Category Archives: Thoughts

“No one clicked on it, no one liked it…”

These two ideas are often uttered in the same sentence, but they’re actually not related.

People don’t click on things because they like them, or because they resonate with them, or because they change them.

They click on things because they think it will look good to their friends if they share them.

Or they click on things because it feels safe.


The Science of Sounding Smart


When you’re trying to convey the quality of your mind to your boss, or to a company that’s considering you for a job, your best ally may be your own voice.

Although some people may assume that their ideas and intellect would come across much better in written form, it turns out that using your voice can make you sound smarter.

This insight comes out of our broader research investigating how people discern what’s going on in others’ minds despite the fundamental human inability to directly observe another’s thoughts, beliefs, or motivations. We’ve learned that spoken language is a highly effective tool for this. It’s the communication form that most clearly reveals not only what people are thinking but also their thinking ability.


Sloppy ties

It’s easy to visualize the efficiency of precise ties.

Every phone call goes through.

The marching band executes every turn, on cue. The entire band, each and every one of them.

The fabric in that sari is flawless.

Today, we’re seeing more and more sloppy ties, more things created by apparently random waves than in predictable outcomes.

Maybe that email doesn’t get through or that text isn’t answered. Maybe the individuals you thought would spread your idea, don’t. Maybe turnover increases in your organization or the provider you count on changes his policies…


Meet ChangUr: New App Lets Users Donate Their ‘Digital Spare Change’ And Has Some Powerful Backers

At the FORBES Under 30 Summit in Philadelphia Tuesday, CEO and Co-Founder Jerry Deifer launched ChangUr..
Forbes – Leadership


We Need Both Networks and Communities


If you want to understand the difference between a network and a community, ask your Facebook friends to help paint your house.

Social media certainly connects us to whoever is on the other end of the line, and so extends our social networks in amazing ways. But this can come at the expense of deeper personal relationships. When it feels like we’re up-to-date on our friends’ lives through Facebook or Instagram, we may become less likely to call them, much less meet up. Networks connect; communities care.

Marshall McLuhan wrote famously about the “global village,” created by new information technologies. But what kind of a village is this? In the traditional village, you chatted with your neighbor at the local market, face-to-face: this was the heart of community. When that neighbor’s barn burned down, you may all have pitched in to help rebuild it. Is crowdfunding in this global village quite the same? Like those fantasy-ridden love affairs on the internet, the communication remains untouched, and untouchable.