Found this via Tumblr yesterday. It’s basically a map that depicts the vocabulary commonality across Indo-European languages (with some Uralic thrown in for proximity’s sake).
Made me think about language, culture and connectedness.
As we’ve been studying companies and organizations with Responsive Operating Systems, it’s clear that they refer to a lot of things using the same terms. They’re linguistically similar – pattern languages aside, which I’ll get to someday – and they prize phrases that might scare off folks from other cultures. More than once on our Explorers’ Club visits, I’ve heard employees at startups talk about 20-hour days with excitement.
It’d be interesting to mine the emails, texts and IMs of startups and endups, and map their lexical distance. I’d wager that you’d see some interesting patterns.
One of the coolest things about Holacracy is Glassfrog, the software that you use to facilitate ongoing edits to governance. Even cooler: that you can set it to “public” and be 100% transparent. HolacracyOne, the organization behind Holacracy, makes all their day-to-day operations and governance completely public. Including projects.
I’m not sure jokecraft is a word, but perhaps it should be.
Via Russell Davies, via the New York Times, I give you Jerry Seinfeld on his process for developing and refining a joke. It’s fantastic.
And in typical fashion, Mr. Davies has come up with something that I’ve been recycling/retelling to people near constantly over the last week: “It’s not complicated, it’s just hard.” (NB: complicated ≠ complex, and complex probably = hard. Right?)
Not sure why, but this video popped into my head a few times recently. It’s worth a watch.
I’ve mentioned this before, but one of the core things I’m looking for in a Strategist is taste. And the shortest path to having great taste is having a really refined sense of empathy. My hypothesis is that you’ve got to train for it, too.
I love it when companies do things like this. They’ve been putting this kind of content up for a couple years now, and this seems the most realistic of the bunch, especially because it’s more about increased computing power (free-glide landings and enhanced, tighter routes) than massive changes to materials science.