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Andrea T Edwards, professional speaker

#30 Weekend reads – how’s your spirit this week?

Can you believe it, 30 weeks of my weekend reads and I want to thank everyone who has told me they value it, as well as the people who are regularly sharing amazing content. I am always acknowledging the great content sharers too, because I value them in my life immensely. I hope you have great content sharers in yours.

This last week, someone special said to me: my spirit is very low this week. It’s such a heartbreaking thing to hear, but as she said it, I realized that yes, my spirit has been pretty low too. It is such a grueling time for the world to be going through together, and while many are suffering so much more at this time, we are all suffering in our own way.

So please, check in with your community. Ask people how they’re doing? Do something small that will delight someone. Send flowers, a card, a bottle of wine or a thoughtful gift to someone who is lonely – let them know you’re thinking of them. Call people you care about. Set up Zoom parties. Speak to someone if you know they’re really struggling.

Let’s get in tune with each other. Suicide rates always increase at this time of year, but with Covid in the mix, it’s certain to be even higher. Spirits are low everywhere. Let’s help each other through.

On another note, it’s Black Friday, in case you missed it, but can I please ask a favour? Can we understand that these sorts of sales fiestas are buying into mass consumerism, and that mindset is destroying our planet. Sure get something if you absolutely need it, but if you don’t, please help us save the planet and don’t buy unnecessarily. We have to change our ways, because our children’s future is on the line. It is beyond time we started thinking about the impact of events like this and our willingness to buy into it.


With the festive season around the corner, there are so many in need. Dig deep if you can and donate locally – money, gifts, time. If got some cash? Please donate where it makes sense to you, or to the UN Refugee Program and World Food Program. There is so much need out in the world. Let’s pull together.

Friends content

Want to Spice Up your Professional Presentations? Here Are Some Ideas We Can Learn From The World Of Arts written by my friend, Coen Tan. Some great ideas in here and follow Coen for storytelling inspiration.

Something Inside Me Said, MoveON! My friend Kevin Cottam, the Global Nomad. Congrats on your first article published in Thrive Global. Awesome.

And here’s my latest blog – Don’t miss this time for reflection – would love for you to take a look.

Content to read

And here’s the content I’ve been reading this last week. Scan the headlines, read the ones that jump out at you, read or watch them all. Knowledge is power, and global knowledge is even more powerful.

Climate Crisis / 6th Mass Extinction

When “Creatives” Turn Destructive: Image-Makers and the Climate Crisis

Rupert Murdoch tries to weather News Corp’s climate crisis at AGM

Asian companies are now better than their American counterparts at reporting climate impact

Logging of massive, ancient cedars in Caycuse watershed signals urgent need for provincial action and funding for old-growth

With John Kerry Pick, Biden Selects a ‘Climate Envoy’ With Stature

Billionaire Miner Forrest Aims to Be a Global Clean Energy Giant tks Sussana Hasenoehrl

State Bank of India: don’t fund Adani’s reef-wrecking coal mine tks Ali Davies – PLEASE SIGN!!

‘Flights to nowhere’ are soaring in the pandemic, but at what environmental cost? tks John Vincent Gordon


Covid Combat Fatigue: ‘I Would Come With Tears in My Eyes’

Equal, rapid access to COVID-19 vaccines won’t just save lives; it will save money

All 7 new COVID cases in S’pore imported; community testing extended to Tekka Centre stallholders

Dead minks infected with a mutated form of COVID-19 rise from graves after mass culling tks Frank Roberts

Maine Wedding Gives Half Of The Guests Coronavirus, Outbreak Leads To 177 Covid-19 Cases And 7 Deaths tks Patrice Robinet

Hasidic NYC Synagogue Hosted Thousands in Secret for Rabbi’s Grandson’s Mask-Free Wedding

Coronavirus: Retail workers ‘scared’ as cases surge

Many Americans defying COVID-19 travel warnings ahead of Thanksgiving holiday tks David Lim

