Consciously Curated: Get Out of Your Cubicle, Connect and Play

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Here is a roundup of news and information from other sources across the web to help you keep thinking good:

National Geographic: Play Games to Change the World
“We saw it this summer with Pokémon Go, this international obsession that was completely frivolous and pointless. You’re running around capturing imaginary monsters on your smart phone in the real world. What that game was doing was overlaying a virtual experience—information—over real-world environments. That’s what we call augmented reality: the idea that we are going to be walking around the world in actual physical space but have extra information overlaid in that world, telling us more serious things. Not, hey, there’s an imaginary monster over there, but, hey, your friend is around the corner or this is the best way to walk across the street. We’ll look back in ten years as those things become more prevalent in everyday experiences and say, hey, this all started with a game.”

David Vandegrift: The Power of Connectedness
“Why is there no prominent social network for connecting successful professionals as mentors to the up-and-coming? Theoretically something like LinkedIn could play this role, but it doesn’t. I know plenty of my colleagues who would be excited for the opportunity to find ambitious young students interesting in hearing about their experience. And there’s no shortage of those students in the world. And yet there’s a failure in the marketplace: there’s nowhere that these two parties can aggregate to find each other at scale.”

Yala Blog: 12½ great YouTube channels for entrepreneurs
“Too often, content aimed at entrepreneurs is reduced to repeating well-worn catchphrases and habit improvement techniques. Disobedient entrepreneurs are a clever bunch who need clever insight. They want to be exposed to interesting ideas that change their perception of the world and make them feel giddy with the sense of discovery.”

WBUR: Chris Hayes Tackles History Of American Justice And Race In New Book
“We think about the American Revolution as fought over taxes, taxation without representation, but that’s actually a bit misleading because at the time most of the taxes were collected as import tariffs, and they were collected and enforced through essentially policing actions. And what happens in the lead up to the Revolution is that the Crown decides they need more revenue and they start cracking down on smuggling. Smuggling is the lifeblood of the colonies at that point. And they inaugurate what I call in the book the ‘first era of stop-and-frisk.’ Ships pulled over with no notice, boarded, all sorts of merchants harassed and humiliated, and it is that experience of policing, I mean specifically policing, that is much of what raises the temperature of revolutionary fervor. You have mobs chasing customs officers down the street, tarring and feathering them. You even have, in the Declaration of Independence itself, Thomas Jefferson, in his bill of particulars, complaints against the Crown, says the following: ‘He hath sent forth swarms of officers to harass our people and eat out our substance.’ Now, think about that. That is the complaint that Eric Garner had, it’s the complaint that so many people today have.”

Medium: How Cubicles Conquered America
“Like any great story, we begin with United States tax code. In the 1960’s, the U.S. tax code made one small, but important, change. Businesses could now depreciate their office furniture over seven years — much faster than the 39.5 year rate for physical office walls. Under this system, companies could recover costs much more quickly on furniture. Furniture became considerably cheaper than construction when it came to creating an office. But again, like any great story, egos made the revolution more complicated.”

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