In this often disconnected and lonely year, I learned with and taught, collaborated with on projects, coached, interviewed, and facilitated 639 people.

All remotely.

Across two workplaces and five enterprises.

Despite being laid off in February.

Mostly during a pandemic.

I’m most proud that I coached 218 people, taught 374…

For many of us, the practice of “being in remote meetings” has been turned up a few notches, and not all of us are enjoying the experience. This article explores two critical elements of meetings that often get missed, but which greatly help creating better in-meeting experiences and after-meeting outcomes:

The future of professional jobs is in transition: focus is shifting to integrative skill sets and workplaces that are self-organizing and inclusive, and away from both machinable skills and top-down hierarchies.

As technology increases automation and its reach over logistics, attention is turning to the roles of collaborative, human-centered products [Deloitte], judgement [McKinsey], and creativity [BBH labs], in innovative workplaces. …

Ever feel like you’re just not getting anywhere with a financial goal or problem? You may be going about working on it wrong — and designing a different approach could help you get the traction you want.

In order to have the financial outcomes you seek, first aim to make…

When you’re stuck-stuck, then what? (public domain image)

I’m becoming fascinated by “stuckness”.

I used to think that “stuck” was only for solopreneurs or underfunded arts orgs (like the ones I was part of); I thought it was a symptom.

Fast forward years through projects, launched products and orgs I’ve run to today, as I coach teams to focus on human needs and…

(as an artist with a community-based live art practice and a side of polymath)

I curated a DIY retrospective of my artwork, and it was awesome. Here’s how you can do it too.

June 21–23, 2019 I showed a retrospective of my creative cultural production to date. I’m newly 40 and I wanted to take stock of the output of my community-based practice, as…

Getting and managing grants is a key part of sustainability for small orgs and projects. If the money’s not coming, it’s over. But — what about when the money IS coming but you’re not certain how to manage it? …

If you hope to make a positive social impact with your business idea, startup, or service offering and be financially sustainable, you my friend may too be a social entrepreneur!

You’re in the right place to learn how to create a social impact business if you:

  • Are a values-driven person…

Centering people’s full experiences and the importance of self-determination when considering the impacts of design allows makers of all kinds to examine and create from a more ethical, systems-aware lens.

“Without choice,
no politics, no ethics lives.”
— Marge Piercy

Designers and experience creators are in the business of enabling…

If you’re like many people I know, you started the year full of new ideas, and so at this point you might be:

  • not sure how to get them all done
  • thinking of another 1000 things and not sure which to act on
  • perhaps even a bit overwhelmed

Good people…

Hadassah Damien

design strategist & facilitator // economics researcher @rffearlessmoney // progressive technologist // performer

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