Build love, hope, and optimism
“Let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.” Jack Layton’s last words are a manifesto for social democracy and offer a vision for a better society. Live up to those words every day.
Great people are driven by purpose, not just profit. Be careful about who you work for. If you aren’t able to ethically defend who you work for – quit.
Tell a story - authentically
The only thing worth speaking is truth – and the only way to do it is in your true voice. Don’t bother lying to everyone by being someone you aren’t.
Turn dreams into memes
Always think about transformative change. When the time is right, do everything in your power to make those ideas viral. The opportunity to turn a dream into reality can sometimes be once in a lifetime.
Use evidence and radical trust
The right and left brain need each other. Use critical thinking and trust data. Believe in diversity and practice radical trust – no one is smarter than those who have lived experiences in what you’re doing.
Always have fun
As Emma Goldman said, “if I can’t dance, I don’t want to be a part of your revolution.” Celebrate life, joy, and freedom from conventions and prejudice. Let’s celebrate them together, in work and in play.
We’ve been given the freedom to be creative and to express ourselves in ways that can change our society – use that freedom.
Look good, feel good
Everything you make should be beautiful. Avoid revision hell by striving to present the perfect product the first time around.