Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention

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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, Rednod, GigaOM, Human 2.0, the author of Complete Web Monitoring and Managing Bandwidth: Deploying QOS in Enterprise Networks), Hugh McGuire (The Book Oven, LibriVox, Bite-Sized Edits, Media Hacks) and I decided that every week or so the three of us are going to share one link for each other (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:

  1. The world’s next 20 years on one slide – and it’s pretty scary – From Poverty To Power. "This is the shortest link I’ve shared yet, but if you’re curious, you’ll dig into the provided link from John Beddington, the chief scientific advisor to the UK Government and Head of its Government Office for Science. He’s pretty blunt: Can we provide food, water and energy to nine million people, sustainably, in the face of massive climate change?" (Alistair for Hugh).
  2. How to Be an Ideas Factory: Loosen Your Grip on Your Creations – BNet. "This interview with Dave Stewart (of Eurythmics fame) talks about how to generate and present ideas. I like his assertion that you need to give up your ideas to see them flourish; there are some good video clips, too, and one of his recent projects – a collaboration with HeroesTim Kring called, Consipracy of Good, is a fascinating ARG." (Alistair for Mitch).
  3. The Laws of Information Chemistry – O’Reilly Radar. "Jon Udell is a great writer about technology and society. Here he writes about ‘information chemistry’ and argues that part of our basic education – like chemistry, math and history – should include courses on how information works." (Hugh for Alistair).
  4. Invasion – "I’m violating my rule about not including articles from Instapaper‘s Editor’s Picks (because it’s just too easy to find great links from that list). I’m violating my rule because this is one of the most delightful bits of writing I’ve read in a while, about the great battle that so many of us suffer in silence: family vs. ant." (Hugh for Mitch).
  5. The Web Is Dead? A Debate – Wired Magazine. "The Intertubes were clogged this week with shock and awe over Chris Anderson and his cover story for this month’s Wired Magazine titled, The Web Is Dead. Long Live The Internet. Amidst all of the hysteria and cries for his resignation for such a salacious statement, Wired actually ran an awesome adjunct article called, The Web Is Dead? A Debate, that featured a back-and-forth between Anderson, O’Reilly Publishing‘s head honcho, Tim O’Reilly, and John Batelle (author of The Search). There are tons of gems in this debate that will have you agreeing, nodding you head and screaming ‘amen!’ aloud." (Mitch for Alistair).
  6. Cancer journal: A happy birthday despite grim news – Health On Today. "Hugh and I often lament about the beauty that can be found in both words and how they can now be distributed through Blogs. We both agree that it’s the different and personal content that really makes this platform so unique. The potential is there to connect and really tell human stories in a human way. This is one of them. This is the reason Blogs were created. If you do nothing else today, please read this… then go and spend some time with your loved ones." (Mitch for Hugh).

Now, it’s your turn: in the comment section below pick one thing that you saw this week that inspired you and share it.


  1. “Heaven comes in second place, and it’s not really close.”
    Could you imagine getting that sort of reactions from your customers?
    Wow! Hard to imagine what it would take to impress someone that much.
    But here, in this article from 2003, the Inn at Little Washington spills the beans on some of what might be required. Safe to say, I was impressed, so I thought I’d share it here.
    Here’s the Inc Magazine article link:
    A Recipe for Perfection, Keeping Customers Satisfied

  2. Mitch, thanks for using your great voice to share this. We handle it as a pro bono account and it’s one of those that you can’t ever put enough time into. Thank you so much for helping to get the word out. You’re feeding kids as you do this. Truly.

  3. I would have appreciated some disclosure on that up-front. The point of this space is not to shill your own work, but rather to point to others who have done something that has inspired you.

  4. Everyman on Transmedia and the Distributed Story, Where Freemium Begins, The Wiki Requirement
    Transmedia and the Distributed Story. Heroes Creator Tim Kring in a Fast Company article on using multiple

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