Solutions Oriented Cynicism

Welcome to the personal blog of David Sasaki where I test out new ideas, practice my writing, and participate in the frequently chaotic conversation that is the social web. I still believe in blogging, I still love to receive comments, and a meaningful discussion will still make my day.

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I’ve been writing here for over a decade now. In hindsight, only a handful of those posts are still worth reading. Find them  — and many more  — on the archives page.

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Latest Posts

[Review] The Idealist

Nina Munk accomplishes two feats in one short, easy-to-read book. First, she offers an archetypical character portrait of the type of person we have all met: charismatic, intelligent, influential and arrogant. These people are immediately impressive; we are entranced...

Lost in Translation

We spent three days in Mexico City — enough time to remember how much I love the city and why I was ready to leave. Of course, it’s the people I had missed the most. Not just the individuals, but how they interact — with warmth and humor and their...

All That Extra Time

When you work in philanthropy or development, you constantly question the meaning of progress. Take into consideration an excerpt from the autobiography of Davi Kopenawa, the leader of the Yanomami people of Brazil: On shopping Their thoughts are constantly attached...

Here’s To Anxious Non-Conformity

Wait, is this a mid-life crisis? An identity crisis? A symbolic gesture before selling out completely? Throughout my 20s I was an outsider, a nomad, a wanderer of the network and rebel against the institutions. I was more inspired by what made me angry than what I...

The Inevitability of Inequality

But I’m also skeptical of a certain kind of skepticism — a fatalistic, apocalyptic, complainalism — that merely points out all that is wrong with humanity without every considering what can be done to improve our condition.

The Natural Exclusion of Being Different

I was surrounded by women who, though mostly younger, we’re clearly more intelligent than I, better read, better writers. I’ve never felt so much like an outsider in my life. “It’s something everyone should experience at least once,” the writer Yewande Omotoso told me. I agreed, of course. And I do agree.


I speak frequently about the social implications of technology and new media, especially as they relate to governance, journalism, and human rights. Please be in touch via the contact page if you would like me to speak at an event.
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