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Some stories about Nilofer and the path she’s walking.

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How Do You Take In Criticism?

Friends always want to know, “Did doing a TED talk make you famous? Rich?” I’m always direct to answer, “not at all*”. So, when the LI editorial team asked me to write a 1-year retrospective of what it was like to be a TED speaker, we identified the headline quickly. The piece, found here, argues  More

Nilofer Merchant

Hello, 2014!

Happy 2014! I was doing bills last night (first time in nearly 30 days with all the holiday rushing around), and I was surprised by the new digits. 2014. It came out first as 2013 (unsurprising), 2004 (got one part right), 2011 (what?!) and finally …2014. To which I can only say: Change … it’s  More

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

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

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

Yes AND Know

It’s Alive

A while ago, my website kept failing. The song “london bridge is falling down, falling down, falling down” used to play in my head. Some of you have sent late-night emails saying you were surprised to learn about one thing or another on the webosphere, but not here, because I wasn’t organizing things well …  More