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Thoughts

To laugh often and much;

To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;

To earn the appreciation of honest critics, and endure the betrayal of false friends;

To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition.

To know even one life has breathed easier, because you have lived.

This is to have succeeded.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

How to Have Conversations on Racism

I’ve been having a lot of conversations about racism. It’s not something we talk about because it’s incredibly uncomfortable and for a black woman in tech who already feels marginalized it can be tough to say what’s on my mind. Yet in some sense, I can empathize with the executives…..

Silence is Violence: It’s Time to Have the Tough Conversations

Both coronavirus and the pandemic of racism have shown how we are inextricably connected through our shared vulnerability. As the world watched the blatant murder of a black man in broad daylight, hearts stopped simultaneously. After a difficult and painful year dealing with personal battles of racial injustice, my initial…..

5 Ways to Power Your Small Business Through the COVID-19 Pandemic

The world has been turned upside down. The ability to adapt is a matter of life or death for many businesses, because even when we are past the chaos, things won’t likely be the same again. For most businesses to survive the storm, they need a new game plan. Adapt……

Seeing The Light

A Powerful Poem by Best Selling Author Robert Michael Fried Some things hazy Soon will be right Some things hidden will come into sight Some things so wrong will soon become clear As we gallantly strive towards a life without fear Check out “Seeing the Light” a powerful poem by…..

Goodbye Grandma

My cũũcũ passed away today. I’m told she died peacefully in her home and felt no pain. My story began with my cũũcũ. Her story was one of will power, persistence and principle. She pushed herself beyond her point of endurance so her children would have hope, a future. She…..

[Call for Volunteers] Innovations for COVID-19

Hope you are all keeping healthy! I’d like to celebrate contributions of members of the Alliance4ai Africa community to tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, and ask if there’s anyone here with a knack for PR and creative writing who’d like to volunteer on telling this story so we find them more…..

The Gift of Coronavirus

If we are fortunate, we are not stuck at home, we are safe at home. During this crisis, I think about health workers, grocery store clerks, delivery drivers, transit and utility workers—and so many others—who are selflessly getting up every day to make sure we have the things we need……

COVID-19 Q&A* from @solistens

Simone Harvey @solistens put together this brilliant summary on COVID-19 to help folks who are still struggling to connect the dots. 1. What is COVID-19? In COVID-19, ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as “2019 novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCoV”……

FAQ on the Stimulus Bill for Startups and Small Business Owners

Spent the day understanding the Paycheck Protection Plan (PPP) portion of the CARES Act stimulus bill and wrote this as simply as possible. Here’s a FAQ for startups and small businesses which are hurting, but not badly enough to qualify for SBA disaster loan. Corrections welcome! Keep up with latest…..

Crisis Sparks Action! Let’s Find Our Creativity in Coronavirus

When it is dark, you can see stars. Epidemics inspire innovation Epidemics of the past have changed the way we lived and inspired innovations in infrastructure. For example, Tuberculosis was the leading cause of death toward the end of the 19th century. I in 7 people around the world had…..

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