reading this right now… I’ll soon be on winter break from grad school and can’t wait to spend a day reading and lazing about with nothing on my agenda for a full 24 hours.
My 6’5” dad was black and grew up in one of the most dangerous cities in America. He sported a huge afro into the early 90s when he died at the age of 33; one year older than I am now. My mother, a white, Jewish refugee from Poland, arrived in Brooklyn when she was 17 with no money and no English. She essentially raised me as a single mother. That makes me a half-black, half-white, 6’5” guy born into a half-Christian half-Jewish family. Growing up in the almost entirely white, middle-class suburb of Hopewell, NJ, made me feel like an outsider on some level. I felt most alone when I was surrounded by people. These moments made me realize how different I was.
Based on some of the most reliable and groundbreaking research in network science, this background may not have been a hindrance like I thought it was.
It may have actually been the perfect upbringing to be a connector.
Network brokers (ie – connectors) have three advantages:
- Breadth. They pull their information from diverse clusters.
- Timing. While they may not be the first to hear information, they are first to introduce information to another cluster.
- Translation. They develop skills in translating one group’s knowledge into another’s insight.
It’s been uncharacteristically freezing in my part of California, causing an upsurge in my desire to bake. I pretty much wanted to crawl into the oven myself it’s been so cold. But these cookies are delish and easy to make. I subbed half a stick of butter with coconut oil.
aaaaahhhh! cuteness overload!
The Eddie Aikau Paddle out ceremony
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