The Share – 10/4/13

October 4, 2013

Study other industries, communities, and disciplines. Learn something new every day. Take what’s useful, set aside what isn’t (for now), and I’ll see you next time.

1. (Above) MinuteEarth discusses the biggest organism on the planet. I don’t know how yet, but I have a feeling that knowing about the Pando quaking aspen is going to help me one day.

2. Some Thoughts on Startup Crowdfunding. (Chris Dixon’s blog)

3. Russian photographer Sergey Larenkov’s project that merges past and present. (My Modern Met)

4. “However, at some point the United States military—like the rest of the country—fell in love with data.  Lots of data.  Data in the form of numbers: munitions expended, body counts, percentage of the country with electricity, poll numbers, number of dollars spent on development projects, etc.  The U.S. military loves the word ‘metrics.’ Metrics, of course, allow us to measure things and we believe that anything can be measured.  So now the military gathers a whole slew of data that it can use to measure things so we can understand what is going on.  The problem is, we still don’t understand what is going on.” (War on the Rocks)

5. An article about a fascinating new news organization called Retro Report, which picks up the story “after everyone has moved on, connecting the dots from yesterday to today, correcting the record and providing a permanent living library where viewers can gain new insight into the events that shaped their lives.” (blog of the Long Now Foundation)

6. The three kinds of complexity that complicate forecasting: detail complexity (many variables), dynamic complexity (causality is subtle and effects are apparent only over time), and inter-domain complexity (we overspecialize and have trouble bringing in knowledge from other fields).  As Roger Martin, Dean of the School of Management at the University of Toronto notes, the third kind is completely self-imposed.  (Harvard Business Review)

7. Joel Towers, Dean of the Parsons News School for Design, talks about the school’s new multidisciplinary curriculum. (Metropolis)

8. Architect Greg Lynn on the influence of computers on his field. “We would hear it over and over again, that there was a loss of authorship and control to consultants. You started to get these segregations of skill sets where some people became digital specialists and the architects were the generalists. The architects were struggling to not have that segregation happen. Chuck [Hoberman] was the most extreme. He refused to have some specialist do that stuff; he just learned programming himself.” (Metropolis)

9. I went to bed late last night (and so The Share is late to you this morning) because I couldn’t stop watching YouTube videos of Tommy Edison, who has been blind since birth and answers questions from sighted people about what it’s like to be blind. He offers a humorous and often insightful perspective on questions like: If I could see, would I want to? | What are the best things about being blind? |  How do blind people cross the street alone? | How do blind people write braile? | Why does nature scare me? | Do you have any questions for sighted people?

10. Upcoming events of interest: Nearly Impossible | Engadget Expand | Dent the Future

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