Steven Pinker on passing on language

Language is created anew every generation by the minds of the children who construct it out of the data that they get from their parents and peers. Steven Pinker – with Tyler Cowan, in Conversations with Tyler, Ep 14 The…

David Epstein on kind and wicked learning environments

These are terms used by psychologist Robin Hogarth, and what a “kind” learning environment is one where patterns recur, ideally a situation is constrained – so a chessboard with very rigid rules and a literal board is very constrained –…

Penn Jillette on the politics of “us”

I’ve trying this thought experiment of trying not to use the words “us and them.” I’ve tried to say the sentence “those of us who voted for Trump,” which is a very difficult sentence to say, but if you say…

Podcast recommendation: Ben Horowitz on organisational culture vs product (a16z podcast)

Episode 503 of the a16z podcast, The Stories and Code of Culture Change, is a great overview of Horowitz’s book, You Are What You Do, and features some highly memorable (and hilariously violent) stories that illustrate what culture is, and…

Resource: Podcasting with Zencastr and Descript

Here are two useful looking (review pending) podcasting tools worth checking out: Zencastr for recording phone interviews Zencastr works like a replacement for Skype or Whatsapp (or hangouts or facetime) when you want to get a high quality recording of…

Resources: Clayton Christensen on disruptive innovation

Clayton Christensen’s The Innovators Dilemma is a business classic, providing a framework for understanding how technological or business model innovations (or more usually, both) allow new businesses to gain a foothold in markets or to create new ones. It’s been…

Resource: Seth Godin on Systems Thinking

Akimbo Season 4 Episode 20 (July 10, 2019) – Systems Thinking This is a great episode of riffs on how systems create – and constrain – possibilities, and the opportunities that open up when systems change. Featuring Mr Heinz and…

Econtalk: Mauricio Miller on Poverty, Social Work, and the Alternative

This is a really interesting episode of Econtalk, and worth a listen. Highlight 1: Accurate description of poor communities A couple of things here really resonated with my experience of living and working in low-income communities in Jakarta: Miller’s descriptions…

Resources: Seth Godin on money stuff – cashflow, price, overheads, and finding the right size

And more. This blog post is brilliant, and asks a lot of key questions about what to do when your project isn’t making money. If you haven’t already listened to Money Flows – an Akimbo episode about cashflow – it’s…

DCPodcast howto – recording via skype

Happy to report that we’ve just recorded a special-edition first episode of the Driverlesscroc podcast and it went off without a hitch. Recording between Jakarta and Buenos Aires meant that we couldn’t trust the VoIP connection (in fact, Skype held…