this & that: edition 3

Let’s start with what we’re excited about most this month: Anxy Magazine. This is “a magazine for culture makers and the people inspired by them who are tired of feeling ashamed of their emotions and mental health.” We’re very proud to be part of the inaugural issue on Anger, with Claire Fitzsimmons’ piece about changing the narrative of recovery and loss (you’ll have to buy a copy to read it!).

Ok, let’s get to what we’re been thinking about, reading and stumbling on over the past couple of weeks.

The well-being piece:

Let's start with the questions: Can psychotherapy help with climate change? How vital are our urban commons to maintaining collective mental health? And a companion piece: is loneliness the result of our built environment? What makes a person capable of changing the world? What is happinessand how can it be achieved (through an algorithm)? Does America have a New ‘Anxiety’ Disorder, or is it the same one, ever perpetuating? Is this the new status symbol: it’s not what you spend — it’s how hard you work.

You may need to take your well-being increasingly into your own hands — as mental health care is supposed to be rising, access to that care is also declining. We’re familiar with the 5-a-days of nutrition, but what about the 5-a-days of mental health prevention? Consider these benefits to being a lifelong learner. This is how to keep it together and/ or fall apart. Waste time. But not on computers. Its good for you.

The dark side to pursuing happiness at work with one of our earliest practitioners, author Ruth Whippman. And a counter argument, or complimentary idea, that argues that we need more initiatives for good mental health in the workplace. It’s a balance we’ve yet to figure out.

Gaslighting: Read this and realize that what you think is happening, is really happening, despite someone or something that’s trying to convince you that something else is really going on.

“I think modern culture encourages us to forget how strong we are. We don’t need to always have what we want right now.” A perspective from a Frugal Hedonist.

And depending on where you fall on this, it will either make you very happy or very depressed.

The culture piece:

Getting the arts out there, however possible, even repurposed school buses, and barbershops.

“It’s an up-and-coming thing to see artists as community organizers, social engagers, even social workers. I feel like (Wave Pool is) part community organization and part art organization.” Embedding social practice into the core of an arts space with Calcagno Cullen, Gallery Director of Wave Pool.

Have an Unauthorized Show at SFMOMA, or get authorized art books from the Guggenheim, or just Study from Within. Follow these dialogues around the human condition. Participate in a community conversation project by artist Taro Hattori at Montalvo and roaming in the Bay Area.

Are these the books we turn to when we’re in need of hope? And is this the Museum of Failure that we need right now?

Planning ahead:

Make space in your calendar for this series: Here for Now and for Pop-Up Magazine’s new tour.

Apply to this: become a member of CTRL+SHFT Collective

And did you get your tickets for Live 105’s BFD. Points for guessing why we’re including this.

Also catching our attention:

“My dissent is cheer / a thankless disposition,” activist writer Grace Paley

Write, Never Marry, and Other Love Advice from Simone de Beauvoir’s Editor

What an analysis of every “Modern Love” column from the past 10 years can tell us about, err, love.

And a little transparency, what we’re learning to make things happen in our world:

What to say, when and to whom: the power of the newsletter. Jessica Lahey and KJ Dell’Antonia on books for writers as we dive more into writing creative non-fiction. Ann Friedman’s advice and contacts for how to pitch, generously shared on twitter for when we’re ready to go. And lastly how we need to face our fears, particularly given that massive new project we’re embarking on. Next week we’ll tell you more about it.

More soon.