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This month Brain Food has all the richness to feed your soul. From delicious music to get out the vote initiatives, to indigenous fashion and more, keep scrolling to light a fire under these final days of winter.

Listen Now: Zola Courtney

British singer/songwriter Zola Courtney has only released a few songs, but her lush vocals and orchestral pop sound have us hooked. The sharp lyrics and timeless sound have a twinge of melancholy but there is a strength that underlies her sadness, which feels appropriate this time of year.

Orenda Tribe

The prevalence of repurposed and upcycled fashion promises to be one of the defining shifts in the coming decades. Amy Yeung, a member of the Navajo nation, launched her brand Orenda Tribe in 2015 after leaving a 30+ year career designing for fast fashion brands.

Her newest project, Orenda Tribe, offers a beautiful mix of vintage, repurposed, handmade, one-of-a-kind and upcycled clothing, jewelry, accessories and home goods. Yeung works with a small team of in-house artists and makers, as well as indigenous artists throughout the Navajo reservation. We have our eye on her Prismatic upcycled fly suits for spring.

I am a voter | TARRA Driven by Ideas
I am a voter

Ok, here’s the thing: As an organization, TARRA vows to stay out of messy, bipartisan politics. BUT, there are two things we ardently support 1. Women’s reproductive rights, and 2. Get out the vote initiatives.

Our go-to for 1 is Planned Parenthood. Our go-to for 2 is I am a voter, a nonpartisan organization and movement that aims to unify voters around the notion that “our democracy works best when we all participate.” We couldn’t agree more.

Register to vote, check your registration status and get local election reminders:

The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character & Achievement, by David Brooks

If we had a literary boyfriend, it would be New York Times columnist and best-selling author David Brooks (thanks mom). His books dive deep into how societies, cultures and individuals operate within and around systems of community. The Social Animal, published in 2012, has become a staple on our shelves.

It gets to the core of what humans need to flourish and thrive—a story of how success happens, where character is formed and how important life decisions are made. It’s life-changing. Read it. Listen to it. Just do it now.

McKinsey Report: Women Matter: Ten Years of Insights on Gender Diversity

The McKinsey Report is our definitive go-to for stats on how women are doing in the workplace. Over the past 10 years, their research has built a case for greater parity in the economy and in top management. They’ve also worked to uncover the key levers to make change happen (thank you McKinsey).

Their recent report looked at the momentum happening in key areas of the world, but sadly showed that women are still grossly underrepresented in the economy. HOWEVER. The report offers an overview of key barriers at play and new insights on how to make change happen. It’s worth a read to understand where we’ve been, where we’re at and what we need to do to get to where we want to go.

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