1. WATCH: Bill Clinton Explains Obamacare (He does it better than Obama does) [via New Republic]
“The Secretary of Explaining Stuff is back on the job. On Wednesday, former President Bill Clinton gave a speech about Obamacare—why it was necessary, how it will work, and what it will do in the future.”
If you’re still grappling with how Obamacare will affect taxpayers, you personally or your small business, take the time to watch this eloquent exposition from our former POTUS.
2. Yahoo Intern’s New Logo Design Was Way Better [via Huffington Post]
The internet was abuzz the past week with opinions of Yahoo’s new logo, and a different, far more modern design was posted by an intern who assisted on the project.
The kicker: It appears that everyone on social media platforms prefers the unused alternative.
Isn’t it nice for corporations to have access to infinitely populated focus groups for free? (Especially when consumers will not hesitate to point out an intern did the job better?)
3. Please Stop Complaining How Busy You Are [via Harvard Business Review]
Who else is guilty of replying how busy you are in immediate response to the frequent “How are you?”
Well this Harvard Business Review blogger begs that we all stop! She also suggests three tactics to help us work smarter, not harder or longer–and then maybe we won’t be sooooo busy.
“To assume that being ‘busy’ (at this point it has totally lost its meaning) is cool, or brag-worthy, or tweetable, is ridiculous. By lobbing these brags, endlessly puffing our shoulders about how ‘up to my neck’ we are, we’re missing out on important connections with family and friends, as well as personal time. In addition to having entire conversations about how busy we are, we fail to share feelings with friends and family, ask about important matters, and realize that the ‘busy’ is something that can be put on hold for a little while.”
4. Facebook Isn’t Dead Yet–It’s a Tool for HIV Prevention [via Slate]
Speaking of social media, an interesting research study recently published in the Annals of Internal Medicine reveals some uses for Facebook that impact the greater good far more than stalking an ex’s photo albums: Targeted messaging through Facebook groups created for intervention has proven to be an effective method of communicating health information.
Says the author, “I already have plenty of people in my Facebook feed telling me how to eat, think, and vote, so the idea of receiving personalized messages discussing my sexual habits and/or exercise routine is positively off-putting. And yet … the messages worked. When presented with the option to get an at-home HIV test, 44 percent of the intervention group opted-in, as opposed to just 20 percent of the control group. Furthermore, a higher percentage of the intervention group actually followed up to obtain the test results.”
We need to make it a priority in all professions–not just healthcare–to unlock the full potential of digital and social media channels, and use these tools proactively to improve society.
5. 44 of the World’s Tallest Buildings are Cheating [via Quartz]
On Sept. 11, it’s only fitting to reference the One World Trade Center (to be completed 2014), when it will join the ranks as one of the tallest buildings in the world.
But did you know: “It turns out that most of the world’s tallest buildings are doing the architectural equivalent of wearing platform shoes. That is, they’re scraping skies courtesy of dozens—sometimes hundreds—of meters of ‘vanity height.'”
This report claims 61% of the world’s tallest buildings only qualify with their vanity height, and apparently New York City is really vain; Once the One World Trade Center is completed, New York City will have three of the “tallest 10 Vanity Heights,” with Bank of America Tower and New York Times Tower as the other swellheaded structures.
So the question is, doesn’t it seem like a waste of time and materials to construct “vanity height?” Why even include it in the design?
6. The Swag Bag Dilemma [via LinkedIn]
This one’s for those who frequent conferences/trade shows/etc. and have unwittingly collected an overflow of cheap ballpoint pens and koozies along the way: New York Times best-selling author Chester Elton provides a lighthearted (yet quite accurate) rundown of “Good Swag” vs. “Bad Swag.”
This also provides usable intel for those of you who might be in charge of your company’s logo-stamped goodies at such events. Stay away from those foam fingers (just ask Miley–they’re generally a bad idea).
7. Greenville Native in Top 50 Candidates for Best Job in the World Competition [via Jauntaroo]
Local freelance photographer and Jackson Marketing Group employee, 24-year old Joe Hindman, has been voted through social media into the Top 50 candidates for the Best Job in the World Competition. Sponsored by online travel and tourism company Jauntaroo, the winner of the Chief World Explorer job title will spend one year traveling the globe and sharing his or her experiences while earning $100,000.
Watch his video submission, and help the fellow Upstater achieve his dreams by voting!