Critical Soundbites

Christian Filli
Just a little something to chew on.
Created 13 Jun 2021
  • The role of psychological safety
    27 Sep 2021 • 3 min read
    When Maurice “Mo” Cheeks retired from playing basketball in 1993, he was the NBA’s all-time leader in steals and fifth overall in assists. He subsequently served as head coach of the Portland Trail Bl...
  • As long as it's for a good cause
    15 Sep 2021 • 3 min read
    As the African folktale goes, a major flood broke out during the rainy season and all animals sought refuge on higher grounds. Two monkeys climbed up to the treetops, from where they could observe fis...
  • The future is personal
    31 Aug 2021 • 2 min read
    In August 2004, Sal Khan began remotely tutoring his cousin, Nadia, who was struggling with math. As she gradually improved, word got around and Sal started tutoring a handful of his cousins and famil...
  • Nonsense is now the world's #1 pollutant
    24 Aug 2021 • 3 min read
    In one of the most memorable scenes of The Matrix, rebel-in-chief Morpheus summons Neo to decide whether or not to commit to freeing his own mind. “This is your last chance”, he says, “After this, the...
  • America is stuck playing defense
    17 Aug 2021 • 4 min read
    Among many other newsworthy events filling the airwaves last week, one of the biggest announcements came from the U.S. Census Bureau: for the first time on record, the share of people who identify as ...
  • Standing up to bullies
    09 Aug 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    Thirty-two years since the Chinese pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square, the unknown rebel who stood alone in defiance of a phalanx of tanks remains an iconic figure. In this raw and unedited vi...
  • More surfing, less suffering
    02 Aug 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Among the sports that have been recently added to Olympic competition is surfing, and it didn’t take long for this to become a source of controversy, at least in the minds of people who choose sufferi...
  • The toxic allure (and monetization) of victimhood
    26 Jul 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    I still remember the day one of my college professors walked into the classroom and gave a lecture on the deep fascination people have with tragedy and nastiness. It was an off-the-cuff monologue, ins...
  • Cohesion versus conformity
    12 Jul 2021 • 2 min read
    Building Castells is a cultural tradition (first documented near the city of Tarragona in the 18th century) that forms part of annual festivities in Catalonian towns and cities. The goal during this t...
  • Narcissism in the name of altruism
    02 Jul 2021 • 2 min read • 1 2
    “Who doesn’t want to wear the ribbon?” This unforgettable line was uttered by one of the many extraordinary supporting characters who came and went over the course of the 90’s TV show Seinfeld. In the...
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