We are all living through the most intense era of information aggregation, communications dissemination and data transfer in the history of our species.
It’s requiring us to process, on a daily basis, the same amount of information that many people in past centuries had to process over their entire lifetimes.
This is causing people to react in mostly two ways.
Some people are rising to the occasion, thriving, growing, elevating, educating themselves, learning and up-skilling, claiming their power and discovering new strengths they didn’t even know they previously possessed.
Others are shrinking — reluctant to evolve, decrying the pace of…
These are what the signs used to say.
Don’t forget history.
Don’t forget where we are coming from – and where we still have to go.
Tough being a Black Jewish man right now and hearing and seeing all of this ignorance. All of this nonsense.
Supremacist thought of all kinds needs to end.
Anti-Semitism needs to end.
White supremacy needs to end.
Black supremacy needs to end.
Brown supremacy needs to end.
My black brothers and sisters – Jews are not your enemy. My Jewish brother and sisters – Black people are not your enemy.
Blackness is a made…
My uncle Robert called me out of the blue and we had a rousing heart to heart about all of the things happening in the world right now.
My uncle is one of the people I perhaps respect the most on the entire planet. He’s basically me – 30 years in the future. We are so alike it’s uncanny.
One of the all-time fictional characters that I have always drawn inspiration from is the character of Spock from Star Trek, famously personified by the peerless Leonard Nimoy. Spock is is the ultimate stoic, even keel in his emotions and reactions…
The beautiful aspect about all of this chaos is — realization.
Realizing that we are, in fact, not innately evil.
We were mostly just ignorant.
We were walking around with faulty data and decades of bad programming and misinformation. In many cases, forces beyond our control conspired for centuries to keep us fearful of each other.
We all came into 2020 talking a big game and chirping about #2020Vision … well, we are getting what we wished for, are we not?
We can change this collectively. And it can happen within a generation.
In the next 1000…
The smiling avatars and friendly profile pictures that accompany my social profiles are oftentimes a mask.
The posts laden with exclamation marks and displays of joy, the sharing of business triumphs and new product launches and entrepreneurial achievements, encouraging messages and status updates touting hope and the carefully curated sharing of personal struggles are sometimes very, very inauthentic to how I am truly feeling.
Because in many of those moments, the moments I allow you to see this varnished, polished version of me, where I am hoping you associate me with good times and positive vibes and happiness — I…
A couple days ago, The Atlantic published a polarizing article about emerging social media personality Emma Chamberlain, suggesting that the teen-aged Youtuber may be one of the most impactful influencers on the planet right now — and perhaps the most important creator on Google’s vaunted video platform.
Let’s first off preface this obvious rebuttal by saying that I have a lot of respect for The Atlantic, the entire history of their century old publication and their always indomitable writing staff. Though taking a position like Taylor Lorenz did in this piece is often highly subjective, wildly open for debate and…
I write a lot of copy.
A lot of it.
I write so much of it that sometimes, it feels like the copy is writing me.
I hear the refrain from many people on a weekly basis that they do want to get started writing or sharing their thoughts or producing content but — they don’t have anything to say.
I challenge that.
There is content all around you. You have plenty to say. You have so much to share. I want you to stop thinking so hard and just start — publishing.
Most of all, everything has changed in…
As those closest to me know, my dear father passed away in 2012 and I miss him dearly. Today would have been only his 62nd birthday!
Those even closer to me will remember that he was one of the most fiercely compassionate people they had ever met, emphasis on the word fierce because my dad was a fighter — there was never a fight he ever backed down from in his life. In addition to be a commodities broker, a capital markets analyst, a religious scholar and a rabbi — he spent countless hours volunteering, mentoring and teaching. …
“Some things benefit from shocks; they thrive and grow when exposed to volatility, randomness, disorder, and stressors and love adventure, risk, and uncertainty. Yet, in spite of the ubiquity of the phenomenon, there is no word for the exact opposite of fragile. Let us call it antifragile.”
— Nassim Nicholas Taleb
In the last several years I have been playing catchup, seemingly crossing the chasm from superficiality back to substance. …
That’s the number.
That’s the number of weeks that you may, may get to make all your dreams come true — if you’re lucky enough to live to 80 years old, that is.
I know — when you stare at it and think of it in relation to the amount of time you thought you get in a lifetime, it’s a staggeringly small number.
It has been a favorite dinner party topic of mine for the last several years, mostly because of the shock value it retains. It takes everyone, everyone by surprise.
Anyone who knows me knows I do…
Agency Director, Product Manager and Brand Strategist. Co-Founder @ New Copy Media and @ Pluto Cloud. Storyteller, cultural observer and eternal optimist.