imagine the magnitude of what is left to do. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!!
“1) Vision (I learn something, I’m inspired);
2) Validation (I’m accepted or justified);
3) Vindication (I’m right, cleared);
4) Vulnerability (I’m open); and
5) Vanity (Not egotism, but accidental narcissism. I’m important)”—These 5 Vs - summarizing our current social media engagement value system, according to Brian Solis - are pretty spot-on. (This So-Called Digital Life: Re-Evaluating the Value of Social Media)
The sharing economy is refashioning work, offering people new opportunities to earn money or to have access to goods and services.
This great op-ed opens with a celebration of the makerspace that my (little) sister runs in Somerville, MA. Here’s to Molly - and to the shift from employment to livelihood that her organization helps people achieve in these tough times!
“Steal their Seoul in South Korea, make Antarctica cry Uncle,
From the Red Sea to Greenland they’ll be singing the blues,
Well they never Arkansas her steal the Mekong from the jungle…”—Last night I remembered why I know so much random geography. (And that I know all the lyrics of all of Rockapella’s songs. Anyone?)
He’d once told me that the art of getting ahead in New York was based on learning how to express dissatisfaction in an interesting way. The air was full of rage and complaint. People had no tolerance for your particular hardship unless you knew how to entertain them with it….
[But he also said] “We’re suffering from brain fade…. The flow [of information] is constant. Words, pictures, numbers, facts, graphics, statistics, specs, waves, particles, motes. Only a catastrophe gets our attention. We want them, we need them, we depend on them. As long as they happen somewhere else.
This is where California comes in. Mud slides, brush fires, coastal erosion, earthquakes, mass killings, et cetera. We can relax and enjoy these disasters because in our hearts we feel that California deserves whatever it gets. Californians invented the concept of life-style. This alone warrants their doom.”
I first read White Noise when I was a life-long New Yorker. Now I’m also a Californian. But this passage still rings as true as that classic New Yorker cover…
“At the end of the interview, he suggested that he and Mr. Scalfari meet again to discuss “the role of women in the church,” noting that in the Italian language, “the church is feminine.””—Once again, an interview w Pope Francis gave me chills. (The good kind.) via NYT http://nyti.ms/171ZrGY
“But the pleasant autumn weather disguises a government teetering on the brink. Because, at midnight Monday night, the government of this intensely proud and nationalistic people will shut down, a drastic sign of political dysfunction in this moribund republic.”—