We didn’t change what we were doing – we just changed our story.
The story is key
“How do consultants persuade people to change?” he asked us. “They use charts, and boxes with arrows. They try to persuade.” More often than not, though, the consultant’s listener’s eyes glaze with data overload, and nothing changes.
Reminds me of the wise words from Al Tompkins: “People remember what they feel longer than what they know.”
I’m not really telling the idea with the story. I’m sparking the idea in their imagination. Then they reinvent it in their own context.
Sounds like evolving news ecosystem.
“People remember what they feel longer than what they know.”
Is twitter it’s own worst enemy?
In the middle of reading the New York Magazine article, Happy Birthday iPhone: You’re Ruining Everything, I was brought to a screeching halt by a very brief mention of an invented game called “Phonestack”. Phone what? A brilliant game (some call it social engineering masquerading as a bar game) that I think could completely recivilize dinner and social gatherings.
Here’s the deal:
1) As you arrive, each person places their phone facedown in the center of the table.
2) As the meal goes on, you’ll hear various texts and emails arriving… and you’ll do absolutely nothing.
3) You’ll face temptation—maybe even a few involuntary reaches toward the middle of the table—but you’ll be bound by the single, all-important rule of the phone stack.
Whoever picks up their phone is footing the bill.
Nothing like a financial incentive to instill etiquette.
I know I was there because I am still thinking about it.
So well said.
… a genocide on creativity.
Such powerful words. If this performance doesn’t touch you, check your pulse.
I immensely enjoyed last Friday Poetry 2012: Expression in the Right Direction at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Sitting in a dark room full of people just listening to beautiful spoken words, crying and laughing together, reminded me of how, as much as we study new “user engagement strategies” and speculate about how many minutes we have to tell a story online before our audience click away, it’s really all about the storyteller’s soul.
How easy is to sit for a hour and half while your mind and heart go on an intrepid journey following the poet’s lead. How different and relieving is, as audience, to relinquish the power to control the experience and trust the poet. No clicking. No twittering, commenting, “foursquaring”. I know I was there because I am still thinking about it.
The roster of performers was incredible and I will look up each of them, but one who really touched me is Joshua Bennett, a young slam poet of Yonkers, New York, who performed at the White House in 2009 and received a standing ovation from President Obama, Michelle Obama, and their guests. Here a few lines from his piece about his brother Levi:
“Please, stop calling my little brother diseased. He’s not sick; his mind is just an unmapped archipelago where every idea is a former slave gone free”
“They keep telling him to think like an assembly line,
But his mind is like the most extravagant circus,
and lion teeth, drumbeat,
and riotous laughter that could shake the moon out of it’s skin,
every sentence a staccato hymn,
sung in the midst of a world that has forgotten how to value of silence …
When did the brain become an appliance?“
“Don’t dare be an enigma, there is no space for your kind of ‘beautiful’ here.”
“We have seen what happens when a mind goes unchained
We have built entire industries around keeping our modern day Michelangelo’s in check.
How many Children?
How many masterfully written lives must we have dashed into the ground before we call this a genocide on creativity?”
This gave me goosebumps.
The second major category of investments involves assets that will never produce anything, but that are purchased in the buyer’s hope that someone else – who also knows that the assets will be forever unproductive – will pay more for them in the future. Tulips, of all things, briefly became a…
Fucking brilliant. In the Berkshire Hathaway 2011 annual report, Warren Buffet breaks down everlasting gold bubble.
Ask anyone why gold is so valuable and they’ll immediately tell you that it’s a rare commodity. And that’s true. But beyond its decorative value, which is minimal at best, what value does it actually produce? Very little.
Well, very little beyond selling it to the next fool who will pay more for it.
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46 seconds on life from Steve Jobs.
Never hurts to re-tool when it comes to style. That’s just what this young party-goer at C.H.C.M. did with his cufflink knot. Lapel embellishments can really add some interest a sportcoat.
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