“According to Net Impact’s recent Talent Report: What Workers Want in 2012, the Millennial generation wants, and expects, to do good and do well in their paid work. In fact, a majority of students (65 percent) expect to make a difference in the world through their work, and 53 percent would take a 15 percent pay cut to work for an organization whose values matched their own.”— Lara Galinsky, “Not Everyone Should be a Social Entrepreneur,” Harvard Business Review.
“Sources said that the Saudi diplomatic mission was unhappy with the rector over his “liberal policies”, particularly when it came to accommodating members of the Shia community. “During the recent cultural week held at the university, the Saudi embassy asked the rector to not invite the Iranian ambassador and his wife to the event, but the rector refused to comply,” the source added.”—
“To be successful in business today, a company must do more than just sell a good product. According to a recent study, 80 percent of Americans are likely to switch brands, if comparable in price and quality, to one that supports a social cause.”—"Shopping for a Better World," NY Times.
Or consider solar lanterns as a replacement for kerosene. They are safer, cheaper and far healthier. But that’s not the problem. The problem is building a marketing and distribution network that permits you to rapidly educate a billion people as to why they want to buy one at a price that would permit you to make them in quantity.
Sure, you need a solution to the problem. But mostly what you need is a self-funding method to scale your solution, a way of interacting with the market that gains in strength over time so you can start small and get big, solving the problem as you go.
Economists tell us that the reason to care is that it increases customer retention, profitability and brand value. For me, though, that’s beside the point (and even counter to the real goal). Caring gives you a compass, a direction to head and most of all, a reason to do the work you do in the first place.
”—Great words of wisdom from Seth Godin in his blog piece, “A simple antidote to a corporatized, unfeeling, profit-maximizing world.”
“Secondly, and what’s a much harder task, is that Americans need to understand that just because they’re not offended by something doesn’t mean that the said thing is acceptable. The racist Popchips commercial happened because rooms full of people who saw Kutcher in brownface were not offended by it, probably because there were not a lot of South Asians or other people of color in the decision-making process. Any time you are sitting with your colleagues or friends and trying to come up with an idea, if that idea, no matter what it is, involves a person dressing up as a person of a different race and affecting some ridiculous accent, that is probably a bad, racist idea, and you should move on.”— What the Ashton Kutcher Brownface Controversy Says about Race in America, GOOD.
“Fear of failing can hijack the working memory resources, a core component of intellectual ability. Fear of failing not only hampers performance, it can also lead students to avoid difficulty and therefore the opportunities to develop new skills. Because difficulty is inherent to most academic tasks, our goal was to create a safer performance environment where experiencing difficulty would not be associated with lower ability. Indeed, those who are smart succeed. This is what we often believe. But science tells a different story. Believing that success reflects higher ability and failure lower competence is not only wrong, but we show that it is detrimental to intellectual efficiency during challenging tasks.”—The researchers behind a new study that shows that kids fail less when they know failure is part of learning.
“But there’s just such a giant window for dishonesty and coercion here. You’re not just on a date with this person—this rich, powerful stranger—you’re on a boat, you’re in a hotel room, you’re in fucking Thailand or some shit. And you can say that the women are using/objectifying the men just as much as the men are using/objectifying the women—technically that’s absolutely true, it’s almost a win-win—but tell that to the girl who winds up 5,000 miles away from home with ExecutiveDong4U and realizes she doesn’t want to put out.”—Jezebel on the ridiculousness that is MissTravel.com, “The Dating Website where Rich People Take Pretty People on Fancy Vacations, which is 100% not Prostitutey at all.”
Everything I write tends to turn into a superhero team, even if I didn’t mean for it to. I always start off wanting to be solitary, because a) it’s simpler, and b) that isolation is something that I relate to as a storyteller. And then no matter what, I always end up with a team.” He’s drawn back to that dynamic, he says, because every character gets a moment where they say I matter to this story.
"That moment, where you stand up and say, ‘I have the right to exist.’ I’ve written it a lot of times, and I never get tired of writing it. And if I could just believe it about myself, I think I could stop writing it."
”— Joss Whedon, the man behind The Avengers. So excited.
