Lately I’ve been hosting conversations on Clubhouse under the title, ‘What Does It Mean To Call Yourself A Love Extremist?’. This project has always been a powerful prospect for people, they see the words ‘love’ and ‘extremist’ side by side and are immediately on board. They like love, they want more, it sounds powerful…

But actually ask yourself; What does it mean for me to be and live as a Love Extremist? Sit with that question and you’ll see that the extremist piece requires facing challenges and obstacles most would rather avoid, it requires being honest with yourself and how…


Photo: Daniel Johnson

I learned how to love myself when I was 33. For most of my life I thought I had to twist into the person others wanted me to be so I could be loved. I had to twist into being strong, being thin, being a smart person, being creative, being athletic, being an a student, being a successful entrepreneur… Through all those twists, I was distancing myself from who I truly was, running down dark alleys and dead end streets thinking I would end up with all the love.

At 33 my body caught up to me and shut everything…


Ethan Lipsitz @ The Shine — Back When We Could Gather In Person

I was invited to sign up to join the new Clubhouse app back in August. I remember that familiar feeling, ‘not another social media app trying to zap my attention and time’, but I trusted my friend who invited me and she thought I’d dig it.

With caution I began to enter the audio only chat ‘rooms’ and engage with folks on the platform, many of whom I knew in the beginning. The preliminary users of Clubhouse were a lot of entrepreneurs and investors and we shared similar backgrounds and social circles. …


Disconnected Yet Connected Co-Workers

Most of us think of love as something reserved for our nearest and dearest; our family, partners, close friends, pets… The idea of love as a integral element of our work life seems out of whack, even concerning, especially when so much of what we know of love we associate with romance and sex. I believe it’s time for us to drop our resistance and explore what it looks like to invite non-romantic love into our daily professional lives.

I’ve spent the last five years exploring what it means to be a Love Extremist. Through podcast interviews, salon conversations and…


Jessica wearing her WINDOWMASK

We are in a time of reckoning. With the international Covid pandemic we’re recognizing the wild inequities that exist around health care, housing, education, access to resources and so much more. The entire world is going through a process of awakening to certain levels of immobility that may only have previously been known by those who live lives disabled by society.

Enter the face mask. Here we have an opportunity to weaken the impact of the pandemic when masks are worn around others and in public spaces. This article isn’t meant to debate the efficacy of wearing masks. …


5 Things I Learned About Love, Conflict and Reconciliation with Tim Phillips

Tim Phillips — Founder and CEO of Beyond Conflict.

Beyond Conflict is a global non-profit involved in conflict resolution in more than 70 countries, including South Africa, Northern Ireland, and El Salvador. As Founder and CEO, Tim Phillips has advised the United Nations, the U.S Department of State, and the Council of Europe and has been a frequent speaker in national and international forums, including the Council on Foreign Relations and the U.S Congress. Learn more and find Tim’s book ‘Beyond Conflict’ here.

This week on Love Extremist Radio I was honored to have a conversation with…


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Here’s the truth: White people will always be oppressors until we consciously take action towards equity and justice. This is painful to hear and challenging to fully understand when you have the privilege of being white, yet its truth is undeniable.

Right now, in America and across the world, oppressed people are confronting extreme political, economic and physical violence. This violence is so often at the hands of white cis-gendered, able-bodied men towards women, people of color, indigenous, non-binary, trans, immigrants, and disabled people. Although it’s not new, the number and intensity of violent confrontations are increasing and getting louder…


Where’s The Joy in This Place?

How many ‘things’ in your daily life do you find joyful? Does your phone sitting dumbly on your bedside table bring you joy? What about your kitchen table? Maybe that’s a bit more joyful? Maybe not.

We fill our lives with tools. Often these tools are expensive like cars, computers, instruments and furniture. Though their monetary cost may be relatively high as compared to most daily purchases, these things are pretty basic when it comes to emotional value. They’re usually one or two colors and designed for things like ease of use, innovation, comfort and luxury. …


Photo by Anya Tamir on Unsplash

Do you dream of coming home to a museum? Would you like to be inspired by your walls and wake up to a home that makes you feel creative? I just toured The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia and it’s one of the most insane private collections (made public) of highly valuable artworks I’ve ever seen (The Broad isn’t too shabby either and there’s countless others around the world).

The reality of collecting original, one-of-a-kind commissioned artwork, as the Barnes and Broad families have done over decades, is actually way more accessible than you may think. …


It’s no secret that I’m a Love Extremist. Over the last few years I’ve been spreading the gospel of love as activism, sharing simple messages and actions we can take to connect to one another, opening our hearts to give and receive feelings of belonging, joy and ultimately love. I came to this work initially as a curious person wondering why love in our culture seemed to only focus on romance and how we could engage folks to love collectively as an alternative to extremist hate. Then, when I was diagnosed with Grade III Brain Cancer, I realized that I…

Ethan Lipsitz

Ethan Lipsitz is an artist, host, brain cancer survivor and love extremist dedicated to elevating actionable love in every aspect of life.

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