September 7, 2012 - FILED UNDER Mindjet
Fun Friday Links: Conspire To Go, Things to do Before Death and YAKUZA
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“Many senior executives still think of social media as something you do after hours for fun,” says John Hagel, co-chairman of the Deloitte Center for the Edge, in this interview with David Kiron. “They haven’t bought into the idea that social can drive the core performance of the business.”
Knowing this, Hagel makes a case that many a senior executive might listen to: ”One thing that’s really undervalued in discussions of social technology and social business is the opportunity to make the invisible visible; to see patterns of activity and interactions that you never knew were occurring.”
American psychologist Abraham Maslow argued that people must meet basic physiological requirements and needs for safety, love, and esteem before they can reach a fifth level he called “self-actualization.” In this article, entrepreneur Chuck Runyon argues that a similar hierarchy exists for small to midsize companies. “To survive and thrive, it’s critical that you find which level you sit at today, then work to reach a form of corporate self-actualization that benefits employers, employees, and even society at large.”
In 2009, Candy Chang lost someone she loved very much to sudden and unexpected death. In her grief, she dreamed up a project that would bring one community together– a wall where anyone could write down what they wanted to do before they died.
“…this neglected space became a constructive one, and people’s hopes and dreams made me laugh out loud, tear up, and they consoled me during my own tough times. It’s about knowing you’re not alone. It’s about understanding our neighbors in new and enlightening ways. It’s about making space for reflection and contemplation, and remembering what really matters most to us as we grow and change.”
Word of the project quickly became a global topic, so Candy created a tool kit for building similar walls. Now, they can be found in countries around the world: Kazakhstan, South Africa, Australia, Argentina and beyond. That level success, I think, touches on a themes we’re all experiencing in this increasingly connected world: ”Together, we’ve shown how powerful our public spaces can be if we’re given the opportunity to have a voice and share more with one another.”
YAKUZA! Japan’s most notorious gang allowed photographer Anton Kusters to document their culture for two years. Steward Magazine recently interviewed Kusters about his experience, and most of what was reported came as a surprise to many:
“The gang made its recruits attend week-long orientations at a fishing village. I went along for one of these. There was bodyguard training, how to defend from a knife attack, stuff like that. But these recruits also rose at four in the morning to meditate. They helped local fisherman with their haul, cooked together at the end of the day. They learned how to handle samurai swords. There was something very ceremonial about it. It was strange, having these helpful and violent things happening side by side that illustrated how yakuza saw themselves…bad people doing good things.
Coming in, I thought I would be dealing with thugs. While I was shielded from the violence, these yakuza still seem more like economic criminals. Life here is not a Kill Bill movie. It turned out everything was more subtle.”