Six Links Worthy of Your Attention #594

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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, Interesting Bits, 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: 

  • These Were Our Years – Sara Benincasa – Medium“I’ve become something of a Sara Benincasa fanboy lately. She has a knack for capturing our times with sideways glances and oblique references that make a whole image form just outside your periphery, and this dispatch from mid-2021 is no exception. With the world dithering on real progress—across economics, climate change, peace, racism, and so much more—it’s useful to think how our offspring will think about us.” (Alistair for Hugh).
  • Eye-Scanning Silver Orb Cryptocurrency Launches With $1 Billion Valuation – Motherboard – Vice. “Every part of this reads like Black Mirror. And yet biometric security is a great equalizer in many ways, removing the barriers to crypto, but also paving the way to break from national groups and declare yourself a sovereign individual in some weird libertarian dystopia.” (Alistair for Mitch).
  • Why all the change in China matters to us – Yahoo! Finance. “We’re not quite in a cold (or hot) war yet, but it does seem like China and the US are moving in that direction. Even if they aren’t, China sure is changing, and one way or another that’ll have an impact on the world.” (Hugh for Alistair).
  • One of the World’s Poorest Countries Found a Better Way to Do Stimulus – Bloomberg BusinessWeek. “How Togo did financial stimulus right (and the US didn’t). (Honorable mention: Canada was pretty good on this count).” (Hugh for Mitch).
  • The Monocle Minute and Weekend Editions Newsletter. “I’m going share something a little bit different this week: Newsletters. I’m (fairly) addicted to email newsletters. I have been for decades. Many of them have fallen off of my radar, but many have improved and have become something that I look forward to. The Monocle Minute and Weekend Editions is one of the best that there is. I’m particularly fascinated by the Monocle Minute on Design (on Wednesdays) and the Monocle Weekend Editions feature on Sunday called, Sunday Roast (which is a light and quick Q&A with someone in the media community about their weekend habits). If you don’t subscribe, you really should. Great insights, fresh thinking and it’s all free.” (Mitch for Alistair).
  • Total Annarchy Newsletter – Ann Handley.Ann Handley‘s free newsletter can, simplistically, be called ‘about writing,’ but that is really cheapening what’s going on here. Ann is a famed author and marketing professional, so her writing can be about ‘better content marketing,’ but there’s just gem after gem of inspiration, links, critical thinking, and learning from one of my dear old friends. Again, if you don’t subscribe to Ann, you really don’t know what you’re missing. Do it up!” (Mitch for Hugh).

Feel free to share these links and add your picks on TwitterFacebook, in the comments below or wherever you play.

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