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The Overture SNAP

We started the surveys to connect creative professionals with each other through issues we felt of interest. Issues that are growing increasingly volatile.  Twenty-twenty kicked in with political anger at an all-time high and increasing alarm over global warming. Then came the pandemic shortly followed by the police murder of George Floyd. Black lives matter […]

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Essential worker

Back to work. We must keep the economy going. Back to work. You’re part of an essential industry. Back to work. We know it’s risky. Back to work. Somebody’s got to do it.   Profits over people is the message here. Sadly not enough “essential” brands seem to know that trading people’s lives for short […]

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“Be Afraid,” I said to myself

What does it mean for organizations, for brands and for the people who create them when our police are acting like a military force?   Is there a “right way” to mix the disturbing issues of our time with our careers? With the products and services we provide? Should we avoid the discussion or jump […]

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A Better Mousetrap

“Living at home.” It might conjure some image of sleeping on the couch where you spent childhood holidays. For those of us long past college, the Spring of 2020 may be the first time we are actually living at home. Not our parents’ place but our own. Not living in the dark—literally—where we leave for […]

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A Falling Democracy: One Pole at a Time

The erosion of democracy begins quietly. Often by means that don’t violate the law, thumbing noses at process and subpoena power. Enabling power-consolidating legislation, and leaders with authoritarian impulses. Many democratic eroding strategies progress with the unspoken support of the people, activated in plain view through amendments or legislative process. These multiple small weakening steps […]

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People gone, nature returns, digital rules

The raccoons were already common when I moved into Madison Park. Then one night on a dog walk, I saw my first coyote. She wasn’t a big one, but she was followed by two pups. Wary of me and the dogs. Careful, yes, but she seemed not afraid of a man and two big sheepdogs. […]

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