On assuming the best

Assuming the best of other people is usually the best position to assume. Here are some reasons for this: 1) There’s a double-distortion going on in our interactions: we think that we’re nicer and more reasonable – and our foibles…

Tim Sweeney on open platforms and the metaverse (2017)

I feel especially as we’re building up these platforms towards the metaverse, if these platforms are locked down and controlled by these proprietary companies then they’re going to have far more control over our lives, over our private data and…

Seth Godin on good teachers

Here’s the secret, I think: teaching is empathy.If you have a bad teacher, who is strict for no reason, who says “there will be a test,” who is strict for no reason, who glosses over things that the class doesn’t…

Seth Godin on listening to feedback

The most important thing to remember now a simple sentence: “It’s not for you.” … So you run an Indian restaurant on 6th Street in New York and you have a $24 spicy vindaloo, if you finish it you get…

Choices: how much?

Some questions to help you decide whether to buy something: How many cups of coffee is this worth? (If it’s less than five cups of coffee, it’s not a very big decision – you should probably go ahead. And don’t…

Refunds, discounts

Sometimes it’s right to complain: an injustice has been done or a minor fraud committed, and it’s important to make a point. And there’s a pleasure to be had in getting a good deal. But often the time and energy…

Questions (2): what you do with the answer

You asked the question… Are you going to listen to the answer? What are you prepared to change if the it’s not what you’re expecting? How are you going to put the answer to work? If you’re not ready to…

Time on our hands: la durée

The idea is really just this: time on a watch is not the same as time in your head. An hour can fly by or seemingly drag for eternity. Time as we actually experience it, rather than as we measure…

Responsibility

Whether you’re improving your own work or helping others improve theirs,* it pays to spend time talking about who is responsible for what – and what you hope people will take responsibility for as they grow into their roles. There…

Kevin Kelly – what is technology?

Not just shiny new stuff It was clear (at least to me) that technology was an extension of natural life, but in what ways was it different from nature? (Computers and DNA share something essential, but a Mac-Book is not…