Clarity First Newsletter, September 30, 2016


Instead of punishment an invitation to be here now

The Robert W. Coleman Elementary School has been doing something different when students act out: offering meditation.
Article: This school replaced detention with meditation. The results are stunning.

The science is in: diversity is good business

Studies reveal that diversity — both inherent (e.g., race, gender) and acquired (experience, cultural background) — is associated with business success.
Article: Diverse teams feel less comfortable and that’s why they perform better.

A recipe to better understand what’s really going on inside our organizations

Combine classic service design and user journey mapping with notation from Systems Thinking. Stir lightly. Serve.
Article: Using Systems Thinking to Design Better Services.

The September Clarity DIY Brand Camp is in and done

On Wednesday another 26 leaders began to think like their own brand consultants. We’ll share photos and write about what we’re learning in future posts. Until then we share one of the handouts – The DIY Band Camp Rules of Thumb – here.


This week we’ve been wearing out Lucy Dacus’s new record, No Burden. Pitchfork calls it an “uncommonly warm indie rock record”. NPR describes her as “a 21-year-old with a warm and deep voice, singing comes as naturally as talking”. This in-studio performance with her band shows exactly what both critics mean by warm.

Image of the week

The photos in the headers are of just two of the many Madrid crosswalks that Bulgarian artist Christo Guelov has transformed with color and whimsy. See more at fubiz.

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