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Seth Godin is done with “books”: why all business writers should join him

This week bestselling author and pundit, Seth Godin, said via blog post that his latest book, Linchpin, is the last that he plans to “publish in a traditional way.” Hallelujah!
Godin has always written books that I have thought of as great 10-20 page ideas. The economics & marketing of the book publishing industry has forced [...]

Gadgets, Singularities and the myth of the One True Ring

Depending on who you listen to, we are either on the brink of a global apocalypse or of an unprecedented in human evolution. This is a new story, this is an old story. Prophets of both doom and of glory have been with us for a long time. So it should come as no surprise [...]

Debt Slavery has a Cute New Name: Kwedit

A service which allows users to pay later for what they want to do online now. What’s wrong with that? If you don’t have a credit card, bank account or other means to facilitate your online transactions, why should you be barred from the world of commerce, especially when it is all that stands between [...]

Preparedness vs. Intelligence

So, what do knife fighting and shipping software have in common? They both show the advantage of being prepared over being “smart”. Of course, these are not either/or choices. But there are two recent things I’ve stumbled on that make the point that being too intelligent, or too smart for your own good can either [...]

The Internet of Sentient Things - Upgraded twice on Day 2

Yesterday I attended a really cool event called xCAMP, organized by my friends Nabil & Riwa Harfoush (a killer father/daughter act). They have started a project to examine the opportunity for and develop a plan to scale the work of Natalie Jeremijenko’s fascinating xClinic work.
During a discussion after Natalie & Nabil had made brief presentations, [...]

It’s called Design Thinking: time to deal with it

Walking through the design thinking posts at unstructure.org I am reminded yet again of the problem of the too strong association of these ideas with the work of IDEO. The time has come for us all to pick a lane: either design thinking is what IDEO says & does (and others who follow) OR design [...]

The Unfinished Interview with Dave Gray

Dave Gray is the Founder and Chairman of XPLANE, the visual thinking company. Founded in 1993, XPLANE has grown to be the world’s leading consulting and design firm focused on information-driven communications. Dave’s time is spent researching and writing on visual business, as well as speaking, coaching and delivering workshops to educators, corporate clients and [...]

Toys = Garbage: Sustainablity Ought to be Child’s Play

Since I became I parent eight years ago, I have become acutely aware and more and more incensed by the extent to which children’s toys are, in almost every respect, garbage from the very moment of purchase. Now it is a truism of many product life cycles that an object begins its depreciation in value [...]

Myths & Virtues of the Open

It is almost trite to say that one embraces the open these days. It has become I kind of de rigueur position of the Interneterati. There’s lots of important reason we should embrace the open in any number of contexts, but it is high time (as with Design Thinking, innovation and a few other choice [...]

The (Overlapping) Elements of Design Thinking

My partner in Torch, Robin Uchida, and I have been talking about how the application of a familiar analogy might help to illuminate the elusive qualities of design thinking. We thought it would be an interesting experiment to see what folks would come up with if tasked with submitting three entries or nominations for a [...]