“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.