White Supremacy is our present reality. Human Rights is our collective dream.

#STOPASIANHATE — A horrific and heartbreaking surge in violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) is happening across the US. Too often, these attacks are ignored and underreported.

We must amplify AAPI voices and find ways to uplift, empower, and protect the AAPI community, so I’ve written this poem to help raise awareness for the Support the AAPI Community Fund which aims to address the urgent issues that face the AAPI community as well as broader, systemic problems. Donations received through the Fund, GoFundMe.org …

Empathy and The Battle For Freedom

“Freedom is in our reach when we return to values, purpose and community with consistency.”

The battle for freedom spans further than any of us consciously imagine on a day-to-day basis. In this country, if you are Black, it takes on a completely different meaning. For women, queer and non-binary people, your gender and sexuality might affect your access to freedom. Whoever you are, freedom is a quality of life that you likely feel an entitlement to. So I ask the question, how far are you from the freedom you desire?

Over the last year of consistent, values-driven actions, I’ve…

Is violence an option when fighting for safety and love?

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This month is Pride Month. A blessed celebration of the battles, triumphs, and contributions of the LGBTQ+ community. A celebration of humanity’s ability to come together. An acknowledgment of our abilities to divide. What does Pride mean to you beyond the parties, the rainbows, and the parades?

I’ve had the privilege, as most of us I hope, to have learned about the Stonewall Rebellion in 1969 at a young age.

Stonewall Rebellion 1969

After years of increased violence and use of force against the gay and lesbian community. Set in the socially and politically sensitive climate of the 1960s. Not that dissimilar from…

How Empathy Can Help Continue The Movement Sparked By The Murder of George Floyd.

James Baldwin once wrote, “Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.” The need for greater empathy to face societal issues is a total market problem.

© Curiosity Lab, Photo Credit: Rasmus Kongsgaard

At Curiosity Lab, we have created experiences that are providing much-needed support in fighting divisiveness and fear-based mindsets. We foster safety by creating opportunities for active listening and progressive trust-building. …

COVID, Cops, Companies, and Companions. What’s it Take to Feel Comfortable to Trust?

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Some people say money makes the world go round, but I’ll contend that it’s trust that really sits at the foundation of the collective human experience. While the two, trust and money, are interconnected, there is value in separating the two thoughtfully and exploring the importance they have in your life.

I’m Tired of This Shit

When I sat down to explore the topic of allyship, I began to think about the last 12 months, since the death of George Floyd on May 25th, 2020. We all shared a prorated trauma, with the global threat of COVID19 becoming the white noise beneath our individual, community…

From those with financial abundance to those struggling with financial insecurity, taking care of our mental health requires rest.

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It’s Monday morning and though I took time for myself on Sunday, I feel the residual reminders of stress dancing inside my shoulder blades and beneath my neck. As I write these words and breath deeply, I get a hint of relief, but I also know to listen to the message my body is sending.

Today, because the movement to spread empathy has gathered such momentum, I’m tempted to do more and more. As I slow down, I’m realizing, I am on the verge of violating the words that I preach. …

Turning discussion on mental health and trauma into bonding with our mothers.

Mom and me in Jamaica sometime in the 80s

Few things are universally true about shared humanity as all life originating from the feminine.

Our relationships to mothers, unite us. Though we seldom give this beautiful truth deep thought, I receive great lessons in empathy when I do.

Our relationships with our mothers shape us. Can it also be that our relationships with ourselves help shape our mothers?

I honor the great privilege that I grew up with a strong, loving, and supportive mother and father.

With my father surviving a brush with life a few years…

What are you working through? I bet you’ll find out that you are not alone.

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(This essay is written for the NAMI: National Association for Mental Illness #notalone mental health stigma reduction campaign. The stigma attached to mental illness, it’s often hard for those struggling and their families and friends to talk about. Hearing and reading the stories of others helps.)

Sometimes, when you’re doing well in life, you can hide the fact that you’re hurting. Even from yourself. If this resonates for you, know you are not alone.

At this moment, as we kick off mental health awareness month, I am grateful for my emotional strength and security. But I’d be a fraud to pretend I’ve always been this way.

When I sit to reflect with compassion, I recall the decade-plus of impulsive and risky behavior, the deep and loving relationships that…

Acknowledging my biases unlocked new ways to give my support to environmental justice.

My question today is, is sustainable consumption and environmental justice economically and culturally ableist?

As a young man, I was preoccupied with making my parents proud and justified for their sacrifices. I wanted to climb the corporate ladder, pay off debt, fall in love, accumulate wealth, find fulfillment, and begin to give back to the community and environment after.

As I sat to think about the intersection of empathy and environmental justice, I met a creative block.

Most of my thoughts on environmental justice have been on how to shift greater focus from changing individual behavior to advocacy for forcing…

Physical and psychological safety are the foundations of trust-building.

© Curiosity Lab, Photo Credit: Ethan J Schalekamp

Why am I fascinated with fear and safety?

I write for the black, the brown the yellow, and everyone in between. The queer and the straight. The able and less than fully able, but capable of more than most give them credit. The curious humans of all genders, sizes, ability and economic status who are willing to fight for the safety and freedom to improve themselves, and use their influence to spread well-being to the world around them.

For these people, I hope to inspire the exploration necessary to deepen their resilience so that they may find grace and compassion…

Michael A. Tennant

Creative marketing strategist, writer, and empathy advocate reframing trauma as acts of resilience. Inventor of Actually Curious, the deep connection card game.

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