Friday, December 4, 2009

Weekend Reading: Vs Edition

Social Justice vs Non Profit Fundations
"What has happened to the great civil rights and black power movements of the 1960s and 1970s? Where are the mass movements of today within this country? The short answer: They got funded. Social justice groups and organizations have become limited as they’ve been incorporated into the nonprofit model. We as activists are no longer accountable to our constituents or members because we don’t depend on them for our existence. Instead, we’ve become primarily accountable to public and private foundations as we try to prove to them that we are still relevant and efficient and thus worthy of continued funding."
From Utne...

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Design vs Committee

'The biggest challenge to better design isn't getting better designers. The problem is organizational, and the hub-and-spoke decision-making process that was originally created to slash bureaucracy--that is, to create more decentralized decisions and less hierarchy. But the overriding weakness, which design thinking makes manifest, is that good design is necessarily the product of a heavily centralized structure. Great design at places such as Apple isn't about "empowering decision makers" or whatever that lame B-school buzzword is. It's about awarding massive power and self-determination to those with the most cohesive vision--that is, the designers. Those are the people with the best idea of what customers want. That's the essence of "design thinking."'
From Fast Company...

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Pay-what-you-can Restaraunt
"SAME has a menu that changes daily but always features food that's made from scratch and is largely organic. It has tables, chairs, bus bins, plants in the windows and overhead music (usually a mix of classic rock). But there's one thing SAME doesn't have: a cash register. There's no credit-card machine, no change drawer, no receipt book. That's because SAME doesn't have prices. Diners come in and order — some ask for just a cup of soup or a small slice of pizza, while others go for a whole meal, maybe even seconds if they're really hungry — and then pay what they want."
From Westword: Denver Dining

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Showing vs Telling
A very interesting piece on the different approaches to sustainable business practices taken by Walmart and Starbucks
From IDSGN...


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Bikes vs Cars (but does it have to be "vs"?)
"While there is a public perception that cyclists are usually the cause of accidents between cars and bikes, an analysis of Toronto police collision reports shows otherwise: The most common type of crash in this study involved a motorist entering an intersection and either failing to stop properly or proceeding before it was safe to do so. The second most common crash type involved a motorist overtaking unsafely. The third involved a motorist opening a door onto an oncoming cyclist. The study concluded that cyclists are the cause of less than 10 percent of bike-car accidents in this study."
From Good

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Growing Up vs Staying Young
For some reason, we treat childhood as if it’s something to be adored and sought after. We are seeing kids taking way longer to grow up and middle aged people wishing they were younger. Growing old is feared and being young is sought. I can’t seem to think we have it backwards. Why can’t the best days always be in front of us all the time. How come the best days now always seem to be behind us? It doesn’t lead us to a very happy and fulfilling life if everyday we wake up knowing that it wasn’t going to be as good as the last. If we can however shift our focus back to how we used to view things I think that it might be a lot healthier for us. Everyday we wake up knowing that life is getting even better and more exciting.
From Based on a True Story

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Related:
Pearl Jam's Vs

2 comments:

The Renegade Librarian said...

Nice work on the 'Related' at the bottom--one of my favourite "I'm incredibly pissed off and want to scream" albums. That restaurant in Denver? Crazy cool!

James Kingsley said...

"drop the leash."

and yeah, the pay-what-you-can model is pretty inspiring.