The way we think about charity is dead wrong

Working with Drink for Pink and Cancer League of Colorado has me thinking a lot about nonprofits, specifically about the lack of transparency into how the funds are spent. This video from Dan Pallotta captured a lot of my thoughts. I think nonprofits do need to be far more transparent in how the funds are allocated to earn back some public trust.

If you’re interested in this sort of thing, I’m set to read Doing Good Better in December on the same kind of topic.

What makes us feel good about our work?

Back in the routine of video Friday. This time around, we have Dan Ariely giving a TED talk on what motivates knowledge workers.

When we think about labor, we usually think about motivation and payment as the same thing, but the reality is we should probably add all kinds of things to it: Meaning, Creation, Challenge, Ownership, Identity, Pride, etc.

If you’re interested in this kind of thing, Drive by Dan Pink is a great follow-up read.

Cal Newport—Quit Social Media

Cal Newport is one of my favorite authors. In particular, his book Deep Work is one of my favorites.

I was already aware of Cal’s stance on social media, but I thought his TED talk broke down his main arguments against social media in a pretty succinct way. I’m not saying everyone should quit social media just that more individuals should think about it.

I particularly enjoyed his quote pertaining to creating things that are rare and valuable:

Social media use is the epitome of an easy to replicate activity that does not produce a lot of value. It’s something that any 16-year-old with a smartphone can do. By definition, the market is not going to give a lot of value to those behaviors.

The Tragic Gap

Jessica Lawrence giving a talk called "On leading"

Jessica Lawrence presenting “On leading” from PopTech. Many thanks to John Maeda for sharing on one of our internal leadership blogs.

It’s a video well worth watching. A quote I particularly enjoyed:

For those of us who are overcome with visions of what’s wrong and how it could be made right, we often find ourselves in positions of leadership because at least at first we can’t stand that gap between what is and what could be, a space that educator Parker Palmer calls “the tragic gap.”

If you want to hear Parker Palmer explain the tragic gap in more detail, read this interview.

PUSH: A Fitness Tracker That Measures Power and Strength

Fitness trackers have come a long way in the past several years, and they’re only going to continue to improve. PUSH, a new tracker about to hit the market for purchase, is promising to measure things like peak power output and velocity while you lift. Whereas other trackers are geared towards the general public, this seems like the first one pointed to athletes.

Seems pretty similar to Atlas, a crowd-funded device I reviewed previously. However, PUSH could be in your hands a lot sooner. They’re starting to ship in August according to their site.