The power of ideas

There are so many things we cannot control about our lives if you think about it. We cannot control when/where we are born and when/where/how we die for the most part. We cannot control natural disasters. We cannot control random accidents or whether or not we will be victims of crime.  Of course social and…
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Transformation vs Magic

Our hopes and fears and thoughts connect us all. Sometimes I am caught up in my own hopes and thoughts only to get talking to another loved one and see that they too are in the middle of something: moving, finding work, creating something, making a change, navigating a relationship, overcoming a disappointment, parenting, finding some clarity,…
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Handling our gifts with care

When I am doing rote work  I like to watch movies, shows or Youtube videos as I work. Sometime last week I was listening to Desmond Tutu talk about his work during the apartheid era especially his work with the truth and reconciliation mission. The truth and reconciliation mission, a means of restorative justice, still strikes…
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Intelligence: Moving beyond the hero to the ecosystem

Today, we have a perspective that is necessarily, even urgently global. We are more aware that our actions are far reaching, their effects not as reductive as we think, the causes of problems not as simple as we think and that the right solutions are those with a much more systemic perspective. We now understand our individual trajectory…
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Filters and reality

I was watching the perfect sunset this evening on one of the bridges in Lagos. I don’t remember which of the bridges as I was stuck in traffic and falling in and out of sleep. My phone battery had died. I might have taken a picture otherwise. The sun was orange – a yolky, fat, full…
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What I REALLY need to thrive

There are many voices out there that will tell you quietly or noisily exactly what you need. What you should need. Sometimes it is really hard to tell what you really do need to thrive. It takes a lot of practice to learn yourself and be your own yardstick. You learn, hopefully supported by others…
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“Against all odds we live” – A conversation with Fati Abubakar from Bits of Borno

Note: I was drawn to the work of Fati Abubakar from Bits of Borno who is chronicling daily life in Borno in a much more multifaceted way than the typical Boko Haram centered statistics you may see in the news. Fati’s work is a confrontation. I am drawn to how she is weaving beauty and…
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Bridging the disconnect between our ideas and our everyday

Bringing our big ideas home to our imperfect and concrete realities allows us to test them, to refine them and to allow them to change us. Is it possible to have intellectually rigorous ideas about a global issue and yet it does not have any impact on our day to day? Is it possible to…
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Resilience is a story I could tell myself.

        When do ideas stop being abstract and become real things? Here’s something to consider: having a fatalistic sense of the world makes you less likely to take ownership of your health and adhere to required medical treatments since you do not think you have control over what happens to you. And in…
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Happy 2016

Have you ever noticed how beautifully complex you are? You have probably lived many lives. I think about that sometimes, how I have been a very different person, living in a different place, doing something different at different times, having different logics that guided me. Maybe my essence did not change but I was markedly…
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