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Sonder: We All Have a Story to Tell

We aim to give everyone the chance to tell theirs.

Sonder: n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own. 

By definition, recorded history began with the invention of writing. What we commit to written memory is what our future generations will refer to as fact, how they’ll analyze who we were. What we don’t record may be forgotten, forever.

But what about the people who can’t read or write? Or those who don’t have the resources or a platform to tell their story? How many stories have we lost because certain people didn’t want them to be told?

Malcolm Gladwell, the memorable voice behind Revisionist History (a podcast that goes back in time to interrogate something ‘overlooked’ or ‘misunderstood’) says, “Who we are cannot be separated from where we’re from.”

Let’s be sure our children know who tread the path before them. By telling peripheralized, marginalized or merely unexpected stories we are taking charge of our history. These are the stories of all of us.

Sonder is our story category where we stop and take in the lived experiences of those who surround us. We encourage you to read on, friends.


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Veterans Who Stepped Outside the Fold

We get to define our commemoration, so let's make it count.

This week we honor the veterans who believe in a country that stands for everyone. That is something we are still working towards.

The US continues to tout ‘endless victory’ and ‘freedom for all’, so on the weekend of Veteran’s Day we take a moment to show respect for those who may have been forgotten, those in service who didn’t come home, and those who one day won’t return.

We honor many who fought, and are still fighting, to make the military a more inclusive place for women, LGBTQ, and people of color. We honor those who worked to end the draft. We honor the veteran who sat during the anthem because he understood that the protest was not about a flag or military, but about very real issues that our country is choosing to ignore. We honor the caregivers who help veterans cope with PTSD.

Here are a few of our stories about vets who remind us that everyone’s journey is unique, complex, and worth honoring.

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Former Joint Chief-of-Staff Mike Mullen Says NO to Trans Military Ban

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