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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 #55

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Welcome to Filament’s Monday Morning Meeting: a mix of Filament news, the tools we use, and the interesting ideas to help you think differently about your week ahead.


We had a great Filament Friday last week and are going to do it again on July 19th. If you’d like to work with us, share a challenge you’re working on, and/or offer a bit of help to others who might appreciate a hand. RSVP here.

We’re excited to sponsor XDThrowdown this Thursday. It is a series of competitive design thinking matches in front of a live audience at Brennan's Work & Leisure. Come join us — this is going to become a big thing!!


This is a pretty new idea, but check out why you might want to rethink “Change Management” and build a Change Advocacy Team instead.


Tired of the same person playing “Devil’s Advocate” in your meetings? We are too. Tim Sanders nails why:

I’ve never met devil’s advocates with many good ideas. Usually they are compensating for their lack of creativity by being nitpicky. Their negativity isolates them over time, as idea people eventually shun them. They end up with a point of view that’s anti-change, anti-risk, anti-new. Mostly I see “Can I play devil’s advocate for a minute?” as a form of asking permission to put someone on the defensive—a psychological form of bullying.

As someone who finds time for a 23 minute nap (seriously) nearly every day, I’m fully behind this sentiment: Take a Nap! Change Your Life.

We’re with Doulass Ruskhoff on #teamhuman here at Filament. A reason why:

“We have to spend time with each other that is not digital. Civic organizations, libraries and social institutions that pre-date consumerism are all viable alternatives. If we reacquaint ourselves without digital crutches, I believe we’ll be less afraid of each other. Turn off the TV and go outside and start talking to people and then people who are inside will want to come out and see what’s going on. That is a type of influence that is sorely needed. It is peer-to-peer influence and it is an innately human social order.”

Most businesses are not ready for AI.

If you think you’ve got to shake things up, it might be too late. Why? The best time is the hardest because the organizations who can leverage change best are likely suffering from Fat Cat Syndrome:

The evidence suggests that the best time to shake things up is actually when you’re doing well. That’s when you have the time, energy and freedom to innovate. But sadly, research shows that success often makes us complacent. Experts call it the “fat cat syndrome.” Think about a time when you’ve been at the top of your game. Did you really want to embrace something radically different? Of course not. You probably became overconfident in your recipe and resistant to try new things.

Need a quick brainstorming boost? Try the alternative uses exercise.

Finally, we’re nearing the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Here’s a site that lets you follow along in real time if you missed the original version in 1969.


"Every society honors its live conformists and dead troublemakers." — Mignon McLaughlin

“True happiness occurs only when you find the problems you enjoy having and enjoy solving.” — Mark Manson

"If you risk nothing, then you risk everything." — Geena Davis

"Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary." — Margaret Cousins

"In all affairs, it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted." — Bertrand Russell


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