Scarcity to abundance

After reading Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures for many years, I started also reading his partner Albert Wenger. He doesn’t blog as often as Fred, but when he does it’s at Continuations and its typically super insightful. Albert’s writing helps provide insight into where we’re heading at the highest levels of society. The air can…

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Agile storytelling

I wrote recently about how students can create platforms for storytelling in their communities through technology. After seeing this post from Om Malik I’ve been thinking along a similar thread, which is using technology for more agile storytelling. We’re inching toward the 10 year mark since the birth of the iPhone and true mobile computing…

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March for Life 2015

Yesterday I wrote about the concept of the Culture of Life at a pretty high level, and today I want to bring that to a practical level. I’m in Washington today for the March for Life, the annual day wherein people of pro-life persuasions gather from across the country to hear remarks on the National Mall…

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Culture of Life

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It wasn’t long after Pope Francis’s ascent to the leadership of the Catholic community that he sat for an interview with America, a Jesuit magazine. In the course of the conversation with America he made some remarks that the New York Times and others reported on more widely. It seemed that Pope Francis was essentially repudiating Catholicism’s Culture…

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A platform for storytelling

In late November I visited State College for Penn State’s final game of the season at Beaver Stadium against Michigan State. I wasn’t expecting a victory, and we didn’t get one. But it was the first time seeing Penn State play in-person for my brothers, and so it was a great experience nonetheless. While in town…

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Advocacy journalism

I wrote yesterday about R.R. Reno’s talk and about the interplay between American and Catholic life. Something else that Reno touched on was his role at First Things as an advocacy journalist. What is an advocacy journalism? It is when journalists “intentionally and transparently adopt a non-objective viewpoint” because they believe that “the public interest is better served by a diversity of…

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American Catholicism

R.R. Reno of First Things delivered a talk last month to St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers. The talk is “In the Service of the Word: The Catholic Media and the New Evangelization.” First Things is part of my daily media diet, and it’s got a rich history as an effort to connect the thinking of public intellectuals with…

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Restoration

The NCAA has voided its historic sanctions on Penn State. This outcome was the result of a lawsuit from Pennsylvania State Sen. Jake Corman and Treasurer Rob McCord that evolved in its scope. Corman and McCord’s legal challenge ultimately called into question the entire basis and merit for the NCAA’s sanctions. Badly embarrassed during discovery (“I characterized…

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Appreciative thinking

I’m a fan of appreciative rather than critical thinking. I think too often in the pursuit of knowledge, critical thinking approaches end up so deconstructing what is being studied that the result isn’t insight or knowledge but cynicism and disillusionment. It’s a more hopeful disposition, and I think a more practical one for approaching life. Appreciative…

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Forbes in Philadelphia

In 2014 Philadelphia played host to Forbes’ “30 Under 30 Summit.” I didn’t attend, but I did see it come up in a number of friend’s social feeds over the course of the multi-day event. Forbes released its annual 30 Under 30 list last week, and with it word that Philadelphia will be the permanent…

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