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Despite the fraud and hucksters, there’s still optimism that this technology will fix our broken web

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I interviewed a famous blockchain guy at a tech conference last week. Our conversation was part of an event called Unfinished which aimed to convene “leading voices in tech, media, art, policy, and the spaces-in-between for vibrant conversations about the decentralized future.” …

And made a worksheet you can use too

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“Too bad that you’re retired,” the nurse told my psychiatrist mom as he gave her the Pfizer booster shot. “Students here are really struggling with their mental health. We could use more help.”

Conversations like this one, which my mom shared with me after driving home from the vaccination center…

And the three questions she asks herself

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It’s been well documented that the pandemic has warped our sense of time. I, for example, wrote in my previous post that I hadn’t been on a flight since February 2019, when really it was 2020 — an easily fixed, if slightly alarming mistake. But this inability to anchor ourselves…

How to apply the creative process to your professional life

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The next time you go to Target, Wal-Mart, or any other huge, air conditioned, and sterile store, turn the drudgery of picking up detergent into a contest. Challenge yourself to spot something weird amidst the aisles.

That’s the premise of Big Box Archeologist, an activity included in Rob Walker’s book…

Even if “visioning” isn’t new to you, this method might be

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Generally, I turn up my nose when people turn nouns into verbs, like sunsetting, friending, or, for that matter, verbing. But I make an exception for visioning, as in, figuring out your future, because of Priya Parker.

Priya’s probably best known for her book The Art of Gathering: How We…

It’s the most important thing to do after a big life event — like, say, a global pandemic

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Exactly one year ago, my friend Greg Epstein told me about an intriguing mental strategy. Greg is the Humanist Chaplain at MIT and Harvard; he helps students figure out how they’ll define a meaningful life. Not a small task in the best of times, but especially hard to do when…

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