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Diving into Diversity: The Futur's Finds

Let's celebrate diversity.

If you're subscribed to receive The Futur's Finds on Fridays, you may have noticed our absence from your inbox a couple of weeks back. (Yes, we missed you too.) We took some time to reflect and think of actions we can take to support the Black Lives Matter movement.

With that being said, this is our way of taking one small step. We've dedicated this week's list to diversity — in creativity, thought, perspectives, experiences, and ideas.

Our last email contained ideas for innovation, where we looked for new ways to think outside the box and with the future in mind. If you missed that, click here to catch up on the most recent picks.

Now, let's dive into this week's list of diverse finds:

Support the Black Lives Matter movement by clicking the links from Creative Capital.

This week's action item

Want to join us in supporting the BLM movement? Check out this guide​ from Creative Capital. It contains links to donate, sign petitions, and get involved in your communities. However big or small, any effort counts.

Book of the week

Becoming by Michelle Obama - The former First Lady details her experiences as the first African American woman to serve that role. Becoming is a raw, honest, and deeply personal look at the moments that have shaped Mrs. Obama. From her childhood, to her life in the White House, her story will inspire you.

Listen while you work

Watch Master of None on Netflix starring Aziz Ansari.

What to watch

  • Make your way to your TVs and turn on the award-winning series, Master of None, on Netflix. Starring Aziz Ansari (Tom Haverford from Parks and Rec), this series is loosely based on Ansari's real life, and explores his struggles with his identity, both personally and professionally.
  • Crash (2004) explores the connected stories between a group of LA residents who differ in race, class, family, and gender. With a diverse, star-studded cast and three Oscar wins, be sure to add this one to your watchlist.
  • The way we perceive the world around us is often what influences our attitudes, feelings, and behaviors. Rory Sutherland dives into the impact of our perspective in this TED Talk. Watch it here.

Articles worth the read

  • What is 'creative savior complex'? Programmer and artist Omayeli Arenyeka defines this attitude, and tells us how to think differently about doing good as a creative person. Click here to read the article.
  • We are all naturally biased towards something. How can we become less biased, and a little less prejudiced, then? This article includes some tips.
  • Is life as a butterfly that much better than life as a caterpillar, nestled in its cocoon? This article explores the truth about cocoons, and what we can learn as a society from the metamorphosis that takes place.

Follow along Nike Master Trainer Betina Gozo for this at-home workout.

Move your body

  • Follow along Nike Master Trainer, Betina Gozo for this 35-minute, at-home strength and HIIT workout. No equipment needed, and all fitness levels welcome.
  • Want to get your kids in on the fitness fun? Encourage them to try out this 20-minute yoga class with instructor, Nicole Cardoza.

Meals to try this week

  • Maple syrup, butter, and sweet, crispy waffles.​ Are you drooling yet? Get the recipe for fluffy and crispy vegan waffles from Jessica in The Kitchen.
  • Steamed vegetable buns are not exactly the most approachable to make from scratch. But this recipe from The Woks of Life has you covered.
  • Cook up a delicious meal alongside famous British chef, Jamie Oliver. Get the recipe for lemon chicken with smashed sweet potato here.

And finally, a poem to keep in mind throughout the week

What if 2020 isn't cancelled?
What if 2020 is the year we've been waiting for?
A year so uncomfortable, so painful, so scary, so raw —
that it finally forces us to grow.
A year that screams so loud, finally awakening us
from our ignorant slumber.
A year we finally accept the need for change.
Declare change. Work for change. Become the change.
A year we finally band together, instead of pushing each other apart.

2020 isn't cancelled, but rather the most important year of them all.

Leslie Dwight