The On Being Project

Courtney E. Martin
Courtney E. Martin

is a columnist for On Being. Her column appears every Friday.

Her newest book, The New Better Off: Reinventing the American Dream, explores how people are redefining the American dream (think more fulfillment, community, and fun, less debt, status, and stuff). Courtney is the co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network and a strategist for the TED Prize. She is also co-founder and partner at Valenti Martin Media and FRESH Speakers Bureau, and editor emeritus at Feministing.com.

Courtney has authored/edited five books, including Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists, and Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: How the Quest for Perfection is Harming Young Women. Her work appears frequently in The New York Times and The Washington Post. Courtney has appeared on the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, MSNBC, and The O’Reilly Factor, and speaks widely at conferences and colleges. She is the recipient of the Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics and a residency from the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Centre. She lives with her partner in life and work, John Cary, in Oakland, and their daughters Maya and Stella. Read more about her work at www.courtneyemartin.com.

The Case for Self-Promotion

by Courtney E. Martin

It’s easy to see self-promotion as an exercise in narcissism. But when exercised with the right intentions and oriented toward societal good, it can be a powerful way to connect with and contribute to the world.

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The Case for Self-Promotion

The Problem with Seeking the Best for Your Kids

by Courtney E. Martin

How do our duties as citizens map onto our duties as parents? Courtney Martin on the tensions between what is best for her children and what’s best for the world. The first in a reported series on ethical parenting.

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The Problem with Seeking the Best for Your Kids

The Evolving Anxiety of Motherhood

by Courtney E. Martin

Learning to accept the anxieties of motherhood can help bring in wonder and gratitude for the mundane moments of parenting.

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The Evolving Anxiety of Motherhood

All The Lives We’ll Never Lead

by Courtney E. Martin

An opportunity to embrace not just life as it is, but also life as it could be — if not in this life, then in the next.

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All The Lives We’ll Never Lead

The Luxury of Being Fascinated

by Courtney E. Martin

It is not enough to view social injustice as simply a problem to be solved, or a series of data points to be analyzed and understood. Allyship and activism require a deeper compassion, one that creates space for us to sit with each other’s pain.

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The Luxury of Being Fascinated

Seven Questions to End 2017 with Clarity and Start 2018 with Intention

by Courtney E. Martin

Courtney offers seven searching questions to help you enter the coming year primed for growth.

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Seven Questions to End 2017 with Clarity and Start 2018 with Intention

Death Without Duality: Three Both/Ands at the End of Life

by Courtney E. Martin

The pain and gift of the end of life, and the truths that dying reveals at the heart of being human.

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Death Without Duality: Three Both/Ands at the End of Life

This Isn’t About Bad Apples; It’s About Our Broken Sexual Culture

by Courtney E. Martin

Courtney Martin delves into America’s dysfunctional relationship with sex, money, and power — and calls for a rethinking of sex education, to reflect the actual complexity and broad range of how human sexuality gets expressed and must be honored.

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This Isn’t About Bad Apples; It’s About Our Broken Sexual Culture

How Much Is Enough?

by Courtney E. Martin

Tools for a more honest perspective on where we stand on the socioeconomic spectrum — and on rewriting the story we tell ourselves about how we got where we are, and what we can do for those less fortunate.

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How Much Is Enough?

Does My Body Know Something My Mind Doesn’t?

by Courtney E. Martin

What if we trusted what our bodies tell us about our experiences? On the frustrating gap between our emotional intuition, and the reality that we perceive.

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Does My Body Know Something My Mind Doesn’t?
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