Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #261

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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 (BitCurrent, Year One Labs, GigaOM, Human 2.0, Solve For Interesting, the author of Complete Web Monitoring, Managing Bandwidth: Deploying QOS in Enterprise Networks and Lean Analytics), 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:

  • Favela United – TSN. “This surprisingly engaging piece of original reporting by TSN looks at how football is changing life in some of the world’s poorest regions.” (Alistair for Hugh). 
  • Apple, Spotify, and the Battle over Freemium – Harvard Business Review. “Since I started researching how data is changing music, I’ve read some great posts from Mark Mulligan… easily one of the sharpest analysts in this space (you should check him out). With Apple‘s recent music announcement, this HBR post — one of the few notable ones he didn’t pen — is a good recap of how the industry is changing.” (Alistair for Mitch).
  • The death of international development – Red Pepper. “I’m not sure about the numbers here, but the article makes the case that international aid and development is dishonest and a failure, more or less by design.” (Hugh for Alistair).
  • Somber Jon Stewart Delivers Scathing Monologue About Charleston Shooting – Gawker. “Another week, another horrific event. Jon Stewart makes no jokes.” (Hugh for Mitch).
  • The full-stack employee – Chris Messina. Chris invented the hashtag. No joke. He’s a smart individual who seen and done a lot. He has an arsenal of skills. He believes that the future of work is about the full-stack employee. It’s an exhaustive list that when read leaves you nodding in agreement, and thinking to yourself, ‘where can I get me some of those?’ I’d like to think that every young person graduating university comes out of these institutions with the full-stack skills. Yes, that sound that you hear is me laughing. It’s true, everyone coming out of school should have been taught this stuff. The truth is that the full-stack employee might as well be called the ‘unicorn’.” (Mitch for Alistair).
  • Bruno Munari Will Make You Fall In Love With Books All Over Again – Fast Company. “For the love paper with lots and lot of words on them. The kind that are broken up into chapters. The ones that take several days… maybe weeks… maybe a month to finish. The thing that once you’re done reading, you save. You put it on a shelf. It’s a souvenir. It’s design. It’s the kind of thing that people look at when they’re pretending to not be snooping around your house. Yes, the Kindle rocks and reading books digitally makes my life extremely happy, hyper-functional and way more literate. But don’t mistaken that for the reality that I still love the physical objects, how they’re devoured and how they look so conquered up on my shelf.” (Mitch for Hugh).

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