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  • PSYCHOLOGY, Decision-making, ECONOMICS, SOCIETY, ENVIRONMENT, Sustainability

    Sebastian Buckup, "How to fix modernity’s Godzilla problem"

    Quartz - 22 Dec 2017

    This is an interesting take on a very broad and complex set of issues. The WEF head of programming observes that humanity’s dominance as a species results from its capability to carry the power of scale from the biological into the social realm, but by giving us superpowers, scale also makes us frail. As a result of the digital revolution, we’ve now entered a new age that is testing the boundaries of scale in unprecedented ways. The solution is to rebalance the focus of innovation from growth to maintenance and repair (reads in 15min+). 

    Published in Weekly selection 23 December 2017

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  • ENVIRONMENT, Sustainability, PSYCHOLOGY, Wellbeing

    Ann Patchett, "My Year of No Shopping"

    The New York Times - metered paywallk - 15 Dec 2017

    Despite fears of being accused of ‘humbug’, Christmas is a good time to post this article. A novelist tells about her story of not shopping for a year. Some of the perks of not having to shop: (1) It frees up a lot of space in our brain, (2) It saves an astonishing amount of time; (3) It makes us tremendously grateful for the things we receive; (4) It makes it easier to see what other people don’t have (the reason why every religion regards material belongings as an impediment to peace). Her conclusion: The unspoken question of shopping is “What do I need?” What I needed was less.

    Published in Weekly selection 23 December 2017

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  • PSYCHOLOGY, Human condition, Technology, Innovation, Internet

    James Vincent, "Former Facebook exec says social media is ripping apart society"

    The Verge - 11 Dec 2017

    Many pundits warn that social media is inflicting a lot of harm to civil society around the world, but rarely has such a scathing attack come from a powerful insider. The former vice-president for user growth at Facebook just caused a huge stir when he said at Stanford Business School that he felt “tremendous guilt” over his work at Facebook because social media is in the business of exploiting vulnerabilities in human psychology. Most notably, he said: “The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops we’ve created are destroying how society works” (reads in 4-5 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 15 December 2017

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