29 May 2020

Pandemic Identity

The last few months have been a surreal psychological experience. Mid-March, I found myself witnessing societal shifts that subconsciously I wasn't expecting to see for another decade. 

My approach to handling recent world events is, I suspect, not that different from yours. Like so many of us, I regularly retreat into my mental safe space, leaning on and melting into much loved past times. An article by my former boss, Roksanda Illincic, led me to, where...

24 Apr 2020

Avoid the News 

This article is the antidote to news. It is long and you probably won’t be able to skim it. Thanks to heavy news consumption many people have lost the reading habit and struggle to absorb more than four pages straight - Rolf Dobelli, ‘Avoid the News: Towards a Healthy News Habit’, 2010. 

If you have 20 minutes to spare, you should read the article for yourself. Your brain will thank you for it. 

To synthesize some of my favourite points from the article, Dobelli argues that the...

18 Oct 2019

It's not my favourite song from the Pure Comedy album. It’s my third favourite.

I don’t know Father John Misty personally but I’m glad that someone like him exists. He is thoughtful and in possession of an uncompromising brand of honesty. In short, here is a man afflicted by 'the madness of sincerity'. A personality trait I’ve been thinking a lot about recently, ever since I saw Greta’s speech at the UN this September.  

It’s demoralising to be made...

4 Oct 2019

The New Frontier is Here

Whenever I hear the words ‘thought leader’ I think of Jacqueline Kennedy and wonder what she would have made of their pairing. I suspect she would have recoiled at the thought of someone calling her first husband that.

She might well have considered ‘thought leader’ to be a perversion of two perfectly respectable words, fused together to create a synthetic and clumsy phrase that is about as inspiring as the word ‘thoughtcrime’ is innocent. 

That's what she wo...

2 Sep 2019

Climate change will be felt through water

Climate change will be felt through water as it alters the quality, amount, distribution and timing of available water. By 2025, one in every two people on the planet will live with water stress. For one in nine, the problem is already here. ⁣

All our existing water problems will be significantly exacerbated by climate change which is already having a measurable effect on the water cycle. Ecosystems, industries and communities will be affected as t...

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