An American poet laureate

Last week, I spoke at the White House at the Organ Donation Summit. People have asked me what it was like. To understand what that day was like, you have to go back in time 20 years. You are now a graduate student in Social Psychology, living on $15,000 for seven years as you finish your PhD. You crash into the field of transplantation unexpectedly and are blown away by its beauty. Here, people are profoundly kind to one another. They give each other organs. People’s health is improved. Hope and joy is restored. The field teaches you how to …

Fighting the fight (for Chris)

When I was at the TED Conference this year in Vancouver, I had a lot of big picture conversations about how best to solve the kidney donor shortage. People suggested that we try to help the 100,000 people now waiting for a kidney in the U.S. get one sooner through: (1) impassioned storytelling about the cause, (2) 3-D printing kidneys, (3) growing or preserving more organs efficiently, (4) technology breakthroughs, and even (5) paying people to donate. I talked to television powerhouse Shonda Rhimes in a dance club with electric pink lighting about how her television show, Grey’s Anatomy, was helping …