Holacracy. MOOCs. Food labels. Holacracy isn't working. MOOCs have low completion rates, and an estimated 90% drop-out rate. Food labels to help consumers make informed choices show mixed effectiveness and decidedly no downward impact on public health concerns re obesity. Other than not working as well as optimistically assumed in their wake, they have one … Continue reading Motivation as a design assumption
Eight years ago, I was pondering the meaning of "authority" on the web. Fast forward to 2016 and the language has moved on. It is no longer about authority but about influence. Brands, including some luxury brands, are engaging in "influencer marketing". The web is awash with "advice" for luxury brands on the criteria for … Continue reading Influencer marketing and the luxury marque
Last week, I attended a workshop on movement building for social change. One of my breakout groups was discussing "shared purpose". I used the word "asymptote" to make the point that with the best shared purpose, we need to know we only make dents and some progress, and although we never fully bring about the … Continue reading Towards a multidisciplinary future
Stanford University announced its new President this week. Marc Tessier-Lavigne is a "pioneering neuroscientist, former Stanford faculty member and outspoken advocate for higher education". More importantly, in keeping with Stanford's reputation as a crucible for entrepreneurial creativity, he has been executive vice president for research and chief scientific officer at Genentech, leading work on disease … Continue reading Four For Friday (37)
Luxury products, it seems, are being trampled over by technology-enabled products enticing luxury customers. Apple created its own version of ceramic enforced gold. The real number of the Apple watches in gold casing shipped remains a mystery although an estimated total of 10M pieces are expected to have shipped by the end of 2015. Apple … Continue reading Luxury watches and tech: who is driving whom?
I occasionally play a game with my friends, where I rapidly say some words aloud and they respond with the first visual image that pops up in their minds. It is a rough version of the IAT and some fascinating conversations result from there. With the word "creativity". I hear responses ranging from names of … Continue reading Four For Friday (32)
This week's links on design-thinking and design come right after I shared some observations made on a recent trip to India. Apple is giving design a bad name, writes Don Norman, who established the User Experience Architect's Office later becoming Vice President of Apple's Advanced Technology Group. His co author is Bruce Tognazzini, a usability … Continue reading Four For Friday (31)