Weekly Dispatch – Smorgasbord

Weekly Digest - Smorgasbord

This week’s links don’t have any unifying theme. (If there is a thread, I don’t see it!) My brain hasn’t had a unifying theme this past week, either. So… here is a smorgasbord of thoughts and links:

  • “Shame is biggest in the dark. Get it out into the light.” – someone v. wise said this.
  • This tweet.
  • Writing a thesis is hard. Figuring out how to hold myself accountable to writing a thesis is somehow even harder. (But I’m tryin’!)
  • I’m SUPER excited to try aerial dance in a couple weeks.

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The events in Ferguson, Missouri reveal deep and systemic fractures in our society. If you’d like to explore more about what’s happening, here is useful guide – Understanding Ferguson: A guide to the best essays and journalism

There are several positions in this article that aren’t in alignment with my beliefs, but on the topic of anger as a “knot,” I appreciated Hanh’s suggestion that when we bind ourselves into knots of anger, we suppress our freedom. – Thich Nhat Hanh on Loosening the Knots of Anger

A fascinating discussion of workers who are Invisibles: “highly skilled professionals whose work is critical to whatever enterprise they’re a part of, yet who go largely unnoticed by the public,” such as “a UN interpreter, a perfumer who creates fragrances for celebrity brands, an elite piano tuner, an anesthesiologist with an Ivy League medical degree, and the guitar technician for Radiohead.” – The Three Most Important Traits of People Who Make the World Work

Incremental changes lead to big advancements. I would take the premise of this article a step or two further and suggest that increasing our performance (in athletics, at work, in school, etc.) isn’t just about doing more work (run faster, get more work done, score higher grades on tests, etc.) but is also about deepening and extending our work through excellent craft. (And craft is on my mind quite a bit, like in last week’s discussion about deep work.)  – Better All The Time

Ooooo… “brain blinks.” Neat. – What Happens To Your Brain When You’re Having a Brilliant Idea

Did you know that single cell algae could be fashioned into mind-bendingly ornate art? Me either. This gentleman is a master of this Victorian era technique. (Seriously… my mind is blown.)

(Don’t see the video? Click here: The Diatomist from Matthew Killip on Vimeo.)

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Weekly Dispatch – Intersections

Weekly Digest - Intersections of Kindness

 

I like intersections—both the literal and metaphorical kinds. At physical intersections, we slow down and come in contact with other people. These are often the times when I make eye contact with someone, or say “Hello.” And all the other types of intersections—intersections of ideas, of conversations, of hearts—oh yeah, I really dig these spaces. Here are some links to interesting articles and essays that touch on intersectionality.

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I dig interdisciplinarity—academic jargon for applying several different disciplines (or frameworks) to understand a specific topic. In fact, I’m working on my master’s in a department of interdisciplinary studies. This article captures how interdisciplinarity is useful to anyone – How to inspire interdisciplinarity: lessons from the collegiate system

I plan to share more of the research I’m doing for my thesis here on my blog (about the ways that accelerators provide social capital to tech entrepreneurs) and this presentation has some good “whys” about sharing research. Actually, these are good ideas in general about writing publicly. – Using your blog as a research journal

#6 is fun (and unusual!) – 10 Way to Infuse Your Work With Your Personality

I’m setting some goals around deep work / deliberate practice, particularly as deep work relates to my thesis research. I’ve also been pondering how I can build in deep work to the partnerships work I do at Techstars. It’s a huge, work-in-progress topic that I want to explore in another blog post. I dig this no-nonsense, “elbow up” approach to deep work, which could apply to anyone wanting to improve what they do – How Experts Practice Better Than the Rest

An incredible essay on kindness. “That moment was the first time I can remember feeling the desire to help someone and then doing nothing.” – On Kindness

And this is some good ear candy:

 

Photo cred: Sylwia Bartyzel

Weekly Dispatch – Undivided in Heart

Weekly Dispatch - Undivided in Heart

I’ve been pondering what it feels like to be undivided. Which is not to be confused with what it feels like to be “complete,” as the impulse to pick an easier, more palatable word might suggest. “Undivided” feels like a work in progress. “Completion” seems like an unrealistic destination at which we can one day arrive. Undivided seems reasonable to me. If I seek to be undivided in my words, in my relationships, in my heart… well, shoot. I might just be doin’ okay.

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“When we don’t work with dignity our work becomes ‘separate’ from us, the person.”  – The Modern Craftsman’s Guide: Work with Dignity

I think about integrity—a lot. The alignment of words and actions is so powerful (and so scarce). As I look around at the tech startup world I often ache to see more integrity. Joe frames it as “both scary and empowering” that companies–startups and large corps alike–are increasingly being held accountable for their words and work. – What a Company Says It Is and What It Does

Lauren Bacon uses questions to frame ideas about connection between people online. – The Invisible Campfire of Online Communities

On the topic of good questions, my whip-smart friend Zack wonders about how to balance fear and creativity. – Fear and Creativity

The inspiration to write usually comes to me in twinges, flutters, whispers. I’m rarely overcome with obvious smacks of the muse. In this velvety, thick essay Sven Birkerts captures so many of the ways I feel about creating meaning through words. – The Unearned Gift

And this? This is simply happy-making. – How About a Crosswalk Light that Dances?

 

P.S. – Would you help a sister out? I’m going to get back to long form writing here on the blog, and I’d love to know if there’s anything you’d like to read from me. Let me know here