This image of self development had my mind smile as the rippling lines show an individual growing outwards from the original body as development occurs. Perhaps the ripples could come from the whole body. It’s from the Never Ending Quest book (p181) by Clare W Graves, Cowan & Todorovic. I’ve been reading from page 195 to better understand and apply spiral dynamics. Thanks to Ross & Steve Mc for the inspiration.
Recent Internet Fascination
NASA on Instagram: “Four large islands are hard to miss in satellite imagery of the Severnaya Zemlya archipelago in the Russian high Arctic. Spanning 37,000…”
“[Bitcoin]’s already storing $125bn of wealth – for tens of millions of people. It’s the only financial system I’m aware of which has had 24×7 uptime for nine years.” Pantera Capital October news
There are now many great blockchain podcast shows to listen to. Here’s a favourite this week. Thanks Ross.
Loic’s writing again and his email was full of uplift. Here’s just some of it ~
Another expanding aspect of life: eSports and an interesting thread ~
Sam Lessin’s challenge (Thanks Tim B) ~
The tools that are uplifting Stewart Brand’s view of the future.
Enliven your way of being and vision with Peta Kelly’s new book “The Earth is Hiring“. I mentioned Peta previously – she provides clarity around the future of business, leadership, getting things done and finances.
Regularly meeting new people who’ve contacted me to meet-up brings a vibrancy to these emails that I hadn’t predicted. I’m usually on a high on the return walk where I’m jotting down tips or ideas discussed or topics that have reappeared from other conversations – showing these topics are something I’m wanting to explore or refine.
I’ve found 1-2 hours a week to meet new people without an agenda provides an invaluable space to reflect, think out loud, learn, connect with relevant people and open up.
We chat about things like self driving cars transporting mini veggie gardens (!!), new local eateries, improving mental health via new platforms, the richness of human connections, what’s happening in Australia and internationally in the digital / business / customer experience / service design / innovation / blockchain / growth hacking / future arenas, how to help each other’s work, make helpful business contacts and so much more.
In the past I’d take time to check my diary for free space, research and evaluate meeting someone. Now that time is spent in the meeting discussion – made even easier by sending my Calendly link so others organise the meetings – GOLD! Sometimes I research the person online as I’m walking to the meeting, sometimes I don’t – there’s always connections to make.
In some of the meeting I may have the LinkedIn app open to connect them with relevant people on the spot so I’ve nothing to do afterwards. “Breeeeathe…”
Often we’ll be so fascinated with a variety of topics that we leave each other with a hug and a massive grin.
If you’re thinking about Calendly, here are my setup tips ~
(Calendly is linked to my Google Calendar via my gmail account)
Make the link fun & engaging for people. In my Description/Instructions I’ve added: “Go to Patricia’s on the corner of Little Bourke and Little William Streets (www.patriciacoffee.com.au) and I’ll magically appear. I’m [my phone number] if you need me. “magically appear” is thanks to Matt Allen – it works!
I’ve up to 2 coffee meetings a week.
45 minute meetings – for focus (with transit, it’s roughly an hour).
Ask for the person’s phone number in the meeting setup.
Meeting venue is one I love + available times are when the cafe is quieter = shorter queues and more space.
Jules Lund is fast-becoming the Aussie-accented @GaryVee which is great to see. Yesterday’s short video showed the surprising gains from having regular courage to request things from others and open up. Who knows what could happen! GO!
Most end of year cards I saw this year were wrapped in thick, unrecyclable plastic so I ordered recycled paper postcards and got out the watercolours.
If you’d like a treat in your postbox, reply with your postal address before 16 December. Let’s have fun.
I’ve had a great surprise this week: a bird’s eye view of a new, massive street art being painted and seeing focused artists Fintan Magee and Jason Parker. They’re painting in all kinds of weather, up and down and across in the cherrypicker (effortlessly working at heights) and their iPhones are getting workouts to check their plan. Seeing them write the original grid with numbers on the empty cement wall then filling in each section with such attention to the shading and colours has been so inspiring. Imagine doing a paint by numbers of this size, to this level of detail and with such success. Whoah! Talent!
Great to see they’re supported by Taubmans (I enjoyed reading links to street art and their history) with loads of paint rollers, brushes and sooo much paint.
