The Thieves of Hope v. The Champions of Hope

Dear Friends, We give thanks for so many reasons, especially all of you, with whom we get to work to create a wiser, healthier, and more just world. This year, hope has been profoundly challenged as we have faced a pandemic, a contentious political cycle, and natural disasters including, here on the West Coast, fires that came within ten miles of our home and office. As a reminder that we are all so much more powerful and capable than we imagine, even in the most challenging times, I wanted to...

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Feeding Your Brain

Dear Friends, It is a time of global transformation— for social systems, criminal justice reform, and for the rising threat of climate change. We know that for us, the desire to act on an individual and community level has never been greater. To that end, and in honor of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, we are sharing  two amazing books that will not only change your health and well-being, but have a positive impact on the greater world around you. And it all starts in your kitchen. Ocean...

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Life on Our Planet

Dear Friends, In his 94 years, Sir David Attenborough has visited every continent in the world, bringing the wonders of nature into our homes and hearts. Now, in the most personal work of his life, A Life On Our Planet, he chronicles our influence on nature and shares his vision of how we must re-wild the planet if we are to save it and ourselves. Described as his witness statement, A Life on Our Planet is both a documentary and a powerful book that gives us an honest and urgent glimpse into...

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Tiny Habits: Small Changes That Change Everything

Dear Friends, We hope you are getting some time that feels like summer. We are continuing to think about how we can make changes in the world large and small. For July, we are focusing on engaging in daily habits that focus on anti-racist action and and finding moments of joy amid the busyness.  One of our guides in these practices is BJ Fogg, author of Tiny Habits: The Small Changes that Change Everything. Tiny Habits has been selected as one of the Best Business and Leadership Book of 2020...

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Bottom Line for Baby & How to Raise Successful People in Paperback

Dear Friends, As we approach the end of summer and a new school year that promises to be unlike any other, we wanted to share some resources that may help guide you, your family, and your communities. Esther Wojcicki has been a lifeline for parents with kids at home for such an extended period of time. Her book, How to Raise Successful People, now available in paperback, focuses on clear guideposts for parenting and we’ve found that the five tenants she...

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A Gift For You From Dr. Edith Eger

Dear Friends, As the world outside continues to change in drastic and dramatic ways, it’s easy to feel stuck in stress and despair. Today, we are humbled and honored to present you with a new book that can help from our longtime author and dear friend. Holocaust survivor, psychologist, and New York Times bestselling author Dr. Edith Eger offers us a practical and inspirational guide to healing that gently encourages us to change the imprisoning thoughts and destructive behaviors that may be...

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Freedom Day

Dear Friends, Today, Juneteenth, offers us a clear opportunity to remember our nation's history and make a choice on how we celebrate it. At Idea Architects, we are committed to the fight against racial injustice and inequity wherever we encounter it, in our schools, in our workplaces, in our criminal justice system, and even in our own hidden biases. One of our teachers in this work is Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt, the author of Biased, whose new TED talk, How Racial Bias Works— and How to Disrupt...

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In Solidarity

Dear Friends, This week, our small staff gathered online and shared some of the grief, fear, anger, and hopelessness we were all feeling. We had no answers, and many questions. How do we stand in solidarity with George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and far too many others? How do we have the necessary conversations that will change minds, hearts, and institutions? What does real criminal justice reform look like, and what role do we play in the civil rights issue of our time? We stand unequivocally...

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Designing Your COVID Life: Trusted Networks

For our fifth video in the Designing Your Covid Life series, authors Bill Burnett and Dave Evans discuss the importance of your design team, and the value of nurturing your trusted networks right now. They remind us that we don’t hear our ideas until we share them with others, and that if we never talk to our trusted networks, we’ll never find the jobs that aren’t posted publicly. https://youtu.be/-Q7-wuUxSZI  

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