• Melissa Fleming is spot on when she calls for hope based communication:

    As for the doomism, I’m convinced us communicators need a shift of tone. Few people now deny the planet is warming (though shocking numbers apparently still reject the link to human activity). The time for focusing solely on the problems is over. Now is the time to galvanize audiences for change.

    The only way to do this is by offering hope. Storytelling focused on solutions, that highlights and celebrates people and places doing the right thing can empower audiences to look beyond messages of impending doom and see we have the tools and knowledge to secure a livable future.


  • Clive Thompson:

    The truth is, a thriving metaverse already exists. It’s incredibly high-functioning, with millions of people immersed in it for hours a day. In this metaverse, people have built uncountable custom worlds, and generated god knows how many profitable businesses and six-figure careers. Yet this terrain looks absolutely nothing the like one Zuckerberg showed off.

    It’s Minecraft, of course.


  • My last professional trip before the COVID-19 pandemic was a solidarity visit to Zimbabwe. A high-level delegation visited the LWF member church in the country and our ecumenical partners, to learn about the country, its people and their situation.

    One of the visits was to to the Chinyika primary school where I took this photo. It shows an exchange between the LWF General Secretary Martin Junge and a young student. Today is Martin’s last day in office. I have learnt a lot from him and for that I am deeply grateful.


  • The Jet d’Eau is as much a symbol of Geneva as Hallgrímskirkja is of Reykjavík. It is visible from all directions. You can stand next to it and feel the spray on your face. You can watch it from far away, the top of the Saleve and high in the Jura mountains. Most of the time it’s watercolored, but at times the city authorities use lights to color the spray of water.

    On this particular day I was making my way through Cologny and stopped in a beautiful field to take a photo of the city and its symbol.


  • If I had to choose it would be this chubby little angel on a stretch of the Berlin Wall at Bernauer Strasse. It’s been there for years but the context keeps changing as graffiti artists make their mark on the wall.

  • Informative article from Nieman Labs about tricks used by websites to get users to consent to cookies that enable tracking across websites.

    Dark design has proven to be an incredibly effective way of encouraging web users to part with their time, money and privacy. This in turn has established “dark patterns,” or sets of practices designers know they can use to manipulate web users. They’re difficult to spot, but they’re increasingly prevalent in the websites and apps we use every day, creating products that are manipulative by design, much like the persistent, ever-present pop-ups we’re forced to close when we visit a new website.

    Ideally, no cookies, but if needed only those absolutely necessary.


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