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On February 7, Bassel, Lucy, Maria, and Marina started a 7-day journey called The Sleep Experiment, a project designed by someone who struggled with sleep for people who share the struggle.

Meet the heroes

Motivated by his desire to fix his encumbered sleep schedule, Bassel set out to design a life-in-times-of-lockdown outside his pajamas. Maria, who tried many a way to get back control of her rest time but to no avail, found in the challenge a way to reconnect high productivity with high energy and enough rest time. Marina had never really tried any tool or strategy to give structure to…

You are standing in front a big black box.

You know that what’s inside can completely change your life because others have bragged about opening theirs and, as a result, are living a life of fulfillment.

But the box seems unreachable.

It is locked and you don’t know how to open it. Is there a key? If so, where’s the key? What does the key look like? What if it’s a code? But where to put it? And most importantly, how can you even reach the box?

Quite frustrating, isn’t it?

This scene happens more frequently that we’d care to…

Shattered. Crushed. Crumbled. Pulverized.

That’s Beirut after a capital-wide explosion that even Cyprus felt, more than 200 kilometres across the sea. As a result of the blast of August 4, more than 100* people have died and 4000+* were rushed to hospitals. 300,000 are now left without a home. The early estimate is up to 4.2 billion USD* in economic loss.

*Update: more than 210 people have died, 7500+ were injured and the later estimate of economic loss surpassed 12 billion USD.

Where is my sister?

Digging through the rubble. Bodies lost at sea. Families searching for their loved ones. Thousands of wounded…

Image by Chris Barbalis (form

When uncertainty befalls upon us, resistance entraps us. And it seems like a more serious threat as the world around us changes at a pace faster than the speed at which we can make sense of what is happening. New technologies appear with rising frequencies, reinventing how individuals commute, how music lovers listen to their favorite playlists and how doctors perform surgeries. Pandemics can cover the span of the globe within days and put all humans of the world in a self-quarantine that forces them to do things differently.

Uncertainty and change are not things we can simply eradicate.


This is not an article, it’s an idea; the idea that creativity is like a muscle and that you need to practice it to reap its benefits. But how?

Let’s start with a warm-up

Are you up for a quick test of your creative divergent thinking? Stop everything you’re doing and try this:

  1. Get your phone ready for a countdown of 1 minute. Is it ready?
  2. You will have to choose any item around you and think of as many alternative uses as you can think of. The original use doesn’t count.
  3. Pick an item and immediately start the countdown without overthinking it
  4. List the uses out loud and keep track of them.

How many uses did you come up with?

I tested this exercise with members of my mastermind and my students, the…

If we want to go from a handful of Future of Work reports to a Future that actually works for us (wordplay stolen from the OECD 2019 employment outlook report), we need to make sure we are really shifting paradigms across all fields, sectors, target audiences and approaches. It’s not a magic spell that will reinvent policies worldwide on a fortnight. It’s an incremental change but it needs to happen fast. One of the chief players and targets of that shift in paradigms are those who will be working in that imminent — and almost present — Future, i.e.: …

Your 13-year-old brother has just started taking guitar lessons. He is sitting in his room (does he even know how to get out of it?) and practicing his newly bought instrument, playing the same note over and over again.

A noise nudges you out of your focus. Someone is ringing the doorbell with an annoying relentlessness, until you lay down the book, get up from your cozy chair, walk through the corridor and open the door.

In the meantime, you experience the most horrid combination of sounds and complete lack of harmony: the single guitar note and the incessant doorbell.

Discussing the rights of the citizens, the meaning of revolution and the constitutionality of political paradigmatic shift within a protest. October 2019.

« No politics here. »

Appalling words spoken in houses, universities, offices, schools, in many a place and for many an occasion. Words that, in some cases, have contributed to where we are now: oblivious and distressed.

« No politics here. »


Our lives are made of politics! Everything around us is politics.

No more bread? That’s politics. You can only buy local potatoes? That’s politics. A man with no insurance died at the doors of a hospital? Politics. Your child is traveling away to work in another country, on another continent? Politics. Bags of waste are covering the streets…


It’s Sunday night in Beirut.

Only a few hours left before the first rays of sunshine and a new day of protests.

Motorcycles are still roaming the streets at this hour. And as I hear them, I can still smell the sulfur dioxide, living memory of endless hours of burning tires — and freshly baked bread (or is this a dream?).

The streets smelled like vinegar today, and the feet were soaked in the dark thick layer of tire fire residue. But little attention was given to the chemicals, left unseen… What could be seen mattered much more.

A cancer…

Opportunities don’t happen. You create them. — Chris Grosser

We think of success as a to-do list. A recipe with an inventory of ingredients and a set of instructions.

Red buzzer!

It isn’t.

But if you go through lists of activities and sets of habits successful people do and have, and that inhabit the time they don’t spend working, you will notice a pattern.

A single thread runs through the veins of those actions.

Here’s a compilation of common actions often undertaken by successful people:

  • Create and follow routines
  • Write a journal
  • Read books
  • Learn new skills
  • Exercise
  • Set goals

Alexandra Kodjabachi

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