"The questions that are important to me are: who is suffering? What causes their suffering? Who benefits from their suffering? Who enables it, who accepts it? Then I go from there. Even if our current political and economic situation improved dramatically, I would ask the same questions."
— Sarah Kendzior, via
"In a university-level Multiculturalism in the U.S. class I was teaching, a student argued that gentrification is good because it adds things to communities where there isn’t anything valuable. Which speaks volumes to the mindset of gentrification."
— Are we your wallpaper? on The Good Men Project
"I’ll tell you what people look like, really: they look like flames. Or like the stars, on a clear night in the wilderness."
— Dale Favier
I absolutely believe the tech in my example companies is important to their business. But it is not the core; it is not the star. Without the service component, the tech is meaningless. The tech is applied as the business grows to remove manual pains and scale.
Ben Ogle, “An idea for non-technical co-founders: try a service-first visit”
"There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so."
— Hamlet, quoted in The Joy of Less
"We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny."
— Martin Luther King, Jr, in his Letter from Birmingham Jail
"And those words came to me: the poor, the poor. Then, right away, thinking of the poor, I thought of Francis of Assisi. Then I thought of all the wars, as the votes were still being counted, till the end. Francis is also the man of peace. That is how the name came into my heart: Francis of Assisi. For me, he is the man of poverty, the man of peace, the man who loves and protects creation; these days we do not have a very good relationship with creation, do we? He is the man who gives us this spirit of peace, the poor man … How I would like a Church which is poor and for the poor!"
— Pope Francis, speaking to the press corps for the first time since being elected
"The most visible journalism these days — aka the loudest journalism, namely cable news, pop culture blogs, tabloid magazines, TMZ, Buzzfeed, HuffPo, talk radio, etc. — mostly takes the form of opinionated conversation: professional media people discussing current events much like you and your friends might at a crowded lunch table. A side effect of this way of doing journalism is that you rarely hear from anyone who actually is an expert on the subject of interest at any particular time. That approach doesn’t scale; finding and talking to experts is time consuming and experts without axes to grind are boring anyway. So what you get instead are people who are experts at talking about things about which they are inexpert."
Jason Kottke, The challenges of conversational journalism
This is one of the many reasons I ultimately decided not to pursue a career in journalism after spending my high school and college years studying and participating in the craft. Who was I to be writing these stories about everything from new fuel regulations for light-weight SUVs to doulas? That’s not to say that there aren’t journalists who have developed an incredible amount of domain knowledge through many years of work, but it seems that these voices are also getting lost in the din.
"Your hands are not made to type out memos. Or put paper through fax machines. Or hold a phone up while you talk to people you dislike. A hundred years from now your hands will rot like dust in your grave. You have to make wonderful use of those hands now. Kiss your hands so they can make magic."
— 10 reasons why 2013 will be the year you quit your job
"Change is not made without inconvenience, even from worse to better."
— Robert Hooker, quoted by Sister Joan Chittister