Friday, September 22, 2017

Leadership and Culture Fuels Creativity

Austrian born Bernie Schroeder delivers a talk on leadership, culture and creativity to executives in San Diego. He is a former entrepreneur, brand and marketing expert and author of three books...
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Simply Brilliant: Powerful Techniques to Unlock Your Creativity and Spark New IdeasToday, most people still believe that some of us are born creative and others are not—and that’s just the way it is. However, our creativity is not simply inherited, like brown eyes or blonde hair. Most people also still believe that right-brained people are more creative and left-brained people are more analytical, even though research in the past five years has shown that, in fact, we use both sides of our brain when we are being creative. We use both sides of the brain to fire our creative juices.

Creativity and the Role of the Leader - Harvard Business Review

“The UW Law Library engages in regular strategic planning and assessment of our effectiveness in achieving our mission and realizing our goals.  At the beginning of the academic year, we develop a strategic plan consisting of three parts: our mission and vision, our ongoing key priorities, and a selection of strategic initiatives on which we will focus that year.  Then, at the end of the year, we assess of our efforts in achieving our annual goals. Because a picture is worth a thousand words, we used infographics throughout both our strategic plan and assessment report to make the information more accessible to key stakeholders.  Inspired by the University of Georgia Law Library, we used Piktochart to create the infographics. Here’s a snapshot of our 2016-17 strategic plan.  Our 2017-18 plan is available on our website…”

The competitive edge in the 21st century

Mindful Leadership | Mindful Future

7 Ways Leaders Can Foster Innovation - Forbes

#Leadership : Is Your Culture Innovation-Friendly?

A Vast Digital Clean Up

Earlier this week, it transpired that Avast had unwittingly distributed the trojanised CCleaner utility to an estimated 2.27 million users, a number that was later revised down to 700,000 Avast spread Ccleaner malware targeted tech companies ...

Cisco, Intel, Microsoft, Samsung, Vodafone on hit list

'Spiritus Rector' Guiding Light and Last Words

I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time.
— H. L. Mencken born in 1880 how little has changed in human nature as always power corrupts ...

There is a scene in one of Leo Frankowski’s Cross-Time Engineer series in which his main character – a time-displaced engineer trying to prepare Poland for the Mongol onslaught – comes across a rampaging Mongol party and a bunch of merchants.
In this scene, the Mongols order the merchants to kneel and present necks. And then start beheading them.
Frankowski’s character intervenes and slaughters the raiding party of Mongols, saving the merchants, then asks the merchants why they obeyed the order to kneel, knowing they’d be slaughtered. “Because otherwise, they’d do something worse,” the merchants say.

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"Could it be that art has the power to reveal death (even for rich families), as well as to document it? Every body of work comes to an end, and any work could be the last one. W. G. Sebald died in a car crash in 2001 after suffering a heart attack while driving. ‘‘Austerlitz,’’ a novel about the titular protagonist’s life after fleeing Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia on a Kindertransport, was his final book. It is nonsense to say that “Austerlitz” is haunted or fateful, but it is hard to shake the sense of something uncanny surrounding this novel that already circles Theresienstadt and is so haunted by death.

What Artists’ Last Works Say About Their Bigger Place In Our Lives

"When an artist knows he or she is dying, the last work that they put into the world comes to be something that is at once a bequest, a memorial and a breakup letter. It has a charge that surpasses reality." … [Read More]

One Thing Futurists Don’t Challenge In Projecting The Future (And Maybe They Should?)

No matter how radical these predictions are, they tend to take the long-term durability of capitalism utterly for granted: Responding to decades of stagnating wages and sliding labor force participation, the Institute for the Future’s report “10 Strategies for a Workable Future” (which is in many ways quite sharp and informative) acknowledges deep problems with our current labor ecosystem and digs into important issues of benefits, collective bargaining, and education. But it doesn’t even consider the idea that the challenges it identifies are inherent to a system whose primary objective and value is capital accumulation, not equity and the common good. … [Read More]

Some of the state's best-loved destinations, including the Sydney Opera House and Taronga Zoo, have been blindsided by an order to dump their distinctive branding and adopt the NSW government Waratah as their logo.  Like an episode of utopia cultural icons caught in dramatic rebranding exercise by NSW Government

Hackers breached US SECs Financial filing system

The idea of "white people" has a history, but it’s a short one. It was invented on October 19, 1613, the brainchild of the Jacobean playwright Thomas Middleton... Bohemians with green blue eyes with hazel specks 

The Midlife Low in Human Beings

Are midlife blues an underrecognized feature of the human condition?

