Strands of Genius: October 7th
Curated by @rosiesiman + @faris.
- Here are 23 maps and charts that might change your perspective. For example, 51% of the world's population lives inside a circle with a circumference spanning India, China, Japan and Indonesia. (Oh, and Africa is much MUCH bigger than you think.)
- Is the EA Sports Madden GIF generator the meme of the year?
- Brave New War is a book that reads like a sadly prescient playbook for the past few years in the Middle East. It points out that the stated objective for Al-Qeada was to drag America into a war in the region it could never win, bankrupting it financially and morally.
- Most of us spend way too much time on email. A recent study calculated that the time spent reading and answering email costs a company, on average, over $20,000 per worker, per year. That's crazy talk, y'all! We loved Neil's recent post on email transparency (Stripe has an open email policy: All email is searchable and available to read) and Julia's webinar on How to Not Suck at Email. Big companies have sticky challenges, but there are a lot of great tips that are easy to implement.
- Female sociopaths: Scary and awesome?
- Into learning? [Hint: We hope so.] This week Rosie's mom sent us this blog post which features a bunch of places where you can learn online, for free. From business and money to law to computer science to, well, just give this list a glance.
- Lawrence Lessig spoke at MIT last week about democracy being threatened in Hong Kong and whether or not we have it in the USA. Spoiler: it's called TWEEDISM based on this Boss Tweed quote: "I don't care who does the electing, as long as I get to do the nominating." It's a remarkable talk and a masterclass in giving talks, Keynote fans.
- Strands started as a passion that grew to generate new business leads [reach out and touch someone]. We built a feedback loop that lets us act on key learnings. (We still don't do nearly as much as we should.) If you're thinking about building a successful one, The Media Briefing does a really good job of outlining how and why Quartz has been successful with their Daily Briefings.
- We're quite fond of Iggy Azalea, y'know, for the music. But she is also at the centre of a lot of cultural discourse about hip-hop and body image and feminism and racism and exploitation. According to this groovy Guardian piece, she is "the inevitable product of neoliberal capitalism, and in some ways she is much a victim of it as a culprit"
- Dollar A Day is a non-profit that gives you an easy way to make an impact: Each day, Dollar a Day sends an email about a non-profit they love (and have vetted) and each day, whoever has signed up automatically donates a dollar to that non-profit. [You're not giving your email address to each of these, but the donations are still 100% tax deductible.] If you aren't quite sure you're ready, you can also sign up for their email for free.
- We went to the Jeff Koons Retrospective at the Whitney and took shiny selfies in the sides of statues. Koons takes not taking art seriously very seriously indeed. The New York Times Review of Books explores his position as our most expensive living artist and what his use of the readymade [#GeniusSteals] says about art and, therefore, about us.
- And here's a Koonsian selfie, for what it says about art and us.
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