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Just Looking

Just Looking is a modern mindfulness project about ways of looking.


Join me, Menka Sanghvi, in exploring how to slow down, be curious, and notice more. It's really up to us because observation is a creative act.

The ideas here are drawn from ancient wisdom traditions, anthropology, design thinking, and creative visual practices such as photography.

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The ideas in Just Looking are inspired and influenced by many great minds. As Mark Twain once remarked, “all ideas are second-hand.” So if you’re in the market for ideas, here are some delightful places to look. Creativity:Pat Kane, The Play EthicDavid Horwitz, Everything that Can Happen in

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The Best Kind of Localist

Can you point north from where you're reading this right now? Do you know what grasses are native to your area? Many of us are urgently connected to global news yet know very little about where we're at: our local people and places.

The Best Kind of Localist
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You're Too Good For Perfection

Did you know that when we blush, our stomachs blush too? And that our eyes are sensitive enough to see the light of a candle 30 miles away? It's an amazing thing, our bodies. And its fragilty is a core part of that beauty.

You're Too Good For Perfection
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Noticing Fragility

A crack, a wrinkle, or a moving cloud. If it's not forever, then it's fragile, at least on some timescale. Responsive to the sands of time. Alive. What reminds you of life's fragility?

Noticing Fragility
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Competing with the Metaverse

It's predicted that the metaverse will soon rival and then surpass physical realms in many ways. If that's true, we're going to be spending a whole lot more time online. But what might we miss if this happens?

Competing with the Metaverse
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What Might We Miss in the Metaverse?

Four fundamental ways in which our perception will be limited in virtual reality, and why this may be important.

What Might We Miss in the Metaverse?