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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Designing Your COVID Life: Generative Reframing

Many of us are months into some form of lockdown, and the truth is, we’re struggling too. The DYL team continues to refine our toolkits to design our lives through a pandemic, and no approach is perfect. That’s why this week we’ve decided to focus on Generative Reframing. It’s a tool the authors initially developed to help Olympic athletes and elite military forces going through a radical career/life shift. It teaches us how to transition out of the waiting room, and into the neutral zone, as...

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Designing Your COVID Life, Part Three

One of the silver linings right now is that having conversations driven by your curiosity with an interesting person has never been more available. Learn how to prototype and interact your way to a successful future in the next episode of Bill Burnett and Dave Evan's Designing Your Covid Life series. https://youtu.be/reeAkY7g4Sw

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Designing Your COVID Life, Part Two

Given the unique circumstances created by Coronavirus and the adjustments we’ve had to make to our lives, authors Bill Burnett and Dave Evans have created a series of videos that adapt our Life Design toolkits to the current climate. Here they present Four Steps for Designing Your Life.  https://youtu.be/KqOKO6pbRBY  

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