Donald Trump Jr says he will pass time in Covid isolation by cleaning his guns tks Barry Graubart

Commentary: Why the Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is a global game-changer tks Priscilla Joseph

New Zealand, With Its Covid-19 Outbreak Under Control, Is In Talks With Biden As U.S. Exceeds 12 Million Cases

‘We just wait for a miracle’: Bali faces its biggest crisis as COVID-19 leaves hundreds starving

‘It’s frightening. It’s insane’: Fort Lauderdale bars packed with mask-less partygoers tks David Lim

Covid in the U.S.: Latest Map and Case Count

Hong Kong scraps travel bubble with Singapore as Asia hit by wave of new Covid-19 clusters

Despite Progress, Europe Remains in a Fierce Fight With the Virus tks Denise Chai

G20 Meets On Coronavirus As Trump Makes 298th Golf Trip Of Presidency

Chaos in Shanghai airport after workers sealed in for Covid-19 testing tks David Lim

Global Politics

Trump’s Sound and Fury Will Signify Nothing

Chris Christie calls Trump’s legal team a ‘national embarrassment’ tks Frank Roberts

How Trump Buried the National Debate With Logical Fallacies tks David Lim

Sidney Powell: Trump team cuts ties with lawyer who peddled bizarre fraud claims Tks Andrew Psarianos

Downfall. Bunker Boy starts his run for the big house. tks Phillipa Edwards

Trump Is In No Mood To Concede, But Says Will Leave White House

Trump accepts US presidency transition to Biden must begin

Meet The Women Who Could Become America’s First Female Secretary Of Defense Under Biden tks Pattie Grimm

Operation Warp Speed Head Says He’s Been Instructed Not To Share Vaccine Information With Biden Team

Georgia secretary of state: My family voted for Trump. He threw us under the bus anyway. tks Patrice Robinet

US election 2020: Trump ally Chris Christie urges him to accept defeat

The Republican Party Is Dead. It’s the Trump Cult Now. tks David Lim

Amend the Constitution to Prevent Another Trump

Harvard Students Want to Keep Former Trump Officials From Attending, Teaching or Speaking at the University

The Prime Minister is a fake tks Phillipa Edwards

Business and Technology

Ahead of G20, U.N. chief warns ‘developing world on precipice of financial ruin’

On the Future of Freelancing: Interview with Fiverr CEO Micha Kaufman tks Siobhan Aalders

A Cloudy Crystal Ball for 2021, but Lots to Learn

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce says proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be a condition of international air travel

You know Malaysia’s Ramly burger, but do you know who created it? tks Sue Lin Lim

Tech giant IBM to hire and train 300 Singaporeans in tech fields over next 4 years tks Priscilla Joseph

Scientists splice human genes into monkey brains to make them bigger, smarter tks Stephanie Krishnan

Chinese live-streamer made $6b in sales last year, the same amount as Carrefour’s annual China sales tks Luke Clark

Social issues (#BlackLivesMatter) and humanity

Along Russia’s ‘Road of Bones,’ Relics of Suffering and Despair

The Singapore company tackling homelessness by building solar homes tks PJ

When Spirituality Becomes a Safe Haven for Delusion tks Cindi Su Yin

A photographer’s encounter with innocence in a South Sudan refugee camp

Period poverty: Scotland first in world to make period products free

The outlook for older women in Australia is dire – but no one seems to care tks Phillipa Edwards

Nine non-obvious ways to have deeper conversations tks Wendy Tan

New global partnership with Rise will support refugee education and scholarship opportunities tks Samantha Gayfer

Passion, humour, history

Diego Maradona: Argentina legend dies aged 60

The Indonesian meteorite which didn’t sell for $1.8m

The Maya world untouched for centuries

Podcast: Bill Gates and Rashida Jones Ask Big Questions – new podcast, worth checking out

Let me know what jumped out at you?



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