The Share – 10/29/13

October 29, 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. Great video sketch on the future of work from Dave Coplin, Chief Envisioning Officer at Microsoft. Actually, it’s not about what the future of work will be, but what it might be if companies embraced a culture of openness, trust, and flexibility. (via Farnam Street)

2. Interesting perspective on the real estate implications of raising height limits for new buildings in Washington, DC. (McBride Real Estate Services)

3. Videos of the talks from this year’s Startup School have just been posted. Sponsored by tech accelerator Y Combinator, Startup School is a one-day event for aspiring entrepreneurs to hear from the tech industry’s best on what it’s like to start a company. (The Next Web)

4. Takeaways from Nate Silver’s address to this year’s Joint Statistical Meetings in Montreal, Canada. The article also includes a video interview Silver did for Statistics Views. (Statistics Views)

5. Co-creation is key to a successful agency-client relationship. Sounds like improvisational theatre, right? (AdWeek)

6. Great piece on New York City’s underground infrastructure – the city beneath the city. (Vanity Fair)

7. Rethinking the U.S. government’s tired measures of economic performance. “David Soloff, co-founder of a San Francisco startup called Premise, believes the country needs something better. He believes we shouldn’t have to rely on the creaky wheels of a government bureaucracy for our vital economic data. ‘It’s a half-a-billion dollars of budget allocated toward this in the U.S., and they’re closed,’ Soloff said when I met him earlier this month during the depths of the shutdown, before questioning the effectiveness of the system even when it’s up and running. ‘The U.S…has got a pretty highly evolved stats-gathering infrastructure [compared to other countries], but it’s still kind of post-World War II old-school.'” (Wired)

8. Who eliminated the need for switchboard operators by inventing the first scalable automatic telephone switching system? Almon Brown Strowger, an undertaker. (99% Invisible)

9. Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit was made by a bra manufacturer. (Smithsonian Magazine)

10. In its “Second Hand Campaign,” IKEA helped customers sell their used IKEA products by advertising them through outdoor, print, broadcast, and web banners. Every film or photo produced had the same budget as a new product launch. Ikea’s Facebook page also became a digital flea market, where sellers and buyers could do business every Sunday. (Advertising Age)

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42, a different kind of school. (KQED Mind/Shift)

Interesting perspective on the Amazon business model. (Remains of the Day)

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