Cautiously Optimistic

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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Every craftsman works toward fluency with his tools. Here’s a collection of tools that go into making this website.

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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.

Sunday Pull Quotes

“No man should enter his house through another man’s gate.” Chinua Achebe 1- From Sachs to Kristof to Invisible Children to TED, the fastest growth industry in the US is the White Savior Industrial Complex. — Teju Cole (@tejucole) March 8, 2012 How...

Is Your Attention Worth 16.6 Cents per Minute?

Let’s say, on average, I listen to Spotify one hour per day and 3% of that time is spent listening to ads. Each month I’d listen to 30 hours of Spotify and about an hour of that time would be spent listening to ads. This begs two interesting questions …

Why Media? Part II: Journalism As a Service

Bill Gates and Warren Buffett are two of the wealthiest individuals on the planet, and they have each pledged to give away the majority of their fortunes to alleviate poverty. Here’s a lesser known commonality: they both worked as paperboys.

Why Media? Part I: Broccoli Milkshakes

What’s important is not always interesting and what’s interesting is not always important. How do we turn the broccoli of news into mouth-watering milkshakes so that it can compete for our fragmented attention that is naturally drawn to dramatic series like House of Cards, or the latest updates about sports, technology and celebrity gossip?

Optimism and Abundance

When I worked at Open Society Foundations, we had a focus on defending rights, which derived from a worldview that assumes there are large institutions (mostly corporations and governments) that encroach upon our individual freedoms and our ability to live a...


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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