CBC’s long-form/big think radio program Ideas recently featured a lecture called "Feeding Ten Billion" from Raj Patel, an Africa development scholar formerly with the World Bank, and author of The Value of Nothing. Patel’s perspective on global agriculture and social justice is incisive and contrarian. I’ve never heard anyone talk about the demerits of the "Green Revolution" in agriculture like this, and it was an eye-opener. A perfect hour-long listen for the weekend’s chores.
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Song 15 in a series of 24 recordings to be created and released throughout 2011. Created (especially) for the Wiretap Theme Song Contest.
Words & Music by Mark J. Hulme Enjoy, and please share.
Spark: Joy, Enchantment, and Work.
Why Work Doesn’t Work: Ever wonder how much work you actually do in a day? There can be a lot of distractions between meetings, your manager’s questions, impromptu pot-lucks and gab fests. Some days it can feel like it’s impossible to get anything done. That’s because according to Jason Fried it IS. Jason is the co-founder of 37 Signals, a company that builds web-based collaboration tools. He’s also the co-author of the bestseller Rework – a book all about how to make work work better. Although he himself is a manager, Jason has no problem blaming workplace inefficiencies on meetings and managers. (Runs 22:49)
How To Be More Enchanting: Tech guru Guy Kawasaki thinks we all could be a little more enchanting in the workplace. Yeah, enchanting. Just like in fairy tales, except with less pixie-dust and with more mindfulness about the ways we can be more innovative, bold, and persuasive. Guy is the co-founder of Alltop.com and the author of the bestselling book, The Art of the Start. His latest book Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions is all about how to create a product, service, or a cause that will charm people and make you a success. (Runs 16:05)
Designing More Joy: When we think about designing something: a chair, a radio show, a fund raiser for the local school, we think about cost, or popularity or effectiveness, but how about joy? Are there ways we can design for joy in our work and life. Ingrid Fetell thinks so. She calls it The Aesthetics of Joy, and has a blog and a book-in-progress about what neuroscience and psychology can tell us about emotional response, and how it can affect the way we think about design. (Runs 9:32)