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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.



Monday Morning Meeting #15

Welcome back to another MMM! Here are some of the cool things we've come across since our last time together.

Ten New Rules for Brainstorming Without Alienating Introverts gives some solid tips for keeping your brainstorms introvert-friendly, including this one that we use at Filament all the time:

4. Impose a moment of silence . . . After the recap, declare a three-minute period of silent reflection for everybody to write down their thoughts. This will give the introverts a chance to process what they’ve heard. Then, when the brainstorm is opened up again, the newly joined introverts share their ideas first.

A great acronym to end every meeting with: W.W.D.W.B.W? It stands for "Who will do what by when?"

Not just for kids! Ten Outdoor Art Projects that are Easy to Clean Up could make for some fun team building on a hot summer day.

If you're tired of changing the conversation every time "blockchain" comes up, read this super-simple guide to the technology poised to take over banking, contracts, and lots more: A Blockchain Explanation Your Parents Could Understand

Stories play an important part in any great meeting. Here are Pixar's 22 Rules to become a phenomenal storyteller.

In case you're wondering: How did Awful Panel Discussions Become the Default Format

I wasn't expecting The Five Universal Laws of Human Stupidity to be so profound, but they explain so much about so many things (especially Laws 2 & 4).  Read the entire article, but here are the laws to get you started:

Law 1: Always and inevitably everyone underestimates the number of stupid individuals in circulation.

Law 2: The probability that a certain person be stupid is independent of any other characteristic of that person.

Law 3. A stupid person is a person who causes losses to another person or to a group of persons while himself deriving no gain and even possibly incurring losses.

Law 4: Non-stupid people always underestimate the damaging power of stupid individuals. In particular non-stupid people constantly forget that at all times and places and under any circumstances to deal and/or associate with stupid people always turns out to be a costly mistake.

Law 5: A stupid person is the most dangerous type of person.

Finally, something to keep in mind when you're trying to get everyone on the same page:

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”
– George Bernard Shaw


Matthew Homann