Jokes: the highest form of creativity and imagination

Source: DanaBlog, Oct 2015

“Jokes are the highest form of creativity and imagination,” she said. “They send you down a particular cognitive path, and then suddenly make a right-hand turn:” a “frame shift.”

Was at this comedy event

Audience response

Bad Writing Costs Productivity

Source: HBR, Sep 2016

It’s bad business writing.

I surveyed 547 businesspeople in the first three months of this year. I looked specifically at people who write at least two hours per week in addition to email. They told me that they spend an average of 25.5 hours per week reading for work. (About a third of that is email.)

And 81% of them agree that poorly written material wastes a lot of their time. A majority say that what they read is frequently ineffective because it’s too long, poorly organized, unclear, filled with jargon, and imprecise.

Clear leadership, expressed in writing, creates alignment and boosts productivity. For example, in writing email, managers from the CEO on down must set an example by communicating exactly what they want, clearly, in the subject line or title and the first two sentences of everything they write. The workers reading it will just skip to the key facts anyway, so lose the filler and don’t waste their time.

 

500 Miles – Dr Who Crew

Queen & David Bowie – Under Pressure

Vocals only:

The entire band

Formula for a Richer World – Classical Liberalism of liberty, equality & justice

Source: NYTimes, Sep 2016

The Great Enrichment began in 17th-century Holland. By the 18th century, it had moved to England, Scotland and the American colonies, and now it has spread to much of the rest of the world.

Economists and historians agree on its startling magnitude: By 2010, the average daily income in a wide range of countries, including Japan, the United States, Botswana and Brazil, had soared 1,000 to 3,000 percent over the levels of 1800. People moved from tents and mud huts to split-levels and city condominiums, from waterborne diseases to 80-year life spans, from ignorance to literacy.

Inequality of financial wealth goes up and down, but over the long term it has been reduced. Financial inequality was greater in 1800 and 1900 than it is now, as even the French economist Thomas Piketty has acknowledged. By the more important standard of basic comfort in consumption, inequality within and between countries has fallen nearly continuously.

In any case, the problem is poverty, not inequality as such — not how many yachts the L’Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt has, but whether the average Frenchwoman has enough to eat.

We can improve the conditions of the working class.Raising low productivity by enabling human creativity is what has mainly worked.

By contrast, taking from the rich and giving to the poor helps only a little — and anyway expropriation is a one-time trick. Enrichment from market-tested betterment will go on and on and, over the next century or so, will bring comfort in essentials to virtually everyone on the planet, and more to an expanding middle class.

What, then, caused this Great Enrichment?

Not exploitation of the poor, not investment, not existing institutions, but a mere idea, which the philosopher and economist Adam Smith called “the liberal plan of equality, liberty and justice.” In a word, it was liberalism, in the free-market European sense. Give masses of ordinary people equality before the law and equality of social dignity, and leave them alone, and it turns out that they become extraordinarily creative and energetic.

… sweet practical ideas for profitable technologies and institutions, and the liberal idea that allowed ordinary people for the first time to have a go, caused the Great Enrichment. We need to inspirit masses of people, not the elite, who are plenty inspirited already. Equality before the law and equality of social dignity are still the root of economic, as well as spiritual, flourishing — whatever tyrants may think to the contrary.

Regaining Focus

Source: Fast Company, Sep 2016

ADJUST YOUR FOCUS

we just need to be more selective about where our attention goes.

BE YOUR OWN GATEKEEPER

Time blocking can help, allowing you to focus on like tasks for periods of time without interruption, Robinson says. …  Palladino recommends giving certain tasks a time limit, especially those like doing online research, which have a high risk of dragging you down the distraction rabbit hole.

VET YOUR SOURCES

LIMIT UNNECESSARY INTERRUPTIONS

STOP TRYING TO MULTITASK

TAKE BREAKS

Indonesia’s Orgasm Lady

Source: AsiaOne, Sep 2016

Dubbed “The Orgasm Lady”, the 39-year-old human rights activist based in Jakarta has been advocating female sexual pleasure to raise awareness about women’s empowerment and gender inequality, issues which are often neglected in conservative, patriarchal Indonesia where men wield authority in both home and work life.

“We have the right to decide when to say “No” or to say “Yes” when we want to have sex. Hellooo, women are sexual beings, we orgasm, too!” she added.

Ms Firliana, who is also a development programme worker, shot to fame after her book on the experience of female orgasm, The O Project, was published in 2010. It flew off the shelves, becoming the country’s best-selling feminist book.

The O Project offered unfiltered and intimate account of the sexual experiences of 16 Indonesian women of different sexual orientations. It was “no porn or cheap sex talk” but a fun and refreshing way to discuss women’s rights issues in the public domain, she said.

Related Resource: The Global Journal, May 2012

Statistically, women who experience orgasms make up only 30 percent and men who experience orgasms are 70 percent. I wanted to know why only 30 percent of women have orgasms. That question brought me to the hypothesis that women probably always prioritize the men, which also implicates their sexual life in that they also prioritize their partners to have orgasms first and they don’t really think of themselves.