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 …


Today, my personal mission statement is: “I am in my power when I use my freedom and empathy to spread well-being and happiness.”

Visit www.valuesexercise.com to discover your values and mission statement.

This morning, while preparing to share with the world our latest creation, the prototype of valuesexercise.com, I decided to take a look back through my journals.

A little less than a year ago, on April 16th, I wrote these words in my journal.

“Feeling sadness. Feeling flooded. Feeling out of control and out of my environment. I am running out of money. My plans for Actually Curious are getting more precarious. I probably need to find a job. My parents mean well, but I am having a hard time co-existing with them. How do I make them feel seen while…


Christianity’s Influences on Values and Behavior, and how to Assess Your Purpose and Make Intentional Choices

© Curiosity Lab, Photo Credit: Ethan J Schalekamp

As a child, my family and I celebrated Easter every year. My Jamaican American family did things with our own twist. Instead of Easter eggs and bunny rabbits, we had Easter Bun and duck bread. Thinking back through my experiences with Easter, I find memories of family, childhood, community, and joy. Values and emotions that brought our community together.

I haven’t celebrated Easter in some time. …


How self-guided practices can help you decipher your emotional state and your inner voice.

© Curiosity Lab, Photo Credit: Ethan J Schalekamp

April will make it three years since I made the choice to venture into “men’s work”. A term that’s been popularized by organizations like Evryman, focused on helping men to connect with themselves and to one another, to aid growth, learning, and the spread of tools for supporting other men.

Men’s work has been my weekly workout for self and community

Men’s work has been my weekly workout for self and community awareness, and the inspiration behind many of the Actually Curious Empathy Workout exercises.

“We teach people about the different forms of empathy and how awareness of it can be applied to yourself and to others; to understand your own…


Community, Culture, and Connection in a Cute Little Package

Andrew Matus Collage, Curious Publishing, 2020

Shout out to all my zine publishers, building community, curating dope words, and thought-provoking art while trying to raise some money to save Mother Earth. It’s all good baby-baby.

I borrow the word structure of one of the best MCs of my youth, as I take a time machine back. The perspective, the curiosity, just a few reasons why I love Zines.

As serendipity might have it, the movement to spread empathy and card game Actually Curious has brought me in contact with two Zines.


Get Lost and Recharge In An Idea That Brings You To Flow State

© Curiosity Lab, Photo Credit: Ethan J Schalekamp

Have you ever gotten lost in a rabbit-hole of research, only to find yourself not that far from where you began and having a conflicted sense of satisfaction for how you spent your time?

We all have. And usually when we are lost in an immersive state with something we’re interested in. Psychology Today calls this the “state of flow”.

“Flow is a cognitive state where one is completely immersed in an activity — from painting and writing to prayer and surfboarding. It involves intense focus, creative engagement, and the loss of awareness of time and self.”

I call it…


By Saying Yes To The Life That I Have, I Unlock The Magic That’s Within Me.

© Curiosity Lab, Photo Credit: Ethan J Schalekamp

The one-year anniversary of the Covid-19 lockdown reminded me that this year forced me to slow down and face the difficult realities of my life.

I had to face my own struggles and failures, in life and in love.

I faced the complicated relationship with my parents. I met an evolving relationship with my nieces and nephews and the grief over the loss of their dads.

I learned that in acceptance, comes much relief.

I learned to be present for the collective and various individual experiences. Time interweaving with choices, and memories, and laugher, and tears. A healing process taking place in unique ways and shared all the…


To all the soldiers on the frontlines of the fight for anti-racism and human rights, I see you.

You wake up every morning, especially during these days and you think, “there is no time like today to affect change.”

Every cell in your body propels you forward with a simultaneous sense of purpose and a grounded awareness of fear. Your mode of being, is to run towards, not away.

You fight for what you believe in and only strategically choose flight when the moment suits.

You’re adept at this game of empathy and you know sometimes, only might will be…


Empaths, people-pleasers, overlooked givers, and managers, I’m talking to you.

Do you know the old saying, “saying yes to one thing is saying no to something else”? It’s been my personal mantra this month. Being an empathetic leader has many benefits. But the downside is when I’m left feeling depleted.

After spending the last six months connecting with Americans across backgrounds about contributing to the healing of our country, it is clear to me many share this struggle too. …


Allyship is not easy, it’s not hard, it’s the right thing to do.

Nine months ago, the murder of George Floyd was broadcast across the world. It sparked the most engaged racial justice movement since the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Then we watched as a flurry of people, organizations, and brands took to social media advocacy. Annoyed by the shallow acts of support I wrote my first and only rant directed at white-owned wellness businesses.

Some brave and detailed acts of leadership, like the 600 & Rising movement, blazed a trail that inspired me and many of…

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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