A collection of timeless instructions on how to be a terrible employee. What’s most amusing is that despite the dry language and specificity of the context, the productivity-crushing activities recommended are all-too-common behaviors in contemporary organizations everywhere (Business Insider, CIA).
Creativity may be hard to nurture, but it’s easy to thwart. By limiting rules, parents encouraged their children to think for themselves. Parents didn’t shove their values down their children’s throats. Yes, parents encouraged their children to pursue excellence and success — but they also encouraged them to find “joy in work.” Their children had freedom to sort out their own values and discover their own interests. And that set them up to flourish as creative adults (The New York Times).
“There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.” ―Ayn Rand
Rebecca Onie, TED. Image: Health Leads USA. Rebecca Onie asks audacious questions: What if waiting rooms were a place to improve daily health care? What if doctors could prescribe food, housing and heat in the winter? At TEDMED she describes Health Leads, an organization that does just that — and does it by building a volunteer base as elite and dedicated as a college sports team.
Bill Gates, August 11, 2015. Image: GatesNotes via Forbes. The Janicki Omniprocessor makes drinking water out of human feces. Not just water, but also ash and electricity. Because the aim is not just to provide water. The objective is to improve sanitation, especially for cities in poor countries.