Appearing at Litquake on October 13

I'm interviewing critically-acclaimed German author Dietmar Dath on stage at Litquake on October 13 in San Francisco:

https://litquake2018.sched.com/event/Fe16

We'll discuss the sociological, philosophical, and cultural aspects of science fiction and his award-winning novel The Abolition of Species.

Complement with Alexander Weinstein on how technology is changing what it means to be humanLavie Tidhar on science fiction's sleeper hits, and my conversation with the Seattle Review of Books about making sense of the future.

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To get perspective, cultivate connection

In my latest column for Harvard Business Review, I explore how isolation can blind us to the bigger picture and what a Renaissance master can teach us about the psychological perils of leadership:

https://hbr.org/2018/09/why-seclusion-is-the-enemy-of-creativity

Complement with storytelling for startups, do what matters, and why business leaders need to read more science fiction.

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Education, career, and the "search" for meaning

Don't expect higher education to give your life meaning. Instead, make meaning for yourself and use college, grad school, apprenticeships, jobs, books, YouTube, direct experimentation, or whatever works for you to learn, explore, and level up your skills and thinking.

Likewise, don't expect your job to give your life meaning. I'm not on a career path. I'm on an adventure where I never know what's around the next bend, which can be harrowing and exhilarating. The best jobs are the ones you invent for yourself.

Purpose isn't something we find. It's something we create.

Complement with choose your own destiny, do what matters, and life lessons from a CIA agent turned NYT bestselling author.

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We Are What We Pay Attention To

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The America I believe in

I saw something beautiful on the streets of Oakland.

People of every age and color fashioned benches out of plastic crates and wooden boards and transformed the empty sidewalk in front of an old industrial facility into a communal feast.

That's the America I believe in.

Complement with Omar El Akkad's recipe for avoiding American ruin and my Google Talk about economic inequality and the future extrapolated in Cumulus.

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What My Secret Agent Grandmother Taught Me

In my latest column for Medium, I share what I learned from my oma about stories worth dying for:

https://medium.com/s/greatescape/how-stories-help-us-escape-491f24b233c8

Complement with a brief anatomy of story and how to kill a dragon.

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‘Bandwidth’ Examines How Our Feeds Create Our Reality

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