Hi. I’m Sameer Vasta, a snail-mail boy living in an email world. I'm an over-user of the discretionary comma.

I pass my time reading my never-ending stack of library books, writing letters to penpals, and exploring the urban landscape on foot.

If you'd like to get in touch, feel free to send me an email or find me on Twitter.

 
Recent Posts

  • Prompted, noticing, grateful May 10
    Some days, even when I feel like writing, I am at a loss for things to say. It's on those days I turn to writing prompts, finding little questions that help me find my voice.
  • Getting loud to help those in silence May 06
    Our identities are multi-faceted and intersectional; it’s at those intersections that our perspectives and interactions with the world are shaped.
  • A few things I learned this month Apr 30
    A quick roundup of a few of the things I learned in April, 2019.
  • To lie on the table is to be vulnerable Apr 26
    To allow someone to have access to your body is to be vulnerable, whether that access comes from someone giving you a massage, someone pushing your body to go further as you lift that barbell, or any other circumstance.
  • What should a public servant look like? Apr 18
    Remarks made to DPI-670 class at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in April 2019.
  • Government in a Digital Era: Module 8 Apr 15
    From January to April 2019, I'm teaching the "Government in a Digital Era" course at the University of Waterloo. In Module 8, we talk about public engagement, public consultation, and service delivery.
  • Capturing memories Apr 12
    When I travel anywhere, I'm always torn between the desire to snap photos of everything interesting I see, and to put my camera away and just experience the moment for what it is.
  • More marginalia on more books Apr 09
    I’ve been reading a few books recently, so here are some notes I scribbled in my virtual margins as I read them.
  • Reading, a quarterly update Apr 05
    As part of my commitment to reflection, I’m looking back at some of the books I've read over the past three months.
  • Government in a Digital Era: Module 7 Apr 04
    From January to April 2019, I'm teaching the "Government in a Digital Era" course at the University of Waterloo. In Module 7, we talk about public engagement, public consultation, and service delivery.
  • A few things I learned this month Mar 30
    A quick roundup of a few of the things I learned in March, 2019.
  • How will you invest your dollar? Mar 27
    If you had one dollar in your hand and had to invest it for the future, what would you do?
  • Government in a Digital Era: Module 6 Mar 26
    From January to April 2019, I'm teaching the "Government in a Digital Era" course at the University of Waterloo. In Module 6, we talk about data and decision-making.
  • Making room for joy Mar 25
    Making room for joy is something I am much more conscious of these days, and I must remind myself that this joy is ever-present if I just look for it, or if I let it come to me.
  • A new, new year Mar 22
    This year, more than most, I'm looking at Nowruz, the Persian New Year, as my real beginning to the year.
  • Government in a Digital Era: Module 5 Mar 18
    From January to April 2019, I'm teaching the "Government in a Digital Era" course at the University of Waterloo. In Module 5, we talk about regulating the digital economy.
  • إنا لله وإنا إليه راجعون Mar 15
    How do you grapple with the fact that though you are shocked, you are not surprised: the world has been spreading its hatred of people like you for so long that you knew it would come to this?

 
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