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October 9, 2010 1:46 PM

Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention

Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see?

My friends: Alistair Croll (BitCurrent, Rednod, GigaOM, Human 2.0, the author of Complete Web Monitoring and Managing Bandwidth: Deploying QOS in Enterprise Networks), Hugh McGuire (The Book Oven, LibriVox, Bite-Sized Edits, Media Hacks) and I decided that every week or so the three of us are going to share one link for each other (for a total of six links) that each individual feels the other person "must see".

Check out these six links that we're recommending to one another:

  1. ACell - Wikipedia. "ACell is a company in Maryland that seems to have figured out how to regrow things. I didn't know this stuff was possible, and it's a compelling possibility: a scaffold for cells to regrow. This Wikipedia article  is pretty short, but the things it links to are fascinating... and a bit scary. Are we really patenting the ability to regenerate?" (Alistair for Hugh).
  2. Think Tank: Flip-thinking - the new buzz word sweeping the US - Telegraph. "Flipping. I liked the creativity of this brief article by Daniel Pink on how to turn things around and find a new angle. I particularly liked the fact that it emphasized a major change in education, from teacher-centric to learner-centric. Why do we listen to a lecturer in the day and do homework at night, anyway?" (Alistair for Mitch).
  3. Why Wesabe Lost to Mint - Marc Hedlund's blog. "Marc Hedlund is the (former) CEO of the (former) personal finance start-up, Wesabe. Here's his debrief on why his competitor, Mint, won. Worthwhile for anyone who is starting a business. (Hint: the answer is: Mint made it easy for its users)." (Hugh for Alistair).
  4. Why sports has taken the lead in newsroom innovation - Mark Coddington. "When I was in high school, I remember my English teacher asking what was the last magazine we read. A bit sheepishly I said: Sports  Illustrated. But my English teacher said: 'Excellent, sports writers are usually some of the best writers in any newsroom.' Which my father - an ex-sportswriter - agreed with. Anyway, turns out they're also the most innovative in this shifting world of media, according to Mark Coddington, anyway." (Hugh for Mitch).
  5. Some Thoughts on Burning Man: To Be Creative or Not To Be - dalepd | Dale Dougherty. "Burning Man is an amazing project. It's a community, a vision for the future, an art experiment, a party and oh, so much more. In this Blog post on Dale Dougherty's Posterous feed, you get a good idea - from a first person's perspective - about the event/project. It sounds like something Alistair would do. In fact, it must have been part of the inspiration behind his BitNorth experience." (Mitch for Alistair).
  6. Author Paulo Coelho Talks eBooks - CNN. "We expect the more cutting-edge and younger generation of authors to embrace these digital channels. You may be surprised to see what best-selling author, Paulo Coelho, thinks of technology, ebooks and the future of publishing. Here's a hint: from his website you can download his iPhone app, grab some wallpapers, discuss his books, grab some postcards and more. The subtle message? Digital is not going away. Embrace and deal with it or you won't exist." (Mitch for Hugh).

Now, it's your turn: in the comment section below pick one thing that you saw this week that inspired you and share it.

By Mitch Joel


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  • Posted by Grady Meston
    Mitch Joel

    I absolutely LOVE the concept of Flip-Thinking! Very cool stuff.

    Reply
    • If you love that, you should read all of Dan Pink's stuff. He's one of my favourite authors (and I'm not just saying that because he wrote a glowing endorsement of my book!). Free Agent Nation, A Whole New Mind and Drive are all worthy reads. Trust me.

      Reply
  • Posted by Joe Sorge
    Mitch Joel

    Wow! This may be the greatest collection of 6 links yet, each are interesting in a very unique way. This just in, I love the 6 links concept and series. I'm trying to formulate a way to bring it into my tiny corner of the world.

    My share:

    At first I passed this link by as silly, but I couldn't bear to have not read it fully and I went back and back and back to it this week.

    Although much of the language is tounge-in-cheek, if you poke around a little there's some great nuggets to discover.

    A Graphic Guide to Facebook Portraits:
    http://www.fastcompany.com/1692957/facebook-profile-picture-flowchart
    by Doogie Horner for Fast Company

    Reply
    • Why not put up a poster in your restaurants and ask patrons to share what they've read (online or offline)? Could be fun to see what gets posted! You could post the links online afterwards. The other thing you can do is keep adding to this as you've been doing!

      Reply
  • Posted by richard
    Mitch Joel

    Great rundown - thanks for sharing these inspiring links!

    Reply
    • I love doing this exercise every week for two reasons:

      1. I have to spend my week thinking about everything I'm looking at and how it might be relevant to two people who do none of the same things that I do. This keeps my eyes open and my mind open to new experiences.

      2. I never know what Alistair and Hugh are going to send my way and to one another. This forces me to read and think about issues and topics that I would never have looked at.

      Reply
  • Posted by Shawn
    Mitch Joel

    I came across this green blog talking about how to handle the amount of candy that kids get on Halloween, its not as important as anything above, but it really helped me and my wife with the whole how to handle my kid eating a ton of candy issue!

    http://everygreenthing.net/homepage/this-halloween-think-green

    Reply
  • Posted by Rob Lee
    Mitch Joel

    Here's a link I think is worth looking at:

    http://poorrichards-blog.blogspot.com/2010/10/who-owns-media-6-monolithic.html

    While the post is specific to US media consolidation, Canadian mainstream media is similarly concentrated, just the names are different. Pretty scary to think about.

    Reply
    • We thought the Internet would change that. It hasn't. The mass media is the mass media. There are just more choices and fragmentation, but the fact remains that we all like to bundle up close to the things that we can share with one another.

      Reply
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