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Author: Daniela

Imaging the future and making it happen

“Every shitty thing we do makes the next one that much easier”

I couldn’t agree more with the character Naomi Nagata of the sci-fi show  The Expanse. It starts with small acts or semi-benign sayings. If nobody says or does anything, things escalate. And the next thing becomes easier. As a society, we are on the path of accelerating the speed at each we spew vitriol, while…
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The fallacy of the “right tools”

Conventional wisdom says that you have to have the right tools for the job, because if you don’t, your work will not have the “right” quality. I love learning about the creative process of various creative people – from scientists, to filmmakers, to writers, to music creators. In every single interview about their work or…
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System thinking outlawed

We look at what is going on in the world and ask ourselves the same wrong questions and making the same wrong assumption: “It’s never been like this ever”. Well, it has. Always. Sometimes, it was even worse. The biggest difference is that everything was regionalized, and the region was very small: the village, the…
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Rootless beings

“[…] what life had taught me is that where we come from is a point – not the starting point, not the defining point – just a point. It’s where we are that really counts.” (Alexandra Fuller – Leaving before the rains come – 2015) The Queen of Denmark said in an interview that part of…
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Living in zero gravity

I tried to describe the surreal feeling about living in today’s world –  a world where truth is mostly ignored, where life comes in tiny fragments, where nothing seems real, where you feel like you need lead-soled boots to keep grounded and a compass to show you which way is north. Then, it hit me.…
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Fragments, crumbs, and crazy glue

Couple of years ago, I came across Joan Didion’s White Album essay. She talked about a time in American history that turned everything on its head. The essay was written few years after the actual events took place. Yet, she was still processing what happened. And the part that got me was the fragmentation of…
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Sun, Coffee, Wine

When you can’t be in Paradise, you make Paradise come to you. No ocean? Ocean breeze scented candles and air freshener will do it.  No acrobatic Pelicans? Funny dogs will do it. No fish playing in the ocean? Chocolate dessert looking like a shark swimming in the ocean waves will do it. If you can’t…
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Burning notebooks

One author wondered why Jules Verne burned all his notebooks about his books, two years before he died. The question was, “What did he have to hide?” Nothing. It’s not about hiding. It’s about not allowing people to see your work. Some work can or will be publish or it’s ok to be read by…
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The evolution of language

280-character messages. Emojis galore. SMS and chat abbreviations and acronyms. The FBI compiled a listof most common Twitter shorthand. The document has no less than 83 pages. The linguist John McWhorter gave a very funny and informative TED talk on the impact of texting in the evolution of our language. He argued that, as annoying as…
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Garbage Valet

Modern conveniences. They were supposed to make our lives better, more enjoyable, and easier. They were supposed to streamline our lives and give us more time to time to do other things than chores. Or, were they? Take the Garbage Valet. Marvelous idea. The waste management company comes and picks up your garbage, including recycling …
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