WizeWorld Volume 89

Apr 29, 2022

Welcome to the 89th volume of WizeWorld: a collection of stories and sounds to round out your week, pique your curiosity, and widen your wizdom. 

This week’s theme is do the best you can.

Can’t run a marathon or visit the stars? Well, that’s most of us. But we can do our best to stay healthy, help others, and make art close to home that gets us further than we’d be if we remained standing still. Explore these stories that will hopefully inspire you to raise your baseline and strive for bigger, better things.

We’ll be looking at:

  • A study showing that exercise may help prevent depression
  • An interview with snowboarder Kody Williams
  • Filmmaker Vadim Sherbakov creates the cosmos with glitter and ink 
  • Sanitize & Wize, a playlist from DJ Strikes
  • Concrete ways you can help Ukraine from home


An image of a person in the far distance, at twilight, running away from the camera down a long road with trees on either side.

The Washington Post brings us a study showing that exercise has a positive benefit on mental, as well as physical, health. And it doesn’t take much. According to research published in JAMA Psychiatry, people who exercise for just half the weekly recommended amount (approximately 150 minutes per week) lower their risk for depression by 18 percent, and people who meet the requirements lower it by 25 percent. And for those who have developed depression, exercise can also help ease it according to the same study. The findings suggest that if physically inactive people raised their activity levels, around 11.5 percent of depression cases may have been prevented altogether. So lace up your sneakers and hit the road to fuel a healthy body, heart, and mind.


An image of Kody Williams, a young Black man, standing in front of a body of water wearing a toque and smiling at the camera.

This week’s interview is a throwback with one of our faves: Kody Williams. Williams is a Burton-sponsored snowboarder and Wize Collective athlete who survived a head injruy that put him into a coma nearly six years ago. His recovery involved relearning how to walk, talk, and eat. Today, Kody is back on the slopes doing the sport he loves, but he doesn’t just focus on his own recovery. He became a huge advocate for helmet use and launched a safe snowboarding initiative called Dome Peace Headwear. And his favorite way to refresh after a skate session? A Wize Mango iced tea because it’s the healthiest option that doesn’t compromise on quality taste.


Another image of a design made from ink, glitter, and soap that reflects an event in space.

Colossal checks in with filmmaker Vadim Sherbakov to profile his latest short film, Velocity. Sherbakov has shot what he calls ethereal mixtures of soap, ink, glitter, and alcohol to simulate biological and galactic events and create what he calls “a colorful journey through uncharted cosmos”. The project is a collaboration with set designer Luidmila Tregub who created the mixture of liquids that result in the amazing sequences. Watch the full video on Colossal’s site to take a trip through the universe in just three minutes.


An image of the DJ and playlist creator wearing a black hoodie and a black baseball cap and wearing sunglasses. Over his chest is written WizeRadio in green text.

This week’s Wize Radio comes from creative director, designer, and DJ: Strikes. Crack a zesty lemon Wize iced tea and enjoy Sanitize & Wize, a playlist that features selections from A$AP Rocky, Khalid, The Weeknd, Majid Jordan, and much much more. It’s the perfect pairing for an easy, relaxed weekend.

Get inspired

A crowd of people protesting in the streets. One holds up a sign that says Ukraine = Freedom on a blue and yellow background.

Finally, Positive News has published a list of five concrete ways you can support Ukraine from home. Whether you choose to adopt a more plant-based diet, use less oil and gas, support Ukranian media, or even offer up space in your home, there are ways to feel less helpless from across the world as you watch the news coverage each day. And also remember to take a break from difficult news when necessary for the sake of your own mental health.

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