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Hello, I’m Michael Sliwinski, founder of Nozbe - to-do app for teams. I write essays, books, work on projects and I podcast for you using #iPadOnly in #NoOffice as I believe that work is not a place you go to, it’s a thing you do. More…

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Most of my posts about life are very positive. However, sometimes I write when I feel that something is wrong. It’s not about complaining but critisizing an issue in a constructive way.


☹️ FCKPTN: Russia is a terrorist state. Updates on War in Ukraine 🇺🇦

Tuesday, July 5, 2022 /fckptn/

This page are my regular updates on the state of the Russia’s terrorist attack on Ukraine - Putin’s act of War which has been going on for more than 100 days now. Remember, Ukraine 🇺🇦 is not just fighting for its freedom, but for freedom of all the European Union 🇪🇺 and the world! ✌️ Fuck Putin! FCKPTN! 🖕

FCKPTN: Russia is a terrorist state. Updates on War in Ukraine 🇺🇦

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💼 ☹️ Businesses is business - which companies have no moral compass and still actively operate in Russia

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 /norussia/

When the war in Ukraine hit I was shocked and sad. As Russian attacks continued I took a stand personally and as Nozbe and stopped all our business with Russia. I couldn’t with clear conscience continue doing “business as usual” when Russian/Putin regime is killing my Ukrainian sisters and brothers. Yale University is actively updating a comprehensive list of businesses that left Russia where we are also featured. However, this list also shows businesses that seem to not care that they’re supporting a terrorist regime of Putin. Here are the ones that stand out for me personally:

Businesses is business - which companies have no moral compass and still actively operate in Russia

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🌎 ☹️ The West still doesn’t get Russia. They should really talk to us - Eastern Europeans!

Friday, April 8, 2022 /politico/

After so many weeks I’m still affected by the War in Ukraine. Spending some of my time in the western society I can see how people west of Poland still don’t get the gravity of the situation. I recently read an article: ‘We told you so!’ How the West didn’t listen to the countries that know Russia best - and it struck a cord:

The West still doesn’t get Russia. They should really talk to us - Eastern Europeans!

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☹️ Bad things happen when good people do nothing

Tuesday, March 22, 2022 /nothing/

Me and my wife enjoy watching the feel-good Hallmark series called “When Calls the Heart”. The main character, primary school teacher, very often explains to their children, that bad things happen when good people do nothing. I’m being reminded by this today even more strongly when we are witnessing a war in Ukraine caused by Russia.

Bad things happen when good people do nothing

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☹️ 🎬 War in Ukraine 🇺🇦 - how Putin’s Russia is killing our freedom - what can we do?

Monday, March 21, 2022 /nowar/

It’s been more than 20 days since Putin’s Russia attacked the sovereign country of Ukraine 🇺🇦 and I still find it difficult to accept this. I’m a Pole 🇵🇱 and my country is bordering with Ukraine as well as Russia and Belarus (which is under Putin’s rule). I can’t fathom that 83 years after the start of World War II our freedom, that we took for granted, is about to be gone again. I’m so proud of my Ukrainian brothers and sisters as they defend their country! Here’s a video I recorded to my team and to Nozbe users about it and below that my additional thoughts on the subject:

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☹️ When national symbols support nationalistic agenda - they don’t make me feel patriotic anymore!

Thursday, November 11, 2021 /nationalism/

Today is Polish Independence Day. 103 years ago today, Poland became a country again after not being on the map of Europe for the 123 years prior. As a Polish citizen, born and raised in Poland, I should be happy today. I should be celebrating. I should be proud of being Polish. However, I don’t feel that way. It’s complicated. Let me explain:

When national symbols support nationalistic agenda - they don’t make me feel patriotic anymore!

