On Human Dignity, Freedom, and Flourishing

Less than a year ago, pandemics such as COVID-19 weren’t on my list (or hardly anyone else’s list) of “things that keep me up at night.” Climate change was on there but something else that should have been—“surveillance capitalism”—wasn’t even in my vocabulary. Across 2020 I’ve learned how pandemics, climate change, and surveillance capitalism—along with […]

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Storytelling Night: Brand Matters

“It was a full 10 seconds before I realized how loud I’d been talking, and that everyone within 50 yards was staring at me,” Baris, 55, said into the microphone, looking sheepishly at the gathering of familiar faces in the cafe–including Liliana, a 28-year-old brand strategist, who was nodding her head while laughing. It was […]


Storytelling and Real Pain Points

“Mrs. Cavanaugh is a good person,” Zhang Li said as the 41-year-old attorney stood before the judge. “She’s taking responsibility for her own healing. And having quality time with her children is part of that healing process.” The Hon. Maria Santos, in her late 50s with cropped, silver hair, studied Zhang Li for a moment […]


Mindfulness, Learning Agility, Storytelling: Interrelationships

As you grow mindfulness, learning agility, and storytelling habits into strengths, all three will increasingly interrelate and optimize one another. Here’s how.   Mindfulness is the practice of becoming more fully aware of and attentive to, without judgement, what’s taking place within and around you. It’s focus and concentration on steroids. Mindfulness habits cultivate a curious, […]


Geeking Out: It’s A Spiritual Quest

This morning, as I look forward to seeing Avengers: End Game, I’ve gained a profound insight regarding why certain entertainment totally pushes my “geek button.” It’s a spiritual thing. A spiritual quest, if you will. I’m fascinated by mindfulness meditation, and have been for most of my life; I just didn’t recognize it as such […]

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