Reviews of my Wisdom Hackers Dispatch, “The Thinking Body”

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How do we go beyond office ergonomics and liberate our full kinesthetic creativity in the information economy?

Preview my Wisdom Hackers dispatch, “The Thinking Body” on Medium, and subscribe to read the full piece at The Pigeonhole.

“Good stuff!” – Eamon Kircher-Allen

“Descartes would be scandalized.” – Alexa Clay

“Superb essay that will transform your experience of that office chair you are sitting on right NOW” – Tom Kenning

“This article really got me thinking. As I get deeper into my meditation practice and have taken up ballet as a form of exercise the body has been on my mind (pun intended). It also reminded me of my English teaching days and thinking about how Japanese schools did a much better job of giving elementary school kids time to move. I definitely want to bring the body more into my work and have been wondering how to do so? Check out the piece! And share how you learn from your body?” – Liz Gallo

“Lee-Sean’s contemplative, well researched piece is a manifesto for office workers caged in both body and spirit. Weaving quotes from rare literary gems with firsthand interviews, he makes a convincing case for the integration of kinesthetics in the workplace as an antidote to both physical stress and intellectual torpor. A must read for anybody with a 9-5 job and a stiff neck.” – Kris Hartley

#FoossaFinds – 10 September 2014

Foossa Finds is on jury duty this week, so just two announcements:

  1. Join Be Social Change for Design Thyself on Wednesday, September 17th at 7:30pm w/ Lee-Sean Huang, Co-founder and Creative Director at Foossa. Are you interested in learning about design principles to affect change in the world? Why not start with yourself? #DesignThyself brings design thinking and design doing to a personal level. Learn how to use design as a tool for changing your own creative habits and behavior.
  2. How is modern society and technology changing our experiences of intimacy?

    It is with great pleasure that I ask you to join us on Sept. 19th (from 7 to 9 pm) in New York City for a lovely little salon to debut the musings of an emergent community of thinkers, the Wisdom Hackers. In an effort to bring more raw and unformed narratives to the world – so that we might better witness not just the output of thought, but it’s beta process – our little group of Seekers will share some of what they’ve been wrestling with and engage you in discussion around some big questions.

    SEPT 19th – 7 to 9 PM
    THE MAKESHIFT SOCIETY
    55 HOPE STREET (WILLIAMSBURG)
    BROOKLYN, NY 11211
    RSVP: alexa.clay@gmail.com

Invitation

Cultural Movements Haiku

Here is my tweet submission for the #UprisingGiveaway by Strawberry Frog’s Scott Goodson:

The challenge was to define and comment on cultural movements in a tweet. Given the brevity of the medium, I opted for the haiku form to help give me some constraints, and for the LOLZ. Also, traditional Japanese haiku is more than just the 5-7-5 syllable structure, as the poetic form often references nature. I decided to play with the metaphor of waves to describe the nature of cultural movements.

The idea of “surfing” upon the power of an ocean/cultural wave, rather than trying to control or force it parallels Goodson’s advice to marketers in BusinessWorld:

  • Instead of controlling the message, marketers must learn to relinquish control and let the movement do what it will with that message.
  • Companies must learn to stop talking about themselves and join in a conversation that is about anything but their products.

The Three Great Chords of Might

I have been making music as a writer, composer, producer, and performer since my teenage years, so I am well aware of the power of just three chords. Songwriter Harlan Howard once said “All you need to write a country song is three chords and the truth.” Just substitue “country” with “punk,” or a myriad of other popular music genres, and you get the point.

Colby and I visited Harvard, our alma mater, this weekend. I noticed and photographed the inscription on the music department building, which reads “to charm / to strengthen / and to teach / these are the 3 chords of might.” Although I have taken classes in the building before, I had only just noticed this inscription for the first time, perhaps because I was accustomed to entering and exiting from the opposite side of the building from the inscription. I later learned that this quote comes from a poem called “The Singers” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The quotation really struck me because I have been thinking a lot lately about the purpose of my life and work and how I synthesize and integrate the various streams of my interests and experiences as a musician, social innovator, and as an educator.

Longfellow offers a succinct and poetic framework that helps me sum up what I do:

To charm: I bring delight and inspiration to others through creativity.
To strengthen: I support the work of changemakers and social entrepreneurs, helping them articulate and communicate their ideas in a more effective and powerful way.
To teach: From my first post-college job on the JET Programme to teaching in the MFA Design for Social Innovation program at SVA next year, as well as my work at Purpose, whether I have been a “teacher” or a “consultant,” I find my greater calling to be that of fostering learning and critical inquiry, not just to “empower” others, a rather well-worn term, but to inspire in others a greater sense of the possible. Teaching also helps me to perpetually learn more.

Pack of Lies

Sue-Shi, former vocalist/percussionist for Hepnova/The Ronald Raygun just published a werewolf-themed erotic novel, Pack of Lies.  Now available as an ebook for only $4.99.  Check it out!

While on the topic of Sue-Shi, check out some of her greatest hits!
Sex Power
Money (That’s What I Want) – Cover
Sexy Friends