this & that: edition 5


This week has been overwhelming. Too, too much is happening. Too, too much to find our feet. We’re holding onto wise words from last weekend’s Art + Race Conference at Impact Hub Oakland - a rare smart, insightful gathering that also centered on kindness, empathy, and love: “Be kind. Be Careful. Be Uncomfortable.” 

"I want people to be ok with feeling something", stated co-host Holly Murchison at the start of the day and we’ve thought often of her words as we negotiated the last few days.

In amongst the major shifts and happenings in global, national and yep, still, personal events, here’s what we’re been thinking about, reading and stumbling on over the past couple of weeks.


The wellbeing piece:

I feel like we know this in our heart of hearts, but it’s interesting to see the evidence coming out to support this: The lasting mental and physical adverse effects of the 2016 Presidential election.

 “A man with a conviction is a hard man to change. Tell him you disagree and he turns away. Show him facts or figures and he questions your sources. Appeal to logic and he fails to see your point.” 

The hard truths of cognitive dissonance and confirmation bias, and the best way to change someone’s mind.

Apparently, there are two types of popularity, one based on status, the other on likeability. Care to guess which is better for you? As you read this keep in mind that Popular People Live Longer

This is not a piece on lipstick, but you should read it anyway.

Vox’s take on Brian Resnick’s widely disseminated idea of the power of placebos.

As our mental health landscape changes, AI has just entered the field with Woebot. More like a 'choose your own adventure self-help book'. Still, need something IRL, we’re huge champions of the movement in the UK around Happiness Cafes. Or you could check out Cup of Comms if you need help with communication and your EQ. Or for a much deeper dive, check out 1440 Multiversity – learning about life while hanging out in the redwoods near Santa Cruz.


The culture piece:

A wonderful way to bring together music and neuroscience, in intentional collaborations that can impact people’s lives.

Can we weave museums more closely into our urban landscape? See what’s happening with The Shed in New York and consider the responsibilities of our arts philanthropists to address both funding gaps and social justice.

There’s an interesting program around Tools for Resistance at the Queens Museum, and another one around the Art of Change at the Aspen Ideas Festival

We are loving Molly McLeod’s Analog News Feed and intrigued by The Analogue Foundation’s Listening Station.

Like everyone else, we’ve been obsessing over 13 Reasons Why too and wanted to share this resource guide from Teen Vogue in case it’s triggering anything for you. “Tell someone how you feel.”


Catching our attention:

We didn't have a big plan, we just wanted to help feed our neighbors…” A community cupboard out of Winnipeg.

Our latest political crush (did we have those before?): Maggie Haberman

And a long-time one:

“I couldn’t help but wonder how things might have been different if we hadn’t all moved West to write magazine articles and select the music for Apple commercials and design websites. What if we’d stayed in our hometowns and cast our lot with—and our votes in—the counties that raised us?” Ann Friedman

Love this idea coming out of Oakland: Try Studio  “Try something creative taught by someone local.”


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

We’re learning all the time about how to straddle our worlds of culture/mental wellness, and that of entrepreneurship. Looking to these resources at the moment for advice, advice, advice. 24 best podcasts for entrepreneurs


And planning ahead:

Some summer reading:

E.M. Wolfman’s new publication Black Aesthetic comes out on 23rd June.

Female essayists telling it like it is:

And some positive psychology for on the beach, by the pool, or just in your-not-quite-long-enough lunch hour:

We’ll leave you with this: Get together on one of those hot days (who are we kidding – foggy) and summer (read chilly) nights outside in the Bay Area.

More soon.