How do you organize while self-isolating? Are we at war? How do we navigate uncertainty? Lots of questions—only glimmers of answers.
Open CoLabNew edition of the newsletter, full of links on organizing in isolation, comms around covid, management under uncertainty, and messaging metaphors—plus a few updated thoughts on my Peak Uncertainty framework.
Open CoLabPrinciples (crafted by mutual aid veterans from Sandy, Irma, Katrina, etc.) include: Ask—and listen. Distribute Power. Collaborate Strategically.
(I also appreciate this sentiment: "something is not necessarily better than nothing".) medium.com/@greggish/intr… via @greggish et al
A guide to transitioning your digital security culture to meet the moment.
Open CoLab"Digital Resilience in the Time of Coronavirus" - great advice from @EqualityLabs on transitioning your digital security - including on the need to take a trauma-informed approach, and focus on team culture
Transparency provides a crucial platform to understand how our governments treat their most vulnerable citizens amid a public health…
Open CoLab"Access to information may be a necessary first step in creating robust democracies, but it is not at all a sufficient step to create just societies." @jkeserue on the role of transparency in this moment
Peak Uncertainty. By that, I’m not referring to the peak of the pandemic, but to the period where we have the least clarity and con
Open CoLab"We’re in Peak Uncertainty. By that, I’m not referring to the peak of the pandemic, but to the period where we have the least clarity and confidence on its status or trajectory. It started at least a week or two ago, and it’ll last another 2–3 weeks."
However bad the spread of Covid-19 gets, confusion and misinformation could fracture communities more.
Open CoLabSocial capital and trust are critical in disaster responses, and a bad response can undermine these and fracture communities based on which sources they trust. From @m_older via @newhumanitarian
While there is no shortage of media coverage, think pieces, and speculation on the full effects of the spreading virus, COVID-19, many of us still find ourselves unsure of how to plan, rearrange, and reconfigure our schedules and lives. Many of our...
Open CoLabJust found this and wish I'd included it in the newsletter
And which are we prioritizing? It’s time for an information hierarchy of needs.
Open CoLabMaslow’s hierarchy of information needs, and why today’s journalism is feeding us an unbalanced diet: too much investigation and political analysis, but not enough help navigating everyday life for most readers.
Sexual harassment. Hate speech. Employee walkouts. The Silicon Valley giant is trapped in a war against itself. And there’s no end in sight.
Open CoLabThe implicit deal used to be “keep your disagreements within the family”, but inside/outside activists have started collaborating to pressure Google on immigration, defense contracts, etc. Being accountable only to people you can fire isn't enough.
Foundations are coming together more often to pool funds in a drive for greater impact. But guest contributor Hilary Pennington—Ford’s executive vice president—says there are legitimate concerns about this model and it needs to be improved.
Open CoLabDonor collaboratives work better for donors than for grantees. How to change that: multi-year operating support; an ecosystem approach; and a clear investment thesis, goals, and shared expectations. (Sounds like good general grantmaking advice.)