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Think with a paper trail

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Photo by Amélie Mourichon on Unsplash

Dave Breske is a UX designer who is passionate about simple, empathetic software. Through his work at Galaxy Digital, he makes software that helps connect volunteers with the causes they care about.

How do you approach your work?

I like to start by solely focusing on the problem, because without a really good idea of what your users actually need, it’s easy to solve the wrong problem. There’s a classic Einstein quote that goes something like “If I were given one hour to save the planet, I would spend 59 minutes defining the problem and one minute resolving it.” Especially in the corporate world, it’s not uncommon to get handed a project that already has some assumptions stapled on to it, and it can be tough to pump the breaks and spend some time really getting to the bottom of things. …


Entrepreneurship

An Interview with Len Schlesinger

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Image Source: Shutterstock

Len Schlesinger is President Emeritus at Babson College and the Baker Foundation Professor at Harvard Business School where he serves as Chair of the School’s Practice-based faculty and Coordinator of the Required Curriculum Section Chairs. He has served as a member of the HBS faculty from 1978 to 1985, 1988 to 1998 and 2013 to the present. During his career at the School, he has taught courses in Organizational Behavior, Organization Design, Human Resources Management, General Management, Neighborhood Business, Entrepreneurial Management, Global Immersion, Leadership and Service Management in MBA and Executive Education programs. …


And how we’ll be experimenting over the next 24 months

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Photo by Zoe Schaeffer on Unsplash

There is something unique about the writing community on Medium. At first glance, one might think that the writers on Medium are just like the creators on YouTube. And, there are definitely a lot of similarities between the two communities. Perhaps the biggest difference is the size of the community. Medium is by no means small, but YouTube is the second largest search engine on the planet owned by the first largest search engine on the planet.

So why write for Medium instead of, or in addition to, creating videos for YouTube? In my humble (and accurate) opinion, people choose to write on Medium instead of, or in addition, to YouTube for some of the same reasons people choose to run instead of, or in addition to, playing other sports. …


Across the lake in crisp Fall blue

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Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

Once more to cross in our canoe

Across the lake in crisp Fall blue

Our paddles deep below our grips

The turn and burn around our hips

Torn maps we follow

Through deep and shallow

Across the lake in crisp Fall blue

Our breaths too short to give a thought

The waters reflection draws us near

To the other side our only fear

A day’s good fishing now awaits

The sun falls down as the stars prepare

A new shore, a new arrival

To set up camp before the cold

Then starlit night and joy unfold

Another day gone by so fast

Once more to cross in our canoe

Across the lake in crisp Fall blue


10 types of emails to get rid of to save the planet

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Photo by u j e s h on Unsplash

You’ve got mail! It used to be so exciting and romantic to get an email. At least Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan made it seem that way. The somewhat prophetic plot of that movie was built around a corporate giant putting a boutique bookstore out of business. Since the founding of the first American e-commerce company in 1969 (CompuServe), the world has been transitioning more and more economic activity to the internet. At the same time, more and more of our hours are being spent in front of a computer consuming information and interacting with other people online. As a result, our computers, and the infrastructure supporting them, have been designed to do more for us. …


Time to throw our century-long Hail Mary play

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Photo credit: The Boston Globe

Some sports fans will remember Doug Flutie’s epic Hail Mary throw in the final seconds of the Orange Bowl in 1984. The throw was an act of desperation as there were only 6 seconds left at the beginning of the play, and a field goal was not an option as Boston College was down by 4 points. Flutie called the “55 Flood Tip” play, which sent three receivers straight down the field in the hopes that if one didn’t get a clean catch, another receiver might tip ball in their favor. …


Understanding the societal implications of our inaction

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Photo by Daniel Salgado on Unsplash

“Who has never killed an hour? Not casually or without thought, but carefully: a premeditated murder of minutes. The violence comes from a combination of giving up, not caring, and a resignation that getting past it is all you can hope to accomplish. So you kill the hour. You do not work, you do not read, you do not daydream. If you sleep it is not because you need to sleep. And when at last it is over, there is no evidence: no weapon, no blood, and no body. The only clue might be the shadows beneath your eyes or a terribly thin line near the corner of your mouth indicating something has been suffered, that in the privacy of your life you have lost something and the loss is too empty to share.” — Mark Z. …


Communicating the value of restoring the planet’s biodiversity

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Photo by Arnaud Mesureur on Unsplash

“The word “restore” is defined as the act of returning something back to its original state, but it’s also the act of returning it back to its original owners. The restoration of nature is for the local biodiversity and the communities that depend on it. And as that network grows, the collective action benefits everyone. And these benefits go far beyond the threat of climate change. Even if climate change stopped right now, the protection and rebuilding of earth’s biodiversity would still be a top priority because it underpins all life on earth. It can help us with all other global threats, including extreme weather events, droughts, food shortages and global pandemics.” …


An Interview with Dr. Chris Meinzen

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Photo courtesy of Dr. Chris Meinzen

Dr. Chris Meinzen is a hospitalist at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, Colorado. He earned his bachelor’s degree in creative writing and neuroscience at Tulane University in New Orleans, followed by working at the Red Cross, and eventually by medical school also at Tulane.

How did you decide to go to medical school?

I was a little bumbling at that age. I liked school, enjoyed learning, and had some good friends going in that direction. My family encouraged me to try it out, and here I am 10 years later.

Did you consider other healthcare or public health tracks?

I didn’t, but mostly due to lack of exposure. I think the larger impact of public health is really interesting. I’m not sure I had ever really considered other healthcare tracks, though there are a lot to look at for sure. The physical and occupational therapists always seem the happiest in the hospitals. …


An Interview with Colorado Hospitalist, Dr. Chris Meinzen

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Photo courtesy of Dr. Chris Meinzen

Dr. Chris Meinzen is a hospitalist in Grand Junction, Colorado. He went to medical school at Tulane University, and completed his residency at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction. After graduating, he completed a year of research with Johns Hopkins Infectious Disease group in Peru. This experience showed him both how fortunate we are here as well as how resilient the human spirit can be during difficult times. In this interview, he discusses the Coronavirus and how his work has changed over the past 9 months. This discussion was inspired by a story Dr. …

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