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Case Study: Kaiwen Sun, Senior Project Operations Analyst at Sunrun

Kaiwen in Chinatown, San Francisco “I always kind of focused on social improvement,” says recent college graduate, Kaiwen Sun. Born in China he moved to Portland, Oregon with his family when he was five. Growing up he was, “pretty shy and quiet.” He now works as an IT consultant in San Francisco. ​“In college I […]

Can money buy happiness?

Visiting one of my favorite local haunts By Eric Waisman, Jaunty’s Founder ​”Cut down my trunk and make a boat,” said the tree. The Giving Tree gave everything to the boy because it made her happy. I talk about this classic kids’ book by Shel Silverstein from time to time; it was one of my favorites. ​Today […]

Case Study: Christine Fleming, Hiring Manager at East Bay Innovations

Christine at work “When you push yourself outside your comfort zone you really learn who you are as a person,” says Christine Fleming, who recently graduated from Jaunty’s six-week course on social intelligence. “I’ve always been a very very shy person.” She thought of herself as a “homebody”. Before Jaunty, she says, “I wanted to […]

Reset your life here

By Eric Waisman, Jaunty’s Founder​If you could hit a random life reset button, would you? Imagine entering a room with a red button under glass. If you press the button, you’d randomly be swapped out for a new body in a different environment. You’re still you, but in a different, adult body and with a […]

Case Study: Aaron Thompson, Filmaker

​Aaron overlooking Honolulu on spring break By Aaron Thompson, Jaunty grad Howdy, I’m a middle school video productions and computer teacher. I grew up in the South and moved to the Bay Area a few years ago for new adventures and to explore filmmaking opportunities. After moving here, I wasn’t being as social as I […]

Why I’m in the South

By Eric Waisman, Jaunty’s Founder​I thought the band was going to kick me off stage. I was fucking up. A lot. I am currently in Memphis, Tennessee with plans to head down to Clarksdale, Mississippi to rendezvous with a blues society in the exact spot where Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil. We’ve […]

Taste the rainbow

Eric with his nephew By Eric Waisman, Jaunty’s Founder​​What lesson would you tell your younger self? I had my birthday earlier this month and while I’ve still got a ways to go, I feel good about where I’m at and where I’m headed. It’s cool to look back on my life so far and and […]

The secret to changing someone’s mind

By Eric Waisman, Jaunty’s Founder​Our tribal instincts kick in, and our emotional brains light up on fire when someone else refutes our core beliefs. Here’s what happens: Our chest tightens and our breathing gets shallower. We think, “What an idiot! How can they believe that?” It’s time to prove them wrong. We bring out the […]

Case Study: Elizabeth Cooper, Meditation Teacher at Journey Meditation

Elizabeth Cooper grew up in Japan and Brazil where she learned to connect with a wide variety of people. Elizabeth completed Jaunty’s six-week course which she’s found extremely helpful in her professional as well as personal life. “I think everything we do is fundamentally based in social skills because humans are social beings.” “In a […]

Ask Yourself

By Eric Waisman, Jaunty’s Founder Are you where you’re supposed to be? What are you supposed to be doing? Stop. We’re about halfway through the year. It’s a good time to take stock. Are you where you hoped, or thought you would be? Well, the good news is you are exactly where you are supposed […]

(Not) Too Young to be my Friend

Fayette Fox enjoying the woods By Fayette Fox, Jaunty’s Writer I can be a bit agist. When people are a lot younger than me, I sometimes am dismissive of them. I’m a friendly person, so they probably don’t know all the judgement that’s going on in my head. But I know it’s there and it […]

Watch out for the Should Monkey

By Eric Waisman, Jaunty’s Founder “Vanity, definitely my favorite sin.” My favorite line in the movie The Devil’s Advocate was said by the devil himself, played by Al Pacino. It was basically the devil’s way to seduce humans.” Today we are filled with vanity. Our favorite pastime now is, well it’s us. It’s all about us. It’s […]

How friendly is your city?

By Eric Waisman, Jaunty’s Founder Imagine you’re walking down a busy, city sidewalk. Someone who happens to be walking your way, looks at you and says, “Hi, how’s your day going?” Yes, they said it to you! Right there, how did that make you feel? Before you had time to think, where did your emotions go? […]

What’s so funny?

By Eric Waisman, Jaunty’s Founder Kurt Cobain sang, “I wish I was like you, easily amused” in the song “All Apologies”. That line always had me thinking about my amusement level vs. others’. In my late teens, Kurt took up half a wall of posters and pictures in my room. I wish he’d been with […]

Escape from this room

By Eric Waisman, Jaunty’s Founder Ever have nightmares where you’re on stage in a play and don’t know your lines? A well-rehearsed play or a prepared and teleprompted speech, are very different from improv theater, an unexpected speech, or starting a conversation with a stranger. With the play and the teleprompted speech, everything is carefully planned and […]

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