on belonging

these days, i've been trying to find my “place” in this technology ecosystem.

last summer was a whirlwind of adventure across two continents, and i've been restless ever since. the fellowship taught me that i am capable of contributing to problems bigger than i'd ever thought possible.

over the past year, i've been exploring the tech ecosystem in Toronto and worldwide. lately, i've been lucky to have the most fascinating conversations with technologists working in misinformation, elections integrity, autonomous vehicles, and artificial intelligence policy. i've been consistently surprised (and perhaps lucky) to find how friendly and welcoming technologists are.

what i've found is that when talking to people about the really big, unsolved problems of our lifetime, there's an unspoken understanding that there's enough room for all of us to contribute significant impact. this is in sharp contrast with my experience working on mundane problems where people compete over who works on the highest-glory project or gets the next promotion.

it is uniquely freeing to realize that there are much bigger things to worry about, and in that problem space, there is much work to be done, there is much need for talented humans to contribute, and we're all on the same team.

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