If you’re in Melbourne, head down Little Bourke Street, just before Spencer, to see this and others painted. Otherwise, here are the photos as it comes to be (I plan to add photos to this link until the art is completed).
Thanks to Juddy Roller & crews for bringing this to be and to Sarah Moran for helping me track down the artists’ names.
“Fin uses a combination of human and machine intelligence to provide high quality, on-demand assistance so you can focus on what is most important to you.”Product Hunt newsletter.
Fin could save you time and give you more ease. It’s a great time to try it out as “Fin is waiving the $120 monthly minimum spend for the Product Hunt community — you can signup here to pay per request.”
Once again Cal Newport (author of “Deep Work”) has me captivated. In “So Good They Can’t Ignore You” he shares his observations of the 3 core traits in people he’s interviewed that love doing exceptional work:
(1) Impact Creativity (2) (3) Control
He debunks the passion hypothesis (that you need to follow your passions to find work you love) and courage culture (that you need to be emotionally brave too) and instead highlights people who have developed their experience and skills (career capital) prior to using it for greater autonomy, income, flexibility and more.
These summarised notes are worth a scan if you’re not going to read the book (the Audible version is short & engaging).
It’s a fascinating time as always. I’m curious to see what happens with Facebook’s Messenger for Kids and will be looking on to see what the main character in this street art has in his left hand (will let you know)! Haven’t yet mentioned anything about the Apple Watch 3 – after a couple of months I’m a fan!
That’s all from me for now. As always, shoot me a reply with topics you’d like to read – they add extra spark.
WOW! Airbnb is about to turn 9. A great success and service.
They’ve still a way to go though to be a true “shared economy” example as their balance is still skewed towards the guest versus a balance with the property host.
As Airbnb drives for more hosts there’s greater supply of properties and the economies drive prices down. This leads hosts to compete on price and quite possibly opt-out of long term involvement.
The term ‘shared’ economy is about contribution from all players. After staying at a home, Airbnb’s questionnaire is just like a hotel’s. Airbnb has the opportunity to influence behaviour internationally with questions such as:
When leaving the host’s home did you leave something that’d delight the next guest?
What did you contribute to the home or host for the privilege of staying in their home?
If you’re designing new organisational systems, I imagine you’re putting in place a way to regularly seek and add shared value over time.
Here comes privacy.
As blockchains and other tech comes along to bring about greater individuals’ privacy, there’ll be more exposés on corporations selling data without customers’ full understanding. Quite possibly shared economy darlings such as Airbnb will be in the spotlight.
This gives more insight (watch the first 47 seconds).
Are you looking unique online? Is your global proposition and bio clear on online sites?
These guys are showing their style via Medium and LinkedIn:
“We will definitely see a range of steady, incremental improvements in everyday AI. Online product recommendations will get better, your phone or car will understand your voice increasingly well and your vacuum cleaner robot won’t get stuck as often.”
“Instead of replacing jobs, our overall quality of life will go up. For example, right now few people can afford a personal assistant, or a full-time life coach. In the near future, we’ll all have (a virtual) one!
“It’s likely that a significant fraction of jobs will be under threat over the coming decade. It’s important to note that this won’t necessarily be divided by blue-collar versus white-collar, but rather by which occupations are easily automatable.”
Great online presence
Innocent again come up with a cracker of a headline.
Writing these emails continues to delight me. I’m adding this email and those sent in the past to LinkedIn as articles and possibly on Medium so people checking me out virtually ‘get’ what I’m fascinated by and my approach.
If we’re not connected, let’s do so by clicking here and here.
“What if you opened Spotify and paid the artist directly?”
“Lots of great things have happened, but overall the benefits of the digital age have been asymmetrical. For example, we have this great asset of data that’s been created by us, and yet we don’t get to keep it. It’s owned by a tiny handful”
“The blockchain is …a platform for truth and it’s a platform for trust. The implications are staggering, not just for the financial-services industry but also right across virtually every aspect of society.” McKinsey & co.
Current prices of cryptocurrencies. Last week there were 863 currencies listed here and now…
If you’re thinking of investing in Ethereum and aren’t sure where to start, this could inform you. It could also be a bit too heavy on words such as “exchanges”. If so, read below this amazing view…
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Recent favourite reads & listens:
Craig Mod’s recent email covered Vipassana, subtlety, ambiguity and complexity. Excellent reading. Very touching.
This will inspire you to try “an AI assistant that works”.