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Two great lifestyle design blogs

Two great lifestyle design blogs

Image from http://www.wordle.net/ The RSS feed link for Cody McKibben’s Thrilling Heroics blog invites us to “join the rebellion against the status quo and follow Cody’s adventures in lifestyle design, entrepreneurship & travel!” He goes on to say: I...
Rework

Rework

Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, the founders of 37signals, is a must read for anyone running a business or looking to start one. Especially if you don’t identify as an entrepreneur, or don’t like many of the unquestioned beliefs about conventional...

Bartering as a community building endeavour

Times Online article Living without money A German woman has lived 13 years without money. She set up a successful “Tauschring — a sort of swap shop — a place where people can exchange their skills or possessions for other skills and possessions…” As one of the...

What Matters Now

What Matters NowSeth Godin has released a PDF on What Matters Now – a collation of 70 worthy thoughts, hopes and ideas for 2010. Highlights for me are: Generosity When the economy tanks, it’s natural to think of yourself first. … It turns out that the connected...
Japan day 3

Japan day 3

Everyone is so well mannered here. I watched a mother pick of a small piece of sticky tape from the bottom of her young son’s socks on the train today, and put it in her pocket to dispose of at home! I spotted a Coming of Age day survey on TV briefly – on what...
The Story of Stuff

The Story of Stuff

This is a great reminder to everyone post the Christmas buying craze and as we head into the new year. Let 2010 be the year we reimagine and reinvent the way we live. Consumerism and the materials economy is so post-WWII. The Story of Stuff illustrates this...

Evolution process of companies

1. Solving their own needs –> 2. Asking others what they want –> 3. Tapping into a mission with wider relevance. Many businesses start off doing something for themselves. Leveraging a talent to build a product, or create a service that satisfies their own...
New role for designers

New role for designers

Here’s another great description of the new role for designers, from Jenn and Ken Visocky O’Grady’s The Information Design Handbook, ISBN 978-2-940361-91-5. In the modern marketplace, the emergence of the designer as author, business person, consultant, and thought...

Labour of love requires time

If it is not a labour of love it is not worth doing. Great sentiment right? But love takes time and energy. And the modern world is great at sucking away time and energy. Stalemate?

Different kinds of big

“The Donald Trump pseudo-big way: How much do you make? What things do you own? Who have you conquered along the way? ” From The Think Big Manifesto by Michael Port. The assumption that for me to win, someone else must lose, and that winning by at the expense of...

World in transition

Here are my thoughts from reading the Tellus Institute’s Global Futures (their terms in italics). Which outcome do you want? Scenario A: Conventional World ? minor improvements, more of the same, increasingly insurmountable problems ? Fortress Worlds Scenario B:...

Blogging temporaily delayed

Excuses: Sick laptop – have moved to backup laptop but kept forgetting to bring across the Word file of blog posts. Too much work. Even more than usual. Insufficient sleep. Even less than usual. Mystery sniffles – not swine flu....
Happiness as Your Business Model

Happiness as Your Business Model

Hands up those who associated “happiness” with “business model” right off the bat? Lots of wisdom and insights built into a beautiful set of slides by Tara Hunt. Thanks for sharing this with the world! Spotted via Justin McMurray’s twitter...
Ideas are bulletproof and the world needs big ideas

Ideas are bulletproof and the world needs big ideas

“Beneath this mask there is more than flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea. And ideas are bulletproof.” V in V for Vendetta. Which makes it imperative that we continue to think big, to have grand ideas, and grand ideals to work towards. Michael Port’s...

What do you want to be famous for?

Or rather, to put it in a less-Hollywood sense, what would you like to be known for? The last generation had big branded corporations. The current generation has Brand Me. Every one is a brand. To be famous for something, to have a profile, is equally relevant to...
Making it to the middle

Making it to the middle

An Intercontinental Hotel ad: “Ever heard of anyone dreaming of making it to the middle?” Nice copy. The reality is – many do end up in the middle (and below the middle). This aspiration is related to the same flawed belief that every business must grow ever bigger...

Lost Generation

A clever illustration of how a simple reversal of your assumptions and beliefs can lead to a shockingly new perspective. And the message is cool. Thanks to Carolyn Lee for sending me...

Self-censorship and the fear of creativity

“it’s our inner critic that serves as the world’s most powerful deterrent to artistic expression, or any kind of self-expression, for that matter.” Patricia Kokinos commenting on Talks Elizabeth Gilbert: A different way to think about creative genius on TED....

The rise of the small

http://jonbischke.com/2009/03/10/the-edge/ ”Instead of a small number of large businesses there should be a large number of small businesses.” Or perhaps more accurately – the time has come for the majority of smaller businesses to be acknowledged for their...

The power of belief

Belief is powerful and irrational. Most if not all of us have a set of beliefs. May Singaporean taxi and truck drivers have ornate and elaborate altars installed on their dashboards. There are often also charms and talismans hanging from the rear view mirror. The...
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