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.

About My Work

Best Of

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.

Still Worth Reading

Colophon

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

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Latest Posts

Sunday Pull Quotes

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 to Write About Africa by Binyavanga Wainaina: Throughout the book, adopt a sotto voice, in...

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...

The Clean Slate

There is an allure to the clean slate, to starting over and re-inventing oneself. Forming new habits and routines that nudge us to become a more idealized version of ourself. I have been in Seattle for a week now, and this is the question I am asking myself: Who am I...

Speaking

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.
Past and Present Talks

Travels

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.

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