Weekly Dispatch – Thinking About a Better Web

Weekly Dispatch - Thinking About a Better Web

The web is a prickly place. Its facets are infinite—some lustrous, like the opportunity to discover fascinating people and ideas. Other facets are opaque, like the abuse and hatred that threatens people’s safety. It can be a dark place. And yet, people continue to build community, create art, share ideas, and tell stories. I’m curious about that impulse — the impulse to build a better web.

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A List Apart does an amazing job of collecting and publishing long-form, thoughtful essays about building a better web. Here are a few I’ve enjoyed:

The Pastry Box Project, Natasha Lampard – Such a lovely story about building companies that stand the test of time: “What if, instead of focusing on exits, we focused on sticking around?”

The Friend and the Follower, Closr.to – “Why do we feel so alone when we’re supposed to be more connected than ever?”

Designing Platforms (For) Trust, Gunther Sonnenfeld – “…it’s one thing to want to trust someone, but it’s another thing to hold trust, earn trust and share trust with other people … So, it seems we can design for trust, but we don’t actually design trust itself, nor do we really ‘engineer’ its mechanisms.”

The Web’s Grain, Frank Chimero – “What would happen if we stopped treating the web like a blank canvas to paint on, and instead like a material to build with?”

The Internet’s Original Sin, The Atlantic – “It’s not too late to ditch the ad-based business model and build a better web.”

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Weekly Dispatch – Love and Things

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Hey there. If you would indulge me for a bit, I think you’ll enjoy this digest.

I’ve been thinking about love, and the curious and magnificent shapes it takes.

My nephew wrapping his arms around my neck in a hug

The older man who gently took his wife’s elbow as they crossed the street

A text message that simply says, “Hi. Was thinking boutcha”

The barista pouring hot milk onto a shot of espresso just so

A friend asking for help

Discovering a herd of deer on a morning walk

And this list of heart-swells goes on. All of these are simply moments of connection.

And now, on to the digest.

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If you read only one thing from this dispatch, let it be this: From Afghanistan, With Love by Mujib Mashal

Write a hand-written letter to someone.

“Walking around a city you’ve loved someone in can break your heart with every corner you turn.” Learning How to Love Again is Like Learning How to Walk Again by Austin Gunter

On “strange truth” in the movie InterstellarLove and Gravity on The New York Times

This article has made the rounds online. I find it fun and fascinating. To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This

For love of place, and seasons: Mountain Snow, Fire Prayer by Craig Mod

Some poetry: On Love by Kahlil Gibran

(If you can’t see the video, click here to watch on YouTube.)

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Weekly Dispatch – Threading Our Life’s Work

Weekly Dispatch - Life's Work

This past week has been intense on two fronts.

1) At work I’ve been mapping out my goals for 2015. We plan out goals by quarter, and it’s been challenging (and exciting) to think about what I want to accomplish over the next year. If I fast-forward to this time next year, what will I have accomplished? Who will I have become?

My goals fall under a few themes: effective management (building the skills to be a great manager), product development (I’m working on fleshing out a few projects/products we’re developing), and awesome partner management (my role is to work with our corporate partners). Each decision I make is not only about supporting the strategies of my company—it’s also about crafting my life’s work.

2) For my master’s thesis I’m finally in a rhythm of research/getting stuff done. The amazing Sarah Jane and I meet weekly to hold each other accountable to work/personal goals. I’m meeting monthly with a student in my grad program who is also working on her thesis. I have finally assembled my full thesis committee. And I have some fun research I’m diving into.

What are the threads that tie together your work, hobbies, volunteer gigs, conversations? I’m thinking about these threads. (Here are some of my threads.) Here are some links about work + meaning.

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My coworker recommended taking the Gallup Strengthsfinder ($10 for basic test). Why do this test? Well… “The Gallup Organization suggest that the most effective people are those who understand their strengths and behaviors. These people are best able to develop strategies to meet and exceed the demands of their daily lives, their careers, and their families.” My top five themes were: Empathy, Achiever, Belief, Ideation, Connectedness. Interesting stuff. (And amazingly accurate.) – Gallup Strengthsfinder

I consider myself an expert generalist, which is why I’m working on an interdicisplinary degree: I like working across disciplines and threading together seemingly unrelated ideas. The CEO at IDEO captures here why this impulse—going wide versus going deep—should be a conscious career choice. – The Career Choice Nobody Tells You About

Elle Luna shares how she discovered the through-line in her life’s work. Worth the 11-minute watch – The Crossroads of Should and Must (video)

On work that matters and the artist’s prerogative to create meaning – J.Cole Interview

“This is the deepest kind of theft; not merely prosperity having been looted from societies, but significance having been stolen from human lives.” – Making the Choice Between Money and Meaning by Umair Haque

…And because this week’s digest was fairly heavy, here is Time’s 50 Astonishing Animal Photos of 2014