Unicorn Magic

The unicorn phenomenon has swept my generation. I love it. And I didn’t know why, that is, until I read this article from Fast Company that made me think about it.

While I agree with what the article suggests that unicorns represent happy childhood dreams, uniqueness, and an escape from reality, I feel like this goes further. The 90’s trend resurrection in clothing, colors and graphics helps to foster this revisited feeling. As the article notates, the Lisa Frank trend was HIGHLY valued in my youth and so it’s pseudo return makes it a rapid trend much like the Pokémon Go game, choker necklaces and belly shirts. Resurgence of a time treasured by the millennials, and the businesses that capitalize on this are doing well. Gotta love it.

Revolutionary Tool for Creatives

Content creators are seeing a revolutionary new idea come to life with Patreon. Artists and creators alike are getting paid for doing what they do best. Membership-style environment is the best of both worlds. It’s sustainable, it’s allowing creatives to be MORE creative, and it’s stable. With upwards of 1 million paying patrons and 50,000 creators, this platform has seen a hockey stick -style growth for it’s business model. Thanks TechCrunch for shedding light on this explosive and exciting young company!

 

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Fish Farming… WHAT?!

A good alternative to the environmental challenges that come with raising livestock is land-raised fish. It is not only an answer to the world-wide fish shortage, but also solves many of the urgent issues that farmers and indeed the world face, a few of which are listed below:

  • Eco-friendly ✔
  • New jobs ✔
  • Cost efficient ✔
  • Economic viability ✔
  • Local ✔
  • Sustainable ✔
  • Fresh & healthy food ✔

This relatively new method, Recirculating Aquaculture System: RAS aka land-based closed-containment system, has gained popularity in recent years and has been featured on Fast Company’s “The World Changing Ideas of 2017.”

This win-win-win system boasts many positives:

“Imagine a world where our primary protein source wasn’t environmentally damaging factory farms, but these eco-friendly, land-based fish tanks. Instead of being served antibiotic- and hormone-laden portions of pork, beef, or chicken, people would have access to fresh fillets from a process that obviates the need to dose away sickness, or artificially spur growth rates.

Fish isn’t just an alternative protein; it’s a better one, with less saturated fat than beef, and high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which help control blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and inflammation. There’s also way less of it in the ocean these days. More than 90% of all fisheries are fully exploited or overfished. That’s caused the availability of many species to simply collapse.”

State of the City: Mayor Ed Murray

CityofSeattleMayor Murray Delivered the State of the City address to Satellites today with optimism and caution. The Seattle Times article, shares Murray’s comments that while the tech and economic growth of Seattle, “‘reflects the 21st-century dreams of the 1962 World’s Fair: a vibrant city driven by technology and science creating jobs and innovation in everything from transportation to health care,’” it at the same time is weary of a growing population of homelessness which according to the One Night Count found an increase of 19% from last year which is very startling for what the future of Seattle could look like. Murray warns of the, “[fear] from the Great Depression as issues of homelessness and inequity continue despite decades of effort on the part of this city to resolve them.”

 

Resolving the Paradox of Group Creativity

jan16-25-000022905520-1200x675Harvard Business Review shared insightful comments on the virtues and dangers of group creativity/brainstorming. What is commonly thought as a benefit to workplace progress, can actually limit the unique thoughts produced by regularly creative individuals.

My personal work experience mimics the sentiments expressed in this article in many ways, particularly when it comes to my graphic design projects. The more conceptual feedback I receive initially on a given project can drastically limit my creative process and the end result is rarely something I am proud of.

On that same token, there are times that I would never have thought of a product had there not been any group creativity. Some direction or inspiration is always needed.

Farmers Try Political Force to Twist Open California’s Taps

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“Few in agriculture have shaped the debate over water more than the
several hundred owners of an arid finger of farmland west of Fresno.” The battle for water in drought-stricken California is a complex issue, and this NY Times article sheds some light on voices that may normally be overlooked.

The Atlantic Bill Gates Interview “We need an energy miracle”

 

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It’s rare or near-impossible to find a story or interview without motives beyond sharing news and information. The Atlantic’s Bill Gates interview is no exception to that. Gates shares his opinions about climate change, environmentalists and the future of energy when he is largely invested in companies such as Shell, BP, etc. Despite this, the perspective this article shares is intriguing and sheds light on some interesting opinions on innovation in the energy market, and how government and private companies can get involved.

“People can always say, “Well, my country is such a small part of it—why should I make the sacrifice? Because I don’t know for sure that the other countries are going to do their part of it.” We don’t have a world government. Fortunately, we don’t have that many world problems—most problems can be solved locally—but this one is a world problem. Carbon is not a local pollutant. It mixes in the global atmosphere in a matter of days. So it doesn’t really matter whether it’s a coal plant in China or a coal plant in the U.S.—the heating effect for the entire globe is the same.”

Alphabet: The New Conglomerate that covers everything from A to Z

Wall street and businesses are abuzz with word of a new super conglomerate Alphabet. “As Google Inc. reorganizes into Alphabet Inc., the conglomerate has promised a new era of transparency. Now, investors and analysts are working on wish lists of the kind of information they want to see from the Web company.”

The Top Questions Facing Alphabet, The New Google Conglomerate, Brian Wolmack, Bloomberg Buisness 

Glitch Perfect

“For a moment, the stoppage seemed like grounds for panic. It did not help that a mysterious computer glitch had caused United, one of America’s biggest airlines, to ground all its flights shortly beforehand. The excitable speculated that a coordinated cyber-attack was under way.” – The Economist 

I wouldn’t necessarily call myself one who takes conspiracy theories to heart, but this is more than a little coincidental. Check out this The Economist article from today!