On Thursday, I talked about two physics concepts that apply to our lives, our work, and our world: resonance and dissipative structures. Resonance teaches us that with the right timing, those of us of like mind, on the same wavelength, will have a magnified effect on the world when we come together—a much greater effect […]
With the Spring Equinox, Passover, and Easter, this time of year is one of renewal, regrowth (and new growth), freedom, and the chance to start fresh, to restore—and re-story—our lives and our work. Taking a longer view, we can see signs that as humans, we are in the spring of our existence, emerging from a […]
In 1826, as soldiers marched across a bridge that spanned the River Irwell in England, the bridge began vibrating in time with their steps, ever more violently until the bridge collapsed. From that point on, British soldiers were ordered to break step when marching across a bridge. What happened was a physics phenomenon called resonance. […]
I have written before about the backlash against women’s growing power and success and what we can do about it (see “How Being Successful Can Save the Planet” and “Talking Ourselves out of Success”). The rising assaults on women’s rights—and the assaults on women’s bodies—follow and coincide with a long upward trajectory of women’s power […]
I feel the earth move under my feet. I feel the sky tumbling down, tumbling down. ~ Carole King, “I Feel the Earth Move” It was an ordinary summer day on the East Coast. I was enjoying a nice lunch out when suddenly the luncheonette started trembling. I couldn’t wrap my mind […]
Many of you are probably familiar with Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, which is typically depicted as a pyramid (shown below), with our most fundamental needs for food, water, security, love, and so on forming the foundational rows of the pyramid. Without these basic reptilian needs met, Maslow theorized, we would not be motivated to […]
Women are increasing their power all over the world, and the world is profiting from it. A recent McKinsey survey showed an increase in profits in emerging markets for 34 percent of companies who’d made empowering women a priority. According to Catalyst, companies with women board members outperform those with all-male boards by 42% to […]
This historic week reminds us of just how much we have been through together, as a nation and as individuals, from the civil rights movement we honor as we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., to women’s rights, so much of which is embodied in Roe vs. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision made 40 years […]
What is a midlife crisis? The clichéd images are of a man in his 40s buying a red sports car and pursuing younger women, but a recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences calls into question these clichés.
Growing up in Brooklyn, then spending my adolescence along Long Island’s sound, I remember seeing my share of storms—heavy rain and high winds strong enough to smash boats. I felt a healthy respect for the power of Mother Nature, of Gaia, our Earth. And these storms weren’t even close to the size and power of Hurricane Sandy.