The world is looking rather bleak these days, don’t you think?

From pollution to public health, the life-threatening challenges that we were warned about decades ago are no longer conceptual concerns that our children and our grandchildren may face one day. We are experiencing the detrimental effects of climate change, systemic corruption, social injustice, accumulating pollution, and countless other global issues. But these issues aren’t staying on the world stage. Rather, some of us are seeing them knock on our doorsteps, like a wolf in the night creeping around our neighborhoods with a mind to swallow us up whole. But…

How important is your identity?

As humans, our identity is more than any single aspect of ourselves. Our identity is comprised of our experiences, our likes and dislikes, our family, friends, and acquaintances. Our identities inform how we relate to the world around us, and just as critical, how the world relates to us.

Likewise, your digital identity is made up of a plethora of digital information about you: what you like, who you know, where you’ve been, et cetera. This might include all kinds of online data from your banking transactions, purchases, social media posts, internet searches, and more…

Climate change is happening. Over 97% of scientists find that human activity has contributed to the steady warming of our planet’s climate. As our leaders to nothing about it, this problem continues to get worse. But why are so many top figures in American leadership ignoring climate science? Well, believe it or not, a lot of them are in a full-blown state of denial over the irrefutable, unquestionable, sure-as-shit fact of climate change.

Top 10 Climate Deniers in American Politics

At this time, there are over 100 leaders at the top of the American government and economy who have gone on record doubting or denying climate change…

Nineteen years ago today, extremists carried out a horrific act of terror. The attack on the World Trade Center buildings marked both a defining for the Millennial generation and a turning point in America’s national security policy. It was the dawning of the age of trustlessness, a time in which outsiders are treated as enemies and facts are subjective. This is a sad state, but there is reason for hope.

Decentralized technology (“decent tech”) in the hands of decent people can and will save our planet, but the potential for this Earth-shattering technology doesn’t end with environmental applications. …

Corporate Compassion is a Winning Strategy for the New Normal

Clasping hands in a show of compassion.
Clasping hands in a show of compassion.
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The new normal is chaotic. Between COVID-19, the world’s growing support for Black Lives Matter, the rippling impacts of the Me Too Movement, and other massive shifts in American life, the rippling impacts of people engaged in the pandemic economy and activism 2.0 are powerful. These changes may be tough to wrap our minds around, but they are also sowing the seeds of compassion across the global economy.

Rather than single-mindedly procuring goods and services with the highest quality at the lowest cost, people are being more mindful of the well-being of workers, their loved ones, and themselves. …

Love Always Wins

Far too many social justice warriors have lost their lives in America’s war on hate. But progress is a prize awarded only after a hard-fought battle — and in the end, love always wins. Few of us know this as well as the equal rights activists who have been fighting the good fight for LGBTQ+ equality. They may be weary and worn, but they are winning.

Civil Rights in America

Discrimination has been standard in American life for most of our nation’s history. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, people who questioned the binary nature of gender or sexuality, and anyone else…

Protester with bound hands reading “our lives are in your hands”
Protester with bound hands reading “our lives are in your hands”

Just this week, Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, a constitutional provision prohibiting discrimination based on sex. Hitting this critical threshold represents a historical win in the long-fought battle for gender equality in the United States — or it would have, at least, if it had been achieved by the legally-imposed deadline of 1982. Since it was nearly 30 years late, Virginia’s ratification encapsulates the spirit of America’s historical approach in this field: the law protects us from gender discrimination kind-of but not really.

For most women, gender discrimination is just a part of the…

Great technological innovations are all about disruption. Today’s decentralized technology can boost the availability and reliability of known organic and biological remediators, which means that the potential for disruption in the biotech industry is bubbling up like hot primordial soup.

Decentralized technology can support known organic and biological remediators, and breakthroughs in the biotech industry are helping companies clean up — both financially and environmentally.

Using hazardous or toxic chemicals to clean up an already compromised ecosystem can do more harm than good. This is because introducing an additional element of toxicity to an already struggling ecosystem can trigger serious unintended consequences. This happened on a major scale in 2010 with the introduction of clean-up chemicals after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In addition to…

Woman typing on a keyboard
Woman typing on a keyboard
Women went from being under-recognized for their achievements in computing to experiencing outright discrimination, all thanks to binary thinking that pits “us” against “them.”

One of the earliest patterns underlying the vast field of computer science and technology is the binary code. It’s a system that represents data by way of two opposing symbols, and it was invented way back in the 17th century by a man who believed that everything could be understood in a pattern of this or that. In a binary, things are on or off; they’re black or white; they’re male or female. …

Hands covered in blood
Hands covered in blood
America should outlaw the death penalty because it is a violent practice that threatens human dignity and only makes our already terrible problem of violent crime even worse.

Execution is an ancient practice. The beginning of recorded history on the matter dates back nearly 4,000 years to Babylon’s Hammurabi Code, and the death penalty remains legal in about 100 modern world nations — including the United States.

With that being said, executions are not popular. Only 21 countries executed prisoners last year, and more than half of the world has abolished the death penalty altogether. Presumably, this is the half that cares more about human rights and limiting government oppression over our physical bodies. So, why is America still on the other side?

Give ’em the chair (or needle, or guillotine, or noose, whatever).

The death penalty grows less…

Samantha Joule Fow

How will humans and the environment co-evolve in our technology-driven world? Samantha Joule Fow is on a mission to find out!

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