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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.



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Here's another edition of the things we found that were cool, interesting, bizarre or just plain fun. Enjoy!

"If you can't solve a problem, it is because you're playing by the rules." - Paul Arden

Here are the five books Bill Gates suggests we read this summer.

Steven Sinofsky nails why change is so hard in large organizations:

The hard part is that change, especially if you personally need to change, requires you to rewire your brain and change the way you do things. That’s very real and very hard and why some get uncomfortable or defensive.

Everything was once considered weird, hard, awkward. If you know how to do something one way, being shown a totally different way often scrambles your brain. In fact, just about every new way to do something looks more difficult than what you know. What most people forget is how arbitrary most ways of doing things are in the first place. As much as there is design effort, always remember that someone started with an idea and just honed it within the constraints at the time... 

Most problems are solved by not doing it the old way. The most important thing to keep in mind is that when you switch to a new way of doing things, there will be a lot of flows that can be accomplished but are remarkably difficult or seem like you’re fighting the system the whole time. If that is the case, the best thing to do is step back and realize that maybe you don’t need to do that anymore or even better you don’t need a special way of doing that.... The best way to adapt to change is to avoid trying to turn the old thing into the new things.

This looks like an amazing app that lets you digitally highlight passages from real books!


Here's why we embrace silence at Filament when we brainstorm: 

[S]chedule time at the beginning of the brainstorm for attendees to review the brief and any other brainstorm materials, like market data, in silence. This simple task can sound like a bad use of time, particularly if you trust your team to truly arrive prepared. However, quiet meeting kickoffs, as opposed to verbal ones, give meeting attendees the chance to reflect on the task at hand, instead of just hearing about it.

This short but important opportunity for critical thinking helps introverts prepare their thoughts, and gives everyone the chance to freshly contextualize the brainstorm's objectives, fine-tuning the focus of the meeting.


Work should get a little harder every day.

This is mesmerizing:


Some food for thought on the value of daily rituals: How one year of daily blogging changed my life.

Blogging every day forces you to notice the details of your life. You need fodder for the day’s post. And you’ll scour your world to get it. You become hyper-aware. You find ways to turn little subtleties into big ideas. You start writing with questions only to be faced with answers by the time you reach the end of the post. Your headspace literally becomes transformed.

Make a meme or gif out of millions of screencaps with this Simpson's search engine.

Though we're partial to Haiku, here are some more ways to answer the question, "What do you do?"

Finally, have we left the information age behind and joined the experience age?

[T]he real innovation of Snapchat’s ephemeral messages isn’t that they self-destruct. It’s that they force us to break the accumulation habit we brought over from desktop computing. The result is that the profile is no longer the center of the social universe. In the Experience Age you are not a profile. You are simply you.

See you again soon!




Matthew Homann