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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 #35

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Welcome to your favorite Monday meeting! Check out all the interesting things we found last week to share.  Enjoy!

Want to understand all the talk about AI? Facebook (yes, Facebook) has a pretty good multi-part video series introduction to Machine Learning. The site says the series is for engineers and new researchers, but if you want something without all the AI hyperbole, it is worth a watch.

Once you've mastered AI and Machine Learning, here's how everything in Physics fits together in one simple map! Or, you can watch the video.

Need inspired? You're bound to find something in this list of ten great podcasts for designers, creatives, and freelancers.

I absolutely love these color-in greeting cards. Worth having several on hand!

Since it is back-to-school time, perhaps you should share this list of "Rules for Creativity" for Students and Teachers developed by artist Sister Corita Kent and popularized by John Cage. A few favorites:

Rule 4: Consider everything an experiment.

Rule 8: Do not try to create and analyze at the same time. They are different processes.

Rule 9: Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It is lighter than you think.

A great reminder from Jason Fried:

"Your company better be your best product since it’s the product you use to make everything else you do."

Is the best management no management? Not sure about everything here, but I do love the mantra, "Less Management, More Leadership."

Jeff Bezos has banned PowerPoint in favor of "narrative memos" in meetings. One of the reasons?

Bullet points are the least effective way of sharing ideas:

Bullets don't inspire. Stories do. Simply put, the brain is not built to retain information that's structured as bullet points on a slide. It's well-known among neuroscientists that we recall things much better when we see pictures of the object or topic than when we read text on a slide.

Visuals are much, much more powerful than text alone. That's why, if you choose to use slides, use more pictures than words--and don't use bullet points. Ever. During his discussion at the forum, Bezos said he could have spent the entire event talking about narrative. That means he really studies this topic and is passionate about it.

You should be too. Stories inform, illuminate, and inspire--all the things entrepreneurs strive to do. 

Finally, we'll close with this idea:  The Book is a Time Machine.

Printed books may be fixed, paginated, and fully present, but that only highlights the strategies that readers use to unsettle them temporally. The bound book, in fact, seems to have invited those strategies. Eighteenth-century British readers liked having stable and durable books on hand, in part, so that they might access the text out of order, repeatedly, on distinct occasions, at different speeds, and with an eye toward an undetermined future.