If you are looking for a blueprint on how to operate a good company culture, this Seth Godin blog post is a great place to start. Testing falsifiable assertions in a supportive a progressive environment is the goal.
Netflix released its political documentary Knock Down The House this week. The film follows the campaigns of four non-career politicians that ran for congress in the U.S. 2018 midterm elections, endorsed to run by the Justice Democrats and Brand New Congress committees. The stories and journeys of all four campaigners are riveting and emotional, but perhaps the most famous of which is the story of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who contested in the district of The Bronx & Queens in New York City.
Artist Hilary Powell and filmmaker Dan Edelstyn setup their own bank called Hoe Street Central Bank in Walthamstow when the local Co-op bank shut down. They obtained a licence from the Financial Conduct Authority and printed their own money with local heroes on the notes like the founders of the local foodbank, homeless kitchen and the headmistress of the local school.
Stephen Wolfram has published a fascinating long-read on his personal infrastructure. He details all the tech he uses in his everyday life and how he organises and categorises everything, most of which are processes which he has optimised over the last 30 years. It is inspiring how efficiently he organises everything, down to having labelled plastic envelopes of devices, tech and accessories for travelling, hotel stays, car hire trips etc.
One of Seth Godin's blog posts this week really hit home with me. Seth talks about how the emotion filled arguments on important issues between two sides rarely result in anything constructive. Seeing things from other peoples point of view is how you can work to change the narrative, the position or the issue. This works at all levels, from people to nations. This is how the momentous Good Friday Agreement was ratified by all sides. This is not how Brexit has been executed.
More platinum wisdom was delivered by Seth Godin in his blog this week when he talks about the perception of problems. If you are dealing with a deep water problem, like swimming in a deeper pool than normal, the effort needed to swim is the same as in a shallow pool. The same effort just a bigger landscape. However, if you usually surf 6 foot waves and try to surf 25 foot waves, a huge additional effort is needed in a similar landscape. Learning to tell the difference is important! :-)
A study from the University of Leeds says that there is a 66% chance of keeping temperature increase below a 1.5 degree increase if a fossil fuel phaseout begins immediately. The research assumes a lifespan for powerplants of 40 years, cars 15 years and planes 26 years. It also assumes a rapid end to beef and dairy consumption. If the phaseout doesn't being until 2030, the chances reduce to 33%.
If you are in need of some extra motivation this weekend, then look no further than Mr.Universe himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger. This motivation speech by Arnie is fantastic. Say what you want about him, but the man has succeeded, and failed, in bodybuilding, hollywood, politics and philanthropy at the highest levels.
Bill Gates has published a post on gatesnotes.com describing his work learnings for 2018. The interesting read highlights trends he noticed with Alzheimer's disease, Polio and the global energy landscape. Gates also ponders the future of gene-editing and dealing with global epidemics, as well as defining his focus topics for 2019, privacy and innovation, and technology in education.