Jessica Carew Kraft

Independent journalist covering health, culture, sustainability and art from San Francisco

Confessions of the Crowdsourcers

January 2015 – Communication Arts Magazine | Design is not a contest, except for when it is. How professionals navigate websites offering amateur services for cheap.

February 11, 2015

The Many Stripes of Sustainable Agriculture

January 16, 2015 – | It’s time for another alternative to what many farmers now call “Conventional Organic.” So what are the options?

January 16, 2015

Give Me That New Old Religion

October 23, 2014 – | American Jewish organizations struggle to engage millennials. Could design thinking and a re-branding of the religion help? My look at the IDEO-Kitchen collaboration.

October 24, 2014

Medi-Cal denies patients access to now-basic genetic tests

August 20, 2014 – San Francisco Chronicle | Many thousands of children on Medi-Cal with severe health issues have been denied access to the fast-growing field of genetic testing.

August 20, 2014

Does Traditional College Debate Reinforce White Privilege?

April 16, 2014 – | Minority participants aren’t just debating resolutions—they’re challenging the terms of the debate itself.

April 16, 2014

Digital Overload?

July 20, 2012 – The New York Times Sunday Education Life Section |
“Designing Calm,” a course at Stanford’s Institute of Design, embeds mindfulness into the devices that pervade contemporary life.

November 18, 2013

Spacing Out Kids: Financial Benefits

November 8, 2012 – | Everywhere I looked, moms talked about the lower marginal costs of having more kids.

October 21, 2013

After the Revolution, Arts Bloom in Tunisia

February 9, 2012 – Christian Science Monitor | If Tunisia‘s “Jasmine Revolution” had been a feature film, Jaloul Ayed might have composed the soundtrack.

October 18, 2013

Days of the Dead

October 16, 2012 – The San Francisco Bay Guardian | When we see these homes and prized collections being dismantled and dispersed, we become the last witnesses to episodes in San Francisco history.

October 17, 2013

Acorns: Not Just for Squirrels

September 28, 2011 – San Francisco Chronicle | If we can re-plant and sustainably manage our oaks the way native Californians did, then today’s residents will have a secure and abundant food source during the coming decades of climate change.

October 6, 2013

Creative Recruiting: In-agency camps elevate the lowly design internship

January 2014 – Communication Arts Magazine | Leaders in the creative field have been advocating for a change to the internship status quo.

December 5, 2012

Measuring Food Waste: A Scorecard of East Bay Groceries

December 4, 2013 – East Bay Express | I compiled a scorecard of East Bay grocery stores based on the amount of food they waste and donate to charities.

December 4, 2012

Power to the positive: Prone to pessimism? How to transform your negative thinking

August 1, 2013 – Esperanza Magazine | The current thinking in psychology and neuroscience is quite optimistic about your ability to banish pessimistic attitudes.

October 5, 2012

tech recess: the latest calming apps

November 2012 – Yoga Journal | . . . there’s a new interest in tech innovations that support healthy habits, including apps that keep you mindful and grounded.

October 5, 2012

My talk at TEDx innerSunset: Optimized Self

May 24, 2012 | TEDxinnerSunset: “Human Optimization: Quantifying your Self and Going Primal” Watch the 13 minute presentation here.

October 5, 2012

Primal time: How Green is the ‘Caveman Diet’?

July 2, 2012 – Grist Magazine | In a nutshell — and nuts are key — primal living is popular. But is it green? I went to Mark Sisson’s “Primal Con” to find out.

October 5, 2012

Making and Breaking New Habits

Winter 2013 – Esperanza Magazine | Establishing new habits, let alone purging bad ones, can require major effort, especially if we are also struggling with depression or anxiety.

October 4, 2012

Green Rebuilding After Sandy

November 9, 2012 – | One silver lining to the storm may be the opportunity to rebuild New York and New Jersey to not only withstand the next hurricane, but to also create jobs, spur the economy and save the government a lot of money in the next storm.

September 19, 2012

Running Dry: the Global Aquifer Crisis

Earth Island Journal — March 2013 | We are sucking the world’s ancient freshwater stores faster than they can be replenished, reshaping not just the surface of Earth but the subsurface as well.

August 27, 2012

This Thanksgiving, Consider Cooking with Acorn Flour

November 21, 2012 — Earth Island Journal online | Compared to industrial wheat production, the cultivation of acorns requires one-tenth the water and resource consumption and provides a food source with higher nutritional content.

August 25, 2012

Preschool Preview: Early Education is Vital

Oct 5, 2012 – j.weekly | Why does preschool now seem like a requisite for the 5-and-under set? Before age 5, brains undergo the most rapid period of development . . .

July 2, 2012

The Best Diet for Your Budget

October 4, 2012 – | . . .If you’re serious about a “whole foods” diet, the benefits can be enormous, but so can the price tag and the time commitment.

July 2, 2012

Review: Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro: “Par Avion” at Frey Norris Gallery

May/June 2012 – Art AsiaPacific | An entire disassembled Cessna aircraft was mailed to Frey Norris Gallery from Australia, by postal carrier plane, as part of an installation by the Sydney-based artist duo.

May 8, 2012

Judaism and GMOs?

April 6 2012 – | There isn’t much talk about GMOs in the Jewish community. Has the kosher establishment’s ruling curtailed debate and activism?

April 6, 2012

Around the World in 88 Keys

Spring 2012 – Rice University Magazine | Gallagher is currently in the middle of an unusual 88-concert international tour – one stop for each of the 88 piano keys – that has taken him across the United States, Europe and Asia, including Afghanistan, Mongolia, Turkey and Tunisia.

April 1, 2012

Can the University of California Make Campus Food Sustainable?

March 27, 2012 – Grist Magazine | Fast food joints offer a quick and easy fix for hungry, busy students on college campuses. But at the University of California, they’ve also become a target for student sustainability activists.

March 27, 2012

Social Justice on the Go: Caravan for Peace

October 2012 – Swarthmore College Bulletin | A social justice movement traveled across the U.S. to unite victims of the drug war in Mexico and the United States.

February 9, 2012

Jolie Acornseed: Educator Plants Kernels of Jewish Wisdom

February 2, 2012 – | Jolie Egert is a plant whisperer. A Jewish plant whisperer. She’s also a bit of an evangelist — for acorns.

February 2, 2012

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