We’re (still) not being alarmist enough about climate change

We’re (still) not being alarmist enough about climate change by an author (Anil Dash)
What if we had another 9/11, and nothing happened? Living in New York City, the one fantasy sport that everybody plays is real estate; we all like to imagine what it would be like to be able to afford to buy a place. And sometime over the last year
Anil Dash on his website: Honestly, that thought doesn't depress me (though I understand why for so many, it will). It's simply the work in front of us, the task we have to do. I don't feel hopeless because there's no point to feeling hopeless. We simply have to build a world that keeps working while the…

How to raise a non-materialistic kid

How to raise a non-materialistic kid by an author (Big Think)
Money makes the world go 'round. Unfortunately, it can make both children and adults into materialists.
Keeping a gratitude journal caused children to donate 60 percent more to charitable causes. Other methods suggested by researchers include daily gratitude reflection, gratitude posters, and keeping a "gratitude jar." Materialism has been shown to increase anxiety and depression and promote selfish attitudes and behavior.

The value of owning more books than you can read

The value of owning more books than you can read by an author (Big Think)
Or how I learned to stop worrying and love my tsundoku.
Many readers buy books with every intention of reading them only to let them linger on the shelf. Statistician Nassim Nicholas Taleb believes surrounding ourselves with unread books enriches our lives as they remind us of all we don't know. The Japanese call this practice tsundoku, and it may provide lasting benefits.

Digital Mindfulness, Can It Exist?

Digital Mindfulness, Can It Exist? by Aaron Aaron
What might it mean to be ‘digitally mindful’ and does such a thing exist? I was a part of a discussion about technology and wellbeing today. It was framed around the work of Hugh van Cuylenburg and the Resilience Project. For van Cuylenburg our focus should be on gratitude, empathy and mindfulne...
Aaron Davis had a comprehensive overview of what we might mean by "digital mindfulness." I've been thinking a lot about how we interact with these digital tools and spaces, and the longterm impact they may have on our wellbeing. Perhaps just because we could allow these tools to be ubiquitous in our lives doesn't mean…

Friction-Free Racism

Friction-Free Racism — Real Life by an author (Real Life)
Surveillance capitalism turns a profit by making people more comfortable with discrimination
Chris Gilliard in Real Life Magazine. All annotations in context. Questions about the inclusivity of engineering and computer science departments have been going on for quite some time. Several current “innovations” coming out of these fields, many rooted in facial recognition, are indicative of how scientific racism has long been embedded in apparently neutral attempts…

The Third Industrial Revolution: A Radical New Sharing Economy

The Third Industrial Revolution: A Radical New Sharing Economy
The global economy is in crisis. The exponential exhaustion of natural resources, declining productivity, slow growth, rising unemployment, and steep inequality, forces us to rethink our economic models. Where do we go from here? In this feature-length documentary, social and economic theorist Jeremy Rifkin lays out a road map to usher in a new economic…

Major Climate Report Describes a Strong Risk of Crisis as Early as 2040

Major Climate Report Describes a Strong Risk of Crisis as Early as 2040 (nytimes.com)
A landmark United Nations report paints a far more dire picture of the immediate consequences of climate change than previously thought and says that avoiding damage requires quickly transforming the world economy.
A landmark report from the United Nations’ scientific panel on climate change paints a far more dire picture of the immediate consequences of climate change than previously thought and says that avoiding the damage requires transforming the world economy at a speed and scale that has “no documented historic precedent.” The report, issued on Monday by…