Good morning all, I hope you had a great week.
Connectivity is a funny thing. I was impressed with this effort by Yak Collective (including names of friends like Tom, or Nita) and joined their Discord. Roam Research is the communication tool of choice and is where a lot of the writing happens.
I have been trying to use Roam more, especially since I crossed paths with Conor at AOL, and I really like the foundational vision he has for the product.
Between Discord and Roam, I felt like my morning completely escaped me. I was more stressed, less oriented, and less creative.
You might remember my work on the effect of technology on our creativity, and other mediations on the science of well being.
I can’t stop thinking about the amount of creativity that is lost in fast, over-efficienized communication channels like Discord (Roam is still growing, so crit is withheld).
But connectivity is also great for finding smart, thoughtful writers; for example, when you open Slack groups, you don’t regularly check, like NOBL’s Org Designers group.
I really enjoyed discovering Mark’s piece on reinventing work:
“Remember that your organisation is, and always will be, a complex adaptive system”
The New Possible is just the right balance of sober techno-optimism we all need right now.
The pandemic is a portal, the novelist Arundhati Roy wrote in an essay for the Financial Times. “We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it.”
In many ways, the coronavirus pandemic has resurfaced and amplified the worst in the world: racism, nationalism, anti-scientism, bigotry. But something strange has happened as well. Changes, ideas and solutions that were previously deemed impossible have suddenly become possible.
This site is an incomplete, evolving collection of the new possible. Because once things can eventually return back to normal, we will need reminders that a better world is possible, that the old normal doesn’t have to be the new normal.
The project was initiated by @F_Kaltheuner and @Elibietti and seeking contributions and volunteers.
You can watch Gary Hustwit’s Workplace in full for free on Vimeo, although it is hard to see all of these folks not social distancing. Thank you Claire for sharing!