The more we’re governed by idiots and have no control over our destinies, the more we need to tell stories to each other about who we are, why we are, where we come from, and what might be possible.

– Alan Rickman


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It’s been heart-warming to receive so many kind replies from you, offering I-hear-you’s and your own ways of dealing with the doom and gloom. I have a feeling that talking about eco-anxiety and ecological grief is something we all have to become much more well versed in, especially those of us who have kids. A friend pointed me to this useful little guide on how to cope with climate distress (PDF).

Several conversations with readers also focused on taking action, not just as individuals but as being part of an organisation. Helping commit a company to bold action is one of the best ways to scale up individual efforts.

I went hunting for a kind of policy blueprint that tech businesses could easily adapt and integrate into their own practice. The global B Corp movement offers a lot of thoughtful guides, including their climate emergency playbook (PDF). (Don’t miss this post on what’s involved in becoming a certified B Corp as a startup.) And I also admire Wholegrain’s About page which lists some of their climate commitments and environmental practices.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a publicly available and actionable framework that lays out a set of policies for lowering a company’s climate and overall environmental footprint. Note that I’m not after declarations, pledges or manifestos, but real, enactable company policies. If you know of such a thing, please hit reply and let me know. – Kai

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Apps & Sites

Whereby →

App-free video conferencing

I really enjoy using Whereby for video conferences. It’s completely browser based, so no installs necessary. Just share a URL and start chatting. The recent brand refresh makes it even more enjoyable.

FutureMe →

A letter to future me

A very simple idea: write down any thoughts that you want your future self to reflect on. FutureMe then sends it to you at a specific date in the future.

Padloc →

Open-source password manager

Another entry to the password manager category: Padloc is a transparently developed, secure vault for all your passwords. Available on all major OSes and devices.

Look Busy →

Fake calendar events

Eye-roll recommend: “Look Busy fills your work calendar with realistic-looking (but secretly fake) work events. Your co-workers won’t schedule conference calls and meetings, so you can get actual work done.”


Indie Mag of the Week


It’s A Passion Thing →

It’s A Passion Thing is a biannual magazine celebrating aptitude and passion in creating a style of life.

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Sandworm →

A new era of cyberwar

“A chilling, globe-spanning detective story, Sandworm considers the danger [cyberwar] poses to our national security and stability. As the Kremlin’s role in foreign government manipulation comes into greater focus, Sandworm exposes the realities not just of Russia’s global digital offensive, but of an era where warfare ceases to be waged on the battlefield. It reveals how the lines between digital and physical conflict, between wartime and peacetime, have begun to blur – with world-shaking implications.”


Schon DSGN pen →

Classic machined pen

Offered in a range of weights and materials, and “designed to be a compact, dependable pen that you can easily carry with you every day, The Classic Collection pen provides you that little bit of analog back to an increasingly digital lifestyle.” I like this idea of a pen for a lifetime, maybe even as an item to pass on to another generation.


Overheard on Twitter

Simply wild how much in life is fucked solely because someone somewhere would make less money if it were better.



Food For Thought

Bots Are Destroying Political Discourse As We Know It →


Digital security legend Bruce Schneier with a succinct overview of how bots have and will (with increased intelligence) shape our political discourse online: “Our future will consist of boisterous political debate, mostly bots arguing with other bots. This is not what we think of when we laud the marketplace of ideas, or any democratic political process. Democracy requires two things to function properly: information and agency. Artificial personas can starve people of both.”

The Earth Will Remember Humans for the Mess We Left Behind →


“Some scientists are trying to name our current geologic epoch after us – calling it the Anthropocene. That’s no brag, because most of the changes we’re making to our planet are embarrassing. We’ve caused huge shifts in the plants and animals sharing the planet with us, driven many species to extinction, left a layer of radioactive fallout from exploding nuclear bombs, accidentally changed the composition of our atmosphere, and left a layer of plastic that will in all likelihood still be around in a million years.”

Voting could be the problem with democracy →


This political scientist proposes a pretty radical and fascinating solution to many of the maladies of Western democracy: “My research shows that another approach – randomly selecting citizens to take turns governing – offers the promise of reinvigorating struggling democracies. That could make them more responsive to citizen needs and preferences, and less vulnerable to outside manipulation.”


Aesthetically Pleasing

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Studio Futura designed this warm, friendly image for Buddy Buddy, a nut butter brand located in Belgium

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I hadn’t heard of the word ‘marquetry’ before until I stumbled across the work of AFTSTUDIO and now I want some for my wall and/or kitchen.

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Moderat is a geometric sans-serif type family, consisting of 42 styles, ranging from thin to black in three widths – condensed, standard and extended, with corresponding italics and six mono styles.

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I love the ingenuity that goes into small-space living. This apartment’s transforming furniture includes lots of little hideouts for cats!



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