December 26, 2010

Patrolling the Web this Week

I haven't done this in a while, but here is a weekly roundup of smart, relevant, and entertaining articles and/or videos that caught my eye in the past week or so. Hope you enjoy.

Brene Brown: The power of vulnerability. Ted Talks never fail to deliver. The self proclaimed, "life-hacker" and PhD social worker says that, "What we know is that connection, the ability to feel connected... is why we're here." Her powerful talk uncovers why we, as humans, need to live vulnerably in order to be happy.

The Empowerment Plan: By Veronika Scott. Thanks to my sister who tipped me off to this design student's blog. Scott has created a winter coat, called the Elements Survival Coat, that doubles as a sleeping bag for the homeless population in Detroit. Scott has partnered with the Cass Community Center, which has vowed to pay clients minimum wage to make the coats. She hopes to expand her project across the U.S. and eventually the world.

Thanks For the Tax Cuts! By Larry David: A short but witty op-ed piece by one of my favorite comedians. Larry thanks the Republican party for extending the new tax cuts, which will now allow him to indulge in first class seats on his Hawaiian vacation, replace his aging TV, and buy fresh blueberries at Whole Foods.

A day in the Life of an Oncology Social Worker: By Christine D. For those who are curious what it's like to be a social worker on an oncology unit at a hospital in NYC, blogger Christine D published "a day in the life" post describing the challenges she faces everyday. I especially love the "recipe" for Social Work Oncology that she put together.

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