Author: Michael Galinsky

  A year and a half ago, as Occupy Wall Street was just starting to take off after some crazy police brutality, I stood outside of a re-naming ceremony for the New Jersey Nets.  A couple of hundred press people had dutifully shown up at this press event to hear the exciting news that the team would now be called...

My father casts a shifting shadow.  It has been 7 years since he was hit by a car; and his influence on my thoughts and actions continues to evolve.  My oldest daughter was still three years old when he died, and my youngest was in utero, 3 months from birth.  I think about him as a father, my father, as...

I think a lot about the unconscious frames that we view the world through.  In fact I would even say that my frame is a “frame skeptical frame”, which tends to slow me down quite a bit.  However, most people ignore the frames and just “go with the flow”, because asking questions can be difficult.  Two articles I saw today...

I am 43 years old.  I  came of age at a time when photographers developed their own film and, for the most part, printed their own pictures.  There were no digital cameras and the internet was not the internet.  It is almost hard to remember a time when people weren't instagramming pictures of every meal to 10,000 followers, but 20...

Pause for a moment and think about how you think about healthcare.  Do you trust doctors in white coats more than doctors who dress more casually.  When you hear the word "alternative practitioner," do you think of quacks or healers?  Do you think about how your emotions affect your health? For the most part, we go through life without paying attention...

As of  Monday, October 8th, 2012 at least 8 people in the United States have died, and another 105 were struck with meningitis, after receiving an epidural steroid injection intended to treat chronic back pain. The tragic aspect is not simply that these people have died, but instead that the data that exists concerning steroid injections shows that they don't...

About six months ago, I happened upon a Jonah Lehrer article in Wired.  The article starts out with a couple of paragraphs about a drug company whose stock shot up because they had developed a drug that stopped the body from producing the "bad fat".  This was pretty important to the drug company as their drug Lipitor (which stopped the...

Recently, an ode to video stores went somewhat viral on facebook.  Kim's video was an amazing resource for finding out about films in the late 80's and early 90's.  For me though, it was the record stores and book stores that had a greater impact. When I moved to NY, I mostly cared about music and photography.  I hit the record...

On Thursday at Brooklyn Technical HS, the Panel for Educational Policy planned to close 23 public schools citywide. I had just returned from a trip on Thursday and didn't feel that I had the energy to go; I had been to several last year and found that they were a sham public meeting like so many I had been to...

This morning I woke to a voice message from a friend in Prague.  He was terrified that something terrible had happened at Occupy Wall Street because all of the live streams he had followed the day before, during the massive protests, were shut down.  He thought that either everyone had been arrested, or that all of the cell service had...

Last week on buzzflash I wrote about the connection between our film "Battle for Brooklyn" and OWS.  Last year, as we completed Battle, we started to make a film about education in NY.  We saw intense similarities between the way in which parents were shut out of the education process and the way in which communities were shut out of...