More Convivial Tools for a Better Digital Life
Technology & Science
Ivan Illich and his concept of "conviviality" can help guide us toward better choices, and better communication, in 2020.
5 min read
Remote Work & Renewing Neighbourhoods
Community & People
Remote work should give people more freedom and flexibility, but how we use that freedom matters.
4 min read
The Stories We Tell Ourselves
Ideas & Culture
How we react to someone’s behaviour has a lot to do with the stories we tell ourselves. How can we tell better stories?
3 min read
CP Monthly for September 2020
Subscribers
For Members Only – A monthly round-up and some timely encouragement.
Disney Retrospective: Mulan
Ideas & Culture
Introducing a new series: Disney Retrospective: "Some 20 years after the release of Disney's animated Mulan, my thoughts on the movie have changed."
8 min read
Crossing the Borders of Discomfort
Community & People
“Where are you from?” The truth is it’s complicated. I feel I am from nowhere and anywhere. I’m from the uncomfortable middle.
Learning from Used Books
Ideas & Culture
Used books, like the used and repair economies in general, call into question the value of production for production's sake.
3 min read
Towards Technopoly: From Technocracy to Technopoly
Technology & Science
The machinery of the new technocracy was most efficient when people were seen not as “children of God or even citizens but as consumers—that is to say, as markets.”
6 min read
On Being a Rent-a-Friend
Community & People
While there's a lot of science and technique that goes into good therapy, it's the therapeutic alliance—the relationship—that's considered crucial to success.
CP Monthly for August 2020
Music & Melancholy
Ideas & Culture
Music has a profound ability to shape our experience of the world. The physical space around us can be identical, but the music mediates our engagement with it. And the effect comes upon us even if we don’t expect it.
3 min read
Towards Technopoly: From Tools to Technocracy
Technology & Science
Cultures, Postman says, can be divided into tool-using societies, technocracies, and finally, technopolies. Let's begin with tools.
6 min read
Finding Myself in the Stacks
Ideas & Culture
The shaping power of my little library goes beyond the suggestion to bury myself in Dostoevsky. The library is my life history collected across volumes; these are the ideas and stories that have formed me.
3 min read
Attention in the Garden
Home & Food
Where Bake-Off took the venom out of cooking competitions, Gardeners’ World forgoes any contest at all. Instead, viewers tune in to Monty Don, and other presenters and guests, as he offers practical gardening advice and radiates appreciation for the slow, quiet world of things that grow.
3 min read

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