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

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

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

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

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

Unanswered Questions to Ponder

The front yard roses may still bloom but, these days, they are covered in frost.  Summer bloomed with such intensity that I was sure loads would get crossed-off the list. Now, as we’re approach mid-October, projects started in May are just now coming to fruition. I think each has been worth the wait. But I’ll  More