Modaka Communications

Boulder Start-Up Week

17 May 2019

Lisa Henderson, of the CMCI Studio at CU Boulder, and I, just did four days of facilitation and training at Start-Up week in Boulder. It was more than a hoot, it was a deeply satisfying way to provide for free to new businesses the work we do for bigger clients. We focused on the aspects of building community, supporting change and personal growth, and how communications can be of service in the world. I got to run a workshop I love – Using Science Fiction to Build the Communities of the Future. We focus on how to change the world through story. It’s a deep practice of empathy and creativity,...


24 March 2019

BOOKLYN. I am obsessed with BOOKLYN. They are a non-profit out of Brooklyn (you could have guessed that). They support artists and organizations committed to environmental and social justice. They work towards this by documenting, exhibiting, promoting, and distributing their work within educational institutions worldwide. And they envision a world in which art and bookmaking are tools for education, personal agency, community engagement, and activism. I am in discussions with the Chair of their Board, who is one of the founders, about how to best support them in their work – board and staff...

Fat Rose

07 February 2019

I am doing work right now with an organization that makes my heart sing. Both their drive and their content are towards revolution. And, which is dear to me, their graphics and design are rad. The organization is Fat Rose, out of the Bay Area, and they work for intersectional social justice for fat folks in a world where that justice can be very hard won. They are smart, really well equipped, and are trying something new – which is to do community organizing and education entirely remotely. We have been working on how to use Zoom as an organizing too, and how to create the underpinnings of personal...

True Detective Meets Cognition

29 September 2018

Because I have been thinking about reality, since my daughter sent me the Anil Seth Ted talk, the new Netflix show Maniac caught my eye. It is an exploration of all things brain and awareness and cognition. To sweeten the pot, it is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga who directed the first season of True Detective, another one of those shows that makes you think so hard you cannot make articulate sounds. I watched True Detective on plane flights after working in various places and when I would finish an episode, I would look around the plane, filled with travelers, and not be able to place myself for...

Empathy and Literature

20 June 2018

If you are into wonky information about empathy and connection through story – this is a great read from Lit Hub. It somehow manages to talk about the ideas of cognitive perspective taking, the Frog and Toad books, and Barack Obama.

Anil Seth and Reality

15 March 2018

If you want a Neuroscience kick in the head, I suggest watching Anil Seth’s Ted talk. I came upon it because it was assigned to my daughter in one of her Cognitive Science classes at McGill. She sent me the link, and told me to watch it. I am still pondering the ideas he introduces about hallucination and your experience of world and self.


16 January 2018

Because there is nothing like the feeling of vindication, except maybe the feeling of vindication coupled with the feeling of having done something right for people. So it turns out that Inc Magazine also finds that story is transportation to empathy, intelligence, and humility. Many of the great qualities of a leader, or really, of a human. Apparently what I have been doing for the last decade now makes it to the glossies.

A Wave of Good Indicators

13 February 2014

The Boulder Flood meant a lot of things to a lot of people. For us, this dangerous flood revealed the strong connection between myself...

My newest article, about Boulder, written for the Guardian U.K.

27 July 2013

The Republic of Boulder, as Boulder, Colorado, is fondly known, is a town of almost 100,000 people nestled up against the red sides of the Flatirons in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. The “Republic” has a reputation for being at once snooty and strange, a combination that works to bring in tourists and keep out the haters, who love to criticise this odd university town for being a bastion of liberal, peace-loving, spiritual, exercise-crazy freaks. READ THE FULL ARTICLE

Lessons from Superman

15 July 2013

Halfway through the new Superman movie, which if you have not seen, you should, the movie started talking to me. Not in the crazy way,...

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