The place up North: Found objects
Over the past few summers I’ve been transforming a shack into a home. Bought for the property, the abandoned house had a big hole in the roof, a trashed interior, and no power. The more interesting part of my “restoration” effort has been the achievement of a comprehensible aesthetic using mostly unbought materials. The house now has a new roof, new windows, new siding and other features mostly from free, found or gifted sources. This weekend, I pretty much completed the exterior work by replacing a problematic pair of doors with a beautifully manufactured set bought from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore for $25. The project has been, and the house is now, a delight. Onward.
At work, we are looking into the future with client bound to the present. We are impressed with the dilemmas faced by leadership teams who speak passionately about preparing for and leading in Industry 4.0 yet are constrained in their preparation by corporate practices that look to the past quarter to determine investments that will define the future. Well, design is subversive.
And these places of interest…
The link between freedom and workplace [Give Your Team the Freedom to Do the Work They Think Matters Most](https://hbr.org/2018/09/give-your-team-the-freedom-to-do-the-work-they-think-matters-most)
The link between design and business [Arup Digital Studio – Dark Matter and Trojan Horses – Medium](https://medium.com/dark-matter-and-trojan-horses/arup-digital-studio-7467a61d5fd2)
WeWork is now the largest occupier in Manhattan [WeWork Surpasses JPMorgan as Biggest Occupier of Manhattan Office Space - WSJ](https://www.wsj.com/articles/wework-surpasses-jpmorgan-as-biggest-occupier-of-manhattan-office-space-1537268401)
Self-driving car guru is moving to self-drive the office [Google self-driving car creator Sebastian Thrun now working on Cresta](https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/16/cresta-ai-enterprise-software-zayd-enam-sebastian-thrun.html)
Is it true that there is a diminishing marginal value of aesthetics? [Report: The Diminishing Marginal Value of Aesthetics](https://subpixel.space/entries/diminishing-marginal-aesthetic-value/)
A profile of Eddie Cue at Apple – Its chief of services in a chiefly hardware company [Inside the World of Eddy Cue, Apple’s Services Chief — The Information](https://www.theinformation.com/articles/inside-the-world-of-eddy-cue-apples-services-chief?jwt=eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJzdWIiOiJqbW1yZHRoQGdtYWlsLmNvbSIsImV4cCI6MTU2ODg2OTI0NSwibiI6Ikd1ZXN0Iiwic2NvcGUiOlsic2hhcmUiXX0.LYJLkCnT0MTuU58fJvnlYU2_nenjL0bW3Ai2PncDyCE&unlock=6f5ded6b8fcf0dcc)
The Bezos interview in Forbes [Bezos Unbound: Exclusive Interview With The Amazon Founder On What He Plans To Conquer Next](https://www.forbes.com/sites/randalllane/2018/08/30/bezos-unbound-exclusive-interview-with-the-amazon-founder-on-what-he-plans-to-conquer-next/?utm_source=Benedict%27s%2Bnewsletter&utm_campaign=4f0e75adc0-Benedict%27s%2BNewsletter_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_4999ca107f-4f0e75adc0-70751573)
How to design your own good luck [How to Get Lucky: The Secrets to Creating Your Own Good Luck | GQ](https://pocket.co/x8bzWk?cta=1&src=ph)
Co-working begets co-living? [The Millennial Housing Trend Is a Repeat of the Middle Ages - The Atlantic](https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/09/millennial-housing-communal-living-middle-ages/501467/)
“Every day, the imperative to perceive oneself as a customer grows across a range of experiences and institutions: in the shopping centers and business improvement districts that have replaced public squares and parks; in the schools and hospitals, where offerings are tailored not to general social welfare but to individual consumer choice and what each can afford; and in the gym, where exercise, nutrition, and other forms of wellness have been redefined as personal lifestyle choices.” [The Constant Consumer — Real Life](http://reallifemag.com/the-constant-consumer/)
A profile of Ankur Jain, a twenty-eight-year-old entrepreneur “who, as much as anyone, reflects tech’s recent drift toward a new form of social self-awareness.” https://www.newyorker.com/sections/tech/insanely-good-making-big-business-out-of-social-philanthropy
Over the years, the homogenization of the investment sector has narrowed the field of innovations and created a bias towards solutions and ideas that appeal to a small cohort of people. This is due, in part, to pattern recognition processes, by which we interpret the world around us and which help us determine the difference between friend and foe, danger and safety. Yet these same essential patterns can be harmful to deal flow evaluation processes within the investment industry because they prevent people from recognizing successful ideas which are unfamiliar. [Is Pattern Recognition Killing Innovation?](https://www.forbes.com/sites/valleyvoices/2018/09/14/pattern-recognition-killing-innovation/#4d886cb54b56)
All mobility is local, and history suggests only the free market — within the constraints of local culture and infrastructure — will allow mobility to reach its modal equilibrium. Yet, as private companies seek to resolve the failures of overstressed and underfunded public transportation systems, we run the risk of improving mobility for some while tacitly reducing freedom of movement and increasing inequality for others. Modal equilibrium for a privately owned, geofenced network is not necessarily the best option for a community of living, breathing humans, many of whom live outside the fence.
