Category culture shifting

Mobile is eating the world (and that’s just the beginning)

This deck isn’t about phones. It’s about looking backward to understand the context for where we are today, how mobile is the current bellwether for technological proliferation… but perhaps more important than all that, what this all means for the next 10 – 15 years.

Must watch. 30 min.

Mobile Is Eating the World, 2016 from Andreessen Horowitz on Vimeo.

On a positive note

This has been swirling in my head for a year, today feels like an apropos day to share. Think of it as a potential silver lining to current events…

apathyApathy is the single largest challenge facing most causes (and the entire nonprofit sector). World hunger could be solved for $30B (4% of US’s defense budget). Truth is many planet-sized issues are solvable if we cared enough to engage and prioritize resources to fix them.

hateSomething I learned after spending a decade with activists is that few (of any of us) were born activists. Activists are forged by external events like war, cancer, racism, or sexism. Such events or circumstances fuel engagement; they shift individuals and can reorient culture. It’s clear in today’s current events that many are moving away from apathy and towards activism. Such activism won’t just be aimed at politics, brands will increasingly be targeted.

purposeIt’s my opinion that the rise in purpose-driven brands can be tied to the rise of mobile (which is eating the world) – when we have easy access to the truth, we act on it. This pertains to our spending. I believe the rise of political activism will overflow and provide another booster rocket to purpose-driven brands (and accelerate the demise of brands that don’t stand for much).

So… One reason to re-embrace a spirit of optimism today is because such events can be fuel. The question becomes how are we going to burn the new energy?

California inspires me

I grew up in the midwest and have lived all over but nothing quite compares to California. I’m in love with it’s sense of optimism and insatiable desire to recreate itself. Oh… the sunshine and wave consistency are also pretty darn awesome.

For these reasons and many more I also love these beautifully illustrated stories that seek to capture why California inspires us.

California inspires Jack Black

California inspires Mark Mothersbaugh

California inspires Brian Wilson

California inspires Mike Mills

California inspires Thao Nguyen

California inspires Kim Gordon


Really interesting concept. Take an almost disposable, yet ubiquitous structure and turn it into a farm.

I love how this can play in places like Brooklyn (or any major city) and add urban farms into the mix. It’s also an interesting idea in drought regions like Southern California. And of course it offers a really interesting disaster-relief idea for… pretty much anywhere in the world.


Saving you from yourself

I’m fascinated by the intersection of humans and technology. No, I’m not talking about the singularity or cloning. I’m talking about the idea of people writing code that automates processes in our everyday lives.

We used to think technology only existed to serve us. We tell it what to do and it completes the task. Siri, text my wife I’ll be home in 30 minutes.

But what if we make bad choices? How can technology help us and perhaps even save us from our bad decisions or poor habits?

These two ideas caught my eye for these reasons. The first is an elevator that prompts you to not be so lazy… and suggests you walk a flight of stairs.

The second is a breathalyzer tied to the Uber car service. You drink, we drive.

And of course there is the (not so new) idea of the self-driving car.

Endless skin tones

I love this site.

It beautifully delivers an illustration that captures global races, ethnicities and color. The range of people and gorgeous skin tones offer a simple lesson that we are all different and yet also very much the same.



How do you decrease smoking from 9% of teens to 8%?

You make smoking unsexy. Part of an ongoing, brilliant campaign by 72andSunny (where I’m stoked to call home).

How an idea should use Instagram

Love this simple execution by NASA on Instagram.

Tell me a story, do it well… you’ve got 10 seconds.

Droughts in the U.S. Southwest and Central Plains at the end of this century could be drier and longer compared to drought conditions seen in those regions in the last 1,000 years, according to a new NASA study. The study, published Feb 12 in the journal Science Advances, is based on projections from several climate models, including one sponsored by NASA. The research found the risk of severe droughts in those regions would increase if human-produced greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase. “Natural droughts like the 1930s Dust Bowl and the current drought in the Southwest have historically lasted maybe a decade or a little less,” said Ben Cook, climate scientist at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University in New York City, and lead author of the study. “What these results are saying is we’re going to get a drought similar to those events, but it is probably going to last at least 30 to 35 years.” Read more: Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center #nasagoddard

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Norway’s new museum-worthy currency


We’ve all been so heads down, focused on ecommerce for the past decade, that maybe we’ve missed a quite little evolution… revolution in physical currency.

The-Metric-System-Norwegian-Living-Space1Sure, we hear about changes in currency connected to the cat-and-mouse game of counterfeiters and money laundering but when was the last time you looked at, really took some time and looked at, the currency in your pocket.

Many of us don’t even carry physical currency around any longer. We buy off the internet, pay for coffee with our phones and count the days until we don’t have to carry credit cards around any more.

But… look at that 100 Kroner bill from Norway.

It’s… gorgeous.

The top note could be in a museum.

It reminds me of how wonderful it is to be in a foreign location with a pocketful of unfamiliar, beautiful colorful paper. Ah, the joys of foreign currency.

Love this execution.


Algae-powered, German-engineered, ARUP-designed… what’s not to love?

The word modern seems to have lost it’s luster. Hyper-modern better describes things that truly push the envelope… and this building does just this.

I think what I love most about this project is the overlapping of disciplines. Energy and architecture are somewhat strange bedfellows.

Most of us think we’ll eventually fly around (thanks Jetsons). We’re already using tri-corders (thanks Star Trek and Apple) to stay in touch. But I’m guessing very few of us thought we’d see the day when a building would be powered by algae.

Architecture powered by scum. If that doesn’t say 2014 than what does?

Wild project. Of course it’s in Germany. I love this.