Seeing Into the Dark

As a person of color I watched the video where it took Officer Derek Chauvin of the Minneapolis Police Department approximately 8 minutes and 46 seconds to snuff out the candle of George Floyd’s life. In the darkness that followed, as a society we are no longer capable of looking into the mirror because we would not like what we see. In the darkness that descends after these tragic events,…
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The Danger of the ‘New Normal’

This article was originally posted on medium by Laura Cincera How to welcome a full range of emotional experience—and create space for transformation These are fertile times. Initiatives are blossoming. We are singing birthday songs across balconies and watching policemen turn into street dancers. This spring of creativity invites us to feel less like confined individuals and more like connected communities. New language is flourishing, too. Our everyday vocabulary is…
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Classical Music Live Streaming: What Can We Learn From Sports Coverage?

The thing with being a classical musician who also really loves sport – Cricket and Australian Football in my case – is you tend to be in a sort of minority. In the absence of available metrics, I imagine the engagement rate is probably similar to that of professional athletes who dig classical music in their free time: yes there’s crossover, but you’d struggle to mount an argument that they…
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Coronavirus: A call to Communicate, Connect, and Create

This article was originally posted on medium by Amanda Efthimiou It’s one of the few moments of my life where I feel comfortable writing about how there are no accidents, that life’s unfolding happens at exactly the moment it’s supposed to. Ten days ago I was at the beach just outside Lisbon with friends. It was a warm, sunny day, and we were sitting on the sand having a picnic…
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Coronavirus: A Historic Opportunity

This article was originally posted on medium by Alex T. Steffen ABSTRACT We are in a historic moment to reset our societal and leadership values, and emerge as a stronger species, and possibly avoid major issues that can really cripple us. It is the middle of March 2020. The Corona crisis is hitting the world. The leadership in most developed countries is struggling and paralysed. The weaknesses of our economic…
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The Church of God vs. The Church of Capitalism

This article was originally posted on medium by Chakameh Shafii During a recent visit to an art collection here in Berlin, I saw a work by Yngve Holen which was the headlight and rear lights of a Mercedes Benz installed on a blank wall. The curator explained that the artist was highlighting our segregation of a society based on the car we drive. Take a second to think about that,…
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Imagined Futures with Ty Fujimura

Who is Ty Fujimura and what is most important for people to know about you? I don’t think it’s important for people to know about me specifically, but I do think I have a perspective on life and work that people may benefit from hearing. I take the art of living very seriously. I think this is a good thing, so long as one doesn’t overdo it, as I am…
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Imagined Futures with Mary Jo Madda

Describe your ideal Imagined future in 10 years in 3 words. I can tell you right now — it’s all words that start with the letter “E.” Equity. Empathy. Ethics. Elaborate on an ideal future that you imagine. Whether this takes ten years or more than fifty years to get to, I want to see a world where people recognize that the “meritocracy” concept is a myth. I hope that…
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Imagined Futures with Sascha Mombartz

Who is Sascha Mombartz and what is most important for people to know about you? Sascha Mombartz is someone who lives in New York. My dad is German and my mom’s from Malta. My dad worked for the German Foreign Service, so I grew up all over the place. When people ask me where I’m from, I don’t really say I’m German. I feel like identity or where I am…
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Futures for All: How Futurism can help Define the Next Decade

This article was co-written with Travis Kupp When people discuss the future, they often have many ideas and perspectives that inform their vision of what it will be. Futurism is a field of study that brings various methodologies and practices to exploring and imagining the future in a structured and disciplined fashion. The field has evolved significantly since its inception over half a century ago, when it began as a…
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