There is only one solution: Universal Basic Mobility. https://www.2025ad.com/latest/alex-roy-driverless-cars-universal-basic-mobility/
I was raised on a farm in Kansas, where I’d slopped the hogs and helped harvest the wheat. What did it mean to be ‘country’? [Country pride: what I learned growing up in rural America | US news | The Guardian](https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/sep/06/country-pride-kansas-rural-america-sarah-smarsh)
Managing by episode has become the most effective way to strengthen customer relationships. [Experience Is the New Product; Here’s How to Manage It - Bain & Company](https://www.bain.com/insights/experience-is-the-new-product-heres-how-to-manage-it/?utm_medium=Newsletter&utm_source=Most-Read-Insights-of-the-Quarter-September-2018&utm_campaign=experience-is-the-new-product-heres-how-to-manage-it&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTW1Wa01qWTFPV015WTJZMCIsInQiOiI3NFAwb09ZTTNNMDVvNzhRNVE4VWltK2d4U1NReFBwb1RhS0xITXJmaU8rYlI0ZGlMbTZyd2VZOHpFTDRiUmlkOU1hU0w1VjNWY3lnNnlnK1cwUXp0SkdPdkl6dlZHMndJaUp6VWNPVkN3SmdFSjJkR0EyVHRVc2tSZkxYdENcL0wifQ%253D%253D)
E-Commerce is transforming rural China [How E-Commerce Is Transforming Rural China | The New Yorker](https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/07/23/how-e-commerce-is-transforming-rural-china)
Cities enjoy very long lives and keep growing in part because they become ever more diverse with increased size, which helps foster endless cycles of innovation. Companies, by contrast, tend to have a shorter, more defined life span. Successful companies focus on what they do best, casting aside fringe people and fringe projects that don’t fit the mission. But that laser-like concentration on the core cuts off the serendipitous discoveries that fuel cycles of renewal. [The Fortune 500 Teller](https://www.strategy-business.com/article/00371?gko=fc048&utm_source=itw&utm_medium=20180918&utm_campaign=resp)
here is the story of a plot of land in Cupertino, California, that brought us the Mac revival, the iPod, iTunes, the iPhone , and the Steve Jobs legacy. https://www.wired.com/story/apple-infinite-loop-oral-history/?curator=MediaredefREDEF
Leaders should encourage curiosity in themselves and others by making small changes to the design of their organization and the ways they manage their employees. Five strategies can guide them. https://hbr.org/2018/09/curiosity?curator=MediaredefREDEF
With the integration of the technology predicted to dramatically change the world of work over the next 10 years, our leading academics have released tips on how business leaders can upskill their workers to ensure they reap the benefits of AI and prepare their employees for the ‘fourth industrial revolution’ by 2030. http://workplaceinsight.net/ai-will-be-commonplace-in-the-working-lives-of-staff-very-soon/
Follow the supply chains of architecture and you’ll find not just product manufacturers but also environmental polluters and elusive networks of financial power and political influence. https://placesjournal.org/article/the-supply-chain-of-architecture/
> Any full accounting of environmental, economic, or social sustainability has got to consider not merely individual buildings and sites but also the intricate product and energy supply chains that are crucial to their construction. Equally important are the elusive and often secretive networks of financial power and political influence that are underwritten by the billion-dollar construction industry.
Egad! Why a ‘Memory Town’ Is Coming to Your Local Strip Mall [What a Fake Town for Dementia Tells Us About Urban Design - CityLab](https://www.citylab.com/design/2018/09/why-a-memory-town-is-coming-to-your-local-strip-mall/569905/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=atlantic-daily-newsletter&utm_content=20180918&silverid=MzEwMTkwMTQ2ODk1S0)
The Imperative Practice of Relaxing Constraints http://firstround.com/review/the-imperative-practice-of-relaxing-constraints/
Ten ways smaller, more agile teams can achieve greater productivity for the organization. https://sloanreview.mit.edu/article/get-things-done-with-smaller-teams/
Unbundling healthcare [Unbundling Healthcare | Union Square Ventures](https://www.usv.com/blog/unbundling-healthcare?curator=MediaredefREDEF)