Strands of Genuis: February 3rd
Curated by @rosiesiman + @faris.
- If you missed our email last week, then you missed the story of Genius Steals - it's a story of love, exotic locales and more love. It's how we do what we do. Give it a read and let us know what you think.
- Last reminder - It's tomorrow! Faris is doing a webinar about what ideas are and how to have them for WARC on Weds. He's decided the title is going to be How Does Dr Who Always Have Such Good Ideas? It's free but you have to register.
- Ok, so we meant to include this before the Super Bowl, but we didn't, and it's awesome, so we're including it now. Here's a guide to American Football "for liberals, ladies and limeys."
- We watched the football, but really we were tuned in more for Katy Perry. Oh yeah, and the ads. Which brings us to a thought, perfectly articulated from Rosie's former boss, Orli: "I had been wondering why I was left strangely unsettled watching all those "feminist" ads during the Super Bowl but couldn't put my finger on it. This article sums it up nicely: "It’s because most of the ads are hollow: soaring messages with few concrete policies or actions behind them."
- Dylan Evans sold his house and headed for the Scottish Highlands to setup a post-apocalyptic commune. He wrote a book about the experience, and an excerpt appears in The Guardian. Wow.
- The BBC has published a report on the future of news, as it looks towards renewing its Royal charter in 2017. Alongside the report there is an interactive summary and series of videos.
- Our friend Shankar set the record straight about brands trying to sound like teenagers on social media: “When you see a brand aging down its social channels by tossing in ‘bae’ and ‘on fleek,’ it’s a warning sign in most cases that the brand is struggling to connect in a meaningful way with its audience,” he says in an article for Digiday.
- Croatia has just cancelled the debts of its poorest citizens to try to help stimulate its economy.
- Here's why Yahoo's $0 valuation (after it spins off Alibaba) isn't necessarily a bad thing.
- The annual letter from Bill & Melinda Gates is quite inspiring. They've predicted (and are backing) big changes around health, farming, banking and education -- and are calling for our help. (ht Neil Perkin/Only Dead Fish)
- We have to admit we started to get a little bored of TED talks, but this TEDx talk about how to sound interesting without saying anything during a TED talk is funny, meta and short.
- If your friends are racist or sexist, then you should probably get rid of them. If your company is racist or sexist, you should probably leave. But if you can't escape, you can at least give them an incentive to up their game: Gender-diverse companies are 15% more likely to out-perform competitors, and ethnically diverse companies are 35% more likely to out-perform. Companies in the bottom quartile are "statistically less likely to achieve above-average returns." More on why diversity is important at the previous link.
- 24 questions about gay polyamorous relationships you wanted to ask but were too polite to. My (Rosie) curiosity is still not satisfied, but slightly more satiated.
- Embrace your creative, childlike mind...