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What I’ve been reading lately: the not-so-weekly digest (#2)

Photo by Isaac Sachs Presenting another installment of a most-highly-recommended collection of articles and websites that shaped my thinking throughout the past few weeks. The articles span across the topics that most excite me at the moment, including research, design, business, technology, food, and culture [change] and society. Research Why do organizations have trouble embracing…

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Anthropology: The Middle of Next Week (Volume I, 1966)

I recently came into possession of an original copy of “Anthropology: The Middle of Next Week” – a spoof “magazine” about the discipline of anthropology created by some students at the University of Minnesota in 1966. It’s full of jokes in all forms – including poetry, prose, and lists – about the lives of the…

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Getting at the Heart of Consumer Understanding: Cheap, Fast and Tactical Isn’t the Answer

Originally posted on anthrostrategist:
Sitting in a meeting not long ago, I couldn’t help overhearing someone comment that the presentation of the rationale for a campaign they had just sat through was too “academic”.  What struck me was the distinction he made between academics and “real businessmen” like himself.  The word “academic” is, of course,…

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Photo set: Shanghai, China, June 2014

I just returned from an eight-day work trip to Shanghai, China. Luckily I had some time to check out the sites in the largest city (by population) in the world (more than 24 million people as of 2013). Here are some of photos of some of the interesting things I saw. Hover for captions and…

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26 ideas from the future

Originally posted on ideas.ted.com:
At TED2014, we asked speakers and attendees to riff off the conference’s theme (“The Next Chapter”) and tell us what might radically change society, life, technology and so on in the next 30 years. From funny and wry to deeply insightful, the answers will surprise you. “One of the things about…