Three wise, wonderful, curious things I read this week - Mar 1, 2018

  Photo by  Annie Spratt  on  Unsplash

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

For many of us, daily life suffers from a profound lack of creativity, inquiry and reflection. The demands of working, commuting and simply living in the 21st century make it tough to find even a quiet moment, much less the time needed for deeper thought.

While I can't offer you more hours in a day, I can invite you to make a little space within your regular comings and goings to engage with some interesting ideas. Here are three things I read this week that sparked my sense of curiosity, wonder and wisdom.

1. Inside the Two Years That Shook Facebook—and the World

"This notion that Facebook is an open, neutral platform is almost like a religious tenet inside the company. When new recruits come in, they are treated to an orientation lecture by Chris Cox, the company’s chief product officer, who tells them Facebook is an entirely new communications platform for the 21st century, as the telephone was for the 20th… And so, because of the company’s self-image, as well as its fear of regulation, Facebook tried never to favor one kind of news content over another. But neutrality is a choice in itself. " Read more.

2. Slow Thought: a manifesto

"Slow Thought exists beyond geopolitical boundaries (‘thinking without borders’ to paraphrase another movement) and resists the timely – defined as ‘contemporary’ or ‘modern’. Refusing the time constraints of 30-second media soundbites and the 24-hour news cycle, Slow Thought is asynchronic. This means that it is not sequential in time, but structured by the slow logic of thought." Read more.

3. How to keep bias out of the hiring process

"Companies that are growing fast often haven’t been deliberate about their hiring structures, and frequently end up with a system that allows unconscious biases to flourish. Jonathan Segal, a lawyer who speaks and writes about biased hiring, says, most CEOs understand the concept of unconscious bias, they just don’t believe it happens at their company. But it’s probably there, starting with the hiring process itself." Read more.