10 TED TALKS EVERY GUY SHOULD SEE [via Cool Material]
This nicely edited list of TED Talks will help you avoid getting “sucked down a rabbit hole of videos, podcasts and mind-expanding information” in order to unearth the really good stuff (and ladies, this is must-see material for both genders).
It’s a diverse collection as well, spanning topics such as humanity’s connectivity to running; magician David Blaine’s explanation of how he held his breath for 17 minutes; the astonishing visual ruses of underwater creatures; and a look into the historic precedence, design process and craftsmanship of “manspaces” that includes a replica of a 16th century Japanese teahouse (built with no nails or screws), and a replica of an English sailing ship filled with museum-quality nautical antiques from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Perhaps my favorite from Cool Material’s selection is one performance “in the style of a passionate spoken word poet” from Google’s In-House Philosopher/Director of Engineering and professor of philosophy Damon Horowitz, who discusses the moral dilemma and condition of existence in relation to his work teaching philosophy at San Quentin State Prison.
Horowitz recalls, “And I say, I don’t know. Let us think about that. At that moment, there is no mark by Tony’s name. It is just the two of us standing there. It is not professor and convict. It’s just two minds ready to do philosophy. And I say to Tony, let’s do this!”
The Unofficial Goldman Sachs Guide To Being A Man [ via Business Insider]
This is quite possibly one of the best lists of advice ever from @GSElevator (whose Twitter bio reads “Things heard in the Goldman Sachs elevators do not stay in the Goldman Sachs elevators”) and John Carney of CNBC.com.
Highlights include, “It’s okay to trade the possibility of your 80s and 90s for more guaranteed fun in your 20s and 30s.”/ “The best public restrooms are in hotels: The St. Regis in New York, Claridge’s in London, The Fullerton in Singapore, to name a few.”/ “Act like you’ve been there before. It doesn’t matter if it’s in the end zone at the Super Bowl or on a private plane.”/”You can get away with a lot more if you’re the one buying the drinks.”/” Measure yourself only against your previous self.”/”Ignore the boos. They usually come from the cheap seats.”
Strange Tales From the North Country: A Profitable (Print) Newspaper [via The Atlantic]
I’ve spent a bit of time in Vermont (near Burlington specifically, where this “strange tale” was born), and while beauty, charm and transcendental inclination abound, Vermont is, indeed, a strange place that often feels entirely disconnected from national patterns.
So it makes sense that a local paper there completely defies norms, too: “Seven Days, which started out as an artsy alt-weekly but has increasing momentum as a news-and-culture source” has a three-times-larger print distribution than it did a decade ago; isn’t laying off employees and shrinking freelance budgets, but instead has more employees than ever before; and is set to have it’s highest annual total revenue ever.
“What has kept the paper going, and growing, seems connected to the economic and cultural power of locally conscious sentiment in the town as a whole,” the article states before quoting publisher, co-founder and co-editor Paula Routly, who says,”People look at our paper and it makes them happy and interested to be here. That motivates them to do something, and participate — which makes it more a community, and gives us something to cover. It’s a cycle that works.”
It should be obvious why this is encouraging news to us here in our offices, but it’s even more inspiring given the apparent root of the paper’s success. We know that the Upstate has it’s own strong “locally conscious sentiment.” It is our mission to continually provide meaning to our communal experience, and to define and articulate our community identity in order to learn and grow together while we live together.
Read it. Know it. Grow it.
Why I edit [via Baltimore Sun]
Here’s a look into why we show up for work everyday at Community Journals.
“Journalism is what enables people to make informed decisions about the way they conduct their lives from reflection and choice rather than from accident and force.”
Revealed: The Insiders Whose Kids Got White House Internships [via New Republic]
It’s often evident that internship programs have few ground rules: Many offer no real, usable experience or skill- and portfolio-building opportunity; many of the most prominent companies in large cities offer low or no pay for long hours, making it financially and logistically impossible for many of the most qualified of students to relocate–let alone sustain; and many internships are simply given to the offspring of well-networked mommies and daddies as favors or investment bait.
And so it appears the White House is no more democratic: This article takes a close look at exactly who is getting the President’s coffee (and sorting through mountains of fan mail…?).
“[Internship] applications are available to anyone on the White House’s website, and at first blush, it seems like a wonderfully democratic opportunity. ‘The White House Internship Program’s mission is to make the ‘People’s House’ accessible to future leaders from around the nation,’ the site announces.
Alas, the actual roster of the outgoing class is not quite as egalitarian as the online hype, or president’s general political rhetoric, would suggest.”
Have you had any particularly positive or negative internship experiences? Leave your story in the comments below.
The United States of Ad Agencies [via AdWeek]
We don’t know what we like more–the vibrant map graphic that features states decorated in the logos of their top ad agencies, or the fact that a homegrown Upstate business wins the prize for S.C.
Keep collecting those badges of honor, Erwin-Penland.
Big Hairy Audacious Goals, Joe Erwin, Steve Mudge, Jim Barker, and Diane Nyad [via Serrus Capital Partners Blog]
Speaking of Erwin-Penland, here’s some commentary from one of our company’s investors, Leighton Cubbage, on what he learned from EP visionary Erwin in their recent Successful Entrepreneurship seminar.
While working at a business publication, you at the very least learn this: When successful serial entrepreneurs talk, you listen. Apparently Cubbage was listening too, and Erwin’s reference of a Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG) left an impression.
Does your company have a BHAG?
We’ve got some dreamers in our corner, and we hear a new Big Hairy Audacious Goal almost daily. How’s that for motivation and forward thinking?