We are late with this week’s digest, but we are living through unusual times.
As we enter what, we are being told in the US, will be our Pearl Harbor moment, we are sharing some thought-provoking articles we’ve read and some uplifting, amusing videos that we found and some public service ads we are working with a London based creative duo.
As we enter the
‘Global catastrophes change the world, and this pandemic is very much akin to a major war. Even if we contain the Covid-19 crisis within a few months, the legacy of this pandemic will live with us for years, perhaps decades to come. It will change the way we move, build, learn, and connect. There is simply no way that our lives will resume as if this had never happened.” This excellent article in The Chronicle Aisha Ahmed shares her experiences of adapting to conditions of crisis.
An essential piece in the NY Times reflects on the fact that we all have the power to decide how we react to this viral crisis. Referencing Victor Frankl Man’s Search for Meaning and his experience from the Holocaust reminds us that we don’t get to choose our difficulties. Still, we do have the freedom to select our responses, and in situations like this, meaning is a vital medication for the soul.
This article asks – would you be willing to describe how the coronavirus is affecting your mental health? Is the combination of isolation and existential stress making you feel more depressed and anxious? Or is the family togetherness and the pause from normal life, giving you a greater sense of belonging and equilibrium? You can log your thoughts at the end of the article.
This post in Medium makes the case that in times of crisis, the best thing you can do for yourself is learning to live with uncertainty. Cognitive flexibility is perhaps one of the most excellent tools to have in a time of uncertainty. There are two components to cognitive flexibility: one, being able to change how you think about a problem, and two, being able to let go of solutions that aren’t working.
If you know of anyone in need in New York check out:
NYC This is a guide for New Yorkers to i) contribute to the fight against the Coronavirus and; ii) ensure that no neighbors remain in need in NYC during this crisis and iii) recommend ideas to policy-makers/civic leaders (pg 8). Crowdsourced initially from a small group of City and nonprofit employees, this resource needs your help to be kept up to date. Thank you for contributing your time, effort, and financial resources where possible. And please share widely! If there are any questions, email email@example.com.
It’s a time to help others and we are sharing our client’s donation page to:
Our NYC psychotherapist practice Rennicke & Associates started a fundraiser for support warm meals for our friends and neighbors in NYC through Chef Jose Andres and World Central Kitchen (WCK) They are in Harlem, the Bronx, and Queens, making sure that our neighbors in New York City are fed and cared for during this public health and financial crisis. Help Rennicke & Associates offer community support for World Central Kitchen (WCK) by raising $5000 families and children around the city most in need.
A great piece from the Atlantic. The virus may be hitting men harder but what will the legacy of this virus be on women’s lives, rights and opportunities as we emerge from this pandemic?
Hosted by head of TED Chris Anderson TED Connects: Community and Hope is a free, live, regular conversation series starting at 12pm EST featuring experts whose ideas can help us reflect and work through this crisis and broaden our perspectives. Elizabeth Gilbert’s talk – It’s ok to feel overwhelmed, linked here is an uplifting talk.
This special episode of A Life of Greatness has been created to provide you with the wisdom and resources you need to embrace these uncertain times. Direct from the world’s best thought leaders, entertainers and NYT bestselling authors, learn how to navigate the unknown, find compassion and love instead of fear and become conscious of negative thought patterns. This episode will nourish your mind, body, and soul.
Inspiration for Parents
Free Computer science learning opportunities available for U.S. students, teachers, and parents during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Navigate social distancing and school closures with quality media and at-home learning opportunities for your kids from CommonSense Media.
To help all affected by coronavirus school closures, Century Learning are offering English, Maths and Science resources for free.
CENTURY is the tried and tested intelligent intervention tool that combines learning science, AI, and neuroscience.
Finally, check out Shirley Serban’s videos recreation of the iconic anthem from the 1965 musical Sound of Music. Song parodies have become popular online, but none of them can equal Julie Andrews teaching children how to avoid Covid19 infection with the sound of music.
If you missed last week’s podcast
Rodney Durso is founder of Artbridge, a New York a nonprofit that empowers emerging artists to transform New York’s ubiquitous construction scaffolding into large scale art exhibits
In part one of this two-parter we cover growing up in Long Island to a creative and artistic mother and a father who came from the wrong side of the tracks, feeling materially abundant while living in a landscape of emotional scarcity.
We cover growing up as an Italian in a predominantly Jewish Long Island culture, his educational experiences and his early entrepreneurial ventures.
We discuss his musical influences and ambitions, transitioning his focus to advertising, film production before being drawn to design and learning from design icon Milton Glaser,
and forming his own design agency in NYC in 1999 with a holistic 360 approach before integration was a common term.
In part two we focus on Rodney’s second life, as an artist and social entrepreneur forming Artbridge in 2009 to give emerging artists unprecedented exposure by exhibiting their work on construction scaffolding and fencing across the city. Rodney discusses his mission and the impact this innovative initiative has had on the lives of underrepresented artists and how serendipity led to its scaling internationally. We also discuss art as therapy, procrastination, curiosity and his process of creation. And much much more.
I hope you enjoy the candor, generosity of spirit and artistic social enterprise of Rodney Durso.
https://waroncovid19.co.uk/– check the work we managed to get posted on out of home poster sites in London. Created by Jason Keet and James Hodson – if you can help get free media in the US or internationally email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will adapt to your local needs.