Six Links Worthy of Your Attention #648

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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: 

  • Climate Change From A To Z – The New Yorker. “One of the best long-form articles I’ve seen explaining where we are, why there might be hope, and how we got here. Following an amazing Bitnorth thread in Whatsapp (a research polymath, an expert in difficult conversations, and a professional resiliency expert behind one of the world’s most complex technical systems, started discussing why the journalism is so far from the actual climate change predictions) – I came across this, and thought it was worth sharing.” (Alistair for Hugh).
  • Ten Meter Tower – The New York Times“A weird little New York Times documentary about people steeling themselves to jump off an Olympic high diving tower. I don’t know why, but this is a bundle of emotions for anyone considering a daunting challenge. We back off hard things all the time, but it’s seldom so visceral. A good metaphor for the Great Mastodon Stampede, perhaps.” (Alistair for Mitch).
  • Empathy & the Economy – The New York Review. “There is a growing disquiet that the current left’s obsession with identity is undermining what used to be the left’s central objective: more equal distribution of wealth.” (Hugh for Alistair).
  • Recycling Our Cities, One Building at a Time – Bloomberg – CityLab. “A friend from New York City tells me that the combination of Covid and work from home policies have gutted midtown Manhattan: The once teeming office towers are now mostly empty; and that conversations are happening about turning some of them into much needed housing. Not sure how true that is, but there is something fascinating about this world where housing costs have increased so much, while commercial real estate may be facing great challenges. Is retrofit a solution?” (Hugh for Mitch).
  • ‘My friends call me the BlackBerry queen!’ Meet the people clinging on to old tech – from faxes to VCRs – The Guardian. “What is old and seems obsolete often becomes collectible. Don’t believe me? There is a market for everything from VHS tapes to Beanie Babies. Still, I’m not sure what to call these types of consumers? What would be the opposite of an ‘early adopter’? Here’s a look at a few individuals who either can’t let go of the past, or are simply loyal to a technology or brand beyond reason. Either way, what are you holding on to you that you simply can’t let go of?” (Mitch for Alistair).
  • The Walking Ghost Phase Of Twitter, And Where The Hell Do We Go From Here – Chuck Wendig. “One thing is for certain: I do not believe that any of these armchair quarterbacks really know what Elon Musk is going to do with Twitter (and, this includes yours truly). One other thing is for certain: I always love Chuck Wendig’s take on anything/everything (he was even a guest on my podcast back in 2020). I love his writing style, imagery and pace. So, while I don’t fully agree with the entire perspective given here, I found myself, literally, laughing out loud at certain points… and feeling the need to share his words about Twitter with anyone willing to read them.” (Mitch for Hugh).

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