Doing things a bit differently

There's an abundance of wellness and well-being in the Bay Area but we don't think we're that. We’re kind of to the side of that. We take the ambition of those industries to do good, human good, but we strive to do some different things with it: to rethink that language (no north stars or true selves here), to look across disparate disciplines to see what they can offer a narrative of life (not just therapists but artists, writers, designers, chefs), and to position the thinking right next to the doing, so if you do have a realization, an epiphany, we’ll figure out what to do with that. 

We’ll make sure that whichever program you are attending actually speaks in a language, and is delivered in a form, that you can actually, and will want to, use in your everyday life. We’re trying to avoid being too workshoppy and too self-helpy, and also those other pitfalls of this world, too esoteric and too highbrow. 

We’re a bit too cynical for that other way of working, perhaps. But we also believe those models of care are evolving and we want to explore that too.

We're working on new programs, new collaborations, and new ways of thinking about being in the world. Just hold on a bit longer. We'll have more to tell you soon!


this & that: edition 1

What we’re stumbling on, thinking about, and working through this month:

We’re learning that America’s new epidemic: deaths of despair is worlds apart from our over-abundance of self-help. We’re shifting our understanding of how children grasp the mental lives of others. Teenagers are taking on coping strategies for the adult anxieties that they have to deal with. We need better ways to define mental disorders, approach our working lives, and structure our time. Writer Jeanette Winterson has been questioning our idea of modern marriages and another writer Colum McCann has been giving out advice to young writers that we all need to use (including 1. Don’t be a Dick).

We’re still obsessed with Podcasts. Did you see that the NYT has a new Podcast Club – kind of like a book club but with podcasts (we need one at Storefront). The Guardian has a great piece about podcasts by women. And we’ve been spending some time with the girls over at The High-Low (personally stealing the idea of Life Lilos) and new podcast Making Ways, recently featuring our friends over at Case for Making.

We’ve discovered and are now using Resistbot and Daily Action; have found a way to be ok with Trump’s tweets (well, almost) Make Tweets Great Again; and we’re catching up as much as we can with What the Fuck Just Happened. Look at what therapists advise for dealing with the stresses around our contemporary situation. We are still (always) lobbying for the support of the arts – because of this Creative Expression and American Greatness; this on the benefits of the arts to mental well-being; and this new report on the value of the Creative Economy.

We’re looking forward to seeing Jerome Reyes at YBCA, reading new magazine Anxy, and finishing Bee Wilson’s fascinating book on why we eat what we do, First Bite. For those over in the UK, did you see that M&S is launching Frazzled Cafes? Brilliant idea, very much needed.