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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

“Relax without laziness
Focus without tension
Perceive without projecting
Witness without judging
Enjoy without craving
Reflect without imagining
Love without condition
Give without demanding
Receive without possessing
Serve without self-seeking
Challenge without dominating
Meditate without identity
Correct without blaming
Overcome without pride
Laugh without cynicism
Cry without pity
Confront without hatred
Guide without superiority
Be without self-defining
Live without arrogance
Enter without self-importance
Depart without regret
Be one with God”


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

“The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth, to appreciate the peace and beauty that are available now.”

—Thich Nhat Hanh

Monday, April 14, 2014

“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.”

—Lao Tzu

Friday, April 4, 2014

Mozilla and Brendan Eich: the Story of Ethics and Marriage Equality in Business

I don’t know how widespread this story is outside of our industry, but in our web-professional corner of the web this story has been buzzing all week. Essentially, Mozilla (creator of the web browser Firefox and the masterful Mozilla Developer Network) named Brendan Eich as their new CEO. Why this matters is that he has previously taken a stance against gay marriage, even spending $1,000 on California’s Proposition 8 efforts of marriage inequality.

The backlash from our community was so enormous, that within days of his assignment he resigned. I would assume this was a mutual decision between Brendan and Mozilla, with the focus of ensuring the future of Mozilla.

This blog post from Mozilla about the situation gets to the point of where the ethics of a company matter. Executive Chairwoman, Mitchell Baker discusses the delicate balance between equality and free speech. This is understandably a conundrum for any organization.

You want to encourage free speech and embrace the unique perspectives of everyone in your company. That makes for a great workplace culture. However, when it comes to discrimination the balance must be shifted to equality. Mozilla recognizes this, which has consequently led to Brendan’s resignation.

Thank you for finding your footing on this issue, Mozilla, and for being brave in a delicate internet world.

Monday, March 10, 2014

This gem of human kindness may seem trivial, but given what’s at stake it’s more relevant to the nature of human beings than it may seem on the surface.

Last night I was watching a soccer game between Swansea and Crystal Palace that included this one particular player who spends a lot of time lying on the grass, trying to get the refs to blow their whistles. This lead me to some internal dialogue about the integrity of sport.

Lots of soccer players are fair and play with integrity, trying to be the best player on the pitch rather than looking for cheap advantages. Lionel Messi, one of the greatest players the world has known, is one of these players, proving you can succeed in the game with integrity.

So my thought was why aren’t players more honest when a ref’s whistle is blown unfairly in their favor? Of course it’s because of what’s at stake. A team relegated from the Premier League will lose millions of pounds. Literally. So a player on a team on the verge of relegation isn’t often going to rise and correct a referee who inadvertently handed them a favor that may save their club.

Still, there’s an opponent who may be facing the same fate. So this begs the question of human kindness, and whether or not it’s there in situations like this. No, this isn’t life or death. But when millions of any currency is at stake, decisions like these aren’t trivial.

During a game between Bundesliga soccer teams Werder Bremen and FC Nürnberg (facing relegation) this week, German national player and Bremen midfielder Aaron Hunt went down in the penalty box near Nürnberg defender Javier Pinola. The ref immediately blew his whistle and pointed to the spot, which would have devastated an already drowning Nürnberg.

Hunt immediately rose to his feet and convinced the referee to reverse his call, admitting that he had not been touched by the defender and consequently did not deserve a penalty. This is almost unheard of in professional soccer. And he may have suffered a wrath in the locker room after the game. Yet he showed integrity on the pitch because it was the right thing to do.

Some may say that this was a consolation gesture because Hunt’s Bremen were already up 2–0 and that his team is in the middle of the table. But in professional soccer, every goal and every game counts. And with financial catastrophes on the line, we must applaud any player who steps up with kindness and honesty for fair play.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Handshake. The original first…

Handshake. The original first…

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