Media, technology, politics, and saving the world in various combinations — Chief Strategist at Harmony Labs— author of For ALL the People

What The US Constitution can teach us about reforming modern media

This week, the Facebook Oversight Board (the pseudo-independent, pseudo-judiciary body created by Facebook) upheld Facebook’s decision to indefinitely ban former President Trump from the platform. But in their letter to the company explaining their decision, they practically demanded that the company assess the principles and processes it uses to govern…

If political parties provided what conspiracy theories do, maybe our parties would be stronger and more useful to our civic life.

Originally published on 7 Bridges

Humans need community to survive — belonging is safety, and meaning is direction. Without either, community withers, and we die. While modern society has put all kinds of pressures on community, the pandemic has all but eliminated our weak ties (hopefully temporarily) and left all…

Like all chick-or-the-egg arguments, what matters most is where we go from here.

Originally published on 7 Bridges

The intentions of America’s founders and the framers of our constitution still matter. They were animated by profound ideals, however imperfectly implemented, that resonate and provide essential, useful direction today. But when it comes to guns, I no longer care what the founders thought.


Smart, thoughtful people have been showing us the way to a more complete conversation about modern media and civic life for decades . It’s time we listen.

This article is part of a series of thinking examining modern media and our civic life including my new book For ALL the People coming Feb 23, 2021.

Originally published on 7 Bridges

The weeks since the election have revealed in stark relief the civic crisis America faces. It has…

If Trump was a symptom, it’s time to get to work on the dis-ease

For fours years we have been stuck in a bilious, amoral national haze driven by a leader disinterested in leadership and offended by the idea of service. Opposition and resistance were the watchwords on the Left from the day of his election. On the Right, the reality has finally sunk…

Humans are insufficient containers for magic. There’s nothing wrong with us: we have just always needed the strengthening, the tempering, the resilience learned from suffering and survival to prepare us for work with the divine. To be a conduit for creativity. To be in the presence of the eternal. To…

Michael Slaby

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