“Business education must be completely redefined to include the best, most appropriate principles of design in every curriculum. Marketing classes should teach a deep reverence for the user in context and the power of observational research methods. Finance classes should teach the art of storytelling and information design. Strategy classes should teach systems thinking and synthesis. If the goal is to create great “hybrid thinkers” who will have real impact, design should not be tacked on to existing business education but infused throughout it.”— Need to Solve a Tough Business Problem? Don’t Hire an MBA. Fast CoDesign.
“But the road to hell may well be paved with good intentions. There clearly is a bottom-of-the-pyramid market, but linking it to “aid culture”—a non-market-driven-culture—detracts from the entrepreneurial opportunity. And correlating hunger, AIDS, malaria, poverty, and illiteracy with Africa perpetuates a stereotype that is far from the optimistic, go-get-it-attitude and ambition that we’ve encountered when traveling in Africa.”—Awesome piece in Fast Co Design. “Why Designers Need to Stop Feeling Sorry for Africa.”
“An alternative is to be happy wherever you are, with whatever you’ve got, but alway hungry for the thrill of creating art, of being missed if you’re gone and most of all, doing important work.”—Seth Godin (via tper2)
“From a business perspective, Toms is at risk. Our research with leading consumer-facing companies has shown that there is a finite and unpredictable market for the feel good value proposition—consumers are fickle when it comes to committing to brands based on nonfunctional attributes. Toms’s core value to its customers is being replicated by an increasing number of companies who can promise the exact same return: feeling good about your purchase. Without a stronger, more differentiated and less replicable product offering, Toms will likely fall out of fashion in the coming years.”— Cheryl Davenport, “The Broken Buy-One-Give-One Model: 3 Ways to Save Toms Shoes,” Fast Co Exist. This is such a good read.
“The goal should be to have the minimum number of meetings and scenarios and documentation necessary to maximize the value of execution. As it gets faster and easier to actually build the thing, go ahead and make sure the planning (or lack of it) keeps pace.”— Seth Godin, “When Execution Gets Cheaper, so Should Planning.”
“Apple’s overseas labor practices are deplorable. America and Pakistan would both be better off if we were to build more schools there and drop fewer bombs from drones. Joseph Kony is a ruthless murderer. These things should move us. But truthiness in defense of emotional impact is no virtue. It creates a profound backlash that deepens our collective apathy…Nothing is more depoliticizing than being lied to, and a close second is being condescended to. An exaggeration, oversimplification, or lie is not a persuasion tool; it’s a form of coercion. It’s a way of treating adults like children—of taking away our power to make up our minds independently. When people feel forced, they don’t want to comply; they want to rebel.”— Sam Graham Felsen for GOOD: “Apple of Discord: Mike Daisey & the Danger of Truthiness.” My must-read of the day.
“The World Bank defines extreme poverty as consuming $1.25 or less per day. This is an extraordinarily limited definition, and one that I believe prevents us from tackling the problem in a way that creates truly sustainable, catalytic solutions. Focusing on the economics of extreme poverty has too often led to solutions that address immediate material need rather than solutions that are sustainable for the long-term: wells with pumps that break from wear-and-tear within a few years; beautiful classrooms that lie empty because trained teachers are nowhere be found; insecticide-treated mosquito bed nets misused as fishing nets or curtains. Short-term solutions are not only ineffective, they are also counterproductive in the fight against extreme poverty. Material resource and infrastructure-focused solutions created in isolation perpetuate dependency and can actually further widen the gap between the “haves” and “have-nots.”— Jake Harriman, CEO of Nuru International on the link between extreme poverty and terrorism. Poverty is definitely an issue, but others often claim that the linkage is flawed. Good to debate, nevertheless.
“Quality, dependable light transforms lives; children are able to study at night, adults are able to earn additional income, and indoor air quality is improved. Our services benefit women who traditionally spend more time working indoors and children who accidentally drink kerosene and inhale its fumes.”—Source: Clean Technica on Mera Gao Power in India.
“The ire at the advertisement misses the point. It’s the proverbial forest and the trees. The anger needs to be redirected to the producers and the designers who refuse to share their millions with the very people who spend 16 hours a day ensuring the production is on time so that Junaid Jamshed can have his lawn exhibition in January instead of the usual March! If you must boycott Sana & Safinaz, you should also boycott Gul Ahmed, Junaid Jamshed, Al-Zohaib and the dozens of designers who are making big bucks while keeping wretched conditions in their textile mills.”—Rabaylspeaks truth at her blogObama Says Do Moreon the Sana Safinaz ad controversy.
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