The On Being Project

Trent T. Gilliss
Trent T. Gilliss

was the founding executive editor of On Being Studios.

Our Disagreements Can Open Us Up to Each Other

by Trent T. Gilliss

An unexpected note illuminates the challenging grace of valuing those who think differently from us. Sharon Salzberg’s useful tips for gracefully disagreeing with people we love. Parker palmer on how life’s greatest blessings can’t be seen. Karissa Chen reimagines her grandfather’s story, and her place in it. And Courtney Martin on trusting in the intuition of our own bodies.

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Our Disagreements Can Open Us Up to Each Other

Chances to Do Better Are All Around Us

by Trent T. Gilliss

A video of men reading #MoreThanMean tweets to female sports journalists is difficult, but important to watch. 119 science haiku form a poetic periodic table. Ali Schultz on reclaiming what’s in shadow for the better. And more ideas worth pondering from Parker Palmer, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Omid Safi, and Ministry of Ideas, curated by Trent Gilliss.

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Chances to Do Better Are All Around Us

Reinvigorating Our Public Life

by Trent T. Gilliss

Fr. Richard Rohr on awe in the face of mystery. Omid Safi on touching the mystical in the daily act of driving. Rebecca Delker on rethinking how we talk about climate change. And our editor-in-chief’s latest picks from the Wall Street Journal, Hazlitt, and Netflix.

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Reinvigorating Our Public Life

The Things Men Say on Twitter

by Trent T. Gilliss

A video proposes that having men read misogynistic and demeaning tweets to the female sports journalists they are directed at will bring to light the horrid remarks and ad hominem attacks women must encounter daily.

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The Things Men Say on Twitter

Six Virtues To Live By and Ground You

by Trent T. Gilliss

From frontlines of the Obama Foundation Summit, six virtues to propel your conversations and your lives. And, some recommended takes on love and domination, the messiness of adulthood, the economics of consent, and more.

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Six Virtues To Live By and Ground You

How Might We Face Our Own Hubris Better?

by Trent T. Gilliss

A Harvard dean lists his five essential questions of life. Our editor-in-chief shares his key readings on the question of being better men, the gift of facing one’s hubris, and the challenge of living in a vitriolic age.

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How Might We Face Our Own Hubris Better?

Give Yourself a Chance to Sit With Your Reactions

by Trent T. Gilliss

Who we’re not considering when we talk about guns, from Dorit Price-Levine. Courtney Martin on #metoo as an opportunity to heal masculinity. And Omid Safi’s frustration at a seemingly innocuous question. Incisive and insightful words on the deeper truths in our daily encounters — from our columnists and new voices, too.

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Give Yourself a Chance to Sit With Your Reactions

There’s Useful Tension in Our Life Together

by Trent T. Gilliss

Guns. American identity. Trap yoga. Rami Nashashibi winning the MacArthur “genius” grant. Highlighted writing on the fruitful chaos of living together from David Brooks, Anita Little, Carolina González, Omid Safi, and Courtney Martin.

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There’s Useful Tension in Our Life Together

Take a Step Back from Agitating Habits

by Trent T. Gilliss

In the midst of chaos and anxiety, a selected list of restorative words on death and love in the wake of a hurricane, on the art of risk-taking, and on stepping back and looking at our actions and reactions anew.

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Take a Step Back from Agitating Habits

The Mundane Moments Are Windows for Reflection and Forgiveness

by Trent T. Gilliss

Hand-picked by our editor-in-chief, perspectives on reimagining loved ones, the workplace, and the shape of community — from Ali Schultz on the false shine of office perks to what unity looks like, on the football field and off.

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The Mundane Moments Are Windows for Reflection and Forgiveness
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