Can’t believe it’s been nearly 14 years since I bought “Rabbit Songs.” Finally get to see HEM perform live at @PopTech. Really gorgeous. (at Camden Opera House)
I was not provided with the kit to make a Lego duck in 1 minute. But this cat did at @PopTech.
"Creativity is so close to the bone of our being." -Andrew Zolli kicks off the @poptech conference with the theme ‘Sparks of Brilliance’ (at Camden Opera House)
Postcard from San Francisco: Jun Kaneko’s Tall Dango.
Postcard from SFO: Tyrannosaurus Butterfield.
Had the absolute honor of driving several hours with Rachel Naomi Remen. She’s a total mensch. And a riveting storyteller!
We chatted about everything from architecture to addressing people’s pain first and then attaching it to something they care about to enable long-lasting change. If you’ve never heard her speak (or even if you have), I implore you to listen to this conversation on “listening generously”: http://www.onbeing.org/program/listening-generously/124
What’s she holding, you ask? It’s a fruit called The Buddha’s Hand. Grown in the Sonoma Hills. Fantastic!
Here I am, looking out my window into downtown San Francisco, and these words from @ParkerPalmer pass my way:
"If we value things like friendship, family, community, education, workplaces that work, and democracy, there’s a minimum requirement. We must learn to talk with each other, even when we disagree. Not "at" each other, or even "to" each other, but "with" each other!
So, how’s that going for us? The answer varies from one person to another, from one setting to the next. But when it comes to American democracy, it’s not going very well.
The problem goes much deeper than the infamous dysfunction in Washington, D.C., where they got so worn down by the last round of not talking with each other that they’re taking a time-out before the next round of not talking with each other. The problem goes all the way down to us, to “We the People”.
WE could have an impact on how THEY talk with each other IF we would learn to talk with each other across OUR lines of difference. For real. In a democracy, that’s how “We the People” address urgent issues, form a rough consensus on the common good, and hold our leaders accountable to our will. When we can’t do any of that, we have no leverage on our government.”
Just gorgeous architecture in downtown Oakland. Our work takes us to places that stir the soul.