Urban acupuncture and engineers’ isolation — The Weekly reFRESH

March 11, 2016

Edited by Mara Meyers

This week we’re sharing a TED talk on girlhood and bravery by one of our own speakers, how a building is re-envisioning architecture for the blind, and a new political player to look out for in the election.

What we’ve been checking out…

A roundtable with black women engineers in the white dude-dominated Silicon Valley reveals how their isolation can feel like “death by a thousand paper cuts.”

Hillary Clinton is running against the actual embodiment of misogyny.

Oakland is working to transform its school system, one billionaire at a time.

The whitewashing of Nina Simone’s image (aka Zoe Saldana donning blackface to play her) proves the importance of telling your own story.

Journalism is just another one of the many industries consistently paying white men more than everyone else.

Jelani Cobb takes an in-depth look at the birth and future of the Black Lives Matter movement.

ReFRESHing talk of the week: The lack of European support for refugees isn’t due to apathy but to a failing system. Alexander Betts offers solutions to help.

The latest from our speakers…

Reshma Saujani’s incredible TED Talk will make you give a standing ovation at your computer.

Courtney Martin reflects on her time spent living abroad and the implications of white people traveling to be enlightened by the marginalized folks they meet.

Speaker Spotlight: Urban acupuncturist Antwi Akom’s game-changing work focuses on people powered place-making, design for the public good, and making cities and schools smarter, more equitable, and sustainable.

On International Women’s Day, Julie Zeilinger gave us nine accomplishments feminists achieved in 2015, most of which demanded women be seen for who they truly are.

The new LightHouse for the Blind building in San Francisco–where Chris Downey serves as chairman of the board–is pushing boundaries on what architecture for the blind can look (and sound) like.

If you don’t already know who Nina Turner is, you should. Jamil Smith explains why she’s a key player in next week’s presidential primary in Ohio.

Jamia Wilson’s panel on harassment at SXSW (and her general badassery) has earned her a spot on the Business Journal’s ‘women to watch’ list.

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