AOC is KILLIN’ it!

I’ve really been loving the raw honest truth and pressing nature that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is bringing to politics today.

Here’s some recent gems:

And this one where AOC interviews Susan Bro, the mother of Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer, who explains the distinction of being anti-racist and non-racist during a House Oversight hearing ‘Confronting White Supremacy.’ POWERFUL message here everyone should hear:

These are just 2 examples, but each and every video I see of her gives me a little bit of hope in this otherwise pathetic political landscape.

YAAASSSS QUEEN!

Finally, some logical sense to one of the most important constitutional amendments we should pass: Elizabeth Warren wants to abolish Electoral College system

“I believe we need a constitutional amendment that protects the right to vote for every American citizen and makes sure that vote gets counted,” she told a CNN town hall in Jackson — noting presidential candidates didn’t tend to campaign in states like Mississippi, which are not Electoral College battlegrounds. “And the way we can make that happen is that we can have national voting and that means get rid of the Electoral College.”

Elizabeth Warren, via Axios.com

Future of Work: Distributed for Success

I love this video from Matt Mullenweg, the CEO of Automattic, the company I work for, on the benefits of a successful distributed work culture. While Automattic started as a fully distributed company, Matt delivers some tips on how you can start to introduce this into a work environment that traditionally requires you to go into an office. As one of the commenters suggested on Matt’s post, the quality of life is so much greater when you don’t have to deal with a commute and have the benefit of working when your mind is in it, rather than the traditional 9-5 that most people subscribe to.

Matt Mullenweg, CEO of Automattic, on why working from home is good for business.

I’ve mentioned countless times in the past how I don’t think I could ever go back to an office work environment again, and I’m excited for the future when employers won’t have this as a blocker for hiring the best talent across the globe. The diversity and inclusion benefits of this approach are vast, and one severely needed in the tech industry.

2019 International Women’s Day Panel Discussion & Live Q&A

This Friday, March 8th, at 10am PST I’ll be hosting an International Women’s Day (virtual) Panel Discussion & Live Q&A with 4 amazing women from the tech industry, to discuss leadership development, self-advocacy, and mentorship. We will be using the Zoom video app to host the panel so as long as you have an internet connection you can join us! It’s free!

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Research finds heavy Facebook users make impaired decisions like drug addicts | TechCrunch

You don’t say…
— Read on techcrunch.com/2019/01/10/facebook-addiction-research/

And more research findings on the impact social media can have on the brain, from the Guardian: How Instagram takes a toll on influencers’ brains

I also found this article to have quite a bit of useful research on the subject of children and screen time: The Tech Industry’s Psychological War on Kids: How psychology is being used as a weapon against children.

“According to a Kaiser Family Foundation report, younger U.S. children now spend 5 ½ hours each day with entertainment technologies, including video games, social media, and online videos. Even more, the average teen now spends an incredible 8 hours each day playing with screens and phones. Productive uses of technology — where persuasive design is much less a factor — are almost an afterthought, as U.S. kids only spend 16 minutes each day using the computer at home for school.” 

Richard Freed

Persuasive design

If you haven’t heard of persuasive technology, that’s no accident — tech corporations would prefer it to remain in the shadows, as most of us don’t want to be controlled and have a special aversion to kids being manipulated for profit. Persuasive technology (also called persuasive design) works by deliberately creating digital environments that users feel fulfill their basic human drives — to be social or obtain goals — better than real-world alternatives. Kids spend countless hours in social media and video game environments in pursuit of likes, “friends,” game points, and levels — because it’s stimulating, they believe that this makes them happy and successful, and they find it easier than doing the difficult but developmentally important activities of childhood.

Think about it…

“We can now create machines that can change what people think and what people do, and the machines can do that autonomously.”

Dr. B.J. Fogg. Founder of the Stanford Persuasive Technology Lab

What will we do with this power? Or more importantly, what will we do with this information?

#staywoke

Women’s March 2019

Despite the cold, dreary weather, thousands of people showed up this year for the 2019 Women’s March in D.C. Even though we’ve come a long way and it felt good to celebrate some small wins over the past year, there’s no denying we still have a long ways to go. This is why I marched.

Some photos from my Instagram:

At one point I tripped on a grate falling into a woman in front of me. I apologized and was delighted when she said: “No need to say you’re sorry, I’m here to support you!” I was proud to be amongst so many supporters and I’m looking forward to seeing us put that support into action! 💪🏼