DESIGN FOR HUMANITY

Human to Human

We are all just people. Human beings. How you treat others is how you treat yourself. Or even better. When somebody asked Ramana Maharshi "How are we supposed to treat others?", he replied "There are no others". I love that quote so much. What if there is no separation? What if you play with the thought that every person you meet, be it your quiet neighbour, your toxic boss, that super beautiful girl or arrogant shopkeeper, is actually you in another lifetime. It's just a powerful mindset that shifts your attitude.

If you are a devoted yogi or if you are into meditation, you might already have experienced that feeling of oneness with what surrounds you. In fact, yoga means union. Union of your mind, body and soul. Union of you and something bigger. When you get into the magic of yoga, you just feel it. We are all one.

If you are too busy running on that hamster wheel and can't find time for stillness, then ground your actions in 

international human rights. Because they are supposed to be for everyone.


Stop feeling small and like your actions don't matter. You'll discover below just how much they affect lives.

EXPOSING UNCONSCIOUS BIAS

Act in line with your values

We spend so much time in school learning. But are we spending enough time learning about ourselves and in particular our prejudices and other more or less unconscious beliefs we have. You don't want to walk around saying you believe in all people's equal value and then only recruit people who look just like you.

CHOOSE COMPASSION

What are the ripple effects of YOUR life?

Did you know that your action have the potential to affect x amount of people?

If you are an employer, you have power to ensure that your workforce is diverse. If you are a teacher, you can educate your students. If you are a parent, you can talk with your children. But the truth is, we can all do something.

We can all stand up for humanity.

We are all catalysts for change.

We can all improve the world with our actions.

We can all take a stance for goodness and compassion.

Either you accept the world as it is today. Or you make yourself a catalyst for change.


We can help out with design thinking if you are uncertain how to do it.

WAKE UP WITH THESE BOOKS!

Let's read and redesign our views

Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi

Follow generations of black people. It starts with two sisters in Africa to 

Just Mercy - Bryan Stevenson

Heart-breaking stories on how people of color in the US, including kids, are treated in a nonhuman way.

The New Jim Crow - Michelle Alexander

An historic account on how the current system is prolongation of the earlier system of legal discrimination. Detailed and eye-opening.


White Fragility - Robin DiAngelo

As a white person, it is easy to feel offended, guilty or angry when someone claims your words or actions are tainted by bias, prejudice or even racism. In this book, you'll learn why and how to avoid it so that ultimately, we can shift focus back to what matters. 


Passing - Nella Larsen

Some black people had very light skinned and to have better lives, left their families and passed on to the white side. This story makes you understand the sacrifices and risks they took.

The Ferguson Report - US Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division

The DoJ's report on the investigation of the Ferguson Police Department. Ferguson became a symbol of police brutality after the shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed young Black man. An official report might sound dreadful to read but it is the opposite. 

The color purple - Alice Walker

"A powerful cultural touchstone of modern American literature, The Color Purple depicts the lives of African American women in early twentieth-century rural Georgia. Separated as girls, sisters Celie and Nettie sustain their loyalty to and hope in each other across time, distance and silence."

Shout out to Stanford PhD Dr Amanda Licato for helping out curating this list.

 

Stand Up

A man in a Black Lives Matter Protest danced to this song, Stand Up by Cynthia Erivo. Since then I can't get enough. Such power and energy in the music and lyrics. It just gives me more energy to keep doing what I feel is right!

 

This is Swedish artist David Jassy singing a beautiful song in San Quentin State Prison. We met when I visited the prison in 2015 for The Last Mile's Demo Day. He performed then too and we were all in awe. 

Because I know you wanna hear more and I know you are curious to learn more about conditions in a prison, check out David's new album San Quentin Mixtape s, Vol. 1

 

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