Money, Money, Money, Money

I was stunned. I walked outside from the bank to see a pile of 20s littering the ground, being picked up and scattered by the wind. There must have been thousands of dollars worth of bills there. Now, THAT’s something you don’t see every day. I dove for them to keep them from flying away. […]

Tackling Tough Problems

Need a dose of inspiration? Seth Godin speaks to the need for leadership, courage, and willingness to keep on tackling tough problems, even when we initially fail. Resilience at its best.

We Create Our Own Reality

Blindness gave him insight: Reality isn’t something you perceive; it’s something you create in your mind. Isaac Lidsky learned this profound lesson firsthand, when unexpected life circumstances yielded valuable insights. In this introspective, personal talk, he challenges us to let go of excuses, assumptions and fears, and accept the awesome responsibility of being the creators […]

Pushing the Boundaries of What’s Possible

How can assistive technology be improved? As we continue to merge with machines, bionic competitions are sparking interest and opportunities. The Cybathlon will bring together people with disabilities or physical weaknesses, researchers and developers, governments and other agencies that fund services and research. It will also showcase the importance of this work to the general […]

Why Diversity?

Sometimes, all it takes is a different perspective to change EVERYTHING. Wanda Diaz Merced studies the light emitted by gamma-ray bursts, the most energetic events in the universe. When she lost her sight and was left without a way to do her science, she had a revelatory insight: the light curves she could no longer […]

Lego, My Lego!

What an incredibly clever idea to improve literacy and inclusion for children who are blind or visually impaired. Sighted children get to learn a code. Come on, Lego, you HAVE to make these. They’re way too cool…

Virtual Reality is Changing Reality

While I am bemused as to why perfectly healthy people would want to walk around staring at their cell phones chasing Pikachu, I am hopeful. Virtual reality is showing promise in revolutionizing health care. Through visualization, paraplegics are teaching their brains new communication pathways to connect with paralyzed limbs. Imagine the possibilities! In the meantime, there […]

All About Giving

A couple of recent articles from the Greater Good Science Center caught my eye. They explore interesting questions around giving to causes. Do people with the highest incomes give less? How does it feel when a person ignores an opportunity to help others? The Poor Give More How Does It Feel Not to Give?

Nurturing Dynamic Communities

Communities that are generative are always moving through five conditions – connecting, grounding, informing, discussing, and engaging – by way of convening and narrating. Convening and narrating are the core dynamic that supports generative communities, or communities that have achieved a dynamic of self-sustaining growth and vibrancy in harmony with other communities and their environment. […]

Stories are Our Superpower

Lisa Chron believes our ability to share stories is a superpower. “Story was more important to our evolution than opposable thumbs.” It kept us from eating poisonous berries because we learned of others who had and died from eating them. She advises, “We turn to story to learn how to navigate reality.” Story translates ideas […]

How Tech’s Biggest Names are Making Accessibility a Top Priority

According to the World Health Organization, more than one billion people have some form of disability today. That’s one in seven people around the world who may look at technology as a way to make their lives more manageable. Take a look at how tech companies are building in accessibility right from the get-go. That will make […]

A New View of Life

16 minutes that may change how you view life… Having spent decades as an affluent but ‘typical, institutionalised, educated Western man’, the neurologist John Kitchin radically reassessed his life after finding that he was losing his eyesight and had grown unsatisfied in his work. Emerging from a bout of hopelessness with the realisation that all […]

Navigating Language

In writing about disability, choice of words matters. There’s controversy here. There are differing opinions and evolving attitudes among various groups. That’s why I find it important to have direct interviews with people I write about. I take the maxim “Nothing about us without us” seriously. We are richer as a community when all voices […]