Six Links Worthy of Your Attention #502

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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 Interesting, Tilt the Windmill, HBS, chair of Strata, Startupfest, FWD50, and Scaletechconf; author of Lean Analytics and some other books), Hugh McGuire (Rebus Foundation, PressBooks, LibriVox) 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: 

  • An Agenda for the 2020s: Inventing the Knowledge Age – Continuations. Albert Wenger wrote The World After Capital, which is in my aspirational reading queue—I think that as a society, we aren’t prepared for possible abundance, since we equate scarcity with value. Watching recent political events, it’s clear that polarization means even more spending by both sides, resulting in a feedback loop of more and more focus on politics itself, rather than on getting things done—the underlying goal of societies. Wenger has written a pretty compelling list of things we need to tackle, and soon.” (Alistair for Hugh).
  • Have the Boomers Pinched Their Children’s Futures? – Lord David Willetts – The Royal Institution. “Want to see how we got here? Demographics. This is a fascinating talk from The Royal Institution‘s lecture series, that looks at how populations, aging, and fiscal policy makes us what we are. And the results, generations in the making, aren’t pretty. I had a root canal today, with another scheduled for next week—so maybe I’m just pessimistic.” (Alistair for Mitch). 
  • Avocado crime soars as Mexican gangs turn focus from opium to ‘green gold’ – Financial Post. “Apparently there’s a new show coming out based on Miami Vice, called Millennial Toast, which follows the morally grey world of undercover cops and the Avacado cartels.” (Hugh for Alistair). 
  • Rediscovering the Lost Power of Reading Aloud – LitHub. “I pretty much met Mitch because of audiobooks (LibriVox), and it turns out reading aloud is just the way it used to happen.” (Hugh for Mitch).
  • No One Can Explain Why Planes Stay In The Air – Scientific American. “This is both concerning and fascinating. As someone who flies over 100,000 miles every year, I had heard this trope that ‘nobody knows how planes stay in the air.’ I thought it was some flat earthers kind of nonsense, because… science. Then, this article floats across my feed, and the source is legit. I read this article and wondered how many people know this truth. That science is often imperfect and unexplainable and it simply works.” (Mitch for Alistair).
  • Notes of a Chronic Rereader – The Pais Review. “I read. A lot. Nonstop. I am a chronic reader. So much so, that I will using the term ‘chronic reader’ to describe myself (it will make me sound smart, right? ;). With that, I am not a chronic rereader. Sure, there are some books that I like to refer back to and reread. But it’s a small handful. This is a beautiful piece about the glory of reading, writing, thinking, studying and all of the other things that I wish I could spend much more time doing. So, are you reader, writer and a rereader?” (Mitch for Hugh).  

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