Dear Henning (A Tribute To Henning Mankell)

Dear Henning, With the news of your death, today is a sad day for many of us. We devoured your novels, whether the Wallander series, or lesser known works. We revelled in your storytelling, which despite being fictional always felt deeply honest. We were inspired by your actions, how you consistently spoke up against injustice… Continue reading Dear Henning (A Tribute To Henning Mankell)

Stumbling Over My Words

Learning a new language opens a world of opportunities to experience vulnerability, especially if navigating your every day life depends on it. Just over a year ago, my wife and I relocated to Jordan in order to learn Arabic. In the future we want to work with Syrian refugees, and we know that speaking the… Continue reading Stumbling Over My Words

Change Maker’s Manifesto

Last week I finished work on my new eBook, Change Maker’s Manifesto: Simple Steps Toward Making a Difference. This quick start guide is for you if you want to get started in making a difference in the world, but don’t quite know where to begin. For those of you are already on this journey of change, I’ve added a section… Continue reading Change Maker’s Manifesto

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The Upside of ISIS

You know how sometimes something really horribly grotesque somehow ends up having a positive, unintended byproduct? Like when you see someone who has faced the worst kinds of abuse find their way out the other side. And they’re not just the same person they started out being. They’re stronger. They somehow turn the utter shit-that-should-never-have-happened situation into something that… Continue reading The Upside of ISIS

Life Hacks for Successful Change

I’ve moved countries a few times in my life. First to Sweden, then South Africa, and now, just 6 months ago, to Jordan. Change can be exhilarating, but it can also be a challenge, especially when the “honeymoon phase” begins wearing off. Here are a few things that have helped me to embrace change… Decide… Continue reading Life Hacks for Successful Change

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How To Handle Transition

We all go through times of transition, whether it’s changing jobs, moving cities or saying goodbye to friends. Here are some ways to handle transition well. About a year ago I did a week-long debrief of my last 5 years. One of the things I discovered from it was that I hadn’t done as good… Continue reading How To Handle Transition

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Why it’s good to read people you disagree with

If you want to cultivate and refine your understanding of your own worldview, it’s important to study the worldview of others. Photo by Tarik Browne I discovered this when I first began studying political philosophy. Reading the likes of John Locke, Friedrich Nietzsche and Michel Foucault I would ask myself: what similarities and what differences… Continue reading Why it’s good to read people you disagree with