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This week’s readings are mainly about cultural themes – openness, archiving, sustainable thinking (yes, even in luxury!) and – in the week that welcomes Olympics to London –  performance enhancement.

Academic research should go from “filter, then publish” to “publish, then filter“.

How can museums preserve our digital heritage?

Rio Tinto (yes, them!) launches a sustainable jewellery collection. It is the only miner certified by the Responsible Jewellery Council at every stage of the pipeline.

British Medical Journal discusses the science of hydration and sports drinks, and the links between the industry and academia. You may be able to watch this BBC Panorama programme titled The Truth About Sports Products too.


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This week’s offerings include education, luxury, competitive advantage of nations, and the tragedy of the commons. But also sustainability, political economy, ethics, regulation. Oh well, just read on!

I get cautiously sceptical about a sector when MBAs and VCs start flocking to it but, despite the first line, this article on the interactive future of higher education is a good read.

Responsible Jewellery Council’s Code of Practice (PDF) is inviting comments from all stakeholders. If you have ever bought, worn or ogled at jewellery – or if you are concerned about conflict diamonds, reckless mining of precious metals and endangered resources such as corals – you should take a look and contribute. Open till September the 10th, 2012.

First movers can lose their advantage to unforeseeable factors. This story about India’s BPO and call centre industry losing its edge to Philippines. Why? Their natural accent.

And in a week that sees increasing strife and breakdown of trust between industry, regulators, legislators and the citizenry, read this brief refresher on Elinor Ostrom’s 8 principles for managing a commons. The Nobel laureate passed away on June the 12th, 2012.

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This week’s interesting reads leaning towards culture and the web:

University of Bristol research finds that professionals do not realise their vulnerability online, that principles of professionalism apply to social networks, and that most do not understand privacy guidelines. Now there’s a surprise!

And on the subject of motivation and use of praise as a tool, Carol Dweck’s research finds praise may make a student avoid challenge. In other words, praise may have a significant cost to self-esteem and motivation. Fascinating read.

Joe Kraus of Google Ventures talks about slow-tech and how tech is creating a culture of distraction.

Finally, do you have a bunch of energetic, curious kids on your hands this summer? In London, look up GoToTech. In New Delhi, look up Newton Club for Kids. Yes, you are welcome!

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This week’s eclectic, interesting reads:

At the cusp of technology and regulation, Matthew C Nisbet argues why scientists must join food activists in examining regulation. This in the context of GE crops.

The designer of all things i – Sir Jonathan iVe, oops, Ive – on his quest for simplicity, and why simplicity isn’t simple.

This is the week when the inventor of the remote control, Eugene Polley, died. Have you ever thought of remote control as subversive technology? If not, do read the link.

Finally in the week of Facebook’s IPO, read Doc Searls’s post questioning much including the advertising-will-make-us-free (excuse the pun!) model being funded all over the planet. If you have never heard of him, I’d suggest you get a clue and read The Cluetrain Manifesto. He is one of those who wrote the book. Literally and figuratively.