Author Archive | Nilofer Merchant

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Calling Fellow Explorers

This June, I signed a deal with Viking (Penguin) to publish my third book, on Onlyness. My son desperately wanted it shared with you, the Yes & Know community. Maybe he has picked up that everything become more real when you share them? When I said it seemed better to wait until the deal sheet  More

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

vigilante justice?

I wrote a new Time Inc Op-Ed (sharing below) on the NFL and Goodell because it’s so clear that if an organization’s leadership is found by the online community to be so totally f-d up, they are getting mobilized. That has its ups and its downside. As I say in the piece, this could end  More

“Tried” Is No Longer Enough

After many sleepless nights watching and praying for the situation in Ferguson, I wrote this piece. In too many ways, it over simplifies the situation going on in Ferguson. I had no idea how much worse the situation would get and how it would captivate the national media.  And yet (I hope) this piece points  More

You can't innovate if you haven't intentionally designed for it.

To Find New Ideas, Innovate, etc.

Have you ever gone to a conference or workshop where you wondered,  “why am I here”? That turns out to be a good thing — because being exposed to a range of people and experiences is an important part of how we find new ideas, and innovate. And it is working thru the related discomfort  More

From TED2014, Joi Ito (now director of MIT Media Lab) talk about safecast project

How did a Bunch of Amateurs… Get it Done?

When Ito learned that Japan experienced a magnitude 9 earthquake, he thought immediately of his family. As he tuned into news reports, information was scarce. Official government organizations weren’t releasing much in a general effort to avoid panic. And, all the “experts” didn’t have enough data to act on. It was ordinary people — thru  More

Crevices

In Between Space

I’ve some news to share with you. It’s even good news. But I’ve been finding myself reluctant to do so. Once it is revealed, the in-between space is gone. We’ve all had in between spaces. Summers when you were young were the in between spaces of learning – where you could languish in play time and  More