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How Self-Compassion Can Help You Finish 2020 Strong

By Shawn Nason / December 15, 2020 /

I’m calling on you to give yourself the gift of grace this year—and to extend it into 2021. Stop obsessing over your failures and start reminding yourself of your accomplishments. This isn’t for vanity; it’s for sanity. 

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Reinventing Our Rituals: Why We Need to Hold On to Our Traditions—But Not Too Tightly

By Shawn Nason / December 8, 2020 /

Rituals are part of who we are as human beings. Whether religious like Passover or secular like Thanksgiving, they help us mark time in the year and they create space for us to remember and reflect. In this year of uncertainty, we need rituals more than ever, even if the traditions we’re accustomed to can’t be replicated.

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Overcome by a Challenge? Forget about It and Go Play

By Shawn Nason / December 1, 2020 /

Noted improv expert Janna Sobel joined us for a recent Disruptor Studio session to demonstrate how doing improv can help us access new ways of solving problems as we work to blow sh*t up on a daily basis. Janna knows what she’s talking about: she’s a graduate of The Second City’s Conservatory Program, where she’s…

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Like Child’s Play: 6 Ways to Create an Adaptable Mindset

By Shawn Nason / October 6, 2020 / Comments Off on Like Child’s Play: 6 Ways to Create an Adaptable Mindset
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Finding a Way Forward, Together: Future-Focused Inclusion

By Shawn Nason / August 18, 2020 / Comments Off on Finding a Way Forward, Together: Future-Focused Inclusion
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Don’t think outside the (check box). Blow it up.

By Shawn Nason / August 12, 2020 / Comments Off on Don’t think outside the (check box). Blow it up.
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Healing the Great Divide: When a Red Man Stood Up for What Is Right

By Shawn Nason / June 18, 2020 /

My hope is that we develop enough courage to develop courage. To try to have, try to learn to treat each other fairly, with generosity and kindness. Maya Angelo I’ve never understood this quote more than I do today. Just like so many of you, I’m struggling with our current world. So much tension. So…

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Turning Empathy into Action

By Shawn Nason / April 27, 2020 /

“If empathy is the great connector, compassion is the bridge between emotion and action.”

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#Humanize: What Is Your Story?

By Shawn Nason / February 28, 2020 / Comments Off on #Humanize: What Is Your Story?

This week I had the privilege of gathering for a few days with a tribe of 150 designers in Denver, CO at Experience Design Week, and got to focus on what really matters – humans! Throughout the conference, I found myself inspired by the incredible stories of designers from all kinds of different backgrounds and…

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Fear Is A Good Thing: The Psychology of Being Spooked

By Shawn Nason / October 30, 2019 / Comments Off on Fear Is A Good Thing: The Psychology of Being Spooked

Whether you love horror films or prefer to be scared in person at a haunted house, one thing is certain: people love to be spooked. But why do we love being scared so much?   You may be tempted to chalk up our fear-obsession to adrenaline, but there is psychology behind the drive to feel…

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