Weekly Links (weekly)

  • “It’s probably the single most powerful behavioural finding in the world,” agrees Charles Raison of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, who studies mind-body interactions. “People who have rich social lives and warm, open relationships don’t get sick and they live longer.”

    tags: TED AOC health relationships community

  • “Today, brands are becoming more and more like humans,” Luna said. “They’re taking on more and more human-like traits.”

    tags: corporation culture brand humanity soul book AOC

  • Though a social enterprise must earn enough revenue to be be sustainable, It is less important for that social enterprise to earn a profit than it is for it to create public benefit. I believe that this idea – that delivering value is more important than generating profit – is a disruptive innovation that all business, social and otherwise, should adopt.  Again, this does not mean that it is not important to earn a profit; however, it is destructive and short-sighted to myopically focus on profit.  I realize that this is capitalist sacrilege.

    tags: capitalism SOCAP AOC book value corporations

  • Historically, the two main types of obstacles to information discovery have been barriers of awareness, which encompass all the information we can’t access because we simply don’t know about its existence in the first place, and barriers of accessibility, which refer to the information we do know is out there but remains outside of our practical, infrastructural or legal reach.

    Surely, we can outsource digitization and accessibility, and we can even outsource curation, but we cannot outsource curiosity, the highest form of motivation. And since curiosity is the gateway to access, we can’t outsource access, even in the context of the greatest possible accessibility.
    What great curators do is reverse-engineer this dynamic, framing cultural importance first to magnify our motivation to engage with information. 

    tags: curation information knowledge AOC

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

About Gideon Rosenblatt

Gideon Rosenblatt writes about the impact of technology on people, organizations and society at Alchemy of Change. He is a technologist with a background in business and social change. For nine years, Gideon ran Groundwire, a mission-driven technology consulting group, dedicated to building a more sustainable world. Prior to that, he spent ten years at Microsoft in various marketing, product development and management positions, where he developed CarPoint, one of the world's first large-scale e-commerce websites. Gideon was raised in Utah, lived and worked in Japan and China for several years, and now lives in Seattle with his wife and two boys. More details on Gideon here.
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