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🍎 🏝 ☹️ Apple, offices and this new “problematic” flexibility to letting people work from anywhere

Saturday, June 5, 2021 /flexibility/

As a business owner of Nozbe I look up to many bigger and more successful companies for guidance, examples and inspiration when running my company. Recently however, leadership of some of them is making decisions I cannot agree with. First it was Basecamp with their “no politics at work” policy that drove 1/3 of their talented employees away. Now it’s Apple, with their questionable attitude towards us, developers on their platforms. And to add insult to injury, recently Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, told their employees to come back to their office, or else! There are fundamentally two things I cannot agree with here:

Apple, offices and this new “problematic” flexibility to letting people work from anywhere

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☹️ COVID-19 - what to do about that Coronavirus?

Monday, October 5, 2020 /covid/

This year of 2020 is seriously bugged. We’re plagued by a virus that seriously impacts the way we’re living our lives. Until there is a cure or vaccine (or both), we have to lead our lives a little differently. What this deadly Coronavirus also reveals is that our human nature is tricky. Suddenly we’re all scientists now, or virus experts or worse yet, we believe the virus has an agenda of its own or it’s a part of some conspiracy or belongs to a certain political party. That’s why I decided to write this blog post to link to scientific research and draw my own conclusions from them so that when anyone asks me about the Coronavirus, I can point them to here. I hope it’s going to be useful to you, too:

COVID-19 - what to do about that Coronavirus?

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☹️ RIP - Clay Innovation and Kobe Elevation - thank you for your inspiration!

Monday, January 27, 2020 /clay-kobe/

Last week two people I greatly admired died. One of them a sports legend - Kobe Bryant - who was just one year older than me… and the other one - a thought-provoking business legend - the author of the “innovator’s dilemma” - Clay Christensen. This short post is my tribute to them.

RIP - Clay Innovation and Kobe Elevation - thank you for your inspiration!

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🍎 ☹️ Apple used to stand for something. Now they stand for nothing. Where’s Steve Jobs when we need him?

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 /apple-values/

Recently I wrote this post on Twitter, in reply to Tim Cook visiting Alabama:

Yes, Rosa stood for something. Yet Apple, the company I used to so highly admire… Recently stands for nothing. Videos promoting Trump campaign? Removing Taiwanese emoji? Removing Hong-Kong apps? Putting Crimea in Apple Maps as “Russia”? Yes please, Tim, do learn from Ms Parks

I’m an Apple user myself. I’m #iPadOnly, I buy a new iPhone every year, I love my Apple Watch and I own lots of Apple shares as well… and I’m so invested in this fruit company not just because of the “design is how it works” thing, but mostly because of their values. Here’s why I’m so disappointed in Apple so much recently:

Apple used to stand for something. Now they stand for nothing. Where’s Steve Jobs when we need him?

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☹️ It’s been 80 years since the start of the World War 2… and we still can’t appreciate the peace enough!

Monday, September 2, 2019 /war/

☹️ How tolerance of hate and extremism leads to the lowest point in the modern history of Poland

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 /hate/

🎾 ☹️ Polish football - no heart, no passion… and a big disappointment

Wednesday, July 4, 2018 /football/

☹️ Why America’s gun ownership leads to so many mass shootings and innocent deaths. And how it can be stopped.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 /guns/

☹️ 📲 A sad story of the last one-handed phone ever - my iPhone 5s - my habits will need to change

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 /one-handed-iphone/

☹️ Thoughts on piracy, greed and entitlement

Thursday, March 22, 2012 /thoughts-on-piracy-greed-and-entitlement/

💼 ☹️ That which does not kill us makes us stronger

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 /that-which-does-not-kill-us-makes-us-stronger/

☹️ ⌨️ Rant no more

Monday, September 12, 2011 /rant-no-more/

☹️ 🎾 Sebastian Vettel of F1 - sport fails to inspire when talent is mixed with no integrity

Monday, May 31, 2010 /sebastian-vettel-of-f1-sport-fails-to-inspire/

☹️ 📖 💼 Digital content - people don’t want to steal. Unless you want them to.

Thursday, April 15, 2010 /digital-content-people-dont-want-to-steal-unl/

☹️ When President is killed, country’s identity is strong… but hurting…

Saturday, April 10, 2010 /when-president-is-killed-countrys-identity-is/