Bringing Life Into Death

The desire to give death meaning is universal. Death allows us to understand that our existence is finite, and this in turn grounds us in our experiences. But despite the advancements humankind has made in the fields of science and technology, death itself remains one of life’s unsolved mysteries. If death has a purpose, what…

A New World of Wireless Audio: The Headphone by Bragi

There are few things as relaxing as losing yourself in a song or a podcast. Blocking out the chaos of the day and immersing yourself in an audio experience can be a stress-relieving, endorphin-filled experience of delight. The Headphone by Bragi is the ideal partner for achieving this serene state – or for simply taking…

Lisbon’s Old and New

In her introduction to Neal Slavin’s 1971 photo book Portugal, 
Mary McCarthy observes that while people visit Portugal to see the old, the Portuguese insist on showing them the new. Having lived 
in Lisbon, I return often to visit the spots I know and love – but I am constantly reminded to visit all that…

Upgrade Your Living Room with Sé Collections

London-based furniture and lighting line Sé Collections strikes a pleasing balance between luxury and sleekness. Their mission to “reclaim the glamour and quality of 20th century furniture” has undoubtedly been realized, and since their launch in 2007, they have partnered with some of the best designers in the world to produce a collection of beautifully…

Stay in Style in Tokyo: The Gate Hotel Kaminarimon

Located in the Asakusa area
 of Tokyo, the Gate Hotel Kaminarimon is perfect if you’re looking for a little reprieve from the hustle and bustle of areas like Shibuya, but still want to stay close to the action. With a famous market and the Sensō-ji Buddhist temple just a few minutes away, you could easily…

From Robots to Temples: A Neighborhood Guide to Tokyo

Japan has been at the top of travelers’ 
lists for a while now, and Tokyo remains one of the most astounding and complex cities in the world. From its extraordinary culinary scene and trippy technology, to beautiful temples and serene parks, it’s truly a city of extremes. Here, we explore some of the most fascinating…

The Strength in Heterogeneity of Purpose

OBSERVATIONS FROM RESEARCH-BASED PHARMA I am fortunate to feel passionate about each aspect of my professional life, which has helped me understand how having a sense of purpose is key to enjoying and finding fulfillment in the long days, immense challenges, and difficult roadblocks I must navigate to be successful in my career. In my…

Millennial CEOs in the Making

Preparing Today’s Millennial Leaders To Become Tomorrow’s Great CEOs  In the not-too-distant future, we will see millennials joining the ranks of C-suites, becoming CEOs of large enterprises, and taking their place as the pre-eminent leaders of tomorrow. Today, millennials (roughly considered to be those between 18 and 34 years of age) are 76 million strong…

Face-to-Face Contact

THE RE-EMERGENCE OF THE ROOM IN A FLAT WORLD For the past 17 years, I have worked remotely at companies leveraging author Thomas Friedman’s “flat world” principles. With this in mind, it may be surprising that I’m about to extol the virtues of face-to-face collaboration. Many elements of most jobs can be done anywhere. If…

Repurposing Purpose

CONNECTING TO AN IMAGE OF THE FUTURE Let’s define purpose as “the reason for which we exist.” As humans, we have the ability to choose our purpose. In my 2011 book Consumershift: How Changing Values Are Reshaping the Consumer Landscape,
 I outlined a few common purposes people have based on the way they orient their…

ALWAYS x ALWAYS Towel

Read two pages, get uncomfortable, change position. Read two pages, get uncomfortable, change position. Repeat for two hours, get fed up of lying on the beach, go home mid-afternoon. Then, feel angry with yourself for going home so early on such a beautiful summer’s day – and for neglecting to finish your beach read. You…

Building a Better Bot

An Interview With Dr. Angelica Lim About the Future of a More Social Robot I had the opportunity to watch Dr. Angelica Lim speak at the FITC FutureWorld conference in Toronto this past summer. Maybe it was because of her positive enthusiasm about the future of robotics, or maybe it was due to her equally…

On the Origins of Progress

What do we mean when we use the word “progress”? How do we track progress? What drives progress? What is it that actually progresses? We all know what the word means, but I challenge you to answer these questions to your own satisfaction, let alone anyone else’s. Our collective inability to do so demonstrates the…

Rebranding Purpose

Having lived on the West Coast for several years now, I’ve gotten used to being asked things like “What is your calling?” at dinner parties. These questions used to always take me aback; I would awkwardly stand and swirl my wine around in circles trying to come up with something bohemian, yet coherent, to say.…

Reclaiming Aging

Finding Purpose in Later Life  By providing us with a healthy orientation to the future, a sense of purpose increases wellbeing – especially in later life.     Purpose Increases Health in Later Life Retirement age is often experienced as a time of loss. Not only of the opportunities of youth, but also of a…