One of Prum’s takeaways is that, given all this, we have choices to make. All sexual selection, he says, is shaped by conflicts between male and female anatomy, physiology, and agendas. Prum argues that sexual species tend to evolve toward one of two responses to this conflict. One evolutionary response is for males to use greater size to control or coerce the female and curb her power over whether, with whom, and how often she will mate and reproduce. This approach is common in many duck species and gorillas, whose dominant males use the threat of force to command exclusive mating access to the females in their groups and often murder the offspring of their predecessors. The other evolutionary answer is the aesthetic route — the resolution of differences between male and female needs and desires by behaviors and rituals that respect the other sex’s priorities and their decisions about how to pursue them.UnLike books by Jozef Imrich, books by Charles Darwin number 25. Books about Darwin number 7,500, with 160 more titles each year. Is there anything new to say on the subject? Yes... For readers, Charles Darwin, born in 1809, apparently never gets old

The daily journalist has to go out, get the story, and write it in one day, a feat that leaves me breathless and beggars all comparison with the time involved in my projects—four months in the New York City Greenmarkets, three weeks with a flying game warden, two weeks with a Nevada brand inspector, months at a time across three years of trips to Alaska. I have no technique for asking questions. I just stay there and fade away as I watch people do what they do.
~ John McPhee

Ethical leadership is effective leadership.
Leaders who model ethical behaviour at every opportunity and develop a reputation for strong principles are also seen as more competent in general. Integrity expert Michael Macaulay will expand on the research behind this effect at the upcoming IBAC conference.

Verona Burgess: changing of the guard.
This week about 50,000 federal public servants across Australia got a new boss, after Martin Parkinson put his stamp on the Secretaries Board. Verona Burgess observes Canberra's latest round of mandarin musical chairs.

Erica Wu From San Francisco Ca, United States, 1st Place, Animals
This is what it looks like when the White House itself plays in these waters. It’s the stuff of petty strong-man dictatorships for the President to pronounce an individual guilty of a crime without having to proffer any evidence, offer a legal theory, or convince a jury.   Abuse of Power: The White House Slimes James Comey—Again

Icebergs at Bondi ...

Government's unfortunate FOI secrets revealed...
A new internal report confirms half of federal FOI decisions don't survive appeal.

Will those selection criteria skills still be useful in a few years?
Want to stay employed when automation trims government? Translate those STAR secrets into tomorrow's essential skills without going back to school.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Fighting Misinformation Alternative News

Five and a half years. That's how long Otis Redding's careerlasted. Given where he came from, it's astonishing that his career happened at all MEdia Dragon Career of 15 minutes 

MEDIA DRAGON: Fixing the ‘Brain Damage’ Caused by the I.P.O. Process

Our problem isn't ‘fake news.' Our problems are trust and manipulation.
"Propaganda is the executive arm of the invisible government." —Edward Bernays, Propaganda (1928) "Fake news" is merely a symptom of greater social ills. Our real problems: trust and manipulation. Our untrusted—and untrustworthy—institutions are...

Who will drain the Canberra swamp? - MacroBusiness

Far-right party shakes up German politics

Lyndon LaRouche is running a pro-China, OBOR party in Germany

Teen who lost job over 'No' vote has grounds for legal discrimination claim

Facebook's interesting week
More from the ongoing saga of Facebook's complicated relationship with journalism: Politico fired off a story that criticized the platform for not sharing information about its fact-checking program.

