Stop Waiting For the Right Time… that Time is Now

By many accounts, Democratic Illinois state senator Alice Palmer, an African American educator and politician, was good at her job. She represented the 13th district, a diverse constituency that encompassed the poorer Chicago‚Äôs South Side neighborhoods from Hyde Park to the South Shore and from the wealthier neighborhoods of lakefront west to the Chicago Lawn.…

Ira Glass on Storytelling

Listening to Ira Glass, the host of the popular podcast This American Life, two weekends ago at BAM offered important insight on what it means to be an artist, a storyteller, and a podcaster. In front of a packed house, Glass told stories about important lessons learned from his life in media, while simultaneously mixing…

Motivate Yourself to Take Risks by Reframing Your Choices

How would you react to the following choices? You are a public health scientist working for the CDC. A new strain of Ebola virus has invaded a major US city. The threat has been quarantined but experts are expecting the death of 6000 citizens. However, two solutions have been proposed to limit the damage. Which…

How Creativity Depends on Location

I decided to take my first salsa class at a small but blossoming dance school this past week in downtown Manhattan, where I am spending the month of March taking a medical school elective. The Latin American dance instructor, Joel, began by spinning a yarn about the origins of New York Style Salsa. He spoke…