Tell us about an experience you’ve had coming back to something — or someone — after time away. What changed in your absence? How did you change? What are the funny moments, faux pas, discomforts, and joys that came with returning to an old situation (or your pre-pandemic life) with new eyes?

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It was a little while through the pandemic when my brother broke the news to me: our old dojo, where we trained our entire childhoods, was closing up shop. It, like many other businesses, were hit hard by the pandemic. …


People die, of course, but so do other things. Ideals. Relationships. Jobs. Life phases. Pieces of who we once were. A death isn’t always inherently sad, either; sometimes, it’s a positive step, freeing us from what was weighing us down or allowing us to move forward. Illusions can die. Grudges. Bad habits. Tell us about a death you’ve experienced, for better or worse, and how you marked the loss — whether it was with mourning or celebration.

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When I was offered my new job, one of the first emails I sent was to let my alumni committee know I wouldn’t…

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Part of understanding political decision-making is learning how to accurately filter information online. Separating fact from fiction, combating disinformation, and determining the truth all require some leg work. It’s tough, but it’s worth it.

I’m a beginner in the world of fact-checking. But, I’m slowly getting better. I’ve picked up a few things along the way that have helped me understand complex information and arrive at the facts. These tactics have helped structure my approach to fact-checking.

Keep in…

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So, you want to be a fact-checker, eh? Tired of getting duped by sketchy articles and social media posts? Want to learn how to filter information by what’s correct vs. what’s not?

You and me both. I’ve got some good news and bad news.

The bad news: disinformation is a challenge that we all face, and it isn’t slowing down.

The good news: with some training & a few skills, you can get better at identifying false information online and finding out what’s legit vs. what’s not.

For this post, I want to introduce you to some basic skills to…

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If you’re interested in learning more about political messaging, here are three books to start. I’m sharing these books because they laid the foundation for my understanding of this field, and I often apply the lessons in my own work.

Words That Work by Frank Luntz

The foundational book for Republican & conservative messaging, Words That Work is written by Republican Pollster Frank Luntz, who has worked with the Republican Party for decades. He’s was the figure…

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This blog post is brought to you by my newsletter, The Tart of War. You can find the original post here! A Beginner’s Guide To Civic Engagement

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As the lockdowns continue (atleast here in Ontario) I’ve been thinking about how involvement in our communities is so important. Not only to the community but to our own well-being too.

Community is important — we know that. But how does one person begin the journey of contributing to it? Every person you ask this question to will give you a different answer. There’s a lot of great options out there…

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Like every unemployed millennial who has an interest in social media, I decided to make a playlist on YouTube of personal branding videos. Mainly for my professional interests (there’s a point where, as a “social media person” you need to have some understanding of the terms and concepts in your field), and also because I’m running out of things to watch.

(That 2nd part is a joke. I have Netflix.)

So I queued up probably 15+ videos, ranging from 11 minutes to 1 hour, from a wide array of people: entrepreneurs, content creators, influencers (that title still rubs me the…

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This is part of my recurring series on mental health. I’ve left a few links to some of my other blog posts at the end of this one. Check ’em out if you’d like. Until then, enjoy the read.

Workplace stress and burnout are becoming prevalent problems in businesses all across the globe. Whether you work in higher education, communications, financial management or the non-profit sector, chances are you’ve either experienced or known someone who has struggled with the stress that comes from work.

While this is a challenge for every business, the good news is that more and more…

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This is part of my recurring series on productivity. I’ve left a few links to some of my other blog posts at the end of this one. Check ’em out if you’d like. Until then, enjoy the read.

Originally posted on Thrive Global.

December 2020 Update: some of these I no longer do. Not because they’re bad in any way, but because my priorities in life have changed, as well as how I address those priorities. I believe what I used to do will still be of service to you, so I’ll leave this article untouched. …

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Close to a year ago, I wrote a Medium post on how I use my Kindle to learn new subjects. I explained how I get new resources, and my process for highlighting, exporting, and organizing them into a set of notes I can reference. It seemed to be decent enough to get claps (Medium equivalent of likes, I guess) periodically, even to this day.

I realized that in the last year my process has changed quite a bit, so I wanted to update you on how I go about using my Kindle and how I use Notion to take notes.

Andrew Philips

Poli Sci grad, Comms Strategist, great at remembering names and terrible at pronouncing them. I write on a number of different topics!

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