This vision, from an interaction perspective, is not visionary. It’s a timid increment from the status quo, and the status quo, from an interaction perspective, is actually rather terrible.
This matters, because visions matter. Visions give people a direction and inspire people to act, and a group of inspired people is the most powerful force in the world. If you’re a young person setting off to realize a vision, or an old person setting off to fund one, I really want it to be something worthwhile. Something that genuinely improves how we interact.
Going back to business school, they teach you the value of a business is equal to the present value of future cash flows. If the company is likely to stay in business forever, then the value is most likely way higher than a business that is going to be out of business in a decade. The present value of a hundred years of cash flow is likely to be larger than the present value of ten years of cash flow.
And sustainability is all about figuring out how to be in business forever. It is about business models that are win/win and lead to happy long term customer and supplier relationships. It is about avoiding the temptation to overeach. It is about avoiding the temptation to mazimize near term profits at the expense of long term health. It is about adapting the business to changing market dynamics. It is about building a team and a culture that can survive the loss of the leader and keep going. And it is about many more things like this.
“There will not be one kind of community existing and one kind of life led in utopia. Utopia will consist of utopias, of many different and divergent communities in which people lead different kinds of lives under different institutions. Some kinds of communities will be more attractive to most than others; communities will wax and wane. People will leave some for others or spend their whole lives in one. Utopia is a framework for utopias, a place where people are at liberty to join together voluntarily to pursue and attempt to realize their own vision of the good life in the ideal community but where no one can impose his own utopian vision upon others.”—Robert Nozick (via matthewhayles)
You know those albums that you just always listen to? Not those ones that you like now, or your friend just gave and you cannot stop listening to. It’s the albums you will always listen to, no matter what (or maybe I’m just getting old and less interested in new music). This is in no order.
Andrew Bird - Thrills
Sujfan Stevens - Age of Adz
Miracle Fortress - Five Roses
Mos Def - Black on Both Sides
TV on the Radio - Return to Cookie Mountain
Joy Division - Permanent (cheating, it’s a compilation)
Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
London Elektricity - Power Ballads
The English Beat - I Just Can’t Stop It
The Smiths - Strangeways, Here We Come
Panda Bear - Person Pitch
The Thrills - So Much for the City
Gang Star - Full Clip: A Decade of Gang Star (another cheater)
“#7. You don’t always have to drink beer. At a shitty sports bar that serves beer out of frozen taps? I’ll take a bourbon/whisky/scotch (or all three if the place is really bad). Have some gin if that’s your thing. Apparently some people also like wine. Don’t drink beer just because it is there.”—25 Important Things To Know About Beer: #10-6 | A Year Of Beer!