Then, Politico claimed the program itself doesn't work (though the study actually frames it a bit differently). Facebook also admitted that Russian propagandists bought ads aimed at impacting the U.S. elections. And a new study found a "collusion network" that posted more than a million fake "likes."

Your turn, Facebook.

Quote of the week
Citizens will need better tools to assess the quality and accuracy of information, such as fact-checking apps that cross-check information about recognized sources and databases.” — Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, writing for The New York Times on technology’s threat to democracy.

A tiny town in Macedonia prepares for U.S. elections
CNN's ominous story from Veles, Macedonia, shows how fake-news manufacturers are ramping up for the 2020 election cycle — and finding loopholes in efforts to stop them.
Watch and learn
Agência Lupa is providing free fact-checking classes.This week, they trained a group at Universidade Federal do Paraná in Brazil.

German election prep
First Draft has announced its German election project, #WahlCheck17, in partnership with But German fact-checkers tell Poynter that fake news haven't taken hold as much there as they had in France and the United States.

As if a couple of hurricanes weren't bad enough
Fighting misinformation during last week's hurricanes was an exhausting and not completely successful battle. FEMA stepped in; ProPublica went behind the scenes with a fact-checker; people started believing in Category 6 storms; Forbes blasted Rush Limbaugh for spreading fakery; President Trump's social media director got hoaxed; and Poynter's Daniel Funke offered some tips.

Research roundup: Better ways to tell people they're wrong
A new study shows that you'll have more luck trying to correct your friends' misconceptions than those of strangers. And while you're doing that, don't focus on why their information is wrong — find new information and talk about why it's right, says a University of Pennsylvania-University of Illinois study.

A fact-checking how-to for newsrooms
The American Press Institute’s popular step-by-step guidelines for setting up a new fact-checking project have been updated. Let us know if you'd like a copy.

Some fact-checking fun
"The Daily Show" host Trevor Noah talks about what it's like to be a victim of fake news.

Our newsletter is new!
We've made some changes in "The Week in Fact-Checking." Let us know what you like and what you don't. And if you're looking for previous editions, you can always find them here.

9 quick fact-checking links
(1) MediaShift offers more tips and a webinar on spotting fake photos. (2) The NRA "fact-checks the mainstream media."  (3) The Equifax data breach unleashes rumors and a fact check. (4) British Airways magazine confuses comic strips with real life. (5) Here's all the frustrating things about fact-checking Goop. (6) Kudos to NPR's Steve Innskeep for fact-checking Steve Bannon's version of history. (7) This study says journalists blame social media for the rise of misinformation. (8) A magazine company must pay up for not fact-checking its stories on singer-actress Rebel Wilson, a judge rules. (9) Listen to this Storyology Festival discussion with RMIT ABC Fact Check and other experts.

Didgeridoo Fujara, Fujarka, Fujarvocka, Nobel Prize

Why can a didgeridoo levitate a $20 note? Cultural Infusion presents a new and exciting show based on original research of Lloyd Hollenberg, professor of theoretical physics at the Melbourne University. Answering the questions you never even thought to ask. The didgeridoo is as simple as it is complex. The simple part is the instrument itself: a pipe made from a branch that has been hollowed out by termites. The complexity is created by the human players and how they produce the sound

The new science of the ancient didgeridoo

Didgeridoo Medicine And Feline Physics: The 2017 Ig Nobel Prizes…

Didgeridoo, Magic, Homelands
The medical researchers who found that learning to play the didgeridoo strengthens the muscles that control breathing and can reduce snoring received the peace prize
And since one definition of a liquid is matter that takes the shape of its container, the physics prize was given to a scientist who suggests that cats (see photo) are arguably liquid as well as solid. … [Read More]

Tackling VAT Fraud: good people end up doing immoral things in lobbying

Corporate Contractors: The High End of the Precariat (Updated)

The stressful life of downwardly mobile corporate contractors

No alternatives?
220 million per kilometre Sydney to Newcastle rail line rejig to burn taxpayer hard earn cash

Tackling VAT Fraud

JustGiving targeted by criminals for money laundering

Institution M: the German spy on trial for evading millions in tax  

Rentokil director who 'introduced Bell Pottinger to Gupta family' leaves job after South Africa racism scandal  

Malchkeon  and her tribe ...

