You could decrease the size of the Linkedin database by 20% if you simply banned the word innovation from profiles. The word once reserved for the likes of Thomas Edison is now being bandied about to describe enterprise software rewrites.

You could decrease the size of the Linkedin database by 20% if you simply banned the word innovation from profiles. The word once reserved for the likes of Thomas Edison is now being bandied about to describe enterprise software rewrites.

You could decrease the size of the Linkedin database by 20% if you simply banned the word innovation from profiles. The word once reserved for the likes of Thomas Edison is now being bandied about to describe enterprise software rewrites. Meanwhile, the rhetoric is obscuring the places where really interesting, intractable problems are being tackled. This week’s Links look at a variety of aspects of the problem of creating actually transformative ideas, concepts, products and services.

  • The Meaning Of Management: The Great Awakening
    “The vast and somber edifices of our big institutions still stand. Grim and impregnable, they also seem destined to last forever. Yet despite these appearances, and record profits that are fueled by cheap government money, these firms are rotting from within. The despotic management practices that are causing the decline are anachronisms from a former era. It is only a matter of time before they come to be seen as uneconomic and intolerable as despotism in the political sphere.”
  • The Raw and The Cooked: The Myths and Realities of Big Data
    Put this half hour video on while you’re doing something else. Kate Crawford clears up misconceptions while laying out an exciting future. Worth it.
  • A Map of America’s Future: Where Growth Will Be in the Next Decade
    “Over the next decade, the Left Coast should maintain its momentum, but ultimately it faces a Northeast-like future, with a slowing rate of population growth. High housing prices, particularly in the Bay Area, are transforming it into something of a gated community, largely out of reach to new middle-class families. The density-centric land use policies that have helped drive up Bay Area prices are also increasingly evident in places like Portland and Seattle. The Left Coast has the smallest percentage of residents under 5 outside the Great Lakes and the Northeast, suggesting that a “demographic winter” may arrive there sooner than some might suspect.”
  • Slow Ideas
    Ideas spread at different rates. “This has been the pattern of many important but stalled ideas. They attack problems that are big but, to most people, invisible; and making them work can be tedious, if not outright painful. The global destruction wrought by a warming climate, the health damage from our over-sugared modern diet, the economic and social disaster of our trillion dollars in unpaid student debt—these things worsen imperceptibly every day. Meanwhile, the carbolic-acid remedies to them, all requiring individual sacrifice of one kind or another, struggle to get anywhere.”
  • WellnessFx
    While the politicians are busy finger pointing as the aging population drains our resources with healthcare expense, there is actual innovation happening in medicine. Variant forms of the Quantified Self movement are moving the locus of health care from provider to recipient. This offering gives its membership a comprehensive blood test covering 100 variables four times a year for about $150 (including a consultation). What matters most in testing is that ot get repeated. That’s how one spots trends.

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