Set the politics aside. It’s time to talk about policy.

“We need to get back to a functioning government. If the process can work again, we have a chance to solve our biggest problems.”

Clarity First Newsletter, April 13, 2018

“For me context is the key – from that comes the understanding of everything.” – Kenneth Noland

Finding coherence in a weekly newsletter

In August of 2016 I started to write a weekly newsletter. Now, 86 letters later, it’s starting to cohere into something larger.

Dieter Rams’ ten principles for good design

In the late 1970’s designer Dieter Rams stopped to question how he defined “good” design. His answer has become a manifesto for conscientious designers ever since.

Clarity First Newsletter, April 6, 2018

“We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve.” – Bill Gates

Use the 1-2-3 list to get more done and have more fun doing it.

Not every task on your to-do list takes the same amount of time. You’ll get more done and enjoy the process more if you order the list accordingly.

Clarity First Newsletter, March 30, 2018

“With our lives we make our answers all the time to this ravenous, beautiful, mutilated, gorgeous world.” – Victoria Stafford

Clarity First Newsletter, March 23, 2018

“Sometimes it’s better to be kind than to be right. We do not need an intelligent mind that speaks, but a patient heart that listens.”?—?Gautama Buddha

Clarity First Newsletter, March 16, 2018

“Today, as the world becomes smaller and smaller, the concept of “us” and “them” is almost outdated…in reality we all depend on one another, our interests and those of others are very interconnected.” – the Dali Lama

Clarity First Newsletter, March 9, 2018

“When a system is far from equilibrium, small islands of coherence have the capacity to shift the entire system”. – Ilya Prigogine

What Norway can teach us about high performance

“Zero tolerance for jerks” and five other things we can learn from a winning team.

Clarity First Newsletter, March 2, 2018

“I think we should all be more inquisitive and much nicer to each other.” – Anthony Burrill

Clarity First Newsletter February 23, 2018

“Both artists and entrepreneurs function as our society’s scouts, forerunners who are sensitive to changing conditions, on the lookout for broader perspectives and new opportunities, who report back to the rest of us about the emerging landscape ahead.” – Yo-Yo Ma

Clarity First Newsletter, February 16, 2018

“Graphic design will save the world, right after rock and roll does.” – David Carson

Clarity First Newsletter, February 9, 2018

“We cling to our individuality, but we experience true ecstasy when we give it up.” – David Byrne

Clarity First Newsletter, February 2, 2018

“A vision is not just a picture of what could be; it is an appeal to our better selves, a call to become something more.” – Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Clarity First Newsletter, January 26, 2018

“You’ve got to think about big things while you’re doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction.” – Alvin Toffler

Clarity First Newsletter, January 19, 2018

“The world is not to be put in order, the world is in order. It is for us to put ourselves in unison with this order.” – Henry Miller

Clarity First Newsletter, January 12, 2018

“To truly love we must learn to mix various ingredients – care, affection, recognition, respect, commitment, and trust, as well as honest and open communication.” – bell hooks, All About Love: New Visions

Clarity First Newsletter, January 5, 2018

“Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” – Arundhati Roy

Clarity First Newsletter, December 29, 2017

“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.” – Howard Zinn.

Clarity First Newsletter, December 22, 2017

“Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” – Winston Churchill

Clarity First Newsletter December 15, 2017

“Critics say that America is a lie because its reality falls so short of its ideals. They are wrong. America is not a lie; it is a disappointment. But it can be a disappointment only because it is also a hope.” – Samuel Huntington

Clarity First Newsletter, December 8, 2017

“Work as if you live in the early days of a better nation.” – Alasdair Gray