‘Fantastic Mistakes’: Advice from Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman’s advice to the University of the Arts graduating class of 2012 was simple: the old rules are crumbling, and nobody knows what the new rules are. So make up your own.

We are one species on one finite planet

Seeing the whole earth rotating in space tends to tweak your consciousness. A film by the Planetary Collective compiles images of our planet and interviews with the astronauts who shot them.

Textbooks on sim cards boost learning

SMART Communications is filling surplus SIM cards with textbook content and giving them to kids who can’t afford a tablet or e-reader for use on their old analog cell phones.

Media multitasking and learning don’t mix

Annie Murphy Paul points to research that shows how widespread media multitasking is (most college students text during class) and how it leads to leads to spottier, shallower learning.

Respond to social media with clarity, not control

The new reality is that users, employees, and customers are in the driver’s seat. How to respond? In this post and slide show, Maddie Grant of SocialFish walks us through the basic considerations.

How to be happy in business

Is true happiness rooted in recognizing what we do well, and what we don’t (even if it pays)? At his blog, Bud Caddell talks about passion and “sirens calling you to shipwreck.”

Are our institutions at the end of their life cycle?

Don Tapscott says we have 40 years to reindustrialize the planet. Every organization needs to innovate to transform our business models.This isn’t dire handwringing, it’s a rally cry.

Using the artistic process to spark societal change

Jeff Barnum is an artist and a change agent who sees direct links between the two. For starters, both depend on finding the solution while working on the problem. “We have to carve a way forward.”

The Middle Way Method of personal planning

Jordan McGilvray has created a personal planning system that falls between the “top-down” (Franklin Covey) and the “bottom-up” (“Getting Things Done”) models. It’s about balancing life and work.

Communications tools that support better design

Cool idea: observe the processes used in the design of services, products, and communications, gather them in one place, illustrate and annotate them, and then offer case studies.

Tomorrow’s workplace will be run by smiling women

Digital strategist Dominic Basulto forecasts that the workplace of tomorrow will be run by women who use design thinking and measure success by how happy we feel. We agree.

Biology is the new model for learning and design

The shift from a manufacturing to a service economy has given rise to the new disciplines of service design. But services, unlike products, are co-created with the user. They are organic.

10 rules for setting goals that can change your life

Guerrilla and online marketing guru Mitch Meyerson interviews Mark Victor Hansen, co-author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul” series. The result: a very usable top-ten list of goal-setting principles.