friday inventions

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds.

“There are two different types of people in the world: Those who want to know, and those who want to believe.” —Friedrich Nietzsche, via @othertwice

@njbowden: “Imagine if cities put as much thought, effort, and incentives behind home-growing 1000 new companies with 50 employees as they have with the Amazon Request for Proposals”

@tomothycsimons: “Same origin story for every tech startup; I went into a store, saw someone with a job and thought ‘what if that person didn’t have a job?'”

A guide to the things silicon valley invented that already existed, via @edwsonoma

  • Juiceroo (juicers)
  • Bodega (vending machines)
  • Lyft Shuttle (public busses)
  • Soylent (SlimFast)

A lesson from Hurricane Irma: capitalism can’t save the planet – it can only destroy it, by @GeorgeMonbiot

“This year, for the first time, three of the five global risks with the greatest potential impact listed by the World Economic Forum were environmental; a fourth (water crises) has a strong environmental component. If an economic crisis is caused by the environmental crisis, it will be the second crash in which Ridley will have played a part.

They bailed out the banks. But as the storms keep rolling in, you’ll have to bail out your own flooded home. There is no environmental rescue plan: to admit the need for one would be to admit that the economic system is based on a series of delusions. The environmental crisis demands a new ethics, politics and economics. A few of us are groping towards it, but it cannot be left to the scattered efforts of independent thinkers – this should be humanity’s central project. At least the first step is clear: to recognise that the current system is flawed.”

@MayaDroeschler: “The perfect cultural fit: all body, no head and ideal adaptation to the surroundings.” Photo by Ann-Dorrit Guassora.

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