On Baltimore: Distress, Distractions and Discipline

For quite some time, I’ve kept my thoughts on the issues affecting minority communities around the country to myself. Occasionally, I’ll share my thoughts with my wife or a close friend. But mostly I’ve spent my time listening to understand and not to reply; to conversations on blogs, in the news media, on Facebook, etc. [...]

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Swimming Against the Current

My favorite time of the day is every morning between 4 a.m and 6 a.m. The roads are clear. The gym is empty. The house is quiet. My mind is fresh. I always feel like I’m getting ahead of the rest of the world. Whether I’m reading, exercising, working or thinking — it feels like everyone else [...]

Involuntary Role Models

Did you know that you’re someone’s role model? Somewhere out in the world, there’s a kid, a colleague, a friend, a relative — someone — who thinks the world of you. It might be easy to identify them. Maybe you’re a famous athlete. Maybe you’re a professor. Maybe you’re a parent. But it might be harder. You might inspire [...]

Trust, Transparency and Keeping it Real

In 1973, a study was published in the journal Science (riveting title) by psychologist David Rosenhan that tried to answer a simple question: ‘if sanity and insanity exist how will we know’? Eight totally sane people were recruited and secretly admitted to various hospitals across the country. ‘Sane’ meaning “people who [did] not have, and [...]

What Meerkat, Periscope and Mobile Live-Stream Video Could Mean for Brands

Periscope, a live streaming video app that allows you to share and watch live video from your phone, was acquired by Twitter back in January. The confirmation came via Twitter in March. When Facebook, Google or Twitter makes an acquisition, we pay attention. At that point, the app was still in beta and not live [...]