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“What research is finding is that there’s a “racial empathy gap”. AKA: Why White People Don’t Feel Black People’s Pain (Literally). UGH.”

Posted August 19, 2014

A new study out of the George Washington University School of Business suggests that a wholehearted embrace of walkable urban development would strengthen the American economy in addition to providing the less tangible benefits associated with living and working in walkable communities.

Posted August 19, 2014
“When determining “who rules America”, the influence of ordinary Americans registers at a “non-significant, near-zero level.””

Posted August 13, 2014
“I had told the Chinese shop keeper that to become a writer, I had to learn to interrupt, to speak up, to speak a little louder, and then louder, and then to just speak in my own voice …which is not loud at all.”


<3 this book:

Posted August 12, 2014
You Don’t Hate Feminism. You Just Don’t Understand It.:

An April 2013 poll found just 16 percent of men and 23 percent of women in America identify as feminists. The women behind Women Against Feminism aren’t exactly a minority. However, that same poll found 82 percent of all Americans agree with the statement “men and women should be social, political, and economic equals.” That’s the simplest and most accurate definition of feminism, but the movement has come to be seen as anti-men, liberal, radical, pro-choice, and many other things that it is not.

Posted August 12, 2014
“Earlier this summer, Matt Lauer asked Mary Barra, the CEO of GM, whether she could balance the demands of being a mom and being a CEO. The Atlantic asked similar questions of PepsiCo’s female CEO Indra Nooyi. As a male CEO, I have been asked what kind of car I drive and what type of music I like, but never how I balance the demands of being both a dad and a CEO.”

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Posted August 12, 2014

Spark Camp is a next-generation convener. They engineer productive collisions of talented people to tackle provocative questions, develop meaningful relationships and lead ideas into action; facilitate important conversations that propel society forward; and they form an enduring and diverse network of innovative thinkers set on bringing about positive change in their worlds.

This design observer podcast talks about how the design of the conference leads to its success.

Posted August 4, 2014
“For this is the truth that we are now facing. For all of its democratizing power, the Internet, in its current form, has simply replaced the old boss with a new boss. And these new bosses have market power that, in time, will be vastly larger than that of the old boss.”

- fred-wilson (via heif)
Posted July 27, 2014


I need feminism because women still aren’t included in cycling grand tours like the Tour de France. 

Attempts to include females generally consist of separate, smaller stage races such as the Tour de France Feminin, which was cancelled in 2009. Reasons against including women range from women having less endurance (bullsh!t), breaking 100 years of tradition, and a lack of sponsorship interest (which demonstrates a problem in itself). 

This year the race organisers have developed La Course, a one day women’s race, which is being praised as “game changing” and “revolutionary”.

It’s time for professional cycling to leave the dark ages, stop throwing smaller, lesser races at us like a bone to a dog, and include women in the full length Tour, even if it is with a separate General Classification.  

Posted July 27, 2014
“The answer isn’t to just cut jobs en masse, [Larry] Page said. People want to feel “needed, wanted and have something productive to do.” But most everyone would like a little more time off. So perhaps one solution would be to split up part-time work between people, as Page said Richard Branson is experimenting with in the U.K.”

Posted July 21, 2014

Changing the cubicle skyline of corporate America, the open-plan shared workspaces of the startup world, and the studios and work nooks of thousands of writers across the country: standing desks. More, here.

Posted May 16, 2014

"Reveal the abundance around us. "

I first heard this phrasing from Zipcar founder Robin Chase and it really stuck with me. It’s as if many of the things we’ve been searching for — whether it’s an answer to a question, an asthma inhaler in a time of emergency, a ride across town, someone to talk to, or a snowblower — are actually right there, ambient in the air around us, but it’s previously not been possible to see them or connect them.

Posted April 28, 2014
Can the Crowd Run a Company?:

Often crowdsourcing is about getting people to give away their ideas, their onlyness. Yet noticing more models that compensate for participation, as is the case of this model: members will receive a twice-yearly payout through PayPal if the company makes a profit and if the community votes to pay out to members.

Posted March 28, 2014

We can easily buy into the challenge of “who are you”, without realizing the answer is as simple as I am me…

Posted March 25, 2014
“Power of networking and also networks. When a NYT reporter was studying America’s Exec Women… she found 8 Wellesley graduates among the 439 respondents. That is 64 times Wellesley’s share of the female college population and more than any other college except the University of California at Berkeley (with 9, but also five times as many women students). Detail reveals that when Ms. Morrissette met Donna Ecton, ‘69, now chief executive of Business Mail Express Inc., the exec “really championed me,”. “I would not be a Wall Street investment banker, were it not for her.””

Posted February 6, 2014
“Control isn’t possible. In part it’s because managers don’t have “the answer.” Managers can’t tell people what to do because they just don’t know. Nor do the workers. Or even the customers themselves. The answers lie in the interaction between networks and ecosystems of customers, workers and managers. This is not like an equation puzzle to be solved, or an algorithm to be applied: it’s more like unraveling a mystery or a voyage of mutual discovery. So to succeed, communications have to become much more multi-dimensional and interactive than in Traditional Management.”

Posted February 6, 2014

Connectedness = that thing that unites is bigger than what divides us. Coke gets it.

Posted February 3, 2014

60 years of growth was wiped out in 3.

Posted January 28, 2014
“American Management Association (AMA) recently did some extensive (1200 leaders, 40 countries,) new research that found that 53% of companies now define “leaders” based on impact, not authority. Whether some one reported to them or not didn’t matter, nor did someone’s title or place inside an organization. Even the lack of organization turned out to not be an issue. And the conclusion they drew, which I’m inclined to agree with is that ANYONE can be a leader.”
Posted January 24, 2014
“72% of Millennials, the youngest cohort of the labor force, would like to be their own boss. 74% want flexible work schedules. 77% of independent workers are committed to staying that way. 50% of the work force will have spent some time as an independent worker. But when you disconnect working from belonging you are quite literally left on your own. Making independent work “work” requires proactively creating work spaces, routines, positive interactions and a clear sense of purpose to deal with the lack of an organizational systems that once provided identity.”

Posted January 20, 2014