Author Archive | Nilofer Merchant

What it is to be Prey

To build a culture of inclusion — where everyone is welcome to contribute — we must understand what creates imbalance. In ourselves and in our communities. “To know a predator, you must know what it is to be prey.” @arikia on casual predation & street harassment is an essay worth reading if you want to  More

Wishlisted

About this time of year, to the chagrin of my family, I start humming (or even worse, singing) the Julie Andrew’s song, “a few of my favorite things”. Like a never-ending loop of corny. And as much as I love “snowflakes that stay on my eyes and eyelashes”, it offers little guidance to do some  More

thinkdifferent

The price you pay for comfort…(TIME Ideas OpEd)

“In problem solving a tough strategic issue, the key is to understand the problem fully and to then interpret different ideas for solving it. No one knows how everything works, but together, teams can piece together knowledge, insights and formulate new choices. Just one good idea amongst the team means success for everyone. This is  More

Chocolate! at Whole Foods Kensington Market

Gratitude

Last week, someone we knew of from our church died in an unexpected car accident. Then, a friend’s daughter whom I never met but heard so much of from her father passed away suddenly. I’m sitting here struck by how much  losses — even from people we don’t know personally — affect us. And so  More

Jill Vialet CEO Playworks

What Good is Play at Work?

When Jill Vialet — a social entrepreneur and founder of Playworks – talks to me about play, I usually scoff. Not because I don’t believe in her mission – which provides recess resources for largely underprivileged schools – I do. The program was so successful that it received a $20M grant by the Robert Wood Johnson  More

Thinkers50 Future Thinker Award 2013

And The Winner is…..

As the envelope was being ripped into, I was staring at the table linen and preparing to applaud one of the others who had been short-listed for the Thinkers50 Award for “Future Thinker”. But then they called out, “Nilofer Merchant”. A friend across the table said that my eyes shot straight up in praise and  More