📸: [ArtOfWayfaring.com](https://artofwayfaring.com/travel-blog/turkey-syria-earthquake-elbistan-relief-efforts/) (both cover and final photo)

2 Months

Today marks two months since the February 6th earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria. I’ve been finding it difficult to believe that. It feels like just few days ago that I woke up to dozens of messages from people around the world checking in to see if we were safe. It feels like just a few days ago that we filled up vehicles with as many supplies as we could fit, and drove the 12+ hour route to try to help some of those hardest hit and least helped by the quakes....

April 6, 2023 · 3 min · Josh
📸: [@sharonmccutcheon](https://unsplash.com/@sharonmccutcheon)

Choosing Generosity

I’ve been pondering generosity a lot lately. There’s a lot going on in the world to make one feel lack. Natural disasters, economic crisis, war, huge accidents resulting in ecological devastation, bank collapses, unemployment threats and spikes due to new unprecedented technologies… And that was just these last 3 months. It can be tempting to become stingy in the face of such situations. If we live in a universe of scarcity, then hoarding and stockpiling feels like the logical thing to do....

March 29, 2023 · 2 min · Josh
📸: [@kellysikkema](https://unsplash.com/@kellysikkema)

Draw a Line

We all know the rules — don’t cross the line; stay in line; don’t get out of line. Whether it came from our education, our parents, or just the factory-based industrial economies that our cultures have reformed themselves around these last 200 years, we know that to be a good worker (and, maybe, a good person?) means to respect the line. But, the world is changing. And with it changes our relationship with “the line”....

March 14, 2023 · 2 min · Josh
📸: [@exxteban](https://unsplash.com/@exxteban)

Upwork is a Super Power

I’ve been continuing to put my efforts towards seeing more toilets rolled out to those effected by the February earthquakes. In that process, there has been a surprising amount of managerial work that has needed to be done. First, beyond the obvious stuff of bringing the materials to be able to physically build these toilets into the earthquake zone (which was a project itself), we needed to create a poster with instructions on it so people could learn how to use these toilets safely and effectively....

March 13, 2023 · 4 min · Josh
📸: [@sigmund](https://unsplash.com/@sigmund)

Address the Meta-Problem

It’s easy for us to get caught up trying to constantly deal with the deluge of problems we face day-to-day, putting out each fire as it arises. There are times where that “always on” mode of dealing with problems is indeed necessary. But it seems to me that the problems we face day-to-day are many times the direct results of different up-stream problems that we don’t always recognize. These are problems that cause other problems....

March 12, 2023 · 1 min · Josh

Fighting Cholera With Sawdust

After the utterly tragic earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria on February 6th of this year, my friends and I have been doing our best to help those affected. We’re just a small group, so we can’t help at the scale that big NGOs with millions of dollars of funding can do. But, we do speak Turkish, and we have been on the ground with people affected. So, we have been able to get to know people’s situations a little more one-on-one and personally than some big international organizations might be able to do....

March 10, 2023 · 7 min · Josh
📸: [@rangokonk](https://unsplash.com/@rangokonk)

Important Questions

When everything appears to be working well, the most important question to ask is: “What could make this break?” But, when everything seems to be broken, the most important question to ask is: “What needs to happen to make this work?”

February 21, 2023 · 1 min · Josh
📸: [@alessandroerbetta](https://unsplash.com/@alessandroerbetta)

If You Can See It, It's Legal

I listened to a talk today that reminded me of a valuable piece of wisdom I heard years ago, which I thought was worth pondering and sharing. The talk told the story of Bill Atkinson, who was a designer and developer at Apple throughout the 1980’s. He was responsible for an innovation that has made its way to billions of computers around the world. A quick summary of that story:...

February 4, 2023 · 4 min · Josh
📸: [@javigabbo](https://unsplash.com/@javigabbo)

Walks Are a Super Power

It seems like every year we get more stressed, more scatter-brained, need more exercise and less screen-time. At least, that seems true for myself. So I wonder, what would it be like if there were a remedy to all that, which, in one single action could reduce your stress, clear your mind, give you some enjoyable exercise, and get you away from your screen, all while probably making you live longer and lowering your risk of chronic disease?...

January 31, 2023 · 1 min · Josh
📸: [@matthewelancaster](https://unsplash.com/@matthewelancaster)

Optimistic Intuition

There was a lot to be pessimistic about regarding cars 120+ years ago. 🚗 They were expensive. They were incredibly unreliable, needing repair on a sometimes daily basis. And roads good enough to drive on were exceedingly rare. There was little a car could offer you that a good horse couldn’t do much better. 🐎 Looking back on that time from today, the transition to primarily automobile-based transportation seems more-or-less inevitable....

January 26, 2023 · 2 min · Josh