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Note the framing of this. “Your business”. “Right direction”. “How to get...” hmmmm
leadership  complexity  culture  from twitter_favs
7 weeks ago by mattedgar
Science must embrace the humanities to regain its Victorian glory | Timothy Stanley | Comment is free |
"The solution to Schmidt's problem is to try to find a new Romantic edge to popular science. The exploration of other worlds might provide that. But more importantly, science must not degrade or ignore the religious impulse. Scientists should engage more with the meaning of life, not just its physical processes. If they do, their audience will return."
science  culture  arts  history 
september 2011 by mattedgar
Hauntological Futures |
"I am so bored of nostalgia. Of letterpress and braces and elaborate facial hair. I appreciate these things, but I think there’s something wrong with a culture that fetishises them to the extent that we currently do.

As if authenticity is only to be found in the past. I think we are frightened and I think we are distrustful and we are worried that things are slipping away. (This is something I am going to address separately.)"
culture  haunt  ology  past  future  time  space 
march 2011 by mattedgar
Shanghai IBLAC Speech :: Charles Leadbeater
innovation  cities  rules  tools  culture 
september 2010 by mattedgar
Measuring Measures - blog - The Next Silicon Valley
"The way to create the next silicon valley is to not try to create the next silicon valley, but to reflect on your city's passions, circumstances, personality and resources, and then innovate accordingly."
business  culture  silicon  valley  innovation  history  technology  startups 
august 2010 by mattedgar
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Flow – Nieman Storyboard - A project of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard
"Nothing prepares you for your first time. You’re out with someone, maybe a date, maybe just friends, everything’s fine, and then he whips it out, right in front of you — at a restaurant, on the street, anywhere. You try not to look at it, you try to look absolutely anywhere else — finally he finishes and puts it away and continues on with the conversation, just like nothing happened. Or maybe he airs it out for awhile, or even — casually — holds onto it, in case it vibrates.

