Fun Friday Links: Storytellers Map the World, Entrepreneurship is World-Building & How to React to Getting Fired
Welcome to Conspire’s Super Happy Fun Friday Link Time, a weekly collection of cool discoveries from around the Web. Most times the goal is to get you thinking differently about communication, collaboration, culture, and life in general. Other times, LOLCAT ATTACK! Submissions are welcome, and you can send them to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
Entrepreneurship is World-Building
A young entrepreneur recently asked Gunther Sonnenfeld (@goonth) what he thought the world looked like in an economic sense.
“I paused, then sat on it for a few moments. I didn’t answer him. Instead, I asked about him and his business, and he shared lots of interesting ideas. The one that resonated with me was his conviction about changing the world in the way we see it. Indirectly, he was talking about context.”
Eventually, Gunther did respond–in map form. Click for the full image and check out the source link below to read Gunther’s post in its entirety:
Storytellers Map the World
A Map of the World According to Illustrators and Storytellers is a lovely collection of over 500 maps by artists, illustrators, and designers. In the preface, Antonis Antoniou writes a beautiful explanation for why these visualizations have become such a critical part of our lives:
“Only few graphic representation devices have been such a fountainhead of wonderment, controversy, and utility as maps have. What seems to have begun on a more intuitive level has evolved over time into a sophisticated visual instrument. Maps have proven to be a versatile medium through which to express our inquisitive nature and make sense of our physical world. Within a singular visual, we are able to impose order by appropriating reality and its complex layers. It is an endeavor that emanates an intoxicating sense of power in harnessing knowledge.
Maps make compelling promises. … They grasp greater concepts, detect patterns, prognosticate, and reveal new layers of meaning. … Cartography can be an incredible form of escapism, as maps act as proxies for experiences, real or fabricated. Whatever their purpose or subject matter, even the most rudimentary of maps have an inherent beauty, an attraction in their way of ordering things.”
Honesty is Delightful
You’ve probably heard by now that Groupon CEO Andrew Mason was fired. While it’s nothing to celebrate, the final note he sent to his employees was refreshingly honest, and definitely something I won’t forget any time soon. You can always read the whole thing here, but these are my two favorite bits:
“I love Groupon, and I’m terribly proud of what we’ve created. I’m OK with having failed at this part of the journey. If Groupon was Battletoads, it would be like I made it all the way to the Terra Tubes without dying on my first ever play through. I am so lucky to have had the opportunity to take the company this far with all of you.”
“If there’s one piece of wisdom that this simple pilgrim would like to impart upon you: have the courage to start with the customer. My biggest regrets are the moments that I let a lack of data override my intuition on what’s best for our customers.”