Step 2. Read & Learn. It’s time for us to do the work, not verbally process. (Again, Step 1. Amplify stronger, wiser voices.) @IjeomaOluo’s book was recommended awhile back (by @vcastillo630.) It’s a good place to start. There are many, many others. Find them and share them.
Step 3. Invest. If you truly want a more just and equitable world, put your money to work with orgs run by BIPOC. Our family invests in a better future through The Creative School in SE DC. There are many, many others. Find them and share them. donorbox.org/give2tcs
Emerson and I have been reflecting on the past seven days and decided that we want to start a new Saturday practice. Your notes through mail & social media have been overwhelming and we want to return the favor with #WeSeeYou shoutouts. Feel free to join us.
To our friends at the @USPS: You are sacrificing your health and well being to ensure the world stays connected and #WeSeeYou.
To family and friends of @USPS employees: you shared heartwarming & heartbreaking stories of your loved ones. We are so grateful for the work they do & the sacrifice you’re making. #WeSeeYou
Crazy idea alert: we’ve had more kind notes than we deserve or can respond to. So, in the tweets below, we’re going to try to do some global letter match making. Read the prompt carefully & retweet so the people that need some human connection via mail can receive it! ❤️
IF YOU’D LIKE TO WRITE A LETTER, reply here. Share your name, the city you live in & a fun fact about yourself.
IF YOU’D LIKE TO RECEIVE A LETTER, reply here. Share your name, the city you live in & a fun fact about yourself.
Emerson, my 11 year old, is on a bit of a wild ride with the @USPS and our local mail carrier, Doug.
And, I think there’s a deeper message to it all.
First, the backstory...
Em has a serious letter writing habit. She maintains active correspondence with over a dozen of her favorite people. And, if you’ve been the lucky recipient of one of Em’s hand decorated letters and envelopes, then you have a pretty good idea of the joy they bring.
A letter from Emerson is likely to include some art, a joke or two, a mention of her younger brother, confessions of her love for Taylor Swift and enough questions to guarantee a response.
When I decided to leave politics over a decade ago, it was with hopes of finding a home where my skills could contribute to a generative rather than divisive future. Yet, I never could have imagined today.
From climate change to social equity to inclusive and sustainable business practices, Design Observer has never shied away from difficult conversations. I believe that humanity’s shared future is reliant upon this sustained inquiry and meaningful debate, followed by bold action.
Dear @nytimes, I know you’ve got a lot on your plate, but I need your help. For years, our relationship was just so easy. You’d deliver - to my beloved bright red state - a dispatch from the world beyond. And, I would autopay you for this lifeline.
While I was traveling for work this spring, that all changed. Now, each and every week, I’m forced to take a Sunday morning walk of shame to grab my newspaper in my neighbor’s driveway.
This sounds like a minor inconvenience, but it’s one that requires shoes (and snow boots in a couple months) as well as a series of inconvenient and unnecessary discussions and apologies that I won’t delve into here. Subscribing to your newspaper is a political act in this state.
I’m on my way to Boston tonight for the @DesignObserver conference this weekend. Last year, this event was a catalyst for a personal creative renewal for me. I’d like bring your voice to my talk on Saturday and bring some of the inspiration and insight back to you. #DOConf19
To do this, I have some questions to ask: so, Creative Professionals of all types - designers, illustrators, filmmakers, photographers, writers, etc - what is the greatest challenge you’re currently facing in your career?
What is the greatest challenge you’re currently facing personally?
Today is the first statewide giving day @forsouthdakota. I hope you’ll consider giving a donation to a charity or cause that is meaningful to you. Nearly 400 charities are participating - you can give to one of them here: southdakotagives.org
As a family, we believe the most important way to help our community is by making sure that kids get enough to eat. Because of this, we support the work of @FeedingSD. Perhaps you’ll join us as we give @forsouthdakota.
Excited to share that I’m working on a weekend mastermind retreat for a dozen designers focused on getting a ‘seat at the table’ in 2019 (as freelancer/independent or in-house designers) If you’d be interested in a small, high touch 2-3 day session to kickoff 2019, drop me a DM.
I’ve spent the last 18 months talking to dozens of designers around the country and as I roll out my Creative Counsel practice in 2019 (more on that soon!) it’s clear there’s a lot we can do together to build design-centric businesses and define fulfilling career paths.
Topics will include developing Relationship of Influence networks, origin and outreach story discovery, self definition of habits and goals for professional thriving and personal wellbeing, systems & processes for success, & an evening w/ a noteworthy designer and more.
Ten years ago, I had had enough of the rough and tumble political world, so I retired from active campaigning. But, I still wanted to support the brave folks who committed to public service.
So, I began counseling and advising candidates before they ran for office.
Over the past ten years, I compiled & curated ten questions that I believe candidates at any level should ask before they announce their candidacy. They’re not partisan in nature & simply seek to ensure that a candidate enters the public arena with clarity of purpose & intent.
I’m confident that the @DesignObserver
Conference this November is going to be one of the most significant gatherings of business + design since the 1st Int’l Design Conference in Aspen back in 1951. It’s an experience I’d love to share with you. Join me?
I was in my early 20s before I ever felt the sting of real disappointment. I had been a golden boy. I had been lavished with scholarships to the country’s best schools. I had been buried in awards for accomplishments. And, when disappointment - accountability, really - came...
I lashed out. I yelled. I cried. I blamed everyone else. And I pointed to my accomplishments - arguing that I alone had created them - as evidence that I couldn’t possibly be responsible for the disappointment. But, this angry response wasn’t a one time occurrence.
I really wish it had been. I wish that I had recognized that my own privilege - in my gender, my race, my opportunity - had ill-prepared me for this disappointment and tried to be better. I wish I had learned the lesson with one shameful series of responses. But, it took years.
I shared the idea of “What Matters Most: A Call to Connection” for the 1st time today. The act of speaking it out loud was liberating and empowering. Thanks to @heyamberrae for listening. And, to the rest of you, if you have a dream that you need to speak into existence, call me.
In meantime, I’m going to be talking and writing about how the myth of solo genius, rugged individualism and digital hyperconnection are actually undermining our communities, diminishing our creativity, and limiting the scope of our collective possibility for something bigger.
This is a unique moment for radical acts of connection and engagement in our country, for our most selfish and selfless hopes and dreams. We cannot be fully human or whole except through connection with others and higher aspiration. I want that for you and for me.