The Story of Money

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We all have a money story in our lives. It’s a story that society shapes for us, one that our parents and friends help nurture. It can be about anxiety as well as freedom, about joy as well as sorrow. The concept of money holds a lot of power, personally and politically; it is abused and misused in our society and economy, creating and filling voids that we never knew we had. It is a way to buy power and influence. Yet it’s important to remember that money is a human creation; it doesn’t exist in nature. Read more…

Design meets philanthropy: creating the space to give more

In another crossover moment between design and philanthropy philosophies, practicing simplicity to maximize joy, I bring you a great article on What to Let Go and What to Keep, from Houzz (my favorite way to waste time online). “Remember, the fewer things you keep, the more special they will become to you — and to those you love. Begin to think of yourself as the editor of your life story. When someone peeks into your boxes of treasures, what story will the photos, papers and objects tell? It is up to you to define the arc of your life’s tale. To highlight the best times, the things that have been most meaningful to you, and to let the less important details fall out of focus.” I would also add that the fewer things you keep, the more space you leave Read more…