I used to work at Bell Pottinger – so I can tell you why good people end up doing immoral things in lobbying   

Since 2008 Walmart has paid $64B in corporate income tax, while Amazon has paid $1.4B 

Nigeria has traced about $1.5billion believed to be proceeds of crime to a Swiss account 

Countries are using tax policy to drive growth, reduce inequalities and promote behavioural change  

Rope Tightens Around Global Tax Avoidance  

An EU Turnover Tax on Tech Giants Is a Bad Idea  

States are targeting art collectors who don't pay taxes  

South Africa's tax authority threatens legal action against KPMG

Indonesia to trace and tax assets kept hidden during amnesty  

Dirty money? Mystery over shredded €500 notes in Swiss sewers  

Tanzanian Leader's War for Taxes Puts Economy in Firing Line 

How US states are fighting inequality with a “millionaire tax  

Tax Haven Cash Rising, Now Equal To At Least 10% Of World GDP  

Companies are realising that there are financial gains to be made in saving the earth. Read more

Rick Payne. development lead at ICAEW argues for why accountancy is ripe for disruption.  Read more

Wednesday, September 20, 2017


This is not surprising, in fact, it was all too predictable. Growing up in the post-punk and pre-internet 1980’s, if you wanted to learn more about your favorite bands, you had few options. You could watch MTV, which actually played music videos, or you could read magazines like Rolling Stone.
At some point over the last two decades, Rolling Stone decided to focus more on politics and in the process, fully embraced the progressive platform.
Yes, I’m old enough to remember when MTV was a watchable cable channel showing rock videos, and Rolling Stone was an entertaining show business magazine featuring record reviews (remember records?), interviews with rock stars and Hollywood actors and directors, additionally, as a Kevin D. Williamson writes, in a piece titled “Jann Wenner — Man of the Past,” “About 90 percent of what’s in Rolling Stone would be at home in US Weekly, if it were a little more plain. But, oh, that other 10 percent:”
Wenner sent Hunter S. Thompson tear-assing around the world to invent a new kind of journalism and published important pieces of more traditional investigative journalism. He also helped to launch the careers of two of the most important conservative voices of their generation: P. J. O’Rourke and Tom Wolfe, whose fiction masterpiece, Bonfire of the Vanities,might very well have never come to completion without Wenner’s encouragement and his agreement to serialize it. More recently, Matt Taibbi gave the magazine a real claim to continued relevance with his reporting on the financial crisis and various shenanigans associated with it. Between the whatever-happened-to-Hanson features, Rolling Stone has published some astonishingly good writing about important things.
There were of course catastrophic misjudgments, too: Rolling Stone infamously put one of the terrorists behind the Boston Marathon bombings on the cover in a glamour-boy pose to advertise a not-especially-insightful piece of prose. It also published a laughably, shockingly shoddy piece of journalism alleging to detail the case of a rape at the University of Virginia, a piece of non-journalism that turned out to be something much closer to pure fiction, one for which the magazine has already lost one defamation suit and has been obliged to settle with another party for more than $1 million. The damage to Rolling Stone’s bottom line could have been worse; the damage to its reputation could hardly have.
The high-minded magazine also once fired a guy for writing a negative review of a Hootie and the Blowfish record.
Rank those transgressions as you will.
In a way, MTV foreshadowed Rolling Stone’s hyper-politicization by going all-in on their lefty “Rock the Vote” campaign to aid Bill Clinton’s election odds in 1992. Ace of Spades has a had a couple of recent posts linking to a video that discusses how the increasingly SJW-obsessed comic book world has embracedthe concept of “No-Escapism,” particularly when combined with the politicized overculture of the NFL, TV, and movies. It’s good to see that there’s a price to be paid by going to war with your audience – who are pushing back with what Noah Rothman of Commentary dubs America’s “Great Tune-Out.”
As a legendary community organizer advised his constituents, get in their faces and punch back twice as hard.