fastcompany:

Here’s Why Meetings Never Accomplish Anything- And 3 Ways To Fix Them

Don’t let loudmouths hold too much sway.

Why: Echoing Quiet author Susan Cain’s point that the loudest people don’t have the best ideas and can, in fact, hamstring the ideas generation process.

“Vocal, overconfident team members have a disproportionate influence while shy contributors lose faith in their own proposals,”

Solution: Make sure everyone involved notes their ideas and prediction before the discussion—and influencing—begins.

Inject a little pessimism.

Why: “…downfall is often caused by project groups growing isolated and inward-looking, a symptom of the “unrealistic optimism that often bedevils creative teams.”“

Solution: “…air out reservations with a “pre-mortem,” a thought experiment where members forecast that their project fell apart in the future—and then backtrack to the present to find out why.”

Watch the clock.

f you’re having meetings, research suggests that you need them to be crisp. Jarrett notes a 2011 study that found that 367 American employees across industries didn’t care so much about how long a meeting lasted, but whether it started and ended on time.

And when in a week should you have a meeting? According to a 2009 analysis by scheduling service When Is Good, people’s flexibility peaks at 3 p.m. on Tuesdays.

[Image: Flickr user Patrick Hoesly]

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

~Maya Angelou

And one by one the nights between our separated cities are joined to the night that unites us.

Pablo Neruda

inspirezme:

This fascinating project, brought to us by Ewan Yap, explores how “less is more” within big consumer brands. Ewan created a series of experimental packaging design based on the principle of ‘Big Brand Theory‘. The main focus is to have each brand’s identity meticulously and uniquely cropped out of the packaging as much as possible, yet maintaining it’s integrity and comprehension and, at the same time, enhancing the aesthetic value. 

(Full post can be viewed here)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7M3M_p_vvL4

Purple Haze was in my brain,
lately things don’t seem the same,
actin’ funny but I don’t know why
‘scuse me while I kiss the sky.

Purple Haze all around,
don’t know if I’m coming up or down.
Am I happy or in misery?
Whatever it is, that girl put a spell on me.

Purple Haze was in my eyes,
don’t know if it’s day or night,
you’ve got me blowing, blowing my mind
is it tomorrow or just the end of time?

smarterplanet:

3D Motion And Heat Sensing Technology Captures Shoppers’ In-Store Behavior – PSFK

Stores know what we purchase through scanning at the checkout, but in-store behavior that doesn’t end in a purchase is much harder to track. A system called Shopperception developed with Primesense places a small 3D sensor above a store shelf to capture shopping behavior for retailers.

Mashable reports that the sensor watches people interact with products and Shopperception’s app aggregates all of this data to create a real-time consumer response report. There’s also a heat map to show which products were picked up a lot and which ones were avoided.

An inspiring reminder by Carl Sagan

…And we go on spilling blood in the name of religion, nationality, ethinicity.

Specially religion. The same religions that did not know basic things like world was round and we were not centre of the universe. How easily they go about promising heaven and hell. Its surprising how hard to believe and flimsy religious tenets are defended so violently by even more crazy believers. How easy it is to exploit the vanity of the masses in the name of religion. Just make them believe, their god is the special one and that they are the god’s chosen one. Its enough to bring out the devil in them…

Interesting read…

“Generation who refuse to grow up: No mortgage. No marriage. No children. No career plan. The other day I had lunch with my father, who was in London on business. He took me to his favourite pub and somewhere between the tomato soup and …