Approaching Cybernirvana: Oneness with the Web

Approaching Cybernirvana: Oneness with the Web

The Internet is a virtual manifestation of something we each yearn for deep within our hearts and souls: Nirvana, which is the end of suffering and the ability to connect with and be one with all things. It may be challenging to consider realities not based in pain...
Design Thinking & the village of Wambuzi

Design Thinking & the village of Wambuzi

A sailor and a doctor walk into a bar – no, it’s not the beginning of a bad joke, it’s actually the beginning of something quite beautiful. It was by sheer coincidence that I got to know my Zambian friend, Selemani.  He was looking for a table for...
Why I teach prisoners to code

Why I teach prisoners to code

During the Seattle Interactive Conference (#SIC16) David Almeida inspired the audience with a frank and open discussion about an amazing program his group (Unloop) is spearheading that teaches inmates software coding skills. Unloop has stumbled upon an incredibly...
In the movie of life, you’re the director

In the movie of life, you’re the director

Have you ever wondered why someone might immediately cringe at the very thought of an insect while smile when presented with a gift or bouquet of flowers? If not, you wouldn’t be alone.  Such auto-experiences are so deeply embodied that most people don’t even ponder...
The trouble is, you think you have time.

The trouble is, you think you have time.

After seeing this meme a friend sent this message right before take-off on a flight to Seattle: “Interesting.  I’m not sure what that means.  Not to be difficult but when I read it I know I have time.  Even if it’s 5 minutes. I’m ready for my after life.  How do you...
Finding Inner Peace before a Military Deployment

Finding Inner Peace before a Military Deployment

How monks helped prepare me for uncertainty It’s 4am at the monastery and by this point I’ve already meditated for 30 minutes. At 7am when I sit to enjoy a simple breakfast in noble silence, 20 hours would have passed since my last meal. As the monks and I gather in...