You know, the phone."
communications  culture  social  presence  attention 
july 2010 by mattedgar
Mashups, Markets and Motherhood - XX Combinator
"Y Combinator participants are for the most part very young — in their early 20’s. This is not when women would be most inclined. Women who start businesses like to know what they’re doing, and be trained and experienced in it. That takes up our 20’s. We have kids in our 30’s. Our entrepreneurial sweet spot is around age 40. Conventional tech investors are not really into this group and the metrics they look for are really hard for these people to hit. Most of the (few) women’s businesses that go big were funded by friends & family or strategics, not traditional angels and VCs."
culture  entrepreneurship  startup  VC  women 
july 2010 by mattedgar
Future Perfect » Device Customisation
"Extreme customisation of devices such as mobile phones, iPods and tamagotchi is taking off amongst women (and occasionally men) in their 20’s and early 30’s here in Tokyo. Mobile phone and nail shops are offering extreme customisation as an extension of their existing services, nail shops being a particularly good fit given the skill set required to carry out the procedure."
mobile  phones  fashion  customisation  personalisation  japan  tokyo  culture  shiny  hands 
april 2010 by mattedgar
You Are Not a Curator | newcurator
"You are, at best, a filter. You may make a name for yourself by excelling at some kind of selection process, but you are not a curator. “Curator” does not mean “I have good taste”. That just makes you some kind of fleshy gauze for the rest of us. The good come to us whilst all the pus and snot that came through your information media streams stay on your side. You are a makeshift step before a more advanced algorithm is invented."
culture  curation  language  museums 
march 2010 by mattedgar
Resurrection Of The Leeds Savage Club. – Temple Works Leeds
"A Leeds Savage is someone who draws, paints, sketches; writes prose, poetry, lyrics etc at any ability. I will stress: any ability. We don’t give a hoot if the extent of your portfolio of work is contained on your deskpad at work, or the furthest your poetry has ever got is your bedroom door. The important thing is that you don’t just talk about doing it, you do it. A Leeds Savage does not spend their time in cafes boasting about how one day they will write a book. Nor is a Leeds Savage someone who is looking for people to tell them how great they are.
"In return the Leeds Savage Club will give you support in the form of regular meetings, workshops and events. We will promote you (if you want us to) within and outside the club and also provide plenty of social opportunities and most importantly, become a part of Leeds. "
leeds  savage  club  culture 
march 2010 by mattedgar
Meep! Nonsense Word Gets Students in Hot Water - ABC News
Popular uses of "meep" include:
A way to say "Uh-oh," "ouch" or other variations of displeasure.
A replacement for vulgar language.
A greeting: "You see someone and you meep them," Thompson said.
An expression of happiness.
words  memes  meep  language  schools  culture  muppets 
november 2009 by mattedgar
The Technium: Scenius, or Communal Genius
Scenius is like genius, only embedded in a scene rather than in genes. Brian Eno suggested the word to convey the extreme creativity that groups, places or "scenes" can occasionally generate. His actual definition is: "Scenius stands for the intelligence and the intuition of a whole cultural scene. It is the communal form of the concept of the genius."
community  culture  creativity  collaboration  innovation  places 
november 2009 by mattedgar
"Invention of Air" author in Sheffield 4 Nov
writing  media  culture  technology  books  leeds 
september 2009 by mattedgar
These Things Are Related - Anil Dash
"The thread that ties all of these things together for me is that technology adoption happens now because of culture and media, not simply for its own sake or because certain types of capital are available. It happens because a vision is ambitious enough to capture the attention of artist and writers and creators of all sorts, not just other technologists or people within the bubble of the existing tech community."
cities  culture  start-ups  technology 
september 2009 by mattedgar
Today's cultish interactivity is a poor substitute for a proper public sphere | Joe Moran | Comment is free | The Guardian
The shipping forecast is broadcast to millions of people who, since they are not on ships, are not its intended audience. For them it has become a comforting, collective ritual which simply forms part of what Ralph Waldo Emerson called the "cumulative intelligence of the universe". It does not invite us to email or text our feedback; it does not care what any of us think as individuals. And so it belongs to us all.
communication  community  culture  social  media  shipping  forecast 
september 2009 by mattedgar
The Trouble with the Segway
"So there may be a way to capture more of the market Segway hoped to reach: make a version that doesn't look so easy for the rider. It would also be helpful if the styling was in the tradition of skateboards or bicycles rather than medical devices."
innovation  design  culture  transport  segway 
july 2009 by mattedgar
Autism as Academic Paradigm -
"Another way of putting it is to note that all students are special-needs students requiring lots of help. The nonautistic students do not represent some ideal point that everyone is striving to attain, but rather both autistic and nonautistic students are trying to learn the specialized skills of the other group, as well as perfecting their own skills."
education  psychology  culture  autism 
july 2009 by mattedgar
As politicians weigh economic stimulus for cities, research suggests a surprising way to succeed: make it fun - The Boston Globe
"consumption amenities" - the things that make a city delightful, such as parks, historic sites, museums, and beaches - "disproportionally attracted highly educated individuals and experienced faster housing price appreciation."
culture  cities  places  economy 
january 2009 by mattedgar
Mobile youth - the 10 most common myths (#9 “Youth Grow Up Faster These Days”) | mobileYouth
We tend to resign all issues related to the ineffectiveness of modern marketing campaigns aimed at youth as stemming from the ubiquitous issue of “youth growing up to fast these days” - read: youth are too clever for fall for this marketing trick. However, if anything this tends to be a widely held misnomer. Youth today are more protected than their parental forebears. If you want the reason why youth aren’t digging your marketing the answer lies in trust and relevance.
mobile  youth  culture  history  myths 
september 2008 by mattedgar
It's All About Experience
Companies that try to create holistic experiences by emotionally engaging their consumers are flourishing
business  experience  design  innovation  culture  emotion 
june 2008 by mattedgar
Philosophy Now
"Most of the undergraduates who will take ‘Postmodern Fictions’ this year will have been born in 1985 or after" - now that really makes me feel old
philosophy  attention  audience  literature  writing  culture  post  modernism 
june 2008 by mattedgar
You don't create a culture - (37signals)
Culture is created the way a vegetable garden is created
business  change  culture  leadership  trust 
may 2008 by mattedgar
Plz French!!! Is "audience" a French word too?
Yes, audience, which comes from the Latin audire, the verb 'to listen,' is a French word too... I believe the English took it from French, although it means a few more things than it does in English, though. 'Une audience' can be a hearing at court as wel
audience  french  culture  language  meaning 
december 2007 by mattedgar
The Associated Press: PCs Being Pushed Aside in Japan
The PC's role in Japanese homes is diminishing, as its once-awesome monopoly on processing power is encroached by gadgets such as smart phones that act like pocket-size computers, advanced Internet-connected game consoles, and digital video recorders with
culture  japan  personal  computing  pc  mobile  tv  convergence 
november 2007 by mattedgar
BBC NEWS | Magazine | Sorry to say
According to one Dictionary of Etymology, sorry has its origins in the Old English word 'Sarig', meaning "distressed, full of sorrow." Now we use it to mean everything from "What?" to "Whatever".
culture  sorry  language  apologies 
march 2007 by mattedgar
Mobile Opportunity: European vs. American mobile phone use
People in the US can be just as enthusiastic about mobilizing technology, but they often think in terms of shrinking and mobilizing the PC and Internet, rather than growing the cellphone.
mobile  phone  blog  usa  europe  culture 
september 2006 by mattedgar

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