Six Links Worthy of Your Attention #436

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Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see?

My friends: Alistair Croll (Solve for InterestingTilt the WindmillHBS, chair of StrataStartupfestPandemonio, and ResolveTO, Author of Lean Analytics and some other books), Hugh McGuire (PressBooks, LibriVox, iambik and co-author of Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto) and I decided that every week the three of us are going to share one link for one another (for a total of six links) that each individual feels the other person “must see”.

Check out these six links that we’re recommending to one another: 

  • Rebooting GDS – Simon Wardley – Medium. “I’ve been a huge fan of Simon Wardley‘s wit, and his technique for mapping business strategy, for years. And I’m heading into a week of digital government discussions as I run fwd50. So this couldn’t have been more timely. Some people think about chess a move at a time. Some think about it as a whole board. Meanwhile, Simon is thinking about the act of playing boardgames. In this chewy article he lays out a strategy for organizational change in a Long Game that would put Asimov‘s Hari Seldon to shame. Just read it.” (Alistair for Hugh).
  • How to become a Lego master builder – Popular Science. “My co-host for part of FWD50 heads up digital innovation in Australia. She’s a fan of modularity, which lets people build atop what government creates in useful, public/private partnerships. And sometimes, those can be a lot more significant than you’d expect. In a horribly ham-fisted segue, I loved this article on how to turn LEGO into a career.” (Alistair for Mitch).
  • Patti Smith performs Bob Dylan’s “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” – Nobel Prize Award Ceremony 2016 – YouTube. Patti Smith messes up while performing ‘A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall’ at Bob Dylan‘s Noble Prize ceremony, and it’s awesome.” (Hugh for Alistair).
  • Patti Smith on Nobel prize performance: “I was humiliated and ashamed” – SVT/NRK/Skavlan – YouTube. “Patti Smith talks about messing up while performing ‘A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall’ at Bob Dylan’s Noble Prize ceremony.” (Hugh for Mitch). 
  • Decline of Greyhound service mirrors rural Canada’s plight – The Guardian. “The gap between the ‘have’ and the ‘have not’ has always been a hotly contested issue… as it should be. What about the ramifications of a corporation that is no longer able to really make a buck, but has deep ties into how communities, citifies and people operate and move? Here’s one (of many) of the unintended consequences of a business and their need to scale, but can’t. There’s ’stuck’ and then there’s this kind of stuck. Sometimes when a business collapses, it takes with it a whole lot more than just the employees, who have to look for new work or the business partners who need to find new customers. Very scary.” (Mitch for Alistair). 
  • Homeless people in the library? Chicago, suburban libraries turn to social workers for help – Chicago Tribune. “What happens when a library hires a social worker instead of another librarian? Sounds crazy? What if it can help solve some of a communities true issues (starting with homelessness and poverty)? And – at the same time – create a new kind of space/void that libraries can take on. This is an amazing story… and an incredible initiative. It’s also a shining example of what libraries can (and should) be doing for every community. I love libraries. I love books. I love community. Libraries could be so much more… there is hope.” (Mitch for Hugh).

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