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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 #36

We’ve converted our Monday Morning Meeting blog posts into our weekly newsletter (sign up here), but thought we’d start posting them here again as well.

Welcome to a post-holiday edition of The Monday Morning Meeting from Filament: a collection of interesting things to inspire you to think differently about work, be more creative, and — most importantly — to make your meetings matter. Let’s get to work!


We practice a version of this at Filament (and have noticed the same effect). The Simple Joy of No Phones Allowed:

Every time someone in a group of people deploys a screen, the whole group is affected. Each disengaged person in a crowd is like a little black hole, a dead zone for social energy, radiating a noticeable field of apathy towards the rest of the room and what’s happening there.

I imagine that in another decade or two we’ll look at 2010s-era device use something like we do now with cigarette smoking. I was born in 1980, and I remember smoking sections on planes, which is unthinkable today. I wonder if today’s kids will one day vaguely remember the brief, bizarre time when people didn’t think twice about lighting up a screen…

Hard to fault the wisdom of finding uncommon partners:

We’re limited by the bubbles in which we spend the most time—the corporate bubble, the startup bubble, the nonprofit bubble. The mutually beneficial convergence of complementary bubbles, then, can be a powerful tool for kickstarting transformation. The views and experiences of one partner can challenge the accepted wisdom of the other; resources can flow into newly co-created visions and projects; and connections can be made that wouldn’t otherwise exist.

Seth (as always) shares another interesting take, this time on the curse of the low-hanging fruit:

The best way to move beyond the low-hanging fruit is to discipline yourself to not run to the next tree. Get a ladder instead.

We’ve got a couple of these around Filament, but I never knew the history until now: How They Came Up With the Magic 8-Ball. Also, how to win at Rock Paper Scissors.

Stop Delegating and Start Teaching.

If you’re looking for a little visual inspiration (and love comics) you might want to start at the Digital Comic Museum’s (free) archive of golden-age comics.

Here’s a wonderful game to celebrate people that every workplace should use at least once a year for all their employees.

Trust me, you’ll want to understand Quantum Computing sooner rather than later. Here’s a simple video that’ll get you started.

Matthew Homann