Inventology: how we dream up things that change the world 6   Recently updated !

What inspires people to invent things especially the inventions that are so obvious once they are created?  What inspires people who invent things that are not obvious – like the cell phone, the computer, or the 3D printer?  Can the curiosity and dogged determination of many of the inventors featured […]



No One Comes from Nothing _ Stop Saying This!

“I came from nothing.”  “S/he came from nothing.”  I hear this phrase applied or self-described regularly when someone who has made an achievement noteworthy enough to make the news recounts the journey.  It is a convenient sound bite and it drives me coo-coo plus it just isn’t true. Stop saying […]

The 13th – Director Ava DuVernay’s documentary for Netflix 2

Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction. —The 13th Amendment, passed by Congress on January 31, 1865, ratified by the states on December 6, 1865 […]



In despair about disparities 5

So, you’ve invited to the meeting, convening, conversation or whatever the hell  it’s being called this time – Striving for Social Justice, Calling out Inequalities,  Candid  Conversations, City-wide Dialogues,..Sometimes the event is public. Other times it is by special invitation. You’ve been hand-selected to attend.  (What will the door prize […]

What I’m Reading – The Health Gap by Sir Michael Marmot 1

I’ve been reading some interesting books and so thought I’d start sharing specific books on a regular basis.  First up is The Health Gap: The Challenge of an Unequal World by Sir Michael Marmot, President of the World Medical Association.  I heard him speak on NPR and immediately bought this book. Rather […]

The Health Gap


To be real about resilience 9

I’ve listened to many keynote speakers, presenters and panelists talk about the importance of resiliency over the years for Blacks, other people of color, poor people and women.  What I’ve yet to hear is a speaker getting real about resilience: the tools they used, the situations they faced and who/what […]