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We all suffer from a profound case of “Idea Surplus Disorder” at Filament — and we think that’s a good thing. Here are some of those ideas we’d like to share with you.



Filamental Links #8

Welcome to another edition of Filamental Links. We hope you enjoy this collection of interesting and cool things we've found on the web.

Here's something we should all do more: take ourself on a weekly "Artist Date."

At Filament, we want to be great citizens of our community.  A wonderful place to start is with this list of 101 small ways to improve your city.


Some interesting thinking on why big companies can't invent anymore that compares BigCo's reluctance to adopt new ideas to the stages of grieving:

Denial. “This new technology won’t work (or is dangerous or doesn’t conform to standards), and our customers don’t want it!”

Anger. “How dare our good customers (friends, fellow members of the club) give even a little of their business to these interlopers! Don’t they appreciate the great service and support we’ve been giving them?”

Reluctant acceptance. “Okay, there is some merit to the technology. So let’s make it available -- but only to those customers who want it and whom we might lose anyway. And let’s tell them why they really don’t want it, even though they think they do -- and keep trying to sell as much of the older, more profitable product as possible.”

Capitulation. “Look-the market is moving away from us faster than we thought! Our own R&D is horribly late again; when they finally get the product ready it will be so hobbled as to be worthless. So let’s invest in (or buy) the damn competition now before they get too big.”

Movie posters with the text removed are pretty cool.


If you want to make your to-do lists better, add a few things that will make your day great:

[E]very morning write down three things that would make the day great. This could include going to the gym, filling out that company report, or taking your wife on a date. Focus on the things that will be in your control. By focusing on just the three things will make the day great, you give yourself a much higher chance of feeling accomplished by the time you go to bed.

Think you're tired of hearing business jargon?  Then maybe it is time to see it instead. Here are some "next steps" for that "big idea."



I love this quote from Brenda Laurel about design:

"Design isn't finished until somebody is using it."

Here are some solid tips on how to disagree.  The best reminder:  Don't import energy from elsewhere into your disagreements, which happens when:

"the fuel for a disagreement is not coming purely from the topic under debate. The intensity comes from things that are going on elsewhere in your life. At the time we don’t realise that this is what is going on – which makes it very hard to calm a disagreement."


I know we're not through fall just yet, but if you're ready for a snowball fight, check out these indoor snowballs. Fun!

Tired of TED talks, here are ten alternatives that offer some great ideas and inspiration.

That's it for this edition. See you again soon!

LinksMatthew Homann