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Culture, the future, the perfect crime and lettuce


Do you ever feel that there is so much to achieve and so many possibilities out there, that you simply don’t know where to start? For moments like these, Brian Chesky, CEO and co-founder of Airbnb, helps to put things into perspective. Don’t Fuck Up the Culture is a letter Chesky wrote to his team about core values and the culture of the company:

“The thing that will endure for 100 years, the way it has for most 100 year companies, is the culture. The culture is what creates the foundation for all future innovation. If you break the culture, you break the machine that creates your products.”

Chesky goes on to explain that culture has to be built up and the only way to do this is by making it a part of everything you do. He ends by stating that it may be easy to get caught up in the everyday processes and tasks tied to the job, but ultimately the culture should be paramount.

Seven creatives and inventors who are likely to be instrumental in the future development of technology offer their insights in this eye-catching New York Times infographic: A Vision of the Future from Those Likely to Invent it. The panel, including Reid Hoffman, Sebastian Thrun, Peter Thiel and Susan Wojcicki respond to questions such as: ‘What far-off technology will be commonplace in a decade?’ and ‘What technology will seem antiquated in a decade?’

Phineas Gage: neuroscience’s most famous patient claims to offer the true story behind the well-known and often twisted myth, complete with photographic evidence of Gage’s injured skull from 1870. It promises to be an eye opening story into how “his life did hint at something important: The brain and mind are one.”

We enjoyed this extract from Philippe Petit’s book, Creativity – The Perfect Crime. If you want to know how to solve creative problems, or simply how to effectively drop a card into a saucepan, this extract is well worth a read. Aside from the numerous insights into living a creative life that he offers, Petit also has a delightfully unusual and engaging writing style:

“By the way, I keep one mistake in the middle of my living room. I look at it often, visitors compliment me on it, and it keeps offering its practical service faithfully.”

And finally, our keen eye for unusual connections was intrigued by this FT headline: Toshiba turns a new leaf with diversification into lettuce – in which we find out that the Japanese engineering and electronics company has announced plans to begin producing pesticide-free, long-life vegetables. Toshiba argues its farming project is logical as it will complement its healthcare equipment business, and believes the vegetables business could pull in as much as Y300m (£1.8m).

“Promoting good health and a better living environment is integral to these efforts, and Toshiba is focusing its attention on improving food, water and air quality,” the company said.

Some more things we enjoyed reading recently:
Behind the scenes at GE’s best management practices.
Time-out means time for reflection and development.
Design to fit the learner: Google’s approach.
Track employee wellbeing with wearable technology.
Is luxury wearable technology the future?

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